38 Main Street
Rosemary Beach, FL 32461
A fresher, coastal approach
Nestled on Main Street in Rosemary Beach is a restaurant with a European feel, where guests can dine
inside or out, enjoying the scenery and the food.
“La Crema Tapas & Chocolate was originally inspired by the dining style of cities in Spain like Barcelona
or Madrid,” explained General Manager Andrew Preble. “Tapas is a Spanish word and it means top. So you
would put a little plate from the bar on top of your glass and hold your glass and eat your tapas. But for us,
in America, tapas now means small plates and sharing.”
When the restaurant opened 10 years ago, the idea was to serve mainly Spanish-style tapas, but the menu
has since expanded and this summer especially, guests can expect some new and exciting options.
“People like variety,” said Preble, “so we’re incorporating flavors from other cuisines from around the
world in that same format of small plates and sharing.”
Eric Bartholomew, who is the executive chef for sister restaurant La Cocina, has been working as a
consultant to help La Crema add to its menu.
“What I’m trying to do is make it fresher and more vibrant, sourcing more local ingredients and
showcasing some seafood items,” said Bartholomew. “A lot of people aren’t that familiar with your
traditional Spanish-style tapas. So, my goal is to take a more coastal, fresher approach to those traditional-
style small plates.”
Some newly added items include a lionfish ceviche.
“We’re doing that with fresh tuna, as well,” added Bartholomew. “A saku block tuna with hibiscus leche de
tigre, some avocado.”
He’s also been working with regional farmers to add other options to the menu.
“We’re going to be doing a local cheese plate where some of the cheese and ingredients are coming from
local farmers. So we’ll be drawing more local flare and flavor to La Crema.
And while some of the familiar items will remain like the fried Brussels sprouts, others may be enhanced a
“A good example is the Patatas Bravas, which are your fried potatoes,” Bartholomew said. They’re now
fluffier, crispier, and have had some surprising new ingredients added to give them more flavor, including a
The many desserts that have kept guests coming to La Crema for years are still very much a part of the
menu, like the popular OMG chocolate espresso cookie or chocolate fondue.
“You’ve got melted milk or dark chocolate and you’ve got this fresh fruit or pound cake to dip into it,” said
Preble, describing the fondue. “Talk about ending a meal with a nice glass of wine.”
La Crema has an extensive wine collection with both Spanish and domestic wines. There’s also a good
craft beer selection, as well as different types of coffees.
“One of my favorite things about this restaurant is you can make La Crema what you want it to be,” noted
Preble. “You can come in and have lunch quickly, you can come and have a bite to eat and glass of wine,
you can sit down for an hour and a half and have tapas and some of our larger dishes, or if you can’t make
it in for dinner, you can come later in the evening and have dessert.”
La Crèma operates on a first-come, first-served basis and does not accept reservations. It’s open seven
days a week and during the summer opens every morning at 11 and stops seating every evening at 10 p.m.
The restaurant is located at 38 Main Street, Rosemary Beach. For more information, call 850-534-3004 or