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.

1800 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
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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

Cross Street:
18th and L

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 447-9440

Website:
http://aiolibodega.com/

Entertainment:
We have a latin guitar player playing Thursday, Friday, and most Saturdays.

Catering:
Please come in or give us a call to discuss your particular catering needs.

Parking Details:
Aside from street parking there is convenient public parking offered Monday- Sunday evenings on 17th Street between L and Capitol.

Executive Chef:
Pablo Hernandez

Additional:
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Aioli Bodega Espanola Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (29)
Tapas (29)
Authentic (27)
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Fit for Foodies (25)
Romantic (24)
Good for a Date (24)
Notable Wine List (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Cozy (19)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Fun (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Groups (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Casual (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Live Music (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Business Meals (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Healthy (5)
Spicy (5)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was a great date night spot! Loved the food and the portions were just right! Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was spectacular and service made the experience enjoyable af. I strongly recommend this quaint and delicious midtown dining option.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic every time. One of those places you can walk and ask the waitress to just do the ordering for you and know that everything will be outstanding. Live Spanish guitar. Beautiful from the moment you arrive to the last bite.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always great food, great service and great ambiance!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Tapas, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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....

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Delicious food, great music and ambience. This has become one of our favorite restaurants in Sacramento.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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!

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

This is one of our favorite special occasion destinations. With so many new, cool restaurants in Sac I still prefer the well established, classy vibe and sangria here.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was amazing thanks to our waiter who took charge for us! Thanks Nick....

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Just a celebration. Service was great, did was great. We will come back.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The food was great, the service was good but we let our waiter order for us and he over did it. He should have asked us a few more questions. This ran up the bill.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Cold, rainy evening so the paella was the perfect choice. Our waiter knew the wine list very well and we were very happy with the whole experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Reda and his team do an outstanding job on both the food and service. I always have a dinner here whenever I'm in Sacramento. The food is fresh, tasty, innovative and the service is fun and relaxing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun, Spicy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent food! Authentic Spanish tapas options along with entrees. We had a group of eight and truly enjoyed the experience. The staff helped direct us and made solid recommendations.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The host (owner?) was a little brusk, but otherwise the service was great. We had a fantastic time celebrating!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The Dine Downtown menu was a big disappointment in its execution. Chicken and pasta dishes both were overcooked and the salmon did not taste fresh. 4 courses for $35 was a good bargain but there is not excuse for sloppy cooking.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 17, 2018

We loved the use of vegetables in every course, from the garlicky bean dip with the bread, the French lentils with the sausage, and the mushrooms served with chicken. Attentive service.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Delicious meal and lovely setting! One of my favorite restaurants!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, People Watching, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great food. Nice menu. Good service.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We left without receiving all the food ordered, to end a very long wait. The place was overrun with people due to a dining downtown promotion; they were not prepared for it. Usually this place delivers a good experience, but no this time.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Tables are too close together. A little too noisy, you have to yell at each other to talk.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great service!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Wonderful sangrias . Not super sweet ! Great service . Large menu

Tags: Casual, Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Quick Bite, Tapas
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tapas, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I left the restaurant already looking forward to my next visit!

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Live Music
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