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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:
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
Bofa turned out to be a great surpize. Very convenient for pre or post theater meals. The service was top notch. Everyone was very accommodating for our mobility problem. The waiter made excellent recommendations. Food was delicious. We especially enjoy Tapas. We'll be back.
Tapas in the theater district. We stopped in here for an early dinner between plays on a sunny Saturday. Our server was new to the restaurant but knew the menu inside and out, especially regarding gluten free options. Try the generous portion of tasty olives, tender shrimp in garlic in an iron skillet at your table, divine lamb chops with pistachios and mascarpone, ultra rich canalones del pollo, washed down with an excellent, not too sweet house sangria. They have 4 different tempranillo options by the glass which were also superb. Follow that with their gluten free olive cake and you have a wonderful dining experience.
Food was very good. My friend and i agreed that the waiter in training was snarky and made a face when i asked where one on the tapas dishes was after we were finished with the other dishes. He said "it's in the oven." Additionally, my friend arrived before I did and in a nearly empty restaurant at 6:15pm, she was seated-behind a glass panel near the door. When I told the same waiter and others at the front desk that we would like to move there was push back until the woman training the waiter overheard and stepped in and moved us to another table in the other room. I didnt feel welcomed and will not return.
We went there on our last night in San Francisco. It was close to the hotel (within walking distance). We were seated right away & we chose the tall tables. This was our first visit there & we weren't that hungry so this place was good.
Server took our beverage orders right away. When beverages were delivered, he advised us about the menu. Single (smaller portions) however the center items on the menu are meant to be shared (& more expensive). He advised that those items take a minimum of 25 minutes to cook & to be patient.
We opted for the single, smaller portions which came out quickly. We were all done w/our meals within a half hour of being seated. It was a good place to eat. We were not disappointed. It was just a bit pricey.
Server not terribly knowledgeable of the menu. Menu was very limited. For the quality of the food the price was high. Very limited wine list. Not a single California wine on the list. I understand this is a Spanish restaurant, but good lord almighty in the skies, this is California wine country.
The sea bass was covered in deep fried garlic which was over powering. Once you scrape away the garlic, the fish was bland.
The prawns were good, but the oxtail underneath tasted like something was missing... like Jamaican oxtail but missing the spices
Brussel sprouts were good.
The waiter was awesome and the atmosphere was great... but food was subpar for the price
Definitely try a paella; order it first thing since it takes 25 minutes to prepare. This visit I tried 2 tapas - the Brussels spouts and the Secreto Iberico organic black pork (acorn fed!) - so delicious! Then came the Surf and Turf paella, the turf side has a smoky sausage that is addicting. The small pan is actually quite generous and we had leftover even for us 2 very hungry diners. We chose a light fruit salad as dessert - the compressed watermelon had been soaked in sangria for a unique kick.
Our server Adam provided quick information on each dish which was especially nice if you haven't traveled to Spain or are new to tapas.
We went before the theater, both are in the same block, and will go back for the beautiful setting, authentic right-on Barcelona tapas, and to try the delicious smelling paella being served at the next tables. The red sangria is pure heaven and the seafood tapas, which is all we sampled, are perfectly fresh and presented very attractively. The wait staff were knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. All in all, the best tapas restaurant we have ever been to in San Francisco and we already have reservations for another meal for which we have invited several friends!
Came here when on vacation from buffalo. Didn't have the best dining experience here. After seating we were asked to move to accommodate a larger group. Which was not an issue. They told us our first round of drinks would be free. They eventually did bring us a round but it was about 40 mins later when our meal over. We ended up ordering 5 dishes. We only got 4 of them. The first dish we were giving was wrong. They never asked us to refill our water. The waiter told us he was going to take a couple dishes off because of what was going on. 1 of the dishes he took off was the one we didn't receive anyways. We felt basically ignored and they wanted us to leave because of the mistakes they made.
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.
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