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, 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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4.4

service

4.2

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4.3

value

3.9

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (27)
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Romantic (26)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Authentic (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Live Music (17)
Fun (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Cozy (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Casual (8)
People Watching (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Business Meals (7)
Family Style (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Scenic View (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Spicy (3)
Modern Decor (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Vegan (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Wood Oven (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Open Kitchen (2)
Seasonal (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Molecular Gastronomy (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Although we were late due to a GPS error ...

 
 (Calgary)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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Excellent food and service as usual. Gr ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and service as usual. Great Valentine's day/date spot

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Great Valentine's Day experience, nice p ...

 
 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Great Valentine's Day experience, nice people, and stupendously good food.

Overall a great experience and I can't wait to go back.

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Customer service was horrible, the owner ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Customer service was horrible, the owner especially.

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Biggest detractions are tables are close ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Biggest detractions are tables are close with a high noise level. Food was good but net net less than the sum of its parts.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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I've been dining here for years and thei ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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the outside dining area was closed (its ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2017

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 ....

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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Delicious food as always. Loved the shr ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Delicious food as always. Loved the shrimp, scallops, and merguez sausage.

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Service was good. Restaurant is extreme ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Service was good. Restaurant is extremely loud and cramped. Food was good but very expensive for what you received. We were early to our reservation, they were accommodating.

Tags: Open Kitchen
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Fine food, service at times slow other t ...

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Fine food, service at times slow other times excellent. Table at window cramp.

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The food was very good , but I should ha ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas
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Saturday evening and they had a nice cro ...

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Saturday evening and they had a nice crowd. The food was nicely prepared and service was fine. Its a good place to have a good time.

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We had a great meal. Our waiter, Nick, w ...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2017

We had a great meal. Our waiter, Nick, was excellent.

Tags: Family Style, Notable Wine List
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Love Aioli's!! We'll be back soon. Fab ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Love Aioli's!! We'll be back soon. Fabulous food, lovely live music (guitar), great service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Healthy
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Great Food - loved the Paella, salmon an ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Great Food - loved the Paella, salmon and beet salad. Can't wait to go back to try more dishes.

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We had a great time at Aioli Bodega. The ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2017

We had a great time at Aioli Bodega. The food is delicious and the artwork is stunning. We had a great chat with the charismatic and fun owner too! Great wine list and flavorful food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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We enjoyed our dinner. Would certainly ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 22, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner. Would certainly come back. Wait staff was good, not great. Restaurant could use a waiting area

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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I was really looking forward to celebrat ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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Service was excellent even though it was ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Service was excellent even though it was a busy "Dine-out Sacramento" night. Food was very good othe than my salmon was dry (over cooked).

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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Delicious as always! The power went out ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Delicious as always! The power went out mid meal and the servers were in a scramble but they did a good job despite the obstacle!

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fun
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Food is always great and they mix up the ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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great food, dine in downtown menu is gre ...

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2017

great food, dine in downtown menu is great, owner came by and say hi, very friendly environment, very great place for date or to dine with friends.

Tags: , Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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It is really crowded and noisy but the f ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2017

It is really crowded and noisy but the food is good and the waitstaff knowledgeable.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Notable Wine List
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Had reservations, but when we arrived th ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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.

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Restaurant was very understaffed. The ho ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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.

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We came here for Dine Downtown. We chos ...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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!

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This restaurant has a great reputation b ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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.

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We had dinner at Aoili's as part of the ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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We love Aioli. Great tapas. Great music. ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas
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Well I am vegan that was my first time t ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 13, 2017

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

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The food was amazing. We are everything ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 13, 2017

The food was amazing. We are everything family style. The meatballs and salmon were especially amazing.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Kid-friendly
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We love this restaurant. The food was gr ...

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 2, 2017

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.

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I booked Aioli Bodega for dinner on New ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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Food was amazing. Can't wait to return t ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Food was amazing. Can't wait to return to try some additional choices.

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Authentic and delicious Spanish food, ex ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Authentic and delicious Spanish food, excellent wine list, and very attentive service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tapas, Authentic
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The food was great. We took our teenager ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 1, 2017

The food was great. We took our teenagers there after seeing a play at the convention center and even they would go back. Great time

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Special Occasion, Tapas
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Great experience! small group of 7 for m ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Tapas, Live Music, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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Delicious lunch as usual. Excellent ove ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Delicious lunch as usual. Excellent overall menu and a great 3 course lunch special. Pasta Amatriciana is my son's favorite and I love the Gambas a Parilla. Yum!

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My family ate dinner here last night, a ...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2016

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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Great place with great food and wine; an ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Great place with great food and wine; and they have live jazz on the patio during the summer months.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Family Style, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Good for a Date, Disabled Access
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