La Marcha

Paella at La Marcha. Photo: Phi Tran
Paella at La Marcha. Photo: Phi Tran

“My favorite place of all is La Marcha Tapas Bar. Love the food, drinks and dessert.” — Nosh reader

The small dining room at the corner of San Pablo and University avenues is a love letter to Spain, a celebration of the casual, exuberant cuisine that we fell for a decade ago when tapas were last trending. As with any brand-new restaurant, La Marcha is a work in progress, and dinner there can be filled with highs and lows. Thankfully, those highs are not only technically well-executed, but also peppered with thoughtful touches — chef-owners Emily Sarlatte and Sergio Emilio Monleón clearly know what they’re doing. Take, for example, the wild boar albóndigas, ethereally light meatballs perched atop a creamy, cheesy tomato sauce. A scoop of the sauce alone evokes the nostalgia of Campbell’s tomato soup with the flavor dialed up to 11. And don’t miss the creative, seasonal paellas, perfectly crisp churros, and late-night happy hour. La Marcha is at 2026 San Pablo Ave. (near University), Berkeley.