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Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA
Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA
Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA
Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA
Aioli Bodega Espanola, Sacramento, CA

Aioli Bodega Espanola

4.6
4.6
2033 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
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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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
  • Phone number
    (916) 447-9440
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Pablo Hernandez
  • Catering
    Please come in or give us a call to discuss your particular catering needs.
  • Neighborhood
    Sacramento
  • Cross street
    18th and L
  • Parking details
    Aside from street parking there is convenient public parking offered Monday- Sunday evenings on 17th Street between L and Capitol.
  • Entertainment
    We have a latin guitar player playing Thursday, Friday, and most Saturdays.
  • Additional
    BYO Wine, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,033 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento

    Neighborhood gem

  • Sacramento

    Romantic

2,033 Reviews
  1. MNAC

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and great food. The chorizo and duck are particularly good.

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  2. JohnJ

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience - great food and great service.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a shrimp appetizer (excellent), Spanish bruschetta (reasonably good), and Valenciana Paella. The Paella was unfortunately short of expectations - still good, very good flavor profile but the cook was off as the soccarat (the crispy rice at the bottom) was a bit overdone and fused to the pan but slightly under the rest of the way through. Some bone fragments in the chicken (it’s a mixed paella with seafood and chicken). Mussels were slightly underdone. I give it a 3/5. Overall a good cook on the Paella would make it a very good value as the pricing is good for this type of a meal. Two people could be well satisfied with an appetizer, a glass of sangria each and a shared Paella for about $100. These days (2024) that’s a good deal.

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  4. ElleM

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been going here for many years and Aioli remains one of our favorite date night places. Great food, wine and ambiance. It’s old school, attentive, knowledgeable and fun to interact with servers with style.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    They didn’t honor our reservation and the host (who was also the owner) was visibly black out drunk and very rude

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  6. Kiaranine

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We love going here. Tonight we celebrated a new promotion, and tried some of the main dish items instead of the paellas, and they were fantastic

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  7. Kathy

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a perfect night nice food and friendly staff

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aioli Bodega never disappoints. It’s one of our favorite dinner spots. The atmosphere and service are always top notch and the staff make us feel right at home even when they are packed with customers. As long as you have a little patience the experience is wonderful, the food is absolutely fantastic and the experience is one that leaves you ready to return on your next night out! Highly recommend!!

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  9. JC455

    Sacramento

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good, but not great. I had the fish special which was halibut. It was under seasoned and undercooked slightly. My wife had the prime rib steak and found it tasty. We got dessert and with whipped cream had no sugar, which may have been intentional, but for her, was missing a little sweetness. The staff was attentive and the owner was obviously aware we had to get to the show, but when our main course was done and bill was paid, appeared to want to hurry up and flip the table so he could seat the next party. He wasn't aware we were waiting for our dessert.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!! Unbelievable!! Professional!! Top Notch all the way around!!

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  11. stephen

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I were in Sacramento for the weekend, staying in downtown and I asked a friend to recommend a place to eat. We made the reservation and walked to Aioli. we arrived about 10-15 minutes early and it was pretty crowded. We checked in and were told that we probably would have to wait. That was ok with us as we had been driving all day and said we would just walk around the neighborhood and return at the correct time. The owner/matre d offered us a table that had just opened up and we accepted. We ordered from the expansive wine list and started in on some tapas from the menu for appetizers and then more for our dinner. Food was excellent and service fantastic. Highly recommend.

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  12. Chris

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The vibe is cozy and fun, romantic, casual, dressy - whatever you make of it. It’s everything! I love this restaurant and the only “bad” thing I’ll say is the martini I ordered was weak. Tasted great! But I’ve never seen a bartender pour just under a shot of vodka and add a lot of olive juice (dirty ketel one martini) and the glass wasn’t even half full. I felt like I drank delicious olive juice and never felt a thing. No taste of vodka whatsoever. First time I’ve ever seen and experienced that in my adult life. So, the lamest $15 martini is what I had. The food was great and service was wonderful per usual. Been here many times over the last 12 years.

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  13. deborahB

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The duck appetizer was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. Wonderful wine selection. The creme brulee was off the hook.

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  14. SacramentoFan

    Sacramento

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pulpo / octopus and the duck tapas were fabulous. Unique flavors and nice presentation. Lamb chops were plentiful and delicious. The duck ragu lasagna had an earthy undertone and was excellent. Our waiter was patient and had good suggestions.

    1 person found this helpful

  15. cbinder

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite restaurant in Sacramento. I like the small plates as I can have a lot of different tastes during a meal. Their grilled meats are perfection. Also like the cozy intimate setting. Have never had a bad meal here.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. lowerthird

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Aioli Bodega Espanola. They are consistent. The food is always excellent. The lamb is a special treat. The wine list, while not the longest, doesn't have a single clunker. This has become comfort food... My pilgrimage to Sacramento always ends at Bistro Aioli.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. ScottY

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Over all the years, always fantastic. We look forward to our next visit.

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  18. mhd12

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time having lunch here, and it was just as great as dinner! We ordered a few tapas for the adults to share, and they were kind enough to make a pasta with shrimp dish for the kids. The tortilla tres colores, arugula salad and papas fritas are a must. The salmon was fresh and delightful. Seems you can’t go wrong with any of the menu items. We highly recommend Aioli any time of day!

    1 person found this helpful

  19. SusanG

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last night of Dine Downtown, good menu options. Fabulous flan

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  20. tiaval

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time and I loved it. The food came out fresh and the suggested wine was delish. Glad that the Dine Downtown brought me in but I will definitely be back to try other dishes!

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  21. AndreaD

    St. Louis

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious and the service was impeccable. Can hardly wait to go back!!

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  22. Private

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for the Dine Downtown Experience and had a beautiful meal, wonderful drinks and an absolutely amazing romantic evening. Loved it.

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  23. Visitor5

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm tired of paying for crappy food. This food was excellent, start to finish. We were both impressed. We will go back!

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  24. MarlaH

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was relatively new or inexperienced. He needs to be taught how to "read his audience". We are very experienced diners, and he talked to us as if we needed his input and direction. To be a great server, one needs to be a bit untuitive. He wasn't.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. MonicaR

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious meal! Excellent service! Looking forward to coming back.

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  26. CaronT

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went early and it was quiet and relaxed. We had excellent service and the food was good. We will return.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ah-May-Zing!!! Love this place. Can’t wait to go back.

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  28. Wendell

    Sacramento

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal last evening with Out Sacramento The only problem we had is two entrées arrived together, and the third one arrived very late, which they could’ve arrived at the same time

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  29. KiaR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The welcome and check-in process was confusing. Wait staff is nice. Food is solid. Desserts are amazing.

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  30. AnthonyT

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to this place often… it’s always great Authentic Spanish food…. Cool people and very good energy….

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  31. charlesr

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter and Waitress were extremely helpful and made the experience very pleasant for my Wife and I. Will recommend to Family and Friends.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, friendly service. A must try, then go back again!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our go-to date night spots. Didn't disappoint. The dining room is cozy. Kind of loud tonight due to 2 large groups. When weather permits ask for the patio.

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  34. MaverickVP

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is outstanding! My wife enjoyed the pasta, and I had multiple tapas that were excellent.

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  35. Keith

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious tapas and the service was some of the best I've had in Sacramento

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  36. ElaineB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The grilled octopus was excellent as were all the tapas we ordered.

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  37. JenniferS

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! A wonderful Christmas Eve tradition for us!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    It was great! My only complaint is that it is a little overpriced but overall a great place for a family dinner

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  39. JulieP

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I felt like we were dining in Europe! Beautiful ambience and delicious food made it a wonderful dinner!

    1 person found this helpful

  40. DeniseJ

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant had every square inch filled with people and tables. Because of the high ceilings, number of people and relentless hard surfaces, the noise level was so terrible that I couldn't converse at all with my partner during our $200 meal. Kind owner of the restaurant...please call an architect and have them help you design some acoustical baffling. My server was top-notch and the food and wine delicious. I won't return until the warmer months when I can dine out-doors. Unless the acoustics have been addressed before then.

    2 people found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Aioli Bodega Espanola offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 447-9440.

Aioli Bodega Espanola is rated 4.6 stars by 2033 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Aioli Bodega Espanola

1800 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

Additional information

  • Cross street
    18th and L
  • Neighborhood
    Sacramento
  • 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Aside from street parking there is convenient public parking offered Monday- Sunday evenings on 17th Street between L and Capitol.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Pablo Hernandez
  • Entertainment
    We have a latin guitar player playing Thursday, Friday, and most Saturdays.
  • Additional
    BYO Wine, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (916) 447-9440
  • Catering
    Please come in or give us a call to discuss your particular catering needs.
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