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bota tapas and paella bar

4.4
4.4
722 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 11 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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What 722 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. E

    Eric

    San Francisco

    216 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    216 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  2. DM

    DebraM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 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.
  3. NJ

    NJJd

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very convenient to Curran Theater. Good selection of tapas.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. K

    Kewlju

    Austin

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 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.
  8. 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!!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Delicious food !!!
  12. 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.
  13. EE

    ElisaE

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic and service was great!
  14. 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.
  15. JS

    JohnS

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were looking for a place to get dinner near the Curran theater so we booked this restaurant. It is across the street from the Curran. The food was very good and was very reminiscent of tapas in Spain, fresh foods with simple ingredients cooked deliciously in a way you could taste all of the ingredients. We got a pitcher of sangria to go with it. Perfect meal for a summer day. The portions are very large. Pace yourself and enjoy.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great drinks & fantastic service, was a little disappointed in the paella.
  17. a

    allergymom

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Picked this place for the menu and proximity to the Curran theater. The staff was prompt in taking our order, but our drinks never arrived and they missed one of our veggie orders which was really disappointing for the vegetarian in the group. The tapas came out quickly and was tasty. The patatas bravas were a big hit. Loved the meatballs and the octopus. The pork was over cooked and tough. Timing was good to make it to the theater.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Comfortable and uncrowded. Food quality very good. Closing time during the week it’s 930, a little early.
  19. A

    Angie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was good but server was not accomodating, forgot part of our order, and was not willing to ask the chef for alternative vegetarian options.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quite possibly the best Spanish restaurant in the Bay Area.
  21. H

    Hwilko

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice food, slow service but good overall and a nice experience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Just nice really. Didn’t realise that the taps came out staggered, we were sat like numpties waiting for all of our courses till they explained 😂
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for dinner before seeing a play at the Curran (right across the street). The Pear Gorgonzola salad, Vegetable Paella, and drinks (I had the Cucumber Delight) were amazing! Great service for a relaxed dinner. I would definitely go back! (Sorry I didn’t get a full pic of the salad before we ate all but a couple of bites)
  24. BZ

    BeeZee

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    They don't make you feel welcomed, so the service and friendliness is lacking. Food is good, but not great.
  25. BL

    BonnieL

    San Francisco

    239 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    239 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Ate here before going to the Harry Potter show at the Curran. Service is friendly, professional and prompt. Drinks are great and we decided to focus on the tapas which were very good! Enjoyed bacon wrapped dates, the polpette, steamed mussels (not sure the chorizo we added was necessary) but my favorite was the grilled octopus. It was a large very meaty tentacle that was delicious and incredibly tender. Last time I was there every table was full so the place was pretty loud, but last night only about half the tables were full so the noise level was very low and it was easy to have a conversation.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The ox tail was cooked to perfection, it easily coming off the bone and was perfectly seasoned. The gravy/ sauce from the ox tail soaked into the lightly toasted bread had me salivating for more! The aged jamon is a must try, can’t go wrong with it. Lately, the personal size paella is good enough for two, no more no less. You must ask for it as it’s on their menu.
  27. SF

    SFTurtleMom

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The grilled octopus, chicken cannoloni, bacon wrapped dates, and lamb chops were all seasoned well. The oxtail and paella could have used a bit more salt, but all was tasty.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    These Tapas servings were bigger than most. The food was great, the cucumber delight cocktail was excellent! Easy walk in union square area.
  29. DH

    DavidH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seeing Harry Potter at 7 pm on a Saturday. Wanted an early dinner before the show. Our first time here and we really enjoyed it. Had all small plates and everything was delicious. Bartender did not come on shift till about 5:30 that day so only beer and wine available but they had a nice selection. Would eat here again.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happened upon this restaurant when in town for a conference. Having just been to Barcelona in the fall, I was a bit skeptical. The food was amazing!! Staff was super busy. The restaurant was short-staffed but the waiters were amazing. They worked together to make sure everything was covered.
  31. XS

    XavierS

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good ambience. Fantastic personal. Good pretty good. Good informal choice.
  32. BL

    BonnieL

    San Francisco

    239 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    239 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server (Kevin) was great. He had helpful suggestions and also made sure to get our paella order in early so we didn’t r have to rush to the theater. The tapas were really good, especially the bacon wrapped dates. Our seafood paella was just ok - although a generous size, the mussels were over cooked and the rice lacked the crunchy saccarat that is the mark of an outstanding paella. Drinks came out promptly and when we were finished we got the check quickly too. All in all a great pre-dinner spot.
  33. MC

    MelindaC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, wine and service was excellent. Brussel sprouts were excellent, we also had the grilled octopus and seafood paella was also delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant!
  34. JP

    JenniferP

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful meal and great group at Bota! So good to us and when I thought I lost my glasses there, the manager was really helpful- and the food is fabulous! Don’t miss this place.
  35. AC

    AndreCPA

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paella was amazing! Great experience and service was excellent!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I think it’s way overpriced for the portion and the taste maybe because It’s adjacent to a local hotel.The ox-tail sounded good and had good reviews but the one we tried had no flavor, meat was good but the sauce had no flavor. The Paella was slightly disappointing, the mussels and squid was tiny and needs some flavor. We had desserts too and it was ok. Unfortunately it wasn’t a satisfying.
  37. CT

    CTal

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ate here for a pre theater dinner as a group of 7. Staff was very good and the food was quick and tasty. Because we had 7 people we were able to try a large variety of dishes. Seafood paella was very good. The rice was not mushy and the seafood was perfectly cooked, not overcooked. We got many tapas and a small paella and it didn’t weigh us down.
  38. g

    gbertolozzi

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    SF pricey....but... very close to the theater and the food is very good and the staff was friendly. Would recommend asking to be seated away from the front door as many tables are in the breezeway and last night was pretty chilly and windy. Also paella takes 40 min to make so give yourself time if your go to a show.
  39. WD

    WendyD

    Salt Lake City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Casual dining with many good choices. We loved the chicken strips.
  40. JK

    JKSF

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great work folks! Our team, all having varied tastes and dietary preferences, had a stellar time. Keep up the awesome work. Would readily recommend and return.

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 4.4 stars by 722 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 11 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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