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Posted by Michael on 01/12/2012
Barcelona Spain, in the heart of Catalunya is home of "Las Tapas." The art of making great Tapas is to create small, inexpensive little "feasts" to enjoy over a glass of typical hearty red wine and good company. This simple Spanish custom born of humble beginnings is now twisted into something that only resembles its origins by name alone. The food here is expensive for the portions. Tapas were originally designed to serve the humble masses that could not otherwise afford a place to meet nor to enjoy affordable foods. Contigo is a crass basterdization of a simple Spanish tradition that's been turned into a capatalistic explotation of otherwise uneducated Americans looking for a "second rate" experience. I was at Contigo once, it will be my last time.
Posted by contrarycomet on 09/30/2009
I have been to Contigo at least ten times and every time has been a blast. The menu of small plates is extensive and changes constantly, depending on what's fresh and in season. The preparations are delicious and interesting. Save room for a coca, which is sort of like a neapolitan pizza. Super tasty. The staff is friendly and has a great handle on the (largely Spanish) wine list. I know very little about Spanish wine, but I always can describe a flavor profile and receive a glass or bottle of something that hits the mark. One caveat: they only take reservations for tables of six or more, so there can be a wait for smaller parties during peak times. If you *must* have dinner at 7:30p on Friday night, be ready to order a glass of cava, watch the kitchen, and chat with your friends...now that doesn't sound too onerous, does it?
Posted by AEC on 09/30/2009
Seriously delicious dishes made with perfect ingredients -- I can't say enough about this place. We ate there twice in the last 4 days; it's that good. The menu changes often as seasonal ingredients become available, but some classics -- patatas bravas, sardine toasts, albondigas, and flatbreads -- keep the offerings familiar from visit to visit. The staff are warm and helpful, and the environment is gorgeous. Although it has the cozy feeling of a neighborhood joint, it's easily one of the best new restaurants in San Francisco.
Posted by jajie on 07/29/2009
Can't believe "anonymous"s pan of this excellent restaurant. Must be a competitor. I've eaten at Contigo twice, both times outstanding, memorable meals, an opinion shared by all dining companions. Food is creative, diverse, and delicious. Service includes some of the best, friendliest, and knowledgeable staff I've ever seen. This restaurant is destined for stardom.
Posted by Anonymous Noe Valley on 07/14/2009
Hard to get anyone's attention on arrival. Menu pricy and limited. Charged for regular bread (??). Food not impressive. Atmosphere hectic and noisy. Altogether a disappointing night out. Would not try again!