888 Brannan St #110
San Francisco, CA 94103
Great Spanish Seafood. Why did we dine here? – Bellota, a new Spanish restaurant, is part of The Absinthe Group. This is a beautiful restaurant in the building that houses AirBnB.
Bellota’s Executive Chef Ryan McIlwraith crafts an eclectic menu of meats grilled on a wood-fired hearth, inventive paellas, Old World stews, fresh seafood, medium-sized tapas, imported charcuterie and cheeses, as well as slow-roasted vegetable dishes.
Insider Tip – Cheaper to eat at lunch, but this place is made for dinner. Order Paella first thing
Cuisine – Spanish
Location – Soma
Opened – 2016
Service – Bellota had below average service. The waitress was barely around, and the water filler appeared far more often.
Verdict – Bellota is definitely a destination restaurant, visited at its best during dinner. The menu is more extensive and the place is a scene. The food was very good, but the service need a tune up on our lunch visit.
If you like Spanish Tapas, be sure to also try Zarzuela in SF.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Bellota Signature Dishes – Paella
Bellota’s Menu is pretty extensive. At lunch, there are several salads, open face sandwiches, grilled items, tapas, and paella.
Bellota Food Picks:
Albaricoque ($8) toasted apricot, rosemary, orange, lemon, soda hit the spot.
Otono ($12) raw, red kale, persimmon, queso fresco dressing, cashew dukkah is an interesting cold salad. This chopped up salad actually works with its various ingredients and strong dressing.
Gambas ($18) olive-oil poached, gulf prawn, kumquat peel, garlic, chili, grilled bread was a clean dish with really fresh small shrimp swimming in olive oil.
Lamburguesa ($19) lamb burger, stewed lengua, mahon cheese, guindilla alioli, pretzel bun is great. A must order for burger fans. Huge patty done to medium rare, and very juicy.
Paella de Pluma ($55 for two halves) paella, acorn-fed iberico pork shoulder, jamon iberico, saffron, garbanzo, squash was very good. Could have used more of the richly flavored pork! Be sure to sprinkle the cooked lemon and aioli on the paella.
Arroz Negro – creamy black rice, gulf shrimp, scallop, greenbean, roasted pepper, squid & ink was brought to us later and is fantastic. Definitely the thing to order.
All paellas feed two to four people and take forty minutes to cook
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Paella de Setas – paella, roasted wild mushroom, kale sprout & leaf, black garlic, pepita, garlic scape was the other half, something we did not order. It is only worth ordering if you are a vegetarian and have to.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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