Broken Spanish

4.5
956 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American
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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
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Phone number
(213) 749-1460
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ray Garcia
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th ST
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

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What Insiders Are Saying

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8.8

You might think Mexican food is best served sloppy and cheap. Downtown's Broken Spanish will prove you wrong.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 956 People Are Saying
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RH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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m
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Dishes too similar

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing. Atmosphere very nice. And staff very attentive and friendly.

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JA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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p
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and very nice service. A bit overpriced unfortunately in my opinion.

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RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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J
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing Food! I would go back ASAP. I don't live close, but would travel to go there

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CH
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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).

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

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n
Orange County
134 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LA
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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AB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing cocktails and stunningly creative Mexican cuisine. Ray
Garcia is a master!

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EH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding food. The flavors were amazing. Great service as well. A little noisy but it was a Friday night and crowded.

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BH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Flavor, flavor, flavor! Our dishes were oozing with it! So much goodness! Bravo!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A bit pricy for what you get

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SG
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

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.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service as usual!

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EC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is really nice, full of flavor.

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O
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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I
Tucson
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good however a bit too spicy and I can handle spice. Other than that it was good

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b
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

So loud I was shouting across the table to my daughter. Food wasn’t as good as the last few times.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love it best modern Mexican food in town.!!!!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Chiccaron did not disappoint! Everything raised the level of you pallet. Layers of unique flavor and adventure.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

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n
Orange County
134 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

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NW
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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EP
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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MS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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FM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food but too expensive, made worse by the 4% appreciation tax.

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DK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tamales are excellent and excellent service !

The place is close to a staples Center

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w
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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