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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Javi
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made my 5 year anniversary with my beautiful girl amazing! The service was exceptional, the food was out of this world, and the ambiance was beautiful! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and it was really good. The service was great and the Pavlova was the best we had ever eaten!

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BestCarmel
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unbelievable flavors

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very delicious and the service staff are very warm and friendly. The chochoyotes and S’mas are highly recommended.

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CassandraR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went for my husband’s birthday, and we were on time for our reservation for 4 however they were not. We waiting maybe 15 minutes. It was very busy and loud.
Staff was friendly.

We sat in the back dining room and it was so loud I really felt like I was in a mess hall or something.
The acoustics are just very bad there. I think it’s on purpose though. It’s the architecture.

It was a busy night (Saturday) so the service was a bit slow. But not intolerable.

Food was good, most of what we ordered was very spicy, the chicken necks with the hot sauce were too much for me.
The queso was good, and so were the tortillas. The lamb neck was very good. Melt In Your mouth fall off the bone. Would Rex one day that dish!
then we ordered the whole snapper and it was very delicious. A really light fresh flavor to balance out all the spicy/ heavier stuff we I had before .
Desserts were good. We ordered a few to share.
Cocktails were also good.
We enjoyed it but I’m not dying to go back.
I would however recommend it.

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Toya
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a delicious birthday dinner there with five guests. We practically fought over the food. The frijoles were the best we ever tasted.

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Mohammed
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Turns the traditional notion of Mexican food on its head. Filtered through a second generation Mexican-American chef with classic French and European technique but still true to the roots of his food.

So many delicious things on the menu hard to pick one. Was lucky enough to get the Chateaubriand special. Highly recommended!

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vipelenac
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Loved the margaritas, refríed lentils & also cheese that came with tortillas. The masa soup was also excellent. At first we had some trouble deciding what dishes to select so that things would pair well together but our server (Liam) pointed us in the right direction. He was very attentive & helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gerardo was an amazing server. His recommendations were on point and he was very attentive. His personality was very fun and friendly.

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vipHarrisB
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very trendy, over priced, way to loud,
Soup served cold not hot, taco was cold , sent it back then it was hot, they sent over a special dish from the chief to say sorry.Which was appreciated
I will not go back but I would go across the street to El Cholo for RESL Mexican food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great

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JWalker
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent food, okay service. Would recommend though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little spot we’ve been missing out on. Great bang for your buck as well.

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RobertS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was great, the tostada was the star dish. We didn't order from the large entrees though.
Unfortunately we were seated in the back room on a night when there was a huge party going to the hockey game and the sound was deafening. They very nicely accommodated us and moved us to another table. Overall a very nice nite out.

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GraceD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The restuarant has gone downhill. The food is good not great and on top of it the servings are miniscule. You are paying $48 for a piece of short rib that measures 2"X2" sitting in a bowl of beans. The $18 octopus appetizer had 5 cut up pieces of octopus with a bunch of garbanzo beans which could be bought at Trader Joes for .98 cents.
Any self respecting abuelita would be embarrassed to serve such meager portions. The service was absent for the most part as well.

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vipLADiner
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Convenient to the Staples Center, Broken Spanish is a beautiful restaurant! The menu was very unique. The food was very good. However, it was extremely spicy. Even my drink had a kick! If you are not a spice fan, this might not be a good choice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food were exceptional! Loved the desserts!

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KarlaE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and phenomenal food! Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was good, drinks were excellent

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vipDianeA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an outstanding experience! Chef Ray Garcia is amazing and the service is on point!

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vipKatyD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was highly recommended to us, but we didn’t love the current menu. We ordered 3 small plates and a salad, the simple salad was the best dish we had. The Brussels were undercooked, the meatballs were ok, the potatoes just average. We would have ordered more if we liked what we tried. The service and drinks were good. I would try it again, but won’t rush back. Apparently the men’s bathroom was a huge dirty mess too, which is not ideal.

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RobertJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Dishes were hit or miss with too few hits. Really liked 2/5 dishes that we ordered and that didn't include the main dish.

Service was spotty: the waiter only filled our water glasses once and took too long to take our orders compared to other guests seated around us. Also, with the limited space on the table we were always making room for other dishes because the empty ones weren't being cleared.

For the premium charged,the mediocre service received, and the underwhelming food, I would not return or recommend to anyone.

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GabrielaF
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the food but why only 4 tortillas? I think for the amount of money we paid, we should get more.

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YvonneB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4.5 stars! At first, the hostess gave us a table in the back room. Frankly, this place is too expensive to not sit in the main room. And it's a bit annoying that they always try to give away the less desireable tables, it should be the other way around. Anyway, we got another table. The food is excellent. Service was very good. A bit over-priced. It's tapas, so the portions are relatively small.

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ErnestoN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants we have been to! Must haves: tortillas with lentils, tamel, chili rellano and birria. The service is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience4

Los was to lemony, food was ok

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vipUmangiP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Very overpriced for small portions and average tasting food and drinks. The chile rellwno was nice but the tiny tostada was NOT worth $16/each. The brussel sprouts came out at the end of our meal (which I thought was weird) and I absolutely disliked them. I would not return.

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PratikR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food items were not very good. We had the roasted lamb and the octopus as main course which were average tasting. I should have ordered something else instead. The only thing I liked was the cocktail but even that was expensive. $25 for a cocktail. We had the house special dessert which is another item that we liked. Overall an average experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delectable flavors, textures and ingredients made into extraordinary dishes. I love the super fresh sprigs of herbs and crunchy sprouts and veggies that seem to accompany most dishes and help to balance the utter decadent richness of the entrees. The papas alone are worth the visit. Duck heart tacos really shined with that creamy tangy combo. We Always order the tostadas for the fresh factor. Hongos took a backseat to everything else but were delightful in eggs the next morning. Not my thing, but my date was beside himself with the chicharron, which also made an appearance next morning. It came with a lovely smokey cabbage that tasted like it was marinated in mezcal! Not complaining. Super drinks. The tequila/mezcal list is beyond. If that’s your thing, you gotta. Dessert is always interesting. Beet gelato was challenging in a good way. The dessert plating really ends the night on a creative note. Service is on point. Pretty informal at the table. Really tight FOH. The pacing is a little fast for me. I like to live with a dish before another comes. The real winning factor is love put into the food. The kitchen (from what I can see from the counter) is confident and efficient, but friendly and low stress. The recipes are the gold and the culinary staff are execute with loyalty. It’s a quintessential LA experience. Would love to know more about the chef and his background, what led to the dishes.

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vipSGPSGP
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! #SpicyFood! Would for sure visit again next time I'm in DTLA....

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LisaC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the creative aspect of the flavors. The chairs in the aft dining are too low and uncomfortable. however. B

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food but the menu was somewhat limited. But I would come back if I was in the area.

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viperica
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal for me, my mama and oldest brother. Excellent friendly service with impeccable wine list

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place for a group !! Good was excellent, didn’t love the deserts.

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vipBJeanW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious - the short ribs, Brussel sprouts, salad, octopus ... and although I was very disappointed that the cucumber jalapeño sorbet is off the menu, the pear and passion fruit flavors were great. All in all another terrific meal.

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vipgino
Cincinnati
105 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

poor service, REALLY REALLY LOUD, so many better options. drinks were great though

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ROMY
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Small portions, very pricy, noisy, everything was super spicy. Will not be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Amazing ambiance and drinks! The food was good, but menu was somewhat limited and the “entrada” portions were smaller than expected.

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OaxMex
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Broken Spanish showed a frustrated approach on imitating Mexican Gastronomy. I am Oaxacan. It is Overpriced. Forgettable.

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Broken Spanish does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Broken Spanish also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 749-1460.

Broken Spanish is rated 4.6 stars by 1406 OpenTable diners.

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