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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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Fri-Sat 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Daily 7am to 11am
Saturday and Sunday Brunch
11am to 4pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking and paid public garages.
Chef Alex Bujoreanu and Chef Sergio Nic
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
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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.
bota tapas and paella bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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