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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (37)
Good for a Date (31)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
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Creative Cuisine (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Authentic (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Special Occasion (19)
Romantic (18)
Notable Wine List (15)
Casual (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Cozy (12)
Live Music (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Fun (10)
Business Meals (10)
Seasonal (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Healthy (6)
People Watching (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Happy Hour (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Vegan (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Family Style (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Spicy (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Modern Decor (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Historic (1)
Molecular Gastronomy (1)
Open Kitchen (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined a day ago

Excellent meal with great friendly service. The duck was fantastic! We'll be back to try the other items on the menu.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined a day ago

Excellent food selections and nice portions. Daily specials are an outstanding value. We had one daily special and 3 entrees - chicken, pork tenderloin, salmon - excellent preparation, seasoning, and sauces. Desserts great too. Server was attentive, informed, and brought dessert with candle because she heard a birthday being mentioned. I highly recommend - been enjoying the food for many years. One of best restaurants in Sacramento.

Tags: People Watching, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Casual, Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Best duck breast I've ever eaten. Service was excellent- waiters know what they are doing.
A great value. Amazing menu. Come early to deal w parking. L&17th lot for $2 unlimited pl the best deal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Our dinner at Aioli was the best service I've ever had! The food was wonderful as well!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2017

What an incredible meal! Everything was delicious. Service was wonderful! A must if you are in the Sacramento area!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 7, 2017

This place consistently provides excellent food and service. Great wine list

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

The service was great and the food was very tasty. They had a lot of vegetarian options for us which is hard to find in a restaurant. Overall we had a great experience. The restaurant is pretty and the ambience was romantic. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Vegan, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Good food we especially liked the grilled shrimp, mussels in garlic sauce, and the linguini with clams. Friendly and attentive staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

All the food was excellent. Good selection of regular meals and tapas. The lamp and swordfish were great.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Aioli never fails to deliver. The food is authentic, consistently good and prepared a timely manner. The welcome is always warm and genuine. Minor lapse by our initial waiter that the owner probably sensed and promptly changed servers. Didn't realize he had such a great baritone when he sang for my son's birthday.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic, Live Music
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 29, 2017

one of sacramento's finest for many years now and never disappoints. great host and service creating a fun atmosphere but not cloying at all. very creative menu executed with much skill. scallops always impress and lots of other choices as well. go now and often! you won't be sorry.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Fun ambiance, delicious small plates, great service! Would recommend the cocktail menu- well executed classic drinks

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We had a great experience outside on the patio. Nick is one of our favorite waitress of all time and as usual. The food was great and we had an amazing night.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 20, 2017

The lamb bocadillo is so delicious, so succulent, so reasonably priced! Lunch on the patio is truly an escape... the tapas are awesome, but the bocadillos are a great choice if your time is short!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Good service. Friendly staff. Some dishes are amazing, other good. Final score would be 3-4/5. I will go back again.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Lovely food and service. Outdoor seating was a nice surprise. Will be back soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We really enjoyed it, wish we had asked for outdoor seating!

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 17, 2017

My husband and I love this place and have been going here for years. They have a variety of tasty small plates and a nice selection of Wine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

This place constantly astounds me. It quite frankly may be the best restaurant in Sacramento. It rivals Piperade in San Francisco (which is admittedly more Basque). Extensive and innovative tapas choices including a separate menu for what's fresh and seasonal today. Impressive and unusual wine list. Carefully made cocktails. Friendly service. I love it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We were very impressed with the service, quality of the food and the ambiance. I would recommend this restaurant and will return. Our waiter, Nick, made the dining experience so much fun!

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2017

My wife and I had never been to Sacramento and were simply looking for a nice place to have dinner that would not involve a long drive from where we were staying. We like Spanish tapas and found Aioli Bodega Espanola on line. I liked that I could make a reservation on OpenTable not too far in advance. We did have some issues figuring out where to park. And when we arrived our waiter told us that they were a server short and that he would have to cover the entire (fairly large) restaurant by himself. But it looked like they called another server in and all the staff pitched in because the service turned out to be fine. There was a lot of variety on the tapas menu and we enjoyed everything we had. There was also a guitarist seated and playing not far from our table. Very pleasant music, not too loud. We were glad we found this place and also had a nice walk around the neighborhood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Tapas, Live Music, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Never disappointed with Aioli Bodega Espanola. The menu is seasonal and always the freshest ingredients. Not having a lot of experience with tapas, I seek input from the staff on recommendations. They do an excellent job introducing you to the various flavors while not trying to gouge your pocketbook. Relaxing ambiance and the live music on the outdoor patio is very good. Sitting outside can be hard for conversations due to the music. Recommend the lamb skewers (Pinchos Morunos) and the Pasta Amartriciana. Give yourself the time to enjoy the meal.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Vegan
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Awesome spot! Asked the waiter to surprise me and I was very pleased with a treat of a meal. Went with 5 others, who were all very very happy with the experience! Wine list, house drinks, and delicious deserts all top notch!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. This restaurant is an outstanding value. High end service and food choices at a reasonable price.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 7, 2017

One of the rare places that I have never had a bad meal in. Been coming for over 12 years. Always great food and service! 5 stars!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Live Music, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Awesomeness.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Great food, excellent wines by the glass available, well-informed and helpful wait staff. Nice atmosphere (we dined outside). Modest sticker-shock from our extravagant ordering (a birthday celebration - ticket for two with six glasses of wine $190 with a generous tip).

Will return to try other great menu choices, and order a little more judiciously.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 25, 2017

IHad a great dinner. My wife thought it was a little on the bland side because she always like saffron in Pallea and thought it was a little on the bland side no saffron
My guests were impressed. Some while back we had a chocolate dessert and so we ordered some and it was not the same. Great time.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Pretty standard, for the most part, tapas and Spanish dishes. The tuna crudo was excellent --our best dish by far. The patatas bravas were the worst we have ever had -- virtually flavorless and clearly prepared long in advance. Which is not a sin in itself, but it really shouldn't be so obvious! Good service, nice enough place, we would not go back.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 23, 2017

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 17, 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.

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 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 14, 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!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 12, 2017

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

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 10, 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 10, 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.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Casual, Live Music
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 6, 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 3, 2017

Love the patio

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