This is a five star review- because the main reason I wouldn't want to give it five stars is that there are times when it's too busy to get a table. The reason for this is because the place is so popular, not because the staff aren't efficient. So five stars it is.
Everything that I've ever eaten from here comes fresh and tasty. And I mean really tasty. If you like mexican street food this will be your new heaven.
If I find out that I friend hasn't been here yet I just *have* to take them. I've been with several people and they've all been extremely impressed. Especially some of my vegan and vegetarian friends, who are catered for extremely well here. I like my meat, but some of the vegetarian dishes here really tempt me- the spicy bean burger is delicious. The star of the show being sweet potato fries which are TO DIE FOR.
The place has maintained very reasonable pricing despite its popularity, which is a great bonus. The staff are always friendly and knowledgable. The cocktail choices are good (try the non alcoholic pomegranate swizzle for total yumminess).
The only negative thing I'd say for this place other than having to book in advance etc is that the cocktails can be a little off the mark sometimes, I'm assuming when they're training new bartenders. But all in all a fab place, and my favourite of the Bitter's N' Twisted indie venues in Birmingham.
No pork the day we visited (apparently it was being cooked, this was at 12.30 pm) so quite a lot of the menu was unavailable but we still sampled a large range of the remainder (chicken tacos and quesadillas, sweet potato fries, grilled halloumi, spicy slaw and nachos).
None of the food particularly stood out for me, although I didn't think any of it was really bad either. I don't know, I can't tell with Mexican food any more. It's been so long since I ate it somewhere reliable (like California, or that one food stand at Lower Marsh Market) that I fear my taste buds are failing me.
I have to say I would hesitate to recommend this place with the kind of warm endorsements I am seeing in other reviews but I wouldn't tell you to avoid it either. Would be interested to try some of the full dinner options and certainly would like to try some of the things involving pork - at least three of which I really wanted!
So last night as me and a colleague sat there having, quite frankly, a ridiculously good time, I decided there and then this was a true five star business and that I would Yelp about it. This is why.
1. The nachos and burritos are amazing. The burrito comes with a really unhealthy side of double cooked sweet potato fries which are to die for. This is probably the best mexican food in the UK. Seriously.
2. The service here is even better. Our waiter was friendly, fun and knowledgeable. I didn't catch his name but he's the guy with the half pink mohawk.
3. The cocktails. Ah, yes the cocktails. We sampled several, and they were all good. I recommend the Pisco Sour as my favourite.
4. The vibe. This place just rocks. Cool design, good music, open windows at the front... I likey
Basically I was happy to visit Birmingham because I got to go here. It gets very, very busy on the weekends, so call and book ahead.
Absolutely amazing, couldn't fault a single thing. Easily the best South American food I have ever eaten. Food was prompt, staff were lovely. It's my new favourite. Totally recommend.
Enjoyed every dish - so flavoursome and good value for money. Also an awesome cocktail menu and a happy hour! Reserve if you can - always busy!
Bodega is on my top 10 best places to eat in Birmingham. Even being also one of the busiest places to eat ever! Yes, it's difficult to find a table there, but as soon as you find it, grab it and enjoy the moment!
The South American bar and restaurant catch your eyes with a menu that bring back memories to anyone who already visited any Latin American country. For me, it's the perfect place to bring friends and speak a bit of Portuguese while drinking some caipirinhas. I love the place. The decor, music, staff, people around. Great vibe, great food.
Food is exceptional indeed. And I just can't get enough of talking and eating it . Last time visiting, I tried a Peruvian meal that I never had before and for my surprise, it reminds me a lot my mom's food. No, she is not Peruvian but rice and beef is something she knows how to cook well! Lomo Saltado is delicious and I am putting Peru`s gastronomy in my list of best food!
I love it and I would ask it again and again! The soy sauce, red wine and Pisco combination is just perfect. A perfect main portion for someone who was hungry indeed.
My dessert was a Mexican classic that can be find anywhere in the word. Thank God! Churros. It brings back memories of a childhood not in Mexico, but in Brazil, where children take churros as well as serious than ice cream or chocolate. Bodega's one is crunchy and delicious!
I pretty much like the options of wine they have and it was very good to share a bottle of Albali Crianza with a special friend , in a special occasion.
As I never visited Bodega without finish my day with a caipirinha. Angelica's one was the right choice and even it was served in a very gracious ( but small) glass, the pineapple , rum and believe or not, banana cream, was just delicious. The drinks were 2 for £ 4 and I recommend you visit soon to try it!
The fact they use a homemade cachaça also win some points from me. Love it!
Non alcoholic drinks are also served at Bodega. I am not powered by alcohol all the time. ;o) And if you are visiting but not into cocktails, try some Agua Fresca, a soft drink of goddesses!
Bodega is great indeed. I just wish they have more room or they would have another bar exactly the same in town as a second option for amazing Latin American experience!
This place is fantastic.
Quirkily decorated, this South American inspired restaurant serves a great menu in a great setting.
All the food is clearly fresh and they serve some of the best sweet potato fries I've ever had (and I love sweet potato fries). The burritos are a must but the other dishes are original and full of flavour.
Food aside they also do a kick-ass cocktail; as a lime lover i could drink the classic Daiquiri over and over (and I do).
Can't recommend it enough. Although book up because this place gets busy.
Although Birmingham doesn't have many Mexican or South American restaurants, this is easily one of the best I've been to anywhere, and by far the best around Birmingham.
It's always busy, so it's best to book to avoid disappointment, although you can usually get a table earlier in the day without booking.
There's a great variety on the menu, something for most tastes, and they do a great range of cocktails too!
I've been here so many times since it opened, and it's great to see changes to the menu, and recipes as they constantly try to improve it all.
The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly, and there's a bar downstairs if you feel like a drink while you wait for your table, which is great for chilling out with your partner or friends.
A word of warning for anyone who love hot food though, the hot is very hot, you may want to try medium and add your own hot sauce!
I've been told it's hard to get a table here, that you can't not book, that it's the hottest thing to hit the Birmingham streets since...well the hot sauce they serve here.
I went for two tacos (starter portions) as my main, and a margarita. My friend the burrito. The burrito was epic sized, I'm told epic in taste; but taco starters (two for a main) were teeny tiny, so I had to order the beef empanadas too. Price wise, two tacos = a burrito, but portion size that wasn't the case. Not a complaint, just an observation.
The food was really nice. Fresh, well seasoned, spicy. My churros also came with caramel instead of dark chocolate, which I found really odd... and it was the caramel sauce that comes out of a squeezy bottle that goes onto a sundae. Again, tasty; just not what I expected.
If I wanted Mexican in Birmingham I'd definitely come back here. The atmosphere is really good fun, friendly and fast (despite how busy they always are). Good solid British tex mex.
Bodega is another Bitters'n'Twisted bar in the centre of Birmingham. Well, I say bar - more resturant with excellent cocktails.
I popped in here last night and sampled one of their non-alcoholic cocktails, which was delicious (Pomegranite Fizz - recommended). I come here fairly regularly as it's a great place to meet up with friends, go for a reasonably priced meal or as a venue to celebrate with work friends.
The Burrito's are faultless. Lots of taste, a range of spice options and (as previously said by other yelpers) Sweet potato fries to die for. Their cocktail menu is extensive, but if you want to try something different - try a "Dias de los muertos" (It's on the Happy Hour menu).
There is always a good atmosphere in here and the staff are very helpful and pleasant. I would advise to try a cocktail in happy hour, as they can be expensive out of these times.
Bodega is a South American bar and cantina serving street food such as burritos, quesdillas, and nachos and light bites such as taco's and salads.
I first went here for a cocktail making class which took place in the Sugarloaf bar downstairs in the basement. This bar is also available for private hire, and would be great way to celebrate a special occasion by having your own private party downstairs.
After working up an appetite we decided to stay to have a bite to eat. I choose the Bodega burrito which was served with sweet potato fries and salad. The sweet potato fries are to die for, and I have been inspired to make them at home. The burrito was flavoursome and filing, and as a result I had no room for dessert. Maybe next time!
The restaurant can get busy at weekends and at peak times, so be prepared for a small wait but that gives you an opportunity to try one of the many cocktails from the menu if that is your kind of thing.
I will defintely be returning!
I have to say that this place is a total must. I like the decor - the staff are polite and on the ball but not in your face (am sounding like Ruby Wax) . The decor is simple and pleasant - the drinks are varied the cocktails are great - 4 later and the decor seemed even better :-)
The food was great - really tasty - I have travelled around Latin America and the anglicised trip trap you get here is often as authentic as a tinsel Christmas tree. .... this place is the best so far.
I'm taking couple of friends out for there minimoon feedback session and I know they will like it.
A great find!
Every time I've been here I've had a great meal with fantastic cocktails. I popped in the other night and where it didn't look busy, it soon filled up. I definitely suggest you book a table if there are more than two of you, even during the week.
My partner and I ordered two quesadillas (which were small but tasty) and three sharer's. The quantity of food was enough for the two of us and we took advantage of the happy hour. I did find a chicken bone in my meal and mentioned this to the staff. They explained to me that the menu had been recently changed and the staff were still learning it. Two complimentary cocktails quickly made their way to our table!
Overall a great place for a nice meal or quick bite. I'd definitely go again!
Proper comfort food done South American style.
The fact that this place is nearly always busy every day is testament to the popularity and reputation that Bodega has.
Full of colour, funky modern decor and an inviting menu, this place is full of South American flavour.
Sumptuous tortillas, exquisite burritos and amazing sweet potato fries are amongst the many highlights! The drinks choices are many and diverse too.
Despite sometimes a few issues with the speed of service when at peak times, this place comes highly recommended.
I always love coming back here!
The little restaurant has such a vibrant atmosphere whenever you go. It's really good if you are meeting people for a bite to eat during your lunch break, as service is always quick and the south American menu, whilst all delicious, isn't so extensive that you are overwhelmed by choice. I tend to choose from the street food menu as it's much bigger that a sandwich say, but you are not so full you can't go back to work!! I recommend the sweet potato fries too. The cocktail menu is quite extensive, but if you don't drink, the citrus fizz makes a refreshing change to diet coke!!- Prices for drink, fries and burrito cost me approx. £10.
If you want to eat during a Friday or Saturday night, you would really need to book though! There is a room downstairs in the basement, but unless you are in a big group or it's already busy, it can feel quite lonely! Be aware the toilets are unisex too!
Oh, they also do a take away menu!
Inside, it looks like a Brazilian shack, but then it's supposed to. For authenticity, don't you know? I wouldn't know how authentic the Brazilian cocktail I had was, but it was bloody nice, with plenty of alcohol.
The waiter recommended my friend and I order one burrito to share as a starter, rather than the two we had initially ordered, but we found, after our main course, we could easily have consumedd a whole one each. (But maybe we're just greedy piggies!) After I had ordered churros for dessert, I became obsessed with another customer's mousse, and had to be told to stop staring at it by friend, several times. Next time, I'm having that mousse. (Though the churros - doughnuts - were delicious).
The beef in the burritos tasted like corned beef. The beef in my friend's main course tasted like corned beef soaked in balsamic vinegar. And was strangely highly delightful.
I love their food, I love the decor and ambience, I love the drinks - I just don't love the service!
Having eaten there many times, it's fine if you go as a couple, or even with a friend or two, but any more than 4 of you and they seem to struggle with bringing food out together. The restaurant itself is also rather small, so not great at catering for larger parties. Which is a shame, because other than that, the fact they even have a VEGAN menu is a mind-altering treat as NOWHERE in Birmingham seems to have even HEARD of veganism.
Definitely visit - just don't expect fast food... just delicious food. Sweet potato fries - YUM!
Casual, comfortable and consistently great, Bodega is one of my favourite places to eat in central Birmingham.
The South American-inspired menu is broad; from the obligatory burito to the more obscure Peruvian-style beef. Prices are pretty cheap and portions are generous.
It's usually busy so be prepared to wait a little for a table if you've not booked ahead.
Bodega is owned by the same people as the Jekyll and Hyde, the Victoria, Island Bar and the Rose Villa Tavern, so the cocktail list is predictably good.
It's about a ten minute walk from New Street Station. Definitely worth a vist.
Bodega is a great place for a meal for groups of 2 up to 10. I went there recently with a group of 12 which was a big of a squeeze but they did well to accomodate us.
The food is delicious, the menu varied, and the service great. I can't recommend their burritos and sweet potato fries enough.
And there drinks menu will get you in trouble!
food was really good here, perfect amount of spice and lots to choose from, cocktail menu looked great too.
This has to be one of my favourite places to eat, wine and dine in Birmingham!
Bodega is a South American bar and cantina. The food is amazing and wont disappoint those food lovers. They offer a fusion of Italian, Brazilian and South American foods and tastes, all of which is fresh.
Try the cocktails! These are very generous and I was almost tipsy after just 1! But worth their cost and very good value for money. (i liked the little cacti they have in pots for wall decorations, but there not for sale).
Downstairs has another small cocktail bar, and upstairs you have the restaurant with table seating, and comfy couch style seating with cushions. Friday nights there is a DJ and it's also open till late.
Overall a very healthy menu with a large variety of choice, and one restaurant that you will visit again and again.
Bizarrely the first time I've eaten here as normally they are too full for walk-in custom.
On walking in there's a nice, relaxing vibe due to the music, colour and decor. We decided to share a few items from the street menu - 4 between 2 of us was way too much as the portions are very generous, I would recommend 3 maximum even if you're very hungry.
The chicken quasedillas were the nicest item we ordered and had a very tasty and tangy flavour to them. The pork burrito was also delicious but the chicken burrito was a bit plain for our tastes. Nachos were very nice but be warned even the smaller portion is pretty hefty! Wine and beer were very refreshing and there was a good selection of drink options including cocktails.
The only reason I'm not giving 5/5 is that we had to wait a long time for our drinks and in the end had to go to the bar to chase but they were very apologetic about it.
Will definitely be going back very soon!
I love this place. Slightly biases as my friends a chef but the food is Delicious and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for Delicious food and drinks and such reasonable prices.
The margaritas here are the first I've really loved in the UK..that's saying a lot. The food ain't bad either - their burritos and patatas bravas are worth writing home about. The atmosphere made me feel really un-cool as this restaurant is usually filled with some of Brum's coolest students and artsy types, but hey, when it comes to finding amazing South American food, I'll risk looking dumb. Highly recommend, just make sure you book a table and don't go downstairs.. It does smell a bit funky down there...
Burrito. Sweet potato fries. Tequila old fashioned. HELL YEAH.
Modern South American cuisine. Part of the small family of businesses containing two of Birmingham's best bars (the Victoria and the jeckyll & Hyde), Bodega is a breath of fresh area for a city centre which is saturated with soulless chain restaurants. The menu is varied and the cocktails are awesome. A must try.
Among the first things you'll see are Rio and football imagery. But don't think Ferdinand, think de Janeiro: there's a huge frieze of Christ the Redeemer and it's about the only pic here to dwarf that of a young Diego Maradona. There are the hands of God everywhere you look in this South American-inspired venue.
Seemingly patronised almost exclusively by a young, professional, upbeat crowd, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, but there's a distinct buzz to make things seem very Friday night from as early as Wednesday. Hip, but not hipster, tremendous not trendy, it feels, nevertheless, a bit like an Apple ad come to life ("Siri, where can I find the best comfort food in town?")
The special chorizo and potato burrito (extra hot, please) may just about be the answer to everything. But if it's not your thing, there's a good choice of nachos, quesadillas and tacos. That is, of course, to be expected, but it's the sheer nuanced taste of these that sets them apart from similar but generic fare served elsewhere. More substantial courses include steaks, burgers, chilli and swordfish, some of which have a Peruvian twist. It's not so simple as throwing a couple of jalapeños on a few Doritos, you know. Be warned, there are plenty to whom this isn't news, so booking is advisable. And as the weeks go by, it looks like it will become mandatory. Takeout options should lessen the blow.
A separate bar - Sugarloaf - that is available to hire, the free wifi and the lovely staff all contribute to an overall sense that you're not just onto a winner, but may have found something without which you can't last a week. But is it me, or have the burritos got smaller? I think it probably is me, and I'm just disappointed to have finished my food. So, like the ref who allowed Maradona's hand ball, I'm not about to issue a yellow card. I just wish, taking the cue from the Argentina '78 poster, there was the odd shower of ticker tape to accompany the PA's trumpets. To half-quote The Simpsons' Moe: there's a carnival in my mouth and everyone's invited.
Food is great but the beer is not good. But it is worth putting up with a juice in order to have the food.
A unique dining experience, with a great atmosphere and cultured feel to the place. A modern Mexican themed restaurant/bar which is reasonably priced, serving an array of South American cuisine alongside some great, if slightly strong cocktails. Perfect location, whether it be for lunch or an evening meal, Bodega is situated in the heart and soul of Birmingham. The relaxed atmosphere is a hit with many, especially those looking for a new something that can combine a great drink with even better food.
I'm soft on commitment so I don't tend to throw around words like love often...but I'm completely in love with Bodega! I'm really fussy about Latin American food but everything I've ever had there has been perfect.. The sweet potato fires are perfect and their happy hour specials are amazing.
I suggest hanging out near the bar, the staff is charming and really seem genuinely interested in give you the best drinks they can. I think it's the only bar I've ever wished for a tip jar at. The drinks are delicious and a bit on the strong side. I've never made it through more than a couple before needing a snack!
My only (tiny) complaint is that service can slow down a lot when it's busy. Order more than one round if you have to!
Bodega's always seems a busy restaurant but that may be because of the limited seating area they have. The atmosphere is laid back and chilled out. The food choice I feel is slightly limited. The food itself was pretty good, we even got a free nanchos when the order was messed up.
The service there is not the best, seemed slow and when asking for a baby seat they only had one within the whole restaurant meaning we had to sit a 1 year old on our laps while we ate. Also one of the staff was constantly perving on my girlfriend. Not the best...
This is a great addition to birmingham's poor restaurant offerings.
From the moment we went in the staff were incredibly nice.
We had the bodega selection which was great if a little too much for two people. The food was very nice, classic mexican dishes (and none of this tex mex stuff) well executed and tasted fresh - and at a great price too.
Very good place overall.
My second visit and I can't get enough of this place. The staff are really friendly and helpful. The food is delicious.
This time I had the chicken kebabs, they were lovely, but the frijoles were amazing. A side of sweet potato chips was totally unnecessary as the portions are huge but they taste so good I had to have them. This a great restaurant with a really relaxed atmosphere, great food, great cocktails and all very reasonably priced.
great atmosphere and chilled out place to eat and drink a few cocktails! food is lovely and perfect for a nice night out or quick lunch. booking needed though at busy times
Bodega is great for ladies who lunch, dates and evening meals. The food is varied and a breath of fresh air for Birmingham city centre with its usual chain restaurants. I have eaten here many times and it never fails to please. The staff dont rush you if you take a while to finish your drinks and the food is always great. Particularly the sweet potato fries. Yum!
Great atmosphere and lovely staff. A nice place for something a bit different. We only had a few drinks but we tried something traditionally South American and they were really good. We will be back.
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