La Bodega - Kansas City

4.8
863 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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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
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Phone number
(816) 472-8272
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
English Reinshaw
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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.
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Private party contact
Bob Riekhof: (855) 785-3770
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Catering
For any catering needs please send an email to bethany@labodegakc.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
summit and I-35
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 863 People Are Saying
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L
Kansas City
92 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As part of the Restaurant Week we decided to try an old favorite to meet another couple who hadn't been there before. We were all impressed with our choices, with the garlic soup and Bisteca getting our best reviews. Not only was all the food excellent, but the wine flight with our server Nick's recommendations was so good we took pictures of two of the bottles to try to find later. Nick was very friendly and helpful during our visit and made us feel very welcome.

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

Waiter had been very helpful and a winter full day and the new food for us was a great experience, thank you.

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MB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary here and had a wonderful time. The food and drinks were great and the service was top notch. Will definitely be coming back.

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KC
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a fun night out on Saturday

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CJ
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there on a date and the wait was only five minutes. The noise level made it essy to carry on a conversation. The tacos were awesome. I had the BBQ Duck, but the portabello mushroom was my favorite.

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d
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had their take on cioppino. Absolutely fantastic, a must try.

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BT
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

We have eaten at La Bodega many times. This time, it was with a number of friends for my wife's birthday. Since I had reservations, we were able to get right in, and they had a table ready for 6 upon our arrival. The noise level is always a little on the high side, but this time, we were over in the corner, so it wasn't as much as of problem. We were greeted immediately by our server, and ordered a couple of pitchers of their wonderful Sangria. It arrived fairly quickly. The food is always good. Several tried some of the small plates that we had not had before, so we are going to have to try them next time. We always come during happy hour for drinks and 1/2 price tapas. We had never had dessert before, but since we were celebrating, why not? The apple caramel cheesecake was incredible! I definitely recommend La Bodega for the great food, good service, and fun!

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BA
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening! Great food. Love the Spanish coffee. Quite the show!

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k
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 2

This was once my favorite KC staple. We received unforgettably poor service on Christmas Eve with my family.

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K
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Jessica is awesome!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

second time, great food. table sevice outstanding.

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N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Tapas and great wines. Great for 4 people to spend the evening eating and drinking, sharing great food .

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G
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food came out one plate at a time; which was great. It was all hot and very good. The drinks were strong and the crowd was quite loud. Other than the big party that came in and overcrowded us at our table for 2 in the corner, we had a great experience. We plan on going back on another day when it's not so busy so we can hear each other.

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MT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dishes and superlative service all around. Special notes in my reservation request were met (table location, surprise birthday). Christie is amazing and took great care of us.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think this is a great place for a first date. Service was on point, food was great, and strongly recommend the red sangria.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food. Great service.

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RL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love all the tapas at La Bodega. Highly recommend: champiñones, pinxos de higo, pan con tomate, gambas al ajillo.

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FD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent night out. Our server have excellent for suggestions.

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RR
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! Bacon wrapped dates!! I will be back just for that. The beef tenderloin tapa was also amazing! Kind of loud and tight seating but I think thats the point.

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JT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful with his wine recommendations and the happy hour is unbeatable.

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DC
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Get experience! I recommend for a relaxed meal with conversation

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AS
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful and the food was amazing as always!

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and truly authentic Spanish dishes. Fun environment and great service. Reasonable prices.

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JK
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food. Always consistently great.

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I used to live and work in Kansas City many years ago La Bodega was always a favorite. Went back many years later with my brother and this time with my family - it never disappoints!! Service, food and ambiance all spot on . . . would recommend to anyone and everyone!!!

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c
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

LOVE THIS PLACE!!
Every menu item is amazing.
Brunch is by far my favorite on the weekends,
although this visit was for work & didn't let anyone down.
Highly recommend!

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. Food was very good. One tapas dish was overdone but they made it right. Dessert was phenomenal. S’mores all the way.

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l
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager was so nice and attentive. Our waitstaff was on top of everything and the chef even came out to check on some gluten allergies. Just came back from Spain and the food was on par.

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JA
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff! Love the Spanish coffee and all the other great drinks they serve.

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JL
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Bodega always has an interesting menu with standard Tapa favorites as well as new chef creations. Great food, drinks and service.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t believe after living in the suberbs of KC for over a decade it took so long to get to La Bodega- friendly and efficient service, great happy hour menu and pricing, wonderful house wine, to die for atmosphere. The only foreseeable issue is the noise level on the side patio- it is under I-35 and therefore could be a bit noisy for some- our party didn’t mind.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was very loud so we had to yell all night to hear each other. The food was just so-so. I remember it being much better. All the tapas sort of tasted the same. The dates were too sweet, the pork too soggy;the scallops over cooked and rubbery. It was disappointing.

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L
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kristi C was an outstanding server. Attentive and friendly. Great food and atmosphere.

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Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Terrible service, had to flag down the waiter for everything- waited an hour for food while tables around us ordered after we did and received their orders before us

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London
123 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

It was a rainy night so perhaps we caught them on a slow one...the food was not hot and nothing special. The suggestions made to us were based on price (high) not our interest. Disappointed

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S
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Too loud for our normal conversation. Neat ambiance. Food was good. We were there on a night where there were multiple large groups though. It seemed even the people in the large groups had to speak up to be heard.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for Sunday brunch and had an great time. Our server, Rachel, was amazing!!!

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OT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Went there for birthday party. Sat us in the kitchen - not sure I liked that table. The sangria and tapas are overpriced for what you get. My friends and i love trying different items but i shouldn't have spent $100 (for just my share!) and walked away unsatisfied... wines and cocktails are getting ridiculous everywhere and this place is no exception.

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