I took a flyer today and went to check out the new Sangria Y Tapas in Westlake. Call me completely confused on this one because this is the old Cleats…which used to be the old Dominics, and it was something else in between that. I forget what they called it. All of those places were pretty chill, very inexpensive places to dine. Sangria Y Tapas is very upscale. It is white tablecloth upscale. I had no idea that it would have been this upscale so I was kind of shocked when we walked in and were seated. I kind of felt uncomfortable, underdressed and out of place. I wasn’t expecting it to be much more than maybe a mid priced Mexican joint.
The place looks pretty great, they did a nice job on the remodel, but it’s pretty much the same with a couple interior design changes and the white linens. The service was really great, very fancy, guys in jackets, girls in button down whites and black slacks. The wine menu is pretty decent, and the food menu had a ton of options. For the most part all the small plates are anywhere between $8 to $16 and the entrees are $20-$30 range. Once I looked at the menu and checked my surroundings I kind of wanted to leave. As I said I didn’t expect it. It hit me out of nowhere and their social media presence is nonexistent so we had no idea what we were walking into.
We had a couple different options all around $8 or so. We tried the cheese and fruit plate. Nothing too amazing here, and no education on what different cheeses they were. We also tried the ceviche, it was shrimp and grouper but I really didn’t see or taste any shrimp and the flavor was masked with very pungent red onions. There wasn’t much of a citrus flavor to it either. The other dish we tried was a fish taco dish and that kind of tasted like the ceviche but warm in a soft corn tortilla. They do serve a nice basket of grilled bread along with meals.
I honestly don’t know if I would go back here because of the shock of what it is, and where it is. The tapas menu is huge. There is a two column page of cold options and a page of hot options two columns as well. The entrees seem very limited to about 8 or so. The menu seems to favor seafood, but has a little bit of everything. They just opened so I wish them well but you are looking at walking out of here over $100 on a date night. While service was friendly and the food was okay this place is a little too rich for my blood. I just don’t see this kind of ritz working in this location. I do fine dinning, and I have been to many amazing restaurants but this almost seemed over the top to me. I like something a bit more casual. I don’t expect the place to be Chi-Chi’s but it’s just a little too much.