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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 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.
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.
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.
This place constantly astounds me. It quite frankly may be the best restaurant in Sacramento. It rivals Piperade in San Francisco (which is admittedly more Basque). Extensive and innovative tapas choices including a separate menu for what's fresh and seasonal today. Impressive and unusual wine list. Carefully made cocktails. Friendly service. I love it.
My wife and I had never been to Sacramento and were simply looking for a nice place to have dinner that would not involve a long drive from where we were staying. We like Spanish tapas and found Aioli Bodega Espanola on line. I liked that I could make a reservation on OpenTable not too far in advance. We did have some issues figuring out where to park. And when we arrived our waiter told us that they were a server short and that he would have to cover the entire (fairly large) restaurant by himself. But it looked like they called another server in and all the staff pitched in because the service turned out to be fine. There was a lot of variety on the tapas menu and we enjoyed everything we had. There was also a guitarist seated and playing not far from our table. Very pleasant music, not too loud. We were glad we found this place and also had a nice walk around the neighborhood.
Never disappointed with Aioli Bodega Espanola. The menu is seasonal and always the freshest ingredients. Not having a lot of experience with tapas, I seek input from the staff on recommendations. They do an excellent job introducing you to the various flavors while not trying to gouge your pocketbook. Relaxing ambiance and the live music on the outdoor patio is very good. Sitting outside can be hard for conversations due to the music. Recommend the lamb skewers (Pinchos Morunos) and the Pasta Amartriciana. Give yourself the time to enjoy the meal.
Great food, excellent wines by the glass available, well-informed and helpful wait staff. Nice atmosphere (we dined outside). Modest sticker-shock from our extravagant ordering (a birthday celebration - ticket for two with six glasses of wine $190 with a generous tip).
Will return to try other great menu choices, and order a little more judiciously.
IHad a great dinner. My wife thought it was a little on the bland side because she always like saffron in Pallea and thought it was a little on the bland side no saffron
My guests were impressed. Some while back we had a chocolate dessert and so we ordered some and it was not the same. Great time.
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.
Pretty standard, for the most part, tapas and Spanish dishes. The tuna crudo was excellent --our best dish by far. The patatas bravas were the worst we have ever had -- virtually flavorless and clearly prepared long in advance. Which is not a sin in itself, but it really shouldn't be so obvious! Good service, nice enough place, we would not go back.
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.
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