Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

4.4
986 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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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
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Phone number
(202) 333-4733
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Jeronimo Romero
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
31st Street
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Take Away, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 986 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on 6 August 2018

美味しくて、日本人に適当な量

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4.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Had fun trying some great tapas with daughter in Georgetown. Great location, fun atmosphere, very nice staff. Reminds me of Curate in Asheville, NC.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

I love the food! You have to get the lamb chops, shrimp in garlic sauce, and chorizo! My only critique is that the restaurant is rather dark and it can get a little noisy.

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1.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Food was really poor.
Potato Bravas like small stones.
Shrimp like rubber...
Never again

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4.0Dined on 13 July 2018

The food was really nice, drinks tasty as well, our waiter look after us all the time.

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1.0Dined on 12 July 2018

The food was fantastic - great tapas and a huge range, much bigger tapas menu than some of the other places in the area. The unlimited tapas and unlimited res sangria menu options are great value. The waiter was attentive and helpful, as well.

The problem came when we paid. Another person in our party covered the check, and they left. Myself (who the birthday dinner was for) and my girlfriend were the only ones left after everyone else went home. We were then surprised with a second check that the server and manager told us was the correct one - they said the one that had already been paid was incorrect. The manager was not apologetic at all about the restaurant’s mistake and did not seem to care she was sticking the birthday celebrant with the check. We asked her to remove a $25 “cake fee” as a sign of goodwill, and she gave us attitude about that. She was extremely rude and unprofessional, even more so when we called the restaurant when we got home to complain they had been unfair.

Summary: great food, good value, good service. A mess of a billing system and an awful restaurant manager who ruined the experience. If you go here, leave immediately after paying so the rude manager doesn’t chase you down with a new check.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

It was great. We come to Bodega in the summer more often and the Paella is very delicious. The last two times it was a little overdone but flavor was good.

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

The food is always great here, plenty of choices, and it never disappoints, if you go you must try the Sangria, soooo good.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Always a pleasure, it's our target location when we're in Georgetown.
Staff are friendly & attentive. Dress fancy or casual.
Lots of variety on the very Spanish menu, so it never gets old and always tastes great.
We usually stay & eat & drink & chat for multiple hours.
Muchas gracias!

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

I suggest paeilla e sangria! Amazing duo;)

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5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

Great food, a little cramped/crowded, but wonderful sangria and menu options. Very loud, but a lot of fun

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5.0Dined on 13 June 2018

Great place, food , service everything as usual .... thumbs superhiper mega up for La Bodega 👍🏻👍🏻

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3.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Service was excellent, sangria was delicious. Food was just ok, expected but more flavor for such unique meals. Great staff and location though!

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Great ...everything !

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Very good food and very good service. Have been back to this restaurant every time we visit DC.

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2018

The best dishes that we ate were the scallops on mashed potatoes, the lamb ribs and the flan! The sangria was really watery! ;-P Atmosphere was warm and friendly

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5.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Our server, who was also the bartender, was amazing. No matter how busy the bar was, she was right at our table as soon as we needed a drink or were ready to order another dish! The Flamenco guitarist and dancer were wonderful too! Be sure to look up their schedule and catch them there if you can! And, of course the food was delicioso!

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1.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Did not honor Open Table reservation and would not seat at available tables. Seated at bar as a walk in. Retroactively assigned points as if reservation was honored. Obviously some management / service issues using Open Table reservation system. Not sure one could count on using Open Table st the establishment.

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4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

went there for mother's day brunch, the food, the drinks and the authentic flamenco dancer were all amazing. great place for big parties and special occasions.

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4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Enjoyed our first visit to Bodega on M Street. The sangria hit the spot and the tapas, while not spectacular, were very tasty. The service was a bit erratic and our small plates all landed on the table at the same time, but for a casual meal it is a good choice in busy Georgetown.

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4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Tapas selection had a great variety and all of the food we ordered was excellent. Best mojito I ever had. We went for a special occasion and it was a bit more casual than I expected. But overall we had a great time. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Meeting up with frienfs

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

We had a window table and were able to talk for a long time without interruption. The food was very good and the ambiance charming.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

We got together as a family. It was so much fun to choose and share the different tapas. I loved the food, ambiance, and sangria.

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1.0Dined on 28 April 2018

In initially Receptionist refuses to have a table for us even though there are seats available in opentable. They mentioned opentable should not allow people to make a reservation right before which I don’t understand.

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Good food and service. The price was not too expensive but not cheap either.
The back room where we were seated was very loud. It was difficult to hold a conversation.

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Three of us had the Paella Marinera con Bogavante as well as salads. It was plenty of food and even provided leftovers. The paella was delicious and the seafood fresh and well prepared. The house salad was good, but somewhat overdressed. The waiter recommended an excellent wine, which paired well with our dinner, and remarkably was one of the cheapest wines on the menu.

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5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Great food and service. Wonderful location in the heart of Georgetown. Will be back!

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3.0Dined on 22 April 2018

You bathroom was disgusting, it made me gag

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Good food. Service was prompt but not overly friendly.

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3.0Dined on 21 April 2018

The food is really good and authentic spanish tapas although the price is a bit expensive for the quantity of food.

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5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Even though I have visited Washington DC many times, I only just found out about this Georgetown gem Spanish restaurant: Bodega. It was very lively. We enjoyed some tasty tapas with a glass of Spanish Rioja wine, but the outstanding part of the meal came with our Paella order. We have been to Spain and, of course, have had numerous paellas, but the chef at Bodega knows how to make an exceptional one. There were several varieties of paellas to choose from. We decided on the typical chicken & chorizo. Well, it was not typical. It was an authentic flavorful treat. The paella was brought to the table in an authentic paella pan. The flavors of the chicken, chorizo and garlic were delightful. And being in the paella pan, the paella also had that nice delicate crust that forms when properly cooked this way. Three cheers to the chef! We will definitely return here!

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3.0Dined on 15 April 2018

There was a bit of a language barrier with the waiter. Other then that all was well.

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4.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Service and attention to detail from the hostess stand to the server herself were lacking. Checked in at the chaotic hosted stand which had three people “in charge” and none doing their job - received a “no show” email because they didn’t clear my reservation. Told that bread was coming after pouring oil, yet it never came until we asked 10 minutes later. Water never refilled without asking.

As for the food it was delicious. Pane Catalana with Manchego with the Pear & Walnut salad with honey vinaigrette was a perfect cold beginning. Croquetas de pollo, tortilla espanola and green beans with almonds hit the spot for the hot course. Topped off with Crema Catalana for dessert. Delicious in spite of the service issues.

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

This really is an authentic Tapas restaurant in the very nice area of Georgetown, staff were very attentive and the variety of Tapas dishes was outstanding.

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3.0Dined on 8 April 2018

A bit too loud

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1.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Very disappointed. We have previously enjoyed dining at Bodega, but last Friday was terrible. Despite having booked we were stuck away in a very noisy back room with no atmosphere, the music was so loud we couldn't converse. The food was still OK and genuinely Spanish, but our tapas were brought in the wrong order, meat before fish, and just dumped in the table. The service was slapdash and impersonal.
It will be a long time before we consider going back, and never on a Friday or Saturday.
I don't think they care any more.

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3.0Dined on 31 March 2018

The food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Great food and atmosphere! Outstanding experience! Enjoyed every minute

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

The food was just incredible. Great, quick service.

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