Bellota

4.6
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1107 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Located in a landmark building in SoMa, Bellota is a vibrant Spanish restaurant with an expansive take on the cuisines of Spain. Executive Chef Ryan McIlwraith brings his critically acclaimed approach to Spanish dishes, including a diverse menu of meats grilled on a wood-fired hearth, inventive paellas, Old World stews, fresh seafood, medium-sized tapas, imported charcuterie and cheeses, as well as slow-roasted vegetable dishes.

A 30-seat full bar and lounge add to the convivial environment, where guests can enjoy live music, an all-Spanish wine list, sherry on tap, dry cider, and Spain’s cocktail of choice, gintonic.

The airy, urban Mediterranean interior features California bay laurel tabletops, custom Costa Brava Blue-colored leather chairs and booths, Moorish light pendants and brass table-lamps, a private dining room for parties and events, and seating around the open kitchen with a custom hearth, the heart and soul of Bellota.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food4service4ambience4

Too loud
Could not hear each other talk
Sommelier a bit arrogant
Food excellent

HS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is awesome and the food is delicious. The Cubano is a 10.

It’s really nice when you welcomed and remembered.

AG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Bellota!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early v-day!

BP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

PAELLA to die for <3 although menu selections were not that many, the paellas are a must!

NP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Cocktails are fun, food is delicious, but noise level for dinner was too loud. Really hard to have a conversation. Enjoyed our experience overall.

HS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waiter and great food.

KH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Bellota with my team and it was absolutely a fantastic experience. The noise level is energetic, but you can still have a conversation where everyone can be heard. There was also live music that added a lot to the ambience. Oh, and then there was the FOOD! It was so spectacular. Everything single thing on the menu was so incredibly delicious - steak, paella, charcuterie, brussel sprouts, just so delicious. I can't wait to come back.

DC
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of my top ten favorites in San Francisco, hands down. The Black Squid Ink Paella is by far the best Paella I’ve ever had. And the service is always a pleasure.

AB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tapas and ribeye steak were very good and cocktails were creative.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was meh

HS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic sangria for us as it was my nieces first meal in San Francisco! lovely potatoes and sandwiches - very happy lunchtime!

DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Waiter got my drink order wrong all 4 times

k
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Bellota has a decent atmosphere and could be a fun place to grab a drink with a friend. I felt that the hostess was rude but the waiter/server was quite nice and responsive so he made up for it. However, the food is a terrible value. They served what was probably the worst paella I've ever had. The rice was mushy and had no texture. Some of the appetizers were decent but because the portions of the main dishes were so small (and not very good) I would rate the food on the low end.

V
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Delicious paella. Too loud to have a productive business conversation.

o
San Francisco
183 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant Week lunch menu is absolutely wonderful and not to be missed. Chef Robert outshines, once again.

MO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a fun evening with great food, the best service. we shall be back

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had indicated on my reservations that it was for a birthday and none of the staff at Bellota acknowledged the occasion.

FQ
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went there for SF Restaurant Week 2020 and had their 2 course lunch menu. It was a great introduction of what they serve and it made me want to go back and experience the regular menu.

C
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, loved the pixos cart. Great drink selection. All in all a memorable evening

MP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Except the hostess upon my entering, barely acknowledged me and did not communicate. She left me standing there as she focused on her ipad. I finally asked if I check in with her and she said yes. It was a weird way to be greeted/non greeted. Otherwise, had a great experience.

s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service, excellent food and a beautiful ambience.

OK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a beautiful space. Good drink selection and perfect menu to choose something small and light or a heavier meal

MC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bellota! This is a great choice if you're looking for a fancy restaurant that provides value for its prices-- we felt super well taken care of and loved sitting at the bar with view of the kitchen. The cooks were casually putting together amazing dishes in the wood fired oven. We got a mixture of appetizers-- including the gambas and cauliflower dish. The gin & tonics are not to be missed, as well. Will definitely be returning!!

SG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The interior is wonderful and the service was great with a lively atmosphere and its location is perfect, but the food at the price point is at best 3 stars, spent $437 for the four of us. A good portion of the food simply did not have that true Spanish flavor and a bit bland. if one is looking for a Spanish Tapas restaurant I would either suggest Alegrias or Bask in San Francisco or even La Marcha Tapas in Berkeley is a better value for great Tapas.

SB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

The Ambiance was fantastic however the food really did not align. We got the in Season Crab Paella and it was bland to be honest. It was $60 and truly there was HARDLY any crab. Very pretty. We enjoyed the atmosphere but ehhh overall.

L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Short ribs were excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time dining here, and everyone had a great time from service, food, ambiance, etc. Will definitely be coming back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I got poisoned, careless service will have me sick for weeks.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, dessert and drinks. Always the best!

FS
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Smug service. The meatballs were barely warm as were the aranccini. Appeared to have been sitting around waiting for someone to serve them. Very disappointed as I keep hoping for a an authentic Spanish experience.

B
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was uninspired and lacking any taste.

DE
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Would definitely eat here again. One of the best dinners I've had in quite a while.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere are both fantastic!

E
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great experience. Our party of 4 especially liked the octopus, cauliflower, braves, and, of course, the Bellota ham!

MA
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We dined at Bellota on Monday for my husband’s birthday celebration, and it was a pleasant dinner experience. The restaurant was able to accommodate our party of 11 last minute, which was greatly appreciated. The tapas and drinks were tasty. The paella was decent. Bellota has a lovely ambience and was decorated for the festive holiday season. Next time, I will try an entree on the dinner menu as I had a bite of the T-bone steak, which was very good. It is a fun venue for large groups or a date night. Thanks, Bellota!

K
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. The food, the wine and the service

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