Boca Botanas tapas bar

4.4
40 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish

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Boca Botanas serves authentic international Latin & Spanish Tapas. All The classic small plates from Central, South America & Spain , Argentinian style skirt steak, Peruvian ceviche, Colombian empanadas, Salvadorean Pupusas, Spanish Paella and many other dishes from around the globe. We take pride in our food; all of our sauces and sides are made from scratch, daily and ingredients used for the dishes use ingredients native to its country. Try out our craft cocktails, craft beers, and wines from Latina America & Spain in an intimate setting. We are perfect for birthdays and other celebrations, date night, or just getting out for a quick bite. Our knowledgeable staff will ensure you leave satisfied. we hope you enjoy your visit and would love to hear about your experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 12:00 am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 12:30 am, Sunday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(240) 702-0869
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
What 40 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. The staff seemed a bit overwhelmed once it became busy.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very limited menu not at all what I expected.
Wouldn't go back

G
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good, but restaurant was very loud, one of the loudest we have ever been to. Because of the noise, we are unlikely to return.

AR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very tasty! The server and bartender were friendly! Would definitely come back.

CP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tapas place ever! Service is great! Food is awesome!!! Drinks are tasty!

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful mix of cold and hot (and meat and vegetarian) tapas. We had the bright citrusy avocado jicama hearts of palm salad and then the fun crispy baby spinach, wonderfully crunchy quinoa crusted shrimp, and ropa vieja tostones.

The only challenge was there by chance happened to be a wine dinner also occurring at the restaurant at the same time, so service was understandably busy/stretched out and it got really incredibly loud. So if noise is a challenge come off-peak dining times (and/or be sure there isn’t a special event/gathering going on). This hadn’t occurred (wine dinner) nor had it been that loud on previous visits.

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is extremely delicious and tasty. We selected different tapas such as chicken, vegetarian, sea food, and steak

All of them were so good. Great value for the money

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Really liked this place, loved the small talas style tacos, let’s you try a variety. Food was flavors without being heavy.

EG
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

For the sangrias, a better wine will help and add some more tequila to the margaritas so they taste as they suppose to be.

AF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and prices are outstanding as is the relaxing atmosphere. I will definitely recommend the restaurant to others.

MB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The young lady taking care of our table was great, she was very attentive to our needs, she had a big smile the whole time we were there, we were 5 and feel very comfortable to the point that we did not realize 2 1/2 hours had passed since we seat down for dinner.
90 % of the dishes we order were very good

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing & innovative. The drinks are NY style craft cocktails! A great place with many interesting vegetarian options as well. We will definitely be back! Often!

c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Shockingly overpriced for mostly routine latin food served as tapas. Nothing we had was 'elevated' and tasted pretty regular. If the cost per plate was not so crazy it might be a place to eat home style food, but as is... no.

JS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

After reading all of the reviews, it seemed like a no brainer to give this place a try. We were seated promptly to our table and were provided menus. Once the water was poured, we perused the menu and waited for service. After 2 tables that sat after us were attended, we placed our drink order. While we waited for our drinks we placed our food order. We were served the drinks about 15 minutes later after someone from the back came up front to assist. My drink (spicy pineapple mezcalita) came out like a room temperature shot and the other drink ordered was a Mojito (which was the wrong order the first time it was served) and tasted like rubbing alcohol. We were also constantly waiting on water service.

The food served was tasty, but I didn’t see the value with the price and the wait. Overall, I was disappointed with the service of this restaurant. There seemed to be enough help even though the restaurant was full. I will look for alternative options before coming back to this place.

N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I really enjoyed the food. For this being my first time I wasn't quite sure how the portions were cause some tapas places are generous or skimpy. They were definitely generous. The entrées could feed at least 2 - 3 people especially the paella. The service was a bit slow for the restaurant being slow. It also took quite a while to get my entree over the other 3 entrees my table ordered. I get you want the food to come out at temp.

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have recommended Boca Botanas to several friends -- every single one enjoyed their dinner there, and many became regular customers.

BR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is simply amazing and the owner, Mike, is a super nice young guy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food- fun place in a strip mall( Hence the lack of ambience…)

DM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We went looking for a unique local place with good food. This fit the bill. Food was very good and food and drinks are reasonably priced. The menu has a good variety and plenty of choices for my vegetarian wife. It seemed the servers needed a bit more experience to make our dinner a completely smooth occasion. Desserts were the low part of the meal.

DC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food quality is outstanding, nice varied menu with unique choices as well as past favorites.

OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael and the team at Boca Botanas have created a friendly, laid-back and comfortable place in which to consume their delicious and innovative small plates / Tapas!

On a first visit, my friend and I enjoyed Palm and Artichoke salad, which might also be described as Vegetation Ceviche.

Fresh, tangy/sweet flavors of cilantro and other subtle hints infused the firm bit tender veggies in harmony, creating a seaside experience without the seafood!

The veggie empanadas were ample, delicate crispy, and filled with a pillowy and flavorful mix, and served with Aioli, Peri-Peri, Verde, and Chipotle sauces to meet any palate.

Finishing our minimally ordered meal was clever presentation of Tres Leches cake served in a cocktail tumbler and crowned with summer-sweet sliced strawberry - how can dessert be both sinful and light?

Friendly and attentive service, quite reasonable pricing, and personal attention made our visit to this neighborhood gem delightful!

A
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, attentive service, nice selection of gluten-free options that are clearly marked on the menu. Just a great experience. Thanks!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas, I’d say best I’ve had in the Montgomery County area! Will definitely go back to try other items on their menu.

N
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food especially the shrimp in garlic cream sauce. The wait staff was great. I made this reservation because we were passing thru and we didn’t want to hit another chain. It was a great choice. Definitely would recommend.

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun evening with amazing food and service. This restaurant did not disappoint. We had a large party and everything was outstanding.
Thanks for a great evening.

RH
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good. We got the pork “steak”special. $30. Was told plenty for 4 people. We each only got 2 smallstrips. It was good as were other 3 dishes but not a good value for pork

JA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice experience at Boca Botanas tapas bar. The food is good, staff is friendly and the prices are pretty reasonable.

NH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Small restaurant run by the owner, who is totally charming and helpful, as is the staff.

More important, the food is uniformly excellent. We loved the ceviche, the bacon-wrapped shrimp , the chicken empanadas, the churrasco... all wonderful. Nice bar, too.

Highly recommended!

RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Michael’s entree suggestions were on the mark. The Ceviche was amazing and fresh! We will be returning for sure!

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Fixed Valentines menu was a surprise.
The food served was fantastic but quite expensive. $75 for dinner only included starter, entree and dessert.
Dessert was not of the same fantastic quality as the food.
No coffee or beverage was included in the price.
Live music was nice but too loud to be able to dine and converse.

JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food around...great employees and Owner is so very nice. If you have never tried this place make it your next stop. It is small but the food is phenomenal. 💯💯

WD
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Exactly as other reviews have noted... The food was excellent and the small plates allowed us to sample several different dishes at the table, all were tasty and flavorful. Service was very friendly, but not very attentive with long waits. Our waitress made helpful suggestions, but forgot to put in one of our orders - which was quickly rectified. The restaurant was kept pretty cold inside, some authentic decor but also random paintings on the wall offered for sale.

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic menu. Creative and varied. Staff fun. Owner Michael came and sat with us to talk about his dream and vision for the restaurant. Truly an artist.
One of the most enjoyable evenings of dining in the area.
We will be back.

d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party with ten people.
They went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and well taken care of.
Perfect choice!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing!! Service was a bit slow and we were overcharged but that was fixed quickly!!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food and drinks were Amazing! Great price we enjoyed our evening. Service needs to be addressed; they were polite just not as attentive to the customer.

b
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was very good but the air indoors was strikingly chilly. I wish they put the heat on. We ate dinner in out coats. No explanation was given for this situation.

We enjoyed the Shrimp & Scallop chimichanga and the Chicken tostones.

EC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful birthday dinner at Boca! Everything from the drinks, to the service, to the AMAZING food was all 5-star worthy! The owner Michael gave me a birthday drink on the house and gave my party his reccomendations for food - which were all amazing! I highly recommend the Patatas Bravas, Churrasco, Aguachile Ceviche & the Arepa Con Chicharron (Happy Hour). Great prices for the portion sizes !

CR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service was great. Don't go when it's cold outside. The heating inside is inadequate and you get a strong blast of cold air whenever the door is opened. Ask to sit in the back if you are a party of 4 or less.

j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The menu is a bit pedestrian although the food was good.