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121 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA | Directions 3003033.774389 -84.296003
Mon-Thu 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am; Late night menu served Mon-Thurs till 12am and Fri-Sat till 1am
Fantastic! Hidden Gem – Stephanie was a great server! The food could not be better. The trio of sausages is insuperable. I particularly loved the lamb sausage. It was gamey, but not overwhelming. The Wild Boar 'Albondigas" are better than expected. And to finish up the "Copa Catalana" is what "Creme Brulee" aspires to be...
Warm, Welcoming, Not one mistake while I was dining...
Spanish Pig Tapas! – Walking in the old Sage location, and it was once one of our favorites in Decatur, we were wowed by the red and black Spanish Bordello feel. Eager staff, owner met us at the door, very friendly and eager. We decided to sit at the bar! Loved the blackboard, listing old-fashioned coctails, thought of my parents. Ordered two classic martini's. We thought the bartended had just gotten out of bartending school, making the drinks with a jigger. Was he worried about getting us drunk, or was just scared. I think it was the latter, and lacking in personality. The owner/compted, brought us Pork Cheek Taco's. Slow roasted pork cheeks, fire roasted corn salsa, avocado crems, arugula, and fresh lime. They were off the chart! We decided to make a dinner off the Tapas portion of the menu. First, it was Albondigas-fresh wild boar sausage-stuffed with piquillo peppers, Macedonian dates, and roasted peppers. We also had B.W.D., bacon wrapped dates stuffed with Manchego cheese, and walnuts. The tapas here is excellent, and creative. We will be back, to nosh on tapas. Hope they get a new bartender.
True Spanish tapas in a stunning space in Decatur Square. – In Short
From Japanese gastropubs to slider bars in Castleberry Hill, the concept of “tapas” has gotten overused in Atlanta to the point of confusion. True Spanish-style small plates are tough to find but the Iberian Pig--a warm and rustic restaurant in the Decatur--singlehandedly fills the void. Named after the prized black ham of Spain (jamon iberico), the restaurant delivers elegant-but-affordable tapas the way they should be; one part charcuterie and cheeses and one part heavy, hearty hors d’oeuvres. The namesake jamon lives up to its billing: buttery, nutty, almost melt-able slices served with an espresso aioli. Potatas bravas-style potatoes are diced, fried and slathered in tomato salsa and gooey cheese while chorizo, octopus and peppers tempt in multiple plating options. Sure, they’ve got a good burger and solid main courses, but so do hundreds of Atlanta restaurants. Go with tapas, they’re actually worthy of the name.
GREAT TIME EXCEPT AT THE BAR – WENT IN TO CELEBRATE A GREAT DAY of WORK AT THE IBERIAN PIG ONLY TO FEEL A DEEP SENSE OF REGRET AFTER WE SAT AT THE BAR FOR LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES. OUR MOOD CHANGED DRASTICALLY AFTER BEING SERVED BY THOMAS, WHO COME TO FIND OUT IS THE BAR MANAGER. FOR SOMEONE LIKE MYSELF, WHO TENDED BAR FOR OVER TEN YEARS IN ATLANTA, I HAVE NEVER HAD A MORE DISSAPOINTING AND AWKWARD BAR EXPERIENCE IN MY LIFE. HAVING ZERO PERSONALITY AND LACK OF INTEREST IN YOU CUSTOMERS IS NOT A GOOD WAY TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE POURING DRINKS WITH THE HELP OF A JIGGER, WHICH IN MY OPINION, IS THE TACKIEST THING TO DO IN FRONT OF CUSTOMERS AND HURTS THE IMAGE OF THE RESTAURANT. IF YOU CANT GET YOUR BAR STAFF TO POUR A FOUR COUNT WHILE MAKING MIXED DRINKS THEN YOU SHOULDN’T BE THE BAR MANGER OR A BARTENDER!
AFTER STATING WE HAD WORKED IN THE BUSINESS OURSELVES HE NEVER ENGAGED US ON THAT QUESTION OR ANY OTHER….AND WHEN WE ASKED A SIMPLE QUESTION SUCH AS WHERE HE HAD WORKED OVER HIS TENURE IN ATLANTA AS A BARTENDER HE BECAME VERY ALOOF AND STATED THAT HE PREFERRED NOT TO TELL US WHERE HE HAD WORKED ……WHO SAYS THAT?? IT WAS JUST AWKWARD!!! TO PUT IT PLAINLY I WANTED MY CHECK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO TRY AND SALVAGE THE EXPERIENCE…WHICH I AM GLAD WE DID.
THANK GOD FOR OUR WAITRESS STEFANIE!!!WHO WAS FANTASTIC!!! (SHE SHOULD BE BEHIND THE BAR BY THE WAY). WE LET HER PICK OUR APPETIZERS AND COULDN’T HAVE BEEN HAPPIER…. WE ALSO HAD THE PLEASURE OF HAVING THE EXECUTIVE CHEF STOP BY THE TABLE AND GIVE HIS RECOMMENDATIONS. THE FOOD WAS AMAZING AND SERVICE AT THE TABLE WAS INCREDIBLE- I WILL DEFINITELY GO BACK BUT I WILL DO MY DRINKING PRIOR AT THE BRICK STORE
A Nice alternative in Decatur – We went there, as a group, for post business relaxation time. We started off at the bar where the bartenders used JIGGERS to poor our drinks. Folks, this isn't Applebee's and it ain't Chili's. You pour interesting drinks at Midtown prices, so put your big boy pants on and free pour, like a real bartender does. That's just simply tacky.
On a lighter note, the bar is stocked with many nice spirits, including a decent smattering of bourbons that no one offers in town.
Food: we had most of the tapas on the menu and 3 tapas that were specials that day. Things that stick out most: eggplant fries (though the red pepper aioli comes off more like spicy thousand island), BBQ Octopus, Salchicha 3 ways (3 types of sausage done right, and Bacon wrapped dates. You put anything in Benton's bacon, you can't go wrong.
Overall this is a really good restaurant. There are certain dishes to avoid in my opinion. The mussels added no character, flat breads, while good, are pure salt overflow, arugula salad (tasted like arugula with OJ sprinkled on it), Huevos con Trufa (while not bad, it did nothing to distinguish itself.
The latter half of our dinner (preferred dishes) was way better than how we started (the 1st set of dishes we ordered). I like Iberian Pig, it's better than most places in Decatur. It has great ambiance, a laid back staff, and the fact that it really distinguishes itself in ways that Sugo (it's mother restaurant) doesn't, is really nice.
But...more nuance in the food and a bar staff that doesn't pour corporate drinks would be nice. You have way too many bars/restaurants near you that offer free pour drinks at better prices (in elegant atmospheres). Don't do yourself this disservice and hand them the edge.
best new late night dining – We were walking by to eat at our normal friday night spot and got captivated by the space so we headed in and we are so happy we did.
To start the menu is RICH to say the least... so much to choose from. We went through a few of the cocktails and found each creation as pleasing as the next. Still craving that 'Aviation'.
We ordered several tapas and found the portions to be very generous and most importantly deliciously surprising.
The modern twist on the spanish inspired food was perfection!!!
We then split the burger which is now my husbands favorite burger in atlanta. And lastly the desert... one word 'Bamba,' (sorbet rolled in white chocolate). Make sure to leave room cause this is such a nice finish to a fantastic meal.
Thanks Iberian Pig!... Can't wait to work my way through the menu!!!
Delicious – The food is wonderful and it's a great place to go for drinks and a meal after work or on the weekends. If you just want drinks, you will be more than satisfied with the creative drink menu. If you want a few appetizers with those drinks, they have awesome meat and cheese plates that are great to share, but my favorite is the mushroom flatbread. Incredible. As for a meal, if you are with a group, order it like tapas and try everything. You don't want to miss a single thing on the menu.
The only drawback that I could see is there is a little too much going on on the menu...not food-wise, but in the text. The food speaks for itself more than the fun and sassy descriptions. Those are sometimes a bit much. The wine list is great and pretty extensive, but the layout on the menu is a bit confusing. If it was more simple, I would try more things, but I don't like feeling like I'm reading a magazine when I'm ordering wine. I think stylistically, the menu will get worked out, and obviously the layout of a menu has nothing to do with how fabulous a restaurant is. I will go there again and again and again. Five stars!
Great new place to eat in ATlanta – The Iberian Pig is a wonderful place to eat in Decatur. The design of the restaurant is masculine and seems to complement the food menu. The staff is energetic and organized and chef Chad is creating great dishes. A+
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