Is It Any Good?

Spanish Tapas Restaurant in the heart of Pasadena Arcadia.

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I’m always on the lookout for good Spanish Cuisine. Where I work, one of the Spanish Film Societies opened up a branch office, so I have access to plenty of advice. That being said, for al the time I’ve spent trying to find someplace to replace La Luna Negra, La Luna Negra has stayed with one of my favorites. It’s time to admit the truth, I like the place, and I’ll take any excuse to go back.

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The look is like a tin-roofed hovel you’d find outside of Madrid, but it’s all for show. It’s got lots of room. It even has a bar and a small stage for live Guitar or Flamenco performances. Best of all, they know how to keep the Sangria flowing (aka, the single best excuse to keep old wine around ever created).

But things change.

Imagine my surprise when I was driving down East Green Street, to find that La Luna Negra, one of my favorite Pasadena haunts was…well…closed.

Wait? What? How? La Luna Negra’s always crowded. How did this happen?

Ooooh…wait. did Ración happen?

I think Ración happened.

Anyway, La Luna Negra did not shut down, they just moved down to Arcadia, and they may have found themselves a much better deal there.

The new location is close to the Santa Anita Race Track. The new La Luna Negra is a much, much bigger space. It’s narrower, it’s got a slim design, but you can tell it’s much, much bigger. It’s got an upstairs as well as a downstairs now. Lots…and I mean LOTS of outdoor seating. This is still a primo date-night hangout. Fridays and Saturday, I can see this joint jumping.

Everything’s too hot for me, so…I’m eating inside.

They’ve even got a stage for performers now. They never had that before.

Now, maybe I haven’t in a while (it’s only been five months since the move, at the time of publication), but they’re also offering a great Lunch deal now. Two Tapas, and drink for $10.95.

This is the best news for La Luna Negra. They are along the main drag in Arcadia, almost walking distance from the Santa Anita Race Track. Out back is a massive, massive (did I say massive) free Parking Lot out back. I don’t even think they can fill this place up on a Saturday Night. Parking is now far, far easier for the new La Luna Negra.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I have a thing for the Solomillio Con Cabrales, which is a beef tenderloin crusted with Blue Cheese. Or, you can roll with the Paella Con Pollo, which is Paella with Chicken (but of course). I’m also a fan of Sausage Bossage, which is two kind of Spanish Sausages sautéed in their own juices, and next time I’m aiming for Morocco Meets Spain, which is Chicken and Provolone Sausage cooked in Black Tea and Cranberries.

But like I said, the new Two Tapas and a drink option is a very good deal for lunch.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: If the Waiter somehow drops what’s left of your Solomillio Con Cabrales on the way to put it in a doggie bag, they’ll give you half off as a consequence. I found that out the hard way.

And remember, on Monday’s…it’s closed.

 

PARKING: Consult the Pasadena Parking Map, but La Luna Negra is a block away from the Schoolhouse Lot (Between Green, Raymond and Fair Oaks). Just park there, and walk across the Street.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
La Luna Negra
21 E. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, California 91006

Tel: (626) 844-4331

Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday: 12:00pm – 10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 12:00pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 10:00 pm
Closed Mondays