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About Aioli Bodega Espanola
Welcome to Aioli Bodega Espanola where our authentic food, wine and ambiance will transport you to Andalusia. We provide tapas, entrees and desserts for lunch, dinner, private events, and catering.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
18th and L
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We have a latin guitar player playing Thursday, Friday, and most Saturdays.
Please come in or give us a call to discuss your particular catering needs.
Aside from street parking there is convenient public parking offered Monday- Sunday evenings on 17th Street between L and Capitol.
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
Aioli Bodega Espanola Ratings and Reviews
We had the pleasure of introducing our 18 year old grandson and his girlfriend to Aiolli. We let them pick out three small-plate tapas to share and we picked out a a salad and two more tapas. Aioli has such a varied selection of various types of tapas that we ended up with an excellent range of dishes. Although younger tastes are not always adventurous, they loved everything, with emphasis on the lamb skewers with delectable sauce and the mushroom/truffle crostinis. Because of the ability to select exactly which tapas you prefer, but then share a wider range, it's a great place to introduce friends and family to new dishes and tastes. And the desserts are always great.
We came for our anniversary and sat in the patio. It was really beautiful out there, but it was slightly chilly. Some heaters might have been nice. Our server Nick was really funny and personable, but the other waiters were super slow on refilling water or bread. Many of our dishes came out colder than we would have liked - I don't know if they sat there before being picked up or what. The sangria was tasty. We didn't like our meal enough to stay for coffee and dessert, so we went somewhere else. It was a very nice ambience, but I don't know that I would spend another $100 for dinner here.
Great wine list. Nice to have options that include wine from other countries and waiters to help pick out the wine. The menu was more New York than most Sacramento restaurants. Everything from several versions of fabulous paella to duck, rabbit, fish or steak! There were five in our party and everyone loved their dinner!
We had a great bottle of wine which started in the bar, with a wonderful suggestion from the bartender. Table seating was perfect as was the guitar player. I really enjoyed our evening. Food was flavorful and each dish was different. We did not have room for dessert :(
Although we were late due to a GPS error, they were very understanding. We had tapas (pulpo, veggies, calamari and oxtails). All were exquisite. Service was friendly and attentive. The bread and aioli just kept coming. We even went for deserts (an orange creme caramel for me, chocolate mouse for her). Both were excellent. If it weren't for the fact that this place is 900 miles from home, we'd come here often. As it is, we'd have a hard time coming to Sacramento in the future and NOT coming here again.
My food was delicious however, the tiramisu that was recommended as the dessert special tasted TERRIBLE. It tasted like it was freezer burnt and the top layer was (for lack of a better explanation) leathery. 100% gross. We took 2 bites and left it. The food was good, the dessert- take my advise and pass on it.
I've been dining here for years and their seafood is always done perfectly. Their paella has been consistently good and they have an impressive/extensive wine list!
I must say that I was most impressed on my last visit by our server, Nick. He was awesome! Humorous, helpful, and knowledgeable.
the outside dining area was closed (its February and rainy) and they have compensated unfortunately with cramming more tables inside. The live music was beautiful (Spanish guitar) but too loud for the crowded dining area so between the guitar and all the tables I was glad to leave with a small headache :(
Usually this restaurant is perfect but conversation was impossible on this Saturday night ....
The food was very good , but I should have asked the waiter to not leave the short rib tapas at the table when he did as I had just finished my salad and was just starting the bean soup. When I got to the short ribs and polenta it was cold. Still good but cold! I should have sent it back but didn't want to be eating alone when my friend was nearly finished!
I was really looking forward to celebrating my BF's birthday and giving back through Dine in Sac special.
Three highlights: GiGi ~ the bartender ~ loved his energy and his charisma; Achilles ~ our server ~ even though they served the food out of order he was so gracious and kind; The Spanish guitar player ~ a great sound creating a beautiful ambience.
Area of Improvement: the host ~ he has been there for a long time and could be the owner but he was rude. I got there at 6:30 (reservation time) and my BF was parking the car and he waved me off to wait on the bar area (all of 6 chairs) ~ which was a blessing because I met GiGi. Then we were seated and I asked if we could have the regular menu. "NO!" Alrighty then. It was one or the other. What if one of us didn't want the Prefixed menu? We were both put off by his sharpness of his tone.
And finally the menu on the website stayed Flan for dessert ~ it was replaced with Chocolate Mousse and it was so tart and too heavy for dessert.
Had reservations, but when we arrived the restaurant was packed with no waiting area. Ended up standing over the poor individuals who were unfortunately seated in the entry way. The host kept telling us our table would be ready "any minute." After waiting for 45 minutes, and overhearing others who had reservations 30 minutes prior to ours yet still weren't seated, we left without eating. Unfortunate, as I have had good meals here in the past, but won't likely be back.
Restaurant was very understaffed. The host was not friendly. It took about 15 min to get seated WITH reservation. Waiter did not attend to us for about 20 min. We would have left if it was not a long drive. Food was terrible, bread were scraps. Food took more than 30 mins to come out. Onion soup was sweet, salad was bitter, sauteed spinach had a weird after taste, pasta sauce was plain, chocolate mousse was not tasty. They ran out of flan. It was definitely one of the worst dining experience I had. Even people seated next to us had an awful time (they said so). The server was really apologetic. I felt bad for his unpleasant working condition. He tried to make things up but there were just way too many mistakes and let downs to recommend this place. I had really high hopes for this restaurant but it was a huge let down. I was looking forward to tasty tapas and comforting paella but I will not be coming back.
We came here for Dine Downtown. We chose it because it was one of the few with 4 courses in their prix fixe menu instead of the usual 3. Overall the food was great. It was extremely busy that night but our server Nick was still able to take care of us with the help of the other waitstaff. Teamwork in action!
This restaurant has a great reputation but we went on a dine downtown night and the staff was overwhelmed is all I can think, Nice waitstaff but they didn't deliver and had to apologize a LOT. Bad experience. Lovely guitar music however. I could see how it could be if we got what we ordered and not something different, and if it was delivered in a reasonable amount of time. They knew they blew it and gave us a certificate to return.. we will see.
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