La Bodega - Kansas City
La Bodega - Kansas City

La Bodega - Kansas City

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.labodegakc.com/
  • Phone: (816) 472-8272
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: English Reinshaw
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: summit and I-35
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from La Bodega - Kansas City
"Tapas" - In the beginning. Tapas is a daily event in the life of the Spanish culture. Mainly a Northern Spain, Basque regional tradition, it has grown to signify a way of eating and socializing. It is said that tapas originated centuries ago. In Spanish, the word tapa or the verb tapar means "to cover." Tapas represents the Spanish custom of placing a piece of bread over the glass of wine. It is a custom that dates back past the 1500's. Traditionally, the exact food served is less important than the social occasion. Tapas is a way of life. It signifies leisure, camaraderie and good humor. In Spain, Tapas are almost always accompanied by wine. They are not so much about talking as they are about eating and drinking. The wine is the medium that holds the conversation with friends and the food together. You make time to enjoy the moment in an unhurried way. The threefold purpose of snacking on tapas is to dull any hunger pangs that have built up since the previous intake of comestibles.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
La Bodega - Kansas City reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (41)great for outdoor dining (34)good for groups (32)hot spot (25)special occasion (23)romantic (19)great for lunch (13)notable wine list (11)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Special evening at LaBodega
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It was the first time for 2 of our party of 5. We are were very impressed with the food, wine and the service. We asked to have our reservation changed from 2 to 5 , 24 hours in advance and had to problem getting that done. Then we arrived about 45 minutes early and were able to get right in. We go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and fabulous service
    enjoynewplaces
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food is fantastic. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and really care about your experience. We have been with a larger group and just the two of us and each time the same great service and delicious food. We would highly recommend this place to others. If it is your first time, their happy hour specials and offerings are superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite places in KC.
    Spanish
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    First time visit and having lived in KC for 6 years My only disappointment is that I didn't find this restraunt earlier. Great for any size group - blind date to family get together. Outstanding social setting, delicious food with impeccable service. If you're a foody this is a place for you. A+
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour specials!
    Gr8foodVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We have been several times and have had a great experience each time. The service is very good and friendly. Every dish arrived piping hot from the kitchen. Their sangria is a nice balance to the meal. The manager came by to say hello. The decor is fun and upbeat. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food Good Service Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had great service and great food. The noise was almost unbearable. When I can't hear the person across the table from me, even though they are speaking clearly, there is too much noise. I don't appreciate going to a restaurant like that. Some people do. I don't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DC13VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Excellent as always. A wonderful evening with great food, and superior service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Spot
    AJP0906
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We went during the World Series to avoid the crowds at other bars. While the service was a little slow, everything else was great. I definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Hour Fun
    Kevin
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had a great time and took advantage of the great happy hour specials. Thanks, La Bodega for a great birthday celebration for my wife. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super delicious as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food and service was perfect. I will say the place was packed and very loud but the food makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time, will return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    On a suggestion from a friend we tried it for a quiet birthday celebration. Server was very knowledgeable about food and drink suggestions/questions. Not a huge variety and reasonable priced. Good to try new and different tastes. Would
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oustanding food and service
    Derek
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful dining experience at La Bodega. Had been recommended by several friends and it did not disappoint. Unique menu and the food was outstanding. Service was exceptional. The waiter brought beer samples for us to try without us even asking. Great restaurant, a must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Sylph
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Took a friend for dinner and we had a blast. He was impressed with the food quality, menu selection and presentation of dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Why don't we go more often?
    kcmo57VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Everytime we dine at La Bodega, we ask ourselves why we don't go more often. The flavors are sumptuous. The atmosphere cooks. No matter what we order, it's great! This visit was on a Wednesday, with a half price promotion on wine bottles, and since we didn't finish the two we ordered, we could take the partial bottle home with us. Things can get loud there, with all the hard surfaces. La Bodega consistently performs, and it continues to climb our list of favorites in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Getting better all the time
    BickymonVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My wife and I have always loved La Bodega. Typically we dine outside streetside. They keep improving the place, now they have added a little outdoor but covered space with a garage door that can close for bad weather. Also the new deck with trellis on the north side of the building offers yet another option for outdoor dining. Of course the food has been and still is great. I tried the red wine sauce meatballs, one of the new tapas. I think it's another they'll have to keep.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Tapas
    Patti
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great dinner, before the KC Symphony Pops evening. The reservation with Open Table was a must, as La Bodega was very busy. The food was very good, especially liked the Jamon Iberico, the fig dish, and the date dish. It was a lively crowd, and extremely loud, so we had a little trouble hearing the waitress, but she did a good job of speaking over the noise level. Parking is close-across the street. Highly recommend, and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved La Bodega!
    LoveKC
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First time here and loved it! Friendly employees. Food was delicious and came out pretty quick. Very reasonable prices. Ambiance was great! A must go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La bodega hit the spot
    RichVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Nice bistro near Crown Center was a great find in Kansas City. The tapas were true to form, delicious and a nice departure from KC BBQ. Enjoyed the Monday night half-price wine. My three friends ordered eight dishes ranging from shrimp, meatballs, mushrooms, bruschetta, and a meat plate. All the dishes were delicious, brought out timely with service that was attentive and responsive. Would definitely go back,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place in the sun
    marmel
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Really enjoyed a recent early evening with friends at the outdoor tables. The sangria and tapas were great when coupled with late afternoon sun and good conversation. And the staff was attentive without being intrusive. A win!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed
    TastefullySimple
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    As always, the food was fantastic! The service and management were friendly and went above and beyond. I realize this isn't part of a typical review, but the restroom was clean (I'm always pleasantly surprised when this happens out in public)!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KC hidden HotSpot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    unbelievable service, unbelievable food, unbelievable scenery... All hidden under I35.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moving!
    firemsdive
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife & I will be moving to KC, from Virginia in the very near future. She found your restaurant on a web search for a tapas style spot. We loved it and look forward to coming back when we make the move. She has already told her sisters that they are coming with us when they visit. We love the atmosphere, and the food. The staff was excellent, and entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    LuvIt
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food and service were incredible. Loved the look of the restaurant, there was a loud group when we first got there but the left about 10 minutes later and the noise level went down a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different
    Smithtian
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    this was our first time eating here. There is so many different things to choose from. Our server didn't ask if we have been here before, or explain how anything works. In a group of 5, everyone got their food and was finished before our daughter got hers, and the server said, I bring them out as they are finished in the kitchen. Still confused on how to order. The food was good, I would go back, just hope for a better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    Mexiking
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good food just way too small of portions for way too much money
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another good job
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was good, service was better than the last few times we stopped in and the sangria was very tasty. Unfortunately, the place was super packed with large parties and it made it very challenging to hear anyone at our table but the food was spot on. I must say the scallops and the meatballs were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive, as always
    Kerry
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a late dinner on a weeknight when the restaurant was not crowded, except for a large party that Zach was also taking care of. Zach stopped by our table several times to make sure everything was okay and to be his charming self. When the GM and other servers noticed that Zach had his hands full with a large table, they immediately stepped in to take additional orders, clear away plates, refill drinks, etc. They didn't miss a beat and we wanted for nothing. We love coming to La Bodega and have always been treated as if we were the most important customers in the place. If I were to make one suggestion, it would be to refresh the menu items a little with some new dishes. I think we've sampled everything on the current menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night outdoors
    donaldab
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We sat outside, had a delicious pitcher of red sangria, and split a number of small plates. My favorite was shrimp with garlic sauce as it was light and bright... No especially bold flavors to it, just good. Husband's favorite was the short rib dish with apricot. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for what you get
    MirKC
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Natalie our server was great! Very friendly and informative! It was our first time and the manager came over to greet us:-). Tapas were tasty, our entrees were ok. My tenderloin had a slightly freezer burn taste and my husbands salmon was over cooked.it has a nice vibe and all the staff are friendly but next time we will just do the tapas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 146 reviews are from the La Bodega - Kansas City reviews archive.
  • Great Sunday Aternoon Find!
    Gr8foodVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were looking for somewhere to have a light earlier dinner and a cold beverage. Well a pitcher of cold sangria and several tapas later we knew we had found the right spot in La Bodega! Our waitress, Danielle was a delight. We told her it was our first time to La Bodega and she guided us through a perfect meal including an off menu dessert item that was the perfect end to our meal! We will become regulars here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    gutenappetit
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    But noisy! The food is outstanding, the ambiance modern-romantic, but the noise level is so high that conversation becomes straining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anniversary dinner!
    Oline
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went there for an anniversary dinner. The food was great and our server went above and beyond to help us figure out what a dish was that we saw being taken out to someone right as we got there. :) Good bottle of wine as well. We ate outside as it was a perfect night and it was a little quieter and better for chatting than inside. It is close to the street, but it was not distracting. Overall - great meal and fun experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Visit
    bsteel
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've had a dinner twice here in 2 weeks! Once for my birthday with a large group of friends and on Saturday night with a group of 4. Both times the service and food were outstanding. You'll have fun and leave full
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chris
    Chris
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food and service are fantastic. You can't go wrong with any of the tapas menu options - honestly they are just fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    TGW1VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    A wonderful place to dine, excellent food and excellent service. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour
    luvtorelax
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Went there just in time to order happy hour priced food, huge selection and it was all very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always AMAZING
    FoodieChef
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The paella is the best we have found, which is fine if you just want to spend an hour or so. Tapas is a whole different experience that forces us to slow down and unplug ordering a few plates at a time from over 30 choices. Three of us ordered a pitcher of Sangria and bottle of amazing wine and spent 3 glorious hours in food and conversation. Dishes are beautifully plated and the balance was spot on. Our wait staff was attentive but not intrusive. You cannot go wrong with this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday brunch
    AirBabuVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were one of the first seat on Sunday and the servers were busy getting ready for sunday service. We ate at a bare table while they placed white tablecloths on other tables. Good service and good food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    always good food, good drinks, and good service... enjoy going here for a night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night!
    gr8foodGr8wine
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food. Great service. Nice, relaxing evening where we did not feel rushed to leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great meal
    eric
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    we had a great evening with our family! great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.