Zambra Tapas Bar is a new restaurant in Burlingame that specializes in traditional small plates (tapas) from Spain. They are located right off upscale Burlingame Avenue and right next to four other restaurants.
Decor, Vibe – Stylish decor with neon color scheme and visually striking backlite bar. Sidewalk dining for warmer days. Flamenco oriented music was playing. The place was pretty empty during our early dinner.
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
Zambra Tapas Bar Menu has lots of small plates, a couple salads, two flat breads and six large plates.
Complimentary Deep Fried Chickpeas with a slight kick.
Patatas Bravas ($6) Fried Potatoes, spicy tomato sauce, aioli were a nice mound of crunchy goodness. The two sauces added some variety to the potatoes.
Marinated Skirt Steak ($15) Saffron rice, seasonal vegetables and chimichuri was a nice steak cooked to medium rare. Tender and flavorful, the meat complimented the rice with green beans and mushrooms.
Paella Traditional ($16) Saffron rice, shrimp, clams, mussels, chorizo, chicken, peas was a pretty huge dish. The shrimp were really good but only two were present. The shellfish was good. The rice plentiful and full of robust flavor.
Tres Ceviche ($11) Scallops, sea bass, shrimp, fennel, red onion were served in three separate glasses, along with a very good flatbread. The shrimp were good but the other two lacked flavor. We recently had a much better Cerviche at Limon.
Zambra Tapas Bar had decent service considering it was pretty empty. Prices are pretty typical for a tapas place, making this a good place if you are nearby. Zambra is good for a drink and a quick bite or two. If you are in San Francisco, we would stick to Bocadillos. Lalola in San Francisco is another similar Tapas place and Bocadillos is one of the top places in San Francisco.
Moderate wine markup with Glasses of wine from $6, bottles from $24.