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.
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
There is aways a festive and joyful ambi ...
There is aways a festive and joyful ambiance with delicious food and friendly service at Aioli. We have never been disappointed. Live classical guitar music and spectacular tapas take you to Spain for a memorable dining experience.
Undercooked lamb with average service .. ...
Undercooked lamb with average service ....otherwise an average experience. I wish my wife or I were asked how I'd like the meat cooked. That would have made a big difference. The meat and vegetables were fresh and flavorful with the pasta considered to be very good by those who had partaken in this dish.
Has been one of our favorite restaurants ...
Has been one of our favorite restaurants in Sacramento and took our eldest daughter there for her birthday. We ordered a seafood Paella which the menu stated clearly included salmon among mussels, clams , calamari. When it arrived and we started eating did not see any pick fish, then notice a large number of what appeared to be scallops. We called the waiter over who then confirmed that the chef substituted sea bass for the salmon and added scallops, all of which he never bothered to tell us before bringing it. We are all allergic to scallops and our daughter was sick all night. He never offered to take it back, apologize or offer any kind of response other then he would talk to the owner. He gave us the check with no further comment. Outraged. Whenever we see seafood pasta etc with scallops we ask that the chef delete them or substitute more prawns. These people just dumped them in off menu and also replaced the salmon with another fish all without checking whether we would be ok, never seen anything like it.
Dirty, unorganized servers, uncomfortabl ...
Dirty, unorganized servers, uncomfortable chairs, filthy bathrooms and the worst...a fly in my husbands wine glass AND a hair WITH THE ROOT FOLICLE STILL ATTACHED, in our paella. When we pointed out the fly they removed the glass immediately but then I spied them fishing out the bug with a spoon....re-serving perhaps? It was only after I caught them in the act and demanded a new glass and new wine, did they do so. The appetizer was too cold to taste but we needed something to' hold us over' as we waited the designated 45 minutes to prepare the paella. No issues as we had the heads up but the app was very average. AS stated, too cold to enjoy and had that refrigerator flavor. The paella with hair pushed us over the edge. We asked for the bill (mistakes on that as well), and I went to the ladies room to wash my hands and find another restaurant. The bathroom was filthy..so I turned around and left. How does a place like this deserve an 'A' rating? Are all CA Health Inspectors asleep? 30 years in the food business, and 6 years of Quality Control in Food Mgmt., I sighted five sanitation infractions in the ten minutes we waited for the wine. How do they stay open? Place was a tomb on a Wednesday night - should have told us something.
Food and ambience and service good. I li ...
Food and ambience and service good. I liked our waiter but would like to recommend that for a business lunch when important conversation is taking place, he adopt a less interrupty service style. Overall a good place.
Been to Aioli Bodega 5 times now. This w ...
Been to Aioli Bodega 5 times now. This was the last time I ever go there. The service was adequate for the first half of the meal but the second half all the waiters literally disappeared for about 20 minutes. There were no waiters at all on our side of the restaurant for 20 minutes. I needed water.
The food is inadequate and overpriced. For Tapas, the Arugula salad was very nice, however the Albondigas were under-seasoned and bland and the Bacala was grossly over-seasoned. It literally tasted like it had marinated in a salt bath. I could not eat it entirely. The entrees: most of the entrees here have their diced roasted potatoes with some sort of creamy dressing squirted on top and sautéed spinach as sides. For a fine dining establishment this isn't egregious but wholly unimpressive. It shows they take no pride in their craft that they simply plop this potato and spinach on every plate and call it a day. The Lamb that my sister had was dry but undercooked, if you can believe it, and my dad's chicken breast was unimpressive, and my duck was average. I asked for a substitute of sauteed arugula instead of spinach and I know it was a special request but the arugula was horrid. Extremely overseasoned and it had some kind of smoked pepper which made it taste like burnt pig feet or something. Simply terrible.
The location is nice and ambiance fantastic so this isn't a complete failure of a restaurant, but the extreme shortcomings in the food and high prices put this establishment on my personal black list.
We love Aioli's and go back time and aga ...
We love Aioli's and go back time and again. Enjoy the food, the banter with the waiters and owner in different languages and the refined way of the long term staff. Have always loved the Spanish classical guitar musician, the paella, ravioli appetizer, the salmon acaporrado, and the excellent deserts.
A rare gem in the Sacramento food scene. ...
A rare gem in the Sacramento food scene. Carefully prepared and presented authentic Spanish tapas. A surprisingly extensive menu with considerable variety. Nicely crafted cocktails. I simply love this place. Only complaint: in stereotypical Spanish fashion, there is a certain lack of organization which you immediately sense trying to get seated – but once you are, it is bliss.
First Visit. Our waiter was awesome. H ...
First Visit. Our waiter was awesome. His explanation of the tapas and entrees were superb and his recommendations were spot on. An inviting patio was what attracted us to the restaurant when we strolled by a month prior and saw it. A large selection of delightful options to choose from will have you coming back again to try new things. Except for one minor incident dealing with a table request, my wife and I loved our experience.
A quiet outdoor patio and live guitar mu ...
A quiet outdoor patio and live guitar music creates a perfect backdrop for enjoying wonderful food and company. Having not had Spanish fare before, the staff was very helpful on how to best experience the meal. Start with hot and cold varieties of tapas, we had four between three people. The portobello de la moda and Bourek de Casa were outstanding. We finished with a plate of pasta al pomodoro. Simple but oh so delicious! A place to return to and continue exploring the wonderful menu.
I love Aioli--one of my favorite go-tos ...
I love Aioli--one of my favorite go-tos in Sacramento because of the charming patio, excellent service, and delicious food. On this occasion, we had a group of 7 for my birthday dinner. The restaurant met my request to seat us out on the patio, and we got a fairly secluded corner of the patio which was perfect for a party. Our server was excellent (with a good sense of humor) and made some good food suggestions. The tuna tartar here is one of my favorite dishes and is exceptional. We had one person in the part who is gluten intolerant, and there were plenty of options for her. Overall, it was a great night, with great food, great service. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!
When I first got to Sacramento, Aioli wa ...
When I first got to Sacramento, Aioli was one of my favorite restaurants however their menu has since suffered. My husband ordered a gazpacho which was overly peppery and the couple dining with us weren't that thrilled with their selection either. In addition, the tap water has a moldy after taste. When asked if I could purchase bottled water, I was told I could only to be brought carbonated water. The waiter then explained there is no still water for sale.
Ordered 3 tapas items shared among our t ...
Ordered 3 tapas items shared among our table for 11. Stuffed calamari were flavorful, portobellos especially delicious. I ordered langostino as my main dish and loved it. Husband had so much duck, he shared his with me as well as roast potatoes.We ordered 3 kinds of paella, which provided seconds for several. Our birthday girl loved the almond cake with orange water. The charming owner helped take care of us. Best patio dining experience. Can't wait to go back!
3 of us enjoyed a beautiful Summer eveni ...
3 of us enjoyed a beautiful Summer evening on the patio...great food -- especially loved the roasted tomato, lamb skewers, seared scallops and white bean soup -- outstanding service, and wonderful music by the New Jazz Quartet. Nick our server was thoughtful to present our 7-8 different and delish tapas dishes in select order so as not to overwhelm...and what a happy person! We'd never sit indoors; far too noisy.
The only distractions were the location of our table and the chairs. We were placed right in front of the musicians, which is wonderful because they're among our favorites; however, it was also alongside the pathway for arriving guests and the constant coming-and-going of servers and staff. The chairs' seats were rush or something similar, not very supportive. If there are other kinds of chairs available, we'll ask for them next time. And there will be a next time.
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