Calderon Cocina Tapas Y Bebidas

403 F. Calderon St. cor. J. Abad Santos St., San Juan, Metro Manila

Calderon Cocina Tapas Y Bebidas
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55 Reviewers

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  • 4 stars 30
  • 3 stars 5
  • 2 stars 3
  • 1 star 1
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Category:
Spanish
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 11:00p

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Amy S.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Dana P.
5.0 Stars

Paella Negra 128525128525128525128525 It was soo good I said a prayer in the middle of having the dish, "Thank you, Lord for this yummy yummy food!!" Hehe.

Wasn't sure if the garlic mayo is supposed to be a dip thing for the shirmp & mussles but we mixed it with the rice and it was 128076🏼.

Price-wise, I say worth it!

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Maya G.
4.0 Stars

Churros is heaven here! Also loved the Salpicao :)

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Reg G.
4.0 Stars

We absolutely love going to Calderon. Our go to order would have to be the black paella, salpicao and chorizo shrimp. Service is good and the people are really friendly. I just wish they would invest in high chairs for kids already. They've been open for over a year. I think it's high time.

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Anne Margaux M.
3.0 Stars

The food is ok but the authentic Spanish taste did not get locked in to it. Will have to try their other dishes also next time but the taste of most of what we ordered, especially my calda gallego was quite forgettable.

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Aimee P.
4.0 Stars

Quite expensive but the Paella Negra was really really good.

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Vic M.
4.0 Stars

Nice place, good food, friendly service. Another place to go to in the neighborhood. 128516

We really liked the Chari-gambas al ajilo, Caldo Gallego and Mushroom Paella. The Salpicao was good, but have had better.

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Tei A.
2.0 Stars

Tried this neighborhood Spanish resto and was disappointed.

The Paella was a little sour, guess the tomato sauce wasnt cooked long enough or seasonings weren't blended well.

Salpicao was salty, the overpowering flavor that I could taste was Knorr seasoning. There were garlic bits but couldnt get the garlic flavor, it was drowned out by the Knorr.

I would rather shell out more and eat at a high-end Spanish resto rather than have mediocre "Spanish" food.

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Mia Q.
4.0 Stars

A small restaurant that serves you great spanish food, affordable ( way cheaper than competitors), great ambiance and attentive staff.

As far as parking is concerned, you have to park on the street

Food is delish. a must try!

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James G.
5.0 Stars

Make sure you book your seats this hole in a wall tapas resto is always jam packed.

If you are craving for paella this is one good place to satisfy those craving buds. Salpicao for me is ok if you tried meat shop or tender bobs u might miss that additional flavor. Try their salads as well.

But overall a good find

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Monique A.
5.0 Stars

Been craving to eat here for sometime now... Finally... mouthwatering when on my way here just thinking on what to order.

Paella paella & more paella ... Yummy!!!

Authentic, rustic quaint little spanish charming place...

Calderon's signature mains ... Paella Valenciana... topped with a generous servings of big plump shrimps, succulent mussels and vegetables. This dish is rich, flavorful and deliciously moist, & all u need is a spoonful & it brings me straight to heaven happy.

Paella Negra, a personal favorite ....cooked in squid ink and topped with shrimps, mussels and creamy aioli. Just like the Paella Valenciana, Calderon's Paella Negra is incredibly moist and flavorful & toasty on the edges. The squid ink adds a layer of flavor that pairs well with a squeeze of lemon & aioli sauce, & one spoonful simply leads to another. & yet another. Like they say... Can't beat it?!?!... just go with it... Go with the flow & don't hold back... Haha..

Callos is literally melt in ur mouth goodness...I'll need to come back next time for the pollo iberico ... Raining hard as it is... going home now or I just might need a boat to bring me home soon 97489889127744127754128675

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ERIKA C.
5.0 Stars

Whenever my parents are away, I would always bring my siblings out for lunch/dinner on weekends and being the foodie that I am, I make sure they get to eat at new restaurants or, at least, something they haven’t tried yet. Since I wanted something that is just near our place, I decided to bring them to a good hole-in-the-wall Spanish restaurant, which has been situating in Greenhills for as long as I can remember.

The place looked fairly traditional with a contemporary twist creating a serene and comfortable atmosphere. As for the space, the place was a bit small making only two to three tables available on the ground floor. On a good note, the restaurant has a second floor, which I assume is way more spacious than its ground floor since there seemed to be an event above as all the noise came from there.

There were a variety of dishes in the menu, ranging from tapas to paellas, and everything seemed so delicious! Good thing my siblings have huge appetites because this means MORE FOOD TO ORDER! :)

Salpicao (P360)
SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE. A simple-looking dish but tasted marvelous! This was the first appetizer served and it gave such a high standard making us expect that all the following dishes would either be as delectable as this or even be way better. I told my siblings to wait for the other dishes, especially the paella, as this would be one of our viand. However, they couldn’t resist this bite-size, melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin ‘cause it was just so tender and flavorful! 

Callos (P320)
ONE FINE DISH. Though this dish had a subtle flavor, it was unique in its own way. A rich, slow-cooked stew of ox tripe and ox feet with chickpeas, pimiento and chorizo. Something to give contrast to the other pungent dishes we ordered.

Gambas al Ajillo (P280)
As described on the menu, this dish comes with “fresh, medium-sized shrimps, pan-fried in olive oil, garlic and spices”, and Calderon was able to live up to what was stated without a doubt! Normally, restaurants would serve tiny pieces of shrimps for such a high price yet this place begs to differ. The dish was aromatic and the shrimps were cooked to perfection that despite its mild flavor, it was still divine and lovely.

Chuleton (P990)
A SHOCKER. Imported steaks are generally better compared to local ones but this baby was a bolt from the blue. Though the wagyu steak is locally grown, it was still as good as that of the imported ones. We had our steak cooked to medium and it was perfect! I love the fact that they know how to cook their steak unlike other hit-and-miss establishments. Pour some melted butter over your steak and heaven will be at your doorstep! Even the sautéed vegetables were nicely done. I don’t mind having this all to myself! :)

Paella Valenciana (P780)
TASTED LIKE SPAIN. As described, this dish is “suitably named after the region of Spain where the paella originated.” This hearty dish is packed with flavors as it comes with chicken, mussel, prawns and vegetables. It tasted so authentic as if you are eating in Spain. Do not underestimate this simple-looking dish, you might be surprised as to how much you might end up eating!
Dynamitas Fritos (P280)
THE FIERY ONE. Thinking that we won’t be full after everything we ordered, we decided to order another bestselling appetizer. I underestimated the spiciness of this dish because when I had my first piece, it didn’t taste spicy at all, but on my second piece, the level of spiciness suddenly increased making me drink an entire glass of water immediately. I have zero tolerance for spicy food and just recently did I start to learn how to eat such food. This dish was not all about spice but it was packed with flavors as well.

Of course, dessert is mandatory on this table.

Torrijas con Helado (P280)
A GOOD ALTERNATIVE. We wanted the Churros but it wasn’t available so we opted for this instead.
Spain’s version of the French toast using ciabatta bread, with hazelnut spread, fruits and almond toppings,and a vanilla ice cream on top. Good thing the Churros wasn’t available or else we wouldn’t have
tried this ambrosial, authentic Spanish dessert! Truly worth the calories! :)

Yes, everything was wiped out at the end and my siblings really had a great time indulging in our Spanish feast! Everything that we ordered is delectable but I highly recommend the Salpicao, Gambas al Ajillo, Chuleton, Paella Valenciana and Torrijas con Helado if you want some good Spanish affair. We wanted to order one of their bestselling dishes, Pollo Iberico, but the restaurant should be notified a day before as it takes a long time to be cooked. Even though the servers were busy, it was nice seeing their smiley faces making sure that the customers were having a wonderful time.

No wonder this place has been a constant in the area. They really have good stuff here making you want to try everything that’s on the menu. Make sure to at least try this once or else you’re missing half of your life!

See more pictures at www.erikacantor.net

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Tiffany C.
4.0 Stars

Everything was good! Esp the paella! I think i had 4 or 5 plates! I really lost count! Lol! ;p

Bacalao was really salty.

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Mark L.
4.0 Stars

haven't eaten here for a while. good thing my friend invited us to eat here last friday.

he ordered the all-time favorites..
paella valenciana, paella negra, chori gambas, lengua, callos, calamari, and many many more.

the downside was the airconditioning was a bit warm on the second floor. maybe because there were around 20 of us. hehe we paid around 980/head including tips.

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Jam O.
4.0 Stars

One of the best Spanish restaurants in Manila.

This restaurant is only easy to find probably only when you're actually looking for it. It's alongside a branch of La Creperie and Tori Box. It's quite small to begin with, and cozy inside. The warm, orange lights and the Spanish-inspired interior add to the cozy, home atmosphere of the place. You do have to make reservations to eat here, probably because of the size of the place, but it is worth the trouble.

The star of their menu is, naturally, the Paella (Pah-Eh-Yuh). They have 3 variants and we ordered the classic Paella Valenciana (Photo above, sorry we couldn't help but grab some already 128540). Paellas can be made freestyle, depending on the cook's recipe. An authentic Paella Valenciana honestly consists of mostly chicken, green and white beans and a few snails. A mixed paella with seafood is called a Paella Andalucia. There is quite a confusion with the variants of paella (Except the Negra, maybe, i think it's the only dark paella). The mixed paella is probably the most common type of paella people know. Although practically anything good with Spanish rice can be cooked to make the paella, such as eel or rabbits, etc.

Calderon's paella took around 15-20 minutes to be served. It was good that the waiter had it cooked in advance while we were still deciding on ordering other dishes. And the paella was definitely worth the wait. It had prawns, mussels, beans, the whole mixed lot. The rice was full of flavor (and really hot), a great combination with the salpicao we also ordered. Prawns and mussels and chorizos were perfectly cooked and well-seasoned. It was a mighty fine paella!

We also tried their gambas, beef salpicao and calamares. They were served quite quickly without compromising the quality at all. You won't get disappointed with the size of their calamares nor the gambas. The calamares wasn't too oily, and the breading was just enough to coat the well-cooked squid rings inside. Beef salpicao was a little drowned in olive oil but it was good and well-seasoned.

The staff were all attentive and cheerful. It was a little disappointing that they didn't have churros, but we did get there a little late already so it was forgiveable. This place is still my favorite so far when it comes to Spanish cuisine.

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Jen CC T.
5.0 Stars

I love this place? Comfort Spanish food.

I loved the ff:
Chorizo
Salpicao
Paella negra (warning - quite rich!)
Steak (I can't recall what it was called)
Caesar salad

Their valenciana was great too but negra is my favorite!

I loved how attentive the waiters were too.
Can't wait to go back!!

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Cecile M.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Ana S.
4.0 Stars

A surprise lunch at Calderon today was a pleasant experience. The place was comfy and reminded me a lot of old Malate haunts. We decided to have lunch here instead of dinner because we heard it gets too packed at night. We had the place all to ourselves because we came at 11:30 a.m.

For key specialties such as paella or Iberian chicken, you would need to order ahead (the paella takes about a half hour to prepare/serve and the chicken must be ordered a day before).

The paella was good but the price was a bit steep compared to other awesome Spanish tapas bars like Casa Armas along Nakpil, Malate (the only Casa Armas worth going to! The other casas under different management simply do not churn out the same quality of food). Casa Armas serves paella at a price and quantity more appealing than Calderon's. However, I LOVE the gambas and chorizo with ajos in olive oil at Calderon's (am going to have to eat at Armas again to compare their gambas...). I am not a chorizo fan but ... Darn! I ate 'em chorizos! :)

The ensalada de mariscos was wonderfully refreshing! Quite a big serving and was happy to share with the family because I already stuffed myself with paella, gambas, chorizo, and callos at that point (note: the wait staff were nice but obviously no sense on how to sequence/serve orders).

They had interesting postres and they use FIC ice cream! Yahoo! Only strawberry and vanilla were available so I ordered the strawberry. Nicely presented in a wine glass with slices of almonds and pieces of sliced up grapes (and I think mint...was so excited for dessert I forgot to take a photo! Haha). :)

Overall, good experience... A bit of tweaking here and there on prices of some menu items and serving size of food (the callos was teeny-tiny tapas serving size) and more training for wait staff on proper serving/sequence of food (I probably would have enjoyed the gazpacho di lichi -- cold soup of lychees, tomato, cucumber, almonds -- if it was served first before I tasted all the rich food)... and the experience will be awesome, I am sure.

I loved the ambience, by the way! Interesting paintings, plates...

I will go back to this place with friends to try some wine and more tapas (which I could not do as it was "family-with-my-son" lunch hehe).

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Mark L.
5.0 Stars

awesome late dinner date after our massage date last night.

we ordered lengua (stupendous!!), chori gambas (delicious!!), ceasar salad (good!!), garlic rice (cooked right!!) and bread platter (sablay).

overall, very good!!

sorry about the pic. i remembered to take one when we were about to finish. hehe

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Tanya P.
4.0 Stars

What we ordered:
paella valenciana-tasty and authentic but no soccarrat. Should specify this when ordering ahead
Chori gambas (see picture for our mid meal leftovers) -generous tapas portion.
Lengua -meant to be shared, as this is a lot. Sauce & mushrooms alone can be eaten as a meal.
Salpicao-garlicky goodness not too much oil.
Callos-really yummy and deadly but that's the nature of this dish.
Over-all fresh ingredients, and we waited a bit even if we ordered ahead because there were a lot of people eating there.
Great service.
We spent 2,700 for 4 people no dessert & drinks. Not bad for a really good meal.

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