bota tapas and paella bar

4.2
569 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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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
What 569 people are saying
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4.3
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3.9
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMissionMike
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the ox tail, potatas bravas, and charcuterie board with chorizo. Great Spanish wine. While many Spanish restaurants are wine and beer only, bota does cocktails as well. SF downtown pricing, but not high priced. I keep coming back, and recommend it!

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vipPeterD
Miami
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. Amazing presentation

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DaniS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and so was the service! Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect dinner for 6 for my mother’s birthday. Food, drinks, service all great. More, it was a fun ambiance. Highly recommend, with perfect service: professional, attentive, with personality and not at all intrusive. We had a great time which is what going out is about!

Highly recommend for hosting business or family.

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vipChereD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch at this place, we were the first customers in, so while I said the noise level was good, can't really say what it would be like with a full house. We had the garlic shrimp, the chicken cannoli, bacon-wrapped dates, and the brussel sprouts. All were excellent and we would both happily go there again!

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VickiM
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The cocktails are delicious but the food lacks flavor. I wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service is horrible, it’s obvious they want you in and out. Food was average at best. Too many better options in town to even consider this place.

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TimWhoEatsAndWrites
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just delicious. Casually elegant, unfussy. Good service: we always had what we needed. I'll be back. A little more spendy than I expected, but worth it.

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RRHH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good and the pitcher of Sangria is an excellent value.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding, the drinks were good but not as outstanding as the food. Ox tail, grilled octopus, and paella are must gets!

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vipBillyB
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Paella needed more flavor. If you don’t like a little spice, then it’s perfect. Server Jazmin was doing 2-3 things all at once and did great. Nice part of town, too.

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Anne
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Early dinner reservations on a Sunday night. Restaurant wasn't even half full. Ambiance was nice but temperature was super chilly. Food came our fast and quick. Ordered our pallela first as it does takes awhile to cook. Funny enough they didn't have any Coke. They had diet but not the regular leaded stuff. Th taps we ordered were very flavorful. What was disappointing was the pallela. It was needing salt just a dash as it was super bland even with all the yummy seafood that adorned it.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious!! Margarita a little small
For the price but excellent quality!!!

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vipEduardo
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delicious Spanish food. The paella was excellent!

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vipBarryW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the meatballs, garlic prawns and mussels.

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vipProspect
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place , quiet, food was authentic and Sangria was very nice.
Enjoyed it and will repeat.

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vipCraig
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ll be back... amazing flavors... great value!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience4

The space was cute and I liked the vibe. Table wasn’t ready at time of reservation. Ordered several tapas after we were seated. After an hour or waiting, only Brussels sprouts were served. I’d be more flexible if we ordered paella, but we didn’t. Brussels sprouts were good, but we chose to leave because of the wait. Server was nice enough to comp the Brussels sprouts and a cocktail.

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vipPhiW
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent paella with good choices for wine selection at reasonable prices. We would recommend this restaurant.

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KimP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We will go back.

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HeatherS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were absolutely blown away with every single thing we ordered. Didn’t try the Paella, but the Tapas we’re phenomenal. Shrimp, Pork, Chicken with bechamel, bacon wrapped figs. All to die for.

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vipDonB
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good neighborhood spot.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and delicious food, I recommend to stop by.

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ALGsf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

The service was atrocious. Our server checked on us one time during the meal. We couldn’t get our water refilled, napkins... I had to stand at the open air kitchen for 6 minutes staring at the poor cook waiting for someone to give me my check to pay... he eventually got a clerk from the HOTEL to ring me up. I was not given an itemized receipt to see what I was paying for but at that point I was just done. I’ve been here before in the service in food was excellent but after this past experience I would never be recommending this restaurant.

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AReasonablePerson
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dishes and service

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Yashar
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Slow uninformative service staff.
Food doesn’t come out in order.
With 6 tables they appeared to be overwhelmed.
Cold cuts come out after hot plates.
Way way too overpriced for the quality and portions.

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ThorandChristine
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tapas in a lovely atmosphere! The drinks were also on point and the service was professional and flawless.

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vipJohnB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Food was good, but sangria was aged sour. Major credit to the chef, server, host, busser, and bartender... he took care of everything for the restaurant during lunch. Ideally, there would be someone in front of house vs back of house for lunch, but really appreciated his professionalism and positive attitude.

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SukhjitD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a nice ambience. There were not enough servers in this area.

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Alex
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The would not let me in because of the pants I was wearing. I completely understand that, but then they let the next person in right after me and he was wearing the same type of pants.


The lady and the man who came out were uptight and the restaurant seemed to be the same.

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vipParthM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We were looking for a tapas option on the way to Mendocino and this was the only place available on a Sunday afternoon. The reason it was available was that the food is really, really bad. The entire restaurant was being operated by one person who was doing the cooking and the serving and neither were up to the mark. The prawns were barely cooked and tasteless and the steamed mussels tasted of nothing. I'd strongly recommend not visiting this restaurant if you care about good food.

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AngelaS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service and food was outstanding!!

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Cassidy
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was safe and clean, the food was delicious and the waitstaff were very kind and attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Tapas and Paella were delicious, but Sangria could be better.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I’ve had paella in many states and counties and this was the worst I’ve ever had. It was awful. And the paella was $40! Very disappointed. Also have to eat on the street due to COVID and constantly had people walking by, some of whom were disruptive. Would not recommend.

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RyanM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food. Good service. Good covid-19 measures

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VicA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place - had the sangria and seafood paella..

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MarielaS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to enjoy Tapas and Wine! Most likely will return and recommend.

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Phil
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The lunch was disappointing because they had a very limited menu and would not go to the trouble of providing things we asked for. Staff was also pretty disinterested, so the overall experience was not very good. Maybe it was the coronavirus fears but the place was virtually empty which suggests they could have gone to greater lengths to please their customers.

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KaseyA
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great paella choices, lots of wonderful tapas, and the dessert menu was very enticing. Best of all, if you're doing a big birthday thing for someone, the servers are happy huddle with you and plot which dessert will have the most impact!

Great place, I will return to it.

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 4.2 stars by 569 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.