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“Architecturally interesting atmosphere, very good food”
Review of Bocanova

Bocanova
Ranked #11 of 1,281 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: South American, Fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Embarcadero W
SF, CA
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Architecturally interesting atmosphere, very good food”
Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

We had a mid-week lunch here. Located on Jack London Square, a tourist location, we were pleasantly surprised by the interesting physical plant site, the quality of the latin food/presentation and the reasonable prices. The Business Lunch (having done away with the sexist monicker: "Businessman's Lunch") was an incredible deal at $ 18 pp. The 3-course presentation provided ample portions, including interesting salads, squash soup, a well-prepared, high-end cut of beef and (over-salted) grilled scallops with a cream saffron sauce. The figurative topping on the cake was a passion fruit flan/creme brulee. The one of us who ordered enchiladas off the menu was similarly impressed. We've been looking for an excuse to return.

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English first
Oakland, California
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Unusual pairings executed perfectly”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

This jack London square restaurant has it all: easy parking, beautiful unique decor, a really unique and interesting menu, great service and fair prices. The four of us shared the shishito peppers that were salty and hot, the chipotle sweat potato gratin, pork tamale, seared sea scallops, goat stew, marinated mushrooms, roasted pear dessert, and a bottle of Pinot Noir. Every plate left the table empty! Only downside, a bit noisy so sit on outside heated deck on the waterfront if you can.

  • Visited October 2012
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Oakland, California
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“This Place Never Fails”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

I've been to Bocanova three times in the last month and have had an overall excellent experience each time. The staff are friendly and informative. The food is unique and very tasty. A group of Central and South American chefs and cooks prepare their local cuisine with fresh, local incredients. The owners are on sight, the man behind the bar and the woman who checks in with you while you are dining. You can see pride of ownership all over this place. The decore has old fashioned mercury lights that give a warm glow to the entire restaurant. I have the salted peppers for an appetizer. I've tried many dishes in my three visits. None were less than great. Right at Jack London Square with the cool breezes from the Alameda estuary, dining outside is fun, but bring a jacket. With the rains, stay indoor and enjoy a feast.

  • Visited October 2012
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Antioch, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
201 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Great brunch - fresh, tasty food”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Although Jack London Square itself was a bit disappointing, this restaurant was a shining star. We went for brunch and the food was fresh and very tasty. The French Toast, ordered for a toddler, was delicious and everyone was hoping she wouldn't finish it so we could get another bite. The BLT was not your ordinary BLT - big in size, and big in flavor. The plain ole eggs, bacon, and toast were also out of the ordinary and delicious. If you are in the area I'd definitely stop in.

Visited October 2012
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Newbury Park, Ca
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Not quite as good as before”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

I've been to this restaurant several times in the past few months, and my latest visit was disappointing. With the group of 9 I was with we ordered several dishes we'd had in the past, and there were changes to those ..and not good changes. A friend and I were so happy to see their "Pole Bean" dish still on the menu, but it wasn't the same. It was now covered with chilli flakes which added heat but took away from the delicate taste and lovely light dressing that it was served with before. Another vegetable dish was also covered with chilli flakes....this condiment is something I can add at home... but not worthy of a chef of a first class restaurant. My sister had the Ribs, and said they were more (i.e. too) spicy than they had been in the past. What's going on in this kitchen....this is not the way to make a restaurant "South American"....food does not necessarily taste better just because it's hotter. Chilli flakes are not the answer to having a gourmet dining experience.

  • Visited September 2012
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