La Marcha won Best Small Plates in 2019 East Bay Express
“Chef/owners Sergio Monleón and Emily Sarlatte, who made their name cooking large-format paellas at events and festivals, opened La Marcha in Berkeley in 2015. Named for the Spanish late-night tradition of “the march,” a bar and food crawl, their evening happy hour can’t be beat — it’s 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight. Come in for sherry tasting flights, sangria, and obviously that paella of theirs, which they make in seven varieties including the popular arroz negro with squid ink.”
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It’s been way too long since I visited Spain, but when I walked through the doors recently of La Marcha Tapas Bar in Berkeley, I felt as if I was back in that vibrant, energetic country.
Or perhaps I should say, nudged my way through the doors, because on a Sunday even before 5 p.m., the place was packed and the host was having to turn people away. Fortunately, my husband and I had reservations for an early dinner, of which we paid our own tab.
Why the crowd at that hour? Because La Marcha has one of the best Happy Hours around. It’s every day, too. A select number of cocktails, wines and beers offered at a discount. Best yet, during Happy Hour, each drink you order comes with your choice of a free little snack. There are about a dozen to choose from. No wonder people were fighting their way in here. If you can’t make it then, and are a night owl, La Marcha offers a second Happy Hour each night, 10 p.m. to midnight.
The boisterous spot features a Real Madrid flag hanging above the..
“Ready to sate that tapas craving? Here are five fantastic restaurants where the sangria and small plates are as fabulous as the ambience, from San Francisco’s dazzling Bellota to Berkeley’s paella paradise, La Marcha.”
Read more: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/28/5-of-the-best-spanish-restaurants-and-tapas-bars-in-the-sf-bay-area/
The Michelin Guide mentions La Marcha in its 5 top Spanish restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area.
What Our The Michelin Guide Inspectors Say: This Spanish delight from the team behind acclaimed caterer Ñora Cocina Española does double duty as a mecca for both tapas and paella, offered in varieties from the traditional mixta (prawns, chicken, chorizo, garlic, peppers) to the inventive “tres cerditos” (three little pigs) featuring pork chorizo, shoulder, and belly. The classic tapas are also out in full force—from grilled head-on garlic shrimp and salt cod croquettes with nutty romesco, to tortilla Española. Located on busy San Pablo Avenue, the lively space offers enticements for groups of all sizes: foursomes can make the most of the sizable paellas, while a duo of happy hours offer discounts on wine at the L-shaped bar and a selection of free tapas, perfect for solo diners or couples.