I'm giving Taberna de Haro 2 stars- 1 for the terrific ambiance, and 1 for the expansive and reasonably priced Spanish wine list. However, the bottom line is this is a restaurant, and I went there to eat, and the food was not only not authentic, but NOT EVEN GOOD! As background, I have spent 2 weeks in Spain in the Basque region and in Madrid. For fairly authentic Tapas in the Boston area, the only places I have really enjoyed are Dali and Estragon. I LOVE Toro, but it's all about the food being so delicious, not authentic, and that's ok!
Taberna de Haro looks and feels fabulous, service was friendly, although one server with no host no runner and no busser and about 12-15 tabels is a recipe for less-than-attentive service, I don't care who you are!
Ordered Jamon Iberico special, sauteed mushrooms, goat cheese on toast, and galician-style octopus. The ham was $10.75 for 6 1.5" square slices, which were DRY and not sliced very thinly. It was especially irritating because the couple next to us had ordered the jamon serrano, and their plate for $13.75. was a huge plate of beautiful, thinly-sliced, marbled ham. The sauteed mushrooms were undercooked, garlicky(good thing) and completely lacking any other seasoning. The goat cheese appeared to be one big chunk laid on a piece of baguette and placed in a broiler for a minute. the Octopus dish was disgusting- some pieces overcooked, others under, some rubbery, some mushy, and lots of them were stuck to the plate as if they too had been in a broiler for some reason. We downed our wine and paid and ran out the door, terrified to try anything else on the menu.
Went somewhere else to eat another dinner.
Bottom line: I would never go back because I don't think they deserve my money for any reason, but I suppose if you were looking for a romantic place to have a great reasonable bottle of spanish wine with a date (no food!) you'd probably enjoy it.
Taberna De Haro
999 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446