El Born

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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine

El Born in Brooklyn, New York has a number of different menus, all of which are influenced by Barcelona. The name itself comes from the El Born district of this famous city, where ancient alleyways feature the latest fashions and nightlife venues. Here in Brooklyn, El Born serves up new twists on Spanish favorites.


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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the food!!!!

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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food, drinks, and vibe at this place are very good. Worth traveling to Greenpoint for! However, I made a reservation for 5 people, and they tried to tell us that a standard 4 person table was actually a table for 5. They had 3 settings against the bench. Now, we're all relatively small people, but we could not fit. So when we grabbed a nearby table to offer our 5th diner an actual seat and place setting, we were reprimanded. Finally, they agreed to bring an extra chair over for our 5th diner to eat at the head of the table, however this was very clearly not their intention. So just for the future - a reservation for 5 should actually be able to seat 5 grown adults comfortably.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

The male server was very stressful and pushy and appeared irritated, but other times I have been at El Born servers been nice and service minded.

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BL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The service was a little slow and a little confused, but friendly and helpful. The food was seriously excellent. Highly recommend that Chef’s menu option for value and variety.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Delicious Tapas, wait staff was fast & friendly. I would certainly recommend, however for smaller parties as it's a smaller venue. Also some communal seating, which can be hit or miss.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. The service was good. A nice place for a special occasion. Would go back for happy hour or tapas Tuesday.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of my favorite spots in Greenpoint. Delicious food, well priced, really fun experience for groups, and the service is always great!

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RM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a whole bunch of tapas and all of them were excellent! Nice place and great service. Gracias!

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for a Saturday brunch (bottomless of course) and it was a great time! The value of the meal I could not believe. We were three people and we got to split the 4 tapas, tray of paella, and dessert. The drinks were delicious and the perfect complement to the meal. I don't even live in Greenpoint but I will be visiting this place as often as I can. Can't wait to try the other paella's on the menu!

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W
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was really good. Definitely coming back for the rest of the tapas. Enjoyed the vibe a lot.

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an amazing time! Amazing food, drinks, and atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back!

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, delicious food and overall sub a nice place to spend the night. Best part that it’s a block from the subway!

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CS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We went to El Born for the Wednesday paella night and it was absolutely delicious! The deal is impossible to beat ($49 for paella for two + a bottle of wine), and the food is excellent. We added an appetizer as well, the brussels sprouts. Their selection of regional cured meats is awesome. At times, we felt a little rushed with the service, but overall the waiter was attentive and helpful. We will come back to try different appetizers and because the food is delicious!

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RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It's become our favorite restaurant in Brooklyn. Always reminds us of the wonderful meals we had in the El Born district in Barcelona. And great cocktails.

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NP
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

El born was okay food wise...didn't blow my socks off. Service was really lovely and very easy going relaxing atmosphere. Price point for the food is just a little high for me and that is why I'm less likely to return

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Went with my girlfriend on a Saturday night. The food was very good but there were just too many problems with the service for us to overlook. Waiter did not bring water or ask us even once during the meal if we needed anything (which we did). Also one of our plates was forgotten and then basically at the point in the meal where you would be asking for the check the waiter finally realized and brought out the plate without asking if we still wanted it. Unfortunate really, because the food was good, but these annoyances really can change your whole experience when dining out.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Delightful evening. All was delicious, except for the sardines. As other reviewers have mentioned foul smelling and tasting. The six other tapa plates were very good. We didn't want to order the paella in fear of more of that fishy scent. Worth a try, just skip the fish!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Todo muy rico. La paella deliciosa

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing brunch experience

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and value but WAY too loud. Found it very difficult to have a conversation without shouting.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was incredible (as always) and the staff really took care of our group. Thank you!

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LF
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Once again, I had a great meal and experience at El Born. The staff were efficient and professional, and the food was outstanding. I highlight the black rice paella, the red sangria, and the tres leches cake. Any restaurant that can make all 3 very well deserves credit, and that is the case with El Born.

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PL
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Looked for a place within a mile of Brooklyn Steel. Saw some nice reviews of this place and it didn't disappoint. Great Brussel sprouts, endive salad, and seared tuna.

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TD
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food & wine. Pre-fixe was amazing, its actually a great thing having the chef chose the meals for you as everything on the menu looks so delicious.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Amazing food, but weird service. Staff not very friendly

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FZ
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for a Saturday brunch with friends. The food is spectacular and the brunch specials are great! One of the best mimosas I’ve had. Definitely recommend for anyone who likes to taste a little bit of everything.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here with my parents, fiance, and sister & brother-in-law. The food was amazing, the waiter was very attentive and willing to work with food allergies (including suggesting alterations to menu items), and it was quiet enough for us to hear each other without having to yell. Granted, it was on a Sunday and wasn't super crowded so we probably had more personalized attention, but I will definitely be back for more!

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T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely staff. Good happy hour value.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

El Born never disappoints! The food, drinks and staff are all amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seated right away. We went for the bottomless brunch option, which was a great value for the price. Service was great and attentive, and we didn’t feel rushed out. Food was excellent.

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DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

5PM Happy Hour and Dinner reservation before a 7:30PM show at the met. Exceptional value for the happy hour and drinks. Great croquetas and the bacon wrapped figs were probably my favorite.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

After living in Barcelona for years, this is arguably better than nice restaurants there. Super authentic, high quality ingredients, and not overpriced. The chef's tasting is $45 per person and was filling for four! Cannot recommend enough.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

They were trying to turnover the table and rushed us throughout our meal.

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a
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Long, narrow, convivial space, friendly, efficient staff. Good fur drinks, food was uneven. A few great dishes, but most were near misses - under or over seasoned, missing acid to round flavor.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The owner attacked me on yelp for writing a fair criticisms of the squid ink paella being fishy. I had this dish in Spain and in other places in and the same seafood selection as well while it never smelled fishy. She started to school me on what it needs to taste like and told me to change my review to 1 star instead of the 2 I gave because the service wasn't bad. If you want a good expriance with good quality food than Brooklyn has a lot to offer. I prefer not to give my money to rude owners who don't understand the difference between a review and an attack. Simply mind blowing.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food! Would definitely recommend it to everybody.

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K
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff was amazing, and probably one of the best brunch spots in BK.

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TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went for brunch at 12:30 and lingered until 3:30 because it was just that kind of meal - great food, great people, good times. We were 4 adults and 3 little kids and we sat in the booth in the back which was perfect. We are not heavy drinkers at all but we did the bottomless brunch deal anyway because it was family style which was fun. Plus we ended up drinking a little more than usual. I’m so happy we chose this place because my friends had driven down from CT and so we really wanted to give them a long, fun, delicious meal and El Born delivered on all of those.

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AF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chef menu is worth it and chef can take into account your dietary restrictions on the spot. Very enjoyable!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The service was very attentive and extremely polite and smooth. I was expecting a bit more from some of the tapas we ordered, everything was mediocre and the price wasn’t cheap for Brooklyn. But it was very decent and the service was so nice. Thank you.

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