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bota tapas and paella bar

4.3
4.3
783 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

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 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: (855) 978-2590

  • 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

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What 783 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. J

    Jimbo

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The meat paella was very good, as were the tapas and salad we ordered. Prices were reasonable given the high quality of the dishes served. Service was excellent as well. We plan to return soon to sample more of the menu.
  2. MA

    MerAvery

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We started out by ordering tapas and got a couple things on the menu, including the brussels sprouts, octopus, potatoes, and pork. The Brussel sprouts were the table favorite and the octopus was my personal favorite because it was very well done. We ordered the surf and turf paella afterwards and didn’t love the flavor, don’t think it was at the top of the list of paella we’d had. Desserts were good, we got the custard and the almond cake.
  3. E

    Emmy

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Professional wait staff and great food!
  4. DD

    DocD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was a bit heavy on the salt. The server was less than attentive and seemed to be more interested in socializing with the kitchen staff than servicing the customers.
  5. Y

    Yaya

    Denver

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike our server was fantastic and very attentive, the food was yum, the atmosphere pleasant and the choices amazing!
  6. P

    Pharmafoodie

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Once we got our food it was great. 1205 arrival. Ordered when server came by. But no food until almost 1pm. One Person in our party had up land before a single tapa arrived and then everything came out at once. Very disappointing especially for a business meal (as everyone was in the restaurant today)
  7. f

    foodiefamily

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think this restaurant is totally under-rated. I have been there half a dozen times for various occasions and always happy with the food and service.
  8. KB

    K10B

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New year’s eve dinner with my family. Keith, our server, did an incredible job. I forget the hosts name, but he was an absolute gentleman. Food was as authentic as it gets & reminded us of our summer vacation to Spain. Thank you for the wonderful meal & experience!
  9. B

    Bill

    London

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We were there on a very quiet night between Xmas and New Year, a non theatre night, so service was perfect. . It met our needs perfectly, small plates and tasty. We enjoyed Brussel sprouts and mussels along with red sangria, not too sweet. We will return.
  10. m

    makoto724

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GreT foods and excellent service. We will come back again soon.
  11. FO

    FOODMEISTER

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambience.
  12. BL

    BarbaraL

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Staff was friendly and attentive. Charcuterie was sparse, only cheese or only meat… seems like there should be both? Tapas were very good but expensive. Overall a very nice fun dinner but a bit pricey for what you get
  13. b

    burly581

    Hawaii

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a find!! We were scheduled to travel to Madrid, Spain and our flights were cancelled due to weather. Thus, we stayed the night in San Francisco and were amazed to find this WONDERFUL restaurant!! Everything was amazing!! The staff, the ambiance, the food, the wines!! The dishes are served tapas style offering us to share in many different suggestions by the staff. You cannot miss this restaurant!!
  14. CM

    CorynneM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    they seemed very overwhelmed, ran out of one of our tapas and didn't tell us in tiem for us to request a replacement. I left hungry.
  15. MC

    MCP123

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything was delicious! They were busy and our waiter was attentive and kept us informed how long things would take to make sure we were ok on timing. Menu was awesome!
  16. TL

    TimL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Please taste both the oyster dish and the cannelloni-the oysters are needlessly gimmicky and extremely acidic, the cannelloni was beyond bland and the filling dry in a soup of bechamel. Nice staff but easily need another person or two on the floor. The bar, on a night with two performances across the street, needs at least a bar back if not two bartenders.
  17. M

    Michelle510

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    5he service was excellent. The food was good, but not worth the prices. The three baby meatballs were unremarkable for $15, patata brava were greasy. Brussels sprouts were good.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well, it was on a week night so not too busy. Mike, was our server, which he did a spectacular job. Food was all very good! So were the old fashioneds! Would stop here again!!
  19. SA

    SusanA

    Milwaukee

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a lovely last minute booking and we got so lucky. The food was amazing and the service was great. The restaurant has a fun, cozy vibe and I would definitely return!
  20. KB

    KirkB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Cordial efficient service and excellent dishes. Noise level is a high as is the pricing Great for special occassions
  21. JB

    JannaleaB

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful waiter, the food and drinks were excellent. We had the grilled Octopus and it was cooked perfectly and reminded us of the first time we had grilled Octopus in Italy. We can’t wait to go here again, next time with friends!!
  22. G

    Gigi

    Sacramento

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been at Bota once many years ago. I am glad that we went back. It was just as good as many years before. I highly recommend the Spanish meatballs. One of the best items on the manu.
  23. C

    Cathy

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The paella Valenciana was more pieces of chicken than anything.
  24. BN

    BonnieN

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal of tapas and wine! The staff were very friendly and the food was delicious.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Slow service as there was only one server
  26. K

    Katie

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly staff. The chef was able to prepare a special meal for one of our party with dietary restrictions. Highly recommended.
  27. E

    Ellen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and Keith's service was professional, attentive, and much appreciated.
  28. K

    Kristin

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent tapas - generous portions and very tasty!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Authentic Spanish food
  30. HA

    HollyA

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner
  31. JK

    JoeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Tapas was unique and terrific. Waiter was the best; totally knowledgeable and unobtrusive.
  32. S

    Susan

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    The restaurant is located in a shabby hotel and the restaurant ambiance is accordingly shabby, as well. The food was very disappointing, not fresh, tasted terrible. Really disappointing and I don't understand the positive reviews.
  33. SC

    SteveC

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was just ok. Some tapas overcooked. Paella was bland.
  34. MJ

    MartinoJAB

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Sadly there’s nothing positive to say about this restaurant. Food was very poor. All the tapas dishes were bland and overcooked, and the pricing was ridiculous. $80 for four dishes with no alcohol. This is ridiculous even by San Francisco standards. So disappointed.
  35. P

    Peggy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a lovely lunch before heading to theater. Service was excellent, food was very good and looked beautiful.
  36. SS

    SamanthaS

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Booked for a birthday dinner they mixed it up with the table next to us and then we never got the birthday celebration. The fruit in the sangria was extremely sour and inedible. The food was decent, the paella had almost zero Socarrat and zero on the bottom. The lamb combs were very tough.
  37. j

    jennifer

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Very friendly service. I was disappointed by the paella because it was missing the nice crispy part on the bottom.
  38. TR

    TRANCEPORTER

    Central Coast

    55 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Casual place for a quick bite
  39. R

    Randall4015

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place for tapas or paella before within walking distance of ACT and Golden Gate Theaters.
  40. MC

    MarthaC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived 30 minutes early and hostess was kind enough to sit us right away. Waitress also attended to us immediately. Tapas were tasty just little pricey.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.3 stars by 783 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
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

    Dinner Mon, Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • 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: (855) 978-2590

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