La Bodega: "A Vancouver tradition for tapas" Top 5 Page for this destination La Bodega Tip by Carmanah

La Bodega, Vancouver: 16 reviews and 8 photos

I have finally tasted the pleasures one of the most appreciated tapas restaurants in the city of Vancouver.

La Bodega has existed since 1971 and has earned a good reputation for its authentic Spanish cuisine. While I haven't been to Spain, I can only imagine that this is the kind of food I'd eat if I were there!

In late November my family and my boyfriend ate a delicious dinner of assorted tapas upstairs in La Bodega to celebrate my father's recent Masters degree graduation. We were seated upstairs by the window in a large bright room full of other large groups. This didn't take away from La Bodega's charm. Instead, it felt like we were enjoying a party in someone's home.

Downstairs in La Bodega is their main bar. The tables were more closely together, but the area looked intimate and casual.

In general, the building is older, but has tons of character. This is actually rare in Vancouver... the restaurant had an atmosphere that wouldn't feel out of place in Montreal! The white wash walls and dark wood shelving display Spanish art, hand-drawn maps and photos. The servers are likely the owners, themselves, with Spanish accents. They were always very friendly and very accommodating.

While there is an entrée menu of a handful of dishes, customers regularly eat at La Bodega for their famous tapas. Each plate of tapas can easily be shared by 6-8 people. Order a bunch of small plates of tapas and share them around. This will make for an exciting, ever-changing meal!

To conclude, La Bodega would be ideal to go on a casual but romantic date, or to celebrate among family or a group of friends.

Favorite Dish: My favourites of the night were

Ceviche - mixed seafood such as scallops and fish served in a tangy fresh lemon marinade and spices

Bonito en Escabeche - whole cooked tuna steaks in a sherry vinegar marinade

Pimento Relleno - a whole roasted red pepper stuffed with ground pork, rice and spices, served with roast potatos

Alcachofas don Carlos - sautéed hearts of artichokes with dry cured chorizo in a really zesty sauce

Ensaladilla Bodega - a cold Spanish potato salad mixed with tuna and shrimp.

Of course, the pitcher of red wine sangria was delicious as expected

Address: 1277 Howe Street, Vancouver
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: On the west side of Howe between Drake and Davie
Phone: (604) 684-8814
Rating: 4
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 29, 2004
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