I generally only write reviews for places that I enjoy so
I generally only write reviews for places that I enjoy so much that I'm excited to get on here and support them. Sadly, love and enthusiasm for this place is not what's pushing me to write this review tonight. I just could not recommend this place to anyone, for any occasion.Price & value: I'll start here because I think that this place was really very expensive for what it was and did not represent any sort of value for money and I think it's hard to forget how expensive this place was as I think about how off everything was. Honestly, this review might sound harsh but I think that for over $200 out the door for 2 people in this city, you just have to do much, much better. There are so many AMAZING restaurants in this town at every price point and this is just not a good spot for any amount of money. The food was genuinely bad, the space was not comfortable.Space: A very big restaurant that doesn't feel cozy. When we went, there was an extremely loud live band. We weren't alone in feeling like it was too loud as several folks who sat down after us asked to move before ordering. The lights were inexplicably bright in the half of the restaurant we had been seated in while they were much more appropriately dim in the rest of the space (farther from the music).Food: Modern interpretations of classic dishes are always tricky but Bellota certainly did not succeed in their updated interpretations. 1. The Gildas were practically inedible. The olive was stuffed with a tiny bit of fish paste rather than having an actually piece of anchovy on the tooth pick (presumably a cost savings for them). I'm not sure if the olive was also pickled or if the incredible intensity of the pickling on the pepper just gave that impression, the pepper was huge and so intense that to call it an assault on the mouth would not be an overstatement. Perhaps an actual anchovy would have helped cut the acidity? 2. The Patatas Bravas were ok. The cook on the potatoes was fine but not fantastic (really didn't have a super even cook throughout the batch and none of the potato pieces had that super crisp outside + soft inside that you really want). The sauce was not good at all.3. The Paella. So first of all, there are 4 options (I wouldn't call any of them traditional)... the fact that individually they cost 52-62 but if you get a split, no matter which two you get, the price is $68? Frustrating. Perhaps it would all be ok if the paella was delicious, but it was not. We got the two that our waiter told us were the most popular (the mushroom and the squid). I was really excited for the mushroom as I love morels. Sadly, they were just not. The most prominent taste was of wine not yet fully cooked off, the general mushy texture... Not good. The menu says their paella serves 2-4 people. I would say minimum of 4 people if you order anything else and you can't get a smaller size, even though they sold their "split" offering to almost every table we saw (which is two half portions). Most tables around us did not seem to finish their paella. Wine: I'm not an expert in Spanish wines but I do especially love Lopez de Heredia. The offer their wines by the bottle where prices get crazy pretty fast. A $28 bottle of their Vina Cubillo sells there for $70. A $48 bottle of the Vina Tondonia sells there for $150. The fact that the cheapest glass of Rioja on the menu was $19 seemed kind of crazy (it was a drinkable glass but certainly not special).Conclusion: I just would not go back. I honestly left regretting that we had missed an opportunity to eat at another places that would have been more fun, more comfortable, and more delicious.
Honestly was super underwhelmed.
Other than the fact that our hostess who seated us was super friendly and helped us right away, the service was so poor. Got seated and after maybe a few minutes we were ready to other, but it felt as if we were ignored and nobody came to help.We had to wait almost 20 minutes to order, we just got one sangria and a dividida ( half/half paella) in which the server insisted we get an appetizer because the paella could take 40 mins, we didn't want to since the paella said "can feed 2-4 people". Sangria came out quickly, and it wasn't a type of sangria we were used to. We like it more tart and sour, but this sangria was just straight liquor, no real tart fruitiness to it, pretty let down. Paella came out and this, was the blandest paella we had. Trader Joe's frozen paella had more taste than this. There wasn't even salted. Both paella's rice had 0 seasoning on it. The squid ink rice just tasted like plain congee, while the seafood other than the shrimp was tasteless. The shrimp had a decent char smokey flavor to it, but that's about it. The lechon was decent but again, no seasoning. It was just flavored by the pork drippings, but there was no real flavor profile to it. So disappointed, especially since we're dropping $70 for paella in which it barely fed the two of us when it says "feeds 2-4" Really disappointed The ambiance was alright, dim lighting and it made it feel kind of intimate but couldn't really take nice pictures unless adjusted with settings. Overall we won't be coming back here not only because service was so slow, but the paella (what they're supposedly known for?) was completely bland. At least it was edible since we were hungry but we'd rather just go elsewhere.
My sisters make reservation at Bellota to celebrate my
My sisters make reservation at Bellota to celebrate my birthday. Interior, service and food was a vibe. Our server recommended more items from the menu but overall an amazing experience and we will be back!
(4/5) Loved the energy here! From our first steps, we were
(4/5) Loved the energy here! From our first steps, we were very warmly welcomed by the hostess and drawn in by the live music, the bustle of the open kitchen, and the laughter of groups having a good time. The right side of the restaurant can be quite loud, but we were luckily seated in a one of the booths tucked away on the left that felt like our own cozy bubble. From a value perspective, a few of these dishes are pretty overpriced and but I think Bellota wins in ambience and consistency - usually there's always a dish or two that misses the mark, but I found the food here to be consistently good or great and not oversalted. Also kudos to the mini table lamp providing lighting for the food pics without being intrusive - my friends were relieved to be off flashlight duty and everything still felt intimate. + carne cruda / beef tartare (3.75/4): Solid, nothing in particular stands out about this iteration of beef tartare but the flavors go together nicely and it's one of the better ones I've had.+ croquetas (4/5): Will declare upfront that it is slightly egregious that each croquette costs $10 (I recently had 4 for $13 elsewhere), BUT this was one of our favorite dishes of the night and there was a generous amount of crab meat. + bravas (3.5/5): I'm just never really blown away by bravas... it always feels like buying a very expensive side of home fries (which in this case were $18... my eyes popped). I feel this way about Bellota's rendition too, but I appreciate that the potatoes weren't oversalted as they often are in Spanish tapas and that they were a well executed balance of crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The aioli was also addicting (wish we kept it for the tortilla). + tortilla (4.25/5): My friends and I were very confused by this dish until we found out that 'tortilla' can also refer to a Spanish omelette, not just the burrito wrap lol... although I couldn't taste the black truffle, this was one of the best omelettes I've ever had. Thoroughly enjoyed the melted cheese, the delicious mushroom mix and aioli, and the light, *just* barely done consistency of the omelette. Great value as well, as this plate was surprisingly massive. Will be dreaming of this at my next brunch.+ dividida paella: arros negre + lechon (4/5): Came here for the dividida!! LOVE that we can sample two paellas at once - usually it's such a massive commitment to pick the one. Both tasted great and somewhat similar due to the saffron mixed into the rice, but I lean towards the Lechon because I really enjoyed the addition of the roasted grapes (never had this in paella before!) and broccolini. Pork belly was very tender and was accompanied by some kind of chopped fruit on top (yum). The arros negre is more of your classic seafood paella combo. + mostachon (2.5/5): The waiter recommended this as the best dessert on the menu (since the baked alaska was sadly sold out for the night), but this had the taste and consistency of a roasted marshmallow that none of us were a fan of.
Dare I say, the best Spanish food in SF. Love the fact that you can order two paellas in one pan...and both of them were great. The potatoes, squid, and all of the desserts were also great. This is just an impressive restaurant operating at the top of their game. Come here for good vibes, good food, and good drinks. But don't forget your wallet... you'll definitely need that :)
Not the best dining experience from the moment we sat down.
The hostesses were honestly very sweet but overall, this restaurant made me feel very unsettled.Sat down at the bar since we were 15 mins early for the reservation and the bartender seemed more interested in seeing our IDs than taking our order when he cut us off while we were ordering drinks. We asked how a specific drink was and the response we got was, "Well, it's rosé...?" The bartender was also seemingly much more attentive to the people right of us at the bar. Please note that the bathroom is not actually inside the restaurant, it's within the general building complex which would have been nice to be told upon sitting down. We were then seated in a pretty brightly lit area and whether it was the initial hostility or the fact that the people to the left and right table could hear one another's conversations, I felt on edge the whole time since my seat was directly across from the bartender. I didn't set any expectations as far as food goes but I will say the beef tartare was delicious. We ordered the seafood paella and the large shrimps cover most of the plate to hide the lack of other seafood within the platter. Would not recommend or come back, I really wish this experience was a lot better considering the t
Had a nice dinner here, service was great and many menu
Had a nice dinner here, service was great and many menu items looked delicious, but what we ordered did not really work well for me. Pulpo - octopus was cooked well, the dish was tasty, but you only get 4 small pieces of octopus, which I expected more for the price. Croquetas - interior was pure goo, so it was difficult to find the crab outside the pinch they add on top. I would have liked a bit for structure/textureSeafood paella - the seafood is all delicious and cooked beautifully. However I felt that the rice itself lacked some flavor. I'm pretty sensitive to salt, but I even found the rice to be under seasoned. Overall, not sure I would return considering what we got for the price, but could be what I ordered.
We came for a research dinner while in SF, and had a
We came for a research dinner while in SF, and had a reservation for 16! The restaurant was spacious and had a live band playing music, creating a nice fun ambiance. We had a prefix menu that had lots of different options. The tapas were all so delicious. As always, you can't go wrong with bravas and croqueta. Come with sauce that adds lots of flavors. The gambas (shrimp) had a slight kick to it and was served with bread to soak up all the juice! I am not usually a beef person but the chuleton was cooked to perfection and so tender and delicious. This is a must-have! The paellas came in a massive serving size and come with lots of add-ins. Lastly, we had dessert. The churros were so soft and fluffy, very different from most churros I've had - even in Barcelona. Though pricey, if you want a nice night out, this is the place to try!
Let me begin with saying that the service is wonderful and
Let me begin with saying that the service is wonderful and the wait staff is great. I am a huge fan of paella and had it in many places over the years. I love especially seafood paella. We've had Arros Negre here and it was the worst I've ever had. Total waste of shrimp and rice. I absolutely understand what they were going for with the dish, but totally missed the mark. Albondiga was good. I never complain about money spent in good restaurants and on good food, but this was a total waste. Which is a pity because the restaurant is very convenient to where I live and was hoping to go there often.
Mike, the "wine director" knows as much about wine as an incompetent bimbo stuck changing tires on the freeway. Not only that, his hospitality skills need to go to the toilet area of the restaurant where he will be more useful. Latin waiter, useless. What a joke.
Mike, their “wine person”, needs to be fired.
Horrific experience tonight at this place. Service was way below poor. Although it started nicely with a warm welcome, our waiter was highly incompetent and confrontational when asked to bring a hot sauce. Zero tip. Once complained, the manager was aggressive and downright unprofessional. Unacceptable. I felt threatened for my life by him. His name is Mike and he claims to be the wine Director, which is not substantiated by his poor knowledge of wine. Horrific experience, unpleasant food, horrible wine service, and disgusting waiter. Not worth the time or effort to return. I will not return but do the favorite to my fellow community to spread the word about this horrific place. Off to the crocodiles with your incompetent wine server and waiter. Pathetic.
A great experience here all around! We had a drink at the bar before we sat down to dinner. A convivial atmosphere with wonderful live music. We asked the sommelier for help with the wine list and she was wonderful. My husband knows American, French and Italian wines well but we wanted to try a Spanish and she absolutely nailed it! Our waiter was lovely and all of our food was great. The paella looked great and I was quite intrigued with the vegetarian version that the women next to us at the bar ordered but it is a large dish and there were just 2 of us..... we will have to go again sometime with more people! We had the churros for dessert and they were great also. Just a wonderful evening in a warm and happy environment!!!!