About Aioli Bodega Espanola
Sacramento, CA 95818
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
Had reservations, but when we arrived th ...
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 ho ...
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 chos ...
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 b ...
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.
We had dinner at Aoili's as part of the ...
We had dinner at Aoili's as part of the Dine Downtown event. First time visit for my husband and me. We were very impressed with the service on a very busy Friday night. The prefixed dinner was simply delicious. The food was well prepared and the portions were generous. We will certainly return to Aoili's in the near future.
We love Aioli. Great tapas. Great music. ...
We love Aioli. Great tapas. Great music. The only problem was our Open Table reservation did not show up on the restaurant's reservation system. We were not the only people who had this problem. The owner of the restaurant did his best to juggle the restless crowd and get everyone seated within a reasonable time. This is the first time we have had a problem with Open Table and hope it's the last.
Well I am vegan that was my first time t ...
Well I am vegan that was my first time there and I asked the owner not the waiters that do you have vegan many he hands me the menu and says there is I looked at the menu saw nothing asked waiter said they don't have vegan menu long story short the restaurant was under staffed service was as good as what you paying for the food and I don't think they can handle when they are busy
We love this restaurant. The food was gr ...
We love this restaurant. The food was great the service was wonderful. We were seated next to a table with a very unruly children, but the restaurant did everything they could to make it right. We still enjoyed our evening and we definitely will be back.
I booked Aioli Bodega for dinner on New ...
I booked Aioli Bodega for dinner on New Years Eve because it had good reviews, and the menu looked interesting. I certainly was not disappointed. The food is very good, and the service is outstanding. There was a very festive feeling New Years Eve, with lovely decorations, and I think all of the wait staff worked even harder to make the evening festive, and special. I will go back. I would give Aioli Bodega more stars if I could.
Great experience! small group of 7 for m ...
Great experience! small group of 7 for my wife's birthday. The staff was really friendly and helpful. The live music was excellent, and all of the food and drinks were off the hook! This place is authentic, took me an a trip back to Barcelona for a night! Cheers!
My family ate dinner here last night, a ...
My family ate dinner here last night, and thoroughly enjoyed it. There were a lot of vegetarian options, including a vegetable paella, and there are several dishes that can be prepared vegan. The vegetable paella had a generous amount and variety of vegetables. The menu warns that the paella takes 45 minutes to prepare, so we shared some small plates as appetizers while we waited. We ordered one of the mussel dishes and the portion was very generous. The mussels were tender and tasty. We'll definitely be back.
We had reservations for our anniversary ...
We had reservations for our anniversary and we were really excited to come here because we had never been. When we walked in we weren't greeted by a host but instead the manager (I assume) and a server who said they'd be with us shortly. They were waiting for a nice table for us so we grabbed a glass of wine at the bar (the bartender was friendly and gave us the best service). We sat down at our table and it took at least 10 minutes for us to even be greeted. Not acceptable. When we were finally greeted it was extremely awkward and no warm welcome or even a hello how are we doing. He asked us if we wanted to start with anything and feeling uncomfortable we wanted another minute to decide. He didn't talk about any of the specials or ask if we had questions about the menu which is uncalled for at a fine dining restaurant. Another woman server greeted the table next to us after the man already greeted them and she was shocked by that which made us feel like it was really unorganized. She talked about the special and gave them a warm greeting and we were barely acknowledged at all. 10 more minutes went by and our server hadn't come back ( after we said we needed just 1 to decide on a starter). Never in my life have I left a restaurant because we had horrible service and we got up and left. the manager was kind enough to buy our drinks after we told him we were leaving to find service elsewhere. Overall this place has great potential with a warm ambiance and beautiful art. But horrible service. Disorganized. It was an uncomfortable experience and it seemed like the staff was unaware of what was going on or even the proper way to talk to guests. we will not be back. I don't recommend this place to anyone looking for a top dollar meal partnered with warm and welcoming service.
Aioli is one of the most best kept secre ...
Aioli is one of the most best kept secrets in Sacramento, well heck in Northern California, this is a wonderful treat at any time. Food is always consistently amazing, the owner is there every night, service is impeccable. It's quite an experience. Go there and see for yourself.
I get to travel all over the United Stat ...
I get to travel all over the United States for business. And Aioli is year after year my favorite restaurant on the West Coast. Great food, great service, amazing wines and terrific value. Sacramento dining has improved immensely over the past 20 years, but I will always go back to Aioli.
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.
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