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About La Bodega - Leawood
"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.
Leawood, KS 66209
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11am - 2pm
Sunday - Thursday 2pm - 9pm
Fri - Sat - 2pm - 12am
Saturday and Sunday 11am - 2pm
Daily 2pm - 6pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
For any catering needs please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Rafael Cervantes: (855) 824-0284
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
La Bodega - Leawood Ratings and Reviews
Our waiter, Alex, was really good. I have been to this location several times and it is consistent. I have only eaten at the KC, MO restaurant once as we didn't like the atmosphere there as well.
I would like to see more specials or tempting things appear on the menu. I do like the paella, but often we don't have the time to wait for that.
The tables are very tight not only for the customers, but I have noticed also for the servers - especially when they are preparing hot cocktails at the tables, etc. (which is after all part of the tapas experience for us.
When you first enter the restaurant, the noise level seems overwhelming, but as you are seated, it seems more tolerable....maybe because you have passed the bar seating by then.
It’s been a few years since we have been here and this was our first time at this location. We had a really good experience. Our server, Rachel, was very knowledgeable of the menu and made a few recommendations for us. Everything was really good and it all came out pretty fast. We will definitely be back!
Prix Fixe menus for valentines' day included assorted salads, tapas, soup, main course and dessert for $60 per person (without tip). Such a disappointing meal. Cold, flavorless bisque, fatty, room-temperature steak and average service. Quickly made sense why place was half-empty at 7:00 PM. Let the server know our disappointment with the meal- but never garnered a visit from the chef or manager. Asked to wrap our desserts to go, and paid $200 bill (including $40 tip). Found when we got home desserts haphazardly smashed into containers. Not a great experience
This was our first experience here and my husband and I both really enjoyed it! The ambiance was awesome and the food was really delicious. We would definitely return, just not on a night that they had a fixed menu. Dinner for two with drinks and tip was about $200.00. For that price I would probably go somewhere like Plaza III.
Salad greens were unusual, bitter, chewy. I had some kind of a rice, vege mash, they identified as Paella. It was not anything close to that dish. No flavors of the sea. No Sofrito, I even paid extra for the shrimps! My lady had salads, mushrooms were pretty good, shrimps were flavorless. The toast with fig jam & goat cheese okay! Serve this in Barcelona, the people would burn you at the stake! Very disappointed, spent over $$110. Food alone. Service was good.
Upon arrival we were seated fairly quickly and the staff were pleasant. The atmosphere was nice for a dinner with a group but for two we should have been sat more towards the back, the bar area was very loud. We also were facing the street and the city light was shining very brightly through the window directly in our eyes, we asked if there was a shade to pull down but we're told no there wasn't. All that aside the service was great and the variety of food choices is excellent and authentic Spanish cuisine. We never felt rushed and the staff were very accommodating, precise and speedy with our food and drinks. Overall was a good time and we will go back again.
This review is for restaurant week menu. I had a quite small first course salad that was tasty. The vegetable paella was very good but there was an up charge for meat or fish. Therefore I did not choose that. Other restaurants during restaurant week served great portions and a meat/fish was included. I love La Bodega’s Happy Hour and horsd’oeuvres but was not happy with this particular lunch.
We went for Restaurant Week and everything was good, but would have been happier ordering off the regular menu. FYI - paella takes awhile to cook so it was delivered well after my husband had finished his 3 tapas. They brought his tapas out immediately and wish they would have timed it closer to my paella. He got 3 chicken skewers, 6 shrimp, and a BUNCH of olives - probably better for a larger group. With salad, entree and dessert, more food than we needed, so next time we will just get tapas and maybe a dessert. Their sangria is best in town!
My husband and I were first-time patrons of La Bodega. I have driven by a million times, but wanted to partake for restaurant week for something different. We were so impressed! Super fun menu, excellent service, and delish sangria! The food was top notch and we had a fun time picking out tapas to try. Four thumbs up from us and highly recommended!!
We shared a dish of seafood paella, which was delicious . There was ample squid, shrimp, and mussels. Also, had the chorizo and bean soup which was good. The waiter was friendly and attentive; and, the restaurant manager came by our table to check on our satisfaction.
The food was fantastic. Our server Brian was not able to keep up with the service level I would have expected to receive. My water was empty on multiple occasions. We sat at our table with empty plates as we waited for additional tapas dishes. Or server told us they came out fast so to order when we saw fit, this was not a good recommendation. I ordered another drink from someone who delivered my food. My waiter had no idea I was waiting on my $14 drink so it was never brought until I asked for it. As you guessed it was watered down.
The business needs to increase the level of service to meet expectations.
Went out with family for my birthday dinner. Not impressed. My mother's wine not as ordered, sent it back. My husband's bacon wrapped dates were burnt, can't believe they even served them, they were replaced with apologies from the manager, not our server. Paella was dry, shrimp chewy. We ordered dessert and received new spoons that we're Dirty!!!! Asked for replacements, all without ever receiving an apology from our server, unbelievable in my opinion. The 3 dessert tarts filling was grainy & runny. Flan & Salmon entree we're the only positives for the whole meal. Won't be returning.
Ok-came here for an event. Their first ever “Cuban night.”It was supposed to be a 4 course tasting menu. It.was.horrendous.
Reservation was at 7:30, got there at 7:05 to have a drink or 2 before dinner. Took us 20 min to finally flag down a bartender-even though there were 3 of them.
We didn’t get sat until 8:10-40 min AFTER our reservation. Was told bread would be brought over and dinner would start shortly. It took 22 min for bread to be delivered-and the first course wasnt brought out for another 15 min after that. So dinner didn’t start until about 9 pm...90 min after our reservation. I didn’t want to walk out because they had my credit card info already and I was afraid I would be charged.
I was told there were “free” rum tastings, only to walk over and be told they cost $10+ a pour.
The salad was drenched in dressing. The crab soup was the best part of the meal. The next 2 courses were BLAND and served COLD. The 3 appetiser plate, cold. The head on shrimp was decent, the “Russian caviar sauce” tasted like sour cream,plantain and beef was good-again cold-would’ve been better warm,and the chicken wing was different and tangy. The next course had 2 pork dishes and some fried chicken. The chicken breading was soggy and flavourless. And again everything was cold. The sides were black beans and rice, brought out a good 10 min before everything else. So again-cold cold cold and zero flavour,beans were unseasoned and the rice had maybe a liiiittle cilantro. The guava flan was delicious. That and the soup were the best part. We walked out of there almost at 10:30....no dinner should take 3 hours. Also-the sangria at the bar cost $3.50, at the table it was $7...even though it was the same drink. And no, it wasn’t happy hour. So disappointed with the service and quality of food for $35/plate. My date and I spent almost $150 after food and drinks and it was terrible.the wait was absolutely crazy and I regret not walking out for now much we spent
I very much enjoy both locations of La Bodega but they definitely were not prepared for the crowd they had on Sunday night for their Cuban night event. My party was not seated until 40+ minutes later than my reservation and, though the place was emptying by then, the first course took a while in coming. Luckily we were not in a hurry and we’ve had good experiences before so I wasn’t too upset. However, perhaps better planning of reservation capacity during these special events is needed since obviously tables won’t turn as quickly when patrons are enjoying the good food, music and energy of the evening.
Another good meal at La Bodega, a great place to meet friends for talking and noshing. We tried seven different dishes among the eight of us. The meatballs on crostini were especially delicious and the dates with pancetta were their usual scrumptious selves. The calamari, a mixture of whole tiny octopi and rings cut from larger octopus arms, was done just right - the rings just slightly chewy and the tiny octopi left with a slight crunch. Every dish we ordered was devoured - nothing was left for take-home.
If you eat here be sure to leave some room for the churros. These perfectly fried ridged tubes of dough, filled with just-sweet-enough raspberry purée, and served with whipped cream and more raspberry purée, are just the right finish for a spicy meal.
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