Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

4.6
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Located in the Heart of Georgetown, Bodega Spanish Tapas and Lounge makes a dramatic design statement with its hammered-copper bars, boldly patterned red-and-black walls, and tables set in intimate alcoves perfect for sharing moderately priced authentic Spanish tapas, traditional paellas and sangria. Don't miss our stylish "Matador Lounge" for dining and cocktails, with an arresting mural of a bullfight arena and opens up to a charming fountain patio - making it a perfect venue for private parties. For corporate lunches, first dates or any other occasion, our guests cannot help but feel transported to the breath-taking Costa del Sol.
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BA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience for our party of 5 . The food , the music in the background, the excellent service and ambiance made our evening Fantastic. We are definitely going again , soon .

SH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Might be my new favorite tapas place. Great food at reasonable prices with equally great service.

LC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is wonderful. The food is delicious, the service is excellent and the drinks are terrific. You cannot go wrong when choosing Bodega for dinner when in DC.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cold at the bar as there was no curtain blocking the wind when the door opened. Great food!

L
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very flavourful food with a menu featuring the biggest highlights of Spanish tapas and more. Very nice cocktails. Outstanding service. Very pleasant atmosphere. Highly recommended!

AH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love this place. There’s good food, good drinks, and good dancing (live flamenco on the weekends).

CE
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent ambiance, great service, right on M street....and the food delicious! Highly recommend!

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The all you can eat brunch was a great value. The eggs maryland were outstanding. The only issue was that some plates were a little too big for the restricted space on the table. Aside from that it was a great meal.

ML
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous! We had a group of 4 people and we ordered 9 dishes and every one of them was incredible. The service was excellent and we will definitely return!

E
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tapas, loved the tortilla espaniol, spinach, and the shrimp. Bacon wrapped dates were thoroughly deep friend and i wouldn’t recommend those.

FN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was decent with some tapas better than others. My favorite were the lamb chops, patata brava and the shrimp in garlic oil. The red sangria was ok. Service was excellent.

M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Unfortunately, this place has turned into a tourist trap. I have eaten here in the past, the food was good, the service in the past didn't try to rush you and then snap their fingers to pass a plate to them to be cleared off the table- as was the case this last experience, or just they just didn't clear the plates- it's tapas really? The food was marginal at best. Very disappointing.

t
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Let me start by saying we had a 6pm Sunday evening reservation. The restaurant was not busy. Service was poor and very slow. Waited forever just to make a drink order. Multiple food items were incorrect. Food was good, and was hot, but unfortunately we wanted what we ordered and didn't receive it. Would not go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food! Well priced and wonderful ambience, definitely will dine here again!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect paella

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N
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had a nice, quiet window booth, which, besides the friendly and fun server, was the best part of the evening. The food, frankly, was mediocre. We ordered five tapas, but can recommend only one, the ahi tuna with caramelized onions. This lively, well-located place is always crowded, but we doubt that it is because of the food.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Best spanish restaurant I have been to in Washington, D.C.! Authentic and the ambiance makes you feel like you’re in Spain.

EM
Poconos
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite tapas place in DC. The food is fantastic, the service is friendly, and if you do the Saturday or Sunday all-you-can-eat brunch, the price is ridiculously cheap. We come here nearly every time we're in DC, and already I can't wait to come back!

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. The server made suggestions per our request, and we went with his suggestions. They were all right on target.

AG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Dear Bodega Managment
The night of 10/14/19 i made a reservation for 3 people at 7:30 under my name Anita Gjikolli through open table. Upon arriving at the location we were seated at the back dinning room with noone else but us in the whole room, giving us the impression that making a reservation at your restaurant doesnt mean anything. We were a little disappointed but we didnt make a deal about it since we were there about the food more than the ambiance but thats the first red flag, after that we were not greated for at least 10 minutes and i have to say it was another red flag but we were still to excited to try your restaurant. Upon having a server whose name was Daniel and he was obliviously drunk and not able to provide no type of service we told him we want to do the ultimate spanish experience and his first answer was; you know the whole table gotta do it right??! Iam personally a bartender and my husband is a bartender and my other friend is a manager of a restaurant and ive never felt disrespected that way. Past that he said we can have one tapa for person each and we can only put order for another one after we are all done eating whats in the table( meaning we are having two bites of food every 15 minutes). Then i asked for the price of the seafood pella and he said : what u mean the price it there and I answered market price is not a number and he is like ohh its 65. Anyways we are getting most of the stuff we are ordering, emphasis on MOST not all and then he forgot i ordered a second glass of wine and charged me for a third because he forgot I ordered twice but never got my second glass. I have to say the food quality was very good and kinda saved the night but all of us felt like we were very unwelcomed there and we took our celebration somewhere else in the ene because obviously Daniel was not up for giving a decent service. We only tipped him because we work in the industry. Needless to say we were disappointed and i dont think we will come back.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food is okay, and the flamingo dance is nice but loud. I think the food is a bit overpriced compared to the quality. Welcome to have a try if you are roaming around Georgetown.

MM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat on the patio and enjoyed happy hour prices and food until 7:00, and also ordered from the regular menu after 7:00. Our server was attentive and helpful, and the food was great

JA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The waiter wasn’t able when we need some service or advice

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great deals. The Ultimate Spanish Experience is totally worth the price! The food is delicious and glad we found the place. Definitely will return!

PC
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and fast service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration was perfect

B
Washington DC
138 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The front of the house was accommodating and did help celebrate my husband’s birthday. We are local but first time dining here. I was expecting a bit more. Wait staff was just so so. Our waiter appeared annoyed and hurried. Never brought us dessert menus and we had to ask again to a different waiter. They brought my husband his birthday dessert before we could even order ours! The meal was ok but paella was disappointing. Don’t think we will return. Very casual dining and not a special occasion place.

VM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was AWESOME

Q
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoy the food, guitarist and flamenco dancer.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Not a place for quiet conversation, but very lively and satisfying overall. The food was pretty good, although not as good as it has been on previous visits. Service is brisk, yet friendly.

KE
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I only went for happy hour, so my review is a little skewed. The happy hour prices are right, especially for the drinks. The cocktails are delicious! And $5 per food item on a HH menu is about average, but their portion sizes were quite small. I paid $5 for five tiny shrimp; that's $1 per shrimp! I also ordered the bacon-wrapped dates (would prefer them if they weren't fried) and the chicken croquettes (the chicken is pureed, so that was gross), and those came in sets of 4, so that's more than $1 per piece. The calamari was the only food item I ordered that was actually worth $5 to me.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I tried the $38 unlimited dinner, which I think was well worth the money. Waiter was very nice and knew the menu well. Food was pretty good. The only downside was that the restaurant was basically empty and the food took a while to come out.

AL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

El camarero nos hizo pedir cientos de tapas y nos sobraron más de la mitad y claro el clavadón de la cuenta fue terrible 😤😱

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Friendly staff, fast service and delicious food!

W
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very pleasant first-time experience! Tons of small plates to try. Go for the garlic shrimp and steak. Nice little patio for dining al fresco. Small but good wine selection.

SD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always as expected ... delicious! Excellent wait staff and ambiance. Always a wonderful time!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome seating on back patio,

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tapas!

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S
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Went in for brunch and had the best time! Live music, excellent food, and great service. Can’t wait to go back!

KG
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tapas. Always good service!