Boveda

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Boveda in Washington, DC is a low-key spot for authentic Spanish fare. Its name actually means "vault" and the owners have designed the entire space to have a "Latin speakeasy" atmosphere. Tucked into the Westin in the Georgetown area, it is fun and funky and even offers a private dining room if desired.

Menu options at Boveda are both familiar and unique at the same time. Starters include cheese platters and charcuterie options. Appetizers feature house made guacamole, nachos and ceviche as well as pupusas and yucca in green sauce. Trio platters are a great way to savor many different tastes, and there is a large array of beef and meat platters. Of course, no visit to Boveda is complete without one of the irresistible desserts as well as a classic cocktail.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Skip it. Pricey for average food and drink. Service was spotty and slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived at Boveda they told us we had no reservations even though I showed them the opentable confirmation. The restaurant was empty and the waiter told us to just have a seat. We sat down he offered no apology and the restaurant didn't seemed like a good fit so we left. My husband and I have never walked out of a restaurant but Boveda just didn't feel like a good dining experience.

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Flaco88
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I decided to visit DC once again and because of Boveda, our trip got a lot more fun. We loved how nice and friendly the manager and the waiter assigned to us were. Our reservation was at 9pm and our table was ready to go. We even stayed till closing hours because of how nice it felt to just sit there and have one of the best margarita drinks we have had. We enjoyed it so much that we returned the next evening. The manager allowed us to sit in the same booth and even offered us to taste a new sangria that he had made and it was just another delicious drink! We are definitely visiting Boveda on our next trip and planning on bringing more people with us!

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vipbluebird
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2016
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Very uneven experience. Menu had variety. Food was brought out unevenly so the first in our party of 8 had their food a full 5 minutes before the last group in our party did. Waiter gave us the check without checking if anyone wanted coffee or dessert, which we did. Also said he couldn't validate parking even though website said they did. We weren't rushed (other than the check thing) and food was good.

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vipLouise
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

the decor is quite neat. Although is a tapas restaurant, most of the food is not Spanish. It is a mix between Mexican food in tapas or entrees + Manchego cheese (probably the only Spanish item). The food was good. Service was slow as written by others. If you are in no rush, just want to socialize and drink with occasional movement of food, then is ok. I would recommend to order your drinks and first round of tapas so you are not left waiting. BTW, the place was empty when we were there...

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vipBillT
Grand Rapids
60 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2016
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The guacamole was delicious and the Ceviche was different in that it was served in large chunks on flat puffy tortilla shell. They were very good but overall I found the menu disappointing. I was expecting more then traditional Mexican fair with a description of "modern takes on pan-Latin small plates, entrees & drinks in rustic-chic digs." The queso fundito was disappointing in that it seemed like Velveta melted and the salsa was a jarred salsa. Some fresh pico would have been nice instead and add some flare to the menu. The interior was attractive enough but overall vibe was almost sad as it was so empty on a Saturday night at 8:00.

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vipctmom
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

if you are looking for a quick casual latin food fix, Boveda provides some basics you will be familiar with. Reasonable prices and happy hours during the week.

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sharonk
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our dinner at Boveda was fine until it was time to pay. We were a party of 10, and expected the normal 18% gratuity to be added to the bill. However, the manager brought over the bill and asked us whether we'd like the gratuity to be either 20% or 21%. We found this completely off-putting. Then, when we received the bill it was very confusing--it looked like the gratuity was added twice so we had to ask the manager for an explanation for that.

Finally, we were a party of 10 and spent over $400 and noticed that they had the nerve to charge us for 3 extra orders of chips to go with our guacamole and queso. We had only asked once for more chips, which they didn't bring, so we asked again. We did not get 3 orders, only 1 order.

Food was good but these things really put us off. We will not return.

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vipLukeK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was dead on a Monday albeit. There didn't seem to be any waiters/waitresses so we sat at the bar. While the bar was also dead, didn't really get the attention from the bartender that we desired. He was dealing with a weird customer, but still. Waited around a bit for a couple of drinks.

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emmanuelc
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoy the food and the selections available. The bar is always a great place to sit for some good conversation with the other patrons or bartender. Tj recommended a few meals and drinks that were excellent. He should eat a little more of the food there since he looks so skinny and tall but his customer services was superb. I will definitely eat and drink there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2016
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Made a reservation for 915p per the menu/description on Open Table. After being seated we were told that we could only order appetizers and small plates-no dinners were available at 915p on a Friday. Despite its description the place came across as a cocktail lounge that happened to serve food. The place also seemed to be understaffed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good and the service was above average. The ambiance and decor is pretty good, given that it's in a hotel basement. There's not much more to say. I might go back since it's right down the street, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2015
Overall2food1service1ambience1

We went there for thinking to get drinks. Kinda lounge style setting but was full of old people and shiltty service. Buy this was a Tues night so YMMV.

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David
Singapore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Not good. Slowish service and lukewarm, uninspired food. Two of the four things we ordered weren't available even though the restaurant was mostly empty. Even the sangria was juicy. We left before ordering an entree.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2015
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The restaurant has a nice ambiance. The low lights make it nice for a couple. The only thing that left me disappointed was that our appetizer was not brought out earlier and our waiter did not check in with us for an extended period of time when we put in our order.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2014
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Big disappointment. drinks were okay but nothing special. margarita was bland. waiter was slow and not very attentive. guacamole was not very good. food took forever and was Luke warm when we got it. 100 dollar dinner for two and we could have been better with district taco.

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viprsanad
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2014
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The guacamole looked like it was squeezed out of a tube and from that moment on I knew I was in trouble, I won't even go on to describe what color the meat was because I'm not sure it was in fact beef

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Merc
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Strange menu, but the food was very good. The chips and guacamole cost $15, which irked me. The large guacamole was about enough for 8 chips. And the server told us they didn't have salsa, which is so strange, especially considering he brought some out after a round of pleading.

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BenG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2014
Overall2food1service4ambience2

service was polite; food was mediocre. There are much better restaurants in the immediate area.

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BrittyLynn
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food, good service (though the waiter may have been slightly new/enthusiastic/nervous), we received a complementary taste of Stella's new beer. The atmosphere is really cool. Great bar, gorgeous bathrooms.

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Foodie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was quiet but not out of choice. In westin hotel. Went because of convenience as we were staying at westin. Needed more veggie choices.

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vipCapHillDude
Palm Springs
76 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Love the food here, but the service could be a bit quicker, since it's bottomless and endless. The restaurant was empty, but I still was having to look around for our server for additional items and drinks.
The dishes are worth the wait tho! Love the food, and will be back!

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vipNGrand
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I went to brunch with 4 people when there were only 3 other tables in the restaurant. The service was not very attentive. Also, when we were contemplating the all you can eat option along with the all you drink the server failed to mention that the entrees al la carte were all tapas. Definitely worth doing the all you can eat since the tapas may leave you unsatisfied. However, they run an all or nothing deal. Everyone has to order all you can eat. Everyone has to order all you can drink. Food was tasty though.

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vipRSP0
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2014
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was disappointing. Steak tacos came cold with hardly any toppings on them. My husband and a friend ordered medium steaks - both came rare. Overall the quality of food was not very good, especially considering the prices.
The ceviche tuna appetizers was quite good. Recommend pisco sour.

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AJinVA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious, and the drinks were spectacular (though the sangria blanca is very very sweet). It's nothing too fancy, and a bit overpriced, but tasty nonetheless. It's a good place to enjoy a meal before a movie at West End Cinema

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Candi
Anchorage
28 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Met friends here...quiet enough so we could talk, good food and attentive service.

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vipmb44
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2014
Overall1food1service4ambience1

I found the food greasy and undigestible.

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Keller
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We choose Boveda because it was close to our hotel and while it was not very crowded, our meal was excellent. I had the pork carnitas and they were delicious and I would order them again. Also had the tomatoe salad which was awesome. The restaurant is beautiful with stone and wood decor. Looking forward to another visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My wife and I went here on a Saturday night the day after valentines day. We arrived around 7:45 to find out they were out of there white sangria, so I ordered the red after my first glass my wife and I ordered a half pitcher. The waiter then told us that was the last if the red sangria as well (not sure why a restaurant rumba out if one of there staple drink on a Saturday at 8:00pm).
We then ordered 2 entres off the menu thinking we were going to share them but when they were brought out they were smaller than expected and WAY OVERPRICED, although the food was delicious you would have to spend a fortune to get a complete meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pollo en mole was excellent. The meat melts in your mouth and the plantain were very tasty. The seafood also was very good. Friendly staff and prompt service. I recommend the pisco sours too.

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kevster01
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My girlfriend and I went to Boveda for Valentine's Day. There wasn't too much of a crowd and got our table right away. Our server was very nice, but given the occasion, I'm not sure he is usually waiting tables. There was some confusion and my girlfriend and I both got the same entree, despite ordering different items. We didn't mention anything since we were starving and not too picky. The food was excellent, especially the tuna ceviche and the arroz con leche. The sangria was very good and the best drink I've had in a while was a complimentary creamy, white concoction. Overall, I'd recommend Boveda for a weekly dinner night out or for drinks and some lite food. I was hoping for something a little more for a special occasion.

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vipItsallaboutdau
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2014
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Location was great however the food was laughable (even the waitress giggled in embarrassment when she set out order on the table). Our bill came to over $80 and I we had to go to another restaurant for an actual meal. Portions were extremely small and not even good. Mixed drinks were also very weak. Overall, a huge waste of money and I'm surprised it's attached to the Westin.

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GirlsBrunch
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2014
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food and service was phenomena. Definitely recommend the brunch special -

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vipPatrick
Nashville
22 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We tried several menu items and liked them all. The carnitas were particularly good.

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Kiki
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was pretty good, but absolutely unremarkable. Presentations were nice, but the implementation didn't quite match the ambition. Sauce on one of the dishes was oversalted, fingerling potatoes on another - on the cusp of being underdone, tomatoes in tomato salad were hard and without flavor. One dessert was a very strange arroz con leche. Tables too small - bar size. Service pretty good, but a little intrusively over-eager. Very noisy: they seem to be trying to be a latin night club with good food aiming at the younger World Bank and embassy crowd. Had a pleasant enough meal but somewhat disappointed. For restaurant week, we expect to eat really, really well. If this is Boveda's best shot, it needs to try harder.

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vipfrequenter
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2013
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Good brunch. Inexpensive for the area. Nice waitress.

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vipDebinSTL
St. Louis
93 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While I do think their menu items are rather over priced, we did enjoy everything we ordered. The service was very good with the staff being very attentive. It was very nice to order a variety of times for our table to share.

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vipDCDiner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2013
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Went for brunch, we were relatively early and there were only 2 other diners there but they had already run out of some entrees. The bartender wasn't able to make some of the drinks on the menu either. Overall disappointing but not horrible. We tried nearly everything available on the menu and there were only 2 or 3 dishes that were quite good, otherwise the food was fair.

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Ryan
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I've spent the last year in Miami and back and forth from various Latin American countries. I was so happy with this place. First the knew how to make a Pisco Sour which I could not even find in Miami. Second they had a new twist on Chicharon that I had never had that my wife and I loved and man I love all this pork and bacon like. It really is a great blend of foods from various countries in Latin America. As an added perk the salsa is old school, my wife and I dislike more modern salsa. They also have a great mix of other latin music. We will come back to this place fairly often.

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vipDisappointing
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2013
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The restaurant space is comfortable and trendy. The bar predominates but the chef is first rate. The smoked salmon ceviche is outstanding but could have benefitted by offering bread or pitas with it. The two specialty "tacos"we tried were also perfect tastes and unique..we especially liked the pork belly one. Disappointed that there was no red sangria that night. Very odd. They brought us the white variety instead but not really a good substitute for us. There was a large wedding party nearby so there were some over taxed wait staff who still manged to handle our meal service well.

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Boveda is rated 3.5 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.