Broken Spanish

4.6
895 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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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

The Infatuation
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 895 People Are Saying
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CA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been twice and both times exceptional. The snapper is delicious and their frijoles are a welcome alternative to refried beans.

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

Crab quesadilla was delicious. Corn tortillas were not edible- tasted like cardboard. They charged for the full $7 batch when we specifically asked for the small batch & the waiter nodded in acknowledgement when he wrote that down. I was impressed they have ORGANIC chicken which was tasty. I think it would be beneficial to all if the waiters were knowledgeable about the SeafoodWatch.org ratings on all fish. on the menu. It would make it easier to know if the swordfish is advisable or to be avoided.

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

Simply amazing start to finish.

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YG
Los Angeles
114 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! The lentil beans and tortillas and spinach tamale were just as good as last time. The snapper, octopus and chile relleno were also YUM. I wasn't crazy about the albondigas, but my eating buddies enjoyed them. Our primary server was gracious and helpful, but really everyone was terrific. An enjoyable, tasty night overall.

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l
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out go to in DTLA is Brokem Spanish ! Great food and we can walk to L.A.Live.

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St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food options and one of the best margaritas in town.

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SS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I had heard about Broken Spanish on Top Chef and was very much looking forward to my meal there. The restaurant itself was nice, but the table for two was very small considering the concept is shared plates (we had to juggle plates). The food itself was good to very good. Some plates were memorable -- like the beautiful halibut "ceviche" and the outstanding Milhojas dessert (so tasty) -- but the others were just good. It could have been our selection, but our waiter helped guide us so I have to think he steered us toward the best plates. Would I try Broken Spanish again? Sure. Would I check out other places first though? Yes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chicharrone was amazing! We got tortillas and cabbage and made our own tacos. The choco taco for dessert was also outstanding!

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JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love broken spanish! We ordered the oxtail quesadillas, lamb tamales, bone marrow esquites, and the queso fondido bacalao. Finished our meal with the corn biscuit with banana ice cream. Food was amazing. The staff was super helpful.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

The food was SO GOOD but the service was TERRIBLE. Long story short, our blond waitress had a horrible attitude, didn’t smile, talk about the food, neglected our table, refused to bring us a dessert menu and literally disappeared. At some point the waiter for the table next to us (tall, dark hair) just stepped in, and he was wonderful (and the reason we still tipped so well). But the host and manger (guy w red/brown beard) were standing around all night too, and if they were doing their jobs, our table wouldn’t have been neglected or so upset. It’s great food, but you’ll spend $150-200 minimum for a date, so if you’re going to spend that much and want great food AND service, don’t go here until they figure their floor service out.

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AT
Orange County
80 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate; chicharron. We had them with slaw and blue corn tortillas. So delicious. Worth the hour train ride there and back. Next time the barbacoa.

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BN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Small portions. High Prices. Won't go back. Spent $300 for 4 people including tip. We all left hungry.

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DP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous and inventive food. A totally unique approach to Mexican cuisine. I only wish we could have eaten more.

The papas were to die for. As was the Chile relleno.

It’s on the pricey side, but well worth it for a special occasion.

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JD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, but very overpriced for the portion size.

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Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was exceptional and surprising.
The only concern is the price point. This is an extremely expensive rrstaurant given the portions.

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P
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Best food in LA imo and gorgeous cocktails too

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MJ
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a great meal in downtown LA at this spot. Fairly busy night in the restaurant, but were a little disappointed when they sat us at a table by the water station...we should have eaten at the bar for a more enjoyable view of a very beautiful restaurant. Our waiter was ok. He seemed distracted and somewhat canned approach at serving us. Food was exceptional.

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K
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Overall we enjoyed the dinner . Restaurant is quiet noisy so was impossible to converse. Food was truly excellent , though a tad bit expensive for the Mexican food ( tamales were $14-$19 each!!) . We loved Lamb Carnitas ( yes , you read it right) , we had the short ribs and they were excellent . Snapper was disappointing . Did not like the duck meatballs . Salad was great.

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LE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. We left it up to our waiter to decide our dinner (group of 4). Everything he selected was wonderful, so flavorful, perfectly done - especially the barbacoa and snapper.
The restaurant is warm and welcoming, trendy, great interior design.
Highly recommend and will be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

food was excellent, interesting and tasty. Drinks were crazy $$

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MK
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our time at Broken Spanish a great deal. My daughter and I started with interesting cocktails, including a Dirty Martinez. Everything is meant for sharing, so best to go with a large group. Had a lamb neck tamale to start, followed by their potatoes. Our main was the Chicharron, along with their tortillas and cabbage salad. Finished with corn biscuits for dessert. Everything was quite tasty, although the price point was fairly high. Would love to return with more people so we could try more things

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was served within minutes of ordering = pre made dishes. Not authentic or intimate and a highly lauded restaurant in dtla should live up to its expectations.

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TH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Thought the food, overall, was fantastic. Creative menu, interesting approach to beloved Mexican favorites. That being said, to us some items were overpriced.

For example, $14 for a 6” tostada with tomatoes and sauce seems disproportionate to the cost of the ingredients and labor involved.

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c
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Our server was nice and friendly and the food was good but the drinks were watered down and overpriced. The atmosphere was very blah and left a lot to be desired.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful each time I visit this restaurant. Hard working staff on the line, dedication truly shows in each plate they put out. It’s a definite stop every time I’m in town.

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TV
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

one of the best meals we've ever had. aggressive, dynamic seasoning...culinary fireworks. Acid,chili, texture...pushing to the very edge and every bite we couldn't get enough. if I move to LA, first place I'd drop my resume for a kitchen job. Every single dish we had was luscious, bright and exciting. Not an easy feat. So good- still dreaming about it 3 days later.

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JR
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, service was OK, could have been better, felt like we were given the bums rush and had to eat it and beat it. Entrées showed up and we were still on appetizers, it was not that busy nor late either.

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PM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tamales are out of this world, easily the best thing I tried. The restaurant itself is really cool, very contemporary vibe, excellent cocktails and knowledgeable wait staff.

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AL
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is amazing, assertively seasoned, extremely creative mexican-inspired dishes. Highly recommended for all those interested in trying something truly new and excellent. It is extremely noisy though, we could barely hear the waiter and had to shout to hear each other (normal sized table of 4) so not a good place to go to talk. We left our children at home and glad we did so, they would have found the food too spicy.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The bar staff is great, the host staff friendly, the bus staff efficient but the wait staff was inattentive after orders were taken and delivered. At the end we had to flag a manager to get the check. The food was great, but not good enough to compensate for the service. If the service was stellar, this would easily be a 4/5 star place.

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YR
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We had reservations for 4 people at 7:45pm on a Wednesday. Our party arrived on time and we were not seated until 45 minutes later, only to be seated at the bar area. We were extremely upset about the wait, so they eventually moved us to the patio dining area where it wasn't as noisy. The food is set up for sharing family style, so we relied on our waitress to give us some tips on how to order. We ordered several items, but our top choices were the spinach tamale and (pulpo) octopus dish. The food made up for the service. It was definitely delicious, but I did not like that the majority of the dishes were served with beans. It was honestly bean overload. I love beans, but there can be such a thing as too many beans. Overall, it was nice to try, but not sure I would return. The price does not make up for the experience.

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Worst experience ever! Very rude AMD impatient mexican server! It’s a pity for the restaurant having these types of waiters in the house. Food is great bit expensive and the portions are very small. A no go for me anymore

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T
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Selected dishes were good. Most everything contained onions not listed on the menu. That was overdone.

Service was very intrusive. Waiter was in our faces at nearly every change of plate or silverware.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They went above and beyond for our anniversary! Champagne and dessert was extremely considerate!

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the waiter was friendly and attentive!

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

One of the best meals we’ve had, ever.

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LK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Chicharron and choco taco and the Mille Fueille are the best :-)

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SM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the best meal I have literally had in months, and I eat out regularly.

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Broken Spanish is an excellent choice for a twist on Mexican cuisine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal.

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