Sunday - Thursday, 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday - Friday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Broken Spanish offers an experience that is Unique, Characteristic, and Beautiful in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.View Private Dining Details
What Insiders Are Saying
You might think Mexican food is best served sloppy and cheap. Downtown's Broken Spanish will prove you wrong.
I didn't know what to expect. The food was excellent. The tostada, the spinach tamale and the roasted chicken achiote were each a surprise and imaginative. The bar area is quite loud, and the dining room wasn't much lower in volume. Not a place for a quiet conversation, but very lively and fun. I will go back.
Dishes too similar
Food was absolutely amazing. Atmosphere very nice. And staff very attentive and friendly.
The food here was definitely crafted but whomever is cooking is having a heavy hand at spicing things up. All 4 people in my party agreed every thing we ordered and we ordered 8-10 items were too spicy.
You can tell the food was a lovely conhunatin but when spice over powers everything including the meatballs and beets you’ve lost your ability to taste what you are cooking.
Very good food and very nice service. A bit overpriced unfortunately in my opinion.
Absolutely amazing creative food. A Twist on classic Mexican and Spanish food that has always created an amazing response from every guest I’ve brought to the restaurant.
Amazing Food! I would go back ASAP. I don't live close, but would travel to go there
An upscale, unique take on Mexican classics as well as new and interesting foods and flavors of the Southwest. Thoroughly enjoyable experience from drinks to the food. We left feeling satisfied and all agreed this was some of the best food from Mexico/the Southwest we had ever enjoyed (better than Taco Maria in the OC).
My wife and I were blown away with the food. The taste and the presentation of our food was exceptional. We had the barbacoa that was tender and juicy great flavor too!! We will definitely go back to try other items from the menu. Traditional food is not, it’s quite the opposite. Will highly recommend to friends and family.
The food is delicious and the drinks are great. If you like Mexican food and you like creative food then this is what you are looking for. Everything on the menu is stellar and the mezcal drinks go perfect with the menu. Great location and great service, you will be impressed and before you know it you will be planning to come back for more because I have.
I wasn’t pleased w this restaurant. Our second Course, the Pulpo (Octopus And black beans) came out cold. Our drinks were were watered down. We ordered the Famous chicharron, and it wasn’t explained well. When we told our server we were unhappy with it, and that he second Course was cold, his reply was, “oh I’m sorry” and walked away. He offered us tortillas, but never mentioned about he $7 charge for them. He brought a piece of something for my fiancé’s bday, and said, “sorry it’s small” when he placed it down and walked away. We’re both chefs. I took him for his bday, it was not a good experience.
My wife and I have dined here on several occasions and have enjoyed it each and every time. The tamales are outstanding as well as the abondigas and the specials that are offered. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates really good Mexican food with a gourmet approach.
A friend recommended this place saying the food was great. Great ambiance but food was a little too salty. I thought all the dishes were ok, nothing fabulous. Good tequila though. I think it would make a cute date spot. I wouldn't go there again but glad I finally went to see what it was about.
Amazing cocktails and stunningly creative Mexican cuisine. Ray
Garcia is a master!
Outstanding food. The flavors were amazing. Great service as well. A little noisy but it was a Friday night and crowded.
Flavor, flavor, flavor! Our dishes were oozing with it! So much goodness! Bravo!!
A bit pricy for what you get
We had high hopes for Broken Spanish. They didn't get fulfilled. Our server, Adam, was the best part of the night. He was great.
Basically, in a nutshell, it is a very pricy dinner, for waaaaay too much picante spice. I was with my Oaxacan friend and she couldn't stop saying how the food was not at all typical to Mexico. While I personally didn't need the food to be "typical Mexican", I did want it to be creative and flavorful. Even though we specified to keep the spiciness to a level of "medium", every dish had enough heat that it overpowered what could have been a rather yummy dish. We had several apps, shared the pulpo entree, and each had 2 drinks. The drinks were tasty, but for what you got for a $14 drink, they didn't make up for the overly spicy food. You have to ask (and pay for) tortillas. Even the Queso Fundido didn't come with anything to put the cheese on! Are we supposed to just scoop piles of cheese into our mouths, straight-up? The noise level was off the charts. You can barely hear your tablemate, without literally almost shouting. NO bueno. The total for 4 drinks, 3 apps and 1 entree, before tip? $180. Plus, there was the $9 Valet fee. So no, sadly, I cannot recommend Broken Spanish to anyone.
Outstanding food and service as usual!
The food was delicious so many options and they catered to a vegetarian/vegan diet too.
The environment was loud even in the back room but it's an attractively designed space.
Service was prompt and our waitress offered a lot of lovely suggestions about what to order.
Prices are expensive.
Food is really nice, full of flavor.
Delicious. We had the ensalada, queso fundido and the fried whole snapper. We devoured everything to the point where the waiter said he had never seen anyone eat the fish down to the skeleton like that before lol. You can see the before and after pics in this review. It's just so rare to find a restaurant in the US that serves a whole fish like that. Nice ambiance that isn't too casual nor too pretentious. Just a chill, stylish spot serving great, fresh food.
This was my third time at Broken Spanish and it was better than ever. Really hard to overstate the quality of service, ambiance or location. But what's really amazing is the food. Housemade tortillas with refried lentils, a fresh salad with Meyer lemon dressing, lamb neck tamales and barbacoa. Sounds really simple, but there was nothing simple about any of it. Do yourself a favor and get there ASAP
The food was good however a bit too spicy and I can handle spice. Other than that it was good
So loud I was shouting across the table to my daughter. Food wasn’t as good as the last few times.
Love it best modern Mexican food in town.!!!!
Had an excellent overall experience. Some of the best tapas I’ve eaten. For the best eating experience try a little bit of everything together - I had the esquites with the lamb shank and the flavors really went well together.
Food was very, very good. Service was great as well. Drinks were on point. Worth the price but always feel a bit weird paying a lot for Mexican food, but I would def go back.
Chiccaron did not disappoint! Everything raised the level of you pallet. Layers of unique flavor and adventure.
No value here!! $64 for a plate of snapper? $49 for a plate of short ribs?? Both were to share which should make the pricing ok except the portion could have easily been eaten by one person....who would have wanted tortillas (6 for $7-9) and shredded cabbage (tiny bowl for about 12 bucks)
Come on!! yes it’s LA but there are LOTS of great LA restaurants who charge big bucks but you walk away satisfied!
This restaurant was recommended to us
The cocktails were great
The bartender a little surly
The hostess staff very attentive
The waitress was nice and gave some good recommendations
But...for being family style as they described, the amount of food was in very small amounts, chicken served on the bone and difficult to pull and divide among the four of us!
you pay for everything! including the tortillas which seems kind of ridiculous! They weren’t any better in flavor than those that accompany at a traditional restaurant The menu selections were limited at best
There was no good value. Very expensive for very small amounts of food and honestly a confusing concept. It felt more like a tapas restaurant.
My wife and I really enjoyed the tamales with lamb and the abondigas as well. The lamb shank was outstanding also. I would recommend this restaurant to those who are foodies and like to try different foods.
Some dishes were good others were bland. The front of house staff and other wait staff were friendly and helpful but our server must have been having a rough day. She wasn’t very nice nor attentive. She may have been having trouble hearing us because of the loud noise but was still obviously preoccupied and didn’t think much of us. Maybe it was because we had a new baby with us (who slept the whole time). I don’t think I would go back.
Our table was so dark, we couldn’t see the food, let alone eat it. The service was unpleasant despite the restaurant being relatively quiet. Would not recommend.
This is an absolute treasure. My wife and went there for our anniversary (spurred on by the restaurant being featured on Anthony Bourdain) and it was, in short, a flawless dining experience. We were very thoughtfully greeted with champagne as a courtesy since it was a special occasion. Anthony who helped us was very courteous, knowledgeable and forthcoming and made sure we were very well taken care of. We ordered about 8 or 9 different dishes and every single one was spectacular. Standouts were the bone marrow elote, the whole red snapper , the lamb carnitas and the tamale - but honestly it was all insanely delicious. We’ll definitely will come back!
If you are in the mood for inventive food with a Mexican flair, Broken Spanish does the trick. I particularly enjoyed the Albondigas (duck meatballs) appetizer. The cocktails are very good, including the basic Broken Spanish margarita. Our server was especially friendly and helpful with the menu. The atmosphere is lively and seating is a bit close, so I would not recommend it for quiet private conversation. An enjoyable dinner.
Every dish was carefully curated and executed. The whole red snapper was to die for! The service was amazing and the ambiance was great. This is a great place to eat before seeing an event at LA LIVE.
Great food but too expensive, made worse by the 4% appreciation tax.
Tamales are excellent and excellent service !
The place is close to a staples Center
Excellent meal. Fresh ingredients, good level of vibrant spiciness and really well crafted and balanced plates. Only miss was the dessert- corn biscuits were too dry but all else was terrific. Would definitely come back.