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