Pamplona is a classic. It has been since it opened in December of 2007. Combining rustic decor, a beautiful downtown setting, delicious and interesting food, and a stellar wine and cocktail program, Pamplona has been at the forefront of dining experiences in Lafayette for years.

Pamplona Exterior

General Manager Andrew Payne, who began his time at Pamplona behind the bar, heads a team that crafts an exquisite guest experience. Andrew describes the restaurant’s concept as Spanish, emphasizing tapas-style dining. He says, “It was conceived by looking at the local landscape of restaurants and doing something that wasn’t being done yet.”

Pamplona Exterior

From those beginnings, the Pamplona concept has also recognized that Spanish food and culture has a local influence that is often overshadowed by the French. Andrew says that Pamplona also includes some other Mediterranean influences with some local flair, which can be seen throughout the restaurant’s offerings and encompasses a well-honed concept that he describes as romantic, adventurous, and passionate.

Pamplona Quail Egg

The food program is eclectic yet familiar and approachable, and diners have every opportunity to experience a large variety of flavors. For those unfamiliar with tapas-style dining, this is where the adventure comes in. A typical meal can encompass many shareable dishes, granting the diner a chance to experience a large number of delicious items.

Pamplona Steak

Though elegant, much of the food is of a humble nature (they’ve got some of the best French Fries you’ll ever taste), with butter, herbs, and old-world flourishes taking center stage. The tapas, both hot and cold varieties, consist of nods to classic Spanish dishes (Morcilla and Bacon Wrapped Dates) and beautifully on-theme creations such as Crawfish Croquettes and Ceviche. Andrew says his favorite dish is the Seared Tuna.

Pamplona Cocktail

Rounding out the menu are ample selections of soups and salads such as the Arugula and Manchego Salad and Beef Carpaccio, as well as full-size entrees including steaks and seafood. There are also several dessert options prepared in-house.

Pamplona Tuna

There is also an option seldom found in a restaurant setting in Lafayette: The house specialties of Paella Valenciana. The paella is authentic and has all of the traditional ingredients. It’s well worth the 45 minutes to 1 hour that it takes to prepare. 

Pamplona Food Spread

Pamplona is also an excellent destination for its beverage options alone. They offer 14 by-the-glass wine selections, each dispensed from a cellar system that ensures quality throughout the bottle. A full bottle list and many beer selections are also available. This is only the beginning, however, as no less than ten selections are listed on their Absinthe menu, and they offer flights of those made in France and the US. The true gems of Pamplona’s beverage program, however, are the craft cocktail program, focusing on pre-prohibition classics and new and clever creations, and, of course, their legendary Sangria prepared fresh daily. Your kitchen cabinet may already contain the red cup, evidence of a Festival International indulgence in this delicious concoction of fruit and wine.

If Pamplona is hosting a pop-up, you will surely hear about it, and reservations will fill up within minutes of the event's announcement. Miracle, a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar serving holiday cocktails in a festive setting, is one of the restaurant's busiest times. With kitschy holiday decor, professionally crafted cocktails, and festival nostalgic energy, Miracle will surely get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit.

Pamplona Christmas