By Tatiana Ortiz

Owner and Chef Julio Pagan of Spanglish Bistro in Valrico knows how to put his culinary skills to the test by incorporating a twist in American cuisine with Italian, Puerto Rican and Spanish cultures. Along with that, diners can experience a memorable night of live music and dancing all in one place.

Spanglish Bistro has been in business since May 2015 and is new to the Valrico area.

“The restaurant is 3,800 sq. ft. and can seat 112 guests,” said Pagan. With that in mind, the restaurant hosts events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The restaurant is closed on Sunday, but will open for private parties such as weddings, birthdays and more. Catering is also a service the restaurant provides for its guests.

In regards to events, on Thursday nights it hosts Date Night. Two people can dine for $39.99, which includes two entrees, a bottle of wine, an appetizer and dessert. On Friday nights, a violinist plays from 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday nights it is Latin Night from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Lastly, there will be a buffet style Thanksgiving dinner event from 3-8 p.m., which will include a band.

The restaurant offers a variety of specialty food items and drinks that is great in quality and has an array of craft beers and wines for diners to choose from. One of the restaurants’ signature dishes is the Apple Salmon, which is top of the line Scottish Salmon.

As far as pricing goes, there are items on the menu from $10-$60 a plate. New specials are offered daily and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Currently, Spanglish Bistro has a $7.99 lunch promotion, which includes a drink.

“Overall, I feel very blessed with the positive feedback I have received so far because this is a passion of mine and I enjoy making people happy,” said Pagan.

For more information about Spanglish Bistro, visit It is located at 1903 E. St. Rd. 60 in Valrico. Hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 530-4707.

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