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“Discovery of great SF Tapas Bar!”
Review of Bocadillos

Bocadillos
Ranked #1,314 of 5,776 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Spanish, Contemporary
Neighborhood: Financial District
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Neighborhood: Financial District
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Love this place! First time here, and there was little or nothing to dislike. The tapas plates were flavorful & distinct, the service was friendly & efficient without being annoying, and the ambiance rivaled anything we experienced in Spain. The prices were neither cheap nor exorbitant ($5 for a good draft beer in a huge glass); with one clean unisex bathroom for a relatively small dining area. Our voucher from TravelZoo was graciously received and we sat near a window ideal for people-watching. It was somewhat confusing that the website & voucher clearly said no reservations, but there were many tables marked as reserved. The restaurant is open for all three meals, but we chose dinner and nearby parking garages were not difficult to find mid-week. All the dishes were delicious, but the "Arm of the Gypsy" dessert is a must, if for no other reason than the intriguing name, lol!

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Our group of 6 enjoyed tasting and sharing a lot of small plates. They had a great variety of delicious foods -- halibut ceviche, seasonal mushrooms, shrimp beets, corn salad, beef tongue and lots more. Desserts were great too -- crème brulee, chocolate cake. It was a fun place but small. The staff was helpful and attentive. The unisex bathroom was in the middle of the room which was kinda weird. Overall, I'd recommend Bocadillo's for an interesting, tasty evening.

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Thank Janet A
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Enjoyed this hidden dining location next door to the Transamerica Pyramid. Tapas were delicious, flavors were very distinct and vivid, the plate size was just right, served in style. Speaking of style, the atmosphere is modern, little candles on red brick walls, dark wooden furniture, very clean. Their wine selection is limited, but the wines are very good. Try it. Especially if you never had tapas before, you'll like it.

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Thank Alex M
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

If you want a modern twist on tapas with great tasting food then this is a good option. Small and stylish this is good for couples and business. Service was quick and easy. Would certainly go again!

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Thank Giles P
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

A few years ago I went to Spain and my husband bought me the Pinxtos cookbook which is written by the chef who owns this restaurant. By total fluke, we realized his restaurant was in San Francisco and we figured we had to try it on our recent visit. In retrospect, we should have ordered empanadas from the cerveceria down the street and save ourselves the disappointment (and the money - this place is bad value for what you get).

We were really excited to try this place and had high expectations. We were greeted by a friendly server who informed us that there were no tables and that we'd have to sit at the bar. That was no problem; however there was a huge table in the middle of the room that was completely empty and stayed empty for the duration of our meal, which coincided with closing time. Were they holding it in the hopes that a big group for show up? Umm ok, but I'm here now and sitting on a cramped bar stool.

On to the food, which is why we came. The menu was short on items and long on disappointment. First of all there was no pulpo - a standard in tapas and featured prominently in the cookbook. Next, there was no morcilla - again I thought I was going to a Spanish restaurant.

We ordered the kale and chorizo which was boring and greasy. The lamb burger was bland. the patatas bravas were wedges not like they're supposed to be. The tripe was disgusting and I actually like tripe. Callos was one of my favourite things to eat in Spain. What I was served was tripe in tomato sauce - no flavour. Even something simple like salt would have helped!

The wine was good. The dessert was the best part of the meal. I had the flan. It was delicious.

Another weird thing, there was this strange movie on repeat. A movie that looked like it was made in the early 80s about dirt biking. What does that have to do with anything? But we had no choice except to watch it, because we were sitting at the bar facing it instead of at the empty table facing each other.

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Thank SammyNPaul
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