bota tapas and paella bar

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398 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

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k
Portland
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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

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MC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

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

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P
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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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.

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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.

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AD
San Francisco
16 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.

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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

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O
San Francisco
4 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

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LD
San Francisco
77 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.

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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

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

Thanks for the vegan options!!!

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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.

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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

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R
Central Coast
41 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.

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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.

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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”.

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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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s
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

ALL of the tapas were really wonderful.
Service was great with a lovely, friendly and helpful waitress.
BUT the paella was not so good: all seafood was perfectly cooked on it and the rice was flavorful..... but there was No Socarrat!!! a crime!

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SO
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of tapas -fun plates to share. Good wine list by the glass.

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JW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is lovely, and the location fantastic for going to the theater. Service was very friendly and attentive, and the food arrived quickly. We stayed with the tapas, not wanting a full paella meal. Choices were interesting and it was hard to decide. When the various dishes arrived, they was just all lacking in something; we wanted more interesting flavors. Seemed to lack a certain depth. We would go again, but with different expectations.

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MD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice small tapas restaurant with interested dishes. All dishes we tried were very tasty, especially the prunes wrapped in bacon. Tables are close to each other. Service was good and well-timed.

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EB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is our second time here. Good Spanish wines. We like the squid ink paella. Oxtail and Iberico Especial also good.

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TH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, probably some of the best Spanish food I’ve had outside Spain.

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LD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service & atmosphere

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MA
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior service and excellent quality food in a clean and comfortable setting.

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j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect pre-theater dinner...not too heavy and delicious. Friendly service and quiet. Loved the white sangria!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty good.

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Y
Portland
40 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Never had such bland food in my life. I have to believe that for every poor rating this restaurant fabricated a good one. The “cheese tray”. Could have been cut from and Safeway. We read a lot of reviews and I simply don’t believe them.

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i
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place!! Although it is pricey, the food is so delicious that it keeps me coming back!!

I never eat squid but here... I devour that dish!! The papas are great; brussels sprouts are ok - they were too large and a little uncooked last time we went; meat paella is bomb; and the bacon wrapped dates make me wanna faint they’re so good.

Can’t wait to go back!!

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S
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Paella was dry but everything else was good

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Z
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was excellent. Loved the paella and the salad. Great place for dinner before a show.

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MK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Despite our paella being served cold, the food was good and the overall experience good. Our server was attentive and pleasant.

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C
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Warm, caring staff. Consistently good results. Check our food bar for one person paella option.

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L
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and authentic. The smoked oysters were served in a glass container filled with smoke - quite a presentation. The patatas bravas were spicy and some of the best I’ve had in the US

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c
San Francisco
159 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been to Bota several times. This visit we had the grilled octopus and squid ink paella. The octopus is a big tentacle grilled to tender perfection, comes with potatoes cooked with onions and a dollop of lemony foam to give zest to the octopus. I can definitely see this as a quick meal with a glass of sangria. The squid ink paella with added prawns for a nominal price (because I needed something more than squid) came to the table steamy hot. The presentation made for a pretty picture with the squid tentacles, prawns and edible flower petals. The rice is perfectly cooked. The dessert of churros was just ok.

Our server worked a busy dining room and managed attentive service.

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PJ
San Francisco
292 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The paella is fabulous. Love the bacon-wrapped dates, potatoes, lamb chops.

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PM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there! A little late but we made our reservation- please accept our apologies for being late: we just finished work!

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G
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place with good food and reasonable pricing for San Francisco circumstances.

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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Everything was delicious. The octopus, paella, shrimp, brussel sprouts, head high wine...all great. Service was also wonderful. Entire staff was very nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Went for the vegetarian paella, which was pretty basic and bland.

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