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Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

4.3
952 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(202) 333-4733
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jeronimo Romero
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
31st Street
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Parking details
Parking is available at Colonial Parking, located on 31st St. just south of M St. In addition, there are several other conveniently located lots within a short walk of Bodega.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Our elegant "Matador Lounge" and bar, along with the Veranda patio are available for groups of up to 120. The room is equipped with a separate sound system from the main dining room and has a full bar as well.

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What 952 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.0
service
4.2
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4.0
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

There was a bit of a language barrier with the waiter. Other then that all was well.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This really is an authentic Tapas restaurant in the very nice area of Georgetown, staff were very attentive and the variety of Tapas dishes was outstanding.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very disappointed. We have previously enjoyed dining at Bodega, but last Friday was terrible. Despite having booked we were stuck away in a very noisy back room with no atmosphere, the music was so loud we couldn't converse. The food was still OK and genuinely Spanish, but our tapas were brought in the wrong order, meat before fish, and just dumped in the table. The service was slapdash and impersonal.
It will be a long time before we consider going back, and never on a Friday or Saturday.
I don't think they care any more.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food and atmosphere! Outstanding experience! Enjoyed every minute

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was just incredible. Great, quick service.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was very mediocre for the price and the service was terrible.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Tapas are good. Dancer is good.
However, the paella is awful. We order the one with lobster and several kinds of seafood with $60 (market price). When we try the food, the rice is UNDERCOOKED. The center is totally RAW. We were not happy with that and return the food. The waiter took the food and said that chef will “cook it little bit longer”. Later, when we receive the food again, the rice is cooked. However, I cannot believe that, the chef did not remove the well cooked lobster and shells when sending food back to cook. So they are all OVERCOOKED at this moment.
Overall, the whole paella is a DISASTER. I spent 60 dollar and nearly a hour waiting time to eat both undercooked and overcooked parts in a same dish.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My husband and I are not picky when we go out. We rarely complain and always tip (no matter what). In this case, I have to complain. We will never go back to this place. The service was terrible and the food was gross. We actually said that if Gordon Ramsey from Kitchen Nightmares was here, he would have a field day with this place. Everything we ordered was greasy. The menu wasn't clear on ingredients in the dishes. The waiters were rude and unhelpful. It was noisy and overcrowded. A huge disappointment...

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great food and ambiance

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great evening

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great food, I’d been wanting to go here for a while but the service left a lot to be desired and normally when it’s busy it’s understandable but a couple seated next to us after us was waited on over 6 times while no one checked on us while we were eating or once we were done, the couple were able to get their checks before us too. We had to go ask for a dessert menu at one point. I’ll think twice about going again only for the food which was really great.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Just a fun place to be. Food was excellent and drinks weee perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Excellent service, food and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Romantic dining for 2. Very attentive waiter. Showed up 30 minutes ahead of reservation, but they got us an intimate table. Great date night :)

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Average food, poor service, spilled food all over me

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Good location, quaint, good service and a nice ambiance. Food was average. I expected a quality seafood paella for what they claimed (and charged). The seafood was way overcooked, and the rice was bland. Maybe they’re not known for their paella, so I’d give them another shot, cuz everything else was decent.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Always solid and reliable. Good selection of tapas and a good chicken/chorizo Paella. Nice casual feeling.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Sam is an outstanding manager at Bodega. Great staff and service

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent, authentic tapas in a relaxed setting with friendly service.

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2018

This is an enjoyable place for dinner. Started with a pitcher of red sangria which was very good. The pitcher looked small, but the two of us had many rounds of glasses from it. Had the olives and the sardines appetizers, both were delicious. had the seafood paella, which was more than enough for two people. I always try to have dinner here one night when I am in DC.

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3.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was okay, not great. Shrimp in garlic shrimp tasted farmed. Spanish sausage was nothing special. Spinach dish was tasty, as was short rib stuffed peppers. Bread was very dry. Service was friendly but not very attentive at first. Took a long time for server to come take our order, and it was a slow night.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

As usual la bodega gave me a great night of food , drinks and great opportunity to gater with friends while we were waiting for 2018.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Great venue for new years eve. We will definetily be back!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Our New Year's Eve dinner consisted of 4 rounds of tapas, each plate unique and delicious. The staff worked very hard at providing food quickly and clearing quickly as well. Very reasonable for the service and food quality!

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went there for New Year’s Eve and was disappointed in the both the style and quality of the food. Tapas were unimaginative, and the paella was also. The worst was one of our paella dishes had a terrible fishy smell and taste (overpowering) , as if the seafood was spoiling. The dessert seemed like it was prepared way in advance and was also unimaginative. Will not go there again, especially with so many other great offerings in DC.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was great! The service was a bit slow/uninterested and the music was in and out but when it was in, it was very loud. The dancer was a nice touch! Overall a fair experience but I think I'll stick with Boqueria for my M Street tapas needs 😊

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2017

Music was a little loud but food was so on-point it just didn’t matter. Love that place!

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Sangria was very good (red). We had excellent Paella a couple of years ago at Bodega -- not so much this time. Tried the seafood. Not interesting or tasty -- needed vegetables mixed in for flavor. Just thick, starchy and heavy. If I ever go back, will try the vegetable version. Service was lacking (little attention from waiter). But they were busy.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Love the food and the quick service. Will definitely be back!!

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

I have been a couple of times and they serve my favorite food in the DC area. I will rate the food as amazing, the only problem of the restaurant is the servers. They are not attentive at all, and I mean it. We were trying to ask for the food and he was talking to other people while we were trying to order. I tried to understand that maybe he was busy (even though there were not many people) and waited for a couple of minutes. Then I tried to ask for food and he never even asked if we wanted drinks, so when I tried to add the drinks he left without caring. I would understand if this happened because we did something wrong, but we didn’t even have time to do so, since he never took care of us.

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2.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Had I known a flamenco dancer was going to dance right at our table for over an hour I would never have gone here. The guest I took from out of town left the restaurant with a headache likely from the incessant pounding on the floor by the dancer's feet.

I'm all for live music and performance... but Bodega already has a noise problem: adding to that the guitar and vocals of flamenco music AND the almost constant stomping that is a staple of flamenco dance and it was almost impossible to hear. The dancer was literally right behind my guest for long chunks of time.

The performance got in the way of the dining and the noise got in the way of enjoying the evening.

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2.0Dined on November 14, 2017

Honestly, not worth the money. The charcuterie board was decent, but the patatas bravas tasted like they dumped buffalo sauce on them. Not a fan.

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2.0Dined on November 10, 2017

We ordered 10 different kinds of tapas and they all arrived at the same time. I’ve been to many tapas places and the food is always spaced out throughout the meal. Meal was over way too quickly. Disappointing experience

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

This is an excellent tapas experience; however, the reviews on open table which say this restaurant is good for "quiet conversation" are misleading. This place was crowded, loud, and raucous, to the point where I couldn't hear the person sitting next to me.
Food was phenomenal, service was on point and the value is reasonable- but this is not a "quiet date night".

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Great food. Nic little restaurant in Georgetown. The staff is very friendly.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

I went to Bodega because I wanted a Spanish restaurant with Tapas that had an upscale dining environment. There are some other Spanish restaurant around that may or may not have better food, but I needed a place that would be good for a date. It turned out that the food and overall experience was excellent. The environment is very interesting. It's not exactly a black tie restaurant, but you would want to be dressed appropriately.

The only quirks were refills on drinks. There were some times when I was out of water for a while, but I do drink a lot of water, probably 3 to 4 glasses. They did have a separate server who goes around filling drinks so they do what they can I suppose.

It really seemed like a cool place.

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3.0Dined on October 17, 2017

The food was very mediocre. Misleading "Happy Hour"

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1.0Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was uninspired and the service was poor. As everything is tapas, the dishes come out when they are ready. We had to place our dirty plates on an empty adjacent table because no one was clearing our table. The food was just ok. This is definitely not a place I will return to.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

As always, excellent food, excellent staff, and management is awesome. One of my favorite spots in DC. Only criticism would be the wine list availability, they need a bigger cellar as they are regularly out of my favorite wines.

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