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bota tapas and paella bar

4.2
4.2
750 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
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.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 19 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon, Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 345-2303

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Roberto

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Chef Roberto Medina: (855) 978-2590

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross Street

    Taylor

  • Parking Details

    Street parking and paid public garages.

  • Public Transit

    Geary muni, Bart exit Powell Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. MJ

    MartinoJAB

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Sadly there’s nothing positive to say about this restaurant. Food was very poor. All the tapas dishes were bland and overcooked, and the pricing was ridiculous. $80 for four dishes with no alcohol. This is ridiculous even by San Francisco standards. So disappointed.
  2. P

    Peggy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a lovely lunch before heading to theater. Service was excellent, food was very good and looked beautiful.
  3. SS

    SamanthaS

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Booked for a birthday dinner they mixed it up with the table next to us and then we never got the birthday celebration. The fruit in the sangria was extremely sour and inedible. The food was decent, the paella had almost zero Socarrat and zero on the bottom. The lamb combs were very tough.
  4. j

    jennifer

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Very friendly service. I was disappointed by the paella because it was missing the nice crispy part on the bottom.
  5. TR

    TRANCEPORTER

    Central Coast

    53 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Casual place for a quick bite
  6. R

    Randall4015

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place for tapas or paella before within walking distance of ACT and Golden Gate Theaters.
  7. MC

    MarthaC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived 30 minutes early and hostess was kind enough to sit us right away. Waitress also attended to us immediately. Tapas were tasty just little pricey.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Not many vegetarian options. We had Brussels sprouts & roasted peppers as tapas, then our vegetarian paella came out covered with…. Brussels sprouts & roasted peppers! I wish our server had warned us to order something else to start. But it’s a lively fun place and has great cocktails so we had a good time anyway.
  9. N

    Nonamereviewer

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The staff are friendly and the food is very good. All the prepared dishes we had were well prepared and portions are generous. You might want to order one fewer dish than you think you need and after you have a few delivered, decide if you need to order that last one.
  10. C

    Craig

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food is wonderful and the staff is efficient and friendly. If you like tapas, this is the place in SF. We make it here as often as possible.
  11. ST

    SusanT

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service. Each tapas dish delicious. Multiple vegetarian options. Nice wine selection- California and Spain varietals. Would definitely go back !
  12. AW

    AmeliaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely Food. Perfect pre theatre. Wonderful wait-staff. Not enough non alcoholic choices, esp now that there are so many hip alternatives…..no need to drink soda! Thank you!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We made a last minute reservation and it was great. We we’re treated by their friendly staff and shown our table. From there we ordered the bacon wrap dates (amazing), regular meat paella, and a bottle of wine. Prices weee fair food was so delicious. A regular is perfect for two people. The wine recommendation was amazing. There was a group that of people who had been sitting next to us. Who ordered a octopus and a didn’t like it because it was too chewy (not sure if they had ate it before) but the manager apologized for their dislike of it and removed it off the bill. He was constantly going around and checking how everyone was. Will definitely come back.
  14. NB

    NinaB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the seafood paella when we were ordering drinks as it takes a while to prepare. Snacked on the bacon wrapped dates, fabulous, and patatas bravas and then our main dish arrived. I ate a lot of paella in Spain and this was better than some which I sampled there. Highly recommend it .
  15. EJ

    EricaJ

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Drinks were good; food not so much. We had an issue with one dish being undercooked and it took a long time for wait staff to check in on us for us to bring that to their attention. They were very apologetic once they found out.
  16. OB

    2OBS

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The tapas were mediocre at best and below the taste we expected.
  17. e

    edkup

    Tampa

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tapas were wonderful. Great flavors and good selection to pick from.
  18. SS

    SandsSF

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Bota is a cute tapas place within the Warwick hotel. It is not my go-to Tapas place in the City, but if you're downtown and want a pitcher of Sangria with good bites, why not try this place out?
  19. JD

    JohnD

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Have eaten here many times. The paella is phenomenal……just like in Spain. The rest of the food is outstanding as well. I know restaurants have been struggling since the pandemic ….. happy to see that Bota has survived. However, they need more staff on Sundays. Went in this past Sunday august 14 for lunch with 4 friends. The place was half full ….. good sign …. yet just one server and one cook in the kitchen. Needless to say …. we waited a bit for food and drinks. I felt bad for those two employees having to run on bare ones. It’s one thing to save money and labor costs but …. I will be back because the food is amazing. I just hope the staff is more than 2 people.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, but a little expensive. Overall, good option if you’re watching a show at the Curran.
  21. AR

    AniR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Les serveurs étaient désagréables. La paella était très épicée.
  22. H

    Harini

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food, great ambience. Vegetarian options were very tasty, especially the Patatas Bravas and paella.
  23. z

    zevg

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Tapas were good
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The saddest tortilla & pintxos Cocktail were good
  26. E

    Eric

    San Francisco

    221 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    221 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We always enjoy dining at Bota. The food is wonderful and the location is perfect when we go to the theater. It isn't an inexpensive night out though, which is par for the course downtown, and for tapas. It's worth it though. It's consistent every single time; this is probably our 4th or 5th time going there.
  27. DM

    DebraM

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place. Great for before/after a play at the Curren theater....great food and excellent service.
  28. NJ

    NJJd

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very convenient to Curran Theater. Good selection of tapas.
  29. RO

    RebeccaO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Everything was ok until Our order was wrong ..2 dishes we did not order - I actually touched one thinking it was - when the waiter realized it was wrong he came back to pick them up - I told him I had touched a plate and the food - he said ok - he took it back and within a minute another waiter delivered the same dishes to the table next to us. Our shisito peppers were not very good- it was more like just a charred skin- no substance to the peppers(taken off the tab). Our sangria was mostly fruit and inedible after we finished the drink, which probably had a factor in the sangria not tasting fresh.
  30. HC

    HappyCustomer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The vibe, food, and drinks were very good. We will be back.
  31. AK

    AmandaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and fresh. Bota has a nice variety for everyone. Our large group definitely indulged and it was so worth it. We will be back soon!
  32. K

    Kewlju

    Austin

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service and food was very good. Had tapas, charcuterie and seafood paella. A few favs were the paella as well as patatas bravos and octopus. A nice neighborhood experience.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Did not give accurate projection of time needed for paella. We specifically asked. We had to leave without eating our main dish as we had the theatre to get to across the street THE PAELLA TAKES ALMOST AN HOUR!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Servers need to smile. Not real welcoming. But….food was excellent.
  35. ML

    MaggieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here before seeing a show at The Curran. We did let our server know of our plans and he took great care of us - the food came out quickly and was delicious. Would love to see gambas al ajillo and spanish tortilla on the menu. Did not try the paella but everything we ordered was fantastic.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Delicious food !!!
  37. MK

    MarkK

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Across the street fro the Curran Theater. Great selection of tapas and appitizers. The paellas were equal or better than any I had in Spain. Michael was very attentive and helpful. Food can quickly and hot.
  38. EE

    ElisaE

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic and service was great!
  39. N

    Nini73

    Miami - Dade

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    All the tapas were delicious. Great quality products. The seafood paella was under seasoned and I don’t recommend the desserts.
  40. AM

    AdrianM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    This place is quite expensive for a large group, especially with the group minimum tip and SF service charges. The food comes out quickly which is nice, but a lot of the food is underseasoned and not worth the price. Shishito peppers for $16 is ridiculous, and they weren't even well cooked. The paella was super bland, definitely needed salt. The only good dish was the octopus, Overall I would not recommend this place.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

bota tapas and paella bar does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. bota tapas and paella bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 345-2303.

bota tapas and paella bar is rated 4.2 stars by 750 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for bota tapas and paella bar

490 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Taylor

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon, Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street parking and paid public garages.

  • Public Transit

    Geary muni, Bart exit Powell Station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Roberto

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 345-2303

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Chef Roberto Medina: (855) 978-2590

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