La Bodega - Kansas City

4.8
945 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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JB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Max, made an excellent recommendation to add goat cheese to the prosciutto wrapped figs, totally made the dish!

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LO
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love La Bodega! It is one of my favorite Restaurants in KC. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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NN
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice leisurely meal and everything we ordered from tapas to cocktails was delicious. Our server was nice, and we loved the lack or pressure to eat up and free the table.

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PE
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our server was terrible. He was rude and totally uninterested in giving us any type of service. We often visit the Leawood location and it is always excellent in every aspect. Because of our experience at the Downtown location we will probably never revisit LaBodega.

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MD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service and fantastic tapas we all enjoyed the Spanish coffee it is a must have!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff and management was amazing! My daughter had graduated from high school and it was a special outing for us. The food is always amazing here!

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S
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We visit La Bodega quite regularly. This particular visit was lacking slightly in service; however, the food was as delicious as it always is.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Bodega is a very nice place, which offers something different. I really like the environment, the music, the food... and the service is very good as well. I have been there for special occasions, and it never disappoints. Thank you!

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 5

There were 4 people in my party eating and 3 of us received our meals at the same time. The 4th person has ordered a breakfast entree and 3 tapas, but when her breakfast order arrived it was the wrong item. Being that many of us are in the service industry and she isn't picky she said that it was fine and would just take it. She ended up barely eating it, as it wasn't what she ordered, and just boxed it up knowing that she was also getting the tapas. The 3 tapas were taking a while to arrive and when she asked the server where they were he said they were on their way. About 20 minutes later 2 of the 3 tapas arrived and they were good, but they shouldn't have taken that long and one was completely forgotten. Again, all of the food that we had was delicious and we will definitely come back, but I feel that my friend should have been taking care of by at least not being charged for the breakfast entree, that was the wrong order, and perhaps one of her tapas. Our server was very nice and again the food was great, but I wanted to bring what happened to your attention.

THANKS!

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N
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

terrific food and great g-free and lactose-free options. Good wine list, too!

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f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. It was a Sunday night, so it was not very crowded but still very lively. The waiter was very attentive. The dishes were flavorful; the portions were the right size. Excellent value.

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SS
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a group happy hour! Plenty of food and drink specials.

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PD
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We always enjoy the unique dining experience here at La Bodega, being able to mix and match various tapas and try new things. This downtown location has a fun, youthful vibe. However, lack of acoustic treatment on hard walls and floors makes it very difficult to have a conversation without feeling like you are yelling, which only adds to the noise level. We appreciated special happy hour pricing of both food and drink.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sangria and tapas in the city !

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
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 on April 20, 2019
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
Kansas City
2 reviews
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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S
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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OT
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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OT
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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OT
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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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing wine and tapas!

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OT
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
8 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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OT
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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