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Bocanova

55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 444-1233‎
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Ranked #12 of 1,067 restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: South American, Fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Embarcadero W
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Alameda
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Great location, outdoor seating is lovely (indoor seating can get a bit loud.) The food is delicious and interesting - light, California/South American fusion - and we always order too much because there are so many cool ingredients and seasonal changes. They are well able to handle food allergy issues, and have friendly and competent wait staff. For those who... More

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SF Bay Area
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I've been to Bocanova before for large corporate events and found the food to be delicious and the service attentive. I was greatly disappointed, however, to eat here recently as part of a small group. The hostess and waiter were both professional and patient. The staff who brought the dishes out to the table though? Circus-like! I've no idea why... More

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Princeville, Hawaii
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I eat here every few weeks and have never been disappointed. Everything is great, soup, salad, main course and the Mexican chocolate bread pudding is incredible. Can't wait for there new place to open next door...

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Sacramento, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

One of my favorite restaurants, and one I often visit while on business in Oakland, Bocanova offers a selection of creative and tasty small plates, that also feature a large number of vegetarian selections. The restaurant, which labels its cousine Pan-American, regularly offers wine bottles at half price on Wednesdays. The service is friendly and prompt; the atmosphere lively and... More

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Oakland, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

As several others have mentioned, the outdoor patio is lovely -- we felt like we were on vacation in some Mediterranean seaside town. We (four at the table) ordered the quinoa/kale salad (very good), vegetable tamale (excellent), black risotto with scallops (tasteless), duck breast (very good), Salvadorian steak (excellent), Desserts were just ok -- the croissant bread pudding is a... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Saturday night, oh, what a wait. We had reservation for 8:45 but got seated around 9:30. Really hungry. Now, let's talk about the food. Zucchini & Tomato Salad - enjoyed it.The hint of basil completes the pleasure of eating a cold salad on a starved stomach. We are really craving for the 24 oz. grilled but unfortunately, they have none... More

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Oakland, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

5th time there, first for lunch. Never disappointed. Love the fried padrones, ribs, kale salad today.

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San Jose, California
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166 reviews 166 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were looking for an early dinner before an A's game and decided to explore Jack London Square. Bocanova was our choice and we were not disappointed. Each dish was "special" in some way with unusual preparation, spices, or clever combination. It's the best Tapas-style meal I've had in the bay area. We arrived at 5PM so could combine choices... More

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San Francisco Bay area
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Another good reason to revisit Jack London Square, which has been trying hard to reinvent itself. With this restaurant, I think things are going in the right direction. Came here for lunch on a beautiful, sunny day in June - sat outside with a view of the harbor. The menu has so many interesting things. The chef adds peppers to... More

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Cambridge, UK
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65 reviews 65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

Good location overlooking the water. My wife and I had walked down from the Marriott and stopped here for dinner we both chose the Steelhead trout (aka salmon to us Brits). Well cooked, excellent flavours but portions were on the small side. Up-side is we had room to share the excellent white chocolate bread pudding. In summary: good location, good... More

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