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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
Excellent all around. A little pricey for portions you get but we loved everything we got, from the salads and soups all the way to dessert. Wish it hadn't been too hot for the patio because it is beautiful out there. It got noisier as it got later and its a small space so if you want quiet, get there earlier.
It's been several years since I've been to this restaurant. I get up in Spain, and so I have to admit I set a very high bar for any place that claims the title "Spanish restaurant ". That said, Aioli served us very delicious authentically prepared traditional dishes. The tortilla was moist and cold! I was impressed with that since most places this side of the pond insist on serving it hit which isn't the way it should be. The olives were fresh and lovely. The bread was perfect: nothing like good pan. The gambas al ajillo were also very good. The flan was one of the best I've had here in the US. So why am I only giving 3 stars? The portion sizes were ridiculously tiny for the price. 3 tiny slices of tortilla for $10.95??? Really? A tiny bowl of olives. 4 gambas! I don't mind paying for my food but I don't think I'll be back unless I have the time and appetite for a paella. We had 4 tapas (tiny portions!! Maybe 2 bites for each of us per dish) and a side dish of spinach. My husband had a beer and I had a glass of rose. We did have Crema Catalana and a flan for dessert. The bill was a whopping $81.05. For that price I would have expected to have had a substantial meal.
So. Wonderful food. Lovely ambiance. Loved the guitarist. But the prices were really high for the truly tiny amount of food we got. I'll think twice before we return.
Because we were a few minutes late for our birthday dinner reservation, they asked us to wait at the bar for 5 minutes. We were at the bar for 45 minutes and didn't get offered a drink or snack until just before we were seated. The host and bartender were rude! Yes, we were late (but it is a Spanish restaurant) and there were plenty of open tables the entire time we waited at the bar. And they did not acknowledge the celebration in any way. I will never patronize Aioli again - they don't deserve my business (or yours).
We had a wonderful dinner! Everything was great. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the food. The wine list was fairly big and interesting. All the dishes were tasty and well paced. If I lived in Sacramento this would be one of my favorite spots. I will for sure come back here again if at all possible!
Took two friends out for dinner. I love tapas and am very familiar with them. These were only slightly Americanized from true Spanish tapas, or Pinxtos. However, every dish was excellent, the service very good, the atmosphere warm and friendly (we ate outside in the back under the trees), and they had true lemonade (Americans would call it limeade). As expected the cost was not cheap, but for three big guys, it was not too expensive either. I would very highly recommend this place.
My wife and I, who are both vegan and gluten-free, had dinner here and was very impressed. The service was impeccable and the food was incredible. Many gluten-free and vegan options clearly marked on the menu and the waiter was incredibly helpful in making selections.
What a treat! Pre theater dinner for myself and a 6 yr old. They made a child's pasta dish which she loved. I loved the beet salad and ravioli dish. Server was attentive and pleasant. And although we were seated right next to where the music was being played, it was perfect. Will definitely go back and highly recommend!
Great atmosphere, very friendly staff. I had the Ahi tuna special, prepared well with a fabulous tapenade. My friends had the seafood paella, which was ok, but the shrimp and calamari were overcooked. We let our waiter know and he offered to take it back, but my friends declined. He gave us a free dessert instead. Make sure to sit on the patio if the weather is good.
My girlfriend and I went here for dinner and we ate outside on the back patio, which was very nice and no one was there when we first got there. Nick, our server, was very knowledgeable about the menu, specials and provided great fun, first-class service! We had the Ahi Tuna steak which was seared to perfect and was big enough for us to both split, had the watermelon radish salad which was also very tasty, the cheese tray which was a great starter and we were so stuffed we couldn't order dessert but the options sounded fabulous! Overall, it was fun, delicious and Nick made it an excellent experience! Will definitely go again!
Ihave been here multiple times but was very disappointed with this visit. I had reserved with a special request for the patio (it was a special celebration) and there was a party scheduled out there though I was never informed of this. It was a hot day and it was hot inside, but without the value of fresh air. The chair was so low that the table was uncomfortably high and I switched to get the see that was like a boot. The acoustics were bad and I had to struggle to hear the person across from me. The service was so-so, though in the past I had very personable service.
Food was not good. We have to wait for a grilled chicken for our son 45 min and it was very bad. We order the seafood paella and it was terrible, it was tasteless. We had to returned. The worst part was when the owner came back to us with a very attitude telling us that he tasted the dish and it was good. He didn't even ask why we didn't like or asked if we wanted another dish. He was simply mad because we did not eat a terrible dish.
We have been to Aoili many times. The food is always very good and the service is always excellent. I just cannot rate the food as a five. It is a small kitchen with many tables, so they just do not have the time to go the extra couple of steps to get to excellent. Anyway, I love the place and will continue to go back.
This is my second visit to Aioli and on both occasions, the food has been outstanding, unusual, and unique. The small tapas plates are perfect for sharing, sampling, and trying something new. Each dish that we tried was excellent, whether it was salmon, lamb, chicken, or vegetables. I recommend the bruschetta with fig and garbanzos, and the Salmon Alcaparado.
Dessert was also very good. My only negative comment would be the noise. There was a live guitar player who was very good, but the music combined with the acoustics of people trying to speak over the music made it difficult to have a conversation. But overall, a very enjoyable meal prior to the theater!
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.
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