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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (48)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Good for a Date (35)
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Spicy (31)
Special Occasion (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Fun (21)
Authentic (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Tapas (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Casual (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Romantic (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Cozy (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Business Meals (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
People Watching (5)
Great Beer (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Organic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The food here is top notch, the cocktails are delicious, and the ambiance is perfect for a date but not too romantic for a get together with friends. Highly recommend.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Easily one of the best restaurants in LA. Delicious, creative dishes, that may sound like something you've had before, but will be different in a very good way. Short walk to Staples Center, LA Live, Convention Center.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything we ordered was great and the service was very nice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

I only wish that I had time for dessert. Every thing was great and our server was helpful, too.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food is good, but the room was extremely loud and service was absolutely terrible. We arrive for our reservation on time and the host, who was missing from her station for almost 10 minutes, greeted us by saying that she "needed us to wait a minute" and then disappeared again for a few minutes before taking us to our table. Our waiter was stressed out, unfriendly, and mixed up our order. When the wrong order arrived he was instantly defensive, but sent it back. Another waiter arrived 15 minutes later with exactly the same wrong order and actually said "I'm not your waiter, don't be mad at me" when we explained that the food he brought was still not what we ordered. The right food finally arrived over an hour after we ordered. It was fine but hardly worth the wait and attitude. When we finished, our original waiter came back to ask if we wanted anything else and rolled his eyes when we said no. Overall, the food was tasty but better meals can be found in downtown LA which makes the service all the more annoying.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

The food is interesting and mostly very good; but the service was terrible. The waiter suggested the most expensive items, offered no descriptions, was in a hurry, and we had to ask for a manager. So disappointed with our night out with friends.

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·Dined 7 days ago

Food was amazing. Extremely flavorful and worth each bite! Great for sharing with friends and trying different plates on the menu!

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food....anything you try on the menu is fabulous...can’t wait to return. Definitely a culinary experience.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service was very good. Waiters were very attentive and good at making recommendations. I found the food however to be uninspiring and quite overpriced relative to the value of the experience. Far better choices in the LA downtown area - wouldn't recommend this as tops on your list.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Absolutely fantastic. Definitely do the build-your-own tacos! Squash tamales to die for.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Good food but the flavors were hijacked by the level of spice. The portions have diminished quite a bit since my last visit. The service was amazing, courteous and attentive.

Tags: Hot Spot, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Most of the food was tasty, is the upside. The downside: There was a significant delay between our first three items and our last two 'main course' dishes, which kept us there far longer than we had anticipated, and kind of killed our mood. By the time the food was served, it was cold. The manager seemed to realize we were having a bad time and ended up apologizing and comping our drinks, which was a nice and appreciated gesture. It was also weird that our server kind of avoided us after she too realized that our food had taken forever, but would peak over from afar when the manager was addressing us. Things happen, I guess.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious food. Totally worth the money you pay for. The drinks were amazingly addictive. The server was very friendly and accommodating. He explained the menu and answered all our questions. The only down to this place is that it’s so loud inside that you have really be shouting if you want to have a conversation with your date.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was new and unique. It certainly seems to be on the forefront of cuisine. However, my wife and I arrived for the first seating and service was very slow by Los Angeles standards. That said, the richness of favors will have us coming back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Trying way too hard. Drinks were tiny, prices were high and the food was way out there. Rabbit meatballs, lamb carnitas, oxtail quesadilla.....the waiter was very inattentive and made sure to tell us before saying welcome that they don’t do chips and guacamole.

Tags: Live Sports
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Our dinner at Broken Spanish was delicious, creative, and served by knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly servers. We celebrated our third anniversary on this occasion and are looking forward to making this one of our staples of fine dining. The creative dishes were refreshing and exciting, not to mention scrumptious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A very innovative menu, great service, beautiful restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Tapas, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Culinary Genius! Great Service!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It’s was a very good meal and had some adeventureous choices. The service was great and the food was very good. Drinks were tasty but pretty weak which was disappointing. Overall a great place to try

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Took my Girlfriend for our anniversary, the food was amazing . Everything they brought out to us was so beautiful and delicious. I highly recommend you try it out with a loved one.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great modern Spanish dishes. Highlights were the chicharrones, snapper, and queso fundito

Tags: Casual, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent food. Very very nice staff who know the menu and give excellent suggestions. Really great eating experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was a perfect Christmas dinner, Liam, our waiter was terrific

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We enjoyed their kid sister place BS Taqueria more.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My second visit to BS and it exceeded my previous experience! Made my reservation to avoid a long wait. Open Table makes it extremely easy. Greeted by host(s) and quickly seated. Simon - our waiter - was the difference maker! Polite, friendly & welcoming. He gladly answered any of our questions about the menu. Checked in with us throughout the meal. The food was even better than before! We pulled out the all the stops and had the full course. Every single dish was spectacular!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a perfect meal. We loved our the staff coursed out our "family style" meal. Just the right balance of intimacy and distance from the wait staff. The food was superb.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Loved it. Great food. Great experience service could have been a bit better but really enjoyed the meal!

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was very good but the experience was diminished because of the cold, unfriendly waitstaff. I don't expect, or even want, a lot of chit chat conversation, but the communication with waitress was not very engaging or positive.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was delicious! We enjoyed everything! Such an inventive menu witg a perfectly balanced twist on traditional Mexican food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Love that this Gem is a 4 minute walk from the Pico station where 3 lines converge. While most of the items from Jonathon Gold's review are no longer on the menu all the items I had were superb. I don't know what the spicy Mescal drink I had was called (as I described what I liked to the waitress and she just brought it to me) but I had 2 and wanted more but restrained myself.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 2017

very unique menu. no for everyone. we found the tastes delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Extraordinary food , loved everything, especially the squash blossom tamale, the chicharron, and the short rib. Cocktails were interesting and generous in size, we ordered three different kinds and thought they were all great. Very attentive waiter, and when there was a mistake on one of the drinks, he took that charge off our bill, even though we did not ask for that nor did we expect it. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We have Eaten here before & were excited to dine here again since we are from out of town. Our reservation was later into the nite @ 10:30pm so I’m sure the staff was more focused on closing up. It took a while to have our order taken & were only checked on a few times throughout the meal. It was super hot in there & there was a birthday party so it was pretty loud. The food was amazing as usual,it was more of the service we weren’t too impressed with.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Went for a late dinner. The place was packed and our reservation was about 20 minutes late, but we got a seat at the bar and had a few cocktails (try the Oaxacan Remedy). After being seated, our server was EXCELLENT, I wish I could remember his name. He was one of the few waiters we've had that actually understands the balance between service and interrupting your meal. He recommended the lamb neck tamale, which you should probably try, it was great. Great experience and a great meal.

Only complaint is that the restaurant was about 10 degrees too hot, but I'd do it again for the food and service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Delicious and ingenious. The food was amazing. Only disappointment was there’s no tasting menu. We wanted everything but settled on sharing 5 dishes between the two of us.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was delicious but we found ourselves missing rice, beans, chips and salsa. It was also super loud and hard to have a good chat. However, the desserts was amazing and we felt that the service staff took great care of us.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We ended up picking several dishes to share plus our entree. That turned out to be an outstanding idea because there were so many interesting and unusual items on the menu. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food felt really one-dimensional. Given a second chance, I'd go find a taco truck instead.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Broken Spanish is a mixed bag. Their cocktail program is great, their service is solid and the atmosphere is cool at the bar. It has some glaring flaws, however. The tables in the middle of the dining room, designed for 2 people, in a modified bench style, are ridiculously close to each other. So much so that you can literally bump elbows with dining parties on either side of you, and the dining tables designed for 2 are so small that they mimic more of a end table vibe than a dining table. Case in point - you are unable to comfortably have drinks for 2, two appetizers and glasses of water on the table at the same time. You are unable to avoid eavesdropping, even if you REALLY don’t want to. In the end, you are spending big $ to eat at a crowded bench in a lunch room cafeteria...which is ridiculous.

The food itself is high brow, but uninspired. Paying $11 for a plate of fried chicken necks (almost all bone and cartilage, as you would expect) with absurdly spicy red salsa that you can only comfortably eat in pea sized portions is also absurd. None of the dishes we had were impressive enough to be memorable in any way.

That said, the servers are great, the bartenders are fast and eating at the bar is clearly the best option. I would go for drinks and some appetizers, perhaps, but I will not be back for a meal.

I can see what their goal as a restaurant is, but the overall experience is quite underwhelming...broken indeed.

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