Broken Spanish

4.6
1191 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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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.
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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group had dinner before attending a performance at the Music Center and it was our second visit and just as wonderful as we remembered it. The service is excellent & warm plus they get you out on time without making you feel rushed. Our waiter did a great job of helping us select the right number of plates to adequately feed our party of five, as well as giving us a balanced & flavorful selection. Each dish was impeccable and distinct in taste. The albondigas are amazing with a deep smoky, spicy sauce. The heirloom tortillas with whipped carnitas fat were heavenly. The lamb neck tamales have a very refined and slightly sweet masa. The chicharron is phenomenal. The person in our party that had the Flanna Cotta said it was the best desert she's had, plus it's a beautiful presentation. The cucumber/habanero/mint sorbet is amazing. Other favorites include pollo prensado, pulpo, barbacoa and fundido. If you love margaritas, order it with mezcal...you won't be sorry. Broken Spanish has made our list of favorite restaurants downtown.

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

Interesting take on latin cuisine.

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I was very excited to make a reservation at Broken Spanish, as I had read on multiple sites that it was a "top LA restaurant". When I arrived at the restaurant, the hostess seemed stressed and distracted - I told her a had a reservation and she told my date and I to wait. We were seated about 10 minutes after our reservation. Honestly, my initial experience was something I expected from a snooty NYC restaurant, but not an LA staple.

Once we were seated, the experience was definitely better as our waiter was very kind and the food was brought out quickly. The food was probably a 7/10. Both my date and I ordered the quesadilla, which was great, but not for the price of $19. The best part the evening was the Mezcal Margarita I ordered which was a 10/10 drink!

Overall, my disappointment with this restaurant stems from the hype, the over priced menu, and the way we were treated upon arrival.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. attentive service, attractive setting, the food was creative and interesting without being over the top. I'd happily return.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Queso Fundido and Borrego were exceptional! 👌🏼

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RL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and the service was very good. We were really excited to try this restaurant having heard from friends and seen it on the Food Channel. We were very well taken care of by the service staff. But very disappointed in how they presented the bill. There were two line items on the bill for 'service charge 11%', (although only one was actually added to the total, but two line items). I was stunned to think they were only adding 11% service charge for such great service. I asked the waiter and he told me that they put it on the bill to give 11% as a gratuity for the kitchen staff, etc. This is in addition to the gratuity that you chose to leave for the server. But the waiter also told me that you can have it removed if you wanted but had to ask. We found this to be very deceptive to customers and in very poor taste to their wait staff, who probably make less because people think that 11% is already included for them. The model is deceiving. Shame that a business puts so much investment in the quality of the food, hiring good people, etc, but in one small act of non-transparency can eliminate all that goodwill.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, flavors original and bright. Service was good, not great. Ambiance was original, but loud for a dinner you want to have a conversation in.

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TE
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Before Michael Buble concert at Staples

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LG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

FOOD IS ALWAYS GREAT! Never disappointing.

I’ve taken notice severs don’t have the courtesy of notifying patrons of last call for food or drinks . On two separate occasions, I’ve tried to order a drink and dessert, only to be told they are done for the night. Lack of communication and service. I get it everybody wants to go home but do your job right . Very annoyed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING FOOOD!!!!!!!

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MO
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks!

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AC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love eating at broken Spanish !! Eating chef’s food transports me my grandmothers kitchen. Huge shout out to the lentils and the esquite!!

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for her birthday. Food...awesome! Service....impeccable. Well trained and knowledgeable staff provided very disciplined service. cant wait to go back

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BF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant couldn't actually be any better! Amazing!

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, creative. Service was excellent, friendly.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was hella good and our server(s) were kind a d welcoming. The asparagus tostada, papas, oxtail Quesadillas and borrego were wonderful. Yet, my partner and I were by a window with a good number of moths and flies buzzing about. My partner asked to be moved, but all that was offered was the bar seating. Also the drink options could be expanded, not everyone is a fan of tequilas and mezcals. Still def will be returning.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Make sure you check your bill at this place!! Our server added $100 worth of drinks to our bill when all I ordered from him was a glass of wine. He then proceeded to argue with me, insisting that I bought the drinks at the bar and that they were transferred to my tab. I had only bought one drink at the bar because we were seated for 15 minutes with nobody taking our drink order, and I closed out my tab there. I showed the server my receipt and he continued to argue. Worst experience ever. I have never left a zero tip ever in my life and I dine out twice a day. I’ve also never had to get up and get my own drink at the bar. Manager walked by a few times and saw me looking obviously annoyed that nobody was helping us, but did ask if we needed anything. Last time I will ever eat here.

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JF
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

What a pleasant surprise. I read about the restaurant on Eater and it surpassed the description. The food was delicious! It's quite loud though

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SC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was absolutely outstanding! We ordered the Pulpo ( octopus) the Barbacoa and desert. All dishes had an abundance of flavor. My only critic is the restroom, two stalls... not enough for how busy this restaurant gets.

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great. It seemed to be a little pricey, but I would dine there again.

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JC
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mexican fusion on another level

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OT
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time, great food, great atmosphere.

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CB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is extreme flavors, have to be great to explore. If anyone is particular in your group this is not a great option. Also not an option for children most food is on spicy side. Excellent cocktails and tortillas.

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MF
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food wasn’t that good for the money and the cocktail was terrible

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R
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was way too expensive for those small portions.

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CB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been here multiple times now. Might have loved it even more on the latest occasion.

Everything is delicious and everything is spicy (just how I like it).

1. Tostada = amazing. Shared this but would recommend getting one for each person, they're so good.
2. Quesadilla was very tasty, very satisfying.
3. Papas were amazing. 4. A broccoli special they offered on the night was great. Combined those two dishes in tortillas as taco filling.
5. Spinach tamale was great. Just delicious.

As always, the margaritas are among the best you'll ever have.

I've had the chile relleno before as well. also amazing and will have to remember to order next time since I didn't on this occasion (another one you need to order one per person for).

Also had the chicharron before, which was cool, but not my favorite. Happy enough to skip it this time.

I feel like there's this misguided notion that Mexican food can't be good enough to warrant these prices, that Mexican food shouldn't be expensive. I defy that. I've eaten at Michellin star restaurants in Paris and even in L.A. that aren't nearly this good, and paid 2 or 3 times the price for my trouble. Just because you can get the world's most amazing food (a carnitas taco at a hole in the wall in Mexico City) for the equivalent of 50 cents doesn't mean you can't pay good money for Mexican food made with real inventiveness and fine ingredients here.

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C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

There were multiple parties that were extremely loud. We were seated right next to them and had to ask to move elsewhere. After that, we were put at a table against the main wall, that was sideways instead of vertically with the rest of the tables. Essentially, we were behind another table. In order for our waiter to reach us, he needed to climb over the patrons at the table beside us, angering them. We couldn't even get up to use the restroom without crawling over their table. I'm from NYC and this was so stupidly close that they wouldn't even do this in NY!

The food was lovely, but way too high a price tag for it. For 3 sharing plates and no drinks, we spent $100.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service!

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DG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The noise was atrocious. Some from hr acoustics but mostly from a loud business party. They should have been cut off because they could not handle their alcohol and were falling out of their seats and screaming. Basically ruined our meal.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service and nice interiors. But very loud / poor acoustics

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. We loved it

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F
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unique menu offerings. Waiter was helpful in his suggestions. Food was tasty.

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LL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very delicious and satisfying date night dinner.

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MT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in LA. We came from Aus for this place. Chef Ray if you want to move to Australia with your family buzz me! If you come to Australia come at at either ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ or soon ‘Esteban’

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Our waitress was friendly , mentioned the anniversary ( she actually read the reservation) and she made off menu suggestions for my baby ( he’s 13 months old ). He loved the all cheese quesadilla ! The food was delicious and the vibe was great.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals we’ve had in Los Angeles in a long time. Anyone who considers themselves an adventurous diner needs to be checking this place out. We as a city need to place higher value and therefore be willing to pay at a higher price point for the skillfully made cuisines of Mexico, Central and South America (and everywhere else that is not Western Europe, for that matter!) which are no less complex, labor intensive and nuanced than “classical” fine dining. Incredible cooking and flavors from start to finish.

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m
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great - good place to share dishes with friends. Just think it's a bit expensive for the tiny portions.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg! This place is amazing! Love all the yummy food! So good!

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LE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I was so hopeful about this restaurant. It had a great menu and was close to my hotel. I wanted to like it but I can't. I had so many better meals for less money in LA during my trip. The queso was broken and tasted overly of tomatoes, the tortillas were underseasoned, the beats were literally just beets in a bowl with a sauce, the desert was so busy I had no idea what I was eating. The tamale was actually quite good and I would recommend it. Maybe you would have better luck ordering something else.

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