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bota tapas and paella bar, San Francisco, CA
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Dining Room  - bota tapas and paella bar, San Francisco, CA
bota tapas and paella bar, San Francisco, CA
bota tapas and paella bar, San Francisco, CA

bota tapas and paella bar

4.5
4.5
888 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Bota is an authentic Spanish style tapas and paella bar located in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco. A place to go to share food, savor rustic flavors and enjoy Spanish wine in a casual, yet chic, environment. Inspired by the concept behind our name “BOTA”, a vessel to share wine with the people around you.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm Dinner Mon 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 345-2303
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Roberto
  • Private party facilities
    Bota is an authentic Spanish style tapas and paella bar located in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco. A place to go to share food, savor rustic flavors and enjoy Spanish wine in a casual, yet chic, environment.
  • Private party contact
    Chef Roberto Medina: (415) 345-2303
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / Union Square
  • Cross street
    Taylor
  • Parking details
    Street parking and paid public garages.
  • Public transit
    Geary muni, Bart exit Powell Station
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 888 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Tapas / Small Plates

888 Reviews
  1. PaloAltoTman

    San Francisco

    125 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    125 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delightfully eclectic menu -- it is so rare to see oxtails on a menu. Octopus was very good and potatoes a nice touch, mussels were average, pork was a bit skimpy on the meat, brussel sprouts were amazingly good, and drinks were very good.
    bota tapas and paella barResponded 2 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We appreciate your feedback as it helps us to better serve our customers.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this place and will return. the paella was excellent - wonderful and intimated spot - highly recommend
    bota tapas and paella barResponded 2 days ago
    Thank you for your review. We appreciate you!

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  3. TeresitaC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelent food, service and ambiance. The tapas and Paella was very good.
    bota tapas and paella barResponded 2 days ago
    We're delighted to know we provided you with a memorable dining experience! We look forward to seeing you again!

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  4. MaryW

    San Francisco

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot for tapas. We enjoyed a variety of the tapas and enjoyed every bite. Service is attentive and food comes quickly.
    bota tapas and paella barResponded on April 14, 2024
    Hi Mary! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! Your feedback is much appreciated!

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  5. RupertY

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Tapas and we're not disappointed. Interesting presentation and very tasty. Was also very conveniently located for our theater show.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Amazing service. Definitely worth it 👌

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  7. FredC

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a tapa jewel downtown. lots of choices- albondigas, octopus, lamb chops, oysters and paella. all delicious. full bar. great service from Dia. Go and enjoy.

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  8. brendas

    Portland

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered four tapas. Two were good, two not very flavorful, one not fully cooked, had to return it for further cooking. Service and ambiance is very good.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fantastic and I suppose at the price points it should be! We went with the host’s suggestions for food selection—-garlic prawns, secreto iberica, and meat paella that individual sized. Nice amount of food for lunch. Definitely worth returning to try some of the other deliciously described selections.

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  10. FoodieGoodie

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I sampled four of the many tapas plates on offer and the balance between them was wonderful. From the acid freshness of the heirloom tomato and the salty richness of the iberico meatballs, to the creative flavour and texture of their take on grilled octopus with potato confit and lemon foam, all the plates flowed seamlessly, accompanied by a sharp white albarino. I followed that with a balance of sweet and bitter flavours by pairing the creama Catalan with a double espresso and finished with aged Manchego for the last savoury bite. Attentive, knowledgeable service and gracious hosting plus the delight of watching the chefs work at the bar made this a particularly enjoyable solo dining experience. I need to bring more friends next time to try more things, particularly the bacon wrapped dates and the braised oxtail or the lamb chops! Two "yums" up!

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  11. sunshine

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a hidden gem. My first time eating there with a friend from Boston -who thought it was very unique. The ambiance is warm and welcoming and conducive to conversation. I recommend it as a convenient, affordable and classy dining place in Union Square

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  12. Dopei

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant, close to the theater. Just before show time, they get pretty busy and the service declines. But overall, a good choice.

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  13. Foodie12312013

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The sangria was AMAZING and the paella was also delicious. Our server didn’t let us know we could get the paella in individual sizes which would have been great to know! I would definitely come here again.

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  14. janmari

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food needs balance and a lighter hand; it's all greasy and rich. We didn't find anything fresh and light to balance out the richness, except for the smoked oysters which were the best part of the meal. And the wines offered by the glass were meh; could be a lot more interesting for a Spanish restaurant in SF. I wouldn't go back.

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  15. BegumD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The place is not a typical tapas house. The staff was so friendly but the food was not as good as I expected. It feels like a decent person preparing the food at home.

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  16. PatriciaT

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was tasty, the service was friendly and efficient.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The paella was very bad, not flavor, rice was uncooked. I don't recommend this restaurant. VERY BAD FOOD AND VERY EXPENSIVE VS THE QUALITY OF FOOD

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  18. StevenW

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to go prior to attending ACT. Half a block walk across the street

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  19. Happy

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot but strangely bright lighting. Paella and garlic shrimp were amazing. Pear salad was a bit salty and margarita were extremely sour. Overall great though.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pilling the chairs on the tables at 8.45 meanwhile there is still 2 table eating… not very professional but beside that, good restaurants, good food

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  21. Paula

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The gave roses on Valentine’s Day and great menu options!

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  22. Gina

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and wonderful service. The smoked oysters were beautifully presented and had a nice balance of flavors.

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  23. LindseyH

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Keith, was very attentive. The food was great and ambience was very good.

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  24. Katdam

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitstaff was pleasant enough but we felt rushed to order & then it got busy & two of our small plates were never dropped but were still on the bill. We needed to get to the theater across the street (we had arrived over 90 min before curtain to AVOID being rushed) so we had to have her hurry & remove the items. We were still hungry after we left. Disappointing.

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  25. BarrySF

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my 4th time here before tapas and sangria before theatre and it continues to constantly have excellent food, friendly service and great value. Will definitely return and recommend to others

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  26. Diner1

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent tapas and the seafood paella was amazing. We went back the next day for lunch.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Lamb is fine. Tapas are ok. Ambience is fine.

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  28. jessitron

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    So delicious. The food was great, the service was very good. It seemed authentically Spanish. I particularly enjoyed the oysters and the Craema dessert which was like creme brulee but even better!

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  29. donnaw

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pre theater tapas & drinks, good paella, sangria & light apos for pre show meal.

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  30. Norman

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, we are going back very soon. Delicious

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Bacon wrapped dates were a favorite, my husband also loved the pork tapas

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was better than I expected. Overall, a great place for a lunch meeting.

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  33. OrenC

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Very disappointing. I doubt that anyone in the kitchen has set foot in Spain. The patatas bravado and the lamb tapas were egregiously off target. The garlic prawns had garlic and prawns but no trace of hot pepper. And now that I look at the check, the $25 Spanish ham was never even served.

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  34. RolandoB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Squid ink paella was not very tasty but lamb was good. It was cold and noisy. Not coming back.

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  35. JoeRico

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the venue very much. Very good service and ambiance.

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  36. BeverlyS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, we had a very lovey, late afternoon meal: Brussels sprouts, olives, seafood paella, Tempranillo, and outstanding service! Pretty much had the lace to ourselves, which was helpful to our celebration…. Definitely one of the places we’ll miss most as we relocate to Portugal.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The main dishes were bad I wouldn’t go there again

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  38. SamS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, great service, fantastic Sangria. We really enjoyed the octopus croquetas.

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  39. stuarth

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    food was great and servers were friendly and helpful . Paella was tasty with fresh fish. i will go back

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent but the service was not good. Our server changed partway through the meal and we weren’t told, we didn’t get clean plates with our entree and our empty water and glasses were ignored until we waived someone down. They were quick to pick up the bill though 🙄

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FAQs

bota tapas and paella bar does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. bota tapas and paella bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 345-2303.

bota tapas and paella bar is rated 4.5 stars by 888 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for bota tapas and paella bar

490 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Taylor
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / Union Square
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm Dinner Mon 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking and paid public garages.
  • Public transit
    Geary muni, Bart exit Powell Station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Roberto
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 345-2303
  • Private party facilities
    Bota is an authentic Spanish style tapas and paella bar located in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco. A place to go to share food, savor rustic flavors and enjoy Spanish wine in a casual, yet chic, environment.
  • Private party contact
    Chef Roberto Medina: (415) 345-2303
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