Bellota

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931 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Located in a landmark building in SoMa, Bellota is a vibrant Spanish restaurant with an expansive take on the cuisines of Spain. Executive Chef Ryan McIlwraith brings his critically acclaimed approach to Spanish dishes, including a diverse menu of meats grilled on a wood-fired hearth, inventive paellas, Old World stews, fresh seafood, medium-sized tapas, imported charcuterie and cheeses, as well as slow-roasted vegetable dishes.

A 30-seat full bar and lounge add to the convivial environment, where guests can enjoy live music, an all-Spanish wine list, sherry on tap, dry cider, and Spain’s cocktail of choice, gintonic.

The airy, urban Mediterranean interior features California bay laurel tabletops, custom Costa Brava Blue-colored leather chairs and booths, Moorish light pendants and brass table-lamps, a private dining room for parties and events, and seating around the open kitchen with a custom hearth, the heart and soul of Bellota.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.8

Some of the best Spanish food in town is at Bellota, at the bottom of the Airbnb building in Soma.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 931 People Are Saying
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NN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, ambience, and people.

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KD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great and the chef accommodated our request to replace chorizo with shrimp which were delicious! Good wine recommendation from our server.

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h
San Francisco
288 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing all of it from the shishito peppers, to the omelette to the meatballs and potatoes to pork belly to dessert!!! Cheese flight and a yummy chocolate mousse marshmallow delight. Drinks were delicious as well...service fabulous!!! Pricy ...a little too pricy...but for a special night out it’s worth it. All prepared well..not overdressed or over sauced. Great flavor combos!

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, ambiance, and service. Paella is on point!

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EP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had booked a reservation for an offsite team lunch that we had planned, & was happy to see that y'all were ready to seat us, even when weren't all there. Additionally, y'all were really attentive to the refills & needs of napkins, menus, additional seating. The only thing I would say is that we had ordered two paellas along w/ several small dishes to share, but apparently it wasn't heard, & by that time all the small dishes were done, along w/ desserts about to come out. Luckily everyone was quite full & was totally fine not getting the paellas, but it still would've been great to have had tried it. Maybe next time, as the food & service was all still really good. Thank you all again for the wonderful service!

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Would def recommend and will be going back soon.

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VV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, magnificent wine list, friendly service.
Needs to work on overwhelming noise level.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and drinks with one of the best waiters I’ve had, ever. He made fantastic recommendations and knew when to check in and when to leave us alone. The staff clearly works as a team, the food came out hot and was well coursed. Very well run and the food was so delicious!

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F
San Francisco
144 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious soft shell crab paella special. The salad was also good, but not particularly innovative. The rice pudding was OK, but could have used more cherries on top to make it sweeter. The service was good, but the restaurant was too noisy.

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J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best paella I’ve had and just returned from Spain! Fun room and vibe but sit at counter for the best experience. Professional staff all the way through and friendly/fun

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! Delicious food and incredibly smooth cocktails! I highly recommend

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and hospitality! Absolutely loved everything and can not wait to go back!!

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RH
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was extremely late and quite salty to be honest. I was very disappointed.

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a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Excellent food, pretty restaurant, service a bit inattentive but at least our conversation wasn't getting interrupted. Hostess was not too thrilled I nixed the booth she initially gave us for a different, better placed one. Very unfriendly and needs to present herself differently.

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CJ
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My last visit was great, this time not so much. I may not be used to SF prices, but really do expect top quality at this price level. Setas paella was burnt on the bottom (not crispy as it should be, but black). "whole fish" was served as two fillets with a head, losing the experience of a whole fish for me. Wine list is extensive but expensive. Spanish wines usually offer great value, but not here. When I asked the somm for a suggestion in our price range I was greeted with "that doesn't really exist." and pointed to bottles three times the price. Overall, I think there are many other great options at $100+ per person.

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LI
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal in a fun and stylish setting. Very true to Spanish tapas. Great Spanish wine list! We will definitely be back. Like, next week.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The service was good and the food presentation was nice, but definitely did no. taste as good as it looked Two of the three of us had stomach problems (I'm being polite here) that night and next day. Additionally, the noise level in Bellota is really loud. You have to talk really loud to be able to visit with anyone at your table. I think the prices were a bit too high as well, but even if they were cheaper I would not return.

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OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A fun restaurant with Spanish type food, a young crowd, techies with money, interesting cocktails, small plates, live piano music, large dining room...you get the picture.

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DC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Review says most of it, love the food, ambiance and service but might make different personal decisions on price performance when the meal isn’t getting expensed. That is more a reflection on my personal “foodie-ness” level than a reflection on the restaurant. Good times!

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DP
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is good but not great. The paella is well flavored but is rice with a topping rather than a real hearty dish. The wine list is excellent. The service is very good. As with most restaurants these days, it is very noisy and the ambience is somewhat cold.

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TL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Server was not friendly, very short and not happy to answer questions. As for the food, most is very bland not tasty at all and the portions are extremely small meaning very expensive for what you get. Would not return nor recommend. Too many other great tapas restaurants in SF.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The paella was bland but pretty. Steak was good. Cod was good. Brava not tasty.

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HS
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food & service. Prices are high but the dishes are authentic & excellently prepared.
A very enjoyable meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cool; we like the food & the mood of the restaurant.

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I
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pricy for tapas, but inventive and delicious. Fantastic Spanish wine choices and Spanish vermouth, which I lovez

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TQ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was amazing. Service was horrendous.

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JS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was eating alone and the bar staff was very friendly and mad good recommendations for food & wine.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience at the counter. We had several dishes and all were very good. Spanish wine list was great and sommelier (can't recall her name) was very helpful.

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WA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

All good, But the tables very very close to each other

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EE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Tables too close together

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was extremely bland and unremarkable. Service was excellent

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, the quality of the food for the cost could not be justified, no matter how great of an ambiance they provide. I went in for a dinner for two, and after a moderately expensive bottle of wine at 3 small sharing items (shishito peppers, very dry papas, and cheese) our bill came to $150. Neither of us even felt like we had eaten a real meal, and the price point was higher than most of my best dinners out. We enjoyed the music and the service, but wouldn't go back based on the food and cost.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great people, very good service

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ES
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good service not great food too pricey for what you get , very loud, won’t go back

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MP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. Highly recommended !

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SL
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything you order is a delight for the palette and the vibe is great. Wonderful and knowledgeable staff. A must go when in the city.

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a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived late and had to double the size of our party. The team at this restaurant treated with utter graciousness and made us all feel at home. Food and drinks were incredible! Definitely go here.

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RW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid every time!

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TA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience; generally crowded for dinner. Appetizers were awesome - had the beet salad that was excellent. Had Paella - half seafood and half pork shoulder. Paella was a 3 of 5. Have had significant better paella elsewhere. Also, restrooms are in the atrium of the mall so sort of inconvenient and not as clean - would expect indoor restrooms for a place this caliber. Overall 4/5 and would go back

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