La Bodega - Kansas City

4.7
932 reviews
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Spanish
"Tapas" - In the beginning. Tapas is a daily event in the life of the Spanish culture. Mainly a Northern Spain, Basque regional tradition, it has grown to signify a way of eating and socializing. It is said that tapas originated centuries ago. In Spanish, the word tapa or the verb tapar means "to cover." Tapas represents the Spanish custom of placing a piece of bread over the glass of wine. It is a custom that dates back past the 1500's. Traditionally, the exact food served is less important than the social occasion. Tapas is a way of life. It signifies leisure, camaraderie and good humor. In Spain, Tapas are almost always accompanied by wine. They are not so much about talking as they are about eating and drinking. The wine is the medium that holds the conversation with friends and the food together. You make time to enjoy the moment in an unhurried way. The threefold purpose of snacking on tapas is to dull any hunger pangs that have built up since the previous intake of comestibles.
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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sangria and tapas in the city !

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JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! After 2 years of dining in KC, I'll say its the best I've experienced thus far!

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SA
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was good except my debit card got charged $30 more then It should have I spoke to a manager named Raymond who said it would be corrected at end of business day. I will check my bank after end of day on 4/22/19 to see if it was actually corrected because as of yet it has not...... very disappointed

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Almost impossible to have a conversation with person across the table because of the noise level.

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Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made reservation, so no wait whatsoever. Pleasantly surprised to find it was happy hour , so prices were outstanding! Good food...good service....good experience. Kudos

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places and high on our dining out rotation! There's always something new to try. Service is always friendly and efficient. Upgraded to the patio are AWESOME!

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ME
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Bodega is one of my favorite places to eat! We had great service and excellent small plates, it is a great value for the $$$$. I recommend it highly, I ❤️ Wine Wednesday.

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DH
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Love this place! Come every year I'm in town

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MZ
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is always a bit noisy of a restaraunt and this was no exception, otherwise enjoyed it very much

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Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to La Bodega for my brother’s birthday. We ate outside since the weather was very nice. We come her because the paella is amazing! We also had quite a few tapas. The papas fritas are a must. They were very nice and accommodating when we chose to move tables and we also had my nephew and they were very helpful with him as well.

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GH
Tulsa
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Bodega never disappoints! Great food, service and vibe for a First Friday dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

I had high expectations for this restaurant. Unfortunately the “small” plates are extremely small for the price and barely enough to share. The service was great! One of our choices did not taste good and the manager replaced it with something else of our choosing.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Parking was really difficult! Put a damper on the start of my evening.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing wine and tapas!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, as always.

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EM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is always fabulous and they have a wonderfully varied selection of wines. My only complaint is that it does get very loud at busy times, but that certainly won't stop us from visiting again soon!

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JB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the tapas experience and especially love their happy hour pricing! One of my favorite stops.

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Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time! The waiter was attentive, the food was amazing and the place was lively! A great place to share tapas with a group of friends!

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CH
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Bodega was delightful. We had a large party, and they accomodated us beautifully. Our server was fantastic and attentive. The food and sangria was delicious. Highly recommend.

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RB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

As always the food was great. Noise was a bit high as we were next to a large party, but not unacceptable.

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EJ
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Far too noisy for anyone over 25. A table of four young women were shrieking and laughing hysterically. The food was delicious but you have to wear earplugs on a Friday evening. Not fun.

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M
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my wife's 30th Birthday. Our server Chrissy, was Fantastic!
My wife's best friend from Las Vegas flew in to surprise her. Chrissy and the rest of the staff (including the hostess!) were very accommodating.
The food was delicious as always!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for happy hour and sat on the patio. Great food, drinks and service.

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RR
Kansas City
53 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Happy Hour food choices are varied, delicious and a bargain. We always enjoy the food.

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G
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great as always. Server did a great job. The place is starting to feel a bit dated though. But that’s just my opinion.

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My waitress, (Julie?) was excellent. The food I ordered was based on her recommendation and it was delicious, I was not disappointed. Fairly priced and good atmosphere.

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RP
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place!! Drove up from AR to have the experience again. All the servers work hard and are excellent ambassadors for the restaurant. We have our favorite dishes but always manage to try a new one and they never disappoint. Get the potatoes with aioli and anything with meatballs is a hit.

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k
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, the food consistently great- except for green beans that came almost frozen.
We enjoyed our evening and will be back definitely

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P
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Yes, but keep in mind the place is LOUD and they don’t look at your reservation requests until you arrive.

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j
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat here if you like delicious morsels. Avoid eating here if you don't.

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Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere is loud but energetic and colorful. The variety of food is really fun, and the quality is high. Service was not great. We had to ask several times if we wanted more to drink, and the check took a very long time to get, making us late to our next appointment. I will probably go back. I'm guessing we just had the wrong server on the wrong night, so willing to give the place a second chance.

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JL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time and the food was delicious, as it always is.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

My wife and I both love seafood, so the waiter which was super helpful pointed us in the direction of a dish I thought we would enjoy. It was God awful. My wife had 1 bite and almost puked she said "it smells and tastes like dirty fish tank water. The appetizers were ok a little bland.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. I enjoyed everything from food to service.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate a 40th birthday and had a great time. The service was amazing, sangria kept coming!

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary and had a great time. We were sat in a little alcove and were able to truly feel like we had the place to ourselves while enjoying the crowd.
Our server gave fantastic recommendations. The food was amazing. We will definitely be back.

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DP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this place. Happy hour is the best. Make a reservation and enjoy!

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brunch in KC!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Great drinks! Great service! Celebrating with 20 others!

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RF
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

This is my third time at La Bodega. Loved it so much we came back for my 40th birthday with some friends. The waiter was really off, gave us each the wrong cocktail from what we ordered. The cocktails themselves were really unpleasant. I own an event series that specializes in cocktails, and I would have been horrified if my guests were given these. The food was also really off. Overall it was so disappointing to travel to KC and waste a night on this dinner.

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