Broken Spanish

4.5
979 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

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 979 People Are Saying
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4.4
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food but very overpriced. No problem paying for the healthcare for the employees but maybe the owner should kick in.

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RA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice cocktail menu...especially for mezcal fans. Food was creative and delicious. Very attentive service. Only complaint was that it was noisy and hard to hear but fun vibe.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

It was not what I thought it would be. They don’t even have any substitution for diabetic customers, (Diet Coke or Pepsi). Doesn’t offer a lot of varieties of food. Everything comes in a small portion. You still not fulfill by the end of the meal!

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 1

The food was incredible. The waitress did not inform us it was family style so a couple of us ordered the same thing. It was a waste. The worst part was the noise level. It wasnt “festive” it was disruptive. This alone makes me never want to return.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service excellent, which made for an incredible dining experience!

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JP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Food was delicious a bit overpriced for the amount you get. Waiter told us that one entree can be shared (which we did) we ordered the lamb which was delicious but at the same time we had to order sides that were not included. Drinks were great!! Overpriced too but the quality was good. Would recommend for a date or anniversary or some sort of celebration. The only issue was our table, we were so close to our neighbors that I felt we were having dinner with them. If you look at one of the pictures you can see our neighbors elbow. That was an issue for us. Overall the setting was great!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little noisy but the food was excellent.

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GE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Mexican food with an incredible twist! Service was wonderful, including attending to a very cold dining area promptly by turning off the air conditioning. Mexican beer selection was such a pleasant surprise as well.

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CB
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious as always. The staff were very nice and helpful.

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EB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience as always

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

one of my fav restos in LA...food was phenomenal..everything was fresh, well seasoned and delicious...amazing tequila and mezcal lists, great cocktails, even good wine. lightingwas nice...my only negative was that we sat at a high top which was not the most comfortable seating...so would request one of the low tables

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JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our waitress was great but the room we were seated in was freezing. Also it was so loud that I couldn’t hear my friends across from me. While some items were delicious (snapper, lamb), some items were overpriced and not worth it. Great bar tho.

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DC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff were fabulous, especially our server Anthony. He explained everything beautifully. Food was outstanding, innovative fresh and delectable. Octopus, Chile Rellenos, tar tar, short ribs...wow! All faboo!

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BM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

My wife and I liked the food, although some dishes were a little too spicy. The whole fish was large and well prepared. The service is friendly, attentive and helpful in deciding what to order.

The noise level is much too high. When we entered and were about to be seated in a front room, we asked for a quieter room in the back. We soon found that the back room was also much too noisy. We had a difficult time keeping any semblance of a conversation and were forced to lean across the table to hear one another. The noise was so loud that it became painful. We will never return.

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AH
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Chicharone was incredible...not to be missed!

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E
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

By FAR, the pork chicharrones dish was the group's favorite. It has the most tender and delicious pork belly with super crispy pork skin. Next favorites were the vegetarian stuffed poblano peppers and the cabbage slaw. Personally, I was not a fan of the spicy lentils that came with the blue corn tortillas and the dessert - a Mexican napoleon of sorts that had chicharrones (!!) in it I knew something was off when I took a bite. Everything else was fantastic though.

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A
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing....if this is supposed to be ‘new’ or ‘sophisticated’ Mexican/Spanish then those cuisines are in trouble. Adding lots vinegar and salt to everything is neither new nor sophisticated....just annoying (and not terribly healthy). Atmosphere wise, the place is more of an open cafeteria than a high end restaurant. Service was mostly absent....maybe because it was not crowded and a weeknight?

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RK
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I love spicy food--and yet was overwhelmed by two different cocktails (intense ginger for example) and two of the five dishes we sampled. The queso fundido was excellent, as was the vegetarian tamal.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about our dinner. We’re ready for seconds :)

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was awesome. Lamb shank, chicharron, and the queso fundido were all oh so good!!

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GB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, friendly service, and great cocktails. Not your average Mexican place!

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RH
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
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 on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Dishes too similar

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
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 on November 13, 2018
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
6 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
136 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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SF
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing place in the DTLA area!
The ambiance is so vibrant and the decor is great, the drink menu is so good and also all the food selections we had are a 10!
We were celebrating and they made us feel extra special definitely will be back.

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