Bellota

4.7
873 reviews
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.8

Some of the best Spanish food in town is at Bellota, at the bottom of the Airbnb building in Soma.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 873 People Are Saying
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HW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Belotta is everything you ho

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HG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish they had smaller size Paella so that we can try a little more number of tapas.

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B
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food sounded promising but the items delivered were unexceptional. Service was pleasant enough but nothing to write home about. I don't plan to go back.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service with a friendly staff. The tapas were delicious and a perfect balance of flavors and presentation. The ambient noise was a bit loud because we had a large party of next us. But our waiter made up for it being attentive and knowledgeable.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theater

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San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

As usual, it was way too noisy although we sat away from the live music side. We come a few times a year. Food last Fri seems to have gone down a bit. For example, the $30 jamon appetizer was tiny (as usual and expected) but the meat were broke little pieces. Also, the paella was very wet as if it got taken out of the oven too soon??

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The paella did not measure up to the reviews we have read. Perhaps Monday is the chef's day off.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I had high hopes. It took 45 minutes before anyone took our order after being seated and no one acknowledged that. This place is over hyped. At this price point you expect excellent service and excellent food. We received terrible service and decent food.

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s
San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Fantastic, warm, friendly and knowledgeable service. Excellent food - great quality, nice presentation. Good wine list. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening and look forward to going back! Dishes are perfect for sharing with friends...allows you to try many things on the menu.

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food isn’t authentic Spanish but more South American Spanish fusion in taste (I was with a Spanish friend.) Paella was a bit bland and didn’t have enough meat/seafood as one would find in Spain. Atmosphere was pretty good.

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere! The bar is very slow, takes 20+ to get a drink. Our food actually came BEFORE our drinks did! It was not a busy night, so it should have been much faster. After dinner went to to bar for s drink and it was same 20 min wait... when i asked the tall bearded 🧔 bartenter how much longer on drinks? He gave me blank stare and said “ we are busy” lol,it was not. We ordered simple bottled beers. Improve your bar service!

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CD
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Haven’t had better Spanish food in SF.

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OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a very pleasant surprise....the ambiance especially...reminded me of a big Chicago restaurant that was totally alive with diners and very engaged employees. The drinks were very much a big factor in the atmosphere...very original recipes and interesting combinations of ingredients. The menu was not huge but enough to satisfy almost anyone, especially if you looked at the photos of the items offered on line. We had the gambas and the paella that was divided into half seafood and half pork. Both were so tasty and flavorful. We were quite happy with our selections. Two glasses of sangria topped it off. Their sangria was not just fruit juice with some red wine added, but a whole host of unusual ingredients and the glass was large and full. Nice.

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L
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lose the piano player!

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H
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tapas, good variety of choices, well prepared. Good service, we ate in the bar with live music.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is fantastic but a tad pricey for tapas.

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K
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. The food is delicious. A live band was playing when we were there

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute place and delicious food.

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MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One my favorite places. Great food, atmosphere. I highly recommend it.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Some dishes were great, but the very expensive steak wasn’t particularly flavorful - it was asked for as medium rare but came medium to medium well. The patatas bravas weren’t what they used to be. Cocktails weren’t up to the standard of similarly priced restaurants in SF.

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BA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dining experience and Gerry (Gerald) was a fantastic server. The chicken meatballs are a must!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Go for the tapas and the gin and tonics

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JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Foo was fair service terrible. I only went there because it was handy I would ‘t go again

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We have been to Bellota many times, however this time we felt ignored by our waiter. Many times he would walk by while we were waiting to order or move to the next phase of our meal. As always the food was outstanding, but the service disappointing.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was horrible (middle eastern guy) who had no time for my table of 2. So much so that he ignored wine order until finally asking Somm to come over for help with bottle.
The food is extremely overpriced (yes! Even for SF). The pulpit had 3 thin pieces, although portion was crazy for $24 they were so over done I bit into half and didn’t bother.
The standout was the ribs.

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at the bar for dinner. David provided top notch service and cocktails. Whole fish was great with a tasting flight. Churros rocked. Will be back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, great food, stellar service and all at a great price! Absolutely recommend Bellota.

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BT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

So many good dishes to share. Best to go with group of 6 or more

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Noisiest restaurant ever. Couldn't hear across the table.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience and food was great.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was flavorless and horrible. The chorizo was not good. We ordered a bunch of different items to taste and not one I liked. Very disappointing.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tracy the manager, surpasses her customer service. Overall it’s a great place to dine. I love it. Planning on returning real soon.

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D
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and delicious!

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W
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty and in larger portions than usual for tapas so don’t order too many dishes! We were stuffed when we left! Loved the roaming olive & cheese cart and the creative cocktails. Will definitely be back...

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TL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Traditional Spanish food - not innovative, nothing that will blow your mind, but certainly flavorful and thoughtful dishes presented by polished and knowledgeable staff in a vibrant setting.

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hands down great in every way staff could bot gave vern friendlier and nore attentive & welcoming
We will be back

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MM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

San Fran is expensive but this was a $200 meal for two people. 2 veggie tapas, 1 lechon paella, and 1 bottle of wine. Great service and friendly staff - outrageously expensive.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Spanish cuisine and craft cocktails. Real care is put into every dish and drink. The falafel, pulpo, and ham are all to die for but the stars of this night were the wood-fired t-bone with chimichurri and bone marrow hollandaise and the sangria cheesecake. Everything we tasted was perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious.

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O
Edinburgh
153 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend the lamb dish and all of the tapas.

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Great food, service. Tapas were amazing. Paella was the best we've had. Highly recommended!

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