About Aioli Bodega Espanola

1800 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
18th and L

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 447-9440

Website:
http://aiolibodega.com/

Entertainment:
We have a latin guitar player playing Thursday, Friday, and most Saturdays.

Catering:
Please come in or give us a call to discuss your particular catering needs.

Parking Details:
Aside from street parking there is convenient public parking offered Monday- Sunday evenings on 17th Street between L and Capitol.

Executive Chef:
Pablo Hernandez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

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Aioli Bodega Espanola Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.3

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

fit for foodies (62)
neighborhood gem (46)
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romantic (40)
notable wine list (33)
great for outdoor dining (30)
good for groups (28)
hot spot (14)
great for lunch (11)
late-night find (11)
great for brunch (4)
kid-friendly (3)
scenic view (3)
vibrant bar scene (2)
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OUR ENTIRE PARTY WAS THRILLED WITH THE F ...

Dined 4 days ago

OUR ENTIRE PARTY WAS THRILLED WITH THE FOOD AND SERVICE, WE WILL BE BACK.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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We were there for lunch on a Saturday, s ...

Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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ambience3
service5
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Lost there mojo!

Dined on May 16, 2016

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.

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Nice patio

Dined on May 16, 2016

Nice place to sit outside. Off the street so you don't get the car noise. Paella is excellent. Friendly staff.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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service2
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I was looking forward to my meal here, b ...

vip
Dined on May 16, 2016

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.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5

The service was impeccable. Such a knowl ...

Dined on May 14, 2016

The service was impeccable. Such a knowledgeable server, great attitude, so respectful and polite. On top of amazing good made for a great experience

food1
ambience5
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Not for foodies. Great atmosphere but th ...

vip
Dined on May 5, 2016

Not for foodies. Great atmosphere but that's where it stops. Too many other option that are much better in the same area

food4
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value4

Very nice restaurant

Dined on May 2, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience3
service1
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Poor service

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

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.

food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Disappointed in the change

Dined on April 10, 2016

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?

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
food3
ambience4
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Comparing the Food with Other Visits

Dined on April 1, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Great for date night

Dined on March 27, 2016

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!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service3

Outside area is a lovely retreat in the ...

Dined on March 20, 2016

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.

food5
ambience4
service5
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What a great find!

Dined on March 20, 2016

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
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Absolutely fabulous

Dined on March 15, 2016

Aioli is our go to for birthday celebrations. From food and drink to ambiance and service Aioli has it all.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
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value4

Love this place. the food is authentic, ...

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

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!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
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Four of us shared eight lovely tapas dis ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

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!

food5
ambience5
service5
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Always great food

Dined on February 28, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
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Great food, phenomenal service!

Dined on February 23, 2016

Great food, phenomenal service!

food4
ambience4
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Aioli is excellent

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food2
ambience2
service4
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Lunch at Aioli Bodega

Dined on February 19, 2016

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.

food1
ambience3
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It was ok

Dined on February 15, 2016

The food was not as expected. It was bland. Their pear in red wine was amazing.

Tags: romantic
food5
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Great Place for a Romantic Dinner

Dined on February 14, 2016

This is a great restaurant for a nice romantic dinner. Live music and great food make it the ultimate experience.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
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Amazing food and great customer service ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Amazing food and great customer service with great ambiance.

food3
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Our server was great at the beginning. B ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

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

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
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service5
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Great Tapas and Paella

Dined on February 14, 2016

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!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
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Great small restaurant

Dined on February 12, 2016

Cute, cozy place. Great menu with quick lunch selections too. Really nice lunch date location.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
food2
ambience4
service3
value2

Sort of dissapointing

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

Having been to this restaurant once before and loving the paella, it was sort of dissapointing this time. The paella seemed overcooked and dry, with no flavor or indication of saffron. The tapas were good but seemed overpriced. On the positive side, service was pretty good and the live music was a nice touch, so ambiance was better than average.

food5
ambience4
service5

Excellent food, outstanding service and ...

Dined on February 5, 2016

Excellent food, outstanding service and beautiful live Spanish guitar music performed by a real flamenco artist! Doesn't get better than that! The Costillas de Cordero were remarkably delicious.

food4
ambience4
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Excellent food, great service. Wine sele ...

Dined on January 31, 2016

Excellent food, great service. Wine selection great. Would definitely come back. Wonderful experience.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Madrigal

Dined on January 31, 2016

This is the 4th or 5th time I have frequented Aioli's. I enjoy it very much and the service is always excellent.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Find

Dined on January 28, 2016

Great food & fantastic service. We ordered multiple dishes (6) which I would highly recommend. The mussels were probably the best I have had in a long time, sauce was perfectly seasoned and not heavy handed. The service from the minute we walked in was friendly-you would have thought we dined there weekly the way we were treated. Bartender makes an excellent Old Fashioned & is great recommending wines with different dishes. Anytime I am in Sactown this will be my go to spot.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
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My boyfriend and I went early in the aft ...

Dined on January 23, 2016

My boyfriend and I went early in the afternoon and there was no one else there which was perfect for us. The food was amazing and the service was great. Highly recommend. The small portions were very nice because we were able to try a variety of plate ms and share.

food5
ambience5
service4
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Really Nice Evening

vip
Dined on January 21, 2016

I am a regular here and love the food, service and atmosphere. My last visit wasn't that great and the steak was not prepared well. I decided to go back and was pleased that the meal and experience was what I was used to. My wife's tuna was terrific and the wine was really nice. My favorite is the swordfish...I hope its a special next time I visit as its really well done here. You won't be disappointed here as there are so many delicious flavors to try. Our meals always come out hot which we love!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value3

Great food and atmosphere

Dined on January 17, 2016

The ambience is very nice, it feels warm and cosy. Atmosphere is buzzing with most tables occupied. The service was sharp and efficient. Food tasted great, we chose the tapas and each dish was well presented and tasty. The live music was very good being an acoustic spanish guitarist. My only issue was that the wine list was over pricey, decent wine was $60 upwards. Definitely a good night out at the weekend and close to several good bars

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasions, late night find
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious tapas. Unique flavor combinati ...

Dined on January 17, 2016

Delicious tapas. Unique flavor combinations. A pleasant environment and excellent service. I never miss dining here when in Sacramento.

food5
ambience5
service5
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Great food and ambiance

Dined on December 31, 2015

my friends and i always have a fantastic time here. the service is great, the food is delicious and plenty of options. i'm a vegetarian and find a few good finds (the paella!) every time i come. great place to have a group dinner.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Food was amazing. We shared 7 different ...

Dined on December 30, 2015

Food was amazing. We shared 7 different tapas (party of 4). Everything was wonderful!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Love this place!

Dined on December 24, 2015

The ambience, professionalism of the wait staff, and the food is exceptional.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

As has been our previous experiences, th ...

vip
Dined on December 21, 2015

As has been our previous experiences, the food at Aioli was very good to excellent. The less experienced, young server could not meet the high standards set by our usual, more seasoned server. Overall, the evening was fine.

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