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“GREAT food and super nice service, as we have come to expect”
Review of Santiago's Bodega

Santiago's Bodega
Ranked #88 of 4,083 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$38
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Santiago's Bodega presents a unique tasting experience featuring small plates that hopscotch between decadent (a warm Camembert wedge topped with sauteed garlic, onions, almonds, apricots, chopped dates, bell peppers), refreshing (yellow fin tuna, avocado, mango ceviche), exotic (lamb patties with fresh thyme, sherry, lemon zest) and just plain comfort-food-delicious (Roman meatballs on angel hair, or fried potatoes in a spicy sauce). As nothing costs over $15, there’s no major commitment, and if the relationship doesn't work, move along to the next selection. The menu’s ideal for sharing and for mixing up in endless combinations. Alternate between chevre tartlet, spanakopita, or smoked salmon carpaccio. Invent your own meal. Dining in such a way permits the rules of wine pairings to step aside like snooty impostors, and what goes best with dinner is exactly what tempts you. Santiago’s Bodega is a good-natured, low-key, food-lovers hangout, a neighborhood restaurant. - Margit Bisztray
Reviewed 28 October 2015

Three of us enjoyed a variety of tapas. The salmon was fresh and tender. This is a go to starter for us. It is served with creme fraiche, chopped onions, capers and crostini. Shrimp and chorizo was grilled and served in a wine and garlic sauce. The happy hour beef empanadas were hot and yummy. The diced fresh tomato salsa balanced the dish. For a first time we tried the happy hour Edamame Wontons. These were cooked properly but not exciting. We would not bother with this dish again. The Cheese Saganaki was flambéd at the table and delicious. We asked for diced tomatoes to eat with the cheese and added the leftover diced onions. The cool freshness of the tomatoes cut the saltiness of the cheese. Attentive service and every special request filled with a smile. I really wish this restaurant was closer to where we live!

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Reviewed 23 October 2015

Went to Santiago's Bodega prior to a performance at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (Bakersfield Mist - excellent).

Was a bit confused at the name of the place, figuring Mexican food, but it was suggested by friends after they had a very good experience there before. They were right!

This is a tapas style restaurant so you just order a variety and share. No sharing of the Port Wine Sangria though... it was all MINE! Very delicious to experience a new angle on this old-style beverage.

Lamb Gyros blew us away, nestled in a yummy, soft and tender wrap. Meatballs with a fabulous red sauce which was neither Italian nor Mexican, but a twist of each, served with cappellini. Every single item was astounding, fresh and scrumptious. And then the BREAD PUDDING...wow. Could have stayed for hours and kept ordering more, but alas, the theatre summoned.

Would highly recommend this excellent restaurant. There is a large bar area plus a dining area and outside seating (now that Florida is getting cooler....). Go and enjoy!

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Thank L T
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Reviewed 18 October 2015

We went on a saturday night with friends and family. Great restaurant with great vibe and fantastic food. I went to the one in Key west and it was outstanding with excellent service which is why I was so happy when I found out there was one here in Orlando. Food is amazing doesnt matter what you order. The only thing we didnt like was our server. She was very short and abrupt with us, felt like she did Not want to be there and we were bothering her. We were actually afraid to ask her for anything. That ruined the night for us but everything else was great. Def would recommend and come back again as we are always visiting Orlando.

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Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

Don't get me wrong the food there wasn't bad but considering the prices and the taste or uniqueness of the food that came I wouldn't give it anything higher than this. You'll probably enjoy it but I can't say it's worth it.

Thank Ersel E
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

Reservations are a must, arrive a little early to allow for parking.

We don't really drink alcohol, or eat crab legs, so $40 was not justified for what we had. Another price should be available for guests who don't imbibe. There is an all-you-can-eat buffet, but omelets, French toast, and pancakes need to be ordered. If your server is inattentive, you probably won't get anywhere near all-you-can-eat of these items or the "unlimited" mimosas/sangria (or simply coffee and water, in our case). The regular menu is available if a person does not want the brunch (but Santiagos does not have a breakfast menu).

The food was ok, but a lot of items were oversalted. The only standouts were the French toast (very small portion), carved chicken, and the flourless chocolate cake. Our server was preoccupied with several larger tables around us so we literally had to flag him down if for the simplest requests (refills, made-to-order items, even the check). If food is your priority there are infinitely better, bigger, and more satisfying AYCE brunch options in Orlando.

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Thank LuvMCO
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