La Bodega - Leawood

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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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MC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I definitely going to come back

CR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Went here for Valentine’s Day. It was a non-optional 4 course meal for $60/person. Salad and dessert were good, appetizer and main course were hardly edible (mushrooms and chicken). We’ve always loved La Bodega! Not sure what’s happened to this location, maybe new cooks? $200 all said and done...not even close to worth it.

KL
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine are great - staff is amazing! We will continue to be regular customers.

M
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Valentine food was wonderful and we enjoyed the glass of champagne that greeted us. Because of the noise level and the music , not overly romantic. Different soothing music would have improved the situation and given the age of the guests that were there when we were would probably have been appreciated.

VG
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent and most of the food was wonderful. The shrimp dish was disappointing as the shrimp didn't seem fresh.

J
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely excellent as always. Server was really hard to hear this time but not based on the noise level. She may have been newer but super soft spoken.

B
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. Seating was a little crowded with tables being very close to other parties. Wish there was a little more space so we are not listening in on other's conversations.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Waiting time was long and food portions very small

M
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a nice quiet lunch after church.

JK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Manager asked us to move to bar because they overbooked themselves and kitchen was slow getting food out. We still had not finished our drink. The manger would have never asked two men to leave just us because we were females and he thought he could bully us into leaving. He then flared at us from afar when we didn’t get up right away. When I called back to ask why he did that he said the hostess told us we could only have a certain time limit. Which of course she didn’t. He was very much poor at management, rude and when you spend over a $100, you should be able to stay till when you want to leave. Unreal. Never will go back even though the food is good.

LC
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas were wonderful. Service prompt and friendly. Really appreciated not having to look at a TV while dining. Will definitely go back!

OT
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and always great food! Noise level is pretty high though.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Very unfortunate experience during Restaurant week. There was a hair in my food. The hostess was professional and responsive, but the dinner experience was ruined at that point.

EI
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was incredible. Mussels are a favorite, so was the paella and the dates with pancetta. Yum. Yum. Yum

L
Kansas City
40 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Restaurant Week Lunch. They had a nice selection of items for both courses. The food was great. We will definitely go back.

J
Kansas City
49 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We’ve dined at La Bodega many times. We love both locations. This latest experience was probably the worst dining experience we’ve ever had during Restaurant Week. We’ve been participating in Restaurant Week for several years and always look forward to trying some new places as well as some of our favorite restaurants.
First, we waited nearly ten minutes after being seated before any one brought water. Then another five minutes before we were asked about drink choices. Our waitress, (5332 Sol) was indifferent to say the least. When we asked some questions about the special menu, her answer was “It’s all pretty straightforward, written right there.” Was not knowledgeable about wines, although she did ask if we would like to sample two. That process took another ten minutes. I might add, that we were seated on the bar side, and there were only four other tables occupied. When we left, there was only one occupied table on the restaurant side. People that were seated after us were served before we were, by a different waitress. Food portions were small, chicken was tough and the deserts were tasteless. Our bill was calculated incorrectly.
We may return, but will definitely ask not to be served by Sol.

K
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I need to eat gluten free and La Bodega had good options, and they were willing to make some adjustments as well. The food was good and tasted freshly made. My husband and I plan to go again. Their tapas are half off during happy hour.

S
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 tapas per person plus starter and dessert during KC Restaurant Week is a great value - full sized tapas even!

NN
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot beat the happy hour at La Bodega! It is our go-to favorite. Great value, amazing food/drinks and fun atmosphere!!!

SH
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

New year’s eve
The food was not served hot and was either bland or too sweet. The price of our meal was way out of line withe what we received. We were very disappointed.

B
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve

A
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Was unaware when I made reservation that they were only serving four course meal.It being New Year’s Eve. It was all the way at the bottom of there web page as I investigated more after I got home.To make it easier on the cheifs,cooks. It was not busy at all. Very expensive and was not to impressed by the food.We were sitting basically on top of the table next to us. Heard all of there conversation’s. And felt uncomfortable being that close.

RJ
Kansas City
49 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the New Years fixed menu with a pitcher of the Red Sangia. A great Night!

P
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Service was rushed - all done within 50 min. Too fast for a tapas restaurant. We'd asked for plates to be paced, but staff seemed hurried despite the restaurant being 2/3 empty. Less than great dining experience. Lacks the atmosphere that the downtown restaurant has.

SG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time catching up with old friends over the holidays! The wine was great. The tappas were just the right amount of food. Our waitress gave several helpful suggestions that rounded out the afternoon. The noise level was perfect, although we were there in the middle of the afternoon. We've been to La Bodega, before, and it never disappoints! Great for parties large and small. We would recommend to anyone who has not tried the Spanish tappas experience.

JF
Kansas City
76 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the dining was great! Fun place, great food, very good waiter, made it a great experience!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall experience very good. Service was somewhat slow but may have been understaffed. Recommended wine was ok. Took my parents for their birthdays and they enjoyed the selection of food.

TJ
Tallahassee
74 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service
Waitress did a great job
Spanish coffee was a great finish to the night

F
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable. The papas fritas are a must! Always happy with my experience.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I was a server for 11 years and worked really hard to take care of my customers. Our server seemed to be having an off night. It was not that busy, and our glasses of wine took much too long, when arrived the server poured so fast it spilled over the glass and onto the table to which she didn’t wipe it up, we did. Bread came out well after our first 3 items were brought to the table. The wrong order was placed on an item, then the right one finally came out and it was all very confusing. I surely understand having an off night, but having 4-5 things go wrong seems a bit much for the high expense of an evening out and my girlfriend had never been to the restaurant before. Please know I’m not upset about it and I’ll definitely be back again, but I just think maybe the server should realize that slowing down and really being attentive can stop experiences like this. I still tipped her well, but what’s to stop another customer from leaving nothing or 5% from so many things not going well. I’d see this review as a learning experience and to help the servers know that attention to detail goes a long way.

M
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was really good! The service was horrible. It took a long time to get order, get our drinks, get the check, and get the check paid. But again, I really liked the food.

A
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and great service as usual. Management could do a little bit more to quiet tables that are being ridiculously loud and obnoxious. Other than that, I would be back.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

From Spain, fun experience w friends in town for holiday weekend.

P
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Happy hour tapas specials are the best!!! Love to visit during this time!!
The street corn was our fav!!! LOVED It-great flavors!!!

CB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Weird bill, added charges, then took some off. Very confusing.

JS
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at La Bodega. The hard part is choosing which tapas to eat!

OP
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Only one dish not to my liking (undercooked potato). The rest were amazing.

Service was seriously lacking. Had to clean up my own spill with my napkin, had to ask for water twice, extra tableware and napkins again twice, then had to wait fifteen minutes for the still under cooked potatoes after the rest of the food was delivered and eaten.

SM
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and great service, our server steered us through the menu with great suggestions and service.

S
Kansas City
98 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Three of us met for lunch as we do monthly. Our server brought our drinks right away. We ordered several tapas to share & enjoyed them very much. We also ordered churros to share for dessert. It was a very nice lunch even though our server seemed to disappear after we ordered.
Food—delicious. Restaurant & ladies room—clean. Server—average.

JG
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While dining, Some of the 2 person tables were extremely close.

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