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Bocanova

#13 of 1,132 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Fusion, South American
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55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (Embarcadero W)
(510) 444-1233‎
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Timing a problem

My dining guest and I had ordered 3 appetizers and the entrés came out while we were still eating. Clearly a wrong message from the server or the kitchen. Overall just ok service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We've been numerous times and always leave saying it cost too much for not filling us up. No we're not big eaters but the servings when shared don't go far. TIP - get a groupon deal so you don't feel ripped off TIP - ceviches are very good

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I have been to this restaurant twice for lunch and once for dinner. Food and service were excellent each time, which is why I have returned. I am not usually a desert eater but the waiter pointed out the chocolate bread pudding and it was wonderful. Served warm with a deep dark chocolate ice cream. I would return just for... More 

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Oakland, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

My dining guest and I had ordered 3 appetizers and the entrés came out while we were still eating. Clearly a wrong message from the server or the kitchen. Overall just ok service.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Location is very cute - marina, just across the boat exhibition. Jack London Square. Service is ok, however, nothing impressive for this price. Food is spicy, a bit pricy for this kind of medium level restaurant.

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Piedmont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Brought in laws and picky people. The dishes were all shared and the food was a discovery. The unique fusion of South America is carried off without a misstep.

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Richmond, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Have eaten here several times. Always enjoyed the food. Service is usually great, but once it was so bad, I finally had to call the manager and complain. They keep changing the menu every few months. Right now, these dishes are outstanding: Scallop Ceviche, Radicchio & Pear Salad and especially Brazilian Ginger Prawns. Not so hot: grilled blood sausage. Always... More 

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Oakland, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

. . . there are problems. The "Lift Up Oakland" surcharge is thinly-veiled thievery (see bigsteve666's spot-on characterization). On a Wednesday night I had to physically stalk people to get served after an intolerable waiting period. The chop salad was overly dressed (i.e. not swimming in dressing, but doing a pretty good facsimile of the dog paddle). The pork ribs... More 

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Oakland, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Had lunch with the wife and daughter. I had the pork Cuban sandwich very very good, the wife had the lobster chow very very good to, the daughter had the fried chicken sandwich good to we also had the dungeness crab deviled eggs very good . staff and service was ok , Great food , ok value for the $$$... More 

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78 reviews 78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

First things first. They impose a 20% charge they call "Lift Up Oakland Surcharge" that is nothing more than increasing the profits of management and cutting the income of the waitstaff. They say "This surcharge will be applied exclusively to the wages of all our hourly workers." The waitstaff gets 4% and the owners take 16%. It is true that... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have gone for brunch and lunch and enjoyed their delicious food and lovely patio area. On a sunny day it's absolutely relaxing & worth it. I never feel rushed & the service has been helpful and prompt

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607
    (Embarcadero W)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: (510) 444-1233‎

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Fusion, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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