Aioli Bodega Espanola

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1100 reviews
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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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Portland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit to Aioli, and we loved it, always excellent food, and very accommodating to our picky eaters requests. We'll be coming back for sure!

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Due to a critical emergency my company and I had to leave very quickly. We did leave the restuarant almost forgetting our tab as we had literally just ordered our food and had not actually been served anything. A member of our party returned to pay and apologized, but due to circumstance she began crying after the host rudely patronized her. Our food was being brought out while she was insulted by the host and she was asked if she wanted it boxed. They took so long (she waited at least 15 mins) that we had to leave without our food.

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c
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a late 2:30 lunch at Aioli with our parents and it was a perfect non-busy time to go. The tapas and main dishes were just delicious and our server was excellent. We sat in the patio under a lemon tree, it was just a wonderful lunch!

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GM
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding flavors and wide selection. We always love It!

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EK
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good dinner, the muscles were especially tasty and the oxtails were perfect. Too cold to sit outside, which is the best. Good selection of Spanish inspired dishes, something that’s hard to come by in the Sacramento area. Server was attentive enough, but not especially engaging. Will of course be back again😊

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seating at the bar is limited to about 6 seats. The dining experience was great and the staff was very informative about the dishes and cocktails. The Barcelona Sour was very tasty.

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PG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time there in a matter of weeks. I was Wondering if it was going to be as good as the first time we were there. It was absolutely fantastic the service the atmosphere it was as if you were in a different country I highly suggest aioli restaurant.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a phenomenal experience dining with Aioli. Very romantic, great service, incredible food. We will be returning often.

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b
Seattle
55 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

For out of town visitors, Aioli Bodege Espanola was an absolutely stellar find. We found the cuisine to be genuine and sublime, although not quite spiced as some of the same plates in Spain. Prices were extremely appropriate, especially given the proportions provided.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. We had the lunch special. M;y latte was great and the service was very good

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FF
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another great experience at Aioli--my wife and I have dined at Aioli perhaps a half-dozen times. Roman did an outstanding job as our server, recommending wines and various dishes to try. My college roommate and his wife were in town, and they loved the dinner as well. Thank you again Roman.

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P
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful experience from the knowledgeable suggestions for wine to the suggestions for tapas to try. One of the best meals we've had in Sacramento.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always! In particular the waiter is always very attentive and friendly! He talks so fast and make sure your food get ready fast as well!

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre concert dinning with family just wonderful food and service!

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M
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service was Great!!

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nathan made our whole evening. We sat down and noticed the large menu, asked Nathan to select the best for us and he took over and made it an amazing night out. The food he decided on for us was on point, flowed well together, and executed by the kitchen with perfection. thanks again for the wonderful night out!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal great service great atmosphere

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V
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a magical time at Aioli! Still my favorite spot in Sacramento!

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GF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Good way to try many different food combinations with the Tapas.

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T
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very quaint family run place; a little chaotic at the front door (there are three door options) but nicely set up for Valentine's. We arrived early and the service was excellent. We ordered four different tapas plates and all of them were creatively made and yummy. The rock cod was the best!

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AM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The paella was not flavorful and it was almost 40 dollars! Food was not the gratest. We ended up spending 130 dollars for Mediocre food. The Borracho fessert was overpower by cheap wine. Very disappointed really. Not going back. Was velebrati g my 20 year wedding anyversary 🙁

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M
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Waiter did a great job of describing the menu and answering our questions. The food was to die for.

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CO
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary and this was a great choice.

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m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great- it has such a large menu that there is something for everyone. We love sharing the small plates .

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PG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great...the food was very tasty! Better than I expected. I highly recommend this restaurant. Our server Nathen was very knowledgeable and kind. We will be going back very soon.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I ordered a Fabada soup for starter, and several tapas. After a while the fabada came together with the tapas, so by the time I finished the soup the warm tapas were cold. The soup was okay, except it was not a fabada. They used white beans instead of the big faba beans, and it didn't taste the same. I ordered Boquerones en Vinagre and they gave me four (4) dry boquerones on top of little pieces of pita. What a sad view! I ordered a Pulpo Gallego and they served me two small legs of pulpo that were cold and not very tasty. The Legumbres a la Parrilla were not anything to write home about, and of course they were cold too. Very disappointing!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we travel on business to Sacramento we eat every night at Aioli.

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LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good experience. Love it.
Food and all that. Our waiter did a fantastic job. I love the music in the background.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Service amazing!

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D
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was amazing and our waiter was very friendly and knowledgable. The 2 stars in service are because our reservations were for 8 but we weren't seated til close to 8:25 and each time the owner (I think) said "just 10 minutes" which turned into longer. I can understand tables lingering but this was longer than normal.

Also, live music decimated the ability to carry on a conversation. Why restaurants still have someone on amplified audio in a small restaurant is beyond me.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, I would. It is a popular place. The food was tasty, music in the back ground.
We had a nice window seat and we were able to talk. It was a noisy, but that is part of the attraction, people enjoying themselves.

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MB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Authentic Spanish cuisine . Lively environment. Cool place.

One of the better restaurants In Sacramento.

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G
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I would wholeheartedly recommend Aioli Bodega Espanola. Do not be discouraged by the average 4-star review that I gave it. This is because I have dined in some of the world's best restaurants, so it is all relative. The fact is that this is probably one of the best restaurants in Sacramento right now and I was pleasantly surprised on my recent visit there.
Ambiance: much better than expected/shown in photos. Very nice, warm, tablecloth type of place. The owner is part of the ambiance :-) and he's great!!
Service: it shows that the owner is involved. The service is professional and efficient, friendly, informative. It is a model of how service should be done --approaches restaurants of considerable higher prices. Excellent and I gave it 5 stars.
Food: the food was generally good to great with some items being exceptional. The Bacalao San Sebastian was incredible. It is a seasonal item that should become a mainstay. The ox-tail with potato and cheese was another wonderful surprise. Mussels (in tomato) were OK. Pork skewers needed something more (including salt) --worth iterating on this dish. Do NOT skip the dessert menu. Excellent! Cocktails were on the weaker side. Wine and beer menu was adequate for a restaurant at this price range.
Value for money: I thought value for money was excellent, including some of the other establishments in Sacramento. Sacramento should be a lot less expensive than San Francisco and from what I see, it is not quite the case any more. This restaurant is reasonable in comparison.

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CR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. We brought people who have never been before and they enjoyed all of the tapas we ordered. Great wait staff and wine recommendation appreciated.

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Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have enjoyed Aiolis for the past 10 years. Every time it feels like a new experience and it never gets old. Service and food is always great and welcoming.

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MP
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Owner was slightly grumpy ....... they brought the paella and we still enjoying the Tapas . The flan was to die for

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H
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great, authentic Spanish tapas restaurant with a great menu and an even greater wait staff. I've been here for both lunch and dinner with a small group and a large group and I'm impressed every time.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Festive family get together!

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BW
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to this restaurant and was pleasantly surprised with the excellent quality and preparation of the food. Excellent service and nice presentation of the food! The Paella was delicious and not as salty as we had in Spain. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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CO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I took a friend for her birthday and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience that evening. Omer was our server and he did a great job answering our many questions and helping us choose from their generous menu choices. Tapas were terrific. The scallops were off the chart great! Sea Bass entree was shared and it was outstanding. Don't hesitate just go there and enjoy some outstanding cuisine!

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