Broken Spanish

4.5
1143 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Broken Spanish follows the evolution of its chef, Ray Garcia. An amalgamation of the classically trained chef, born and raised in Los Angels, with the powerful influence of a Latin upbringing. Drawing inspiration and flavors from a diverse community, Broken Spanish offers an experience that is unique, characteristic, and beautiful. Broken Spanish displays Chef Ray Garcia’s distinct culinary perspective with an elevated contribution to a bountiful culinary history. The cuisine is expressed in bold yet refined flavors. Preparations demonstrate elements of long-established tradition, while finished dishes are showcased with modern appeal.

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The Infatuation
8.8

You might think Mexican food is best served sloppy and cheap. Downtown's Broken Spanish will prove you wrong.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great first time with a great server... Wait time was a little long but the food was worth the wait. My girlfriend had the special of the day, the short rib tostada (she actually had two) and it was amazing!!! I had the oxtail quesadilla and it was small, filling and very delicious... Hats off to the chef!!!

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Everything was really good, but way too expensive for what the food is. A small bowl of broccoli for $20 doesn't make sense. Our bill was $230.00 for two people before tip. We eat out a lot and that's expensive. We had two cocktails each, shared one tamale, one salad and pork belly. I think for most people the price might be too much.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Small plates of non traditional recipes served family style. A wonderful food adventure.

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RL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good food! The lamb was amazing!!
New Mexican cuisine. To discover!

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AD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such an amazing meal at Broken Spanish, we are already planning our next visit. The tostada was delicious and put together like a piece of art. The chicken with green mole was juicy, tender and the sauce was divine. The dumplings were a big hit for our son and the margaritas were perfection. Ambience and setting are warm and beautiful. We loved everything about our experience. The food is not cheap but the quality is extraordinary and it was worth every penny.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

It’s loud. Portions are small. Server wasn’t that helpful. It ain’t cheap.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Our experience started out great, but ended poorly. The octopus was over cooked and the sauce was too vinegary. Except for that, the rest of the food and drinks were good. Somehow, our main order and beet salad seemed to have gotten dropped and there was a sizable gap before our chicharrónes came and we finally asked the waitress to 86 the beet salad. We went from having lots of time to having to race to our movie afterwards.

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LJ
London
13 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

After an unfortunate situation where they gave our table to another party by mistake we had a wonderful evening.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome. Food was phenomenal. New favorite date place

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stop in LA, in transit to Beijing just for try the chicharrón. Definitely worthy. Great service, good selection of spirits and beer. We will stop next Saturday again, going back to Rochester NY. The whole menu is well constructed, excellent for sharing with your friends.

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D
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

For the food yes, everything else not so much. We had reservations at 6:30 & were out by 7:15. Our appetizers came before our drinks. The food was great but it felt like they were rushing us out from the moment we walked in. We had the queso fundido, the retried lentils and the barabacoa & it was all great & tasty! Our favorite was the barbacoa. Downside is that they charge you $7 dollars for 5 tortillas & there were 4 of us so we ended up paying $14 for additional tortillas 😑. Not very happy about that. Personally it felt like it was too pricey for the amount of food you get.

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R
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food was tasty. Service was super friendly and attentive all around. Place is pricey. $18 a shot for a $35 bottle of casa noble tequila is pretty steep. Short rib was $40??? You won’t see that anywhere else.

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the lamb tamale!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Ok experience. Wait staff could have been better that night

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CI
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The cocktails were great and the food was tasty. I would certainly visit again.

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K
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Quality did not come with the cost. Slaw was so salty it was totally inedible, and left the table untouched. Birria was $39 for a small portion of meat with beans...definitely not worth the cost. Drinks were the highlight of the night.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The prices are extremely high for some of the dishes oh, such as the tamales. The chicken dish I can't remember the name of it with the red sauce was mediocre. The potatoes we're outstanding. Overall the service was fantastic staff friendly and that would draw me back, but the prices are entirely too high. I found myself not getting a drink because that pretty much would have priced me out.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The experience was great overall but the food option was limited. There were no sides to accompany the main dishes.

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R
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food is excellent and the service is, too.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic service as soon as we entered the FORR, this continued for the whole evening

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Excellent food, great ambiance. Our waitress wasn't great but the rest of the staff were so welcoming and attentive

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C
Los Angeles
240 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was as good as it ever, maybe better. Chile Relleno fantastic so was tostada chicken and lamb neck tamale. Perfect pre-game dinner

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EC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server, Kevin, was amazing

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is amazing and service is always on point. Their drinks are always fun to try. We always go back to our fave the Cazuela it’s great for sharing.
Great for date night or drinks with friends

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meal start to finish was delicious! Honestly you will be happy with anything on the menu but don’t slack on the whipped carnitas fat and refried lentils. Slap a good tbsp of that fat on a tortilla and a big spoon of beans... thank me later. Service was smooth, our server was very knowledgeable and the front of house team was on point. Shoutout to chef Ray and the whole team for a wonderful meal!

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VV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing menu and fantastic service!! Our “go to” spot for a lovely meal and cocktails before any event at Staples Center.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was very delicious and unique. Would definitely come again. Service was pretty good overall, very noisy in the back room where they sat us.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the atmosphere to the service was great. All our courses of food were excellent. Whenever in the LA area I would highly recommend.

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R
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We just had a delicious meal. The combination of ingredients are inventive and unique.
Our order included the octopus, tostada with fried egg addition and spinach tamale.
All small plates that are easy to share.
The whole snapper looked fabulous - maybe next time!
We got their version of flan and floating island for dessert. Highly recommended!!!!!

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AT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is by far the BEST Mexican food I have ever eaten (and I grew up in Mexico and traveled Mexico). The service was absolutely outstanding. Everyone there works as a team. We were impressed and can't wait to go back.

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I definitely recommend the Papas!

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E
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow, such great service and food! We ended up talking to one of the kitchen staff members that recommended some other places to try during our visit too. We will definitely be returning to Broken Spanish whenever we come back to L.A.

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was inventive and flavorful and every dish was something new. I had a great time. The service was perfect, the staff was friendly and had great recommendations, and if I lived in LA I would definitely be back soon!

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LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with original dishes (quite something with Mexican!).

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DS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a terrific evening with great food and friends!

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AG
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall great experience and definitely recommended.
If I was to complain about something (being picky) it would be the fact that the food was coming too fast making the experience a bit too rushed.
We were sitting by the counter, so maybe the table experience is different.
That being said the food was great and the combination of flavors where really fun and genuine at the same time.
We are definitely going back

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SF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Food was expensive, did not open doors even when people were waiting outside. Service was just EH. Not a good value, won't be back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Going to a Clipper game. Loved the $20 parking for the whole evening

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everthing was great!

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