Bellota

4.6
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1088 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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o
San Francisco
179 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MO
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
64 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
1 review
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
9 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

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my top 5 restaurants in the city. Delicious food, spectacular service and unforgettable ambience. The chicken paella, the octopus tapas and their wine selection are big winners.

DL
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food, service and atmosphere!

c
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The server was particularly fantastic in recommendations and actively warned us If the order was excessive. Wonderful energetic ambiance with live music. The gin tonic and wine selection is fabulous and the churros are for die for.

n
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal though the stand out dish was the lamb meatballs. Needed assistance with the regional wine list and the recommendations was spot on to our requested flavor balance. Of course the paella shouldn’t be skipped but order it immediately since it’s a 40 minute wait

DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tapas meal- Spanish omelet, Brussels sprouts (grilled), octopus, spanish cheesecake all stood out. Hip decor, enough wood to lower ambient noise. Return trip for sure.

CA
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance, food, service. Large restaurant accommodates many. Live music adds to the ambiance. Authentic Spanish tapas.

KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fun Dinner place, vibrant, good wine selection. Slightly on the louder side

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place for a splurge night out. Experience was seamless last night, from very efficient and friendly waitstaff, snacks on demand via the pintxos cart to delicious food and a great wine list. Unlike many tapas places they're really good about spacing out the dishes to make it a more leisurely meal. 5 stars all around!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great team effort. Wondeful eveing

OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This beautifully decorated open kitchen Spanish restaurant was perfect for our paella fix and although the split pan is better for Instagram, for the foodie go for a full squid ink seafood paella. Came for the paella, didn't bother with the sides, although the huge steaks and pork chops looked amazing. The live band was a nice touch and the unintentionally look into airbnb headquarters of which this place is attached was a nice bonus. Definitely needs reservations.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were four of us, first time here. After ordering some drinks, the waiter made a few suggestions... we ended up just asking him to decide for us, so he did.... we ended up with 4 or 5 tapas and one delicious steak for the four of us and it was all perfect. Shrimp, octopus, potatoes, amazing ham, and some croquettes or similar. I wish other restaurants had this kind of service. We will definitely be back!

R
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful evening with great food and excellent service!

D
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!! Good ambience

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JG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks.

MS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The jamon was spectacular- everything else way to rich/heavy and just average. Service just OK. Expensive for what get.

T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco. The staff is fantastic, the drinks are unique, and the food makes you feel like you’re in Spain.

NP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a lively raucous space! Amazing food, excellent service, live music, young hot tech professionals from SoMa parading around like they own they own the place. Whatever you call it, it’s a slice o’ life in the current “parlance of our (SF) times.” It was kind of like going to an exotic zoo...

SF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at Bellota celebrating a few big events. We started in the bar with a few delicious drinks. The bar are is so comfortable with great seats around the bar and cozy chairs and couchs for larger groups. Our dinner server was entertaining and did a great job of guiding us on what to order from starters to sides to paella and the wine. The meal was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Warm, cozy, energetic and beautiful environment! Can't wait to go back soon!

Bellota
Responded on November 25, 2019

Wow! We're so happy you had a great time, we're looking forward to seeing you again.

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