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.

1800 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
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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, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Aioli Bodega Espanola Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

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4.3

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4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Loved this place!! Food and service were awesome. We sat at the bar waiting for our table and the bartender was friendly and fun. The waitress was great and the menu was wonderful. We can't wait to go back.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 17, 2017

It was outstanding from beginning to end. The food couldn't have been better. Our last visit was excellent. Today was even better. It will be an experience we'll never forget. And we were celebrating an early Father's Day.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

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).

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 15, 2017

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!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 13, 2017

We have had many memorable family occasions at this restaurant. This time was no different!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 11, 2017

This place is to be counted on to satisfy the customers. Good food, an attentive wait staff and the nice city ambience are all reasons to go.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 11, 2017

I found the food to be bland and without taste. The bread was burnt but the house Chardonnay was excellent. I've dined at a lot of restaurants in Spain but, the cuisine here was hardly recognizable as Spanish.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Casual, Live Music
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 7, 2017

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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Love the patio

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 28, 2017

As always the food and service are great. The perfect amount af attention was given us. The drinks were very good. Owner was attentive. Love this place.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Cozy, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The server was inattentive once we said we did not want any drinks.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 23, 2017

My wife and I, who are both vegan and gluten-free, had dinner here and was very impressed. The service was impeccable and the food was incredible. Many gluten-free and vegan options clearly marked on the menu and the waiter was incredibly helpful in making selections.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

What a treat! Pre theater dinner for myself and a 6 yr old. They made a child's pasta dish which she loved. I loved the beet salad and ravioli dish. Server was attentive and pleasant. And although we were seated right next to where the music was being played, it was perfect. Will definitely go back and highly recommend!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Nice restaurant with diverse menu and wine selection. Service was average, but waiter was good with suggestions. Had classical guitarist, which was very nice.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Finally tried this place in May 2017. Our friends and I have an awesome dining experience. Food was phenomenal. Tried new things as recommended and all were delicious. Would definitely be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Manager or host ( don't know which) very rude when we arrived. Server didn't know about the wines by the glass. Food was not that good. The dessert, chocolate mousse, was extremely grainy!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 9, 2017

I have had dinner here several times, all wonderful. My first lunch experience was equally good.

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Great atmosphere, very friendly staff. I had the Ahi tuna special, prepared well with a fabulous tapenade. My friends had the seafood paella, which was ok, but the shrimp and calamari were overcooked. We let our waiter know and he offered to take it back, but my friends declined. He gave us a free dessert instead. Make sure to sit on the patio if the weather is good.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We had a fun date night. Great food, great ambiance, live music.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Authentic, Tapas, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Open Kitchen
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 6, 2017

My girlfriend and I went here for dinner and we ate outside on the back patio, which was very nice and no one was there when we first got there. Nick, our server, was very knowledgeable about the menu, specials and provided great fun, first-class service! We had the Ahi Tuna steak which was seared to perfect and was big enough for us to both split, had the watermelon radish salad which was also very tasty, the cheese tray which was a great starter and we were so stuffed we couldn't order dessert but the options sounded fabulous! Overall, it was fun, delicious and Nick made it an excellent experience! Will definitely go again!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Family Style, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Ihave been here multiple times but was very disappointed with this visit. I had reserved with a special request for the patio (it was a special celebration) and there was a party scheduled out there though I was never informed of this. It was a hot day and it was hot inside, but without the value of fresh air. The chair was so low that the table was uncomfortably high and I switched to get the see that was like a boot. The acoustics were bad and I had to struggle to hear the person across from me. The service was so-so, though in the past I had very personable service.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Delicious tapas served by a friendly and considerate staff and management. We made a meal for two from the weekly tapas menus. Next time for the entrees!

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Food was great. It was extremely noisy. Could not even talk to the person next to me. Tapas yummy. Be prepared for the noise level.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great experience
Wonderful attentive staff
Great good
Good ambience

Dining Occasion:Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Very dissapointed. We really wanted to have PAELLA and they did not have it. We deciced to order beef and it was so so and overpriced. The service was not the best.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Beautiful dinner on their beautiful patio. We love it!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Family Style, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Aioli Bodega was an excellent spot for a birthday lunch. The food choices are immense and extremely tastey.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Food was not good. We have to wait for a grilled chicken for our son 45 min and it was very bad. We order the seafood paella and it was terrible, it was tasteless. We had to returned. The worst part was when the owner came back to us with a very attitude telling us that he tasted the dish and it was good. He didn't even ask why we didn't like or asked if we wanted another dish. He was simply mad because we did not eat a terrible dish.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 9, 2017

We have been to Aoili many times. The food is always very good and the service is always excellent. I just cannot rate the food as a five. It is a small kitchen with many tables, so they just do not have the time to go the extra couple of steps to get to excellent. Anyway, I love the place and will continue to go back.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Live Music, Tapas
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 9, 2017

This is my second visit to Aioli and on both occasions, the food has been outstanding, unusual, and unique. The small tapas plates are perfect for sharing, sampling, and trying something new. Each dish that we tried was excellent, whether it was salmon, lamb, chicken, or vegetables. I recommend the bruschetta with fig and garbanzos, and the Salmon Alcaparado.
Dessert was also very good. My only negative comment would be the noise. There was a live guitar player who was very good, but the music combined with the acoustics of people trying to speak over the music made it difficult to have a conversation. But overall, a very enjoyable meal prior to the theater!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Creative Cuisine, Family Style, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Had dinner with a good friend of mine of 48 years & it was his first time there. We had a wonderful time. Love Aioli's ❤

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Open Kitchen, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Organic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Excellent ambience with good food.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Good vibe, nice service, but ok food that can improve significantly!!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Great tapas! Garlic shrimps and mussels were prepared just right. Mushrooms paella was very tastety.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

As always the food was wonderful. Service was outstanding.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 24, 2017

We had the pleasure of introducing our 18 year old grandson and his girlfriend to Aiolli. We let them pick out three small-plate tapas to share and we picked out a a salad and two more tapas. Aioli has such a varied selection of various types of tapas that we ended up with an excellent range of dishes. Although younger tastes are not always adventurous, they loved everything, with emphasis on the lamb skewers with delectable sauce and the mushroom/truffle crostinis. Because of the ability to select exactly which tapas you prefer, but then share a wider range, it's a great place to introduce friends and family to new dishes and tastes. And the desserts are always great.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 20, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants and we always bring friends here when they are in town. Our night was extra special thanks to Nick. He was a fantastic waiter and added so much to our experience!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 19, 2017

We came for our anniversary and sat in the patio. It was really beautiful out there, but it was slightly chilly. Some heaters might have been nice. Our server Nick was really funny and personable, but the other waiters were super slow on refilling water or bread. Many of our dishes came out colder than we would have liked - I don't know if they sat there before being picked up or what. The sangria was tasty. We didn't like our meal enough to stay for coffee and dessert, so we went somewhere else. It was a very nice ambience, but I don't know that I would spend another $100 for dinner here.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Romantic
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