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“dinner with friends”
Review of Bocanova

55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 444-1233‎
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Ranked #9 of 1,047 restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
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Bloomington, Indiana
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97 reviews 97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“dinner with friends”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Our friends suggested this place in Oakland next to Jack London Square. The restaurant is relatively big and new with mostly Latin American cuisine. The ceviche was excellent. Service was very good.

Visited April 2013
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Oakland, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Nice dining place- We ate at the Patio, with our French bulldog in tow.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Had a nice Sunday brunch, sat outdoors in the patio area. We had gone to Jack London Square for a walk with the dog, got hungry and wanted a place to sit outdoors, have a nice meal, bring the dog. The patio area was perfect for this and we weren't alone. There were about 4-5 other lunch parties with their dogs. The food is southwestern but there are sufficient menu choices for everyone. We have eaten in the dining area in the past, its a nice environment. The food was cooked perfectly, tasted good, was not overly expensive. As a nice change of pace, outdoor dining experience, this is a good choice. Its convenient as its right at Jack London square. On a sunny Sunday moring/afternoon, this is a nice place to eat.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tucson, AZ
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Tasty Pan-American dishes served beautifully on the waterfront patio in Oakland.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Our waiter was welcoming and helpful, suggesting wonderful dishes to share: olives, a cheese plate with several selections, a tiny honeycomb and spicy jicama strips; fresh salads; yellowfin tuna, pork tenderloin, flank steak, each and all with scrumptious sauces and accompaniments. Oh, and it was a sunny evening with a light breeze...

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oakland, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice place, over-priced, small portions, fair service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Had lunch here on a Monday with five other people. Nice place, not very crowded. Service was adequate at best. Three taco plates, two burgers, one with no bun with a vegie side and one fish sandwich. The tacos were tasty but skimpy for twelve dollars, the fish sandwich had no flavor. When my wife asked for tartar sauce the waiter told her that they do not have tartar sauce. She left half the fish and three quarters of the bread on her plate. This disappointing dish for fourteen dollars makes me wonder how it manages to get the reviews that I see. The burgers with a fried egg on top were a little better but hardly worth the price. The vegie side was over-charred brussel sprouts. The $4 iced tea was weak. The parking validation saved me seventy five cents so that the parking cost me $6.75 I, for one, will not return. There are too many other good places in the area for lunch.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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71 reviews 71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A nice surprise !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I love this place... came here on a Sat late afternoon... had a 6pm reservation but showed at at 5 and was pleasantly surprised. They have a fantastic happy hour where you can get small tapa size plates for an average of $5. What a great way to try everything...We tried almost every Hot Bites on the Bocaditos menu...
Papas Fritas. Yucca Fritters, Short Rib Empanada, Pork Ribs, Daily Taco, Slow Roasted Pork mini sandwich, prather ranch mini burger, crab deviled eggs, tortilla chips... loved them all but if I must choose - Roast pork mini.... most impressed with the mini burger because most restaurants can't make a great mini burger...frieds were not greasy so super +, and loved the empanada...

Best of all, I love the view while sitting outside overlooking the bay at Jack London SQ!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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