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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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Date night

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

BZ
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was delicious and service outstanding.

KJ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went here with a friend and had a wonderful time catching up over GREAT Spanish tapas. Would definitely come back...

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, food, drink, ambiance, consistently great!

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal

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b
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible spanish only wine list . Great cocktails and stellar food. A must visit destination

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, we had really good time there.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food...Paella and Bravas are must haves. Our server, Rafael, was very helpful and suggested great items on the menu. We went there for lunch but we definitely want to come back to experience the dinner menu.

h
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

After theater dinner

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cool Atmosphere and aesthetics. Food was very good but very expensive. The Paellas were solid but next time we'll just share a few Tapas plates which would be the best value plus the Tapas were delicious.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the experience. Very tasty food, loved the tapas. Didn't have the paella but saw many being made and they looked good!
Good menu for gluten free.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was very pushy, waiter was visibly upset with us at several points in the evening and kept trying to rush us. We had originally made the reservation for 3, and had a mixup where the 3rd person didn’t end up coming but we had another person join us for a drink. I can get that this was a little bit of an inconvenience but the way the waiter acted was like we had made a reservation for 20 and showed up with 2. He made a huge deal about moving the second table away and then back, was really pushy about ordering when we were obviously enjoying our conversation and drinks, and spoke to us like we were children in need of a lecture the whole night. When we were halfway through our dessert he asked us if we would move to another table so he could use the one we were at. We were at our table for about 2.5 hours and had several drinks, two appetizers, a paella, and a dessert. There was nothing unreasonable about the time we spent there but we were made to feel like a huge inconvenience the entire evening. Won’t be returning.

l
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not really in line with the real Spanish paella and sangria

AL
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been awhile since we’ve dined at Bellota.
We ordered 4 tapas, split vegetarian + seafood paella, T-bone steak, 2 desserts. Red wine
Food and service was excellent! We’ll definitely be back!

b
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed my meal with my family. We got two paellas and a few tapas and all that I ate was very yummy. There were 7 of us and a round table might have made for better conversation. Service was excellent, everyone from the people who greeted and seated us to all of the wait staff were lovely and perfectly attentive.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Wonderful food.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant with a fun, hip vibe. Our server Kim was fantastic as was the Somellier, super cool gal with amazing wine selections. We had a fantastic dinner and will definitely return!

MC
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Bellota is my favorite restaurant in SF. The food is spectacular (even if the paella is ordinary). The tapas are exceptional and the House cocktails are always interesting and delicious. The space is beautiful and very eye catching without being overwhelming. The overwhelming part is the noise. It is SO loud in there. It is a struggle to have a decent conversation. And the problem doesn’t come from the live music. It’s the echo from all the surrounding tables. And if there’s a large party(like on Friday when I was there) it’s oppressive. With any luck you won’t be seated among the tables in the alcove. Try for the counter to watch the kitchen magic. It’s mesmerizing. Overall still my favorite but it would be nice if they could deaden the echo a bit.

LV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place. The atmosphere was very pleasant. The restaurant looked nice. Service was excellent. I loved all the dishes that we ordered. I will definitely go back again.

r
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Service in particular. Rafael helped us understand and enjoy the food and beverages and was a great personality without taking over. Great Jamon and paella. G+T rocks. Gin selection amazed.

JL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The environment was beautiful and the waiter was very enthusiastic. He also gave us a dessert to finish his trip to San Francisco.Good restaurant

MS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The octopus was outstanding, the Paella was very good; Great Spanish wine list too; solid restaurant and I'd definitely go back

SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Servers were understanding and friendly. Food was great.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service needs some improvement and food can also be improved

MA
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Had tapas and a delicious reasonable bottle of wine.

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tapas we're amazing. Fideua was dry rice with some seafood on top.

MF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations-we’ll be back!

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were so sad they didn’t have bruselas and fideua on the lunch menu. :(

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff, food just OK.

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