About La Bodega - Kansas City
"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.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Please Call for Detailed seating options and large parties. (816) 472-8272
summit and I-35
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call for details. (816) 472-8272
Private Party Facilities:
With different spaces available for special and private events, both La Bodega locations can accommodate parties from 6 to 150. Our spaces can arrange for business meetings, presentations, cocktail parties, social occasions, or simply a ladies night out. Let our organizer tailor a menu for you.
Private Party Contact:
Bob Riekhof: (855) 785-3770
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
La Bodega - Kansas City Ratings and Reviews
Eh everything was just okay. Nothing special or Spanish about it actually. If you put basil on a piece of bread and add tomatoes you change a classic Spanish pan con tomate into a bruschetta. Spaniards don’t use basil. A few shaved slivers of jamon Iberico atop cold bread does not constitute a plate of jamon as the menu describes. Braised short ribs were tough, chewy and stringy. And the calamari a la Plancha should be cooked on a skillet. Our came out looking like steamed bits. We were hoping to find our tapa joint, but sadly disappointed. Also check your bill—servers tried to ring up more expensive glasses of wine we didn’t order in place of the ones we did order. Oh and the dates—rock hard, cold centers, and that’s not
Pancetta wrapped around them - it’s just bacon. When we asked, Our server said “what’s the difference?”
This was supposed to be a great Valentines day dinner date. We arrived when the reservation was set for at 8:30 PM. They had overbooked. Couldn’t even get to the bar for a cocktail. We were not seated until 9pm. They did however put us in a very nice separate room. Where it was quiet. My girlfriend ordered soup. She was brought out a salad. Which was a wedge salad. I did not care for it. The server did replace the salad with the soup. The toppers that we ordered were great. It was the papas fridas. I was a little disappointed that they had such a limited menu as far as tapas goes. The entrées were great. I had the lamb and my girlfriend the steak entree. The dessert was sub par for the standard that I am used to at La Bodega. I had the flan she had the vanilla cake. Topped with lemon. The lemon was overpowering on the cake and the flan tasted like it had been sitting out awhile. It also was covered in gold flakes of some sort. Which when I asked the server what it was. He asked the kitchen. No one could come up with an answer for me. Which I did not care for. For the two of us with tax and one cocktail apiece plus tip it was $178.00. The meal itself was $139 with tax. La Bodega Is my favorite restaurant in Kansas City. However that was the first time my girlfriend had the opportunity to go to the establishment. She was not impressed. Nor was I. It’s a shame that they failed on such a crucial evening. That being said. I will definitely go back. They are generally amazing. I would definitely recommend them to all friends and family.
Staff was fantastic, fun & friendly. Food was AMAZING. Sangria...YUM! We had a party of 7 & had to sit next to the kitchen which made it extremely noisy & the TV was right by our heads. We even had reservations several days in advance. Still one of my faves in KC.
Great sangria, great tapas! The atmosphere is lively (probably thanks to the sangria) and fun. Enjoyed smoked salmon flatbread and peppers stuffed with ahi tuna, and the paella valenciana - all outstanding. Definitely make a reservation. Our table was ready right when we walked in. Parking around the corner was perfect.
Our server, Spence, was overwhelmed, and disappeared frequently. Went to enjoy the extended Restaurant Week, but the chicken ajillo was not up to par. Chicken thighs instead of breasts, and my wife’s meal was delayed due to being overlooked. Her meal was comped, but overall slow service and not worth the wait. This is one of our favorite restaurants, and it was quite disappointing.
Great deal especially during restaurant week. Tapas were all great with generous portions (salmon with asparagus, tortilla Espanola, and mushrooms) . Scallops entree would have benefited from a side of rice or vegetable, but the scallops themselves were exquisite. Had plenty to eat with soup, bread and dessert, even without a side for the entree. Servers were prompt and friendly, very good service but not hovering.
I hadn't been to La Bodega for a while; one friend hadn't been in years; and a couple who recently moved to KC, not at all. The place was packed [Happy Hour & Restaurant Week] but we were seated per our reservations. Boisterous crowd made chatting a bit challenging, but the service was wonderful, the food (tapas) diverse and tasty, and the wine was perfect with the meal. It's definitely on our "repeat soon" list.
Went for restaurant week before going to a show at the Kauffman Center. We both opted for the Restaurant Week menu, and went with the 3 tapas instead of an entree.
Food was delicious. I opted for the house salad as a starter and my companion opted for the soup. It was a delicious salad - full of vibrant flavors and textures.
We ordered 6 different tapas to share. Some were significantly larger than others, so that's something to keep in mind, although it was more than enough food - we took leftovers home. The mushrooms were a particular star, and so were the crostini with goat cheese and fig jam.
For dessert, I opted for the creme brulee and my companion for the dark chocolate mousse. He reported it as delicious but really rich. As to the creme brulee, it was slightly citrusy, perhaps lemon, and garnished with fresh blueberries and mint. The custard was flavorful and perfectly creamy, and the top was substantial and caramelized to add a robust crunch. Excellent choice.
We arrived as happy hour was going, and a number of the tapas are half price during happy hour. All in all, that would probably have been comparable in price to the restaurant week special. There also are daily drink specials which appear to be well-priced; the table next to us had a pitcher of white sangria that looked lovely.
The only issue we had was that a table did not appear available when we arrived, even though we had a reservation. We were less than 5 minutes late (rush hour traffic) and while reservations are held for 15 minutes, there was confusion over where to seat us. It worked out, and we were able to enjoy our dinner without being rushed to make it to the show. Would recommend, and will be back.
My boyfriend and I went to La Bodega for 2018 Restaurant week and loved it. We had a fun time trying 6 different tapas plates in addition to soup and dessert. We especially loved the meatball, shrimp, and potato hot tapas. And try the sangria! You can get your choice of red or white with champagne or soda water.
Just a warning - it can get pretty pricey once you get two drinks, three tapas, a salad and dessert - and that was just during restaurant week.
It can also get pretty loud so if you're a quiet person I don't recommend taking a first date here but it does give it an exciting, night-out feel. I can't wait to come back in the summer when we can sit outside and eat tapas and drink sangria!
I had heard about this restaurant for years. Went there on a Saturday at 1:30 with my wife. It was 3/4 full. They sat us, about 10 minutes later, the hostess brought us water. About 10 minutes after that the server came by, hurriedly took our order like we were bothering him and ran off. About 30 minutes later we got our food which was lukewarm, un-inspired and greasy. I don't know what people see in this place. I wasn't drinking so maybe that was my issue. But being forgotten about and then delivered average at best food just isn't my idea of a quality restaurant. And for what the cost is, I would expect a lot more. It took about 20 minutes after we finished our food to get the waiter to come by with the check so I could leave.
Restaurant week in KC and, yet again, a fine showing at a really fine tapas place.
Spicing just right and not ordinary - will munch on the gambas for many times to come.
And, oh-baby, you just go ahead and order a drink with gin ..... and, WHAM! The barkeep
is table-side to talk up the world of gin! Made the night! We'll be back plenty soon!
We loved the food and the atmosphere! We loved our waitress also, I just wish we would have been informed that when we first arrived that we were still in happy hour, it was our first time there and we had no idea. So you imagine our shock when we got our bill and one pitcher of sangria was $20 and one was $40.
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