About Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

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.

3116 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

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

Cross Street:
31st Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 333-4733

Website:
http://www.bodegadc.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Jeronimo Romero

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.

Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Romantic (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
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Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2017

The food was very mediocre and the ambiance was weird

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great food, but the service was very slow. Willing to give it another chance.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Tapas, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We are from Boston and come here everytime we're in Washington DC. Great food everytime.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Was not too impressed with the food overall. Service was slow.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I had a fun night with a friend for her birthday. The back patio was a perfect cozy atmosphere for a cool summer night. The food was fun and delicious. Loved the lamb and beet salad.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great restaurant and service, one of my favorite places!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Most of what we ordered was very greasy and heavy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 1, 2017

The food is decent and was delivered to us fairly quickly, but the waitress service was lousy - really surprising since this place is on the main drag in Georgetown.. The restaurant smells like what a smokey bar smells like the next day - stale cigarette smell, and the decor leaves a lot to be desired. Not much of an ambiance.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Food was good and the portions were large unlike most tapas restaurants but it was so noisy I could not hear my husband across the table. Will ask if there are tables upstairs next time.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Service is always slow. Some tables are placed in awkward places.

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Tapas
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I have been here a few times for brunch and dinner and it has not disappointed. Bodega is a great place for a date and to take your family. I've gone twice for brunch with my wife and infant daughter and Bodega has been able to accommodate a table that meets our needs.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We always enjoy eating at Bodega when we are in Georgetown because the ambiance and food are wonderful. The only reason that I did not give a higher score was that seating was very problematic on this visit. Despite advanced reservations we were seated outdoors on a cool and windy night and the outside space heaters near our table were not functioning. We were moved inside but seated at a table far too small for our party size and one person was forced to sit on a stool. The food was very good but hard to enjoy with the seating we were given.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I had a late dinner at Bodega several years ago while in DC for business. I sat at the bar and recall that the wine and food was delicious and I recommended to a friend. In May I dined at Bodega with my daughter and husband on a busy Saturday night. Service was poor and not friendly (similar to how diners are sometimes treated in Spain). My red sangria was average, tapas were very good, but we waited a very long time for an order of chicken kabobs, and finally advised them to cancel the order. (They boxed up the chicken to go and did not charge us). Bodega has a warm and Spanish like ambiance, with interesting restrooms and some outdoor seating in the rear. Unfortunately it was a very disappointing dining experience for us this time.

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Food was very good. Service was abysmal. We had plenty of time to eat before a Ken Cen show, but had to continually track down our waiter for ordering tapas or wine. We ended up rushing to get out on time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2017

My friends and I had brunch there this past Sunday and we had a decent experience. We were looking for a last minute reservation for a group of 5 in Georgetown and came across this restaurant on OpenTable. I was a bit disappointed in the food, I expected their brunch to be better. It wasn't bad but it wasn't as flavorful as I expected.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The food was excellent and the Sangria was great, however their air conditioner was broken (and may still be? I'd call first and ask) on the 95 degree Saturday recently in the city. It was unbearably hot but it was dinnertime on a Sat. for our party of 5 so we persevered with our guests from out of town, who were used to the heat.
We had a wonderful seafood paella, with meatballs, octopus, tortilla and a cold salad as tapas. All the food and service was very good, so no complaint there. The Manager gave us a discount for enduring the broken a/c but when the bill came and the discount reason was typed on the bill "broken air conditioner" as its own line item, it makes one wonder how often this happens at the restaurant to have its own reason code on a restaurant computerized bill?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Tasty tapas but had a poor experience with wait staff.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 26, 2017

This is one of the few tapas places in Georgetown. This was my first visit, and I had come for a special winetasting dinner. I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the welcome, and the place seemed to have an authentic Spanish feel. I'd like to return and become more familiar with the food and drink.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

buena cena con amigos

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 (New England)·Dined on April 17, 2017

This is a lovely neighborhood restaurant that takes pride in its food. We ordered several tapas that were fresh and flavorful. I would def go back.

Tags: Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Seafood Pallella at market price was not fresh; in fact I was sick

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 7, 2017

This Zagat rated Spanish tapas restaurant is the real deal. I have been to Barcelona twice and it really brought me back there. The mussels in saffron broth and white wine were top notch. We also had the dates, scallops, pan con tomate y manchego and all were excellent. The rustic country bread is excellent along with the Spanish olive oil for dipping.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 1, 2017

High quality Tapas, a top notch array of options, excellent preparation and appealing Spanish preparation. Crowded seating and very noisy as the evening wears on, not great for conversation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Great Spanish dishes they serve. Especially, Paella was really delicious for me and my child.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Great tapas on the heart of Georgetown!
We had the tortilla Espanola, gambas al ajillo and chicken croquettes. Food was amazing and seasoned to perfection . Fig ice team and cortado (express with cream) was the perfect finish. Tables are a bit crowded and decor reminiscent of 1969 Mediterranean style, but all in all it was great. Food came a bit too fast

Tags: Tapas, Spicy, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

we especially liked the octopus dish, and of course the garlic shrimp

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Disappointed with the quality of food, the condition of the furnishings (even menus), and the service. The sangria was fine and the service was quick, however.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We made a reservation & were quickly seated. But it seemed that they were short on wait staff. The service was slow and we had to request it. They were kind but not attentive. The food was good, but not being familiar with Tapas, not well explained. I would not go again because I did not understand how it worked, and the staff did not ask or try take the time to find out our familiarity with this style of dining.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2017

This is my second time and we are very happy with the food and prices.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2017

My favorite dishes are the lamb and the croquetas.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Service was outstanding. Meeting old friends and had a lot to catch up on. Waiter came around to take orders and we had not even looked at the menu. No problem. Dropped by after 15 minutes and we ordered our appetizers etc. Tapas allowed us to order a few tastes at a time. Good wine suggestion.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

I made a reservation several weeks in advance, I called to confirm my request and I even dropped by the day of our reservation to confirm our request. We were celebrating a family B'day and I requested a window table, realizing of course they might not be able to accommodate, but they assured me they would make every effort. We arrived at 7:20 for a 7:30 res. Upon a arrival the hostess acknowledged my request and said it would be approx. 5-mins for the window table, 30-mins later we were still waiting. At which point I said we couldn't wait any longer and we will gladly take the first available 4-top. After an additional 30 -min wait....yes now it has been 1-hr there wasn't a table available and we all had to sit at the bar, completely unacceptable!! So much for our family evening with conversation together for the B'day celebration!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Food wasn't as good as it normally is I was disappointed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

The portions were very large but the food was too bland. Tapas should be small plates with very intense flavors. The food was prepared very simply as well. For example the bread with smoked salmon was a piece of bread with a piece of smoked salmon on top. The service was good and the ambiance is very nice, and it's right in the middle of everything in Georgetown so that was a plus.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Tapas, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Delicious tapas, nice selction, great wait-staff. Tasty food, but atmosphere a bit loud.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Loved the patio! Intimate.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 20, 2017

We sat in the small open courtyard in the back, isolated from the steer and the bar, perfect for leisurely tapas, conversation and relaxing. House cured olives, roasted pimentos with olive oil and sea salt plus cheese board were our favorites. Service was attentive never intrusive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2017

We were celebrating a friend's birthday and I must say the staff went out of their way to make it a special event!!

Tags: Casual, Outstanding Value, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Fun, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2017

So So delicious, the food was amazing and very in keeping with the food I ate in Spain

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Good for a Date, Tapas, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 16, 2017

When I arrived at the restaurant, the doors were locked. I called to see if they were open and they were not. A lady answered the phone and said that they had tried to call me. I had no missed phone calls. I receive phone calls from all over the world and have no issues. I was not happy with the level of service and the lack of response time. I had made reservations and paid for the car ride to get to the restaurant.

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