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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (52)
Good for a Date (37)
Fit for Foodies (36)
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Special Occasion (32)
Spicy (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Hot Spot (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Good for Groups (22)
Authentic (21)
Fun (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Tapas (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Romantic (15)
Casual (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Business Meals (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Cozy (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Healthy (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Scenic View (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Was our second time there. The cocktails were really good and we had a hard time choosing what to order. Started with the oysters then the quesadilla, then the chiccaron, and finished with the a decadent desert. Everything was amazing. Everything was fresh, original, and executed really well.

It's a lively, modern atmosphere but super fun and a great way to spend date night with my wife. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Went for the evening. Our waiter clearly had a larger table to take care of. Waited over 15 minutes before he even got to our table to take our drink order. Once we placed our order our drinks arrived after 3 plates had already hit the table. The noise level was out of control. Overall I would not go back. There are far more restaurants with at tentative wait staff to spend $300 at.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

I think a more appropriate name for this place might be Broken Service or Broken Restaurant. This was the worst experience I’ve had in a restaurant in years.

THE GOOD
Let’s start with something positive. The service at the bar was great. The cocktails were original, interesting, and really tasty.

THE SERVICE
This is the main negative. Our waiter seemed annoyed with us for some reason as soon as we sat down, and when we asked during a twenty-minute gap between dishes if something was amiss he seemed visibly perturbed. No idea what we did to offend this person. We never actually complained about anything, sent nothing back, and didn’t ask to see a manager. A second waiter suggested we add an order of tortillas upon delivering our first dish, we agreed but the tortillas never showed up. We didn’t ask about the tortillas since things were already going so badly. Didn’t even ask to be certain we weren’t charged for them (though thankfully we were not). We’d finished our drinks by the time our first dish arrived but nobody ever asked if we’d like anything else from the bar. Had to ask twice to get water - this seemed to cause further annoyance. Couldn’t wait to leave. Will never return.

The one thing Broken Spanish is really good at doing is making me miss this spot’s previous tenant, Rivera. That Barbacoa cocktail they served was really special, and the servers didn’t treat me like an enemy.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was very good and imaginative. However, the noise level, even on a Wednesday night was deafening.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Our experience started off badly when the hostess told seven though she had a reservation, we would have to wait twenty minutes but then Brian sprang into action, found us a table, gave us great recommendations and even took our order (he is a mAnager). Food was unusual and delicious. We had a fun dinner!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

My friend and I had a beautiful and very tasteful dinner, however, it was quite challenging to listen to each other speak.
I’ve been to BS Taqueria (which I love) but I expected Broken Spanish to be more spacious and less noisy. Tables for two are too close to each other. I’d appreciate a bit more privacy where I’m not listening to the couple next to us speak while I’m trying to carry on a conversation myself.
Service nonetheless was spectacular! Everyone was very helpful and kind.
Thank you!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Ordered: lamb neck tamal, camote, mushrooms, duck confit enchiladas, short rib barbacoa. Too much heat from the Chile de arbol on the camote. Duck enchiladas were the best dish we had. Everything else was tasty but nothing really stood out. Wanted to love the food but was underwhelmed otherwise. Service (Jeff) was stellar.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great new find for our Pre Kings game dinner. Not sure how long they have been there but happy to discover the new option. The food was great , great seasoning, a different variety of non traditional choices, even my wife who doesn't like spicy or eat meat was able to be easily satisfied with many of the dishes.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Outstanding food! Queso fundido, duck confit enchiladas, albondigas with rabbit and and the whole snapper was maybe 1 of the best fish dishes I've ever had. Great recommendation from the waiter on a Mexican wine and the desserts were inventive & delicious. 1 critique - the coffee was horrible. They even brought more out and my wife, who doesn't drink coffee, said it looked bad.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Innovative terrific cuisine. Innovative terrific food. Excellent Mexican wine options.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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vip
 (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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