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bota tapas and paella bar

4.1
144 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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(415) 345-2303
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Alex Bujoreanu & Ruben Moro
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Cross street
Taylor
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Parking details
Street parking and paid public garages.
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Geary muni
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Special events & promotions
We host a variety of events. Please call us so we can assist you. 415.345.2303
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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.

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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 144 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.1
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3.6
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 3 days ago

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!

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vipPaoloS (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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aliceb (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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!

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notgenerallyareviewleaver (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

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vipDoodles (Miami)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

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..

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Warm ambiance. Really good authentic food. The seafood paella was perfect. The shrimp was perfectly cooked. Great service.

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BdayGirlatMazzaLuna (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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Charlie (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Very (very) expensive. Food was not good. Portions were ridiculously small compared to price. Will never go back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was great. Out server Molly was fabulous with excellent suggestions. Meatballs, mussels and oysters were delicious. enjoyed the evening would go back again

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Very noisy! Food was fine, but hard to have a conversation, even at window seat.

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vipLaurenceSF (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Great location. Great staff. The food is good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Amazing rabbit paella! Very authentic. Small plates were small enough to enjoy multiples.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

The lamb chop was fantastic. The chocolate dessert came with olive oil, which seemed a bit superfluous, but everything else was delicious.

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vipJeffOno2damax (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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!!

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GDF8 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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....

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Morgaine (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

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...

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