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Aioli Bodega Espanola

4.4
915 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Tapas
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
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 915 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 9, 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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5.0Dined on February 9, 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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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Always great food, great service and great ambiance!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 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.

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4.0Dined 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....

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 3, 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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4.0Dined on February 2, 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!

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4.0Dined on January 30, 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.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food!

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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