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Broken Spanish, Los Angeles, CA

Broken Spanish

4.5
4.5
1417 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Broken Spanish follows the evolution of its chef, Ray Garcia. An amalgamation of the classically trained chef, born and raised in Los Angels, with the powerful influence of a Latin upbringing. Drawing inspiration and flavors from a diverse community, Broken Spanish offers an experience that is unique, characteristic, and beautiful. Broken Spanish displays Chef Ray Garcia’s distinct culinary perspective with an elevated contribution to a bountiful culinary history. The cuisine is expressed in bold yet refined flavors. Preparations demonstrate elements of long-established tradition, while finished dishes are showcased with modern appeal.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm Friday - Saturday, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm Happy Hour: Monday - Friday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 749-1460

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ray Garcia

  • Private party facilities

    Broken Spanish offers an experience that is Unique, Characteristic, and Beautiful in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

  • Private party contact

    Christiané Jones: (888) 989-1143

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    11th ST

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,417 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Native Angeleno, Been meaning to check out this place for a few months now. I typically don’t enjoy high end Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles. They usually miss the mark in honoring the authenticity of the cuisine. Broken Spanish was perfectly on point. The menu had an experimental take on traditional recipes while reintroducing some obscure dishes. The ONLY mexican restaurant I’d recommend to anyone visiting my hometown.
  2. LF

    LocalFoodie

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food. Great service. Amazing cocktails.
  3. MJ

    MiriamJ

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ray Garcia is a legend! Fantastic meal, killer cocktails - Broken Spanish never disappoints. THANK YOU!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first outing for a special birthday since the beginning of the pandemic. We sat on the patio and had a lovely night. The food, service and attention to safety was impeccable. I look forward to returning the next time I’m in Los Angeles.
  5. d

    dtlaeater

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place is a great choice for vegetarians and vegans. Refried lentils and beet salad are great.
  6. S

    Sevenson

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Othing else than great!
  7. MC

    MikeandChristine

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Creative dishes and cocktails. Due to COVID-19 we dine outside. Great experience.
  8. E

    Eric

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly balanced dishes! Extremely creative versions of classics! Up there in price but defiantly justified! Will be back again.
  9. MS

    MercedesS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great foor and Margaritas!. Very professional Service
  10. J

    Javi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They made my 5 year anniversary with my beautiful girl amazing! The service was exceptional, the food was out of this world, and the ambiance was beautiful! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and it was really good. The service was great and the Pavlova was the best we had ever eaten!
  12. BC

    BestCarmel

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Unbelievable flavors
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is very delicious and the service staff are very warm and friendly. The chochoyotes and S’mas are highly recommended.
  14. CR

    CassandraR

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We went for my husband’s birthday, and we were on time for our reservation for 4 however they were not. We waiting maybe 15 minutes. It was very busy and loud. Staff was friendly. We sat in the back dining room and it was so loud I really felt like I was in a mess hall or something. The acoustics are just very bad there. I think it’s on purpose though. It’s the architecture. It was a busy night (Saturday) so the service was a bit slow. But not intolerable. Food was good, most of what we ordered was very spicy, the chicken necks with the hot sauce were too much for me. The queso was good, and so were the tortillas. The lamb neck was very good. Melt In Your mouth fall off the bone. Would Rex one day that dish! then we ordered the whole snapper and it was very delicious. A really light fresh flavor to balance out all the spicy/ heavier stuff we I had before . Desserts were good. We ordered a few to share. Cocktails were also good. We enjoyed it but I’m not dying to go back. I would however recommend it.
  15. T

    Toya

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a delicious birthday dinner there with five guests. We practically fought over the food. The frijoles were the best we ever tasted.
  16. M

    Mohammed

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Turns the traditional notion of Mexican food on its head. Filtered through a second generation Mexican-American chef with classic French and European technique but still true to the roots of his food. So many delicious things on the menu hard to pick one. Was lucky enough to get the Chateaubriand special. Highly recommended!
  17. e

    elenac

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Loved the margaritas, refríed lentils & also cheese that came with tortillas. The masa soup was also excellent. At first we had some trouble deciding what dishes to select so that things would pair well together but our server (Liam) pointed us in the right direction. He was very attentive & helpful.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gerardo was an amazing server. His recommendations were on point and he was very attentive. His personality was very fun and friendly.
  19. HB

    HarrisB

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very trendy, over priced, way to loud, Soup served cold not hot, taco was cold , sent it back then it was hot, they sent over a special dish from the chief to say sorry.Which was appreciated I will not go back but I would go across the street to El Cholo for RESL Mexican food.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was great
  22. JW

    JWalker

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Excellent food, okay service. Would recommend though.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely little spot we’ve been missing out on. Great bang for your buck as well.
  24. RS

    RobertS

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was great, the tostada was the star dish. We didn't order from the large entrees though. Unfortunately we were seated in the back room on a night when there was a huge party going to the hockey game and the sound was deafening. They very nicely accommodated us and moved us to another table. Overall a very nice nite out.
  25. GD

    GraceD

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The restuarant has gone downhill. The food is good not great and on top of it the servings are miniscule. You are paying $48 for a piece of short rib that measures 2"X2" sitting in a bowl of beans. The $18 octopus appetizer had 5 cut up pieces of octopus with a bunch of garbanzo beans which could be bought at Trader Joes for .98 cents. Any self respecting abuelita would be embarrassed to serve such meager portions. The service was absent for the most part as well.
  26. LA

    LADiner

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Convenient to the Staples Center, Broken Spanish is a beautiful restaurant! The menu was very unique. The food was very good. However, it was extremely spicy. Even my drink had a kick! If you are not a spice fan, this might not be a good choice.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service and food were exceptional! Loved the desserts!
  28. KE

    KarlaE

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and phenomenal food! Can’t wait to go back!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was good, drinks were excellent
  30. DA

    DianeA

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an outstanding experience! Chef Ray Garcia is amazing and the service is on point!
  31. KD

    KatyD

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    This was highly recommended to us, but we didn’t love the current menu. We ordered 3 small plates and a salad, the simple salad was the best dish we had. The Brussels were undercooked, the meatballs were ok, the potatoes just average. We would have ordered more if we liked what we tried. The service and drinks were good. I would try it again, but won’t rush back. Apparently the men’s bathroom was a huge dirty mess too, which is not ideal.
  32. RJ

    RobertJ

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Dishes were hit or miss with too few hits. Really liked 2/5 dishes that we ordered and that didn't include the main dish. Service was spotty: the waiter only filled our water glasses once and took too long to take our orders compared to other guests seated around us. Also, with the limited space on the table we were always making room for other dishes because the empty ones weren't being cleared. For the premium charged,the mediocre service received, and the underwhelming food, I would not return or recommend to anyone.
  33. GF

    GabrielaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the food but why only 4 tortillas? I think for the amount of money we paid, we should get more.
  34. YB

    YvonneB

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4.5 stars! At first, the hostess gave us a table in the back room. Frankly, this place is too expensive to not sit in the main room. And it's a bit annoying that they always try to give away the less desireable tables, it should be the other way around. Anyway, we got another table. The food is excellent. Service was very good. A bit over-priced. It's tapas, so the portions are relatively small.
  35. EN

    ErnestoN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants we have been to! Must haves: tortillas with lentils, tamel, chili rellano and birria. The service is outstanding.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food2service5ambience4
    Los was to lemony, food was ok
  37. J

    Juanita

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Very overpriced for small portions and average tasting food and drinks. The chile rellwno was nice but the tiny tostada was NOT worth $16/each. The brussel sprouts came out at the end of our meal (which I thought was weird) and I absolutely disliked them. I would not return.
  38. PR

    PratikR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    The food items were not very good. We had the roasted lamb and the octopus as main course which were average tasting. I should have ordered something else instead. The only thing I liked was the cocktail but even that was expensive. $25 for a cocktail. We had the house special dessert which is another item that we liked. Overall an average experience.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delectable flavors, textures and ingredients made into extraordinary dishes. I love the super fresh sprigs of herbs and crunchy sprouts and veggies that seem to accompany most dishes and help to balance the utter decadent richness of the entrees. The papas alone are worth the visit. Duck heart tacos really shined with that creamy tangy combo. We Always order the tostadas for the fresh factor. Hongos took a backseat to everything else but were delightful in eggs the next morning. Not my thing, but my date was beside himself with the chicharron, which also made an appearance next morning. It came with a lovely smokey cabbage that tasted like it was marinated in mezcal! Not complaining. Super drinks. The tequila/mezcal list is beyond. If that’s your thing, you gotta. Dessert is always interesting. Beet gelato was challenging in a good way. The dessert plating really ends the night on a creative note. Service is on point. Pretty informal at the table. Really tight FOH. The pacing is a little fast for me. I like to live with a dish before another comes. The real winning factor is love put into the food. The kitchen (from what I can see from the counter) is confident and efficient, but friendly and low stress. The recipes are the gold and the culinary staff are execute with loyalty. It’s a quintessential LA experience. Would love to know more about the chef and his background, what led to the dishes.
  40. SG

    SGPSGP

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! #SpicyFood! Would for sure visit again next time I'm in DTLA....

FAQs

Broken Spanish does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Broken Spanish also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 749-1460.

Broken Spanish is rated 4.5 stars by 1417 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    11th ST

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm Friday - Saturday, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm Happy Hour: Monday - Friday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ray Garcia

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 749-1460

  • Private party facilities

    Broken Spanish offers an experience that is Unique, Characteristic, and Beautiful in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

  • Private party contact

    Christiané Jones: (888) 989-1143

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