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.View Private Dining Details
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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
Came here while visiting San Francisco with my wife. We are from Jupiter, Florida. The best thing I can say about this place is that the chefs know how to season their food. We shared four tapas and two drinks. We limited ourselves to two drinks because, despite them tasting pretty good, we felt they were overpriced for the quantity/volume provided. Otherwise I have no complaints. Good restaurant, good food, good service. Nothing to Rave about overall but also nothing to really complain about so I recommend it.
Excellent service. Food was very good and reasonably priced. The paella was a bit overcooked, but tasty. Excellent coffee and dessert. Highly recommended.
We arrived early and they took us right away. Our waiter was prompt and knew the menu very well. Excellent service from Michael. Food was cooked perfectly. Did not disappoint! We order 4 hot tapas and had dessert and we were stuffed!
The food was very tasty and came quickly, even the paella which can take a while. Our server had several tables but we never felt like we had to wait long at all.
Went to this restaurant with a group of friends. We ate for three hours. We especially loved the meat paella and the patatas bravas. Our server, Michael, was friendly and funny. It was a great experience!
Second time to Bota with my mum. The first time we only had tapas but this time we had the heirloom tomato salad, iberico secreto ( so rich) and the seafood paella which is beautifully presented in a big pan. It would have been enough for 3-4 people to share along with some tapas. Everything well seasoned. Alas! We were too full for dessert.
Great small plates and a lovely crema Catalan. Would definitely return.
Bota offers a great and near-authentic experience hitting notable tapas. Highly recommend the batata bravas, lamb chops and pulpo from hot tapas. The paellas were mediocre but would recommend the surf and turf from the menu. It was a little pricey; we could find better Spanish fare in the city with better food and cheaper prices. Nonetheless, it is a good place to go there.
Unfortunately, the paella we ordered had extremely undercooked, crunchy rice. The tapas were alright, but extremely overpriced for the quality/flavor of the food. The ambiance was fine, nothing terribly fancy, and in order to find the bathroom, you had to go to the hotel next door and go through a trek downstairs to find it. I wish I had loved this, but what was supposed to be a fun date night for my birthday felt a bit disappointing. The service was great though, a very nice lady took care of us, and gave us a dessert to cover for the paella being undercooked!
BOTA is a wonderful place to get away in downtown San Francisco. The food is extremely well prepared and the staff are attentive and well prepared. If you get a high table you can sit near the open kitchen and watch them work. All the tapas were very good, and the main course Branzino was excellent
Our server, Michael was helpful ,friendly and charming. Mi Casa Tu Casa cocktail delicious. Each of our plates were presented with good pacing and we really liked everything. Standout dish--smoked oysters. Raw oysters, served in whirling smoke..what fun!
Very nice waiter; food was so-so and it's a real pity one can't order a single serving of paella.
The tapas were fine; the spanish style creme brulee was not a hit.
We loved the lamb chops and garlic shrimp, as well as the Brussels sprouts. The tomato salad and kale salad were less satisfactory. I’ll come back and have the things we like, but skipped the salad items.
Good waiter and ambience was nice. Very convenient to Curran, ACT and SF Playhouse..
Warm ambiance. Really good authentic food. The seafood paella was perfect. The shrimp was perfectly cooked. Great service.
We had paella and patatas bravas. Both were delicious. Our server was very informative and professional. She did the wine pairing that we really liked. The evening went great. Highly recommend.
we ate light for a pre theater lunch but the 3 things we had were wonderful: Spanish canellone, meatballs, patatas all from the tapas menu. Nice wine too. Excellent service. It's across the street from the Curran and ACT theaters and a much better alternative for pre or post theater dining than the nearby cafes. I'll stop by for the paella sometime as I trust it will be like that I had in Spain.
Very (very) expensive. Food was not good. Portions were ridiculously small compared to price. Will never go back.
Food was great. Out server Molly was fabulous with excellent suggestions. Meatballs, mussels and oysters were delicious. enjoyed the evening would go back again
You won't be sorry! Excellent and authentic. They even have rabbit paella! Not a long wine list, but almost exclusively Spanish, with Riojas featured prominently at a good value. A must try!
For the money, you didn't get nearly the good you should have. 4 small prawns for $16. The brussel sprouts were something my mom would make as a child and not something I'd order at a restaurant.
Very noisy! Food was fine, but hard to have a conversation, even at window seat.
Of 86 restaurants that we have eaten at and rated in San Francisco, this one got the lowest rating. The food was subpar and the five dishes that we ordered literally came out in 10 minutes all at the same time, making me think that maybe these had been microwaved. The food was not flavorful at all. We ordered the brussels sprouts, octopus, shrimp, and lamb – and none of the dishes stood out.
The staff were very attentive and the restaurant looks very nice, they need to really up their game in terms of food.
Great location. Great staff. The food is good.
Amazing rabbit paella! Very authentic. Small plates were small enough to enjoy multiples.
The lamb chop was fantastic. The chocolate dessert came with olive oil, which seemed a bit superfluous, but everything else was delicious.
This restaurant was very quiet with excellent service and the Tapas were exquisitely tasty and excellent in presentation. For vegetarians and meat lovers alike, the varied menu provided excellent and varied selections!!
Excellent in price too!!
Good location to meet friends - Bar service and selection was excellent, while Tapas menus fell a little flat with quality & short on value vs portions....
Good food, service and ambiance but the prices are outrageous for tapas. This place will probably fail. You can’t charge $15 for half a chicken breast...
The tapas menu had enough options for both my vegetarian companion and my omnivorous palate to find some plates for ourselves and some to share.
Meatballs were pre-made and dry, although the sauce was very good. Paella was overall good but not great - the rice was undercooked, but the meat and seafood were tasty and well-cooked.
Extremely overpriced for lunch. Service was just okay.
We ate an early lunch here. We split three appetizers and had more than enough. The greeting was cordial, service good and the food delicious. 11/2 blocks off Union Square
I only tried the Surf and Turf Paella and nothing else.
The Surf and Turf Paella made me fall in love with rabbit. However way they cooked the rabbit was phenomenal! It was crunchy/crispy on the outside, but tender and juicy. However the chicken was dry and underwhelming. The overall plate took around 30-45 minute to come. The plate itself was smaller than what I expected, but still a fair amount for two people. I think it was still pricy, but still worth the wait.
The service could have been better. I felt like I had to constantly flag them down to get my water refilled. And the restaurant was not busy at all, so that was questionable.
Solid place but not awe-inspiring. Good no fuss option
We went on a early Thursday evening before a show at the Curran across the street. The service was friendly and efficient. We got the tapas: pear confit salad, garlic chicken, pimientos, iberico meatballs and the olives. The sangrias were strong not sweet...tasted mostly like wine and brandy and went well with the tapas. Crema Catalan for dessert was just how it should be. Out tab was $80 for 2 (the sangrias were complimentary. Part of an Open Table special). We were both quite full, ordering 2 tapas a piece was plenty for us. Noise was low and we were able to talk easily. We really enjoyed ourselves here.
Super delicious! Great service.
The restaurant was just OK. The paella was OK but not great. While it had plenty of meat and saffron, it was not exceptional. The creme brûlée was not as good as creme brûlée should be, and it was not flan, which is the authentic Spanish version of this custard dessert. The atmosphere was pleasant and on a Monday evening, very quiet. I'm surprised that after I told them we had reservations that they told Open Table that we didn't show! We were the only people in the dining room; the restaurant was not busy. Hard to figure how they made that mistake, which required me (their patron) to take time to respond to Open Table to explain the mistake.
We had family and friends visiting from out of town so we decided to treat them to a great meal in San Francisco. My wife and I also just came back from a 10 day trip in Spain and were craving for authentic Spanish dishes. After looking for the top restaurants in Yelp we immediately made reservations at Bota Tapas and Paella Bar.
On the positive side, the Servers were really nice and the restaurant looked like fine dining. I give the service a 4 star and leave it open for fine dining service improvements. The Lamb Chop, Canalones de Pollo, and Brussel Sprout tapas were delicious and I highly recommend them.
On the negative side, the Pulpo a la Gallega was not fresh and compared to Pulpo dishes in Spain, it definitely did not come close. The biggest disappointment was the Seafood Paella. It was over cooked with what seemed like packaged frozen seafood mix. The seafood was not fresh and were tiny sizes like the ones you would get from a grocery frozen packaged section. The rice was dry and did not have that authentic moist and spice flavors that we enjoyed at Madrid and Santiago, Spain. We also had the Rabbit Paella, which was a little better. It was not over-cooked but still lacked authentic flavors.
The desert menu was limited and not authentic.
Lastly, the Paella pans seemed over-used like chinese cooking pots that have been used a hundred times. I'm not an expert but they do need to be replaced and upgraded. The Paellas that were served in Spain were always on cast iron, which I know provide a much better heating and flavor when cooking Paella. The coasters for the Paella pans were a joke. They were too small and would always wiggle the pans. It makes the restaurant look cheap versus what it's supposed to be. The plates also need to be replaced. While they look good, the utensils kept falling off the sides. They are poorly designed plates and should also be replaced.
Very casual atmosphere and part of the hotel next door. Lighting was dinerlike which really killed the ambiance. Our serveur Akesha was very friendly and efficient. Food was pretty good but not great. Price was reasonable.
Unfortunately we ended up leaving, as it was not what we were expecting.
We arrived a few minutes early for our noon reservation to find the restaurant closed and the hours posted did not indicate that they were open for Saturday lunch.
We then asked the people at the Front Desk of the Hotel they are a part of, and they told us the restaurant wasn't open for lunch on Saturdays, so not sure if this was their first Saturday lunch.
When they did open and seated us, we were the only people in the restaurant and they seemed disorganized. The menu appeared to be the same as their dinner menu with prices to match.
Small paella (said for 2) offered for $50.00
Will try another time.