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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GF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

EN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food2service5ambience4

Los was to lemony, food was ok

UP
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.

PR
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.

OT
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.

SG
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LC
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

OT
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.

e
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

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

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

BJ
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.

g
Cincinnati
104 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

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

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

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

OT
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.

OM
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.

WG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

great food; neglectful and pushy service

questionable to us whether the bad service is worth the excellent food

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was delicious, especially the chicken mole, but the noise level was unbearable. It was so hard to hear that people at other tables were shouting to be heard above the din, and we could not easily converse at our table. Although I enjoyed the new take on Mexican -inspired flavors, I do not think I would go back because of the noise level.

I
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic restaurant - the staff could not have been kinder or more accommodating and helpful. I arrived 30 mins early and had two seats reserved at the counter. The wonderful young maitre'd sat me at an empty table while I waited for my guest. I was able to order a drink and appetizer in comfort. The place was packed so I was very grateful. The food was sublime and washed down with the house skinny marguerita.
Thank you Broken Spanish what a fabulous meal. Great atmosphere and superb choices of some of the best New Mexican cuisine available in Los Angeles.

LR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about Broken Spanish! The food and drinks were truly outstanding.

F
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Too loud. Impossible to have a conversation. Drinks very pricey. Food is solid but service only mediocre and ambiance is nothing to write home about.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Overpriced for quality, food wasn’t spaced out.

OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

All in all I was disappointed with Broken Spanish. From the pics and description I was expecting to be wowed, for the food to really pop with layers of flavor. It simply did not. The margarita as most margaritas in dtla was small and barely able to get a buzz going. I started off with the taco cause let's face it, if a Mexican restaurant can't do a taco right then we're in trouble. The taco was crammed with chorizo. Normally not a bad thing but it almost felt pedestrian, nothing really nuanced except for a nice crunch from the cheese. Overall it was ok, filling, it stuffs you. Next I tried the chochoyotes cause frankly I never heard of a chochoyote but had high hopes. Biggest disappointment of the night. The Masa dumplings were bland utterly flavorless. The pork or chicharon on top of the dumpling somehow even more bland. Then the soup? Or sauce? The dumplings were in? Basically a bowl of green tomatillo broth, so acidic I had to leave it. It just screamed acid reflux all night long. Lastly I finished the night with the barbacoa cause sadly the lamb was off the menu. I just saw it on the menu last week when I was perusing where to eat next. Basically the best dish of the night but still. It's short rib. You can't mess that up. A couple nice bites of tender beef and crisp fat. The meat sat on an ocean of beans w/ bacon. Again not bad tasting but beans and a small short rib for almost $50? Nah. Damage was 93 without tip for app. Small and main plus one drink.

S
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Enjoyed dinner, service was ok. Seemed like they had a lot of staff but not enough attention paid to guests. For those prices I would think service would be spot on. We were seated at a table for 12 but there were only 8 of us. Noise level was too high to have conversation around the table.

M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The tamal was light and melt in your mouth. The basil added just that extra touch of flavor. The Chile relleno was creamy with just the right amount of heat. The service was great, I didn’t wait for anything and the staff was very attentive.
All in all it was a great experience!

DD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a WONDERFUL time. The service was amazing- the staff welcomed us warmly and sat us quickly. We sat at the counter which we enjoy. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable.... he guided us and every recommendation he made was spot on. I had the pineapple margarita and my friend had the Oaxacan remedy margarita. My husband who does not drink alcohol ordered a non-alcoholic passion fruit drink which we all thought it was fantastic. We ordered the taco, tamal, tostada and chochoyotes. The ensalada was fresh and light. Our server made a suggestion for a cuvée wine which was delicious. It was fun to see the chef/owner Ray Garcia working in the kitchen. We asked to have him sign a menu and he came over and greeted us. This is a special occasion and we will definitely return.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food!! Creative flavors that worked.

r
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

highly touted, very disappointing, altho the small plates were quite good...we ordered a bone-in ribeye for $125 and all 3 of us had the same opinion: very poor cut and not properly prepared...shame on the purveyor and the kitchen...we reluctantly sent it back and ordered 2 more so-so dishes.........also, i think we're all getting a little tired of being instructed on how, or what, to order and the proper way to eat it...if i hear the words "family style" and "meant to be shared" anymore i think i'll run screaming

MM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegetarian options were excellent and the cocktails were delicious!

k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is awesome. The service is awesome. Great place

LS
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food speaks for itself! We tried everything(and I mean everything!) But if I had to just pick a few items...the duck meatballs, the pinquin beans, chicken necks, whipped carnitas fat, and the snapper were my favorite! The passion from the Chef and team comes through 100%. Go check this place out you won't be disappointed.

p
New England
52 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Eclectic menu, but all dishes surprisingly good. Will definitely add this to our list of faves in LA.

RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was great...A little cold they sat us by near the wine cooler.

K
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our table was a bit off to the side and we had a hard time seeing our menus because there wasn’t enough light...:but other than that....fantastic!

m
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a reservation for 2 but needed to add two more and they were great. Food and service most excellent!

OT
Los Angeles
228 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

What a disappointment!
I had a 5:45 reservation (7:30 game at Staples) and arrived on time. The place was less than 25% full, plenty of time at a "small plate" restaurant to make the game. Think again.

We ordered the tortillas with lentils, queso fundido, chile relleno, octopus and lamb shank. We asked about.
The lentils were excellent, rich with a fore-taste that was tart on the tongue and an after bite (I love lentils). The blue corn tortillas were fine, but nothing special. The cheese was also tart and then had a bite...I was detecting a pattern. Next came the meatballs, we told the service person that we had not ordered them. The waiter came by and apologized for the error and said not to worry about the bill. Next came the relleno...with a steak knife to cut it. That knife was needed as the chile was large, tough, and almost tasteless. After a while, the octopus showed up. A new addition to the menu (we later learned), it is a failure. Why? The octopus is grilled, cut in small pieces and then covered in what looks a lot like ratatouille with chick peas substituted for eggplant. The sauce is over-powering and almost acrid. The point of a strong sauce is to cover inferior meat or fish; here, the octopus was top notch, but ruined by being in such a sauce. (I would have this same criticism even if I liked the sauce...the chef seems not to understand when to let the base ingredient come through and when to hide it). My date asked about the time. I said that was about 6:55 and that I would ask for the check when the lamb arrived so that we could get to the game for the anthem. No lamb. Get the waiter explain the time situation, he brings the bill. Still no lamb and no explanation, but the meatballs were on the bill. Get the waiter who apologizes about the bill and brings a corrected one and free wine while telling me that the kitchen had said it would be out in 8 minutes 3 minutes ago. 10 minutes later it arrives on top of a cold mush. We sent it back.

JH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Outstanding chorizo taco's were only upstaged by the more outstanding oxtail quesadillas. Both are on the homemade blue corn tortillas which by themselves are super delicious. As a lifetime lover of all types and styles of Mexican food I've never seen tortillas on a menu by themselves before this.... but I understand why they are now that I've had them. Go there. You won't regret it.

F
Vancouver
44 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Broken Spanish offers excellent Mexican cuisine and cocktail. Service is great, and helpful. I would caution anyone with a less-than-robust tolerance for piquant food to seek guidance in ordering. The downside is that the restaurant seems to encourage a very loud atmosphere that certainly is not conducive to conversation.

RN
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very tasty! I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. I got the Borrego lamb and it literally fell apart when I touched it with my fork. Definitely recommend!

b
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, balanced between spicy and delicious.

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