Open Hours: 4:30p-midnight M-F, 5p-midnight Sa, 5p-11p Su
This downtown Spanish restaurant began serving tapas, the popular small-plate shareables, in 1971. It has lots of brick walls and wood accents, while ... More
Bodega Restaurant & Tapas Bar (La)
This downtown Spanish restaurant began serving tapas, the popular small-plate shareables, in 1971. It has lots of brick walls and wood accents, while prints of Picasso's Don Quixote, wind swept beaches, and even a bull's head adorn the walls. There are three dining areas, with Spanish embellishments highlighting each. Try the piquant Patatas Bravas and the locally famous and thirst-quenching Sangria. Choose from the wide selection of cold and hot tapas, from simple White Rice to Spiced Rabbit.
The food did not taste like authentic spanish food. It tasted more like salt. The paella tapa was bland and did not even have saffron! The chorizo looked more like chinese sausage. The pollo frito tapa, which was basically salty fried chicken. The clams weren't too bad, but were also lacking flavor. Finally, the rice with seafood wasn't bad either but again tasted salty. The waitress came to our table half as much as she did the others right next to us. Big disappoint since we went there based on the 4.5 star reviews.
What I liked
The food is well prepared here. Delicious, fresh, and excellent from meat to vegetable hot to cold. You won't regret it. Excellent value.
Non- snobbish and casual. You can take a group out for dinner or appies and drinks. Lovely Spanish feel and busy!!!!
The wine list isn't great. They could do a much better job here. In fact the wait staff are not very knowledgeable about it. Yet someone will know and recommend something that will be relatively decent anyway. This isn't the place for wine snobs!!!
Also due to its popularity with the 20 something crowd- the kind that wears skimpy outfits, too much make-up, and loves to take photo after photo, this isn't always a good place for a romantic dinner, but of course this depends on the time of day or night. Great place for a date,however, if you don't really want to talk too much to him/her.
Great place. The staff are really friendly, the food is wonderful, the Sangria is excellent, and the price is very accomodating. Two to three tapas a head will fill you up, don't be fooled.
Particularly recommended are the mixed selection dish of cold appetisers, the exquisite Patatas Bravas (fried potato chunks in spicy sauce), and the totally yummy Albondigas (meatballs). Oh yeah, did I mention that the home-made bread is to die for?
It's a really authentic European tapas experience prepared by masters -- and I'm European :) Go. You won't regret it.
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