Broken Spanish

4.5
1123 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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The Infatuation
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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The experience was great overall but the food option was limited. There were no sides to accompany the main dishes.

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

Food is excellent and the service is, too.

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

Fantastic service as soon as we entered the FORR, this continued for the whole evening

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Excellent food, great ambiance. Our waitress wasn't great but the rest of the staff were so welcoming and attentive

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

Food was as good as it ever, maybe better. Chile Relleno fantastic so was tostada chicken and lamb neck tamale. Perfect pre-game dinner

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EC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kevin, was amazing

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and service is always on point. Their drinks are always fun to try. We always go back to our fave the Cazuela it’s great for sharing.
Great for date night or drinks with friends

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VV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu and fantastic service!! Our “go to” spot for a lovely meal and cocktails before any event at Staples Center.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very delicious and unique. Would definitely come again. Service was pretty good overall, very noisy in the back room where they sat us.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the atmosphere to the service was great. All our courses of food were excellent. Whenever in the LA area I would highly recommend.

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R
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just had a delicious meal. The combination of ingredients are inventive and unique.
Our order included the octopus, tostada with fried egg addition and spinach tamale.
All small plates that are easy to share.
The whole snapper looked fabulous - maybe next time!
We got their version of flan and floating island for dessert. Highly recommended!!!!!

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AT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is by far the BEST Mexican food I have ever eaten (and I grew up in Mexico and traveled Mexico). The service was absolutely outstanding. Everyone there works as a team. We were impressed and can't wait to go back.

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I definitely recommend the Papas!

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E
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, such great service and food! We ended up talking to one of the kitchen staff members that recommended some other places to try during our visit too. We will definitely be returning to Broken Spanish whenever we come back to L.A.

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was inventive and flavorful and every dish was something new. I had a great time. The service was perfect, the staff was friendly and had great recommendations, and if I lived in LA I would definitely be back soon!

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LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with original dishes (quite something with Mexican!).

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DS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a terrific evening with great food and friends!

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great experience and definitely recommended.
If I was to complain about something (being picky) it would be the fact that the food was coming too fast making the experience a bit too rushed.
We were sitting by the counter, so maybe the table experience is different.
That being said the food was great and the combination of flavors where really fun and genuine at the same time.
We are definitely going back

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SF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was expensive, did not open doors even when people were waiting outside. Service was just EH. Not a good value, won't be back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to a Clipper game. Loved the $20 parking for the whole evening

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everthing was great!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My husband and I dined two weeks in a row. Both times, food was excellent although the service can be improved A LOT! Not too much attention on checking with us and drinks would run empty for quite some time before getting a new one.

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CM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Broken Spanish has a great atmosphere and food. It is most definitely only for those that love the share plate concept. Being our first time there, our party was a little confused on how to order and what would work best. If we go back again, I think we will know how to navigate the menu better next time!

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S
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mezcal and tequila cocktails that we had were very good. Our short rib and chicharron entrées were awesome and had very intense flavors but we’re well accompanied by the refried lentils.
One small drawback is that in the rear dining room it was a very large party so it was very loud and difficult to hear much in there for any form of casual conversation.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations! Chicken necks and quesadilla definitely must haves!

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p
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Broken Spanish is one of my LA favorites now. I loved everything I tasted there from my cocktail to my tamale, and I don't make a habit of ordering tamales in a restaurant. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Everything was prepared carefully with fresh ingredients. The presentations were beautifully appealing to the eye. I'm not crazy about the 70s era decor, but I can forgive that. The food was SO GOOD.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow - every single dish we had was remarkable. The lamb tamal, the achiote chicken, and the whole snapper. But the snapper is an absurd $64. Even given the size of it and how delicious it was, that price is outrageous and pretty unjustifiable.

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LC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd time. Gets better each time!!!!

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Tuesday night, and we were there to celebrate our anniversary. I was pleasantly surprise at our experience there at Broken Spanish. AWESOME. We highly recommend it!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing waiter and food was just incredible!!

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PW
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Great restaurant ruined by abysmal service. The food here is excellent, but the quality of service is poor. Our waitress, Anastasia, just couldn't be bothered to smile or be helpful in any way. I hope she gets her big break in Hollywood and leaves waiting tables behind.

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PD
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

beautiful food. so innovative. spinach tamale was so delicate, unlike anything i’ve had. parts of dining room very loud. i would request. quiet spot but overall can’t wait to come back.

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was non existing. Had to ask for water several times l, drinks and plates.

The food was fine but it feels as they are not being very truthful about the menu. Ordered several appetizers one being the Ques Fundito, she asked if we wanted tortillas and we said yes. At the end of the meal it was an additional 7 dollars for four tortillas and if we did not purchased them how would one eat this dish? Just charge me the 23.00 for the item instead of the approach taken. BTW a 3% health charge, 10 % tax, the 7 dollar soft tortillas seemed like I was buying a used car.

With all the great restaurants in LA this doesn’t seem like a long term sustainable business program

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TU
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Been here just for cocktails, been here for a light dinner with a friend, and been here for a long drawn out anniversary dinner. I have always enjoyed the food, particularily the seasonal tamale-try it! The staff is very attentive, maybe a little too eager to swoop plates away. The drinks in particular make Mezcal more accessible. I have been to Oaxaca countless times and have a hard time liking most Mezcal, but almost every drink I’ve tried I’ve liked. You really can’t go wrong with their house margarita. Lovely place.

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RM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful good and great service. Couldn't ask for any better Mexican food anywhere.

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SL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Recommendation from a fellow “foodie” friend and we were not disappointed by the food but our server not so much! She seemed quite unenthused to wait on us which was sad since we were so excited to be there. At first it we thought it was just her nature. Didn’t ask if we had been there before, didn’t go over the menu, just stood over us while we figured it out and placed an order. But as other patrons were seated to the right of us and finally the left, we knew she just didn’t care for us. She was very helpful and cheery and a bit more bounce to the other diners and it really rubbed us the wrong way to the point where we didn’t want to order dessert or a 2nd round of cocktails. We just were ready to leave her and her obvious “dislike” of us. The food though was amazing! We left not a crumb uneaten. Simply divine! But our server just made the overall experience just a complete downer! I can say that I have personally never experienced this so it was quite disappointing! Shame on her! But that food though! 5 stars!!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

If you want good Hispanic food at reasonable prices, don't go to Broken Spanish. The food was interesting and expensive to say the least. Chili Relleno stuffed with mashed potatoes for $17? Quesadillas with no cheese in blue taco shells for $19? If I had known that El Cholo was across the street, I would have gone there for authentic Mexican food.

Sorry, this place doesn't cut it with me.

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NG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience. Let me begin by saying that if you have the option, choose sitting at the counter. That corner is way less noisy (the whole place if packed if LOUD) and you actually see the chefs preparing the food. I like this kind of stuff.

We order (for 2 people): the cabbage salad, the spinach tamal, the pulpo, and the barbacoa. And for desert we did the lemon bar, cafe de olla, and arroz con leche. Drink wise we did a couple of coctails (don't remember which ones, I don't like cocktails), 2 sparking rose (very good), and a michelada. The michelada was probably the only disappointing thing of the night: it was more a mild spicy & salty shandy than a michelada.

The spinach tamal was FANTASTIC, who would have thought that spinach could be SO delicious? And the barbacoa is the best I've ever had in my life (and I lived in Mexico for a while). The meat was so fatty and delicious that jiggled all the way to your mouth, amazing.

I was not impressed with the lemon bar, it was a bit too sweet for me but then I really love very tart food. The cafe the olla was very very tasty and it really wasn't overpowered by coffee taste. My husband hates coffee with a passion and he loved it. And the best part of the arroz con leche was without doubt the different textures.

Now, the only thing you need to be prepare for is the price. Prices are high and servings are small, which I am ok with. As reference, my husband and I ended up full but not crazily so.

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SG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Broken Spanish was fantastic! Every plate was unique and delicious.

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DF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was awesome!!! That butter you made for my son was sick

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