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About bota tapas and paella bar

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.

490 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Mon-Thurs 5:00pm-9:00pm
Fri-Sat 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Breakfast:
Daily 7am to 11am

Saturday and Sunday Brunch
11am to 4pm

Cross Street:
Taylor

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 345-2303

Website:
http://botasf.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking and paid public garages.

Public Transit:
Geary muni

Executive Chef:
Chef Alex Bujoreanu and Chef Sergio Nic

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
We host a variety of events. Please call us so we can assist you. 415.345.2303

Specials

Complimentary glass of House Sangria

Specials

Complimentary glass of House Sangria
Details

Nothing will go better with our delicious paella than a lovely glass of House Sangria

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Excludes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: September 29, 2017

Ends: December 31, 2017

Availability: Sun 12:00PM-4:00PM
Mon-Fri 5:00PM-6:30PM
Sat 12:00PM-6:30PM

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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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83% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Authentic, Tapas, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Hi,
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.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Delicious food with wonderful service in a pretty restaurant. Will be back for sure!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Definitely recommend trying the paella. Dessert was also delicious

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our meal was Devine! Paella was done to perfection. We also enjoyed the Brussels sprouts and peppers. The tomato soup was a delight. This was our second meal here and we will definitely repeat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Casual, Bar Seating, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

great atmosphere! Delicious food. really enjoyed our sangria and red wine.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Is not worth it. The food was not good. We had the sea food paella and it was bad. The prawns tasted as if there were washed with chlorine.
The mussels didn’t have any flavor. The prawns were dry.
The only dish that was good was the 45 day steak with its potatoes.
Service was slow, they waitress wasn’t checking on us often enough. Someone in our table had to get up, look for a waitress and order.
I won’t come back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Homemade Sangria was great!!!
Food had great flavor and the potato tapas we would highly recommend.
Service was friendly and had good input on our selections.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Fun
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Overall, we enjoyed Bota. The server was very attentive, and we got free Sangria from a special booking with opentable. The meat paella was vibrant in flavor and tasty (and the 9 inch was a lot of food for 2, with ordering appetizers, we had leftovers to take home). The stuffed peppers were also delicious. We were less excited about the ox-tail, which wasn't as flavorful as we would have hoped.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Felt ripped off at the pricing. Quality was not as good as we can get in Chicago, and being on the coast, seafood should be a specialty here. I wouldn’t go back.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Nice restaurant. Food was good. Service was outstanding. I would only hesitate to recommend this restaurant for a Spanish dinner because I feel there are better choices for Spanish cuisine in the city.
The secretos de iberico was a nice dish. I didn't feel an authentic vibe from the restaurant though; more of an investment company doing a Spanish restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The seafood paella was amazing!!!
Best paella I have had in a long time. We also enjoyed our two tapas, olive plate and stuffed sweet red peppers.

We would like to thank our server Mollie for the complimentary champagne in honor of our Wedding Anniversary. This was a nice added touch!
Gracious hostess with a smile at all times. She was training a new server and very attentive to her guests.

We will definitely return and highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Nice atmosphere, but disappointed with the food quality and taste.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great time at Bota! We just did tapas and they were excellent! Favorite was the secreto iberico (grilled pork). Amazing!

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Delicious paella - we had the surf and turf - almost as good as those I've tasted in Valencia. The slow cooked oxtail and prawn tapas was divine. Our server Keith was great. The actual restaurant was a complete hit, the only thing that let it down was the poor condition of the toilets that were located in the hotel.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Very good tapas and excellent Paella for a very reasonable price. Breakfasts are excellent too.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Business Meals
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 (Mobile)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We ate from the tapas menu which was very good. The grilled organic pork was superb.
Wines were very good.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Although pricey, the paella was great. Loved the tapas selections. Great cocktails.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Chose this place because of proximity to hotel, our late arrival to the city and the menu. Our table had pear confit salad and salmorejo, garlic shrimp, and chicken canalonas de pollo. To be honest, I didn't love the chicken dish ---but I think it was more because I was unfamiliar with the dish and was just trying something new. I didn't realize the chicken would be ground up and there would be SO much creamy stuff. But -- the flavor was good. My friend had the garlic shrimp. Now THAT was DEliciuos. The soup and salad choices were very good as well (so am thinking the chicken thing was just me). The overall atmosphere is very friendly, noisy and bustling. Very friendly. I'd definitely go again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Fun, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Vegan, Casual, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Only experienced the breakfast all was good. Service was good to

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This restaurant closes at 4pm on Sundays yet, our reservation was accepted. Loved what we saw on the menu. Disappointing to arrive right on time only to be told they were closed. :(. Please work with the restaurant to update their hours of operation. Thank you.

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was amazing! Best paella in the city. Brussel sprouts and potatoes is a just have! Make sure to ask for Akeshia! Her service topped everything off!

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

The ambiance was okey,but nothing special and so was the food however very overprized and No I would-be not recommanderen thuis place to anybody

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great friendly service. Wonderful food. Perfect for foodies. Authentic. Excellent wine list and drinks. Overall it was a great experience! Highly recommend. Will gladly promote.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tapas, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Warning to future brunch go-ers, they don't serve tapas in the restaraunt til the afternoon. They do have a small selection at the bar, but they make you send someone to the bar on the other side of the building to order, wait there, and bring them back to your table (and they put the items on a separate bill).

The food was actually quite decent (but a tad pricey for the quality). It was just annoying that one of our friends had to sit by himself at the bar for 20 minutes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

At the risk of blowing this place up, go visit Bota Tapas at 490 Geary. Chef spent time in Barcelona. Food is exquisite without be precious. Smoke oysters tonight were fresh Miyagis delivered in a smoke-filled dome. Each oyster embraced in it's shell with chorizo, sherry vinegar, lemon air and micro greens. Everything was great from the brussel sprouts to patatas bravas to lampchops with a pistachio marscapone and best of all the grilled secreto which is highly flavorful and juicy cut of the pig that is really hard to find. Wine selection matched the food. Even dessert was solid with a twist on creme brulee with a lemon custard. They've only been there 7 months. It's worth the trip.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Tapas, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Fantastic authentic Spanish paella and tapas at a great price. Service was excellent. What a gem! We will be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Absolutely great Spanish tapas in downtown SFO, recommendable!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Bofa turned out to be a great surpize. Very convenient for pre or post theater meals. The service was top notch. Everyone was very accommodating for our mobility problem. The waiter made excellent recommendations. Food was delicious. We especially enjoy Tapas. We'll be back.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Tapas in the theater district. We stopped in here for an early dinner between plays on a sunny Saturday. Our server was new to the restaurant but knew the menu inside and out, especially regarding gluten free options. Try the generous portion of tasty olives, tender shrimp in garlic in an iron skillet at your table, divine lamb chops with pistachios and mascarpone, ultra rich canalones del pollo, washed down with an excellent, not too sweet house sangria. They have 4 different tempranillo options by the glass which were also superb. Follow that with their gluten free olive cake and you have a wonderful dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Mediocre food barely a notch above Chipotle, but at twice the price. And about as much ambience. Not a serious restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Food was very good. My friend and i agreed that the waiter in training was snarky and made a face when i asked where one on the tapas dishes was after we were finished with the other dishes. He said "it's in the oven." Additionally, my friend arrived before I did and in a nearly empty restaurant at 6:15pm, she was seated-behind a glass panel near the door. When I told the same waiter and others at the front desk that we would like to move there was push back until the woman training the waiter overheard and stepped in and moved us to another table in the other room. I didnt feel welcomed and will not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Wonderful appetizers, seafood paella and warm services.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 4, 2017

We went there on our last night in San Francisco. It was close to the hotel (within walking distance). We were seated right away & we chose the tall tables. This was our first visit there & we weren't that hungry so this place was good.

Server took our beverage orders right away. When beverages were delivered, he advised us about the menu. Single (smaller portions) however the center items on the menu are meant to be shared (& more expensive). He advised that those items take a minimum of 25 minutes to cook & to be patient.

We opted for the single, smaller portions which came out quickly. We were all done w/our meals within a half hour of being seated. It was a good place to eat. We were not disappointed. It was just a bit pricey.

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Good spot for a delicious meal before the theater. Service was attentive and prompt. Good variety of interesting Spanish dishes to share.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Charming restaurant across from the Geary . Food was excellent. Great Iberico Jamon, squid ink paella. The service was great(waiter- Mark), very attentive without being overbearing, and knowledgeable of the food. Definitely go again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I was there about two months ago and it was a lot more enjoyable reason why I came back.. The menu was also different. (in a bad way). I have to say that I was quite disappointed

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Server not terribly knowledgeable of the menu. Menu was very limited. For the quality of the food the price was high. Very limited wine list. Not a single California wine on the list. I understand this is a Spanish restaurant, but good lord almighty in the skies, this is California wine country.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Tapas were amazing-best things on the menu. Only complaint I had was the waiter brought all the dishes at once, rather than one by one, so the food would not get cold. Kitchen should learn to pace things better.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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