About Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

Located in the Heart of Georgetown, Bodega Spanish Tapas and Lounge makes a dramatic design statement with its hammered-copper bars, boldly patterned red-and-black walls, and tables set in intimate alcoves perfect for sharing moderately priced authentic Spanish tapas, traditional paellas and sangria. Don't miss our stylish "Matador Lounge" for dining and cocktails, with an arresting mural of a bullfight arena and opens up to a charming fountain patio - making it a perfect venue for private parties. For corporate lunches, first dates or any other occasion, our guests cannot help but feel transported to the breath-taking Costa del Sol.

3116 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am

Cross street:
31st Street

Dress code:
Business Casual

Price range:
$30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(202) 333-4733

Website:
http://www.bodegadc.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is available at Colonial Parking, located on 31st St. just south of M St. In addition, there are several other conveniently located lots within a short walk of Bodega.

Executive Chef:
Jeronimo Romero

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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Food

4.1

Service

3.9

Ambience

3.9

Value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 2 days ago

I went to Bodega because I wanted a Spanish restaurant with Tapas that had an upscale dining environment. There are some other Spanish restaurant around that may or may not have better food, but I needed a place that would be good for a date. It turned out that the food and overall experience was excellent. The environment is very interesting. It's not exactly a black tie restaurant, but you would want to be dressed appropriately.

The only quirks were refills on drinks. There were some times when I was out of water for a while, but I do drink a lot of water, probably 3 to 4 glasses. They did have a separate server who goes around filling drinks so they do what they can I suppose.

It really seemed like a cool place.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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Food2
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was very mediocre. Misleading "Happy Hour"

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 October 2017

The service was horrible; it took them 15 minutes before they even took our drink order. The servers were not attentive and the food was sub-par at best. We ordered the seafood paella and everything came out pretty dry. The best part of the meal was the complimentary bread. Would not recommend this restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 6 October 2017

Very disappointing food. The chef must have no clue as to what real Spanish food is like. For example, the espinaca catalana was raw and tasteless.ditto patatas bravas.

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Food3
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Service2
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 October 2017

Disappointed with the Paella. It was dry. And the sangria tasted like grape juice.

Tags: Good for Groups
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Food4
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Service3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Food was mainly pretty good, my friend got the chicken skewers which were not flavorful at all, they were very bland. The waiters were a bit inattentive and we had to keep asking for more silverware and water. Nonetheless, the food was good and it came it quickly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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Food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 26 September 2017

Great tapas and sangria! Anthony was very friendly and informative!
Jim moore and John Gustafson

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
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·Dined on 24 September 2017

Delicious food and great service! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun
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Food5
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Service4
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·Dined on 22 September 2017

several other friends had recommended this place from as far away as CT. Worth it! will be returning!

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 September 2017

I'm a very biased reviewer as this is one of my favorite places in all of DC. I don't think I have written a review before so felt compelled to provide one after having a great time celebrating my mom's 60th birthday at Bodega this weekend! Highly recommend this restaurant for all occasions and for all ranges of people, can't say enough good things!

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on 11 September 2017

Always love Bodega! The food, drinks and service are consistently good, and the atmosphere is warm and cozy.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 September 2017

Great spot for a date. Enjoyed the loud yet quiet environment. Great drinks. Tapas were okay but the drinks made up for them not being amazing. Also has a bar so you could just skip food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 September 2017

Delicious tapas and good service. Very nice decor and convenient place to end an afternoon in Georgetown with drinks and dinner. Worth going.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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Food4
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 1 September 2017

Great spot in the heart of Georgetown! Creative & delicious tapas. Loved the red
Sangria. Will dine here again when back
in Georgetown!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Casual, Authentic, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun
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·Dined on 26 August 2017

Wonderful food in a place with real Spanish ambiance. Tapas were authentic, well presented and delicious. The wine was from Spain and just right. And our server Tatiana was delightful. I look forward to returning as soon as I am back in Georgetown.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 25 August 2017

Authentic and extensive Spanish menu. Great tapas, Sangria & superb paella. Friendly, knowledgeable service & warm ambiance. Definitely will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on 16 August 2017

We have eaten a number of times at Bodega and have been delighted each time. The tapas are delicious, gorgeously prepared, and it's such a fun and social way to share lots of different menu options. We always feel like we get just the right amount of food, a ton of variety, always top quality, and terrific value compared to other restaurants in Georgetown. The atmosphere and Spanish décor is appealing. The small outdoor courtyard is a nice dining option. Bravo!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Authentic
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Food4
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Service2
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 August 2017

Was at Bodega for Sunday brunch. Overall the experience was very good, food was great and it's a cool place. The one issue would be that our server seemed to want to be anywhere else but at work - watching a soccer game at the bar, and generally being absent. The hostess was actually just as attentive to our table as the server.

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Food3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 August 2017

Had water drop on us and our food during our meal from broken window during storm, as we were seated near front window of restaurant. They moved us to a new table but have to say I was very surprised they did not comp us for anything given how this affected our meal and experience. They were apologetic but on the house drinks or dessert or something would have been the least they could do. Disappointing. Food okay but mostly cold since food had just been delivered to our table when we had to move to another table due to the water issue in restaurant.

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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 August 2017

We have been visiting Bodega for over a decade. Nobody in DC makes Gambas like Bodega. Gambas al ajillo and lamb chops are the best. Also, you will never go wrong with paella. I would say Bodega is the best tapas restaurant in DC!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 7 August 2017

My friend arrived early and was soaked. The staff helped her find a seat away from the vents so she wouldn't be cold.
We ordered tapas to share: bacon wrapped dates, papitas bravas, scallops, and short rib stuffed peppers. All were delicious.
We chatted for nearly two hours and service was attentive but we never felt rushed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Tapas, Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 August 2017

Food was amazing. The waitress gave great recommendations.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 1 August 2017

Very good and authentic Spanish tapas. We enjoyed delicious tapas we had not seen on other tapas menus--Basque chorizo sausages and calamari with aioli were the best. The tapas were brought out all at once instead of sequentially, as at other tapas restaurants, so don't order more than six, which is quite generous for two people. We liked the Spanish pop music, but combined with the din from the packed dining room, it became too noisy for us to hold a conversation.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Tapas, Authentic, Fun
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Food1
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on 30 July 2017

We sat there for almost 20 minutes and were never once acknowledged. So we finally got up and left. Had a nice meal at clydes though.

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 July 2017

We love Bodega - the food is always amazing, and the restaurant has a great and relaxed vibe :)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on 28 July 2017

Went there with a co worker who I had recently met. Great place and food. Worth going.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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Food3
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on 20 July 2017

Way, way too noisey

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 July 2017

Great time!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 July 2017

My fiance and I were in the mood to have a date night with a movie.

We decided to try the Bodega and boy we enjoyed everything. The appetizers and paella were phenomenal as well as their homemade sangria. The sangria was a bit over priced but we ordered 2 for the special occasion.

We would definitely recommend this place for a quick bite as well as a new cultural experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 July 2017

The food was very mediocre and the ambiance was weird

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 8 July 2017

Great food, but the service was very slow. Willing to give it another chance.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Tapas, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on 1 July 2017

We are from Boston and come here everytime we're in Washington DC. Great food everytime.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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Food3
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on 30 June 2017

Was not too impressed with the food overall. Service was slow.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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Food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 June 2017

I had a fun night with a friend for her birthday. The back patio was a perfect cozy atmosphere for a cool summer night. The food was fun and delicious. Loved the lamb and beet salad.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fun
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 June 2017

Great restaurant and service, one of my favorite places!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 11 June 2017

Most of what we ordered was very greasy and heavy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 June 2017

The food is decent and was delivered to us fairly quickly, but the waitress service was lousy - really surprising since this place is on the main drag in Georgetown.. The restaurant smells like what a smokey bar smells like the next day - stale cigarette smell, and the decor leaves a lot to be desired. Not much of an ambiance.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 May 2017

Food was good and the portions were large unlike most tapas restaurants but it was so noisy I could not hear my husband across the table. Will ask if there are tables upstairs next time.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 May 2017

Service is always slow. Some tables are placed in awkward places.

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Tapas
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 14 May 2017

I have been here a few times for brunch and dinner and it has not disappointed. Bodega is a great place for a date and to take your family. I've gone twice for brunch with my wife and infant daughter and Bodega has been able to accommodate a table that meets our needs.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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