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Comida Tapas Bar

4_half star rating 18 reviews

Telephone 07 571 3373

56/62 The Strand
Tauranga Central

Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish
Mon - Sun 11am - late
Provided by business


A friendly casual bar venue with restaurant quality food


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Wine Bars
Free Off-Street, Pay & Display
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
Wheelchair Accessible:
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Gluten-free
Meals Served:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Comida Tapas Bar

5 star rating
by Eddie
24th May 2014

“THE BEST” Myself and work colleagues frequent “Comida” regularly for lunch and after work entertaining clients on occasion. To me what Luigi has provided here is “spot on”. The food is to a high standard and consistently very tasty. I cannot understand other reviews stating meals are “small” because that is what “Tapas” is. The staff are always very pleasant and smiling, refreshing drinks when required without asking. We are regulars and will continue to be. Nice job Luigi!!!!!.

5 star rating
by Hallie
25th April 2014

Went to Comida the other day and was blown away to the moon by the lovely waitress! Love it’s location tucked away slightly, and the tapas are delicious. All my friends and friends workmates who’ve been here love it too. Recommended.

1 star rating
by Jacinda
30th January 2014

We decided to dine at Comida as I have been here a few times and my husband has never been.
We ordered tapas and seafood paella. Tapas were good but very small. The seafood paella however was inedible. When you can smell the seafood from the kitchen ( when you are outside) you know it is not fresh. When our waitress did eventually ask how our meal was, we told her we couldn’t eat it. When we went to pay we were not charged for the paella.
Wont be going back in a hurry

Comment from Luigi B. of Comida Tapas Bar 8/02/2014   
Hi there, I was surprised by this review as I was present that…    More »
3 star rating
by Kaye M.
27th January 2014

Good food and drinks spoiled by spotty service. I’ve visited Comida several times and enjoyed tapas that while not adventurous were tasty as wekk as delicious drinks. Unfortunately on my last visit my drink, a spiced tomato juice, tasted off. So I talked to staff about it. The drink was replaced by one so full of wooster and tabasco it was undrinkable. When I told the staff this they told me that I didn’t know what a spiced tomato juice should taste like (I’ve been drinking them for over 30 years so I should!) and it was due to the coffee I had earlier. I was disappointed because this was one of my favourite places in Tauranga and I’d had enjoyable experiences there before. As someone who’s worked for years in the hospitality industry what I would expect in this situation is to have my drink replaced (with one that was drinkable!) or my money refunded, not to be lectured or patronised by the staff.

5 star rating
by Debra
11th January 2014

We have been to Comida several times now for lunch and dinner and every time it has been fantastic. The service is excellent, hardly any waiting at all even when busy and the food is delicious and great value. Last night was the first time we had taken our children and they were made very welcome and even got their own special little pizza!! Thanks so much, we will definitely be back.

3 star rating
by Shar E.
19th December 2013

Booked work Xmas lunch for 11 people.
Tables not set up to cater for correct number of attendees therefore having to disturb others while resetting.
Bottles of wine ordered – served warm and were expected to be grateful as the others had ‘sold out yesterday’ making one wonder about stock and staff levels.
Review of menu was promising, shared meat and seafood platters purchased (four in total for 11 of us) as well as breads and approx 12 sets of tapas. Slightly expensive, but tasty. Tapas tastier than platter, but platter value for money.
Waiter and Waitress picked up their game towards the end of the extended lunch – possibly due to everyone else going back to work and / or the bar manager coming back on duty (he was AMAZING).
Unsure if I would flock back in a hurry, however, still delightful and would have a wine and maybe 2 tapas with the girls here (which would set me back approx $35).

5 star rating
by julia
8th September 2013

We have been in Comida last evening and we have had a great time. The waitress and the meal were awesome, and we certainly can say that because we are from Barcelona. The chorizo with sticky port sauce was incredible!!

5 star rating
by Phil L.
2nd September 2013

Had the pleasure to have lunch at Comida with a group of 9 on Friday recently. Great casual atmosphere in the covered courtyard and friendly staff. I was impressed that their waiter could take all our orders without writing anything down but yes he missed an order , however it was all rectified with good humour and we all had great food and a great lunch experience. Tauranga is lucky to have such a charismatic and experienced restaurateur as Luigi to continually recreate our dining opportunities.

3 star rating
by Stace R.
2nd September 2013

I don’t usually do reviews but after our experience I hope this helps Luigi, his front of house staff and future diners…

I had been looking forward to going to Comida after hearing such good reviews from friends and family so I took my family visiting from Oz there were 7 of us… I was excited at the live music especially on a Thursday night thought it was fab! Once we all arrived we ordered but the music was terribly loud we could barely hear each other…(If I were a waitress I would make sure with a large group the order was correct)… common sense really… The waitress came out and was quite pleasant but we could barely hear her- we ordered our food and at that point due to the noise level and checking she understood and got everything right she should have checked the order…
We received the 2 bowls of fries and aioli first which was extremely disappointing the chips were dried up and the smallest portion for $7.50 each was pretty ridiculous!$15 for not even half a scoop of chips! We were all hoping it would improve from then- after that we received the goats cheese and stuffed tomato and the chicken the first waitress recommended (which was in the meat platters and not that great) followed by the vege and seafood platters which were both quite good! then the seafood paella came which my uncle loved and 40 minutes-an hour later we received the meat platters which by then we had filled up on bread and dips…There were no meal checks and we thought she had forgotten them. When the waitress brought the platters we realised there was an extra one and by that stage we were all quite full… The waitress came screaming over refusely arguing with us that we ordered 3 platters and not two… (which was bullshit) she was extremely rude and even then we struggled to hear her because of the music! I was raging at her response… as we were adamant we had ordered only 2… She snapped back and said you can take them home if you don’t eat them! So trying not to make a scene plus being in shock at her response… We begrudgingly accepted her mistake!
Then thank goodness we were delighted with an absolutely lovely waitress from San Sebastian in Spain it was her first night she was great!
We only got dessert cos she was so awesome!
Overall the food was okay- the pork was inedible (I love pork belly) but it was grose as it was soooo fatty and pretty much all fat and undercooked- everything had tasteless aioli with it needed seasoning and lemon and more garlic….
Also when I asked the rude waitress if the pork was twice baked she got all defensive and said it was cooked properly always… then she started arguing with us about eye fillet and how great it was then we mentioned there was no eye fillet on the 3 platters and asked each other if we had eaten the kebabs she argued again with us that they were on the platters and that they NEVER EVER miss food on the platters and stood there saying it was definitely on there!!!! Basically calling us liers again!!! I was over it- We couldn’t believe her attitude at this stage and we were all looking at each other in shock that a waitress would even speak to us like that… then she disappeared in the kitchen and we checked the menu and obviously they had been removed from the meat platter and she didn’t know her menu! Stupid cow! ########## soooo not impressed###### then we felt we had been ripped off as we would have preferred the eye fillet…
But thankfully we had been reassigned the lovely new waitress that was completely different to the rude one! She turned our night right back around…. We all shared the churros it was magnificent so soft and tasty right up there with best churros I’ve tasted although it did take like 30 mins it was worth it! The gelato was rock hard and obviously pre made in the plates…
Overall we enjoyed the food- the service from the argumentative waitress was disgusting but the second waitress whose first night was on Thursday and also works at Armazem was absolutely outstanding! I will be back again to try something else just because of her!
The manchego cheese was amazing as usual but ours just came with aioli (which didn’t really work) but we didn’t get plum sauce and the goats cheese was ok as well…
My family enjoyed it because it was different… Thanks and sorry for the novel!

Comment from luigi B. of Comida Tapas Bar 3/09/2013   
Hi Stace Yes it is a novel you wrote, I apologise if the waitress…    More »
5 star rating
by Holly
5th June 2013

I had been told by a lot of friends to go and have dinner at Comida and they were so right! We went on a Saturday for dinner with friends to celebrate a birthday. The service was amazing!! Friendly, smiley and really welcoming. The food came out at the right time and the restaurant was full. Sitting outside was a bit cold but the owner Luigi came out and made sure the heaters were cranking and we were comfortable. The food was delicious, fresh and everything I had hoped it would be. Next time I will go in the early evening to enjoy the late afternoon sun and I will go hungry because I wanted to just keep eating. And it was so affordable. For my Husband and I to eat including Desert and drinks was under$100. Great cocktails too. :) I will definitely be recommending to my out of town customers to go to Comida.

5 star rating
by Minyee S.
5th June 2013

Food over here is fantastic- tried mostly everything on the menu including seviche, chorizos, meat platter, seafood platter, churos, seafood paella, seared scallops . Great service as well. Went to Tauranga for 3 days, 2 nights, dined here for two nights! We are hoping that they will open a branch in Auckland. Totally love this place, highly recommended! A must to try tapas place if you are in Tauranga!

5 star rating
by Kelli S.
5th March 2013

We had a totally enjoyable lunch experience at Comida yesterday, nice wine, a fantastic meat platter with various meats full of flavour, every time we have visited we have received friendly and personable service, love the venue and will continue to spread the word, thanks guys we will be back!! :-)

4 star rating
by Jeff B.
3rd March 2013

Three of us had lunch last week. We had the meat platter between us and it was very tasty, great atmosphere and attentive staff. Will definitely go again.

5 star rating
by Rach S.
9th February 2013

I don’t need to say anything about the food here, beyond it was excellent as usual, and to offer a huge thank you to the entire kitchen for all that we were served with. What I did wanted to focus on was the customer service.

Last night a large group of us showed up (no bookings were being taken on that Friday night) and were totally accommodated by the incredibly competent and friendly staff.

The staff went out of their way to pull out another table and bring extra chairs out of storage for us.

They were interactive, never lacking in energy and always ready with a smile.

They kindly shared with us (along with the entire patronage and staff) a laugh by allowing my partner to bring in a bit of music and put on a good ol’ fashioned dance for my birthday.

Thank you guys – we will be back and continue to recommend you to everyone.

5 star rating
by Marion T.
4th February 2013

At last a genuine Tapas bar equal to those of Barcelona. we started with The scallops cooked in a brandy butterscotch sauce – just gorgeous, the croquet as made with Manchego cheese – you won’t find better anywhere, chorizo cooked in a sticky port sauce, calamari with baguette with tomatoes, goats cheese, paprika and roasted almonds – all delicious. The churros con chocolate were exactly as we had in Madrid – perfect. Add to this the silky smooth sounds of local crooner Aaron Bloomfield – it was a fabulous way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

5 star rating
by Graham E.
28th January 2013

Just popped in for a mid-afternoon cold drink and a coffee after a visit to the art gallery. We had had lunch so didn’t want a meal so I can’t comment on the tapas. Was tempted to have a Spanish Donut though. Absolutely wonderful. What really struck me was the superb service. I’d definitely go back for a meal.

4 star rating
by Elaine J.
22nd January 2013

Went here Sunday afternoon. Great atmosphere awesome singer, the sun was shining and the food was pretty good! Large menu – Croquettas are my favourite and these did not disappoint however the plum sauce just reminded me of deep fried Camembert and 80′s food – would be good with just aioli. The deep fried goats cheese balls were also very good, little disappointed in the 3 tenors – 3 sliders – not very Spanish but sounded nice. They were ok pork one was a bit bland – i think it was meant to be pulled pork but was in fact just roasted and sliced. For dessert the hazelnut gelato was really good. Overall great food and a really nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. What a change to be able order some interesting food in Tuaranga, will def be back to try some more.

4 star rating
by Amanda
20th January 2013

Three of us had Tapas there last week. Having eating a lot of Tapas in my time (in Spain) I was looking forward to having some here. The service was excellent and the staff really friendly. We ordered a selection including Gambas, Calamari, Paella, Olives, Bread, Croquettas.
The warm olives were lovely, the calamari was good and I liked the Croquettas – I didn’t especially like the plum sauce served with it (not very Spanish) – I don’t think it compliments the flavour at all but my husband liked.
The Paella was a let down, firstly it came in a bowl and was more like a risotto. There wasn’t much flavour going on at all.
The flat bread was another let down, being more of a pizza bread. I loved the sound of it as it had capers, olives and white anchovies and I kind of expected a more traditional bread topped with those things whole – not barely noticeable.

I would go again as I enjoyed the ambiance and some of the other food. A point of difference would be good, like introducing proper Paella in a pan to share for 2 or 4 people and eat it from the pan like they do in Spain. Much more of a fun experience!

A bit of music outside would be great to add to the atmosphere!

Look forward to going again :-)

Comment from luigi B. of Comida Tapas Bar 4/03/2013   
Sorry for the late replay. Thanks for the comments, always…    More »

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