Broken Spanish

4.5
1055 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Broken Spanish follows the evolution of its chef, Ray Garcia. An amalgamation of the classically trained chef, born and raised in Los Angels, with the powerful influence of a Latin upbringing. Drawing inspiration and flavors from a diverse community, Broken Spanish offers an experience that is unique, characteristic, and beautiful. Broken Spanish displays Chef Ray Garcia’s distinct culinary perspective with an elevated contribution to a bountiful culinary history. The cuisine is expressed in bold yet refined flavors. Preparations demonstrate elements of long-established tradition, while finished dishes are showcased with modern appeal.

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8.8

You might think Mexican food is best served sloppy and cheap. Downtown's Broken Spanish will prove you wrong.

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.
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J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The red snapper was amazing!!! Really enjoyed the ambiance and the service was great. Best cocktails I’ve ever had.

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Hong Kong
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 4

VALET STOLE MY SUNGLASSES AND CARD HOLDER. It was very obvious the valet attendants stole my stuff because upon receiving my car, I noticed my personal belongings from the center console was spread out on the passenger seat. I also had a gift card envelope with the contents inside stolen.

Note: the restaurant said the valet is a third party company. It may be a bit unfair to rate a restaurant based on this, but the overall experience turned very sour (and it wasn’t great to start with).

Honestly, the food is great. I don’t remember the names of the food, but we had the short rib, octopus, corns, both tamales, tortilla, quesadillas, and the rice pudding. For party if 6, our bill came out to $340 and the boys left hungry. If you’re looking for value, this isn’t the place to go. But if you’re looking for some good food, I recommend this place.

Food came incredibly fast considering how long we had to wait. We had a reservation for 5 at 9:15pm and didn’t get seated till 10:10. We tried calling the restaurant multiple times to let them know we were going to have 6 people instead of 5 but no one ever picked up. At 9:15, the restaurant called me to see if we were coming - we were at the valet already. We let her know that we had 6 people instead of 5 and she wouldn’t accommodate us. If we wanted to have 6 people, we had to wait an hour. This was a bit frustrating because we wanted to let the restaurant know earlier but no one picked up. She mentioned the table setup for us was for 4 people and they were going to add a side chair for the 5th person. We didn’t want the bar because it was a birthday dinner. Also, she had no explanation on why no one picked up the phone throughout the day. Finally, she said she’ll squeeze us in. An hour later, we were seated. Thanks for squeezing us in.

Overall, it was a bad first impression. Drinks + good food+ good company is always a plus. Valet charging me $15 and my friend $9 was a joke (he came right after me).

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IY
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Extremely unique! We were seated at the edge of the restaurant otherwise would have given it a five for ambiance.

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CJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Broken Spanish was such a lovely experience! The food was excellent, service was fantastic and professional and the drinks were delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and highly recommend dining there!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 5

They make the claim that the plates are family style but in reality these are small portions. How do you sell cheese dip but with no chips or tortillas to accompany it.

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JJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. The oxtail quesadilla and lamb neck tamale were excellent. Of all of the food, the chicharron was mind blowing. The waitstaff and bar staff were so friendly.

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LA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just okay. Nothing warranted the hype. Tamales were nice. Everything else average and overpriced.

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r
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we had was delicious and beautifully plated. Pretty place. Good service.

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LH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful and I loved the atmosphere. The food was very good. Really disappointed in the cocktails however. My hubby had a margarita and it was just...not good. We've had much better down the street at Rosa Mexicano. I had the Oaxaca remedy and while it had a very pleasant first taste...it left a bitter and not-so-pleasant aftertaste. I would go back, though, as the service, ambiance and food were all very good. I'l just stick with a beer or glass of wine next time around!

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Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food & great vibe!

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S
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, hip atmosphere, and good service. I would not call this traditional Mexican, but rather a fusion and Mexican inspired. I would definitely recommend especially for gluten free foodies as almost everything on the menu is Gf.

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r
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went there because there is a lot of hype about the restaurant. The drinks are great! The food is good, but not a ton of options.
A little pretentious, but definitely worth a try.
It is not your average Mexican restaurant though and is a bit pricey.

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AU
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is amazing. Try their mezcal cocktails, the lamb neck tamale and the queso fundido!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, it was a fusion of mexican cuisine with an authentic flavor. The octopus entrada plate was delicious. Wine from Valle de Guadalupe was very good. Would definitely comeback.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was too expensive but it was good, and we loved the ambiance.

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g
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The place is great, great ambient, great food, but it is very pricey, very pricey, (yes I wrote it twice), I have never been to a restaurant where tortillas are charged for. So the place gets a 4 star on everything, except on the price, one star on the price. I will probably will not be going there again.

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DC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is fabulous! No question about it. The wait staff was ok but it seemed hectic - and drinks are very slow coming from the bar! Our first course arrived moments after we ordered it - drinks came halfway through the starters. Not acceptable. Also entries arrived while there were still starter plates on the table.
Ambience: our seating was fine until a table of 10-12 women 30-40yrs. came into the center of the dining room and screamed at each other across their table for the rest of our meal. The whole dining room was upset as we looked around and the management did nothing. We left through the bar - which was serene and quiet. My bill was @ $600 for four people which is fine; but I just expect more from a place like this. Recommendation: eat in the bar!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite dinning experiences in a while. All the food was delightful. The chicharron is a must have. The cocktails were tasty and service was great. I would highly recommend this place.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food. Sat at the counter, where food preppers were very friendly and informative.

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JM
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The half roast chicken ($37.00) is good and they have some good Mexican beers you won't see other places. The wine list,( lots of French) is unbelievably expensive--more than you would see at a top San Francisco restaurant (this is in LA). Our waiter, learning that we hadn't eaten there before, encouraged us to order 2 dishes each plus tortillas. That is a LOT of food. While a small order of tortillas would have been fine if we had been asked, we somehow got the more expensive large order. Queso fundido - good and very spicy. It would have been better with chips than with a tortilla as it is hard to dip with a tortilla. Avoid the chile relleno ($17) with potatoe puree and some kind of white citrusy sauce (neither we nor the people next to us ate more than a bite or two. The best dish was bone marrow with fresh corn.

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J
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything we ordered was bit too spicy but good. We couldn't really taste anything after the first dish. The Margaritas were really good!

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A real surprise in LA where truly good high end food is hard to find. Quality ingredients that are prepared very well. Latin influence is obvious, but not what you've tasted before. Casual attire is fine (people come.in on the way to Staples Center), but this is fine dining.

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LK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Epic meal. One of the best I've had! Service was fantastic and menu recommendations were spot on.

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SA
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

A little pricey and small dishes for what I wanted. If you want a good meal go to LaLas not here

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Only thing concerned food is not served piping hot . I mentioned to waiter ... he said this is restaurant policy . He advised in future let waiter / waitress know my desire for hot temp

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BM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is very good and more interesting and upscale than a typical 'Mexican' restaurant (such as their neighbors across the street). Chef is not afraid to use spice (which I like!) and the cocktails are excellent. Service is on point. It's not an inexpensive meal and prices seem a little inflated (I presume due to the demand for restaurants in the L.A. Live adjacent area) compared to what you get, but it is always a pleasant stop for dinner for us when we are seeing a concert at Staples or L.A. Live.

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BC
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was the most experienced and knowledgeable waiter we have ever had.

Everything he recommended, due to our preferences, was spot on and absolutely delicious.

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T
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I don't know...food was inconsistent. What was to be very special (their tortillas...and other simple elements), wasn't. The whole fish was pretty dang good.

Server was great...knew how to round out the meal correctly for 4.

Layout of the restaurant...that's my biggest issue. Made for a visually noisy, interrupted meal that seemed congested and took a lot away with it's very strange layout.

If I'm going to a Laker game, I'm going back for a drink and some appetizers, but I don't think I'll do another meal there.

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the food and staff were awesome. However, they did get a bit backed up. It was a Tuesday evening and they seemed to be about one person short. The work can build up quickly when you’re very busy. We could see staff running to deliver plates, which was good on them. But I don’t think it should have been necessary with adequate staff. I know it’s a challenge and that was the only hiccup in a great meal!

It was our second visit and we will definitely go back to check out the rest of the menu.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre-Lakers game

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kelsey was our server and she was fantastic!!!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The server forgot about us and wasn’t that attentive. We didn’t see the server from ordering on and she didn’t check to see how the food was and I think she forgot to put in or dessert order because it took forever and then it took forever to get our check too. The food was really good though!!

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JS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Server wasn’t great. Food was excellent, especially the tamales, refrained lentils and chicharon.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had. The food was amazing!! Yes it is a bit pricey but worth it! We had the papas, esquites, Chile relleno, and the chicken. the only complain was we wished we had more. We had a couple of drinks and ended with the cafe de olla dessert. These plates are meant for sharing just an FYI.

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s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Mexican restaurants I've ever been to! Inventive food and beautiful space. Very friendly and professional staff. The margarita was perfectly balanced...not too acidic, sweet or sour. Fresh and light!
Definitely try it! On the expensive side, but worth it!

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SL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant. Poor service. Disappointing. Asked manager for assistance with menu, and found out that it was intended as a plate sharing experience. That was helpful, although he spoke at light speed. Our server was absent much of the time, and our check came from someone else. Underwhelming. I enjoyed our selections, but I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant if your group has any basic eaters.

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PA
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very over-priced & the food wasn’t that good! We weren’t impressed with the service or atmosphere!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our anniversary and it was such a nice, relaxing dinner. The drinks were great and the food was delicious! We will be back soon!

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JH
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was excited to go because I had seen the Chicharron on TV several times and it really looked good. I was disappointed in the presentation. Chicharron is about the crunchy texture. Broken Spanish serves it in a citrus broth which takes away the crunch. The broth make it difficult to cut the chicharron as the broth then sloshes off the plate. We will probably go back because the Red Snapper looked wonderful. Broken Spanish, please don't change the snapper to a soup dish before we go back!

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