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Aioli Bodega Espanola

4.6
4.6
1716 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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Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Menu Del Dia

$15. starts with soup and ends with dessert. choose from one main course

  • FISH

    • PASTA

      • STEW

        ensaladas

        • ENSALADA CON POLLO$10.50

          grilled chicken breast, bell peppers, mixed greens, waffle fries & aioli

          • ENSALADA DE LA MODA*$9.95

            spinach salad, green beans, carrots, beets, olives, potatoes, eggs and raw tuna, light vinaigrette

            • ENSALADA DE BACALA$13.50

              pan-seared salted cod fish, potato, peppers, onion, olives, mixed greens

              bocadillos

              • BOCADILLO DE BISTECA* ^$11.50

                prime top sirloin, caramelized onions & mushrooms, coca bread, side salad, waffle fries & aioli

                • BOCADILLO DE PUERCO^$9.50

                  pan-seared pork tenderloin, pineapple, coca bread, side salad, waffle fries & aioli

                  • BOCADILLO DE CORDERO^$11.50

                    roasted lamb shank, eggplant puree, garlic, tomato confit, coca bread, side salad, waffle fries & aioli

                    • BOCADILLO VEGETARIANA^$9.50

                      sauteed vegetables, potato, mushrooms, garlic, coca bread, side salad waffle fries & aioli

                      especialidades

                      • BISTECA DE RES$14.95

                        grilled new york strip steak, mojo cilantro sauce, roasted vegetables

                        • POLLO CON MOLE$12.95

                          pan-seared chicken, orange mole sauce, green herb risotto

                          • HAMBURGUESA CATALANA^$12.50

                            grilled masa chorizo & ground beef patty, lettuce, tomato, padron peppers, brie cheese, brioche burger bun, side salad, waffle fries & aioli

                            Last updated: February 3, 2022

                            What 1,716 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
                            • 4.5Service
                            • 4.6Ambience
                            • 4.4Value

                            NoiseModerate

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                            1. CA

                              ChristieA

                              Sacramento

                              9 reviews

                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                              Excellent food, as usual; we were early enough that it wasn’t too crowded so the noise level was ok. Service was very good! We had tapas, shared among the 3 of us (5 dishes was plenty)

                            2. MM

                              MissMG

                              Sacramento

                              8 reviews

                              3.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              overall3food3service3ambience4

                              Based on the star level we were expecting more. Food was just ok. Service was ok. True tapas-sized portions. Not enough bread/toast accompaniments. Ingredients seemed to be missing from a couple of dishes. We likely won’t go back.

                            3. AK

                              AllisonK

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great food and overall experience! Would highly recommend.

                            4. b

                              bobrwb

                              San Francisco

                              13 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              13 reviews

                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We celebrated a birthday & an anniversary by sharing many tapas recommended by our waiter and it was delightful. A relaxed & intimate evening…just what we wanted.

                            5. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              The food was good but not great. The wine and sangria were both worth it. The waiter seemed a bit more concerned with trying to up sell us instead of making sure we were ordering something we would like. Cute place for a date night. Would give it another chance.

                            6. d

                              davids

                              Sacramento

                              8 reviews

                              3.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall3food4service5ambience2

                              If you like 2-4 small dishes at $15 a piece per person you will enjoy it. The dishes were very flavorful and tasty and the service was excellent however they should have main entrees and not just tapas(small dishes) . It’s better to eat indoors due to nonstop traffic with all the noise and the diesel smell. Overall it was good. Great place if you want to drink a lot and just have light dishes.

                            7. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                              overall2food4service2ambience5

                              Food came 2 at a time. Wrong dish served and 1 ordered dish not provided. No compensation or offer to bring missing item. I still gave an 20% tip but will probably not return due to order inaccuracy and okay service

                            8. SA

                              SuzanneAgasi

                              San Francisco

                              37 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              37 reviews

                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We were greeted by Rodrigo who knows the menu very well and had great recommendations for the Paella and specials! It was Cinco de Mayo so he whipped up very delicious margaritas for the three of us and our server Sierra was sweet, Swift and a joy to be around. They're doing instruction outside but the back patio is the perfect oasis with water feature, huge lemon tree and bistro seating so this was really a perfect way to celebrate our special occasion. I've been to Elie in the past and have always enjoyed the delicious food from the Spanish cuisine to the fresh salads. Excellent wine list and again Rodrigo is quite a mixologist! Should be fun to go to on a date night or just reconnecting with friends. We will return soon

                            9. JL

                              JoeL

                              Portland

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Highly recommend. Food and service was great!

                            10. JF

                              JoeF

                              Sacramento

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 2, 2022

                              overall4food5service4ambience3

                              Even though the staff appeared to be shorthanded they were great servers and I appreciate all their efforts

                            11. IC

                              IreneC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                              All was great the only complaint I have is that we wished our waiter had told us about the dessert specials, which I saw only when going inside the restaurant to use the restroom. The specials are posted inside and we were seating outside. The dessert we had was awesome but if we had known about the specials we would have ordered the pears which is an unusual treat and we've never seen it anyplace except when we travel to Europe. Aside from my comments I want to point out that our waiter was very nice and professional and he did nothing wrong, he probably just forgot to mention the specials on the dessert list. He did tell us about the lunch specials. We look forward to returning, its our very special place when we go to Sacramento. We live in Berkeley. Thank you! Irene and John

                            12. N

                              Neal

                              Sacramento

                              3 reviews

                              1.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall1food5service1ambience5

                              Were denied seating despite having a reservation.

                            13. ST

                              SlashTJ

                              New Orleans

                              3 reviews

                              4.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                              We sat on the patio outdoors and it was a beautiful night. From appetizers to the drinks and entree it was delicious and well worth your time. We had the Halibut and Chicken Specials. Plus the Portobello mushroom and a shrimp appetizer. Service was attentive and professional. If I had one comment it was the tart nature of my my cocktail. However they promptly brought and additional mixer for me to rectify the issue. Quickly handled my only issue. Take some time to visit this midtown gem.

                            14. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 28, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Rada, Gigi and crew do a consistently excellent job. The bar is extremely well equipped and attended by very friendly staff and customers. The two inside dining rooms and two alfresco front & rear patios are a delight. No better restaurant in Sacramento for large groups, tapas and sharing a Spanish banquet table. Great wine list, too.

                            15. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Sacramento

                              15 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined on April 25, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I mean the food, the ambiance, the service… everything was EXCELLENT! We got the seafood Paella, the lamb, the Arugula and goat cheese salad and the Ravioli and everything was amazing! Most definitely a new favorite and will be back.

                            16. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Very good I’m very satisfied

                            17. GB

                              GregB

                              New England

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 20, 2022

                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                              Great food. Too much noise from a next table party. Otherwise, excellent

                            18. SW

                              SarahW

                              Sacramento

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 20, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This place is my new favorite. Every single thing we ordered was delicious from drinks to tapas and the dessert! The wait staff is funny and personable. The food was literally divine.

                            19. TS

                              TerryS

                              San Francisco

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 11, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Sat outside so the street noise was loud, but to be expected. The food was delicious, we had the gravlax and Valencia paella. Will def be back!

                            20. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Sacramento

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We had not been there for a few years and forgot had delicious the food is. Our waiter Molique was amazing! We ordered small plates and shared them which made for a delightful lunch. Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough!

                            21. B

                              Bonniebellbottoms

                              San Francisco

                              10 reviews

                              5.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined on April 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Felt like we were in Europe! Beet & orange w/ feta salad was excellent. Bread & dipping hummus tasty was to begin. We added lamg skewers & chicken special w/ papas bravas. Couldn’t resist chocolate cake nestled in mint sauce

                            22. R

                              Renee

                              Sacramento

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Wonderful servers and very tasty food as always!

                            23. KG

                              KimberlyG

                              Sacramento

                              15 reviews

                              5.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Never fails to impress. The food is always delicious.

                            24. g

                              geoff

                              Sacramento

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Strong as ever. Every dish perfect.

                            25. JF

                              JonathonF

                              Sacramento

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                              overall3food4service2ambience3

                              Not at all busy for a Saturday evening but yet we waited 15 minutes for someone to acknowledge us to take our order. I had to call the owner over to ask why any of the employees that walked past our table never acknowledged us. There was an apology but not a sincere one from the owner which didn't help the issue. At a fine restaurant like Aioli we shouldn't have to ask for water refills and then wait. We have eaten at this restaurant several times with good service and good food but I believe this will be the last

                            26. M

                              Mignonne

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              1.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall1food2service1ambience1

                              Made reservation couldn’t find it— sat party in bar area.. Not good on all!

                            27. KH

                              KellyH

                              San Francisco

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 1, 2022

                              overall4food5service3ambience4

                              My wife and I had a spontaneous date night opportunity and chose Aioli for upscale tapas. To start, my wife had a pear vodka citrus cocktail and I had a very interesting bourbon cocktail with egg white and a float of sangria, both excellent. Then came the tapas. The mussels were huge and prepared just right in a delicious garlic cream. The lamb skewers were fabulously tender and spiced to perfection, the duck breast medallions were juicy and sumptuous, and the grilled octopus with potato was the highlight of the evening, just enough texture without being rubbery, and amazing flavor! We finished off with a delicious white chocolate "soup" with dark chocolate truffles. All in all the food was amazing. Our waiters were pleasant, but seemed to run hot and cold on attentiveness, going back and forth between checking too often for empty plates to forgetting about the couple in the window table when the cocktails were empty and we were ready for more tapas. All forgivable and did not affect our overall experience because of the amazing food. Good overall value based on what we expect to spend on a date night. Aioli Bodega Espanola remains one of our favorite Midtown haunts.

                            28. RE

                              RosevilleEater

                              Sacramento

                              16 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              16 reviews

                              Dined on March 28, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Very good!

                            29. MP

                              MikeP

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 26, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Staffing is variable so patience is necessary… but eminently worth it. The food was remarkable, the staff Accomodating, courteous and professional.

                            30. GG

                              GrumpyGourmand

                              Richmond

                              83 reviews

                              vip
                              2.0

                              83 reviews

                              Dined on March 23, 2022

                              overall2food4service1ambience3

                              2 stars because service was slooooow. Amir barely checked back. Service assistant brought food and took extra item orders. Amir s was too busy chatting up the woman at the other end i oh f the rom. Food was beautiful! Exceptionally well done. Be careful, if they ask if you want bread just be mindful they will charge you for it.

                            31. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Los Angeles

                              12 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              12 reviews

                              Dined on March 22, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              A true hidden gem of sacramento. Absolutely amazing meal, reasonable price, wonderful service, and a very romantic setting. We will be coming back for date night often

                            32. JE

                              JENQ

                              Sacramento

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 20, 2022

                              overall4food3service4ambience3

                              Tables were really close to each other. The food was only ok, needed more flavor. Service was excellent though.

                            33. L

                              Luichy

                              Sacramento

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 18, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              The food is always great at Aioli. Their menu is plentiful with great seafood dishes. I highly recommend their mussels.

                            34. k

                              kneuski1

                              San Francisco

                              9 reviews

                              4.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on March 18, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Nice little restaurant with quaint patio. The small plates will add up though. Add a few adult beverages and don’t be shocked at the bill.

                            35. L

                              Lajuan

                              Sacramento

                              56 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              56 reviews

                              Dined on March 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We dined here regularly pre covid and did takeout during covid. We are just starting to dine again inside. Really enjoyed our meal yesterday. The staff is so relaxed and enjoy chatting with you versus just dropping food and leaving. They seem to enjoy their jobs and connecting with their diners. We had a lovely bottle of wine and an amazing halibut meal. I would recommend this place to anyone that wants to try different food and tapas and have a relaxing and stress free night!

                            36. E

                              Ernesto

                              Central Coast

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on March 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              everything was lovely - ambiance, food, wine and our service was impeccable and great plant based options

                            37. t

                              timh

                              Las Vegas

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on March 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great service, great food, great experience. Always consistent.

                            38. SS

                              SynS

                              Sacramento

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on March 6, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Had not visited in a while but always enjoy this restaurant. The menu has changed significantly and there are not as many Tapas items offered which was a disappointment. We had the special Mahi Mahi and it was cooked perfectly and was very delicious. I would recommend and I will return.

                            39. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              7 reviews

                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on March 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              One of my favorite restaurants for the last 20 years!

                            40. DK

                              DavidK

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 5, 2022

                              overall2food1service4ambience4

                              For people new to Spanish food this is a nice place to try interesting flavors and dishes. However, if you love Spanish food the preparation of the food and its flavor will disappoint. While the staff is great and ambiance is nice, the experience left me wanting more.

                            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 1716 OpenTable diners.

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

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                            Booked 33 times today
                            Google Map for Aioli Bodega Espanola

                            1800 L Street Sacramento, CA 95818

                            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

                            • 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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