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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:
firstname.lastname@example.org: (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
Best dinner out in SF in a good while. This is a much needed addition to the Theater District. Every dish was excellent. Oxtail, lamb and secreto were especially noteworthy. There have been a few restaurants in this location in recent history. Hopefully this one will make it.
The restaurant has a clean, uncluttered look; this allows the service to proceed smoothly and the food to positively shine. The lovely smells waft from neighboring tables and you know you are in for a treat. The tapas are interesting and it is possible to have a great meal from just those. But the paella...mmm. Our seafood paella (for 2) was fantastic. You could smell the saffron; the sofrito was caramelized and the dish perfectly seasoned. Bravo.
The surf turf paella had a lot of nice shellfish, fish & meat. Rice tasted nice but I didn't notice much saffron was used. Ordered brussel sprouts with it which were excellent. Sangria was average. I ordered white sangria and I did not care for it. I commented on it and the waiter switched it with red sangria which was better. Our wait people were knowledgeable about the food and were attentive.
They messed up the bill. My friend paid but I guess they didn't run her card so after we left they called me (the only # they had cause I made the reservation) and I ended up having to pay because what was I going to do, give him my friend's number? I was a server in the past and had he been more attentive and checked the bill (it wasn't that busy) this would y have happened. I feel like this put me in a very bad situation having to pay. My friend was paying because I have been going through Stage IV cancer and it certainly wasn't my fault the bill wasn't processed correctly. I know she put her card down because I saw it.
The food was just OK, nothing spectacular. The waiter said there would be soccarat at the bottom of the paella so we ordered it. When it came out, he stirred the paella and there was no soccarat - very disappointing - so it was just regular Spanish rice rather than authentic paella. The rice was seasoned right, though.
The sangria was good and contained brandy, as it should.
The octopus & potato appetizer was not good - the pieces of octopus were so small as they laid on top of the slices of boiled potatoes. The potato slice was 300% larger than the piece of octopus. Very skimpy portions for the price.
The only tapa that was decent as the oxtail. The sauce was good in the two large pieces of oxtail.
Overall, I cannot recommend this restaurant. However, the service was excellent.
This place took us back to our recent trip to Spain. Cheese and meat plates are a must. We didn't have the paella but several around us did and they were raving. Made a meal of wine and tapas and I couldn't have been better. Try this one. You won't be disappointed.
It's a small place with tables very close together. The people at the next table were practically on top of us. Very noisy. Server not very attentive once the place got busy. Food was excellent. We had several tapas and they were all good, especially the Brussels sprouts. Great location right across the street from 2 theatres. Make a reservation and get there early.
Any restaurant that has only been opened for 2+ months gets an immediate pass! This place will make it, no doubt! We did Tapas, pre-theatre 5:30 res, the food, decor and service were all great! We did the lamb, pork, B-sprouts and mussels all really well executed! I'd go back!
We buy season tickets for A.C.T. at the Geary Theatre, which is across the street. A long-time favorite restaurant in the area closed last year, so we've been trying other places to eat before the curtain. Last fall we found an excellent little restaurant in the space that Bota now occupies. The only problem was the portions were too large for a quick bite before a show. So tapas seemed ideal. Unfortunately, Bota's tapas were only so-so. We had three, plus a salad and dessert. Nothing was horrible, but nothing compared with dishes we've had at Coqueta and Zarzuela. Also, the service was perfunctory. When a server removed dinner ware and brought dessert, I had to ask him to clean up spilled food in the middle of the table and he looked surprised by the request. Our waiter was friendly and informative. We arrived early for our reservation but were seated promptly. As the room filled up the noise level stayed very reasonable. I just wish the food and service had been a bit better.
Bota is a very comfortable restaurant with good Spanish-influenced dishes. The tapas list was not extensive, although it included many of the expected traditional dishes like gambas al ajillo and patatas bravas. We also ordered a paella and were very pleased with the crispy bottom. Prices are a little above the usual but not out of line for the Theater District, and there were several bottles of wine under $40. The lighting is flattering, but the tables are a little too close together to consider this a seriously romantic restaurant. We are subscribers to ACT, and Bota is super convenient to the theaters.
I love tapas, so decided to try this for a pre-theater lunch. That staff was great, the burgers were lovely, and it was quiet enough for good conversation, but we don't plan to return. I love Spanish food and the only Spanish dish on the brunch menu was Tortilla Espanola. It's too bad that for a noon reservation on Saturday you don't get a choice of the frankly boring brunch menu or the regular lunch menu that looks like it has the nice selection of Spanish offerings I was expecting to find.
Some food was well prepared however very overpriced for tapas. A meager cheese selection included flavorless wafers instead of a decent piece of bread. Wine was average yet expensive and service felt a little rushed. Overall the food was not worth the hefty check.
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.
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