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
Although we were late due to a GPS error ...
Although we were late due to a GPS error, they were very understanding. We had tapas (pulpo, veggies, calamari and oxtails). All were exquisite. Service was friendly and attentive. The bread and aioli just kept coming. We even went for deserts (an orange creme caramel for me, chocolate mouse for her). Both were excellent. If it weren't for the fact that this place is 900 miles from home, we'd come here often. As it is, we'd have a hard time coming to Sacramento in the future and NOT coming here again.
I've been dining here for years and thei ...
I've been dining here for years and their seafood is always done perfectly. Their paella has been consistently good and they have an impressive/extensive wine list!
I must say that I was most impressed on my last visit by our server, Nick. He was awesome! Humorous, helpful, and knowledgeable.
the outside dining area was closed (its ...
the outside dining area was closed (its February and rainy) and they have compensated unfortunately with cramming more tables inside. The live music was beautiful (Spanish guitar) but too loud for the crowded dining area so between the guitar and all the tables I was glad to leave with a small headache :(
Usually this restaurant is perfect but conversation was impossible on this Saturday night ....
The food was very good , but I should ha ...
The food was very good , but I should have asked the waiter to not leave the short rib tapas at the table when he did as I had just finished my salad and was just starting the bean soup. When I got to the short ribs and polenta it was cold. Still good but cold! I should have sent it back but didn't want to be eating alone when my friend was nearly finished!
I was really looking forward to celebrat ...
I was really looking forward to celebrating my BF's birthday and giving back through Dine in Sac special.
Three highlights: GiGi ~ the bartender ~ loved his energy and his charisma; Achilles ~ our server ~ even though they served the food out of order he was so gracious and kind; The Spanish guitar player ~ a great sound creating a beautiful ambience.
Area of Improvement: the host ~ he has been there for a long time and could be the owner but he was rude. I got there at 6:30 (reservation time) and my BF was parking the car and he waved me off to wait on the bar area (all of 6 chairs) ~ which was a blessing because I met GiGi. Then we were seated and I asked if we could have the regular menu. "NO!" Alrighty then. It was one or the other. What if one of us didn't want the Prefixed menu? We were both put off by his sharpness of his tone.
And finally the menu on the website stayed Flan for dessert ~ it was replaced with Chocolate Mousse and it was so tart and too heavy for dessert.
Food is always great and they mix up the ...
Food is always great and they mix up their specials so you can always get something that you have not tried. The hot and cold tapas (small plates) allow you to order more items and try more different tastes than if ordering entree sized items.
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.
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