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.

1800 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
18th and L

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 447-9440

Website:
http://aiolibodega.com/

Entertainment:
We have a latin guitar player playing Thursday, Friday, and most Saturdays.

Catering:
Please come in or give us a call to discuss your particular catering needs.

Parking Details:
Aside from street parking there is convenient public parking offered Monday- Sunday evenings on 17th Street between L and Capitol.

Executive Chef:
Pablo Hernandez

Additional:
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Aioli Bodega Espanola Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (31)
Special Occasion (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
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Good for a Date (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Authentic (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Romantic (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Casual (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Fun (13)
Cozy (11)
Live Music (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Business Meals (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Spicy (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vegan (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was great, service was terrible. We were seated in a room with a noisy birthday party and the staff's attention was on the party. It makes no sense why they would seat us where they did - especially when we made reservations a couple weeks in advance.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Delightful, as always. Delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere. Excellent, attentive service.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 4, 2017

They didn’t honor our reservation, turned us away. Chef had gone home because not enough customers.
Shame, because usually one of the only good restaurants open after theater.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent as usual. Very enjoyable evening on the patio. Highly recommend it.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent food. Some of the chairs at our table needed to be replaced though. They really felt like they were about to fall apart.

Tags: Spicy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had a very good experience. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food is unlike anything else in Sacramento. From the tapas to entrees, the food is delicious and unique. The servers know both the food and wine, while providing excellent service. I have been going here for several years and am always treated with great respect and courtesy. There are three choices to sit, dining room, bar, and patio. All are different experiences. The dining room is the traditional dining experience. The bar provides the opportunity to interact with the bartender and other guests. Always an entertaining experience. The patio offers a quiet oasis from the busy restaurant and vibrant street scene.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner, fantastic service and great food!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very good service and terrific food. I had lamb and it was outstanding. Another person had a shrimp dish that was great and a third had a lemon chicken dish that was very good, especially if you are dieting. The fig hors d'oeuvres were awesome! My friend is still dreaming about them! I can hardly wait to go back and try the Osso Buco.

Tags: Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We've been here few times and always a great experience. The ambiance, food and service are great! highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Live Music, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Raum Düsseldorf)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Sehr leckeres Essen in netter Atmosphäre bei einem netten Gastgeber. Wir kommen gerne wieder.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 14, 2017

In general, my experience was good. Here were the only speed bumps (maybe me being picky).

1) Paella did not have the crispy layer of rice that I love and saffron was lacking and could not be tasted by myself or my wife. Reminded me more of a seafood risotto than paella.

2) Shrimp were of a low quality. IQF shrimp that could've been bought at COSTCO.

That's it. End of my qualms.

Flavors of the food were great and service was good. Prices were reasonable, but a higher quality, head-on shrimp would have been preferred. The day boat scallops were remarkably delicious and cooked perfectly.

Thank you for a good dinner. I will be back.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Very good food - just felt like our server tried to "oversell" by suggesting multiple plates of the same item so all could share. Even after saying we'd been there numerous times, the staff suggested more plates than we needed. Patio seating was lovely and music was nice touch.
We had to move from the table next to the air conditioner due to noise - but all was well in the end. Wonderful lamb. Terrific salmon tartare. Out of our favorite Barbera.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

The food was good, but I didn't care for the ambiance. I expected more considering it has a Spanish influence. There were cardboard boxes stacked in plain view and the owner's appearance was unprofessional. Everyone was very friendly, but I had higher expectations.

Tags: Tapas, Casual
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fantastic muscles in spicy red sauce. Service was superb. A+

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The original Reda Bellarbi resto. Still fantastic with great choices for everyone. We had two vegetarians and the salads, bourek, mushrooms, tortilla espanola all delicious. The salmon for the carnivore delicate and tender. A great Rioja to wash it all down. Nice guitar musician in the patio....magical!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on September 6, 2017

I have been to Aioli Bodega several times and it never disappoints. A seasonal menu highlighting the best quality ingredients prepared to perfection. Each visit, I have introduced friends or family to the tapas menu and all have left raving about the delicious food. Several favorites include the heirloom tomato tapas and the bogatini pasta - all have been very tasty. The menu is vegetarian friendly, with a variety of healthy options. We tried the vegetarian paella (with picture included). Excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wonderful as always. We were there 5 years ago...same waiter. My son and his wife were there 9 years ago...same waiter. The guy is awesome!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Tapas
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We always enjoy our dinners at Aioli. This time, two of us had fish and two of us had vegetarian dishes. All delicious. Wish we'd had room for interesting desserts. Great, friendly, and helpful service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Excellent food, and good service, at a reasonable price. The room is comfortable and inviting. Overall, a very good meal. My only nit was that perhaps the bread had been left sitting too long and that no one automatically refilled it. We would certainly return.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

My wife and I chose dinner at Aioli Bodega Espanaol to celebrate our 52nd anniversary. We have dined there before and were not disappointed on this occasion. We have visited Spain several times and enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine. Aioli's food is traditional Spanish in taste and presentation. We will return when our craving for for good Spanish food returns.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Nice variety on the menu. Everything was just a tad bit under seasoned. Desserts and sangria were the exception. Very noisy and energetic, not great for personal conversations.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The music was a little too loud - as a result I think people are louder talking above the music...it made it hard to hear my table companions

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Particularly enjoy the Spanish guitarist and of course the host. Also the duck choices!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Spicy, Fun
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

We came on a Saturday night. We sat out back in the patio. There was a musician playing the guitar. The food was all amazing. We had appetizers (tuna tartare and mushrooms), salads(beet salad) and dinner (pork tenderloins and lamb shank). It was all perfect. We will be back for sure.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent meal with great friendly service. The duck was fantastic! We'll be back to try the other items on the menu.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent food selections and nice portions. Daily specials are an outstanding value. We had one daily special and 3 entrees - chicken, pork tenderloin, salmon - excellent preparation, seasoning, and sauces. Desserts great too. Server was attentive, informed, and brought dessert with candle because she heard a birthday being mentioned. I highly recommend - been enjoying the food for many years. One of best restaurants in Sacramento.

Tags: People Watching, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Casual, Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Best duck breast I've ever eaten. Service was excellent- waiters know what they are doing.
A great value. Amazing menu. Come early to deal w parking. L&17th lot for $2 unlimited pl the best deal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Our dinner at Aioli was the best service I've ever had! The food was wonderful as well!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2017

What an incredible meal! Everything was delicious. Service was wonderful! A must if you are in the Sacramento area!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 7, 2017

This place consistently provides excellent food and service. Great wine list

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

The service was great and the food was very tasty. They had a lot of vegetarian options for us which is hard to find in a restaurant. Overall we had a great experience. The restaurant is pretty and the ambience was romantic. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Vegan, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Good food we especially liked the grilled shrimp, mussels in garlic sauce, and the linguini with clams. Friendly and attentive staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

All the food was excellent. Good selection of regular meals and tapas. The lamp and swordfish were great.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Aioli never fails to deliver. The food is authentic, consistently good and prepared a timely manner. The welcome is always warm and genuine. Minor lapse by our initial waiter that the owner probably sensed and promptly changed servers. Didn't realize he had such a great baritone when he sang for my son's birthday.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic, Live Music
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 29, 2017

one of sacramento's finest for many years now and never disappoints. great host and service creating a fun atmosphere but not cloying at all. very creative menu executed with much skill. scallops always impress and lots of other choices as well. go now and often! you won't be sorry.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Fun ambiance, delicious small plates, great service! Would recommend the cocktail menu- well executed classic drinks

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We had a great experience outside on the patio. Nick is one of our favorite waitress of all time and as usual. The food was great and we had an amazing night.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 20, 2017

The lamb bocadillo is so delicious, so succulent, so reasonably priced! Lunch on the patio is truly an escape... the tapas are awesome, but the bocadillos are a great choice if your time is short!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Good service. Friendly staff. Some dishes are amazing, other good. Final score would be 3-4/5. I will go back again.

Tags: Casual
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