From their cozy and fashionable interior to their wide selection of artisanal cocktails, sangrias, and divine tapas, this intimate and elegant restaurant has garnered much acclaim not only in Palo Alto, but in their several Bay locations of Walnut Creek, Los Gatos, and more.
From the moment you walk in, you will be immediately greet not only by their terrifically helpful staff, but also by the lavish atmosphere and open kitchen and bar where you can directly watch all the magic happen.
Constructed by Trenchs Studio, Telefèric's contemporary interior strikes the perfect balance of sharp and modern industrial-steel angles with classic Spanish art from Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
With the abundant amount of green foliage adorning this sophisticated venue and side market, you will truly feel as though you have entered a European oasis, which is enhanced by their superior cocktails.
We highly recommend their Spicy Sangría for a creative twist, as well as their signature Pedro's Break with fresh-smoked Scotch, Pedro Ximenez sherry & Drambuie, and the Ibiza Gin & Tonic with wonderful color-changing liquor. All of their drinks come in genrous portions and will refresh you into vacation-mode, with all of them pairing excellently with any of their delectable tapas.
Their tapas, or shared small plates, are unbeatable, for the large list alone will impress you before you even witness their portions! You have to order their luscious Iberian Oysters with Mery gazpacho & Iberian Ham, all served atop a beautifully unique foggy landscape of liquid nitrogen smoke.
The Jamón Ibérico de Bellota delicately cured for 38 months also can't be ignored, for its large serving is both richin meaty flavor, yet still light on the palate.
Their perfectly grilled Pulpo Telefèric with Galician octopus, truffle oil, and pimentón potato purée is also an irresistable choice with its balance of crunchy, smooth, and chewy textures, or sample their Taquitos de Tuna & Avocado packed with fresh ahi tuna.
You cannot go wrong with these highly-satisfying tapas, but definitely save room for the entree!
The paellas hereare traditionally prepared, having the paella master brought in directly from Spain. With Spanish Bomba Rice that can be made extra crispy, each paella is handcrafted carefully, and depending on which variation you fall in love with, topped with generous amounts of prawns, clams, lobster, and more. Our top choices here are the tender Maine Lobster Paella, the Secreto Ibérico Paella with strictly acorn-fed black pig fillet and pork belly, and the classic Paella Negra with ingenious squid ink.
Dessert is also a star course here, taking familiar and comforting Spanish confections and elevating them for a posh, yet fun cap to your cultural food adventure. In addition, the restaurant’s Churros con Chocolate are decadent here without being cloyingly sweet, and the Arroz Tres Leches is your homestyle rice pudding opulently upgraded with Catalana foam & playful jellies.
The Telefèric Restaurant Group is truly a family affair. Headed by Soledad Urabayen, the matriarch of the Padrosa family, she sought to capture the vibrant spirit and culture of Spanish cuisine in innovative gastronomic approaches, opening the original restaurant 22 years ago. Today its Californian branches are masterfully led by son Xavi Padrosa, prolifically achieving high praise in all their locations, with an upcoming one in Santa Monica, all thanks to their comfortable and modern restaurant experience, and genuinely kind service.
Telefèric Barcelona is located on 855 El Camino Real and is open 7 days a week, typically from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. You can see their full hours and other locations here. Are you ready for a positively fun and deliciously filling Spanish getaway?
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