bota tapas and paella bar

4.2
583 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 583 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.1
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTonyV
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Don’t waste your time or money junk wonderful service

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JuanM
Costa Rica
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was lackluster. Our server only had two tables and switched our tab with the other table. How did this happen? Idk. But we were charged $25 more than what we purchased.

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KevinC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Was roaming the city with my husband and we wanted to try something new to share. The papas bravas were a nice tapa while we waited for the yummy seafood paella!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Paella. We had the vegetarian

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CSS1
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Michael overall did an amazing job he was very friendly and prompt with his service. The tapas were all very flavorful and authentic. Paella takes 30 minutes so order early and request the burnt rice on the bottom of the pan for a truly authentic paella. The seafood soup was basically water with seafood. Unfortunately, there was absolutely no flavor in the stock.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

MY
MelissaY
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All in all we all enjoyed ourselves immensely.The food was delicious, the wine selection small but we all found some tasty wines. The service was excellent.I took a chance on this place and was really pleased with the whole experience, and so were my friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good but overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The seafood paella was meh. Not much seafood for the price, bland, unimpressive.

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RamiroR
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The tapas where very good but the meat paella not so much. Overall, good attention and a nice cozy place.

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vipmatinee
San Francisco
148 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Place was empty in a mid-afternoon. Service was apathetic. Never came back to check on us. Acted like she wanted to be anywhere else. Food was okay, nothing great. Maybe the server prejudiced a little against the food.

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EmilyD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great tapas! We wanted the red wine sangria but they ran out! So we had the white wine one. Great selection of tapas and fun to share with friends!

JM
vipJMTR
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I’ve been here several times. Love the space, and service is always good.
Food is tasty as always, but the Brussels sprouts and the grilled octopus were a bit too salty.

MM
vipMissionMike
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
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 on June 18, 2021
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
14 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
12 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.

DB
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.

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 583 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.