bota tapas and paella bar

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367 reviews
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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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Sun 1:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 4:00PM
Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Thu - Fri 5:00PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 1:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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S
New England
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Paella was dry but everything else was good

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C
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Warm, caring staff. Consistently good results. Check our food bar for one person paella option.

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L
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and authentic. The smoked oysters were served in a glass container filled with smoke - quite a presentation. The patatas bravas were spicy and some of the best I’ve had in the US

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c
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been to Bota several times. This visit we had the grilled octopus and squid ink paella. The octopus is a big tentacle grilled to tender perfection, comes with potatoes cooked with onions and a dollop of lemony foam to give zest to the octopus. I can definitely see this as a quick meal with a glass of sangria. The squid ink paella with added prawns for a nominal price (because I needed something more than squid) came to the table steamy hot. The presentation made for a pretty picture with the squid tentacles, prawns and edible flower petals. The rice is perfectly cooked. The dessert of churros was just ok.

Our server worked a busy dining room and managed attentive service.

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PJ
San Francisco
286 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The paella is fabulous. Love the bacon-wrapped dates, potatoes, lamb chops.

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PM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there! A little late but we made our reservation- please accept our apologies for being late: we just finished work!

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G
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place with good food and reasonable pricing for San Francisco circumstances.

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

Food was amazing! Everything was delicious. The octopus, paella, shrimp, brussel sprouts, head high wine...all great. Service was also wonderful. Entire staff was very nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Went for the vegetarian paella, which was pretty basic and bland.

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S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Paella was pricey and overcooked. Tapas were good.

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

We recently had lunch on a Saturday and had a fabulous experience! The decor is hip and fun. The food was delicious (we tried two small plates and the vegetarian paella) and the service was fantastic. We also had a pitcher of the red wine sangria which is reason enough to return - yummy! We'll be back soon!

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

Date night with the wife was a great experience. Paella was good, Octopus was good, overall good enough to bring us back to the place.

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WI
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great spot to eat near San Francisco's famous Union Square. I would however prefer that the food I eat be well seasoned. But the environment, presentation, and service are well worth it. Great place for tapas. Just know it is a little pricey for this type of food.

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JS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice array of options. The grilled octopus was very good.

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J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood paella & tapas. Loved the stuffed dates.

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a
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Stopped by here before Hamilton at the Orpheum and couldn’t be more disappointed. Skipped the wine because a bottle I can buy for $12 was marked up to $96, so we went with the Sangria. The Sangria did not taste good, like either mixed with a bad bottle of wine or fruit was not fresh. Needless to say we should have tried it before ordering a pitcher. The patatas bravas were ok, but not what you would expect. No flavor on either of the sauces. Meat paella was the most disappointing. Rice tasted like a Spanish Rice-a-Roni mix and the chicken had absolutely no flavor. The chorizo was the only thing somewhat memorable in the dish. Service was great and friendly and the ambiance was great. Also very close to the Curran Theatre, but if you are looking for good Spanish food, try elsewhere in the city. Coqueta puts this place to shame.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service good food. Not crowded at first

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B
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was pretty good (although the meatballs and paella were a bit dry), but the service wasn't great. It felt like they were understaffed on a big day, which led to asking for water multiple times and never actually getting any.

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S
Western NC
74 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were in San Fran for business and picked bota tapas because we like Spanish tapas and we live in Asheville where one Curate is located - one of the best tapas restaurants in the US.

Bota tapas is small and can get loud.

We shared the Padron Peppers, Garlic Prawns, Steamed Mussels and the Secreto Iberico - everything was really delicious. For dessert we had two flavors of ice cream - I remember one was coconut, sorry I don't the second - made locally and very good.

Great wine list, we had a bottle of Carlos Serres Gran Reserva - very yummy!

The service was great! Attentive without being intrusive.

We like it so much we went twice!

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c
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve been to BOTA a few times already and alternate between tapas only meal and one with paella. This time we had the patatas bravas, iberico meat balls, chicken canalone, garlic prawns and the Star of the night - octopus with potatoes. The simply seasoned tentacle is tender from base to tip. The potato is boiled, lightly seasoned to perfectly accompany the octopus. Ended the meal with a wonderful salted caramel ice cream.

Already planning next visit to have a paella.

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PA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I wouldn't recommend this restaurant for paella based on the seafood paella. It lacked flavor and the rice was mushy, not crunchy at the bottom, like you'd normally expect from a paella. The appetizer chicken was not worth the $12 price tag. It was mostly breading.

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s
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood paella was probably one of the best I've had! The shared steak was cooked to perfection and the pureed potatoes were unbelievably delicious! Our server was super attentive and helpful with the menu items. I look forward to dining here again next time I'm in town.

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S
Western NC
74 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved Bota!

Our server was great. He made great recommendation on food and wine.

We have a great tapas restaurant in Asheville called Cúrate so we wanted to experience other great tapas and Bota exceeded our expectations

The pork is grilled and a must have. Prawns were great, mussels were great and we loved the dates and bacon. Our least favorite was the pedron peppers, they were tasty, I like mine crisper.

The small tables are very close and the noise level can get high as there is nothing to absorb the sound. Don’t let that stop you from going.

The food is really good and service attentive without being annoying.

The food did come out quickly. The pacing could be a bit better. I’m sure if you asked for some time between selections they would work with you. It didn’t deter from our enjoyment and we will definitely go back.

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K
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

40 min wait for cold food. Waiter had 2 tables but had to do room service. No coffee, no water. I wouldn't recommend.

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MC
Anchorage
73 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We've had better paella, but it all depends on what you're used to. The brussels appetizers were quite yummy! Molly our server was very, very good & attentive!

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OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food and friendly staff. Enjoyed the paella and the sangria. Lots of gluten free options!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great tapas phenomenal cocktails. The aquilla pepper was the best thing on the menu. They really should take chicken finger pf the meni and find balance in their dishes.

Enjoyed my meal and service overall and would definately return.

Also those brussel sprouts were absoulutely disgusting. Please solve it.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is on the slightly pricey side for the portions but worth it for a nice outing. We really enjoyed the tapas (Brussel sprouts, dates, and mussels)! much more than the surf n turf paella. The paella was okkk-For the price and what they focus on we expected much more and have had better.

Service was great- our waiter was super nice and helpful.

Ambiance was also really lovely.

I’d come back!

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EP
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Paella. Service was personal and pleasant. Went before the theater and it made for a perfect evening

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C
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Based on the fantastic reviews, I booked Sunday brunch here. Unfortunately Sunday breakfast is hotel breakfast with a slight Spanish tilt and based on the problems with our orders, I’m guessing it’s a different kitchen staff as well.

Still eager to try for dinner but recommend skipping for breakfast.

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A
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We came at 8, which maybe early and the place was quiet. Had tapas- well executed patatas bravas, lamb chops, lovely spiced olives. The oxtail with prawn was very flavorful and the cheese plate too large for 2. Place needs more wine by the glass choices.

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FD
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious Paella! Just moist enough, a bit of that yummy crustiness on the edge, great ingredients (had the Surf n' Turf). Stuffed dates and meatballs were also fabulous.

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G
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I already have recommended it to a friend. The food was very good, just remember if you want Paella you need to allow extra time. Our server was incredibly nice and gave us outstanding service. We will definitely be coming back.

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Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic and delicious, very friendly service. Will return.

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WN
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a business conference and grabbed dinner afterwards. The food was excellent, with good serving sizes—we didn’t end up so full. The drink menu was great, and I loved the Cava with dinner. Beautiful atmosphere!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant and I eat here every time I am in San Francisco. Food is outstanding, wine selection excellent and service consistently great.

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AT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had great service by Keith, the recommendations he made he fantastic.
Food and wine were very good.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Good for anything from two people to a large crowd.

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Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Out tapas were very good and service was efficient and quick.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great New Year’s experience

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