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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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Los Angeles, CA 90015
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday - Friday 5:30pm - 7:00pm
$31 to $50
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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.
Broken Spanish Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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