Bar Bodega

4.4
158 reviews
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£25 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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Bodega is the perfect place for every over-21, a quirky 1920’s speakeasy meets jazz club that offers a welcome that is 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 whilst dining on our delicious food. The food we serve is fresh, quality produce with a theme for sharing. Come in, relax and choose a bottle from the extensive wine list, select a specialty beer or one of our spectacular liquors, you’ll find it’s midnight before you know it. We very much hope to see you soon. Cheers!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of Operation
Kitchen open until 10pm every day


Lunch:
Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Dinner/Tapas
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
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Phone number
01923 229651
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Please note, we are strictly over 21's
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Wine
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DO
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I HAD A LOVELY BIRTHDAY LUNCH. SERVICE WAS FANTASTIC. FOOD WAS AMAZING.
THANK YOU

J
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar, great food, simple; best bar in Watford for casual drinks and food.

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a fab sunday lunch with all the trimmings. Staff were great too and helpful.

JT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice candle lit bar with friendly staff. We chose the board platter. Most dishes were very nice though the sweet potato wedges were very disappointing, under cooked and only five of them ! Fishcakes and prawns were excellent though !

E
London
55 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have dined at Bar Bodega several times. The food is usually always really great. However, I have to say this time my beef was quite fatty unfortunately. Still tasty, though. I would still definitely recommend Bar Bodega it is a lovely bar serving great wine and cocktails. They also do amazing burgers, but only on a Sunday can you get a big burger, please bring it back to every day!

j
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friday night visit. Friendly warm welcome, excellent service and food. Good location.

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted somewhere differnt to eat and im so pleased we picked Bar Bodega. It was our first time eating there and all the staff where fantastic. Great recommendations from the staff. Food was beautiful and tasty.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped in here after reading reviews online. We weren't disappointed. The food was lovely, and the cocktails were divine. The margarita was one of the best we have ever had! My partner and I really enjoyed the speak easy setting and found it cosy and romantic for date night.

JS
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I had higher hopes for this place than I should have, I guess. The decor is cool, the noise level high, cocktails uninspired - I make a far more interesting Old Fashioned than the one they serve, and with the Speakeasy theme, I expected the menu to have a good selection of craft and vintage cocktails, which it did not. Color me disappointing.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding everything, can't beat a night at this lovely bar and the staff are all so welcoming and friendly.

h
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Meal was amazing! They do a very good Sunday roast. Only let down was that the potatoes weren't proper roasties. The drinks were lovely and the staff were friendly and attentive. Won't be long before we're back!

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Service was great but unfortunately my roast dinner was served without roast potatoes. When I pointed this out, I was given some potato's that had been rushed and didn't resemble roasties at all.

JC
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here! Gorgeous surroundings, super attentive staff, great wine /beer list, delicious food. The best bar in Watford.

KM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were so helpful in making my birthday/engagement celebration amazing! Plus drinks are super yummy

H
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was amazing.

Restaurant not easy to find

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and excellent service. Over 21s means not having to put up with screaming children as well!

N
London
29 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Decent comfort food platters for groups. Went as a business team and had good food and delicious craft beers on draught

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent friendly service. We were a small but quite demanding group , nothing too much trouble. The outside area has a lovely relaxed atmosphere

VG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love Bar Bodgeas. The vibe is chilled, the service is good and its the only place to kick off a night in Watford. Drinks can be pricey though.

AS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night at bar bodegas on Friday. Ended up staying all night after going in for dinner. Lovely get together with work colleagues. Excellent staff, very accommodating! We'll be back soon!

GF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Extremely friendly staff, great food, comfy seating, and not too busy at thetime we were there.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Spent a lovely evening here celebrating my birthday. Very intimate and relaxed atmosphere. The staff were attentive and provided excellent service. Great place for a few bottles of wine and sharing food :)

E
London
55 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have dined at Bodega a number of times, although not for a little while. The roast was even better than what I remembered it, I went for roast beef with all the trimmings, I also ordered a side of cauliflower cheese which was also excellent, really tasty, it reminded me of the one my Grandma used to make. My Grandma was the very best at that dish. Unfortunately, my husband had a burger, which he requested to be cooked medium, but it was really well done, too well done so that he couldn't eat it all and they forgot his jalepeno chillies that he requested to put in the burger. However, Rachael the waitress that served us was very professional and understanding and arranged 2 large glasses of wine on the house for us, so we were happy :-) I would definitely recommend Bodega and can't wait to go back again really soon.

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Burger platter is great. Shots and mixers are a bit pricey

JD
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated my birthday here on a Saturday night in the Snug area served by the lovely Blanca. All good and enjoyed to the max! Cheers Bodega

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with good tapas food, good wine, nice service and a very nice atmosphere (musique, light, people).

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch is great. good portion and very good quality. The chicken cooked perfectly. The service was good and they have at least one non alcoholic beer which also tasted like beer!

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Although the food was nice I did not enjoy the set up. We walked past the venue several times and in the end had to ask as there is no signage anywhere! The area is very cramped and I got knocked quite a lot whilst trying to eat my food. It was very dark and we could hardly read the menu by candle light. The music was also quite loud so we could not really hold a conversation without having to shout above the noise.

Again the food was nice and good value for money ot was just the atmosphere and surroundings that let it down.

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had Sunday lunch last week in Bar Bodega with family
Lovely atmosphere and unusual décor
Service was excellent
Food plentiful and very good
The great plus was that with every two main meals we received a free bottle of wine which was rather good
Planning to return soon with friends and really looking forward to it

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laid back evening cocktails or dressed up before you find somewhere to dance you can't go far wrong with Bodega. This almost 'secret bar' (you can easily walk past the entrance without knowing) opens up into a candle lit and comfortable cocktail lounge with a party atmosphere :)

JD
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great vibe and lovely ambience. Very good service and drinks top quality but boy, do they come at a price. Round of 5 came to over £28 but I suppose we were only there for a couple before a show at the colosseum. Would definitely go again and for very special occasions.

JC
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and plentiful, there is a great selection of drinks, the staff are super welcoming and the atmosphere is really different

JD
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

But good things in life don't come cheap and this place is special. Candle lit and soft music to boot. Beers were nicely chilled and food delicious!! Thank you Bodega, we'll be back in a jiffy!!

t
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had Sunday dinner here in a cold November afternoon, it was perfect. The atmosphere was warm, friendly and cosy thanks to the tasteful decor, helpful and welcoming staff and tasty food. Thanks.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food with wonderful staff. The service was perfectly pitched and staff amazingly attentive. Sunday Roast perfectly cooked and good sized portions.
Really wonderful experience.

H
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent night (Saturday), food, wine and staff all excellent. Only negative was the music. Had to shout at each other over a small table to be heard, music far to loud and not in keeping with such a relatively small venue.

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Ideal for pre theatre supper, food good and quick. Charming and courteous staff.

E
London
55 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Bar Bodega several times and have tried their roast, tapas and their burgers. Their food never ever disappoints. Everything is home made and fresh. It was the first time that my mum and brother have been there and they also thought it was really great and loved the beauftiful homemade burgers served with fabulous chunky chips. We were a little disappointed to hear from the waiter that they are about to change their menu and you won't be able to get a big burger any more, only the small sliders which is a shame. Keep the lovely big burgers :-) The atmosphere is always great in Bar Bodega, very chilled. The only thing is, the drinks are quite expensive, the cheapest bottle of wine is £17 which is quite a lot for a bar, however the wine is very good quality. I would recommend this place for some really great food and wine.

n
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for dinner before a show at the Watford Colosseum which is a few minutes away. Had a bottle of wine, two burgers, chips, sides and bill came to £30. Very reasonable, good portions and excellent food. Nice, dark place, lots of candles. Will return.

OT
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to try the Sunday roast and it was delicious. For £12 you get a proper dish with 4 slices of meat, sides, and a glass of wine. I recommend try it at least one time, I'm sure that you will repeat like us.

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