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Aioli Bodega Espanola

4.5
934 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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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
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Phone number
(916) 447-9440
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Pablo Hernandez
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Catering
Please come in or give us a call to discuss your particular catering needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
18th and L
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Parking details
Aside from street parking there is convenient public parking offered Monday- Sunday evenings on 17th Street between L and Capitol.
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Entertainment
We have a latin guitar player playing Thursday, Friday, and most Saturdays.
Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
What 934 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Food was amazing and our server was awesome and very attentive! He recommended some delicious dishes. Can't wait to go back!

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Our server was the worst server I’ve ever had at any restaurant. So I’ll never go back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service, high quality food, great variety and lovely setting!! Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Awesome experience and very tasty food. We had a variety of tapas and main dishes. We will definitely be back

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The ambiance was okay but what could make it better would be to clean up the boxes and the clutter. It's already a very small restaurant but with all the clutter, it made it overwhelming to the eye. Other than that, the food was incredible. We ordered the seafood paella and it was very tasteful. The artichoke appetizer was small and didn't have very much meat on it but still good. The drinks were great and the servers paid attention to every detail.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The tapas are so delicious. The Paella is to die for. The service is friendly.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This place is so damn consistent. I am never ever disappointed when I go here. It is, quite probably, the best restaurant in Sacramento.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We went here for Mother's Day and we really enjoyed our meal and received excellent service. The paella was delicious and while the menu said it was made for two you could actually be shared by 3 or 4 people if you are having tapas too. The menu also forewarns that it takes 45 minutes so keep that in minds. It was worth the wait and our waiter kept our tapas coming out at a pace so that we weren't just sitting there waiting for the paella to be served.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Superb food, excellent service, and wonderful wines - couldn’t ask for a better restaurant to celebrate my birthday!

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Went for my first Mother’s Day celebration … Love the authentic Spanish food, tapas, and sangria. The restaurant was hideously understaffed for the holiday, and one server was with more than 12 tables at a time. At the beginning, it didn’t matter because the busing stuff was also attentive, but towards the end of the meal we went 20 To 30 minutes without anybody checking on us.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Delightful leisurely dinner for 4. Superb cold cucumber mint soup. Scallops with citrus was perfect. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Loved the food as always. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Absolutely incredible place to enjoy a great dinner with a fine wine. Celebrated our anniversary with friends there and we all enjoyed it so much... can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Fabulous paella and a very nice wine list. Would definitely go back again.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Such a lovely place, the food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect to slip into the weekend. Their sangria was my favorite.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

I love Aioli's the patio is fantastic. You have try the Sangria and Tapas. The have innovated food choices besides traditional Spanish food.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Visit Aioli often; this was for a family members birthday w/ kids; accommodated the kids w/ spaghetti noodles; we always have a good time

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

It was amazing

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

EXCELLENT!!!, EXCELLENT!!!, EXCELLENT!!!, EXCELLENT!!!, EXCELLENT!!!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Just an absolutely amazing experience... food was spectacular. No way you can decide... just way too much in the menu that looks and sounds like it's going to be amazing... what I chose tasted AMAZING... just ask for Nick and ask him... he's a spectacular server and a true asset to the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Horrible service has to ask 4 different times for refills of water. We tried ordering a bottle of wine and they were out of all 3 of our choices and also out of Stella. Our appetizers took over an hour to come out and they came out semi warm like they had been sitting out for a bit. Our entrees came out before our last appetizer. Not once did they apologize or acknowledge the bad service. Our waiter didn’t even check on us. Food was delicious but the service was a big turn off. And for spending $250 on dinner you think they would want to provide better service. Very disappointing .

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Aioli is a great little gem of a place that focuses on well prepared Spanish food including tapas. Our group of four chose to go with small tapas versions and so we shared all of the plates. Some worked better than others. The wine list by the glass is decent but, well, Spanish, and our server wasn't able to translate 'we like a fruit forward wine' into a recommendation. The house sangria was very good however. Our reservation was at 6PM on a Saturday night. Service was a bit slow but not terribly so. Room noise was pronounced as the evening wore on. Parking nearby is difficult.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Enjoyed a fantastic SuPrIsE Birthday luncheon for my Mom. Everything was amazing, our server made excellent suggestions and they had the patio set for us exactly as requested.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I am consistently surprised by how good this restaurant is. The menu is not only extensive and authentic, but the chef also adds five or six daily items different from the regular menu. Excellent wine selection. Small bar but the bartender knows his stuff. I ordered a Vieux Carre which was perfectly made. I'd place bets there is not another bartender in Sacramento that knows what this drink is let alone how to make it correctly. I love this place.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Delicious food and excellent service. We will be back to try the Paella. Enjoyed the lamb and the chorizo was just like my mom made...so good.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

As always the gods was terrific. Best paella in town. Device is always excellent and wine selection is great.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Best patio in Sacramento, great tapas and Spanish reserve reds, poached pear desert and 20 year old port pretty unique anywhere. Our main was a baked oxtail ragu parmentier (cheesy smash potato mix) with crispy crust.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Rushed but food was good.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Food and service were great. Especially liked the rack of lamb and the seafood paella. People next to us were loud and obnoxious.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food is always excellent at Aioli. I brought a couple people with diverse likes and dislikes and everyone went away thrilled with dinner. The restaurant was quite crowded and we had to wait for a table for a few minutes after our reservation but the staff was all working hard to turn their tables and stay on top of what was an extraordinarily busy dinner on one of the first really nice days of the year. All and all, the Aioli staff made this a great experience.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We love our date nights at this place. It's romantic and cozy. Spanish food, what can I say, simply delightful. Our server Nicolas and sometimes Gigi (not sure the spelling), they'a bonus! Love this place!

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Appetizers came quickly but main course was extremely delayed with only minimal apology. Then half the dishes were from another table’s order. Early in meal a server spilled behind my husband’s chair. Only much later did we realize the back of his sportcoat had a 4” square area with food caked on it. We liked the food and will give this place another chance in case it was just a bad night. But good service is more than servers memorizing dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Great food and wine!!! Will come again. Authentic Spanish tapas place. Great to have this place in town.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The flamenco style guitar was a great addition to a mediocre food

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I just haven't found this place to be consistent in their food. My shrimp was amazing but one of my guests shrimp was just cooked to death. Their sangria used to be great but this night it tasted like something you'd put in a Glade air freshener.

Also, it was a party of 10 for a celebration. I KNOW our bill was over $400 but all we got was deaths stares from the owner all night. He literally stood at the bar giving us the stink eye. It's was not only uncomfortable, but it's rude! It's also rude to call me and tell me to "come now" 30 mins before our reservation time. With all the places to eat in the area, why be rude to those that have selected yours???

The only reason that it's getting 2 stars is because of our fabulous server we had on Saturday (3/5/18). Nicolas......you saved us from just walking out. He made us all laugh and felt like he was making sure we were taking care of. He went out of his way to see that I had some sort of shrimp dish that didn't have saffron in it since I'm deathly allergic, so kudos to you and the chefs for making that happen. However, I will not be coming back any time soon.......

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Very good light bites offerings for pre Symphony meal. Really enjoyable, good food, service and location .

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great time as always!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Awkward greeting; had to wait (no space for waiting so we were moved off to the side then had to move because a group was being seated at the table where we were cornered) despite resevations. Yummy paella. Our sever Achilles was great.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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