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Bar Bodega Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barbodega.co.uk
  • Phone: 0192 322 9651
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Monday to Thursday 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm
    Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
    Sunday 6 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Ben Bytyci
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment:

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Getting there

  • Cross Street: Please note, we are strictly over 21's
  • Parking: No
A word from Bar Bodega

Bodega is the perfect haven for every over-25 who just can't find a decent bar. Our feel is 1920's speakeasy meets jazz club, with heavy drapes and deep leather sofas to offer a welcome that's akin to a long hot bath after a rough day. Discover a rare find of mature drinkers and enjoy chilled-out evenings of table service and conversation against a background of cool nu-jazz – played at just the right volume. Come in, relax and choose a bottle from the extensive wine list or select a specialty beer, and you'll find it's midnight before you know it.

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Diner Reviews
  • "Bodega's Sunday lunch has changed over time and not always for the better but it remains an enjoyable experience in a congenial place. The 3 course menu is good value for a traditional starter, roast and veg and then pud. The cheaper red wine was disappointing for a place where a glass of wine is usually very enjoyable. The staff remain as friendly as ever. We'll continue to call from time to time and so will others judging by the numbers there and turnover - impressive for a sunny afternoon."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "Bodegas is a very pleasant Adult only bar with excellent Tapas at a good price. The service is always very friendly and prompt."
    dined on 08/06/2014
  • "I booked a table for 6 "girls" going to see Paul Hollywood at the Colosseum including my 17 year old daughter. Table was not ready because a large group had "stolen" some of the chairs (said waitress who greeted us on arrival) - suggested we wait by the bar while she sorted it. Barman asked daughter for ID - not a problem - she doesn't drink - explained this, but then said they do not allow anyone UNDER 21 in. Absolutely nothing on the online booking or confirmation to say this. Cannot see anything on website either. Daughter really embarrassed at having inconvenienced the rest of us - not her fault. If our table had been ready, perhaps everything would have been OK. As it was, they lost out on a group table. Shame."
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "What a lovely surprise to have booked it having no real idea what to expect , apart from a promising menu. Staff were great , lovely interior - we were served promptly , some delicious tapas style boards- with free Chilled Prosecco- would definitely go again if in Watford- Everyone left happy and great value ! thanks S Lambe"
    dined on 14/05/2014
  • "Nice and cosy, the tapas was delicious and the pudding sharing bowl just yummy! Just the perfect place to catch up with the girls. Service is also great."
    dined on 08/05/2014
  • "Had a great Sunday lunch. Very tasty and reasonably priced for a medium end lunch (not cavery prices mind). There was a table magician who managed to be non-intrusive, and yet complement the experience. Not an easy task. Will return. "
    dined on 27/04/2014
  • "Ate here last Sunday after some jazz at the Horns. Fabulous roast lunch, friendly team. Hopefully once all the building works at the top of the parade is completed more people will discover the delights of this hidden gem. Well done to the team. Look forward to trying out your other venues."
    dined on 16/02/2014
  • "I took my wife here for our valentine meal. I go here on a regular basis. Staff know my name and very friendly welcome. The music is not too load and set in the 1930/1940's ambience. Have to be over 21 years of age to enter premises. Food was good, due to my wife dietary needs she is very strict in what she eats. There are vegetarian options on the menu that she did choose from, due to personal preference she prefered certains dishes to others. Would recommend this bar/restaurant to family and friends. A good place to relax after a hard days work."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "(Visited on Tuesday 28th Jan) Although hard to find, this bar is well worth it. The best element was the quality of the staff and service; from the moment I stepped in I felt like I was given complete consideration and care and this continued for the duration of the evening. The range and quality of drinks is great as well, the ones we selected (wines) were fantastic for the price. The board games are a fun and unique touch as well and added to our evening. Easy to miss as they're hidden in the corner, but it's the perfect bar for them. In all, Bar Bodega is great if you want to have a good balance of atmosphere, comfort, value for money and audible conversation. The accommodating staff were key to this experience, highly recommended."
    dined on 28/01/2014
  • "The Bodega was very pleasant with a good atmosphere and good tapas. Ray"
    dined on 10/01/2014
  • "Love this place! Been here many times! It's a fantastic, uniquely decorated place where you can unwind with a drink in big comfy chairs, and play a board game if you like! It's a chilled out atmosphere with fantastic staff, amazing food and clean restrooms. I would recommend Bar Bodega to anyone!"
    dined on 29/12/2013
  • "You'd almost walk by Bar Bodega as there is building work going on and there is only a discreet door into it. It was our first time here and we loved it."
    dined on 03/12/2013
  • "Lovely place to go for Sunday Lunch. £15 for two courses and they are big portions so worth the price. Nice wine too, although the measures are a little different to what we are used to, it didn't detract too much from a very enjoyable day."
    dined on 01/12/2013
  • "A gorgeous atmosphere, perfect and cosy for winter afternoons/evenings. The food was top quality and just the right serving size and fantastic flavours. Staff were extremely friendly and willing to go the extra mile. The experience was so good that I have plans to return the following weekend."
    dined on 24/11/2013
  • "Hadn't been to Bodega for a while but kept getting emails and applauded their effort. Will try them on some other nights to see what's new. This was Sunday lunch and pretty much as expected. Good atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff serving roasts. The food has been better before but it's a good traditional meal and the wine was good so we all left happy."
    dined on 03/11/2013
  • "Lovely bar that's great for drinks or food. Good mixed crowd and the service is always with a smile!"
    dined on 26/10/2013
  • "We did not eat there as got delayed so food sears not relevant. Had phoned and left message to try to move booking but no call back. Ate elsewhere (Bread Butter & Grill: excellent!) but went to Bar Bodega for a drink. Turns out it is just a busy city bar. Noisy, dark and crowded. Not as described at all. Glad we skipped the meal!"
    dined on 18/10/2013
  • "We always have a great food and friendly service here."
    dined on 30/09/2013
  • "Bar Bodega is located on the Parade in Watford, anyone familiar with the area will know that the Parade has a collection of Bars and clubs aimed at 18-24 year olds with load music and low cost alcohol. Bar bodega is different it's for the older crowd who still enjoy nights out but want to have a conversation. The bar is for customers who are over 25 years old and the drinks are priced to discourage binge drinking. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, the staff are friendly and the food is tasty. I would recommend Bar Bodega to anyone who is looking for a venue in Watford where they can relax and share a good meal with friends."
    dined on 28/09/2013
  • "Had a lovely time at this bar. Very nice decor and background music. The waiter was very pleasant, helpful and unintrusive."
    dined on 22/08/2013
  • "Bodegas made our night!! Service was brilliant and we were made to feel very special on my sisters Hen Party! Thank you so much for all your hospitality, we will defiantly highly recommend you!"
    dined on 06/07/2013
  • "Lovely place, excellent service, will definitely be going back again!"
    dined on 26/05/2013
  • "A lovely pub with a chilled atmosphere. Very grown up and smart with extremely friendly staff who make you feel welcome and relaxed. Great Sunday roast and amazing dessert! For £10 for roast and wine this was great value for the quality and amount received. I would love to make it a regular Sunday outting :-)"
    dined on 12/05/2013
  • "Great for a group of friends or quiet family lunch as a couple. Lovely food and very friendly service. Big portions and a nice glass of wine, a lovely way to end the weekend"
    dined on 28/04/2013
  • "We booked a table for a girlie evening out !!! It was brilliant ! the ambience of the place was just lovely and i loved the way they serve their drinks. The food was perfect if you did not want a big meal the sharing board was ideal. Great service and i will definitly recommend this to thers and will be returning. Worth booking a table we had ballons and a personalised name card waiting on the table for us."
    dined on 11/04/2013
  • "The staff must be very carefully selected as they are really friendly, attentive and helpful. The Sunday roast is great. The best restaurant in Watford in my opinion. A glass of wine is included in the £12 for a roast, but be prepared to have money in the bank if you want to spend time drinking as it's expensive"
    dined on 17/03/2013
  • "Great service and lovely food at a reasonable price"
    dined on 17/03/2013
  • "Went here for mothers day and it was lovely. They had a lovely menu and made it special by giving a glass of bubbly instead of wine with the offer to the mums which was nice. They also gave a small gift for the mums of a couple of daffodils and a chocolate truffle at the end of the meal which was also a really nice touch. The food was lovely and the service was great. Only reason I would say value wasn't good was it cost approx £20 per person but actually for 3 courses and a drink, that was pretty decent, it was just more than I'd anticipated paying but like I said, it's only a minor thing and I'd definitely go here again."
    dined on 10/03/2013
  • "Fantastic for romance or a more mature bar/restaurant. Certainly the best Watford has to offer. The ambience if fantastic. Lots of candles, wooden furniture, leather chesterfield sofas, board games............... so relaxing you don't want to leave, especially on a lazy Sunday"
    dined on 10/02/2013
  • "The food was varied, delicious & very reasonable. The price for drinks was extortionate? The staff were very attentive and offered excellent customer service. Due to the prices of the drinks I cannot afford to go there oftern."
    dined on 31/01/2013
  • "Good sized portions, delicious food and friendly service at a great price"
    dined on 16/12/2012
  • "What a place! Great food and great drinks. The service was exceptional. Can't wait to go back."
    dined on 06/12/2012
  • "20 of us came to Bar Bodega for a leaving party and it was brilliant. Our waiter was very friendly and served us drinks/food to our table with ease. Atmosphere at Bar Bodega is the best in Watford."
    dined on 05/12/2012
  • "I booked this for a group of 13 people for Sunday lunch on my birthday, I'd been for lunch before on a Sunday with smaller groups and always had a good experience. Roast Dinner and a Glass of Wine for £10 is a good price and the service was friendly and attentive. I was a little disappointed with the yorkshire pudding which was stodgy and the amount of vegetables provided on this occasion, as we had to order extra to go around. I’m hoping that was due to the size of the table as it’s a great place to have a Sunday roast and mull the afternoon away with the paper."
    dined on 18/11/2012
  • "I took my son to Bodega as I had heard good things about the Sunday lunch, we were not disappointed, the service was second to none and the food out of this world and plentiful, the atmosphere was relaxing with easy listening music and a surprise when the magician came to the table, wonderful!! Will definitely be returning for more of the same. Well done Bodega you certainly excelled yourselves!"
    dined on 11/11/2012
  • "An excellent Sunday Lunch, Yorkshire Pudding was a bit disappointing but over all superb value at £10. Booking is essential, Bodega is an oasis of sanity on the High Street, with easy jazz and easy chairs, fairly anonymous from the outside it speaks to a quiet Sunday afternoon. Friendly staff and bags of atmosphere, every table was taken and the quiet hum of conversation dit not drown out the music. Lovely cheese board, didn't try the puddings this time round, in truth the lunch is more than enough. I'll beck again and again."
    dined on 04/11/2012
  • "We had a work celebration for one of our team members 50th. The staff had a nice table set up with decorations and provided an overall brilliant experience to celebrate such a momentous occasion and made the birthday girl feel very special."
    dined on 25/10/2012
  • "A great place for Sunday lunch. Sure to book again."
    dined on 23/09/2012
  • "I have been visiting Bodega since its doors swung open over 12 years ago. I have seen changes in Management, even changes in Owner but it has never failed to disappoint. The staff are impecable, and the service, outstanding. The atmosphere, unbeatable and the food, exquisite. I have recommended Bar Bodega to many people over the years and I see many of those faces there on regular occasions. To anyone who has never been to visit the candle wax laden fireplace, the indoor & outdoor snugs, the Bodega Sunday, or just simply, the best bar in a 20 mile radius of itself (excluding it's sister bar's of course), then you are missing out! Bar Bodega & All who work, drink, and sail in her...... Kudos to you!"
    dined on 02/09/2012
  • "Lovely sunday lunch, fantastic staff and great service. Also recomended the nibbles for a weekend night out so yummy. Have been many times before always faultless!"
    dined on 26/08/2012