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

Restaurant Photos

GAMBAS DE LA PARILLA  - Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA
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Sangria - Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA
Tortilla Tres Colores - Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA
Bourek De Casa & Tomate Catala - Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA
BERBERECHOS CON AZAFRAN  - Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA
Mushroom Bruschetta - Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA
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Warm Pear and Almond Tart - Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA
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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Saturday, December 24, 2016

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Saturday, December 24, 2016

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Perfect Dining Destinations for Midnight Mass and any reason you might need to get out of the house on this lovely holiday.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Come and Celebrate with us with Fine Champagne and delightful dinner. We will be open for the Countdown and we will dance in the new year.

Aioli Bodega Espanola Ratings and Reviews

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (12)
Live Music (11)
Cozy (9)
Family Style (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
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Casual (8)
People Watching (7)
Good for Groups (7)
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Always enjoy the experience at this frie ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Always enjoy the experience at this friendly and gracious bodega. The recent quail dinner special was excellent. Good wines, too.

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There is aways a festive and joyful ambi ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2016

There is aways a festive and joyful ambiance with delicious food and friendly service at Aioli. We have never been disappointed. Live classical guitar music and spectacular tapas take you to Spain for a memorable dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Family Style, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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Always a winner with great variety of ta ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Always a winner with great variety of tapas to share!

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Order a bunch of varied tapas, a pitcher ...

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Order a bunch of varied tapas, a pitcher of sangria and your enjoyment is guaranteed.

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Friendly and helpful service. Server pro ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 21, 2016

Friendly and helpful service. Server provided excellent wine recommendation and enjoyed roasted artichokes, beef shortrib in mole, and arugula and persimmon salad. All great tapas.

Tags: Tapas
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Undercooked lamb with average service .. ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Undercooked lamb with average service ....otherwise an average experience. I wish my wife or I were asked how I'd like the meat cooked. That would have made a big difference. The meat and vegetables were fresh and flavorful with the pasta considered to be very good by those who had partaken in this dish.

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Place was nice, our soup was too salty I ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Place was nice, our soup was too salty I had to drink two glasses of water. Prices are a bit too expensive for the quality of food.

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Kim was wonderful corrected our order an ...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Kim was wonderful corrected our order and also gave us some fun ideas for night life in downtown SAC

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The food as well as the service were out ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 19, 2016

The food as well as the service were outstanding!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for a Date
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Has been one of our favorite restaurants ...

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Has been one of our favorite restaurants in Sacramento and took our eldest daughter there for her birthday. We ordered a seafood Paella which the menu stated clearly included salmon among mussels, clams , calamari. When it arrived and we started eating did not see any pick fish, then notice a large number of what appeared to be scallops. We called the waiter over who then confirmed that the chef substituted sea bass for the salmon and added scallops, all of which he never bothered to tell us before bringing it. We are all allergic to scallops and our daughter was sick all night. He never offered to take it back, apologize or offer any kind of response other then he would talk to the owner. He gave us the check with no further comment. Outraged. Whenever we see seafood pasta etc with scallops we ask that the chef delete them or substitute more prawns. These people just dumped them in off menu and also replaced the salmon with another fish all without checking whether we would be ok, never seen anything like it.

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Aioli is our favorite restaurant

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Aioli is our favorite restaurant

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Fairly expensive for what you get. Noisy ...

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Fairly expensive for what you get. Noisy.

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I love this place. I always get a great ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 5, 2016

I love this place. I always get a great tasty meal

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Dirty, unorganized servers, uncomfortabl ...

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Dirty, unorganized servers, uncomfortable chairs, filthy bathrooms and the worst...a fly in my husbands wine glass AND a hair WITH THE ROOT FOLICLE STILL ATTACHED, in our paella. When we pointed out the fly they removed the glass immediately but then I spied them fishing out the bug with a spoon....re-serving perhaps? It was only after I caught them in the act and demanded a new glass and new wine, did they do so. The appetizer was too cold to taste but we needed something to' hold us over' as we waited the designated 45 minutes to prepare the paella. No issues as we had the heads up but the app was very average. AS stated, too cold to enjoy and had that refrigerator flavor. The paella with hair pushed us over the edge. We asked for the bill (mistakes on that as well), and I went to the ladies room to wash my hands and find another restaurant. The bathroom was filthy..so I turned around and left. How does a place like this deserve an 'A' rating? Are all CA Health Inspectors asleep? 30 years in the food business, and 6 years of Quality Control in Food Mgmt., I sighted five sanitation infractions in the ten minutes we waited for the wine. How do they stay open? Place was a tomb on a Wednesday night - should have told us something.

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Nice table by the window, service was gr ...

 
 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Nice table by the window, service was great on a busy night, tasty tapas and entrées. Varied wine list and romantic ambience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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One of my favorite places to eat. Fresh ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 29, 2016

One of my favorite places to eat. Fresh ingredients and great flavor in every bite.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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Service could have been better, though w ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Service could have been better, though we brought our own bottle of wine, we were charged $20for corkage but we had to pour our wine during the dinner which I feel is apart of the corkage fee.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Comfort Food
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Food and ambience and service good. I li ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2016

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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Been to Aioli Bodega 5 times now. This w ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 16, 2016

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.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Live Music
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As alway, Aioli Bodega was amazing! Sim ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 15, 2016

As alway, Aioli Bodega was amazing! Simply delicious!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Notable Wine List
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We love Aioli's and go back time and aga ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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First time dining here. Very friendly an ...

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 3, 2016

First time dining here.

Very friendly and accommodating staff, good sangria, paella, heirloom tomatoes and salmon bites

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A rare gem in the Sacramento food scene. ...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Our server, Nick, was truly outstanding.

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Our server, Nick, was truly outstanding.

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I have been dining at Aioli for 15 years ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 28, 2016

I have been dining at Aioli for 15 years, and continue to enjoy the tapas, atmosphere and great service. In terms of cuisine and presentation, unlike any restaurant in town.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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First Visit. Our waiter was awesome. H ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 25, 2016

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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A quiet outdoor patio and live guitar mu ...

 
 (San Joaquin)·Dined on September 23, 2016

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.

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I checked in with my reservation but som ...

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2016

I checked in with my reservation but somehow that didn't get recorded until I provided my receipt information to Open Table. Otherwise it was a good experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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Ambiance on the outdoor patio is very ni ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2016

Ambiance on the outdoor patio is very nice. Staff was very helpful with recommendations. They were also not rushing us through dinner.

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Our waiter Nick was extremely attentive, ...

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Our waiter Nick was extremely attentive, humorous and provided a wonderful experience.

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I love Aioli--one of my favorite go-tos ...

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2016

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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When I first got to Sacramento, Aioli wa ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 17, 2016

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.

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Ordered 3 tapas items shared among our t ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 11, 2016

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Historic, Fun
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Great experience as alway love this plac ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Great experience as alway love this place

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3 of us enjoyed a beautiful Summer eveni ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 1, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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This place never disappoints. The outsid ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 28, 2016

This place never disappoints. The outside seating is absolutely lovely. The food is always delicious.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Family Style, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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Great food and a great dining experience ...

 
 (Beijing)·Dined on August 24, 2016

Great food and a great dining experience! The wait staff knows the menu and made suggestions based on our preferences. The tapas were excellent!

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Excellent food and fantastic service! T ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 14, 2016

Excellent food and fantastic service! The experience was great!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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put extra items on our tab, 1 sangria pi ...

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 14, 2016

put extra items on our tab, 1 sangria pitcher & a bottle of wine

credit cards were imterchanged with other table

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Great all around. Maurice was our serve ...

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 14, 2016

Great all around. Maurice was our server and he was fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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