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55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 444-1233‎
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Ranked #13 of 1,069 restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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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132 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
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English first
Hayward, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

On this warn and sunny day we had walk with my mom on JLS and observe farmers market with appetite getting stronger. We thought about Heaven but it was close and Bocanova accept us gladly. We got an outside table with great view and had been served by very polite and willing to help waiter. Food was pleasant soft shall... More

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Oakland, California, United States
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109 reviews 109 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Just had dinner here for the first time in a long time. Place was pretty empty for Friday night dinner. We were seated quickly and our server came promptly to start our drink orders. Our waiter was most attentive when he initially got our order, but didn't come by the table very often. I took a while before we could... More

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Berkeley, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The restaurants in and around Jack London Square have been awful for a long time (with the notable exception of Yoshi's), but in the last few years some new restaurants have moved in and your chances of a decent dining experience have improved. By this low bar, Bocanova is probably a decent bet if you're going to eat in this... More

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Berkeley, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

went for an evening by the waterfront, impersonal "greeting" at the entrance, impersonal service from the waiting staff, food is average for the price :(

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Pleasanton, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Nice location over Jack London square, outdoor seating or inside depends on the wheather. Appetizer are right size, varierty to choose from. I enjoy the Duck, shrimps pozole, different but delicious, pork ribs too Try margaritas too, not strong, just right. Waiters very helpful explained about their dishes, ready to please your needs They will open a sea food restaurant... More

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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We ate at this charming waterfront restaurant on our first night in California, and throughly enjoyed our meal. The service was great, attentive but not overbearing, the food was fresh and well prepared and there was a good selection of wines and beers which we enjoyed greatly.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 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
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82 reviews 82 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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