About bota tapas and paella bar
Bota is an authentic Spanish style tapas and paella bar located in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco. A place to go to share food, savor rustic flavors and enjoy Spanish wine in a casual, yet chic, environment. Inspired by the concept behind our name “BOTA”, a vessel to share wine with the people around you.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Fri-Sat 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Daily 7am to 11am
Saturday and Sunday Brunch
11am to 2pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking and paid public garages.
Chef Alex Bujoreanu and Chef Sergio Nic
Private Party Facilities:
The European Bar and Lounge is also available for private events.
Private Party Contact:
email@example.com: (415) 345-2309
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We host a variety of events. Please call us so we can assist you. 415.345.2303
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bota tapas and paella bar Ratings and Reviews
After a long day of traveling from DC ar ...
After a long day of traveling from DC area to San Francisco, we checked into the Warwick Hotel (a nice hotel, BTW). Hungry and exhausted, we would have gone for whatever the hotel restaurant offered, but were delighted to find Bota. In fact we wound up having 2 breakfasts and 3 dinners there in a week! I've never been a particular fan of either paella or brussel sprouts - but had a brussel sprouts tapas that was delicious and the seafood paella was outstanding! There was a nice wine list of Spanish wines, too. Breakfasts there were also peaceful, civilized and yummy (served by a friendly and attentive waitress). Try the Avocado Toast for something tasty and different.
This restaurant is very good. We had the ...
This restaurant is very good. We had the olives, the Brussel sprouts, the shishito peppers and the mussels. Great wine list. All the dishes were delicious.
The dessert was amazing. We had the almond cake with berry sorbet. Amazing. Highly recommend it. Next time we will try the paella.
The restaurant is called a Tapas and Pae ...
The restaurant is called a Tapas and Paella Bar. That is what we came for. But, NO! On Sundays they serve your standard American brunch. Very disappointing. If you want to be a different type of restaurant, why do you have certain days where you are just like every other restaurant? smh
I ate here for my birthday during the re ...
I ate here for my birthday during the restaurant's soft opening and my friends and I had a great experience! The tapas are delicious. Given that the restaurant is so new, the service was a bit slow at times and the drink menu only consists of beer and wine at the moment (though there is a full bar), but I think this place has tons of potential and I would come back again. A little pricey for a casual dinner but tapas usually are.
Food, Wine and service it's outstanding, ...
Food, Wine and service it's outstanding, great value, awesome vibe. We got the recommendation to eat here from a friend from Spain that knows Chef Alex, unfortunately the chef was on vacation but all the food was excellent.
Food and ambiance were amazing! Service ...
Food and ambiance were amazing! Service was just okay. We had to ask several time to get water or coffee refilled and waited over 25 minutes for the check to come. There were a total of 3 tables seated, so it wasn't because they were super busy. They had great breakfast food and an amazing fresh squeezed juice mimosa. Overall good experience, with a little more follow-up it could be amazing!
We're told they're not officially open u ...
We're told they're not officially open until Jan. 15 so I'll give them a break. Primary reason we went there was for paella. They should have a meat/seafood combo paella. Also, not sure if they taste their food, but it was very salty. We've had paella (as that's my favorite food), in several spanish restaurants, so can compare tastes.
I was disappointed with this restaurant ...
I was disappointed with this restaurant and cannot recommend it. Our server was decent and the Spanish Grenache was very good and a good value, but the food did not come close to my expectations. We started with the Shishito beans, which were drenched in oil and a bit over cooked. We also ordered the spicy Brussels sprouts, which I found to be rather blah. I love sprouts and think mine are better!
This is a paella house so we ordered the seafood one. Plenty of mussels, but severely lacking in shrimp (2, so we each got one), halibut pieces (one each, about an inch square in size and over cooked), a few clams, and a decent quantity of calamari (that was tasty). The server explained that the paella was to be scraped and the rice at the bottom mixed together, which he did for us. It reminded me of overcooked rice that burns on the pan bottom and is crunchy. I didn't care for it. Further the rice was a bit mushy.
There were 4 other tables at the time, so not very busy, though we were on the early side.
Sorry to say, but I will not be going back to bota tapas.
Food was decent, and wine was very good. ...
Food was decent, and wine was very good. Our server was a little nervous which is fine, it is a newer restaurant and they are trying their best to impress. However, my friend and I stayed for a couple of hours to chat and continue to sip our wine. He never asked to refill our glasses or if we wanted more wine. It was like as soon as our meal ended and we paid the check, we were just bodies filling a seat.
Had he offered us more wine, we definitely would have had more, and we would have ordered another tapas dish as well after the couple hours of sitting and chatting.
We had an early dinner before seeing a s ...
We had an early dinner before seeing a show at the ACT. We had a great meal and a great time. The recommendations by the waiter about the amount of food to order were spot on. The lamb chops were superb. The brussel sprouts were good. The seafood paella was superb. The wines from the smallish wine list were good as well. Finally, the location was extremely convenient to the ACT.
The razor clam appetizer was quite good, ...
The razor clam appetizer was quite good, though only 3 clams were provided for a fairly hefty price, at which twice that number would have been welcome. The wine pairing the waiter suggested for this dish was very good, and it also went well with our seafood paella entree, which was excellent, generously portioned, and reasonably priced. We did not care for what we got when we requested bread, which was toast with some sort of cheese topping and a mild burn presumably from red pepper. We wanted actual bread, not this concoction, which we feel all restaurants should provide without customers having to ask for it, as not offering it seems stingy. Despite this, we had., altogether, a good to very good experience.
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