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Trattoria La Bocca - CLOSED

515 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
(619) 232-3352
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Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Island Ave. and Market St.
Description: Offering age-old tradition and timeless recipes that have been passed down through generations, the restaurant successfully combines cuisine and atmosphere to create a dining experience that wont soon be forgotten.La bocca is the kind of places that could be your home away from home, smells of spices and homemade cooking fills the air while a friendly and knowledgeable wait staff attends to your needs.To name a few selections include the pollo balsamico(boneless chicken pieces with artichoke hearts, sundry tomatoes, white wine and balsamic vinegar,) Osso buco milanese our Friday night special, slow cooked in a mix vegetable and natural juices served over a saffron risotto.No matter what the occasion calls for or your appetite demands, the friendly staff at la bocca promises to make your next dining experience truly unforgettable. We also offer a full bar and outside dining, happy hour and a complete dinner menu.

17 reviews from our community

23% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Escondido, California
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

Up scale "cave" interior with nice tables near the window that you can add to your list for a well prepared "calamari fritti" or " carpaccio di Manzo Parmigiano" for starters. It is as popular with locals as well as tourist so indulge your "inner Italian" next time in San Diego.

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San Diego, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

ONLY A TOURIST WOULD TRY HERE WILLINGLY. Great waiter but had to hawk customers like a tijuanna storefront. Food was sparing and not to be considered professionally prepared, Sauce had no flavor and veal no taste. LEAVE THIS FOR THE CONVENTION CROWD. Even the coupons don't make up for so-so food at premium prices.

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

After a long day of endless lines, panels, celebrity sightings, autograph hounding, sonic screwdriver buying, and more lines, Trattoria La Bocca was a welcome spot for 5 exhausted girl-geeks, many of whom were meeting in person for the first time. Comic Con is an overwhelming experience, and most of the geeks who attend spend the entire day running from celebrity... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011 via mobile

Where to start... Waiter horrible. Took forever for anything and never checked on us once. Water ran dry and finished first glass of chianti before meal ever showed up. Was never asked if I wanted another. I was with someone whose meal was also terrible. Bland , tough and not a palette pleasing experience.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2011

I had lunch at the Trattoria La Bocca. The atmosphere was nice. I sat out on the patio and people watched. The waiter was very eccentric, and since I was dining by myself, I found him entertaining. I felt the price was a bit high, especially for lunch (I spent $50.00 not including the tip on a salad, pasta and... More

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Laguna Beach, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2010

The Gaslamp Quarter is full of good restaurants but this one is not it. Perhaps they were short-staffed, but if that is the case don't try to handle so many customers at once. Bad food & service.

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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2010

We just moved to San Diego and have enjoyed using the online coupons from sites like Groupon and Local Twist to get to try new places and get to know the area. We went to this restaurant with a coupon from Local Twist and were excited to try it. We spent over 30 min looking for a parking spot (we... More

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Denver, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2010

My wife and I went to LaBoca last night 10/14/10. Our dinner was fairly good but we got ripped off on the bottle of wine we ordered. It was suppose to be $52 and when the bill came it was $80. The waiter said they were out of the less expensive wine and he had told us that. No mention... More

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

The night my wife & I went there was live music and we couldn't even talk to each other. Even once the music stopped, it was still such a loud environment that talking to each other across the table was difficult. The service was good, waiter and staff attentive. My food was okay, but my wife's chicken had a lot... More

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san diego
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80 reviews 80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2009

service was slow, even though almost no one was there. And the food tasted like frozen food that was heated up. I'm italian, and this didn't even taste like italian food to me. I wouldn't go back. There are better places to eat and spend money in the Gaslamp.

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