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“Consistently great” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bocanova

Bocanova
55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 444-1233‎
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Ranked #13 of 1,132 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Fusion, South American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Embarcadero W
San Francisco Bay Area
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Consistently great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

High energy located at jack London square. If only this and the other great restaurants in the area could revitalize this square. Bar is comfortable with good service and generous cocktails. Start with shishito peppers...just right heat to start meal. Items from the fire here are cooked to perfection and you will have a hard time making a bad choice from pork chops to fish. Creme brûlée predictably--thankfully delicious. Easy parking, great outdoor dining...and it's quieter.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Good food, nice view, poor service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed the food, although it has a limited lunch menu. However, the service was painful at times and it wasn't even that busy. The Goodyear Blimp could have landed at our table and our waiter would not have even noticed. Step up the service and we'll return.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Piedmont, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Consistent Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Bocanova is one of our favorite restaurants-It provides quality food in a lively environment. Be sure to try their sweet potato gratin and roasted chicken!

Visited March 2013
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Alton, Illinois
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109 reviews 109 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Nice!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Service was friendly, helpful and efficient. Food was interesting and well prepared. The pork tenderloin was perfectly cooked, nicely dressed with just enough jicama salad and tamarind sauce to add texture and flavor but not overwhelm the juicy meat. The sweet potato gratin and brussel sprouts were generously portioned and tasty. Do wish everything had been a tad warmer, especially the lamb. Succulent and flavorful, the lamb shanks needed warmth the play down their richness. The house made ice cream was a delight with churros and chocolate sauce, the perfect light and playful ending to a delightful meal.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Berkeley, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Fab Latin - loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

The crab deviled eggs alone make this a worthwhile destination. First try one of the fresh inventive cocktails . If you like heat go for the Cesear which is infused with jalapeño. The Hemingway daquari was so fresh it bore little resemblance to the dessert like concoctions you get elsewhere. Other highlights were the cerviche served with plantain chips and the pork with cracklings. Don't miss the bread pudding with Mexican chocolate ice cream. We will definitely visit again to enjoy the outdoor patio when it warms up. So glad we went!

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