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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (21)
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Creative Cuisine (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Romantic (17)
Authentic (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Fun (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Cozy (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Casual (9)
Live Music (9)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (6)
Spicy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Hot Spot (4)
People Watching (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Most romantic and fun restaurant in downtown Sacramento hands up! Great service; makes you feel special. Guitar music added ambience. Food exceptional. Friendly staff yet very professional. A great balance of fine food, romantic atmosphere, great staff, live music and the cost is well worth it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 29, 2017

My wife and I drive to Sacramento several times a year from Reno to have dinner here. The food and wines are excellent and the wait staff very good. Eat here---I just wish it was closer to Reno.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 28, 2017

One of my all time favorite Sacramento restaurants. Never ceases to please!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 27, 2017

It was nice and the food was tasty but the service was iffy. A table that was seated at least ten minutes after us got their food at least ten minutes before us even though they were a larger party. Once we got our food it had to be taken back because they had made mistakes with our order. We went in for our third anniversary celebration so we weren’t in any rush but had it been different circumstances I may have felt differently.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Really large menu. The mushroom crostini and shrimp tapas were excellent. The wait for food wasn't long - granted we came in late at night. They had live music too.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our new favorite place to dine. Special! The food is delicious and the service is fabulous. The menu items are unique and pleasing. The staff is so friendly and the atmosphere is fun. A great place to meet friends or have a special romantic evening out.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fun
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We were very disappointed in the service. For a group of 5, one meal wasn't delivered to the table until the rest of us were almost done eating. Not only was the duck entree very late but it was dry and not appetizing. My husband sent it back after a few bites but he was still charged for the meal. The live music was nice but the room was so loud we couldn't hear across the table. Very disappointed overall. Lots of other choices in Sacramento, so will not be back.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Was a very great choice for a date. Food was wonderful and the service was great

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had a table for two next to the guitar player and the combination of meal service and atmosphere was great! Can’t wait to go back

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Really tasty small plates. A little expensive but still great for a special occasion.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Crowded. Waited way too long to order and receive our food.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful lamb and duck dishes, great wine, and terrific service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful dinner before the theater!! We were a group of 7 and Aioli accommodated us well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Seasonal, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 10, 2017

First time visit. Found Aioli via Open Table. What a great treat. Wait staff was quite knowledgeable and helpful. Sangria was delicious. The night we were there, we enjoyed some lovely live guitar music. A quaint setting made for a great meal before the show.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 6, 2017

A total Gem, the food is delicious and most important thing, is consistent in delivering a great experience and amazing tasty food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Best first date I’ve ever, and I️ hope it is the last first date. Aioli staff are amazing. Best in town!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always have a great meal and great service with a Spanish twist on most of the food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were here before seeing a play at the Community Center...9 people. We made reservations on Open Table and were pleased with the service and food.

It is a very dark restaurant and three people in our group are Hard of Hearing. Due to the dimness and high noise level of this restaurant we will probably not eat here at night again as they could not participate in the conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

First time at Aioli. Loved it! and will be back. We went with friends before a show at the Community Center Theater. My husband and I shared the Arugala Y Betabel salad, which is fantastic! Then my husband had linguini and clams, and I had the ravioli. Both delicious! Aioli has a terrific wine list and dessert menu, although we did not have dessert. Will try to include that next time. Aioli has wonderful atmosphere, quiet enough to talk, and excellent service. It was a top notch dining experience.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I have been here before but only with a larger group. This was for a very small business dinner and the food did not disappoint. The wine list was expansive but our server was knowledgeable and helpful to selection a varietal and the food was delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tapas, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Once again, a wonderful experience. This time we we're visiting with friends from out of town. They loved it. We ordered several dishes to share, including the Paella Valenciana which we ordered at the beginning of the meal, and they were all terrific. The Paella came about 40 minutes into our meal, which had been a series of tapas that we shared. Dinner was rounded out with a poached pear and a flan for dessert. Both we're delicious. Our guests ordered a couple of cocktails, which they felt were too sweet and did not finish, but my husband ordered wine which he enjoyed, and I ordered the Sangria, which was perfect. Delightful meal. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food served by wonderful staff. Never rushed and always outstanding.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and wine, have dined here 4 time and each time it has been wonderful

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Aioli is our go-to spot for special occasions. The food is the BEST, and we always get top-notch service. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Romantic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Aioli's old world charm is instantly inviting. The menu is extensive; the service is excellent and the food is truly delicious with unique flavor profiles. Once you experience this special restaurant, you will want to tell your friends about it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was great, service was terrible. We were seated in a room with a noisy birthday party and the staff's attention was on the party. It makes no sense why they would seat us where they did - especially when we made reservations a couple weeks in advance.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Delightful, as always. Delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere. Excellent, attentive service.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 4, 2017

They didn’t honor our reservation, turned us away. Chef had gone home because not enough customers.
Shame, because usually one of the only good restaurants open after theater.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent as usual. Very enjoyable evening on the patio. Highly recommend it.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent food. Some of the chairs at our table needed to be replaced though. They really felt like they were about to fall apart.

Tags: Spicy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had a very good experience. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food is unlike anything else in Sacramento. From the tapas to entrees, the food is delicious and unique. The servers know both the food and wine, while providing excellent service. I have been going here for several years and am always treated with great respect and courtesy. There are three choices to sit, dining room, bar, and patio. All are different experiences. The dining room is the traditional dining experience. The bar provides the opportunity to interact with the bartender and other guests. Always an entertaining experience. The patio offers a quiet oasis from the busy restaurant and vibrant street scene.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner, fantastic service and great food!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very good service and terrific food. I had lamb and it was outstanding. Another person had a shrimp dish that was great and a third had a lemon chicken dish that was very good, especially if you are dieting. The fig hors d'oeuvres were awesome! My friend is still dreaming about them! I can hardly wait to go back and try the Osso Buco.

Tags: Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We've been here few times and always a great experience. The ambiance, food and service are great! highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Live Music, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Raum Düsseldorf)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Sehr leckeres Essen in netter Atmosphäre bei einem netten Gastgeber. Wir kommen gerne wieder.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 14, 2017

In general, my experience was good. Here were the only speed bumps (maybe me being picky).

1) Paella did not have the crispy layer of rice that I love and saffron was lacking and could not be tasted by myself or my wife. Reminded me more of a seafood risotto than paella.

2) Shrimp were of a low quality. IQF shrimp that could've been bought at COSTCO.

That's it. End of my qualms.

Flavors of the food were great and service was good. Prices were reasonable, but a higher quality, head-on shrimp would have been preferred. The day boat scallops were remarkably delicious and cooked perfectly.

Thank you for a good dinner. I will be back.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Very good food - just felt like our server tried to "oversell" by suggesting multiple plates of the same item so all could share. Even after saying we'd been there numerous times, the staff suggested more plates than we needed. Patio seating was lovely and music was nice touch.
We had to move from the table next to the air conditioner due to noise - but all was well in the end. Wonderful lamb. Terrific salmon tartare. Out of our favorite Barbera.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

The food was good, but I didn't care for the ambiance. I expected more considering it has a Spanish influence. There were cardboard boxes stacked in plain view and the owner's appearance was unprofessional. Everyone was very friendly, but I had higher expectations.

Tags: Tapas, Casual
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fantastic muscles in spicy red sauce. Service was superb. A+

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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