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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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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really excellent bar, not full of teenagers . Great atmosphere getting very busy Friday and Saturday evenings. Good area outside for smokers or just for chatting to friends if it gets to noisy and hot inside. Only draw back is they close relatively early for these days, getting everyone out by about 12.30 If you're in Watford for a drink... More 

Thank 571leonardb
Ana R, Customer Experience Manager at Bar Bodega, responded to this review

Dear friend of Bodega, Thank you for sharing your experience from us. We are always pleased to hear that our guests enjoy themselves and appreciate our efforts. Will pass on the feedback to the Team, Cheers! Ana Rosa More 

1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Huge thanks to Matt and the team for looking after the 6 of us. Food and drinks aplenty and simply delicious - recommend the gin, elderflower and tonic. Wanted to also thank the gorgeous Ruby Rainbow for catering to our every whim - brilliant night. We'll definitely be back for another top notch evening😆😃

Thank Rita B
Ana R, Customer Experience Manager at Bar Bodega, responded to this review

Dear Rita, Thank you very much for the kind feedback, we do work hard to ensure all our guests have a great time in our company. We will pass on the feedback to the team. Hope to look after you again soon! Warm Regards, Ana Rosa More 

Watford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went to this Bar for Sunday Lunch. It was the best that I have ever had. The menu has a selection of roasts including for vegetarians. We had the roast lamb and it was cooked to perfection with loads of roast potatoes, a huge yorkshire pudding, vegetables cooked just right and amazing gravy. They also gave you a free carafe... More 

Thank travel-walli
Ana R, Customer Experience Manager at Bar Bodega, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you from all of us at Bar Bodega! We look forward to having you again :) Ana Rosa Customer Experience Manager More 

Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 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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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

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
Reviewed 5 March 2017 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
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 March 2017 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
Level Contributor
19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
227 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
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 

Thank JC-the-organiser
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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 

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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
USD 16 - USD 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
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?