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Riverside Restaurants: Tapa That!

Cool Comfortable and tasty. Tapa That is located on Lomax Street in Five Points and offers fantastic food. After the Jump, Janice Price tells us the details!

Published October 14, 2012 in Dining & Nightlife      5 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


Tapa That
820 Lomax St (across the street from the big lizard mural)
(904) 376-9911

Tapa That serves a rotating menu of dishes that are more fusion cuisine than traditional Spanish tapas. The charming owner, Michael Coutu, is dedicated to using locally produced food as much as possible, so the menu changes daily and is partly determined by what is locally grown and in season.  There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, no HCF, no MSG, no freezer, and no microwave oven. There are locally brewed and national brands of beer, and the vinos are primarily from organic, sustainable wineries.

Tapa That is small, cozy, and casually elegant, with floating candles on the tables at night and fresh flowers during the day. There is free wifi and a small lounge area with sofas for relaxing and hanging out, which is encouraged. The aged brick walls are colorfully decorated with works by local artists, and the art is available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the artists. The decor in the bathrooms is amusingly squee... but more importantly, they were clean. Yes, I have a thing about bathrooms.

Reservations are not required, but are recommended on Friday and Saturday nights, or for parties of ten or more people. Reservations can be made by phone or online at

Tuesday through Thursday: 11 am to 9 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11 am until, well, just until.
Closed Sunday and Monday, except brunch on the second Sunday of the month, featuring bottomless mimosas and an art raffle.

text and photos by Janice Price



October 14, 2012, 05:27:15 PM
Great restaurant.
Awesome owner.
Chef Arielle rocks!


October 14, 2012, 08:24:23 PM
Can't wait to check this place out!

Dog Walker

October 15, 2012, 09:32:03 AM
Have eaten there several times both with and without guests.  Have never been disappointed and have discovered flavor combinations that I've never tasted before.

Comfortable ambiance and thoughtful wine selection.  Really good prices for the quality of the food.

Michael and Arielle have hit it just right!

BTW, start with the olive tapanade!


December 15, 2012, 04:03:48 AM
Brilliant little place!  Hung out semi late night and was favorably impressed with the joint.  The owner, Michael Coutu is one of the coolest guys around.


December 15, 2012, 09:18:34 AM
Michael is definately a cool guy.  He was at the Mellow hearing to speak in favor of the vibrancy new businesses bring to the neighborhood and talked about how hard it already was to open a business without artificially limiting competition by indiscriminate means, if you remember Stephen.  He gets it.  We need more young entrepreneurs like him and his sister in this city!!

We had our cash mob in Five Points there.  Recently Michael held a great benefit night for Movember, donating 10pct of his sales to Movember Jax and even donated some wine bottles that were auctioned off.  The lady friend wrote about the place in a previous article:

Really glad to have Tapa That in Five Points!!
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