Adorned with orange accents and black leather, Tablas Woodstone Taverna greatly contrasts with the surrounding shopping center. The burning fire situated in the middle of the dining room foreshadows the food to come.

The restaurant features Mediterranean-style foods that come straight from the wood-fired oven. The tapas dishes are designed for sharing, which allows groups of diners to try many items on the expansive menu. Perhaps begin with the bacon-wrapped dates, which are stuffed with Serrano peppers and drizzled with balsamic reduction. Though the spice factor can be a kick in the pants, the sweet and savory notes are everything you would want in a plump bite. The spice can be easily mellowed with a plate of warmed Brie. The melty French cheese is served in triangles amidst apple confit and hazelnut pieces. Use a crispy homemade cracker to swoop up all three components.

The grilled lamb sliders are also strong and showcase the Mediterranean theme. Reminiscent of a gyro, the soft bun is slathered with mint tzatziki sauce, which pops with herbaceous flavors. The lamb itself is cooked to the doneness of the diner’s request and sprinkled with tangy pepperoncini and feta. The fried Yukon Gold potatoes with rosemary and aioli were the least exciting of the four dishes, but a good side to eat between tastes of other snappier treats.

The casual atmosphere and modestly priced food is suitable for families or groups of friends wishing to grab a satisfying meal. Or forgo the company all together and sit at the long bar during happy hour for bargain eats and signature cocktails. Regardless, the staff is friendly, the dishes are diverse and the burning fire is a warm escape from the crisp chill of winter.

If you like Tablas, also try its sister restaurant Demetris on the Edmonds waterfront for a similar experience and a view of Puget Sound.

Tablas Woodstone Taverna
15522 Main St., Mill Creek
tablaswoodstonetaverna.com

"The casual atmosphere and modestly priced food is suitable for families or groups of friends wishing to grab a satisfying meal."