La Bodega - Kansas City

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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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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED La Bodega, made reservations and glad I did, they had a great table set aside for me and took amazing care of us from the minute my wife checked in with the hostess to the end.

The food was delicious and made me want to travel Spain.

Will definitely go back, customer service alone made going back a no brained.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was phenomenal and the service was great per usual!

CG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with hubs during happy hour. Christy was our server and wonderful! All of the staff were great. The array of offerings of tapas is fabulous - would like to see a few more vegetarian vegetable options and some pilaf. But, that will not stop us from going again and again - fabulous place for date night or time with friends!

JR
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Tasty food. Good environment but a little noisy.

b
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined outdoors on a beautiful evening. The traffic noise was below the typical noise level inside the restaurant. Good service by "Clayton" (F) and half-price Sangria night hit the spot. (Worth upgrading to their better Sangria wine, imho.)

PC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The tapas and the sangria were very good! The paella and the natilla dessert were good, too. The only food we didn't like was the caldo gallego. The ambiance is good but the artwork on the walls is vulgar so I will not be recommending this restaurant to families with children.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! Kaysha (sorry if I missed the spelling) was our "culinary guide" for the evening. Wonderful experience. So much left on the menu to try next time and there WILL be a next time.

AA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My daughter and I had a fun and lovely outdoor eating evening! I would recommend!

A
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server was friendly and attentive. Our food was delicious!

TS
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was incredibly loud. Uncomfortably so.

Food was good. Waitress kept disappearing

J
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We needed to be in and out quickly as we had a theatre production to make. We told our server and he expedited things perfectly and we never felt rushed.

JR
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall it was a great experience. Great food for all preferences including vegetarian and vegan. The environment is very friendly just noisy and there’s not live music to give a smooth touch to the ambience. But this is one of my top choice in Kansas City, MO. Love it!

TS
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food. one or two less exciting of a dozen dishes that were great. Service was very good, not great. Will definitely return to try and get it up to 5 stars.

KH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was excellent! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends and co-workers.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a treat to visit La Bodega. My boyfriend and I love to stop in for happy hour and enjoy a variety of tapas. The cocktails are excellent!

m
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is repeatedly aromatic and flavorful. I love the Estrella Damn draft beer!
My only irritation is the tiny food portions even by Spanish standards.

OT
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive without being intrusive. The venue is charming. Loved the bright flowers in the outdoor seating. The food was fresh and flavorful.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a friend get together. Easy place to share tapas! Great food!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Food was great, as was the service. Highly recommend it.

AC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour. One of the best in KC! We love the mushrooms and $5 wines

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love labodega! Delicious sangria, the dates wrapped in bacon are just sinful, we always leave happy.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoyed everything about La Bodega. We sat outside and enjoyed the atmosphere while having a great time trying out the tapas. Our waitress gave us suggestions, since we had never tried tapas before. We’ll definitely be back!

OT
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved La Bodega. The atmosphere is cheerful and fun. There is a great variety of tapas and wine and cocktails. We loved the tortilla espanola and the mushrooms. The dessert menu is awesome. Hope to return and try the paella!

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Not my absolute favorite but I would recommend.

P
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was loud, but it was delicious and our waitress was very helpful in us choosing our tapas.

AE
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience. Will definitely be returning!

H
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed the service but the tapas was far overpriced for the product we received. I’d like to see something fresh and with a variety besides chorizo.

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

Always ...I go and eat way too much!! Their tapas are amazing!! I have an allergy to a spice and the waitress was very on it that I didn’t order anything with it in it!

DL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Sat outside and enjoyed the city sounds and Latin inspired music - food and service was awesome!

LF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1st Time diners at La Bodega tapas restaurant. Service and food were excellent. Highly recommend to adventurous souls — not your typical dining experience!

MP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What we love about La Bodga (BLVD location) -The atmosphere - feels like a mini European vacation.
Happy Hour - can't beat the deal
Service - staff are always friendly, and attentive enough without hovering
The food - always delicious!

SA
San Antonio
37 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Thursday was half price for bottles of wine and we got a wonderful bottle of Spanish wine recommended by our waiter. Service was good as well. Definitely going back!

e
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

While I am very fond of La Bodega and have been to both locations many, many times over two many years to count, when I arrived at the Leawood restaurant, on a Friday evening on May 31 and again, on Sunday evening, July 7, I was told by the hostess that I did not have a reservation when I did have a reservation made thru Open Table. I did not have my phone on either occasion as I was with others, so I could not show them the reservation via my phone. I had not brought a copy either time of the paper reservation because I've never needed one when I made a reservation thru Open Table. On the first occasion, after I insisted that the hostess look two more times, she finally found my reservation. On this most recent occasion, Sunday, July 7, the hostess insisted that I did not have a reservation. I asked them (now 2 hostesses) to check again - and then, again - and still was told I did not have my reservation. There was plenty of room, so seating was not a problem. When I arrived back home, I found an e-mail from Open Table saying they were sorry I had not been able to make my reservation at La Bodega. I immediately wrote back and said that not only had I made a reservation, but that my niece and I had spent (with tip) $100 there. So I was credited with points for the visit. Clearly, either the hostesses at La Bodega were completely inept, or did not know how to use the reservation system, or their computer system was not working properly.

The bottom line is that I very much like the food at La Bodega (although I have learned to order tapas a few at a time to avoid them all coming at once), and I like the outside seating at the Leawood location, I strongly recommend that you take evidence of your Open Table reservation so you can avoid the pain-in-the-neck I experienced. I would have been furious if I had not been able to get a seat after making the reservation well ahead of time. I do NOT believe Open Table did anything wrong with my reservation.

LH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and drink. A recommended location for regulars and newcomers.

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

The service and food were amazing per usual!!!

CH
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual the food was good. We enjoy having small plates of several different things.

SL
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service from the entire staff. We enjoy the constant small changes made to the menu. One of our favorite places!

C
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent cioppino, mushrooms, scallops and short ribs! I forgot our waiter's name but when we asked him to choose our wine, his sommelier talents exceeded my expectations!

OT
Kansas City
23 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Tapas

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Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE go for lunch and sit in bar area so noise level is quite acceptable. John is the bartender/server in that area and he takes very good care of us. Try the Spanish coffee, fun to watch the preparation and I am starting to crave it, have to try making it myself but afraid I would burn the house down.

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