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La Bodega - Kansas City

4.7
1300 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
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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Experiences

  • Happy Hour!!

    Multiple dates available

    Special Happy Hour with menu items as well as cocktails! Including our famous sangria at 50% off!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1300 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GoKUBB
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Have always loved the SW Blvd La Bodega. Unfortunately, had not been in almost two years. So, was excited to get an opportunity. All my favorite tapas were still present, though slightly changed, along with some awesome new ones. The favorite of the night were the always great Jamon/Manchego toast and the roasted mushrooms. Felt great to be back!

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LisandroG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food , great service. Todd was amazing (our server) and we like to go there every month or when we have people visiting from out of town.
Used to have live music … those were the old good days

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AllenW
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food....our server Todd was awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My experience is hit or miss here. Sometimes it's great and other times it's sub-par which is disappointing considering it's not the cheapest place for a quick bite.

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chricc
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

When we got there and told them we had three instead of 2 they were not happy. Then we got sat under a very drippy, leaky, loud air conditioner. I do mean under it. Also it was so cold. I was so close to the table next to me that I heard their full conversation even when I plugged my right ear. The food was fine but I mostly just drank regular coffee. The only thing that was good was the server. She was super nice.

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Birdie
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Always love La Bodega. This visit, my mother, sister and I asked not to be seated under the AC, which was dripping condensation on the floor, because we're all 3 prone to feel cold. The hostess left us standing there for quite a while so she could look at her seating chart, and when she returned said "This is going to mess me up, but ..." and seated us at a different table. There were still empty tables when we left 90 minutes later, so she probably could have kept that to herself. The server and food were delightful!

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MarkZ
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten at La Bodega since it originally opened( 25 years?). We have always enjoyed it and we returned for the first time since Covid restrictions in over a year. In the interim the menu has been changed. At every level the food was excellent, wonderful salads, a flight of gazpachos and an excellent charcuterie board. We were not able to try other items because this filled us up. We must return soon to try other new menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Several dishes were disappointing which was unfortunate because the service was exceptional and the ambiance is fantastic. We’ve had brunch and tapas there several times over the years and this was not indicative of our usual experience, service excluded as it has always been fantastic. It wasn’t just one dish that was the problem, which could easily be excused and is no big concern. But when the over medium eggs come out like a rubbery hockey puck and the potatoes are flavorless, it’s not a great brunch experience. The service was amazing and the manager was very professional so it was disappointing that the food itself didn’t live up to par.

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DianaR
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went on a double date. Tried lots of new tapas, as well as enjoyed some of our old favorites. A little loud to be able to have a conversation.

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vipeatKC
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Coming back soon.

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TinaF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived for Happy Hour. Had a great seat out on the patio. I love what they have done to accommodate more seating outside. Great experience once again!

RL
vipRoroL
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service.

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EvanP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their happy hour is fantastic! The main room was not packed like for dinner, so it makes for a really intimate setting. The server was knowledgeable and very personable. The house special sangria is perfectly sweet and boozy. Our favorite plate was for sure the roasted red papers stuffed with a curried chicken salad and golden raisins.

KC
vipKarenC
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ad always! Thanks!

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vipAjantaR
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had Todd as our server, and he was stupendous! He was attentive and charismatic. The food was fast and tasty, and the red sangria was 12/10. A pitcher of Sangria is only $30 which was more than enough for 3 adults. Ambiance was great--not too loud but lively around us. It was my mother's belated birthday celebration and we were able to celebrate it beautifully with a bday churro! Overall it was a great experience.

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MarcyP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, what a gem! Highly recommended La Bodega.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect per usual. The sangria is always incredible and I’ve never been served a dish that I didn’t practically devour!

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Blackhawks1
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding dinner. Service and food were excellent. Only negative, say in the center of dining room and had two ceiling mounted air conditioners blowing down right on me. Could have asked to changed tables so it’s on me. That said, they have ceiling fans and could change dampers to blow across versus down.

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LoganM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Been here several times & had an overall good experience. Tonight, not so much. Food was TERRIBLE. Overcooked seafood, ALL OF IT, Shrimp, Scallops & Calamari were all rubber band like texture, clearly overcooked, frozen and tried to quick thaw, I don’t know but it was terrible. Our best dish of the night was a non-cooked tapas plate/charcuterie board. Gals said the Sangria was pretty good. So disappointed. Great ambience & service was decent. Will not be back, which is a shame.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual. Everyone had a great time.

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AmyP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the expanded outdoor seating and our waitress was amazing!!

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AlanaG
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was busy for a sunday but everything was great food wait was expected

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vipNnWw
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We very much miss the Leawood location, but still wanted to try out the original. The food was mostly delicious. The sweet vermouth flight was exceptional, and the red sangria was as good as my wife remembers it from Leawood. The standard cocktails were decent, but nothing exceptional, especially considering the high price point.

Our server seemed to have forgotten to put in the last part of our food order. I know this can happen and am not upset by it, but by the time we asked about it, it would have been nice if she admitted she had not put it in so we would have had the option to cancel, as by this time our appetites were diminished as our first plates were settling.

Not sure if we will be back, though we definitely learned our lesson to have our entire order ready at once instead of ordering more later.

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AmandaS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Brunch was wonderful, and it was so nice sitting outside. The avocado toast was fantastic and I can't wait to order it again. Our service was awful, I think we maybe saw the waiter 4 times the whole hour+ we were there (by the time he came around to ask if I wanted a refill, I'd already finished my meal) so that was disappointing but the food was awesome so we'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

The food was good and the environment was energetic. We arrived and were promptly taken care of however it was raining. I’m assuming a bunch of patrons had to be reseated inside. The chilled tapas were lovely however they took a long time to receive and one of them was no longer available (we didn’t find that out until 10-15 minutes after we ordered).

We ate the pimientos rellenos de pollo which were excellent. The peppers were crisp and provided an excellent frame for the chicken mixture inside. We also had Higos y queso de cabra which was a great dish. The baguettes and goat cheese complemented each other well and the peppers with the fig coulis were excellent. They provided a sweet refreshing balance to the fattiness from the goat cheese.

For our main entrees we had the gambas a la plancha and the embuditos mixtos. The mixtos was good however they had too many potatoes and the balance of meat to starch was off. The shrimp dish was our favorite. It was light and creamy with a great flavor and we even scraped up the sauce with the potatos from the mixtos.

We would highly recommend the restaurant however we would like to see better service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! We became friends after studying abroad in Spain and it was great to enjoy Spanish tapas again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite possibly the best happy hour menu in KC. The portions are so generous, was expecting the opposite because it is tapas. Ordered 3 of the happy hour plates to share with another person, and we didn’t even come close to finishing. Food was amazing, staff was so kind. The sangria pitchers with champagne are an absolute must. Can’t wait to go back!

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MinnieL
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The grilled octopus is a must order from the restaurant. Literally everything in that dish mixed well. Our first visit to the restaurant but very delightful and exciting. Even the small order of paella is big for two of us. Great food and service. Due to constructions around the area, it did take quite a while for us to secure a parking.

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vipCBH59
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the garlic shrimp, filet tenderloin with blue cheese topping and pancetta wrapped dates! All delicious. I ordered a sangria and it was delivered before our waiter told us it was 1/2 price wine night. We would have ordered a bottle of wine, but alas I settled for the sangria which was yummy! We are never disappointed when we come to La Bodega!!

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BrianL
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for al fresco dining, with a great selection of food and wine, served communally.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating out for a concert! Great service and great food! Always good!

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Ssgorens
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. We got one tapa and the small paella and it was more than enough for two. Delicious flavors and very friendly and helpful service!

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JeffR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

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vipSue1
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went there for Father’s Day. Had a nice time. Waitress could have been slightly more attentive And personable, but no worries. Food was very good. Drinks could have Been stronger. The sangrias Had no detectable alcohol

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CarlosA
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

The food was okay but not worth the money. The restaurant needs updates and some space between each table.

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BrianO
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and the cocktails were right on point. Highlight of our KC trip. Must go!

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vipTandVCLT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular! Our favorites were the scallops, octopus and dates! Will definitely come back!

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vipAdrianaV
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Bodega is a MUST VISIT restaurant in KC! The tapas are to die for, the sangria is amazing...and the CHURROS are soooo yum!

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vipBenM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todd was an amazing server and helped to make for a perfect night with amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Their sangria pitchers are a great item to split and an even better deal if you're able to get them during their happy hour. My friend and I had this meal as our dinner and split 3 tapas between us. We got the sautéed shrimp, chicken and chorizo skewers, and roasted potatoes in a garlic aioli sauce. Overall great food! La Bodega is one of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City and I enjoy taking people here when I have the chance.

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La Bodega - Kansas City is rated 4.7 stars by 1300 OpenTable diners.

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