Bellota

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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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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was delicious!

MG
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This is Spanish influence food restaurant that offers larch menu of tapas and some paellas. Portions of tapas are extremely small in size, however prices are inadequate to the portion size. Wine list consist of only wines from Spain & are too pricey .Overall it’s way overpriced for what you are getting .

p
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

I was really looking forward to dine at Bellota but left dissapointed. I understand it was a busy Friday evening and all the service was busy but they should have managed this better. We ordered a bottle of wine and it was very hard to get a waiter to keep our glasses topped up. The food wasnt as good as expected. For instance, the octopus was good but for 4 small pieces of it and two massive potatoes, 24 dolars, a small bowl of spanish olives, 9 dolars - you get that in Spain for 3 euros.
Overall, the food and the service, not worth the visit. Sorry Bellota!!

NM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

LF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

excellent food, i asked for a table by the bar because i was celebrating my wedding anniversary, and i wanted to see the live music. I wrote that under notes, but they didn't listen and gave me a different section. Next time please listen. The service was outstanding. Thank you.

b
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent. excellent. excellent.

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G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Appetizers and drinks were great but we were there for the paella which was was only. okay. Not a true paella as there was no crust. Rice seemed like it came from a rice cooker. Fish a little dry. The couple sitting next to my s were Spanish and felt the same way.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was quite good. Service was slow and inattentive.

SF
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I really hate writing a bad review but our experience at Bellota on Saturday night was extremely disappointing. My wife chose this restaurant to celebrate her birthday and we have dined there several times before. We have always had very good service in the past but on Saturday the service was horrible.

Our server barely spoke to us and there was no interaction or acknowledgement that we were celebrating a special occasion. We brought a special bottle of Spanish wine to celebrate with and while he opened the wine he never once filled our glasses for the rest of the evening. My wife’s cocktail glass had a crack in it and was leaking all over the table. When we pointed this out to him he obviously replaced it but never once apologized.

We were pretty much ignored most of the evening and even had to ask several times for more water. I also requested that the meal be coursed out but we were continually brought dishes while the previous course was still on the table being eaten.

I finally went and spoke to the manager, a young lady who obviously has received no training on what good customer service means. After telling her everything that had gone wrong and how poor our server was she never once apologized but said she would “speak to him”. She then proceeded to tell me that she was surprised because “he’s one of our better servers”. Well, clearly he’s not if we had such a poor experience with him!

I’m beginning to think that mediocre service is just a given with the restaurants in the Absinthe group. We have dined at Absinthe for over 15 years and also eaten at Comstock and Barcino and apart from a few occasions we have always received poor or average service. The main reason we dine at these restaurants, which are certainly not cheap, is that for the most part the food is always excellent.

Maybe most diners, especially millennials, don’t care about or expect good service but some of us still do.

AB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of our favorite places... we had our wedding reception there. But when we came back for our anniversary, I booked well in advance, and made note of the occasion and asked for an intimate table. When we arrived, the hostess brought us to a two top in the middle of the room, so we said we’d wait at the bar until something out of the way or near a window opened up, not a big deal at all. She then came back 10 minutes later to offer us a booth. We decided to have our meal at the bar, and had a lovely time. I just wish the request had been noticed, or that there had been some communication that they couldn’t accommodate it. Food, as always, was awesome. Music was great. Service at the bar was solid. Just a sloppy welcome.

LR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Service was fantastic

r
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The place is beautiful and service was attentive. The food was mediocre at best and the menu was so limited that the 3 of us ordered the same thing. My Cuban sandwich roll had been doused in butter so it was dripping and made it unpleasant to eat. Great ingredients but not a lot of thought in the menu and not very authentic for a Spanish themed restaurant.

Y
San Francisco
164 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eventually decided to sit at the bar since the bar serves the full menu. The cocktails at here is always spot on. The gin and tonic selections are plenty. The bar really know how to put drinks together deliciously. I saw the bartender was making an interesting drink. That sound great so I asked him to make me one. It was delicious. The bartenders are very friendly.
We started the ham but we asked the bartender whether we could substitute the chrizo with cheese and the kitchen made it happen. Thumb up!!
We shared everything that night. The gambas(shrimp) with garlic sauce is good but I think Zuzu in Napa has a better version. I wish they would cook with the shell on. It would bring more shrimp favor to the sauce. The salmon was perfectly cooked. The skin was crisp while the meat was still moist. We also had the roasted cauliflower. The sauce came with the cauliflower brought out the nuttiness of the cauliflower, it was excellent.
For the dessert, we shared a queso cheesecake. The cheesecake was light and cheesy. I can just go to Bellota to have this queso cheesecake and will happy as the clam.

J
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, our experience was everything I could have hoped for as we celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday. Wonderful staff, amazing wine (2009 rosé 🤤), fantastic food and an atmosphere that left us wanting to come back again. Highly recommend this spot for anyone!! Jamon Iberico, brussel sprouts, the shrimp, pork belly and churros were great! Our server, Jason, was super helpful and we loved chatting with him. Looking for a nice dinner? Go here!

MJ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a repeat customer at Bellota as I work a block away. I often have business lunches and dinners there, and meet friends for after work nibbles. I find the service is always attentive, the food is always great and the feeling at the restaurant is very upbeat. It's my fave place in SOMA.

x
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We have dined at Bellota several times. This is the first time the service was not up to par. Specifically, we had to wait much longer than usual for our drinks from the bar. I had to ask multiple times before finally getting a glass of wine. This happened twice.

JA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favouritie of ours! Very helpful and friendly service. Went for a lunch date! Outstanding Paella, great salads and amazingly decadent Churros. A must visit restaurant!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food.

Outstanding Service.

Worth the money.

BS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Loved the vibe of this place. Food was good, but nothing to write home about. We just ordered from the tapas menu, however two of the items we wanted to order were sold out.

A
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Great ambiance, pretty good food, and completely underwhelming service. We checked in with the host and were not even acknowledged or welcomed. I told them our reservation name and time and she looked at me blankly, and nodded to her co-host who walked us to the table. No "hi welcome, or anything" - before or after we checked in. The co-host walked us to our table in a zombie-like manner, with no words after seating us. The waiter was friendly, but barely checked on us throughout the meal. Overall the ambiance is the best part, the food is authentic and tasty, but the staff lacked warmth, friendliness, and ultimately professionalism.

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Canadian family visiting San francisco

DD
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FOOD, service and atmosphere was unbelievable! I’d forgotten what excellent food and service could be! We are making Bellota are first choice in SF dining.

OL
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The noise level in this place required that my wife and I yell across the table in order to have any conversation. We decided to just sit in lovely silence smiling at each other until I requested to be moved to the bar which allowed us to sit closer and talk at more normal volume. Everyone was great helping us move to the bar for a better experience. We thank them for that.

F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Terrible service... from beginning to the end.
Food was great...but unprofessional and inattentive service is a deal breaker... especially when the place isn’t cheap!

GR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best patatas bravas I've ever eaten. Crispy skin, creamy interior. Perfect. Everything we ordered was good, if a bit overpriced (though probably average for SF diners). The polpo tapa especially was expensive for the portion AND proportion (50/50 octopus/potato). At $24, one can get a racion portion elsewhere.
That said, I would still recommend the place because the staff really elevate the experience. Service was warm and efficient. Special shout out to our waiter Zach who clearly knows how to read a table. Never hovering but always available when we needed him.

PB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We had been so excited to check this place out since it opened. We were extremely disappointed. The food was fine- not remarkable in any manner. My gin and tonic was delightful, but that was it. Will not repeat.

DM
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was lovely. Great food, great service.

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heather (sommelier) made it a special evening- great wine/food knowledge and recommendations- great customer service!

KD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

One tapas dish was good, the other just OK. Service mediocre. Didn't get water refilled and waited suggested a salad even though one of the tapas dishes we had ordered came with a side salad. Ultimately spent a fair amount and belly wasn't too full.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, the ambiance, and the service!!!

CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was our first visit. We ordered the paella and 4 small plates. We expected the small plates to be delivered prior to the paella (because of the 40 minute wait for the paella). 3 were delivered, the 4th was not. It had to be reodered. We received it after the paella. The paella was pretty bland. I would not order it again. The waiter took the last small plate off the bill. However, when we got the bill, there was a $24.00 item on there that we did not order (octopus). So, the bill needed to be adjusted. On the positive side, the brava potatoes were very good and the $40.00 wine list was nice. However, I would not go back.

OT
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Not our first time there Food & service have been good in the past. This time we were off to a horrible start with a confused wine order, the confusion caused by a waiter who did not seem tjo listen to us, ordered the wrong bottle and afterwards became defensive, blaming us for the mistake.

The food was still very good. I don’t k ow if this was an isolated event or a trend in this restaurant toward inattentive service. They certainly have a problem with their wine seevice. Their list does not reflect their once tory.

ES
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Date night

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food (paella, prawns, octopus) could have been better. Everything else was great.

M
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Highly recommend.

s
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I have always been a fan of Bellota. I took my wife there for our date nights, and we experienced terrible service. It took 25 min for the staff to take our drink order. After taking our order, we might have seen the waiter two times that night. I had to ask the bus staff to bring our check. Bellota has excellent food, but the service not so good.

JK
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really great! Our server was really good too. We ordered the pallaea and a few tapas and he spaced it out so we always had something to eat - I was hungry so I really appreciated that.

MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real paella (with the crunchy bits), delightful-filled menu - food and bar. Aromatic G ‘n’ T’s for any kinda day. Live Spanish music. Beautiful, modern, clean space. And last but not least: thoughtful, empathetic waiter. go, Juan, go!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Fun atmosphere but food isn’t great if you know what good tapas and authentic Spanish food is

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious! Wine is okay. Very lively place.

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