Aioli Bodega Espanola
Aioli Bodega Espanola

Aioli Bodega Espanola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://aiolibodega.com/
  • Phone: 9164479440
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Pablo Hernandez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please come in or give us a call to discuss your particular catering needs.
  • Entertainment: We have a latin guitar player playing Thursday, Friday, and most Saturdays.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th and L
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Aside from street parking there is convenient public parking offered Monday- Sunday evenings on 17th Street between L and Capitol.
A word from 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Aioli Bodega Espanola reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (42)fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (37)romantic (30)special occasion (24)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (12)good for groups (11)late-night find (7)hot spot (5)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Spanish Gem in Midtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Aioli Bodega is about my favorite restaurant in mid-town Sacramento. If it seems too quiet to enter, it is probably because all of the smart customers are enjoying the charming patio dining, listening to the trickle or a fountain beneath the foliage of giant trees. Whether you order the price-fixed luncheon, or one of the delicious "bocadillos" you can't go wrong at this restaurant. The tapas are a real treat -- two of my favorites being the pulpo (octopus) and the anchovies. My husband and I came out to lunch here and felt totally transported to another place. Terrific value, luscious food, excellent wine choices. How can you go wrong?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    Nightout
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We wanted to have Tapas but weren't sure what yo order. Our waiter offered to chose a menu for us and he did a great job. Cold dishes, then seafood, then red meat, then dessert. Excellent experience and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always excellent
    jeckleinVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    we have been coming here for 5+ yrs and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The host was very warm, but the waiter was in a hurry - he didn't even give us his name. The food was very average and over cooked. There was nothing special about this place so a bit disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Have Cocktails Elsewhere
    SacLovers
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The cocktails were stingy in size and mediocre in taste. The paella was generous in quantity. We bypassed the pork so the rice was a little dry. Romantic outdoor setting but flies were a bummer. Staff were friendly but stretched a little thin.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mmm
    djs1234
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This foursome, while not perhaps supremely sophisticated, independently suggested that the food was not as nuanced as other Midtown Sac places, say Magpie. One couple would have been as happy at Lowbrau (20th and K).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy patio!!
    FINEDINER
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Have eaten here several times, but first time out on patio. Great patio for warm Sacramento nights; good spacing between tables We had a late reservation (9:45PM) for dinner to accommodate friends who had driven from So. Cal. Had several tapas with drinks and visitors did entire meal with tapas. Entrée was quite filling after tapas; another tapa could have substituted for the entrée. Wine list extensive, service excellent, as were desserts. Will definitely return again, especially for late night dining, which is hard to find in Sacramento. If warm weather remains, dining will definitely be in the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldies
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had only dined here once before, and it not only exceeded our last experience, but our expectations as well. Fabulous wait staff, helpful and didn't make us feel like dummies because of our unfamiliarity with tapas. The food was superb, great variety, and lots of it. The sangrias are great, and the price very reasonable for an evening with 5 adults. Great place, fun experience, will definitely do it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    Sacman51
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our first time here and will definitely be back. Our server James went out of his way to explain the menu (menu has 96 items), how much food to plan for each person (Tapa's) and specific details regarding the wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed and Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    As always, such a nice dining experience. The food is consistently good and the service competent and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night
    Folsomdiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were told our outdoor table would be ready in ten minutes. So, we waited. We did have reservations. But a group of 4 came in, who knew the staff, they were immediately seated outside, and suddenly our table would now take much longer. Since we had time constraints, we had to eat inside. We were disappointed, as we came all the way from Folsom for an outdoor dining experience. Oh well, food was still pretty good, service (aside from our seating mishap), was great. But not so sure we will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Once again we enjoyed outdoor seating by the fountain, under the grape vines and lights, with the ambiance and taste reminiscent of a cafe back in Spain. We look forward to many more years of enjoying this top-tier Sacramento culinary gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The outside garden terrace is divine! A transport to Spain or Italy. Food is phenomenally decadent. James was a fun, personable server who made sure we were well cared for. Two thumbs up! Will definitely return on another visit to Sacramento.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicahero
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Seating was a little late and tables are really snug, but the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOD FOOD WITH AVERAGE SERVICE
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Aioli is one of my "go to" restaurants in Sacramento, so I was looking forward to dinner. I asked for two courses, "chefs's choice" with wine pairing. After a quick delivery of the first course, I waited and waited - almost one hour - for the second course to arrive. The main was a mixed grill of lamb, chicken and sausage. While it was tasty, the lamb and chicken were overcooked and unremarkable. I think the kitchen forgot about my order and they scrambled last minute to deliver. The wine pairing was nice. Overall, it was an unimpressive experience and not a great memory.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish Gem in Sacramento
    Yumm
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    All was wonderful. Server was timely and on the spit, knew the menu well but could have done without the banter. If you have to answer a question 1000 times don't tell me you have had to answer it a thousand times just answer the question. But it was fine because the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good tapas!
    Ohmyqueen
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    if you ever have cravings for spanish foods in sacramento, i would recommend here. The food is consistently good & they open late on weekends. We went for late friday date nite dinner & we had a good time. we had 3 kinds of tapas(cheese & dried/smoked meats, duck, & scallops) & a combination pallera. They were good & came out faster than usual since there were only 3 tables. we'll definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super experience
    Manganson
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant was great, the owner, the waiter, the food, the live music. One of the best dining experiences I have had in a long time. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It was very loud. The corkage fee was high at $20.00 and they charged us the fee for both bottles. All other restaurants (many) only charge for one bottle when we have two. I think our waiter was new and didn't know the menu too well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique Food Experience
    tennistoni
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    It had been a number of years since I had been here. The scene is more vibrant and the food is very good, different, unique and great tasting. Because it was Bastille Day, it was busy but the service was very good and the noice level was very tolerabel, a number of larger parties wete there but it was not noisy. I will abe back. I loved the vegetable tapas, we ordered one other tapa in addition to our entrees but the vegetable one was really good and a wonderful surprise. Desert was great, the Catalan flan, different tasting than others, but good and big. Sangria was also good with the different item we had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent! As always!
    dinnerfortwo
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Regardless of the occasion, we highly recommend Aioli Bodega Espanola. The staff treats everyone like family, the wait staff is professional and completely understand the food they are serving. The wine list is extraordinary and compliments the menu beautifully. Their food has remained consistently delicious year after year, maybe a change here and there based on seasonality, however it's nice to know that you can enjoy the same fantastic food every time you visit. Everything on the menu is spectacular. We know, we've tried it all!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service and food are amazing
    Eathealthy
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We have eaten here a few times we just walk in and ask the waiter to order for us were gluten free and that's not an issue, they always do an amazing job
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I thought their paella was a little lacking, arborio rice can be hit or miss. but aside from all that the rest made up for it! We were a group of four and ordered many hot and cold plates (in addition to paella). Service was courteous and they had live music which really added to their nice outdoor seating area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vinnie B
    Lovemesomefood
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Highly recommend this place! I could eat the Paella three days a week. The service was outstanding and the music on the outside patio was a nice touch! I will most definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    Ollie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Overall a good experience. We had a combination of tapas and main courses each which were excellent. My only negative is the waiter required that we order the main course before the tapas and wine. We thought this was because it took a long time to prepare but then the main course were delivered at the same time as the tapas. We felt rushed. We were in and out of the restaurant in less than an hour for dinner. Great Spanish guitar player.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miss you in Davis
    FoodFanatic
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I was just in the mood for Aioli, and so glad we came all the way to Sacramento to enjoy your small dishes and paella for two. I sure do miss you in Davis!! This was our first time to the Sacramento location, and I have to say, I was very impressed. The garden was lovely, nicely shaded and the splashing, colorful fountain added just the right touch. As usual, the food was a treat for the senses. We had seared tuna, figs and chick peas (sensational!), and the mushroom paella, all beautifully presented and devoured with delight. For dessert we shared the flan, which is always fabulous, and did not disappoint. Service was a bit slow. It took a long time for me to get my sparkling water (the tap is meh). Everything else, though, was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good!
    jeckleinVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have been going here for the last 5 years and at least 6-8 times a year. They never let us down. Joseph is a terrific server! The ambience is very comfortable. Not stuffy. Fun and livelily. The Betabel salad with arugula is always terrific. All the plates are good and consistently good. Highly recommend this place! It's one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like it
    EnjoyDiningOutVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I know that tapas are small plates, but the portions of olives & mushrooms are a bit skimpy. The gravlox is delicious! The paella is very filling, & a generous portion. The chocolate mouse is rich & delicious. The waiter recommended the perfect wines They could work on their pacing... we would've enjoyed a slower, better paced meal w/ a break between courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 385 reviews are from the Aioli Bodega Espanola reviews archive.
  • Always good
    sactownfoodie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I have never had a bad meal there. I like the duck and the lamb sausage the best but the stuffed tomato is the bomb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella to die for
    Paella
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Just the best I felt like I was in Madrid everything was just great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group Lunch
    Vegan1
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We had a group of 8 and the food, service, and ambiance were all excellent. Everyone enjoyed the variety of food and all said that they wanted to return. Also, they served us quickly such that it was a great place for a business lunch. Also had great vegan choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great choice for special occasion
    Teresa22
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The food and wine menu are both extensive and interesting. Great variety of small plates as well as entrees. We shared a few small plates as appetizers and also selected an entrée. The swordfish special was flavorful and very tender. We had more than enough to eat - a few shared small plates would make an ample meal. The atmosphere was very pleasant and the noise level was reasonable. We loved being seated by the window to enjoy the street scene. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good.
    RedSoxFan
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We love this place and went there for mothers day. The salads were fresh with great dressings that were not overpowering. I had a rabbit which was excellent, even though it was a little overcooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming & Enjoyable
    Peesacake
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was my first visit (took my daughter and 9 year old g-daughter) to celebrate mother's day. My daughter and I were pleasantly surprised. Indoor dining was romantic and outdoors where we sat; it was notably charming, pretty and quiet. An array of food items to choose from, good presentation and ALL were delicious. I will return with my husband and am sure he will love it too! My only change is since they don't have a kids menu is to have been given a few suggestions the youngest member of our party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always warm and wonderful
    urban
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Love the decor, the service, the food, the wine, the music and the service team. Very friendly staff, great service, and Seafood Paella I can't get enough of....
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Farnapple
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The service, food and ambiance are like nothing else in Sacramento. A gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This restaurant continues to deliver. Great and unique service, creative and inspired menu, everything's fresh and the room comfortable. Respect for tradition and their own history but not stuck in it. Go and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best for tapas
    Mark
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We had a tapa, salad and main course. The main courses were both a bit overcooked; the salad and tapa was excellent. I think that this is best for tapas but perhaps the cooking staff were not on their game. The live guitarist was a great touch. Will come again.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Aioli
    BarrGirl
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    The food and the service at Aioli was outstanding. Our waiter was charming and made spot-on suggestions for our meal. All food came as described and was memorable. We came for a business discussion and found the restaurant patio to have the perfect ambience and low level of noise that we had hoped for. We can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • omfg best food i have ever had
    Thefoodcritic1
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This was the best place i have ever been to ,i have been all over the usa and Aioli's is the best by far out of anywhere i have traveld omfg best food i have ever had
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.