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, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
Aioli Bodega Espanola Ratings and Reviews
Food and ambience and service good. I li ...
Food and ambience and service good. I liked our waiter but would like to recommend that for a business lunch when important conversation is taking place, he adopt a less interrupty service style. Overall a good place.
Been to Aioli Bodega 5 times now. This w ...
Been to Aioli Bodega 5 times now. This was the last time I ever go there. The service was adequate for the first half of the meal but the second half all the waiters literally disappeared for about 20 minutes. There were no waiters at all on our side of the restaurant for 20 minutes. I needed water.
The food is inadequate and overpriced. For Tapas, the Arugula salad was very nice, however the Albondigas were under-seasoned and bland and the Bacala was grossly over-seasoned. It literally tasted like it had marinated in a salt bath. I could not eat it entirely. The entrees: most of the entrees here have their diced roasted potatoes with some sort of creamy dressing squirted on top and sautéed spinach as sides. For a fine dining establishment this isn't egregious but wholly unimpressive. It shows they take no pride in their craft that they simply plop this potato and spinach on every plate and call it a day. The Lamb that my sister had was dry but undercooked, if you can believe it, and my dad's chicken breast was unimpressive, and my duck was average. I asked for a substitute of sauteed arugula instead of spinach and I know it was a special request but the arugula was horrid. Extremely overseasoned and it had some kind of smoked pepper which made it taste like burnt pig feet or something. Simply terrible.
The location is nice and ambiance fantastic so this isn't a complete failure of a restaurant, but the extreme shortcomings in the food and high prices put this establishment on my personal black list.
We love Aioli's and go back time and aga ...
We love Aioli's and go back time and again. Enjoy the food, the banter with the waiters and owner in different languages and the refined way of the long term staff. Have always loved the Spanish classical guitar musician, the paella, ravioli appetizer, the salmon acaporrado, and the excellent deserts.
A rare gem in the Sacramento food scene. ...
A rare gem in the Sacramento food scene. Carefully prepared and presented authentic Spanish tapas. A surprisingly extensive menu with considerable variety. Nicely crafted cocktails. I simply love this place. Only complaint: in stereotypical Spanish fashion, there is a certain lack of organization which you immediately sense trying to get seated – but once you are, it is bliss.
First Visit. Our waiter was awesome. H ...
First Visit. Our waiter was awesome. His explanation of the tapas and entrees were superb and his recommendations were spot on. An inviting patio was what attracted us to the restaurant when we strolled by a month prior and saw it. A large selection of delightful options to choose from will have you coming back again to try new things. Except for one minor incident dealing with a table request, my wife and I loved our experience.
A quiet outdoor patio and live guitar mu ...
A quiet outdoor patio and live guitar music creates a perfect backdrop for enjoying wonderful food and company. Having not had Spanish fare before, the staff was very helpful on how to best experience the meal. Start with hot and cold varieties of tapas, we had four between three people. The portobello de la moda and Bourek de Casa were outstanding. We finished with a plate of pasta al pomodoro. Simple but oh so delicious! A place to return to and continue exploring the wonderful menu.
I love Aioli--one of my favorite go-tos ...
I love Aioli--one of my favorite go-tos in Sacramento because of the charming patio, excellent service, and delicious food. On this occasion, we had a group of 7 for my birthday dinner. The restaurant met my request to seat us out on the patio, and we got a fairly secluded corner of the patio which was perfect for a party. Our server was excellent (with a good sense of humor) and made some good food suggestions. The tuna tartar here is one of my favorite dishes and is exceptional. We had one person in the part who is gluten intolerant, and there were plenty of options for her. Overall, it was a great night, with great food, great service. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!
When I first got to Sacramento, Aioli wa ...
When I first got to Sacramento, Aioli was one of my favorite restaurants however their menu has since suffered. My husband ordered a gazpacho which was overly peppery and the couple dining with us weren't that thrilled with their selection either. In addition, the tap water has a moldy after taste. When asked if I could purchase bottled water, I was told I could only to be brought carbonated water. The waiter then explained there is no still water for sale.
Ordered 3 tapas items shared among our t ...
Ordered 3 tapas items shared among our table for 11. Stuffed calamari were flavorful, portobellos especially delicious. I ordered langostino as my main dish and loved it. Husband had so much duck, he shared his with me as well as roast potatoes.We ordered 3 kinds of paella, which provided seconds for several. Our birthday girl loved the almond cake with orange water. The charming owner helped take care of us. Best patio dining experience. Can't wait to go back!
3 of us enjoyed a beautiful Summer eveni ...
3 of us enjoyed a beautiful Summer evening on the patio...great food -- especially loved the roasted tomato, lamb skewers, seared scallops and white bean soup -- outstanding service, and wonderful music by the New Jazz Quartet. Nick our server was thoughtful to present our 7-8 different and delish tapas dishes in select order so as not to overwhelm...and what a happy person! We'd never sit indoors; far too noisy.
The only distractions were the location of our table and the chairs. We were placed right in front of the musicians, which is wonderful because they're among our favorites; however, it was also alongside the pathway for arriving guests and the constant coming-and-going of servers and staff. The chairs' seats were rush or something similar, not very supportive. If there are other kinds of chairs available, we'll ask for them next time. And there will be a next time.
I was looking forward to trying this res ...
I was looking forward to trying this restaurant. The small plates were fantastic. We did order two entrees as well - ribeye and rack of lamb. Both the ribeye and rack of lamb were charred on the outside. Disappointing.
I haven't been to Aioli for 10 years. We ...
I haven't been to Aioli for 10 years. We decided to try it once again and we are so glad we did!! The food was Excellent! We ordered several small plates and thet were stunning and delicious. Our waiter was lovely and extremely efficient. I didn't even notice my water was running low until he came by to refill it
We cannot wait to go again!
Really enjoyed the tapas and the outdoor ...
Really enjoyed the tapas and the outdoor seating. The wine list was nice too, though a fairly steep markup (they allow a $20 corkage if you want to bring your own). I enjoyed the sangria, though it is more a Spanish style than US style, and some reviewers seem not to like it possibly for that reason. The sangria is also less expensive than most similar end restaurant sangria, possible because they use a table wine and not a higher end wine as the base (a good choice in my opinion). Overall my wife and I had a really nice dinner, and hope to go back again when they have live music (I believe on Thursdays - Saturdays?).
The food was excellent, as advertised. ...
The food was excellent, as advertised. My waiter was especially helpful with selecting wine, as I was not familiar with any of the red options. Rather than just suggest the most expensive glass, or say "I like wine XYZ," he inquired as to my usual preferences, and what I thought I would be eating. And then recommended an outstanding selection. The menu was diverse and eclectic, even for someone who is familiar with tapas and spanish restaurants. The gambas, the lamb skewers, and the stuffed calamari were outstanding. My only disappointment was that the servers were not very attentive, and I sat with an empty wine glass, needing to order one more dish, for what seemed like a long time. All waitstaff were friendly and helpful otherwise.
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.
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