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About Aioli Bodega Espanola
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.
Sacramento, CA 95818
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
18th and L
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We have a latin guitar player playing Thursday, Friday, and most Saturdays.
Please come in or give us a call to discuss your particular catering needs.
Aside from street parking there is convenient public parking offered Monday- Sunday evenings on 17th Street between L and Capitol.
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
Aioli Bodega Espanola Ratings and Reviews
Absolutely delicious stellar meal. Two of us split 5 tapas and each was amazing I only wish we had room to try more. Favorites were the boquerones, albondigas meatballs, and beef pastries. Ambiance and cuisine felt very reminiscent of traveling in Spain. Excellent service. Look forward to coming back.
We went to have a festive Valentine Day lunch since we couldn't do dinner. We had never done that before and Aioli's turned out to be just the spot to do that! We had the special menu of the day starting with a delicious, light creamy zucchini soup, then a lovely salmon main dish followed by a small sliver (just the right size) of almond cake, and of course their Sangria and the lamb skewer tapas. A delicious meal with very friendly service all the while listening to the recorded Spanish guitar music - a great afternoon!
My wife and I had been here a couple times before, but this was our first night out without the baby in a long time. We were happy to get an outdoor table, and since it was a relatively slow Friday night, we had the entire patio to ourselves for a little while. Even if it had been full, it would have still been cozy. The previous time we came, the server was a bit of a brat who gave my mother-in-law some attitude because she asked him to repeat the specials he had rattled off very quickly. This time, our server, Madelin, was very gracious, explained everything slowly and in appetizing detail, and checked on us regularly. We had the bacala first. Incredible. Then we had the Valenciana paella, which was at least as delicious as the mariscos paella we had the last time. And for dessert we had something that was like a creme brulee, but I forget what it was called. The tempranillo and albariño paired perfectly with all of our food. These guys always have the best Spanish wines. Perfect place for a date.
Food here is always amazing. Our waitress in thus occasion was pretty brisk and I didn't appreciate her tone. There was hardly anyone in the restaurant, which made her attitude even more surprising. Even though the restaurant was maybe only 1/5 full, we had to wait 30 minutes for our food to arrive. Makes it hard to go there if you have to head back to work....
Food was excellent, even for a picky eater. Wine selection, so-so, would expect a stronger selection of Spanish wines, and the Verdejo came overchilled. Sangria was good, not sweet, for a change. The service was more European style, “quirky”, some might say. The bus boys did not seem at all coordinated, and our waiter, while very professional otherwise, in the end grabbed the signed check before we left. The acoustics makes the place very loud easily, and they did not need to amplify the acoustic guitar playing, but they did, unfortunately... But the food was excellent.
Food and ambiance always good, but service was bad! Waiter has been there forever. Asked for recommendations, he offered none. My friend asked him about the specials and he threw the specials menu at her. He got another friends order wrong. Maybe it's time to retire!
We wanted a lighter meal so we shared small plates of thinly sliced salmon, tuna tartare and portobello mushrooms. The only difficulty was trying to decide which was best.
The service was a bit slow, but the place was busy.
An excellent blend of flavors and textures presented in a most pleasing way.
Disappointed in the service, food was not very authentic. The server came with plates and didn’t know who had ordered what. He also announced to us when we sat down that everyone at the table needed to order the 3 course Prix Fixe selection, or no one! This was not as advertised. Of all the Dine Downtown participants we visited, this was the most disappointing. Perhaps their regular menu would have been better.
I have been to Aioli several times and found everything--food, drinks, service--very enjoyable. That's why I had no reservation in recommending to friends that we try their "Dine Downtown" menu. Most restaurants recognize that event as an opportunity to showcase their talents. Not so at Aioli. They considered it an opportunity to simplify kitchen offerings, trot out pedestrian fare, and turn the tables. The salad and dessert were above average, but the entrees were substandard, ordinary at best. The mojito was not prepared properly, and it always has been in the past. We were rushed, the service was ungracious and awkward, and we ended up being embarrassed at having hosted a mediocre meal. $35 for dinner is not extreme; neither is it bargain-basement. In this case, it was expensive for the quality of the meal. It will be a long time before I return.
Went to Aioli for dine-downtown. My meal was pretty good; however, my boyfriend ordered the chicken and it was awful to say in the least. It was chewy, hard to cut, and I did not have a good flavor. Such a bummer to spend that much money on a meal that just was not great. Probably will not be back.
Enjoy the authentic feeling Spanish kind of coffee and restaurant. And one of the waiters of been there 27 years is always friendly always welcome me. It’s a little bit pricey but always enjoyable and has a find a different feel than many of the other places around the block.
We made reservations through open table 3 days in advance. When we arrived at the restaurant, on time, the only employees in the restaurant were working in the kitchen and were unable to seat us or explain to us why there were no employees on site to facilitate our reservation. 30 minutes later, a server showed up and we had a mediocre experience.
Very good accommodations, but half way through our meal crowds started to assemble and the room was still very comfortable and enjoyable. Our waiter was very informative and suggested from the specials a very filling and delicious meal. We've been here before and have not had a bad meal yet. Great food the lamb was cooked perfectly and the salad was fresh and delicious. The waiter made great recommendations, we'll be coming back again.
Went there for New Year's, and they were about 20 minutes late with our reservation, but got a nice bottle of wine at the bar and eventually we got a window seat and then the food came and it was amazing! Think I've been here twice on New Year's now, and a couple other times, and always enjoy it.
Our server, Nick.....was over-the-top awesome!!! He came over to our table and went through the specials and what he would recommend. His friendly personality made our experience wonderful amd I would go back just for his attention to service...not to mention the fabulous food. Happy New Year and thank you again.
My two kids, (one teen and one young adult) and I had Xmas eve dinner here. Overall we had a good experience, the only complain I have is the Paella. All the tapas were de ent, the olives could have been better, but the vegetarian paella was pretty awful, it lacked taste and was soggy, more like a risotto. Despite that we enjoyed our evening and the cozy setting.
When we walked in for our 6pm reservation we were greeted by the manager. He was happy and friendly and personable. He seated us promptly and our waiter answered all of our questions and made recommendations to our liking. We each ordered different Tapas and shared. Service was prompt and the food was delicious. While we were eating a guitar player sat down and played lovely acoustic music. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. I highly recommend eating at Aioli's.
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