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You might think Mexican food is best served sloppy and cheap. Downtown's Broken Spanish will prove you wrong.

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About Broken Spanish

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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1050 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American

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

Cross Street:
11th ST

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 749-1460

Website:
http://brokenspanish.com/

Executive Chef:
Ray Garcia

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.

Broken Spanish Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

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Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (50)
Good for a Date (44)
Fit for Foodies (42)
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Special Occasion (32)
Spicy (32)
Fun (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Authentic (25)
Hot Spot (25)
Good for Groups (24)
Tapas (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Bar Seating (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Casual (16)
Business Meals (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Romantic (15)
Local Ingredients (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Happy Hour (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Cozy (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Great Beer (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Late-night Find (7)
People Watching (6)
Healthy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Organic (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Scenic View (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Consistently one of LA's best restaurants--chef Ray Garcia executes an imaginative cuisine without pretense.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Very inventive menu and terrific service. Perfect for dining pre-Staples events.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Great location, valet parking is a must at dinner time.
Food was excellent, very unique selection of dishes, and the service staff is very attentive.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent interpretation of Mexican food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was great, but our waiter was not. The waiter spent most of his time flirting with the girls at the table next to ours. We waited 20 minutes just to get drinks.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Disappointed in our visit to this restaurant. We were in a back room with two servers. Our server was not very helpful and did not seem to want to be there. She offered us the drink special (a guava margarita) which we both ordered and they came basically half full- for 13 dollars each. Where as, the other server in the room was extremely energetic- asked all his tables if it was their first time and gave a whole spiel about the menu. This server actually had to take our check because our server has disappeared. Overall over priced food for the portions you get and our particular server left much to be desired. Would not come back to this place especially with El Cholo right across the street.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Broken Spanish is helmed by one of America's top chefs. The snapper is the amazing. The drinks are unique and one of a kind. This is a gem in a global city. Do not miss Tres Leches Cake and or Queso Fundido.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Afternoon Tea, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

so spicy but soooo good

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went to Broken Spanish before an LA Kings game and were a bit early for our reservations. The staff were attentive and made good recommendations for us in terms of portion sizes and timed everything well. The ablondigas (rabbit meatballs) were delicious, if anything, perhaps a little too concentrated in flavour and could have benefited from a plain starch (small plain tamale or bread) to help the saltiness. Our favourite was the quesadilla which was crunchy, cheesy, with the right amount of oxtail. Great cocktails and nice wines. The menu isn't huge which can be a good thing to help decision making or a bad thing if you are a picky eater. The salad was huge and would be better to share among 3-4 people as opposed to 2, we couldn't finish it all. We would go back as it was all fresh and nicely executed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent Mexican-inspired cuisine, fantastic taste. We weren't sure what to expect, but found the dishes to be really good. The tortillas/lentil beans were terrific, as were the oysters, chicken, and red snapper. Despite being an upscale, hip restaurant, this place retains the flavors of traditional Mexican cooking. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food here is ridiculous. At least the chicharron was. I think about it still.

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Overall the food was less than average and very small portions. They brought the birthday cake without candles and delivered everything in a mix. Waiter did not ck our table offen to see if we wanted anything else. Not many vegetarian options either!!!

Tags: Spicy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This could have been amazing...but to start, there was gum under my friend's seat. Our server didn't know the menu and seemed annoyed to be at work. The carne Asada platter was far too underdone, the potatoes were burnt and the tortillas were not warm. The bar ambiance was the best environment but overall the entire restaurant lacked ambience. Overall, the experience was no where near the money.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

We received 3 dishes that should have been hot, but were cold. We had to send 2 dishes back so they could be reheated: the steak and the duck. The restaurant wasn’t even fully packed and the pans out dishes were served in were COLD. Definitely not worth the money we paid.

Service was good however, but who the hell is parsing out the food to the tables? Their timing was so off; I think we would have enjoyed our food had it been brought out fresh and not left under heating lamps only to be cold in reality. Who serves a cold steak??

So not worth the hype, I wish I could get my money back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was good but I was disappointed in the variety on the menu.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food and fantastic service.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Every morsel of food was perfect - delicious, flavorable, new tastes, interesting combinations. Mescal cocktail was excellent. All 4 in our party were completely satisfied with the entire evening👍👍👍👍

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Super food, great unusual drinks, great fun. We shared delicious queso fundido with tortillas and lentils, beets, mushrooms and a ginormous red snapper in a cilantro-lime broth. Fabulous - among my best-ever meals in LA

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We sat at the bar. The two bartenders were funny and attentative. The drinks were top notch. The food was all excellent. Expensive but the service seemed to match the cost.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great spot for delicious and bold Mexican flavors. Margaritas were excellent. Close to LA Live for a pre-Kings dinner.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food!

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

One of the best meals I've had in LA

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 (London)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our dinner and service wasn’t as good as it used to be. The Chiccharons has too much fat!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food at Broken Spanish is very good. But, our waiter was rude and horrible and knew nothing about the wines we asked about. The restaurant is also way too loud. I don’t normally mind it but I couldn’t even hear what my friend was saying!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Wanted to like Broken Spanish. It's location is great, near Staples. Must give props to the staff... very courteous and attentive and food did come out in a timely way. Cocktails are weak and uncreative. We ordered a variety of small plates. All SPICY beyond belief (when questioning why our mouths are on fire, our waiter told us we ordered the spiciest things on the menu but failed to tell us up front), SALTY beyond belief, or just generally drenched in goopy sauce. The refried lentils and tortillas are delicious. Only winner out of 5 plates. Even dessert was mediocre and the coffee was like tinted water. Hopefully it was an "off" night but I wont return.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good Food, just ok drinks... not what I was expecting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Chicharron plate was crazy good. Great place. Recognized my anniversary right away and throughout the meal.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Incredible!!! Absolutely Fantastic on so many levels!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Terrific service and inventive cuisine. Anyone who describes this as merely "Mexican food" is severely underestimating the inventiveness of these dishes. I had three plates and a dessert and each one was absolutely unique in terms of flavors and preparation. If you're going to be in the neighborhood of the Staples Center and want a memorable meal, this is a splendid option.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food looked great but the flavors were very plain. Not spicy or flavorful at all. I had high hopes for this place due to the hype but I rather go to the Border Grill in Downtown LA

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

What happened to this place?! We were here about 7 months ago and everything was delicious!! But this time around, every dish was just drowned in spicy sauces which took away all of the flavors. This is disappointing because this used to be a hitter. Not coming back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I had an amazing oxtail quesadilla! Unfortunately, it was supposedly an entree but appeared more like an appetizer for one with no sides and extremely small quantity. I tried to take my time and savor the dish but it was just not possible! I finished it in 6 mins. The spicy cocktail (margarita) was very good. 30 plus dollars later I was still hungry. I had to walk to another place for more food and a drink. :(

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We enjoyed our food very much. Luis, our server, was nice and helpful!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Nicely made drinks, but 1 small tamale for $16? Portion sizes are ridiculous especially if they intend you to share, which the waiter told us we were. Pushed to order more food and then they forgot to bring one of the dishes out (thankfully we were't charged). Overall the food is extremely mediocre, especially for the price and the plethora of inexpensive and tasty Mexican spots all over LA. What is the point of this place? $29 for carnitas?

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Wonderful experience, beautiful vegetarian options. Our seating wasn't the most comfortable, but the overall experience and the exceptional quality of the food outweighed the minor quip.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Organic, Healthy
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Unbelievable experience with regard to food and service. Jeff was our waiter and he couldn't have been nicer and more knowledgeable about the menu. His recommendation of the blue corn tortillas with whipped carnitas fat prompted us to order the lamb carnitas which was outstanding in flavor. The goat cheese tamale was moist and flavorful and the Cafe de la olla dessert with homemade cinnamon ice cream was out of this world. This is definitely a place for foodies. Quite a culinary adventure and experience. Only negative.... too small a table for the tapas like presentation; chairs not all that comfortable, and very noisy. It's a special place for that one-of-a-kind experience but very difficult to carry on a conversation with those we share the evening with.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Came to Broken Spanish for my girlfriend's birthday and it was absolutely fantastic. The service was attentive, the food was creative, unique and absolutely delicious - I'd recommend this place to just about anyone, especially those who like Mexican food. This place became an instant favorite for us, A1 A1 A1!!!

Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

I can't stop thinking about the flavors. So good! For us a little pricey so it is for a special occasion. I can not wait for our next special occasion! Great food. Great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Our table was very small to accommodate the sharing aspect of this restaurant. The salad was good, but the food overall was just ok and very expensive.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Loved the spicy smoky cocktail 2nd Generation, both tamales, the refried lentils, the camote, the chicharon, and the mango coconut rice dessert. Bombs!!

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