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.
BYO Wine, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
Aioli Bodega Espanola Ratings and Reviews
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.
The video I looked at before going to th ...
The video I looked at before going to the restaurant made this restaurant seem like a very fun place to be! But I was confused by the menu and had some trouble ordering! There seemed to be tension in the air that night, so the fun factor was down! Not sure what was going on, but I won't be going back or recommending this restaurant to my friends.
midtown gem still a treat
Have been coming here for years and have never been disappointed. Always stellar service, many nice choices , and all are prepared well, letting the individual flavors shine thru. Every few times we must have the paella and it always is worth the wait. Nice wine list, a bit pricey, but excellent with the dishes. A shout out to Nick our server..very attentive and in good spirits thruout the meal.
Went for a birthday dinner for 5 people. ...
Went for a birthday dinner for 5 people. My favorite dish was the Zarzuela de Mariscos, which was spicy and delicious! Also had the sangria which is always good. Nothing was particularly "wowing, " but overall a delightful experience!
Nice dinner... We always let our Servers ...
Nice dinner... We always let our Servers pick our meals for us, makes it fun not knowing what they we'll choose. Our friends had fun! Ended it with Espressos and three desserts :) Always a great choice for dinner in Midtown.
We were there for lunch on a Saturday, s ...
We were there for lunch on a Saturday, so things might be different on a busy night, but we were very impressed with the quality of the food and the service. We've traveled a lot in Spain, and this was true Spanish cuisine. Great wine, too! We will be back.
Lost there mojo!
The service was very good, but................. The food was way below par. Vegetables were under cooked and over cooked. The main course, tri tip, lacked flavor. The salad was the only thing done right.
We ate on the patio and looked like it had been neglected.
It's a shame because every other time we ate there it was great.
I was looking forward to my meal here, b ...
I was looking forward to my meal here, but the minute we walked in the door I could sense it was going to be a "challenging" experience. There was a wait at the front and no one to help. Granted we were super early - 5pm, but hey, they open at that time so you would expect them to be ready for service. The one "host" who turned out to also be our waiter had to go back and forth to set up tables, then seat parties. Finally, it was our turn. We were lead to the back patio by our choice which could be a lovely, charming little spot with a just a bit more TLC - i.e. water the plants, hide the mechanical equipment better, clean up a bit and TURN ON the lights you have strung for ambience, please! Our "host/waiter" was so busy seating that he didn't even say two words to us when we were seated...so we waited. Each time he came by it was a very brusk "drive by" type of encounter and he was sweating so profusely under all the pressure of being the only person helping all the guests (not too many at this early hour, but he was the only person besides whoever was in the kitchen) and I wanted to offer him my napkin... it was all I had - no water, no wine, no food yet. We considered sending up a "flare" to catch someone's attention so we could order. Finally we got to place our order while watching our waiters beads of sweat roll down his face (are you thinking what I'm thinking? please don't let that hit the table or our food, if it ever arrives)...the waiter didn't "have time" to tell us any specials and after more staff showed up, we overhead him telling the table next to us about their nightly specials...? We definitely would have ordered the Halibut Cheeks had we known they existed. We ordered tapas to share so we could experience more dishes. The lamb skewer was a bit overcooked. the calamari dish was a favorite as well as the portabella with feta. Meatballs were ok, not much flavor. With all the great restaurants in Sacto, I would not recommend this place.
Very nice restaurant
This is our first time eating at this location, my husband and I had a date here to celebrate our anniversary. Several years back we ate at the Aioli Bodega in Davis. The menu was very similar if not the same and we were very happy with the food. The service was wonderful and the ambiance was quiet and comfortable. We are gluten free and were happy that the menu was pre-labeled with what was gluten free. Overall very satisfied with the restaurant and would recommend for a date night out or special occasion.
Service uneven. After a first tapas, we sat waiting and noted that others, who were seated after us, we're served. Finally the manager walked by and noticing our inactivity, kind of asked about things, and was told we ordered some time ago. In a minute or two, the rest of our tapas were served, indicating these were sitting somewhere. Not anywhere up to the usual good service at this place.
Will chalk it up to an anomaly, and expect much better next time, and will not be patient.
Comparing the Food with Other Visits
The food was good, but has been better food here on other occasions. The bean dip they serve with bread at the beginning of the meal had a bit too much garlic compared with other times I have eaten there, enough that we both opted not to eat it. The mussels that we always order in tomatillo sauce thickened with bread crumbs has been better. The bread was not broken up adequately, and was therefore too soggy.
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