bota tapas and paella bar

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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 466 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Just had tapas-the octopus was outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious! Noise level was too much though. I had to strain to hear and had to shout during the meal.

JG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great small plates. Paella was good, not great.

DS
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food

JM
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I was disappointed with the seafood paella. My wife liked it. desserts were good. potato appetizer good, not so much the octopus.

M
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The paella seemed like last night's leftovers. It wasn't wonderful. The rabbit sandwich was better because they used great bread which was the best part, but a sandwich is still only a sandwich.

BT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Why bother making a reservation if they are going to inform me that the table will take 20 minutes? They need to fix the process.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Paella rice was too mushy but the seafood In it was plentiful and cooked well. Red Sangria was fair. Olives were really good. Brussel sprouts were good too.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was pretty oily and overly salty. Slow service that seemed understaffed. Overpriced, even for San Francisco

CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We lucked out finding this place a couple blocks from our hotel. Split 3 tapas and a paella- yum yum. Loved everything we tried. Wait staff was great. I’ll be back to SFO next month & I will definitely be back to Bota!

SL
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a pre-theater dinner! The food is fantastic!

m
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

To be fair it seemed like they were severely understaffed. We ordered 4 tapas to share and it took nearly 35 minutes to get this small plates. The server didn’t check on us at all after taking our order. The food itself was good once it arrived. And again, for the sake of fairness the staff was really hustling to get the food out as quickly as possible (we were seated right next to the open kitchen). Actually, our server was the only one without a sense of urgency. The chef was clearing tables and the hostess was running food. I appreciate the hustle. I just wish the service had been better.

JJ
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, quality food with variety. The presentation was beautiful.

AM
Baltimore
105 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was disappointed. Had been here 2 years ago and the Paella was excellent then. Now it can hardly be called paella just saffron rice with fish. The distinction is it lacked the crunchy rice that cooks in the bottom of the Paella pan. While it was had lots if shrimp, mussels and chorizo it lacked flavor. For $52 for the regular portion (they also have a larger portion) they should get it right.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience. Delicious food and great service. Bacon wrapped dates, seafood paella for 4 people. Recommend.

GR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Above average Tapas in small portions.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I made a breakfast reservation for 10 people for a business group. The only waitress/hostess working that day didn’t know about our reservation when I arrived, and made us sit for so long without service that one member of my party had to get up and leave without eating. They were severely understaffed and couldn’t even get coffee to us for at least 45 minutes. The food was good and the waitress was pleasant but the service was terrible.

OC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner !!
Fantastic birthday !
Great !
Food was delicious and service was top notch !
Thank you

KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was great. Our waitress was helpful and knowledgeable. My friend didn't feel well (not from the food) after we left the restaurant and I went back to ask for a cup of hot tea for her and the staff was extremely helpful. My only compliant is that the noise level can get really bad. The table next to us was extremely loud and the room sort of contains the noise. Our ears were kind of hurting after the meal.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We had the vegetarian paella and some tapas. It was great.

V
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Nice tapas. Can get very noisy when groups gather. Service was reasonably good. Had the seafood paella which was somewhat plain in flavor. The bacon wrapped dates and the meatball tapas were tasty.

CI
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was just the two of us, we had a couple of the appitizer plates then the seafood paella, everything was scrumptious. Left no room for dessert, but maybe next time.

TH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Bota's. Two friends and I arrived early, but by the time we left @ 7:30pm on a Friday, the place was busy and energetic. EXCELLENT service from our Server, Keith! Food and value was EXCELLENT. We ordered the Patatas Bravas tapas, the Small Seafood Paella and shared a dessert.

SW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We often eat at Bota prior to attending ACT. We go often enough that the staff recognizes us and welcomes us back. That is a nice feeling at a restaurant. The food is consistently good. The presentations are quite creative and beautiful . Usually have Paella, which in the past was pretty ordinary, but this time was very good. It was too salty, but that may have been from the sausage in the one we ordered. It is generally only somewhat busy and I am surprised it is not busier. We have brought friends here on our trips to ACT and they all enjoyed it.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

i came there for the paella. but i was dissapointed. the paella that we have is bland and its not worth the $60 that we paid for. but other wise the garlic shrimp is good and the olives.

KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good healthy good choices. Wonderful, pleasant service

SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really pleased with the space, the ambience, service and most importantly the quality of the meal. Paella was excellent. Decent wine list too.

TJ
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Had breakfast there and neither of us could finish our meals. These were so greasy they were impossible to eat. Really a shame, but you should stay away from their breakfasts.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I think the food is too greasy. Our cuisine is truly not that way. The paella we’ve had the last time we were here (we wanted to give the restaurant a second chance) was awful, extremely dry and tasteless.

As a true spaniard, I don’t recommend this place. There are tons of better choices in the city.

CW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was amazing. Was tempted to order more but was too stuffed. Would definitely come back and try other items.

RC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for quick bites or if you order several you can make an excellent meal!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service

TC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow and not very responsive. Ordered the paella and was told it would be 35-40 minutes. Ordered some tapas to help with the long wait time. Ordered the bacon wrapped dates and the meatballs. Both $14.00 each. Received 4 small dates and 3 small meatballs. Are you crazy with those prices?!?!
They weren’t worth $14.00. $8.00 max for the size of them.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service but very noisy and air conditioning was broken so it felt suffocating.

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good selection of tapas

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

What a shame. Service, location and ambiance are excellent. The paella fails though. The people making it have been to Mexico, but never Spain. Another restaurant leaving the cooking to who they can employ at the lowest pay possible and it shows in the food.

DG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have to say that we were really looking forward to the meal. The cold salted cod salad was delicious. The Brussels sprouts lacked flavor, needed more salt and other seasoning. The Paella was the worst we have ever had. It wasn’t bad, it was just bland. Very disappointed.

SR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience5

The seafood paella was over cooked and pretty blend. We went there for a birthday meal and we didn’t get any special service. We made a reservation in advance to celebrate our Anniversary. The floor staff didn’t seem to care. Very quiet and kept pouring us water that was quite annoying. The waitress served us a beer that was not fully poured. Overall, it was overly priced and unwelcoming experience. I wouldn’t go back there.

A
Greensboro
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location to grab a lunch or dinner. We went early afternoon to avoid the dinner rush as we heard it was popular. The menu was very nice but lacked children’s options. We had 4 tapas plates and they were nice. It’s on the more expensive side but we enjoyed it.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. Our waitress was patient and knowledgeable about Spanish wines. Highly recommended