Best of Boston

2004 Best Spanish Restaurant

Tapéo Restaurant & Tapas Bar

Spanish culture is bar culture, and a Spaniard knows no greater delight than pushing up against a crowd, glass in hand, and shouting for a pincho de tortilla. That’s why the best place to eat like an Iberian is on a stool at Tapéo’s bar. Skip the patio and the dining room. The same alluring tapas, from stuffed squid to boneless pheasant with mushrooms and jamón serrano, are served more sociably on the striking blue and yellow tiles. For added authenticity, forgo the tourist’s tipple, sangria, in favor of one of the many Riojas.

266 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-4799,