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.
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, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
Aioli Bodega Espanola Ratings and Reviews
Excellent service and delicious food!
Excellent service and delicious food!
My wife & always make it a point to come ...
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.
Enjoyed a pitcher of Sangria among the 3 ...
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.
I have been here several times and have ...
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.
Great flavors and texture in Lamb Shank ...
Great flavors and texture in Lamb Shank and the fish special as well as small plates
Aioli always has excellent food and serv ...
Aioli always has excellent food and service. Not a better place in Sacramento for lamb chops and paella.
The video I looked at before going to th ...
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.
midtown gem still a treat
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.
Great tapas and the Paella Valencia was ...
Great tapas and the Paella Valencia was fabulous. Loved the Sangria too. Overall, everything we tried was delicious. We will definitely be back.
Great meal! It was a hot day and there w ...
Great meal! It was a hot day and there were gnats around our food which was a bummer.
Went for a birthday dinner for 5 people. ...
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!
I always enjoy Aoili. I recommend orderi ...
I always enjoy Aoili. I recommend ordering anything from the tapas menu.
OUR ENTIRE PARTY WAS THRILLED WITH THE F ...
OUR ENTIRE PARTY WAS THRILLED WITH THE FOOD AND SERVICE, WE WILL BE BACK.
Nice dinner... We always let our Servers ...
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.
We were there for lunch on a Saturday, s ...
We were there for lunch on a Saturday, so things might be different on a busy night, but we were very impressed with the quality of the food and the service. We've traveled a lot in Spain, and this was true Spanish cuisine. Great wine, too! We will be back.
Lost there mojo!
The service was very good, but................. The food was way below par. Vegetables were under cooked and over cooked. The main course, tri tip, lacked flavor. The salad was the only thing done right. We ate on the patio and looked like it had been neglected. It's a shame because every other time we ate there it was great.
Nice place to sit outside. Off the street so you don't get the car noise. Paella is excellent. Friendly staff.
I was looking forward to my meal here, b ...
I was looking forward to my meal here, but the minute we walked in the door I could sense it was going to be a "challenging" experience. There was a wait at the front and no one to help. Granted we were super early - 5pm, but hey, they open at that time so you would expect them to be ready for service. The one "host" who turned out to also be our waiter had to go back and forth to set up tables, then seat parties. Finally, it was our turn. We were lead to the back patio by our choice which could be a lovely, charming little spot with a just a bit more TLC - i.e. water the plants, hide the mechanical equipment better, clean up a bit and TURN ON the lights you have strung for ambience, please! Our "host/waiter" was so busy seating that he didn't even say two words to us when we were seated...so we waited. Each time he came by it was a very brusk "drive by" type of encounter and he was sweating so profusely under all the pressure of being the only person helping all the guests (not too many at this early hour, but he was the only person besides whoever was in the kitchen) and I wanted to offer him my napkin... it was all I had - no water, no wine, no food yet. We considered sending up a "flare" to catch someone's attention so we could order. Finally we got to place our order while watching our waiters beads of sweat roll down his face (are you thinking what I'm thinking? please don't let that hit the table or our food, if it ever arrives)...the waiter didn't "have time" to tell us any specials and after more staff showed up, we overhead him telling the table next to us about their nightly specials...? We definitely would have ordered the Halibut Cheeks had we known they existed. We ordered tapas to share so we could experience more dishes. The lamb skewer was a bit overcooked. the calamari dish was a favorite as well as the portabella with feta. Meatballs were ok, not much flavor. With all the great restaurants in Sacto, I would not recommend this place.
The service was impeccable. Such a knowl ...
The service was impeccable. Such a knowledgeable server, great attitude, so respectful and polite. On top of amazing good made for a great experience
Not for foodies. Great atmosphere but th ...
Not for foodies. Great atmosphere but that's where it stops. Too many other option that are much better in the same area
Very nice restaurant
This is our first time eating at this location, my husband and I had a date here to celebrate our anniversary. Several years back we ate at the Aioli Bodega in Davis. The menu was very similar if not the same and we were very happy with the food. The service was wonderful and the ambiance was quiet and comfortable. We are gluten free and were happy that the menu was pre-labeled with what was gluten free. Overall very satisfied with the restaurant and would recommend for a date night out or special occasion.
Service uneven. After a first tapas, we sat waiting and noted that others, who were seated after us, we're served. Finally the manager walked by and noticing our inactivity, kind of asked about things, and was told we ordered some time ago. In a minute or two, the rest of our tapas were served, indicating these were sitting somewhere. Not anywhere up to the usual good service at this place. Will chalk it up to an anomaly, and expect much better next time, and will not be patient.
Disappointed in the change
This used to be my favorite Sac restaurant but the last time I went with friends the 4 of us agreed it has gone downhill. The short ribs and the chocolate soup especially Is there a new chef?
Comparing the Food with Other Visits
The food was good, but has been better food here on other occasions. The bean dip they serve with bread at the beginning of the meal had a bit too much garlic compared with other times I have eaten there, enough that we both opted not to eat it. The mussels that we always order in tomatillo sauce thickened with bread crumbs has been better. The bread was not broken up adequately, and was therefore too soggy.
Great for date night
Me and my husband visited here for date night. It was amazing! Loved the food, service was good even though our waiter was new, and they even had a live guitarist! We will be returning soon!
Outside area is a lovely retreat in the ...
Outside area is a lovely retreat in the middle is Sac. Food was just what we needed - something light before the theater. Service was spotty. Folks who arrived after us were asked for their order and given water/bread before us. I was asked if I wanted something to drink then the waiter never came back to get my order. Otherwise, great food and ambience.
What a great find!
We keep looking for different restaurants to experance. What a great find! As the twinkling lights hung above the patio, surrounded by the beautiful trees and flowers, the ambience makes this one of the better romantic outdoor dining spots in Sac.
Aioli is our go to for birthday celebrations. From food and drink to ambiance and service Aioli has it all.
Love this place. the food is authentic, ...
Love this place. the food is authentic, as is the live music. The staff are just attentive enough. Great all around, one of our favorite places to take friends and family!
Four of us shared eight lovely tapas dis ...
Four of us shared eight lovely tapas dishes and a bottle of Tempranillo for a rainy day lunch. Had a wonderful meal with appropriately attentive service. Our third or fourth visit in the span of about six years. Enjoy!
Always great food
As always, Aioli Bodega Espanola serves great food that is tasty and not loaded with butter, salt and cream. Their choice may not have changed much in the years that we have been going there but why change what is already made so well! The nice thing about this restaurant is that it's not your standard ribeye steak, pork chop, chicken or salmon dinner that can be found all 90% of the restaurants. It's unique, tastes great, and has one of the most professional wait staff around.
Great food, phenomenal service!
Great food, phenomenal service!
Aioli is excellent
We chose Aioli to celebrate a family event and it was an excellent choice. Aioli is a Spanish restaurant but it definitely has a Basque/Catalan feel. The tapas are cross-cutting, some typically Spanish and others that seem more like pinxtas. Because we were ordering entrees, we had only two: an order of anchovies and an order of lamb merguez , and they were both delicious. But could absolutely make a great meal of tapas at Aioli if that's your bliss. I ordered the seafood zarzuela and it was as good as any I've had here or in Spain. My husband had the lamb shank and enjoyed it immensely. The only odd thing was that the servers held up my entree waiting for some kind of bread that was supposed to accompany it. Then someone said they were out of the bread, and then about ten minutes later after I got my dinner somebody brought a plate with three little pieces of unappetizing flat bread, sort of a third rate tortilla. I can't imagine why anybody thinks that ought to be included with the zarzuela, so if you if you come across it, ignore it. Aioli has an extensive wine list and a very good choice of beers. The service was excellent and we had a lovely table in the window. It's a place for a celebration to be sure, but don't wait for an occasion to try this lovely restaurant.
Lunch at Aioli Bodega
I ordered the lunch special at Aioli Bodega last week, and was somewhat disappointed. Nothing tasted bad, but the leek potato soup was thin and somewhat bland, and the mussels and bucatini was mostly pasta and very little shellfish. The service was attentive and prompt, but I probably won't go back.
It was ok
The food was not as expected. It was bland. Their pear in red wine was amazing.
Great Place for a Romantic Dinner
This is a great restaurant for a nice romantic dinner. Live music and great food make it the ultimate experience.
Amazing food and great customer service ...
Amazing food and great customer service with great ambiance.
Our server was great at the beginning. B ...
Our server was great at the beginning. But once the food and drinks were ordered he got very snippy when I asked him about my husband's entree (since my dinner had already arrived and half eaten) He didnt ask us if we wanted desserts (in which we did). The matre'd asked us if we wanted desserts and seemed annoyed when I did ordered for desserts. I thought it was good that customers were spending money at the restaurant. The restaurant got busy and we felt rushed which makes us less likely to want to return
Great Tapas and Paella
My husband and I shared a pitcher of Sangria, several tapas, and the seafood paella. The sangria wasn't a sweet one so my husband really like it. For tapas we had the scallops, portobello with feta, and grilled vegetables. The scallop and polenta was good, the vegetables had a great flavor, but our favorite was the portobello with feta. The paella was cooked perfectly, with muscles, shrimp, checked and calamari. We would definitely get that again. I am still bummed that I forgot my leftovers!
Great small restaurant
Cute, cozy place. Great menu with quick lunch selections too. Really nice lunch date location.
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