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Bar Bodega

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Bar, British, Pub, Wine Bar
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151 Parade,, Watford WD17 1NA, England
+44 1923 229651
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were invited to this bar by friends to celebrate our friends birthday for drinks and food. I am nervous when eating out as I have coeliac disease which means I cannot eat gluten. When the food arrived I was unsure what I could have. Luckily for me the chef came out to talk to my friends so I asked... More 

Thank Karen P
Ana R, Customer Experience Manager at Bar Bodega, responded to this review

Hi Karen, Thank you for taking time to write us this sparkly review. We do what we can to make sure our guests are happy whenever they visit us, going the extra mile is something we do! Will pass on this review to the team, specially the chef! Have a lovely week. Ana Rosa Customer Experience Manager More 

Earby, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food, good drink, good atmosphere and good staff, worth a visit if you want to experience something a bit different. A good place to visit with a group of friends or for a romantic meal. Would recommend.

Thank K S
Ana R, Customer Experience Manager at Bar Bodega, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your positive review! It's important that our efforts are recognized by our customers. Will pass on the feedback to the team! Cheers! Cheers! Ana Rosa Customer Experience Manager More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great night out! Thankyou to Matt for looking after us! You have been a star. We would like to have stayed longer! Big love. ....

Thank Sarah N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booking was made for the wrong time however the waiter matt got us a table last minute and kept the kitchen open so we could order food!! The tapas was incredible and reasonably priced waiting staff very attentive and hilarious I recommended all locals and tourists to stop here on a Saturday night 10 out of 10!! Plus free shots... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Watford, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Bodega has a wonderful ambiance, quite informal but (stupid word but I think it describes it) CHIC! Feels suitable for most occasions. I've visited a few times, been wowed by the blankets in the garden and the amazing dripped candle wax in the fireplace!

Thank Heather K
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213 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We booked a table but couldn't find the restaurant as there is no sign outside but I called and they explained their location. Beautiful building inside and out and inside lit by candles. An unassuming place from outside. Very warm friendly efficient staff who greet you when you walk in. Food sharing great options and generous portions. The prawns on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We booked here for NYE party as it was our Anniversary (3rd). I was too ill to attend that night, but today we took advantage of the refund Matt kindly offered us. It was lovely. Such a cosy candlelit place. The meal was scrumptious, service faultless too. Prawns and fishcake starters yum. The rest goes without saying. We only left... More 

Thank susietoo_17
Management response:

Hi Susie, It was such a shame you were unable attend our NYE party however I was delighted to see you had booked in with us so promptly afterwards and that your experience didn't disappoint. Please be sure to give me a call on 01923 229651 when you are planning your next visit as I will be happy to book... More 

Watford, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Excellent evening was spent here five of us went here after work having reserved a table, we ordered from the bodega board, well presented and prepared, staff are excellent, professional and friendly. Would definitely recommend for a good night out, there is a smoking area through the back which is heated.

Thank chrispeters2016
Management response:

Hi Chris, It's lovely to read your comments, I will definitely be passing them on to the team. Please let us know on 01923 229651 when you are planning your next visit and we can reserve a table for you. Regards Matt More 

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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Had a fab meal with friends Turkey roast wasn't on the menu but our lovely waitress Jane had a word with chef and we had Turkey....and crackers !!! Free glass of wine with our meal Fab service Fab food Amazing atmosphere Will be back soon Absolutely love this place Have been going for years and never fails to please

Thank Roseanne1
Management response:

Hi Roseanne, Thanks for your review I am glad to hear you had such a fantastic afternoon, we strive to make our customers day and it's pleasing to hear Jane has done just that! We look forward to your next visit. Regards Matt More 

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46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Bearing in mind I would not kennel a dog in most bars and restaurants in Watford. Bodega is a gem lovely and lively atmosphere great ambience and fast friendly service It also by its very dynamic tends to repel the thargs than frequent so many places. A really great night out time after time Steve L

Thank Steve l
Management response:

Hi Steve Thanks for your positive comments and its great to hear how much you enjoy the atmosphere, ambience and service at Bodega. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Regards Matt More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$30
Bar, British, Pub, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 151 Parade,, Watford WD17 1NA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Watford
  • Phone Number: +44 1923 229651
Bar 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. We very much hope to see you soon. Cheers!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?