Bar Bodega

4.6
72 reviews
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Featuring our own unique interpretation of the tapas from bars of Spain, Bar Bodega combines an intimate atmosphere with bold flavorful dishes and a unique selection of wine and craft beers. Our menu is inspired by traditional Spanish tapas influenced by the flavors and ingredients of San Diego and Baja. Our eclectic and thoughtfully selected Spanish-focused wine list features wines from small family-owned and operated producers. Many of our wines are bio-dynamic and organically sourced. Many also support 100% female-run vineyards! Bar Bodega is run by 2 owners who do everything hands-on, including marketing and responding to guests! We strive to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. So come on in, we'd love to have you!
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JR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Spanish tapas place, really good. And I’m Spanish :)

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Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Although the food was good there is not much of a selection.

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AK
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good. Reasonable price especially during Happy Hour. The service excellent. Will go back again. Wish the chair is not so high. Need to contain the smell and smoke from the kitchen.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is good and comes out quick. Great spot with friends to share tapas and the sangria is delicious.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place! Everything was delicious. The fried lemon slices in the calamari was outstanding! Owner introduced himself, and remembered our name when we departed. We will definitely go back.

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FR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is amazing and very reasonably priced. Great service and good wine. Will definitely go here again.

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was incredible. Wine was incredible. Service was incredible. Decor is cool but wish it had a bit more mood lighting.

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h
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Last minute decision to eat here after walking around Little Italy (and not finding a decent place without a one hour wait) turned into the BEST decision of the night! Order several dishes...especially the ones marked "Favorite!" on the menu...you won't be disappointed. One suggestion to owners is to add Tinto de Verano to their menu, especially in the warmer months. It was recommended to us by a friendly local at a bar in Sevilla and it was all we drank while we traversed Spain!

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B
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! I highly recommend the grilled cheese :)

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l
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We absolutely loved our meal at Bar Bodega. They were very accommodating with our food allergies. I am vegetarian and gluten free and my husband is vegan. We both had enough options to choose from. The staff is very helpful and they will guide you through what is vegan/gluten free and what is not.

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TJ
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Outstanding service. Food was so-so. Nothing spectacular.

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d
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding!! Everything we tried was amazing. The meatballs are worth taking extras home! The staff is the most accommodating ever

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CB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food portions are small but expected for tapas. the flavor however is absolutely vibrant. very very well seasoned for everything we ordered.

tacos are street style sized but come in 2. grilled chicken tapas is well marinated. lamb chops were a bit small but flavorful as well.

wine flights are 3 full sized glass servings. not sample sized.

I will come back here again.

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GG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to meet with some friends for a casual dinner. I ordered the cheese plate ($21) with a meat option ($4). I was disappointed with the amount of cheese on the plate - a single slice of manchego (about 1/5 oz), a single slice of Iberico (another 1/5 oz), and an oz of brie. The meat consisted of a 1/2 oz of Spanish ham. 2 oz of almonds and about an oz of olives rounded out the plate. Having worked in the back of the house, I've made my share of cheese plates for customers and this small portion was laughable. I complained to the server, and she said that "it's quality cheese". I'm pretty sure it came from Costco or Sysco, just like every other restaurant.

Very poor value; for $25 I expected much more.

I also had the lamb tacos which were very good, but overpriced at $8 for two small street tacos.

Good food, but poor value for your dollar. I won't be going back.

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f
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My colleague and I were in a San Diego for a conference and chose Bar Bodega for dinner since it served tapas. The restaurant is very laid back, not at all fancy but the food was delicious! We had albondigas, calamari, Brussels sprouts and one other dish I can’t remember. But it was all very good. Limited, but certainly adequate wine selection. Overall a delicious meal!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved the ambiance, service, and especially the food!!! We went during happy hour(something we discovered when we got there) and ordered practically every appetizer they serve!!! We loved their meatballs, papas bravas, deviled eggs, pan con tomate amongst other yummy dishes! We will definitely return!!! Very pleased with the taste of the food and their friendly service! Highly recommended!

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1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fantastic and the owner was humble and attentive. The only thing that clashes with the ambiance is the giant big screen tv with sports

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K
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We travel to San Diego frequently and in the past would go to our favorite tapas place. But as all things must end so did our tapa bar. Trying Bar Bodega was a pleasant experience. The food was good, shrimp a bit chewy/over cooked. Sangria a bit weak. Employees cheerful, friendly and very helpful. The only draw back was the noise level which was loud enough a train would not be heard.

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VP
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent drinks- recommend white sangria and cheese plate!

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SD
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Two tacos combined are size of one street taco. Service took a long time when there was only one other couple in the entire restaurant. Good but not great, I would find other places to try again.

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MP
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A bit pricey, but always a great time. The food is tasty and the wine selection is vast. This is a great spot to catch-up with friends or go on a date.

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g
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mackenzie is a great server with awesome wine recommendations.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The owner was super nice and attentive, props to him for putting together such a great spot.

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K
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

One of our favorite tapas places in San Diego, a bit hidden away from the main scene in Little Italy which is just fine. Nice selection of tapas, couple good Spanish beer choices, friendly servers, cozy place.

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DC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time my friends & I have come and both times the owner and the staff have been incredible! They are so friendly, the food is delicious, and the sangrias are affordable and tasty! Definitely recommend if you want delicious tapas, a great environment, friendly staff, and a fun night.

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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always try to introduce new people to one of my favorite restaurants in Little Italy, and Bar Bodega NEVER disappoints.

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ML
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We went here for my birthday. I was in Spain for my 21st birthday where I fell in love with Tortilla Espanola and I was so looking forward to the that and wine.
I made a reservation on the the patio so I could bring my dogs-2 small dogs-the website said pet friendly. It was a Monday at 8:00 and they were not busy. B/c of the dogs-I waited outside to catch someone’s eye. There was a bartender and someone else and they looked right at me and took to long to come over-there were 2/3 tables inside and one other table outside.
The hostess was rude/did not ask if I had a reservation and was not helpful told us to sit wherever. It took too long to get the second menu-they seated US with one menu. No one came to check on us-give us water or take a drink order. After 10 minutes we left because we were ignored. The staff were rude and I would never go back there and would tell anyone who asked about my experience. Service is everything

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was not good, particularly for the price. Service was great though.

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ER
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Bar Bodega was amazing! Some of the best Spanish tapas I’ve had in the states! The service was also fantastic! Brittany was our waitress and she was knowledgeable and super friendly! My husband and I were here on our honeymoon and they gave us dessert for free. Definitely recommend this restaurant!

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AR
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

food was absolutely delicious! We had a group of 6 for a bachelorette Sunday brunch, they were flexible with our reservation time and the staff was all so nice and very helpful!! Would absolutely return next time I'm in town.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Really enjoy the setting and the food. The prices of the tapas are on the expensive side but as expected for tapas in America.

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Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Make a reservation, it’s pretty small.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Bar Bodega. Great menu and everything was absolutely delicious. Relaxed cool vibe with a super nice staff.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tapas! Comparable to ones had in Barcelona!

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always... love this place! Hey everyone, get off of India St and see what there is to offer.

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D
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve been to Barcelona Spain. I love tapas and I can say that this restaurant had such delicious food. Even better than some of the food that I had in Spain. I wish I lived closer to the restaurant because I’d be eating there all the time.

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NG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

we had a great time and a lovely dinner at Bar Bodega. The food was great (though on the slightly salty side) and the service was fantastic.

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EL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, every item we ordered was an explosion of taste. They had a nice wine selection and the service was great. The place is small only a few tables so make reservations. We will definitely be going back again.

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Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband for a Father’s Day late night bite. Food was delicious and great wine selection. We had the Dourum (blended whites) from Portugal. Paired with croquetas de chorizo, calamari, and patatas bravas! Perfect amount. Our waitress was great also! Will definitely come back.

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San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Ahi tostadas

Great service

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