About Aioli Bodega Espanola

1800 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
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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.

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

Restaurant Photos

GAMBAS DE LA PARILLA
Swordfish
Sangria
Tortilla Tres Colores
Bourek De Casa & Tomate Catala
BERBERECHOS CON AZAFRAN
Mushroom Bruschetta
Rose
Warm Pear and Almond Tart
Bocadillo De Puerco
Sopa Chocolate

Aioli Bodega Espanola Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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4.1

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (37)
Great for Outdoor Dining (37)
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Special Occasion (32)
Romantic (31)
Notable Wine List (18)
Great for Lunch (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Tapas (11)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Authentic (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Live Music (4)
Fun (4)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (3)
Family Style (3)
Business Meals (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
People Watching (1)
Wood Oven (1)
Spicy (1)
Open Kitchen (1)
Modern Decor (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Scenic View (1)
Historic (1)
Great Beer (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Molecular Gastronomy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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First Visit. Our waiter was awesome. H ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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A quiet outdoor patio and live guitar mu ...

 
 (San Joaquin)
·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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I checked in with my reservation but som ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on September 21, 2016

I checked in with my reservation but somehow that didn't get recorded until I provided my receipt information to Open Table. Otherwise it was a good experience.

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Ambiance on the outdoor patio is very ni ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on September 20, 2016

Ambiance on the outdoor patio is very nice. Staff was very helpful with recommendations. They were also not rushing us through dinner.

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Our waiter Nick was extremely attentive, ...

 
 (Las Vegas)
·Dined on September 17, 2016

Our waiter Nick was extremely attentive, humorous and provided a wonderful experience.

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I love Aioli--one of my favorite go-tos ...

 
 (San Diego)
·Dined on September 17, 2016

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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When I first got to Sacramento, Aioli wa ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on September 17, 2016

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.

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Ordered 3 tapas items shared among our t ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on September 11, 2016

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Historic, Fun
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Great experience as alway love this plac ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on September 3, 2016

Great experience as alway love this place

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3 of us enjoyed a beautiful Summer eveni ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on September 1, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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This place never disappoints. The outsid ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on August 28, 2016

This place never disappoints. The outside seating is absolutely lovely. The food is always delicious.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Family Style, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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Great food and a great dining experience ...

 
 (Beijing)
·Dined on August 24, 2016

Great food and a great dining experience! The wait staff knows the menu and made suggestions based on our preferences. The tapas were excellent!

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Excellent food and fantastic service! T ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on August 14, 2016

Excellent food and fantastic service! The experience was great!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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put extra items on our tab, 1 sangria pi ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on August 14, 2016

put extra items on our tab, 1 sangria pitcher & a bottle of wine

credit cards were imterchanged with other table

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Great all around. Maurice was our serve ...

vip
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on August 14, 2016

Great all around. Maurice was our server and he was fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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Food and service were fabulous. Peacefu ...

 
 (Central Coast)
·Dined on August 7, 2016

Food and service were fabulous. Peaceful and relaxing on the patio.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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A great selection of food and wine. Love ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on August 7, 2016

A great selection of food and wine. Loved the live guatar. Out server was fantastic and patient. The whole experience was great. My mom had a great time for her birthday.

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An inventive menu with a wide array of f ...

vip
 (San Joaquin)
·Dined on August 6, 2016

An inventive menu with a wide array of food choices. Everything was fresh and seasoned wonderfully. A very nice find!

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As always, a delightful journey to the I ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on August 5, 2016

As always, a delightful journey to the Iberian peninsula just 4 blocks from California's capitol! Nothing better than a cold glass of Chardonnay and a wonderful meal on a quiet Friday afternoon.

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I was looking forward to trying this res ...

 
 (Dallas)
·Dined on July 25, 2016

I was looking forward to trying this restaurant. The small plates were fantastic. We did order two entrees as well - ribeye and rack of lamb. Both the ribeye and rack of lamb were charred on the outside. Disappointing.

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Great find! Food, service, decor - all t ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 23, 2016

Great find! Food, service, decor - all together it made it a delight!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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I haven't been to Aioli for 10 years. We ...

vip
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on July 17, 2016

I haven't been to Aioli for 10 years. We decided to try it once again and we are so glad we did!! The food was Excellent! We ordered several small plates and thet were stunning and delicious. Our waiter was lovely and extremely efficient. I didn't even notice my water was running low until he came by to refill it

We cannot wait to go again!

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Really enjoyed the tapas and the outdoor ...

vip
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 13, 2016

Really enjoyed the tapas and the outdoor seating. The wine list was nice too, though a fairly steep markup (they allow a $20 corkage if you want to bring your own). I enjoyed the sangria, though it is more a Spanish style than US style, and some reviewers seem not to like it possibly for that reason. The sangria is also less expensive than most similar end restaurant sangria, possible because they use a table wine and not a higher end wine as the base (a good choice in my opinion). Overall my wife and I had a really nice dinner, and hope to go back again when they have live music (I believe on Thursdays - Saturdays?).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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The food was excellent, as advertised. ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 10, 2016

The food was excellent, as advertised. My waiter was especially helpful with selecting wine, as I was not familiar with any of the red options. Rather than just suggest the most expensive glass, or say "I like wine XYZ," he inquired as to my usual preferences, and what I thought I would be eating. And then recommended an outstanding selection. The menu was diverse and eclectic, even for someone who is familiar with tapas and spanish restaurants. The gambas, the lamb skewers, and the stuffed calamari were outstanding. My only disappointment was that the servers were not very attentive, and I sat with an empty wine glass, needing to order one more dish, for what seemed like a long time. All waitstaff were friendly and helpful otherwise.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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Had a group of 15. Reta (sp?), the owner ...

 
 (Dallas)
·Dined on July 9, 2016

Had a group of 15. Reta (sp?), the owner, took great care of us. We could not have asked for a better experience or meal. Every dish brought to our table was excellent. We had zero complaints.

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Excellent staff. Food is awesome. I have ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on June 30, 2016

Excellent staff. Food is awesome. I have been there many times and have yet to try something I didn't like. Very nice atmosphere as well.

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Excellent service and delicious food!

 
 (San Diego)
·Dined on June 25, 2016

Excellent service and delicious food!

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My wife & always make it a point to come ...

 
 (Central Coast)
·Dined on June 22, 2016

My wife & always make it a point to come here for a really special treat to ourselves when we are in Sacramento once a year for a conference.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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Enjoyed a pitcher of Sangria among the 3 ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on June 19, 2016

Enjoyed a pitcher of Sangria among the 3 of us and the pitcher never seemed to be empty. Had the fresh gazpacho which was very nice and not typical. The paella was very good, although I would have like more saffron in it, and between 2 of us, we had plenty to bring home. Enjoyed our Father's Day celebration there.

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I have been here several times and have ...

vip
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on June 19, 2016

I have been here several times and have enjoyed the food and service. I went with my family for a nice Father's Day dinner this weekend.

We have never been rushed out the door so fast outside of a fast food restaurant. We were given all our tapas and once and could not enjoy it. Most of our courses were cold before we court enjoy them. I told our server that I thought we were rushed out because we had the bill less than an hour. I told our server this and he stated "I'm sorry you feel that way, we are just trying to open some tables here on the patio". I looked around and pointed out there were 4 empty tables. He smiled shrugged his shoulders and walked away. The inside had about a dozen empty tables at the time.

Needless to say I have no intention of coming back here anymore. Not with service like this.

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Great flavors and texture in Lamb Shank ...

vip
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on June 17, 2016

Great flavors and texture in Lamb Shank and the fish special as well as small plates

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Aioli always has excellent food and serv ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on June 16, 2016

Aioli always has excellent food and service. Not a better place in Sacramento for lamb chops and paella.

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The video I looked at before going to th ...

vip
 (New York Area)
·Dined on June 10, 2016

The video I looked at before going to the restaurant made this restaurant seem like a very fun place to be! But I was confused by the menu and had some trouble ordering! There seemed to be tension in the air that night, so the fun factor was down! Not sure what was going on, but I won't be going back or recommending this restaurant to my friends.

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midtown gem still a treat

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on June 9, 2016

Have been coming here for years and have never been disappointed. Always stellar service, many nice choices , and all are prepared well, letting the individual flavors shine thru. Every few times we must have the paella and it always is worth the wait. Nice wine list, a bit pricey, but excellent with the dishes. A shout out to Nick our server..very attentive and in good spirits thruout the meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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Great tapas and the Paella Valencia was ...

 
 (Las Vegas)
·Dined on June 4, 2016

Great tapas and the Paella Valencia was fabulous. Loved the Sangria too. Overall, everything we tried was delicious. We will definitely be back.

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Great meal! It was a hot day and there w ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on June 4, 2016

Great meal! It was a hot day and there were gnats around our food which was a bummer.

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Went for a birthday dinner for 5 people. ...

 
 (New Orleans)
·Dined on May 26, 2016

Went for a birthday dinner for 5 people. My favorite dish was the Zarzuela de Mariscos, which was spicy and delicious! Also had the sangria which is always good. Nothing was particularly "wowing, " but overall a delightful experience!

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I always enjoy Aoili. I recommend orderi ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on May 23, 2016

I always enjoy Aoili. I recommend ordering anything from the tapas menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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OUR ENTIRE PARTY WAS THRILLED WITH THE F ...

 
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on May 22, 2016

OUR ENTIRE PARTY WAS THRILLED WITH THE FOOD AND SERVICE, WE WILL BE BACK.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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Nice dinner... We always let our Servers ...

vip
 (Sacramento)
·Dined on May 22, 2016

Nice dinner... We always let our Servers pick our meals for us, makes it fun not knowing what they we'll choose. Our friends had fun! Ended it with Espressos and three desserts :) Always a great choice for dinner in Midtown.

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