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“Foodie-good Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boca

Boca
114 E 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-542-2022
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Ranked #16 of 1,653 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: Italian, French, American
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between Main and Walnut
Description: Italian food with heart, elegance, and authenticity. Details and passion drive our team to create an extraordinary dining experience. The daily changing menu offers authentic Italian cuisine fashioned with contemporary French technique. Boca is for your special occasions, for meeting up with loved ones, and for anyone who revels in food, drink, and service.
New York City, New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Foodie-good Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Dined with a large group and still service was exceptional. The decor is beautiful and the food and experience matched it. Try the corn pasta (forgot the name), it is simply remarkable. The beet salad was quite interesting - slivers of beet wrapped around a tasty cheese. Love the Brussel sprout flavor, but not texture (more like mushroom in texture, perhaps over-done). This is a must do restaurant.

Visited July 2014
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
cincinnati
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92 reviews 92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Enjoyable evening”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Our first trip to Boca and it was an enjoyable evening.
The service was great-the waiter explained the menu without droning on and on.
Seafood risotto,steak, and Amish chicken were all enjoyed by our party.
Prices are reasonable.
Only complaint is I noticed that the music on the first floor was deafening. Fortunately we were upstairs.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Lovely evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

There were four to our party. We each ordered an entree. On top of that we ordered all the appetizers on the menu and everything else that came in small plates. We figured that was a good way to sample everything. Everything was delish but, believe it or not, we all still left feeling hungry. Btw, we also ordered desserts.... In other words, the portions are small. Good quality but we had to jump to another restaurant for a second dinner.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dayton, Ohio
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Wow, what a great meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Boca surprised us with a superior dining experience. This was our first visit to this downtown Cincinnati restaurant. In nutshell Boca is an intriguing fusion of Italian food with classic French sauces that packed a flavor punch on everything they graced. The menu rotates monthly and we will be scoping out future month’s menus (posted via their website) and plan to return again.
Here’s what we enjoyed:
1. Appetizers (small plates on the menu)
a. Caramelized Brussel Sprouts – roasted in butter with fresh greens on top. The waiter told us the citizens of Cincinnati would riot if this ever left the menu. We understand. Yummy!
b. Grilled Romaine – grilled romaine leaves lightly dressed. Simple and delicious.
c. Summer Beet Salad – cleverly constructed salad of circles of beet folded over goat cheese topped with fresh greens. Imaginative and tasty.
d. Blue Oven Sourdough Bread – freshly baked. Who doesn’t look an endless bread basket? The bread had a subtle sourdough taste (our preference).
2. Dinner
a. Pasta filled with lobster and peas. Pretty plate and delicious.
b. Seafood Risotto. Every mouthful was flavorful.
c. Poached Branzino. Northern Italian fish rendered tender and tasty. The carrot ginger broth was poured table side which added flair.
d. Filet Boca. Perfectly cooked filet topped with crab and the sauce, the sauce, the sauce, was terrific.
e. Pork Loin. The chef was willing to cook the meat to order, which was appreciated.
3. Dessert
a. Maple Mascarpone Cheesecake. Deconstructed and perfect balance of maple flavored, worth eating.
b. Candy Bar. Chef’s take on a layered candy bar. He’d put Hershey’s out of business if he marketed this.
c. Chocolate Terrine. Slice of thick chocolate mousse topped with pistachios and olive oil. Had me at chocolate. The pistachio/olive oil topper enhanced the terrine.
d. Crème Brule. Classic dish, we found the Brule lighter, more whipped.
e. Seasonal Gelato & Sorbets. Selecting three was the hard part, eating these delightful flavors the easy part. We tried Coconut – wow, mixed berry – fresh, and vanilla – classic.
4. Wait Staff. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and the chef’s philosophy on food. He was the perfect guide to a wonderful dinner. We liked their uniform of jeans, shirt, tie, and vest.
5. Table. As we were a group of five, we enjoyed a round booth tucked in the corner that was not too large not too small. Ambient noise was not a problem with this private booth.
6. Restrooms. Ok, I don’t usually comment on restrooms but Boca’s are single bathrooms with a light over each door. If the light is on, it is occupied, if the light is off, it is available. So that was fun. But surprisingly these were spacious well-appointed baths with a basket of rolled hand towels and discard basket under the pedestal sink.
What we did not like:
1. We arrived before 6pm and the valet parking was not functional yet (though we did not know that would be the case). So there was a bit of confusion. The Boca staff sorted us out and held the keys until the valet service arrived. When we left the restaurant, there was a bit of confusion with the valet staff on the “early” car but it was sorted out quickly again.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Anniston, Alabama
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99 reviews 99 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Sit by the kitchen and watch the masterpieces!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Casey was amazing and he answered all our crazy questions. I have always hated brussel sprouts but Casey was right these are not your Mamma's brussel sprouts! The beet and goat cheese = yum. The risotto is divine. The salmon is refreshing. The cheesecake is like no other. This is definitely on the list for a repeat visit so I can try different items and eat the brussel sprouts again!!

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