What Insiders Are Saying
You might think Mexican food is best served sloppy and cheap. Downtown's Broken Spanish will prove you wrong.
Great food. Great service a little loud but gourmet level product. Hats off to the Chef. A diamond in the Flower Street up and coming restaurant scene!
We were in a side room which had little ambiance and was incredibly noisy. The food was good, but we thought it was too expensive for the portion sizes, especially for a share plate restaurant.
We enjoyed a lovely evening at Broken Spanish. Food and service was excellent. Had a fine time at the bar first. All in all a fine meal and a special place. Will return.
The red snapper was amazing!!! Really enjoyed the ambiance and the service was great. Best cocktails I’ve ever had.
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).
Great food! Extremely unique! We were seated at the edge of the restaurant otherwise would have given it a five for ambiance.
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!
Food was phenomenal. Service was on point, everything I expected. If I lived closer and had more money I would be here a lot more. Tables are a little close and we unfortunately sat next to a grumpy older couple, took away from our experience but that was beyond the restaurants control. The other couple next to us was great. Definitely a must.
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.
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.
Just okay. Nothing warranted the hype. Tamales were nice. Everything else average and overpriced.
Everything we had was delicious and beautifully plated. Pretty place. Good service.
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!
great food & great vibe!
Great food great service
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.
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.
Everything about this place is amazing. Try their mezcal cocktails, the lamb neck tamale and the queso fundido!
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.
Food was too expensive but it was good, and we loved the ambiance.
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.
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!
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.
Phenomenal food. Sat at the counter, where food preppers were very friendly and informative.
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.
Everything we ordered was bit too spicy but good. We couldn't really taste anything after the first dish. The Margaritas were really good!
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.
Epic meal. One of the best I've had! Service was fantastic and menu recommendations were spot on.
A little pricey and small dishes for what I wanted. If you want a good meal go to LaLas not here
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelsey was our server and she was fantastic!!!!
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!!
Server wasn’t great. Food was excellent, especially the tamales, refrained lentils and chicharon.
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.