Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge
Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bodegadc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 333-4733
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jeronimo Romero
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our elegant "Matador Lounge" and bar, along with the Veranda patio are available for groups of up to 50. The room is equipped with a separate sound system from the main dining room and has a full bar as well. Please contact us for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Daniel Araujo 2023334733

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 31st Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available at Colonial Parking, located on 31st St. just south of M St. In addition, there are several other conveniently located lots within a short walk of Bodega.
A word from Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge
Located in the Heart of Georgetown, Bodega Spanish Tapas and Lounge makes a dramatic design statement with its hammered-copper bars, boldly patterned red-and-black walls, and tables set in intimate alcoves perfect for sharing moderately priced authentic Spanish tapas, traditional paellas and sangria. Don't miss our stylish "Matador Lounge" for dining and cocktails, with an arresting mural of a bullfight arena and opens up to a charming fountain patio - making it a perfect venue for private parties. For corporate lunches, first dates or any other occasion, our guests cannot help but feel transported to the breath-taking Costa del Sol.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (34)good for groups (28)romantic (22)late-night find (19)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (15)great for outdoor dining (15)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (13)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great Tapas Find in Georgetown
    NaptownDiner
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Our first dining experience at this restaurant. We were 35 min late for our reservation, due to a prior engagement and bad weather. The staff was gracious in holding our reservation, when we called to let them know we would be late. My husband and I love tapas, and it was a first tapas experience for our dining companions. We were all very pleased with our selections. As noted by other reviewers, their sangria is very good. Some favorites dishes include Dátiles Con Tocino (fried dates wrapped in bacon) and Gambas Al Ajillo (shrimp sautéed in garlic). Save room for the Flourless Chocolate Cake. Quiet, intimate atmosphere allowed for pleasant socializing over our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Spanish Restaurant in G'town.
    PhillyFoodie
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Good for a date night out. Nice ambience and great food. Relaxing and fun vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy the Food
    seagulls
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We booked a table but still had to wait before being seated in the back of the restaurant. At least we weren't put in the semi-outside area on a freezing evening. Sitting on an ottoman rather than a chair is also not so comfortable. So I suggest focusing on the food, which we thought was excellent. In particular, the chicken and prawn paella and the pulpo. Go there on a quiet midweek evening and enjoy the food. I may go back and try different tapas as the tapas menu is quite extensive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmm, good!
    Dishitout
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I came on a date from a recommendation from a co-worker and I'm SO glad i listened! Food was fantastic - the short rib stuffed piquillo peppers were out of this world. Juicy, tender, perfectly seasoned and the pepper cut just the right amount into the richness of the meat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Large variety, good portions.
    3stoogessVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Large variety, good portions. Went there for the squid ink calamari risotto. Was not disappointed. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant Ambiance & Delicias Tapas
    Amanda
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Bodega is great for small to medium sized groups. The food and sangria are absolutely delicious and will not disappoint sophisticated palettes. We had a group of ten - both families of 5. Even though there is not a children's menu, our kids loved the cool atmosphere and managed to find food they would eat (steak and meatballs). The only downside is that the service was slow. This was a great experience and we would go back. We especially love Bodega when out of town friends are visiting DC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good tapas
    tjor413VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Bodega is one of a few good tapas restaurants in DC that I rotate between, and I've been here 4-5 times. The ambiance is cozy but nice and the food is good. I'm also a sangria fan and theirs doesn't disappoint. Also I find the prices to be relatively reasonable. We usually spend 80-90 (for 2 people) including a couple drinks, tax, and tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good choice for tapas in Georgetown
    JerseyDoug59VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Most of our 12 choices (3 people) were quiet good; we'll prepared and flavorful. They have a nice selection of Spanish wines both by the glass and the bottle with a fair number of decent bottles <$50. The noise level is rather energetic so expect to raise your voice for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trendy Atmosphere--Exciting Food
    DCdiner5691VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Everything from the food to the atmosphere is exciting at Bodega. The sultry red and black walls and scarlet chandeliers set the mood for a night out with friends or a romantic meal for two. The sangria alone would keep you coming back--both the red and the cava are delicious. If you're a fan of meat, than the fried chicken croquettes and steak a la plancha are all worth a try, while the fried potatoes and bacon wrapped dates are great options as well. The food comes out quickly too, so it is nice to have the option to set your own pace and order more dishes as the meal progresses. Overall, Bodega is a great choice for a wide range of diners looking for a delicious meal for a reasonable price in the heart of Georgetown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Spanish Bodega and Tapas
    SpanishWannaBe
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    My husband is from Roses, Spain -1 hour north of Barcelona and this place is the closest place I have ever been where the food is authentic!! Service was AMAZING! Wine, food and co workers made for a great night! Only thing missing was the real Spaniard at home..,In Texas.! ThanksAgain! I will be back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dated Decor, Ok Food
    BigAl
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Food is interesting. Sauteed Spinach was best thing on menu. Nothing bad but nothing outstanding. Service was poor, no knowledge of wine, didn't get water refilled.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Many Delicious Options
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    The food was great. We had a reservation, and I was glad because it was really busy. We were seated right away. The waiters were fairly attentive, although we had to flag them down once or twice later in the meal. Everything we tried was delicious-seared tuna, grilled peppers, and sausage. Our favorite by far was the bacon-wrapped dates-delicious! I'm not sure it would be a good restaurant for groups or small kids (it was fairly loud and crowded) but we had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful Food and Wine
    Photobulb
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Bodega offers a vibrant restaurant experience. Engaging decor, outstanding Spanish tapas, and full-bodied Spanish white wine. Come back often--the shrimp sautéed in garlic, piri-piri pepper & olive oil (Gambas al Ajillo), beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts (Ensaladilla Remolacha con Queso de Cabra), and fried potatoes and spicy all-i-oli (Patatas Bravas) are phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing to brag about
    jose
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The place looks better on the website than the real thing. The food was ok nothing to brag about. We order the fry calamari and the stuffed peppers. Non of the dishes come with side orders. What you order is what you get. The calamari I order was nothing than an appetizer. I only got about 6 to 7 rings of calamari and he stuffed papers were tiny and only three came. The pace was really dark too dark for me I could not even see the menu to order anything. The tables were so closed to each other, i could hear other peoples conversation. My wife and i order two strawberry mojitos for $ 10 each. We spend about $50 dollar in this place and still had to go to another place to get something to eat because what they gave us was not sufficient.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tapas for 2
    Forge1138
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    First time dining at this restaurant, loced the atmoshpere and the food was tasty. My girlfriend and I love spanish tapas style and this place fit the bill. Very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Tapas
    donnaindc
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    I am married to a Spaniard from Madrid. I have had authentic tapas from the family (mom, aunt, etc) and this restaurant is almost a good as my mother-in-laws cooking, without all the emotional overhead! The happy hour roja sangria was refreshing. I love all the plates we ordered and I am looking forward to returning so I can try them all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent menu
    Lizzie
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Food was fantastic. Great recommendations from Rafael on our selections. reasonable prices. 4 tapas, appetizer and wine for two was just over $85.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumbs up!
    DiscerningPaletteVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Great food, atmosphere and service. Edgy energetic decor. . .small charming court yard as well. Tapas are prepared well. Quality ingredients. Bar scene is good. Also, a perfect place for a date.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    MtHermit
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    As with all Tapas restaurants, it is great to have a group where everyone can order their favorite and share with the others in the party. I was travelling alone and limited my selections to 2 items since I had a long drive ahead of me. The portions were a good size and tasty. I enjoyed the food and a glass of wine and will definitely have this on my list of favorites. The food is different than the fare found in the usual restaurants so it is a great place to pursue new adventures.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wide variety
    johnJVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    Great Tapas restaurant with true Spanish flair. Prompt delivery of food. Great presentation ! Serving spoons would be a great addition for sharing dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great tapas at a lively setting
    Live2eat
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    We have been coming to bodega last 4 years Everyone in my family really enjoy it. There is a Favourite dish for all of them here, gambas, chops Veggies. Cheese. And dessert . Noisy and lively most Nights but enjoyable. Casual setting but gud Fud Definitely worth going to if you haven't been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food at a reasonable
    Fermat
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    Excellent food at a reasonable price. Service was good. Wide variety of Tapas - all the ones we tried were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    The food was very tasty and the service was great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas spot in Georgetown!
    Dana
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Great tapas spot in Georgetown! Sangria is great. Restaurant week is a steal! Go here with a group so you can try a bunch of dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - Mediocre service
    AndalusiaInhabitant
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    This was our second time here and i can say that the food did not disappoint. Can't say the same about the service; the servers were not attentive, forgot orders (or did not place them) and generally were poor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beat Tapas in DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    I've been to Bodega 3 times now and think that hands down they have the best tapas in DC. We waited for our table at the downstairs bar and the bartender was a mess but she told us it was only her second night. I ordered an old fashioned and was handed a vodka drink with fruit in it. I felt bad though bc I've been in her shoes before so I drank it anyway. The meal itself was amazing as always. The waiter brought me an great glass of wine based on what I told him I liked and what we were ordering. The weather was beautiful and we sat in their backyard patio which is an absolute must. I highly recommend Bodega to anyone looking for authentic tapas in the District!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a special occasion dinner
    ElenaVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    I chose Bodega for a special occasion dinner with my friends because I've been there several times and we enjoyed the food and service all the time. Nothing against the food this time: paellas were delish, appetizers were just enough to start the night and sangria was nice. Everything was great, but the service sucked! We didn't ask for too much attention because we were too busy engaging with each other, but we've seen our server literally 3 times that night!!! First we ordered through another server who approached our table first time in 20 mins after we set down (we even had to bother hostess standing next to us to find out if we even have one). Eventually a few things we ordered were missing. The server never apologized. Service was bad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yummy
    Shmoo
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Just as good if not better than Jaleo. The standout was the Pan con Tomate y Jamón Serrano. I'm not sure if it really was authentic Spanish Jamón, but it sure was good. Chorizo was a much more flavorful endeavor than most places and the Espinacas a la Catalana with raisins and apples was fresh. The only disappointment was the Pimientos del Piquillo a la Plancha. I think the peppers were out of a jar. They were o.k. with the bread but I've had better. Like many have said the Dátiles con Tocino were terrific! I could eat those all day. We didn't have a great deal of time to eat many of the protein entrees. I wish we had. The calamari was o.k. but I would like to try the Paellas! An amazing place to have drinks or something light late night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but dark and loud
    Dee1990
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    The service and food are superb. But at night they keep the lights very dim so it's too dark and it's quite loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Night Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Good food, fast service and great prices! I will definitely be back and will sure tell all my foodie friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food & small portions
    mandabuffly
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Sat outside on a super small patio with a vent dripping water on me, and yet being one of the few tables, service was bad. Had the Golden Fried Chicken Breast Stuffed With Manchego which had the consistency of a rubber band it was so chewy. The Gambas al Ajillo was too greasy and the shrimp was very small. My favorite dish was the Piquillo Peppers Stuffed With Braised Beef Short Ribs & Served Au Jus but the beef and peppers were warm not hot so it ruined the dish. The Beef Tenderloin Skewer With Red & Green Peppers, Onions, And Cherry Tomatoes was very pedestrian and a very small portion for $11. The Huevos Estrellados con Chistorra off the brunch menu had two very overcooked sunny side up eggs. In total we spent $100 and left hungry!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Very mediocre tapas. Datiles con beicon was fried?! Patatas bravas was very bland. I'm sticking to Boqueria for sure.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was decent, service terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    Went to Bodega after reading decent reviews online. Our party of four sat in the back room, which was a lot quieter than the main seating area. Unfortunately, it seems the wait staff forgot about our existence, as they disappeared for long stretches of time even before getting our order in for drinks. Additionally, we were sitting under a table with decent ventilation, but were asked to relocate to a hot and sweltering corner because "a big party was on its way." We kindly obliged and switched seats, but the other group never arrived. The waiter made no attempt to apologize for his disappearing act, nor for making us move into a sweat lodge. All in all, the food was decently good for tapas, but the experience left much to be desired.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    The food was very good, the highlights being the beet root salad and the duck confit. Restaurant was busy and the service suffered a bit.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two of the wines we wanted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Two of the wines we wanted were not on the list. On previous occasions I'd sat in the main part of the restaurant which is lovely. They seated us in the back this time and that was not so pleasant - especially since I'd brought guests. The backless chairs are cute but not comfortable. The food was still good though so that was a plus. :-)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very nice casual place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    We went there for the first time with another couple and had a good time. The seafood paella was yummy! Our small plates were also delicious. I always like the bacon wrapped dates, the sautéed spinach, and Manchego plate. The service was also very good. We liked that there was both a front and back bar. All in all, it was a very nice place to meet for a casual dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Priscilla
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    This is the second time at this restaurant and both times the food was excellent. The service was very good as well. The only downside was the cigar smell that comes in rfrom the outside when the back door is opened. If you don't like the smell of cigars sit in the front of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Paella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    My girlfriend and I had been talking about eating paella. My family would always prepare it at home so I was a little nervous since I had never tried Paella outside of my mother's kitchen. I cannot express how amazing the food was. I was worried my gf wouldn't enjoy the flavors and spices but La Bodega delivered. She loved it and we cannot wait to return to try the seafood version. We customized a plate by adding oysters to the chicken and chorizo paella. The staff was super friendly, so happened that we visited on the night Spain vs Italy soccer match was playing and it just added to our experience. I would suggest you arrive early if you want to enjoy the happy hour at the front bar. Otherwise this is a great pick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas & Sangria
    Hoho
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Right in the heart of Georgetown, wide variety of menu choices, everything we had was great. Sangria was good, not unique but traditional. We enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Vecar
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    We eat on the outside patio on a beautiful evening an the ambiance and setting was just perfect. Highly recommend the sangria, by far the best we ever had! The Paella was delicious. The server was excellent, attentive courteous and efficient. We will definitively go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic