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“Exotic tapas, that actually fill you up!”
Review of Bocanova - CLOSED

Bocanova
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: South American, Fusion
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Embarcadero W
Reviewed August 4, 2011

We have chosen Bocanova as the place to go for special nights on three separate occasions in the past year. It has not disappointed us. The atmosphere is large, roomy, yet intimately lit. The bar area is a real pleaser with ample space to visit before the meal. As for the meal itself, delicious. The chef has managed to take unusual pairings of foods and come up with original, splendid taste creations. I don't know how he/she does this consistently so well!
As the menu does change with the seasons, I will not recommend any particular plate but know that anything you chose will be great. The service is welcoming and any questions you may have about how a particular food is prepared will be promptly answered. You won't be disappointed by Bocanova.

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Thank Mums9
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

We had a wonderful dining experience. The atmosphere, beverages, food and service were all superb. We got what we paid for and that was value for our dollars.

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Thank SaintFrncs
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

Hosted a business dinner at Bocanova with well-traveled, food people. The common consensus was "very good meal." I wil go back to explore the menu further. If you are looking for super-recognizable items on the menu, this is not the place. But if you want menu originality in a vibrant, hip dining place (Jack London Square, of all places) this is a great start. The only nit-picking negative I have is...drinks took a looooong time to come out. In fact, if the waiter and/or bartender had been more efficient, we would have explored the libation menu much more deeply.

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Thank trippin7
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Reviewed August 21, 2010

Most places focusing on upscale Latin food tend to tone-down the spice for the American palate, but we really loved the heat in dishes that were described as having chilies. The Peruvian chicken was delicious with the poblano peppers, and the roasted beets had unexpectedly wonderful heat in the bed of chile cream sauce.

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Thank MAR10_B
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Reviewed July 29, 2010

This should have been a great evening with friends. The service was so so-par that it actually marred the experience. None of our wait staff was the least attentive. Soup bowls arrived only after requesting them, one of them unwashed. Tortillas arrived for our party of four with only three small tortillas. When we mentioned this to the waitress she replied that "This is the way it is done here--they are handmade" (We were eventually given one more tortilla--wow--thanks.)

Do avoid the marinated chicken--a very pricey $26 which would have been an acceptable price had the chicken had anything to recommend it. The taste was virtually identical to any roasted chicken from a supermarket deli. Roasted potatoes were good but the portions small.

Had the service been even middle of the road, I would go again. Given the lack of service coupled with a high price tag (slightly under $200 for four without wine but with four cocktails) I would suggest going elsewhere.

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Thank bonniemreeves
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