The west side deserved a place like Kobe - I'm thrilled they are there and still going strong. The food is by far the best of any of the hibachi joints in town. The sushi is phenomenal, as well. The only downfall for Kobe is its size, but maybe this is what keeps it so fresh and wonderful. Make a reservation and get there about 15 minutes early. We've done this on our last few visits and it has served us well. If it's Friday or Saturday evening and you did not call ahead, it is likely you'll have a long wait in the tiny bar area or you can choose to dine in the lounge area where the sushi chef is (and miss the hibachi show). Plan your visit well and you will be greatly rewarded! Make sure you chant "Sake bomb" to the hibachi chef; you will also be greatly rewarded for this!
Though relatively small for a live music venue, the Tala Vera has something that most other venues do not: great food. Traditional Mexican style cuisine makes Tala Vera extremely special. Attentive bar staff and a friendly, attentive owner make the Tala Vera a great place to hang out with friends. The cantina has some seating, and an outside smoking area. Tala Vera also has plenty of lit parking in the lot behind the bar.
The sound from the audience perspective is amazing. If you're looking to see an acoustic, jazz, indie rock, or singer/songwriter style show with an intimate feel, Tala Vera is a great place to go. Tala Vera also hosts punk and metal shows on a variable basis, and those are a lot of fun as well.
I would love to give this establishment 5 stars, but there is really only one factor preventing me from doing so: the size of the place. While there are separate bar and music areas, they are both quite small.
If you're not afraid to meet new people, have fun, and enjoy some cool music, by all means check out Tala Vera. The cantina also does recording and videography, and maintains an active LiveStream account.
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