Although based on the award winning Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, Cien A?os de Solidad (One Hundred Years of Solitude), Macondo shares none of the attributes associated with the critically acclaimed work. A clever idea though, with nice decor and a cool Spanish street fare theme going on, but sadly the rest is very inconsistent. We went there expecting a wonderful spanish meal, but the result was a throughly tasteless, underseasoned, and well, bland, experience. \r
First of all, for a ""tapas"" place, the items on the menu are oddly portioned and pretty pricy. Some things are tiiiiny, while the bocadillos were more than enough food. the waitress suggested 2 or 3 items per person, but depending on what you order, one might be enough. \r
Not only does Macondo not accept Visa cards (which is ridiculous in my opinion), they are highly overstaffed. The waitress would hover around us and refilled our water every 5 minutes, I'm not exaggerating. The food came fast, aaand was taken away fast as well. A waiter tripped over some lady's bag and dropped what he was carrying, splattering sauce al over my backside and the coat I had draped on my chair. He didn't even apologize! Eventually the waitress brought me some club soda and the manager came over to apologize, offering to pay for the dry cleaning of my coat. However, I would have preferred a refund of my evening and my dinner. \r
Overall, Macondo has potential, but seriously steep prices for food and drinks and tasteless ""street fair"" aren't going to cut it. What's sad is that the decorations around the restaurant (boxes of salted clams, pickled items, ground coffee in cans) have more food in them than what arrives on your plate. But, try the yucca fries, they're the only correctly seasoned item on the menu.
Pros: Good atmosphere, interesting menu
Cons: underseasoned food, steep prices, pesky waitstaff