bota tapas and paella bar

4.3
422 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

What 422 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GM
Dubai
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Quality of service and food ok, but local extremely noisy!

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The vegetable appetizers could have had some more flavor. The Seafood paella was reminiscent of eating seaside in Barcelona Spain

w
Des Moines
27 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good, but the Tapas selection is a bit short compared to other tapas restaurants. Our server was attentive and friendly. This is a good choice if you’re staying in the Union Square neighborhood, but it wasn’t outstanding as far as tapas restaurants go.

ME
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Bota has Delicious food and provides good value - ordered five different tapas to share among a party of four; everything was delicious and we were more than satisfied. The red sangria and the tarta de Santiago (desert) were particularly outstanding. Great service and recommendations by Keith. Didn’t have time for paella, but looking forward to the rabbit one next time! BTW - we noticed there were multiple Spanish customers there, always a good sign. :-)

JT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was great. We were seated half hour before our reservation with no problem. We were given more bread to soak up the delicious sauce from the garlic prawns when they saw us enjoying it. The octopus was done perfectly. Typical SF prices but this time it was money well spent. Next time we will order the paella.

f
Vancouver
101 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Had an issue with service. Food was good here, but not good enough to ever make us return.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good tastes

RA
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I am no expert, but I didn’t think that the food was to die for, but it was fairly good. Beer selection was scarce. The service was fenomenal and that made it all worthwhile

TF
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service.

Super loud

Limited menu for a tapas place

A
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We gave this place a second try. The food just isn’t very good. At best, it’s forgettable which is upsetting cause we really wanted to love this place. The vibe and service is great though so maybe good for a drink and some patatas bravas (which is actually great).

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

I wanted to like this place more, but it just kept missing the mark.

The decor and interior needed a makeover, or any real decoration at all for some ambiance. It wouldn’t take much effort at all.
The same goes for the food. We had the vegetarian paella, and while the flavor was good, the rice was very dry and even burnt in too many spots. It was still enjoyable, but could have been a great meal with just a little more care. Our appetizer tasted good too, but the presentation also wasn’t very appetizing.
I’d give this place a another try, but probably only one more try.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foods are just amazing.

AJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Spanish food. Great service. Favorite dish was sea bass, bacon wrapped dates, Brussels sprouts, paella.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Sat in crowded area in back. Service was okay though server did not speak Spanish or know the menu well.

Ambience was okay.

Food was good not great.

AT
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing paella and sangria

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

There is nothing worse then getting to a place and being told the kitchen is closing and you have to rush to order. It’s a tapas place. We wanted a few more dishes and the kitchen was closed. If you are going to take a 930 reservation plan on taking care of those guests or let them know ahead of time when the kitchen closes. Won’t ever go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 2

We had reserved for 9.45 pm and we arrived earlier, at 9.30. The host at the entrance told us that the kitchen had closed (!), but when we insisted that we had a reservation she unwillingly let us in. The waitress that served us seemed annoyed as well with our presence. The food was excellent though. Service has to be improved in this place. Professionalism is not merely needed, but demanded in restauration.

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great paella and tapas! We asked for hot sauce to crank up the heat on the seafood paella and it was so delicious. The bacon wrapped dates were also fantastic! And they have air conditioning which was great for the unseasonably 90+ weather we experienced (we found out not all restaurants in SF have AC).

A
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first dinner at bota. It was a great choice for a light pre-theater meal -- delicious, reasonably priced, with great service and a nice atmosphere, plus convenient and quick. We'll be back.

P
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and our waitress was helpful in determining the amount of tapas we should order. We loved the mussels, the Iberian pork and lamb chops. All our dishes were good but the ones mentioned stood out for us. Will definitely come back

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything from the food, service, decor, and drinks was fantastic. Had a great time coming here with my wife and parents. Would absolutely come back. I recommend the bacon wrapped dates.

OT
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday dinner and I was so incredibly impressed by our food and service!

k
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food with a wide variety of dishes. The service was good. Only downside was the very high noise level

FD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great option for dining near the theater.

MC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Second time back and was disappointed. Paella was very over cooked.

P
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I stumbled upon this restaurant on Open Table. I thought it was a different place that I had remembered but was pleasantly surprised once having been seated. The hostess was very helpful especially since I changed the number of people at least twice and then again once we were seated. We were all accommodated with good graces and a helping hand. Our server, Keith, was spectacular in every respect. From adding chairs and place settings, helping with tapas and paella choices, to great advice on the wine, he couldn't have nicer or more helpful. He's one of the reasons we would all comeback. The food was excellent as well, although I would have liked a little more chorizo in the surf & turf paella to spice it up a bit more. The portions were plentiful and I'm planing on getting back to taste more of the options on the menu.

YY
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a Mother’s Day lunch in this restaurant. Everyone enjoyed the foods and appreciated the service provided by the waitress. I recommend this restaurant to anyone.

KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tapas, good wine, excellent and timely service. Right across the street from the Curran Theatre. Not noisy. Definitely go again.

AD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good but overpriced, and the service was indifferent. I had to ask again for my glass of wine, since my food arrived before it did.

E
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.
We had lunch on a Saturday, the place was not busy. Food was amazing. Strongly recommend the jamon and garlic prawns

O
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with one of the best waiters I have had at any restaurant. Food was great as well as the wine. Only complaint would be the neighborhood. It’s basically TL which I try to avoid like the plague

LD
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Were able to order, eat, and pay in less than one hour (we were attending a show nearby). We enjoyed both cocktails, but the SpanishOldFashioned (orange liquor) was great! We shared a vegetable paella, and although not as crispy as we expected, very well-flavored. The olives (soaked olive oil, which was useful with the bread), fresh bread, and salad were very good. Not noisy. Comfortable chairs and a clean bathroom. Super convenient to the Curran and Marines theaters.

G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Seafood paella is a 6.5/10 when compared with other Spanish Restaurants
Garlic shrimp was best dish
Brussels sprouts were good
Chicken cannelloni and meatball dishes were too cheesy and rich

Servers were pleasant, friendly
and courteous

Food was served in a timely fashion and was hot
This was our second visit

Restaurant is nice, convenient to theater but a bit overpriced for quality of food and ambience

We will return and order more carefully

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

Thanks for the vegan options!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Surprisingly quiet, but it was a Monday night. Great paella and tapas - we were very satisfied. Also had a pitcher of red sangria, which was also good.

LE
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Although we mentioned a birthday when we reserved and told our server Keith that we wanted a chocolate dessert as a surprise, it was forgotten.

The cheese plate was sparse compared to the price of $18. The vegetable paella was good

R
Central Coast
44 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bota Tapas & Paella provided a fun evening for our party of 4. Service was prompt and courteous. We had multiple small plates (Oh! The bacon wrapped dates!) and Surf N' Turf Paella (which was prepared exactly as it should be. I will happily return.

OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The paella was delicious and authentic. Regular size was perfect for 2-3. We really enjoyed the shishito peppers and brussel sprouts tapas. Nice experience far from home.

MG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice selection of paella’s, but we just wanted tapas. The tapas selection was quite limited. We dined early to get to the theater. The restaurant was very empty and “dead”.

TC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Pre-Show stop!

We were late but Bota was gracious and our server with a man bun was adorable, proficient, and got us out at our noted time despite our lateness. Will go again anytime I'm downtown!

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