Broken Spanish

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$31 to $50
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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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dinner! Just wished we could’ve eaten more but our stomachs can only hold so much!

KK
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Fantastic food and cocktails, terrible service. Make sure to double-check your bill at the end.

MF
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second time going in a week... So I certainly think it is worth it. Great service once again!

t
Los Angeles
124 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food and drinks are always great! i had a spicy tequila drink and the hongos and loved them both. a bit pricey but you know that going into it.

MF
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening

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LD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely delicious and authentic Mexican food with a modern update! Not sure why it took me so long to make it to Broken Spanish, but I will sure be back many more times. Fun atmosphere good energy and also great drinks.

ED
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The noise level destroys the effort of the kitchen and the pleasure of dining

EC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Good ambiance. Ok food. Great drinks. Service was good. Waiter told every table the same line of how the tamales were the best tamales he’s ever had. We got the same. Funny.
The Oaxaca remedy and El Antiguo drinks were divine. The cabbage with cueritos lacked cueritos even though we asked for extra Cueritos. The albóndigas were very tasty. The octopus dish was ok—nothing to crave again. Tortillas were mediocre. Our bill was $180. We don’t mind paying that and more but it was disappointing and were not interested in rushing back to dine there again. Drinks. Yes!

AS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and I'm glad we went. All of the prices were pretty high, though. The chicken thigh, queso, and duck meatball starters were all great. The tortillas were good but the carnitas fat spread wasn't appetizing, and certainly not worth the extra money. The corn/zucchini tamales and the lamb dish were both very tasty. Drinks were good but also overpriced for the size.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The combination of flavors was fantastic! We loved the surprising fig and green bean tostada and all the tamales! The tortillas especially were so delicious. Wonderful margaritas. Expensive, but worth it!

NC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food that was taken to the next level of experience, can’t wait to go again for more!

NL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Menu is a little difficult to understand, we had to ask for lots of suggestions/recommendations from our server. I'm all for adventurous or lesser used ingredients, but I wasn't quite sure what the options even were!

LG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always on point & I’ve noticed the service has majorly improved. Love this place!

D
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good but felt rushed by server.

RQ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The corn is amazing. Red snapper was perfect! The taste was great and it had an amazing lemony, mildly spicy broth. Bill was high but thats because we had a good amount of drinks.

MA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was inventive, original and tasty. We ate ate at the bar, and the bartender had complete command of the best things on the menu. I will be back.

O
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Limited menu but the options I selected were all well prepared, very flavorful. Great ambience for a night out with friends or your significant other.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wish the menu had more variety & you could have happy hour while sitting at a table as well as the bar.
Overall I would recommend trying it out & having one of their great margaritas

s
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been wanting to try out Broken Spanish since I first moved to LA and was not disappointed. Innovative, delicious cuisine that challenges the stereotypes of Mexican food as being "cheap" or simple, and instead it gives it its rightful place as one of the epicurean epicenters of both the ancient and modern world.

DO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and nice ambience. A gem in DTLA that is well worth the visit. Try the quesadilla:)

BT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food, service started well then sputtered. The noise level was well over 100 decibels for most of our meal.

P
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent, innovative food, lovely staff.

G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There was too much vinegar/acidity in every dish we got (we ordered 4 dishes).

JB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small menu, but everything was fabulous! We tried the chicken mole and the braised lamb shank as entrees and we were blown away. Home made tortillas allows customers to custom made soft tacos. It is called a taqueria, but the ambience is anything but a traditional taqueria. Next time you are at Staples, walk the block to this fantastic restaurant.

LA
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food loved it will return.

KL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Honestly one of the best meals I have ever had in my life. Every dish that came out was better than the last and the family style service allowed us to try everything. It was bursting with flavor! Everyone in my party has been raving about it since!

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our whole meal and the service was tremendous.

KC
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Service started great, then slowed significantly. High noise level, so if you’re looking for a quiet romantic date this happening and hopping spot is not the best choice. Did you hear me say excellent food though?

P
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and lovely vibe. Can’t wait to return

L
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly Amazing. Food was fresh, colorful and bursting with flavor. Service impeccable!

CD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks are amazing. Service was spectacular and intentional!

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Tostada and margarita were good but everything else was a bust

DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service and the food was amazing! What a great experience definitely coming back!

LG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always food is delicious and today we received much better service than ever before. Perfect dining experience.

GC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our third visit to Broken Spanish, and each time we discover something new. This time it was the Whole Red Snapper, filleted at the table. Wonderfully flavored, and a great compliment to the Esquites (a repeat favorite), the Chile Relleno (unlike any I have had), the Spinach Tamale, and the Asparagus Tostada. We finished with the Flanna Cotta. Perfect evening!

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible layers of unique flavors in several dishes, especially the Tostada. The Chicharron is worth the money and lives up to the reviews. Everything we ate was superb and we're serious foodies. Great drink options too from the cocktails to the wines to the tequilas. Know that it's very noisy.

S
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was great but the menu was confusing and food was overpriced

BC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 30th Birthday with dinner and drinks here. Had an absolutely fabulous time. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lively!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Only the noise in the main room was bad. All the rest was very good.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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