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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (40)
Good for a Date (32)
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Fit for Foodies (27)
Romantic (24)
Authentic (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Fun (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Live Music (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Cozy (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Casual (7)
Healthy (7)
Business Meals (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Family Style (6)
Modern Decor (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Spicy (2)
Scenic View (1)
Molecular Gastronomy (1)
Open Kitchen (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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!

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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great wine list. Nice to have options that include wine from other countries and waiters to help pick out the wine. The menu was more New York than most Sacramento restaurants. Everything from several versions of fabulous paella to duck, rabbit, fish or steak! There were five in our party and everyone loved their dinner!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Don't miss dish! Paella Valenciana!
saffron rice, shrimp, mussels, calamari, chicken, pork spareribs, served to share but I prefer to eat it all!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Family Style, Special Occasion, Tapas, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Wonderful first visit, can't wait to return! Delicious dishes beautifully presented. Lovely decor and ambiance. Attentive and charming wait staff. Thank you!

Tags: Modern Decor, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Absolutely wonderful. Service was attentive and food was timely. Great ambiance with live guitarist

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 5, 2017

We had a great bottle of wine which started in the bar, with a wonderful suggestion from the bartender. Table seating was perfect as was the guitar player. I really enjoyed our evening. Food was flavorful and each dish was different. We did not have room for dessert :(

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 3, 2017

First visit, but not last. Excellent food and service.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Been going here for years. Food is awesome and the menu changes. One of Sacramento's best!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Tapas, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Great food and ambiance, our waitress, Christine, was outstanding

Tags: Tapas
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 19, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2017

My food was delicious however, the tiramisu that was recommended as the dessert special tasted TERRIBLE. It tasted like it was freezer burnt and the top layer was (for lack of a better explanation) leathery. 100% gross. We took 2 bites and left it. The food was good, the dessert- take my advise and pass on it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 15, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 15, 2017

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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Awesome food, sangria, and ambience. Went here on Valentine's Day and it did not let down.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Customer service was horrible, the owner especially.

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2017

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

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 (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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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 3, 2017

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

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 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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: Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (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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 (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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