La Bodega - Leawood

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$30 and under
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Spanish
Tapas are 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 food together. You make time to enjoy the moment in an unhurried way. The purpose of snacking on tapas is to dull any hunger pangs, to whet the appetite for the next, and to simulate sociability, at which the Spanish excel.
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Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Back tables are not very good and get slower service than the high tops.

B
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the patio when the weather is nice

AR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, good service, would definitely go again

C
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Bodega is always so good! Happy Hour is an amazing value and delicious tapas. The best sangria! Love it all!

L
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

La Bodega is one of our favorite spots. However, last night was a bit disappointing. The service was not great, and the restaurant was freezing. On the bright side... The food was delicious as always. Hopefully things will be back on track next time.

TY
Springfield
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always spot on. Great place to catch up with friends or meet a new one. Amber was an intuitive, thoughtful server.

D
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was exceptional!

m
Kansas City
78 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for having this excellent restaurant! Beautiful and wonderful. Thank you

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

Wonderful everything. Perfect. I'll be back often.

GB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We have lived in Spain for three years and very much enjpyed the great food and atmosphere of Spanish bodegas. We hoped to find that here. Unfortunately, we were disappointed.

First the atmosphere, nothing like those in Spain. Would be improved by flamenco background music rather than Americam hits of the 50s and 60s. Would have liked to have heard "Que Viva Espana".

Food - The sangria was good, although my wife makes better. We had two tapas, shrimp in garlic sauce and Tortilla Espagnol. These were both good. Our main dish was Pallea Valenciana, and unfortunately this was not good. It was dry, lacked any taste of saffron, and had very little seafood. We have eaten pallea in Valencia and this was a far, far cry from the real thing. My wife had the flan and I had the goat cheesecake and both of these were quite good.

Bottom line, good for tapas, sangria and desserts but bad for pallea.

Other note: each table had a card listing daily specials. We learned that some of these pertained to all day and some to just happy hour, although this was not noted on the list. For example: for Sunday it listed half-priced sangria. We arrived and got our first glass just before 6pm. When we later ordered another glass we were told that the half-price ended at 6pm, it took a bit of haggling but the waiter gave us our second class at half-price. Point - the card should clearly show which specials are all day and which end at 6pm.

If we go again, it will be earlier and we will stick to tapas and dessert.

RE
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the Spanish coffee -a delicious and amazingly artistic drink that is made at the table! Such a cool experience!

AS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Tapas and happy hour. Short ribs superb and stuffed curry salad in peppers excellent. Lots of good menu items but happy hour excellent value. Highly recommend LaBodega.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall great restaurant, but it lacked a laid back quality of a tapas bar. Yes I ordered all the tapas at once, but I would have liked it better if they had paced the service to allow the food to linger on the palate, and for me to anticipate my next nibble. Instead what I experienced was a mad dash to the end of a meal. I felt hurried and so next time I will take my time in ordering the tapas. Mind you the staff did not rush me out the door, but with all the food delivered at two or three dishes at time affected my pace.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was excellent, but service was horrible. No exaggeration, took forever to get water after we were seated, took forever to get to order drinks, to get drinks, & to order tapas. Tapas came out promptly, but we gave up on ordering an actual meal after spending an hour and a half on drinks and apps, the patio cleared out, we were the only ones left, caught the eye of a different server and asked for the check, this came promptly, go figure.

MM
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This was my first time here and the food was delicious. Our waitress wasn't very helpful, especially when we said it was our first time here. We had to move tables because we were so crowded into our spot we couldn't get out of our seats (or get to them in the first place). The tables were so crowded I was repeatedly hit with something as waiters passed by from other tables. Loved the place, but the table arrangement was very distracting and almost uncomfortable.

GM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Noise level was low since we were outside, but inside the noise level was not bearable. The amount of food for the money just isn't a value at all. The sangria was good though.

A
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Your Sangrias have zero alcohol in them so charging $30 for a pitcher of fruit juice is ridiculous. Also, your female servers need to wear bras and stop flashing everyone for tips. My friends and I will not be back to this location.

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

Fun place with great food. Our only issue is that the food comes out too fast! Very knowledgeable and attentive waitstaff. One of our favorite places.

RJ
Kansas City
45 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with Friends. The Sangria was great and the tapas were delicious.

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

Great food, service and atmosphere!

J
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Poor to common food, much better choices, look further you will be glad you did.

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a Tapas dinner and it was fantastic. My significant other and I came here years before on one of our first dates. We came back because the food was amazing back then. The food this time was just as good! Highly recommend the Patatas Fritas.

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

Everything was perfect.

LE
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was not cooked well
& service was poor. We are not used to this from La Bodega.

S
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all
The way around 👍

G
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun place for brunch! We dined outside and everything was scrumptous!

s
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of salads, entrees, tapas and wines. We love to sit in bar area, John the bartender takes good care of us. I'm not really a coffee drinker after lunch but the Spanish coffee is incredible (not to mention the display that goes with the preparation) I crave it all day long but unfortunately not a "to go" item or I would get a weeks worth.

JR
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food and service. Love the Latin atmosphere.

KG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Sangria was excellent but the food was underwhelming for the price.

JH
Kansas City
23 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Cramped tables made it difficult to enjoy an evening out with my wife. Tapa, some were good, others bad. The dinner meal wasn't worth the $30, way too much rice.

JF
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was quite slow and when we finally got our last "hot" plate is was cold. We've been here before and enjoyed it. We'll probably give it another try.

TB
Kansas City
30 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I stopped in for Happy Hour. We both had the white Sangria with champagne. Delightful. We ordered 4 tappa plates and all were exceptional. Many were 1/2 price during Happy Hour so we shared 4. All were delicious. Been a while since we've been to LaBodega but it won't be long before we'll be back. Loved it!

F
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tapas were delicious. Made with fresh ingredients. Servers were responsive to food allergies concerns.

P
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

All around horrible experience from the hostess to the wait staff.

H
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bottomless mimosas were fantastic and the food was tasty too.

B
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We made a reservation, but it seemed like they were unaware we made one.

NL
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love LaBodega. It is in our top tier of restaurants in the KC metro. And, that is meaningful, given that KC metro is a top spot for foodies.

KC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

I was disappointed that we were seated at a high top in the bar area when I had reservations. I would have preferred a booth or regular table. Server never smiled and was slow to take our order, never offered to get us more drinks and was slow to follow up to see if we wanted additional plates as well as presenting our check and collecting payment. When we told her we had never been there she didn't offer any suggestions...not helpful at all. We enjoyed the food so we might try the other location. Everyone we encountered at the leawood location was rude.

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, daughter and I had a very nice Fathers Day lunch! My daughter loved her eggs brunch and my husband and I had tasty tapas! So wonderful. Thanks!

WB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you again for the excellent care. We brought a new person for an experience in trying new food. They were most impressed and since they live close by, they'll be frequently using this place for dining out. The food is prepared really well, and tastes excellent. We had an 8pm reservation and the whole staff was so patient as our stay and visiting went until 10pm. Thank you again.

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