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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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and attention to detail was great. Drinks were crafted well and very balanced to pair with the rich food. Their take on Mexican food was interesting and delicious. Ultimately , we went to try the desserts from Chef Marquez. We saw his creativity on the show Chopped and it did not disappoint in person. We would go back again as it was a very delightful experience overall.

MC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance was excellent. We had two drinks and two appetizers so I can’t comment on the entrees. I must say it was very expensive and you have to order/pay for tortillas separately from an appetizer that requires them. Our bill came to $74 for the order. The entrees were even higher so be prepared.
The ratio of high cost to value is the only reason I won’t return.

c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. Loved every dish. Nice place to share family style. Fresh. Will be back when visiting. Thanks

E
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal!! We came here on a recommendation from Chef Mario Christerna, and we were very impressed! Great meal, ambiance, the drinks and the food were both superb. And we loved all the authentic decor with the blown glass and terracotta lights, it was very unique and modern while still paying homage to the authentic culture. 5 stars!

R
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bathroom was not clean and a disappointment, otherwise this was a place we would like to go back again for a wonderful meal. Maybe more selections in the menu would be nice.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere. Accommodating to one member of our party who is gluten free. Tamales were awesome!

HS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an absolutely incredible meal. The queso fondito, papas and the tamales are not to be missed!

r
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was recommended by a friend, can't wait to come back my next trip to LA

J
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The decor and ambiance of the restaurant is nice. Service was very slow. We were seated for almost half an hour before the server came over to finally take our meal order. However, the food and beverages were mediocre and overpriced. The drinks that we ordered were mostly ice. The drinks were probably 75% ice--very overpriced for drinks ranging from $15-$20. As to the food: extremely salty, lacking flavor, and not well presented. We ordered the cheese fondue appetizer, which was greasy and salty. The octopus appetizer was very salty and lacking flavor. The lamb shank and short rib were decent, but they also were too salty and didn't have an appealing presentation. They were placed on a large bed of beans, without much else. I would say that the best part of the meal was the arroz con leche dessert-tasty, flavorful, and well presented. For a meal that cost almost $250, it was a waste of money. Poor value. I wouldn't return to this restaurant ever again.

GO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great special occasion place

JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Only disappointment was that my fiancées car got scratched from using the Valet.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible. It took forever for us to eat. We ordered the chicken and the waiter never notified the kitchen. This caused quite a delay. Once the chicken finally arrived, it was tasteless and undercooked. It had some green sauce that must be very expensive because the chicken costs over 30 dollars! Total waste of both time and money.
In regards to the drinks, w had to return one back. We ended up just ordering wine since it’s a safe choice.
The one highlight was the chicharron. However, overall the restaurant is not one I would recommend. One plate is not enough to rate a restaurant as a good one.
I never write reviews and I felt the need to write this one. That should tell you everything.

GA
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ahhhhhhhhhhh it was good

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erica and Jose made our evening so so special. We will be back for sure. Incredible food, service and people/

F
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was with a group of four. The server was honest about the portion sizes. Lots of great flavor in all the dishes. Great location and good for groups.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A True Pearl Of the Los Angeles Restaurant Dining Experiences

p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. Almost wished we had more people dining with us so that we could choose more options to try! 4 dishes between 2 people was plenty.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks! Loved our waitress!

T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend asked for a new dining experience and this place did not disappoint. Wow, party in your mouth!! Food exceeded our expectations and enjoyed the umami in every dish.

DP
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first visit to Broken Spanish. I was greeted promptly and with a smile by the hostess which is a nice way to begin an evening. I arrived a little early so I sat at the bar and enjoyed a couple refreshing cocktails with Mezcal - Oaxacan Remedy while I waited on my friend. When dinner began we got a nice corner table at the window which was a nice people-watching seat. The food was delicious - bone in steak, frijoles and oxtail quesadillas. On my next visit I’ll have to try more of the Mexican fare because the menu looked interesting. The service was great and the sommelier came out to tell us more about wine. Overall it was a delightful evening.

JP
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was not good, too heavy on salt, and cheese ,Wait service was awful, felt rushed, and not attended to with hospitality. They also forgot something we ordered. Overall horrible experience, would never go back or recommend.

DG
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Not the usual Mexican food by any means!! Wholly unexpected and delicious with innovative flavor combinations that will knock you over! Definitely exceptional!

AR
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

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

OT
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was a little rude h and small portions for a big price but very fun atmosphere and excellent service

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
11 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!

G
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place love the upscale Mexican food

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
81 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.

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