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“Fab Latin - loved it” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bocanova

Bocanova
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Ranked #10 of 1,234 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Embarcadero W
Berkeley, California
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fab Latin - loved it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 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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English first
Williamsburg, Virginia
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401 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Friendly staff and good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

We were just wandering around Jack London Square and didn't want a huge lunch. Bocanova was a perfect choice. The lunch choices were quite interesting and, more importantly, delicious. I didn't recognize some of the ingredients but everything worked perfectly. The staff was very attentive without being obnoxious. We would definitely return.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Myrna F
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San Diego, CA
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83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Warm, welcoming and really good food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

Oakland's Restaurant Week gave us a chance to try a lot of different food here. Mostly great and nothing regrettable!

First, warm and friendly from the front door; it has in-kitchen style seating, too, which looks a little in the way but probably a lot of fun if the place is rocking.

We were early, so no rocking; secured a good booth without a reservation at 5:45 pm on a Thursday (it got a lot busier after about 7:00). Very pretty place. We shared a bay scallop ceviche (the light but creamy sauce has a definite habanero bite), marinated Peruvian olives (very tart); comfort-food quinoa salad; a beautifully prepared hangar steak and perfect petrale sole (second best thing we had). A potato and mushroom side dish -- I agree the potatoes are spectacular, but they didn't seem to match with the mushrooms. Each was good, just a strange combo -- they didn't do anything for each other, and would've been better as two sides. The panko-breaded and lightly fried cauliflower in remoulade was the BEST thing on the plates tonight! Dessert was a decent enough banana cake with a buttercream dollop . . . good enough.

The server was fun to talk to, about cooking and wine and all things food. Reasonably priced, too. We don't make it up to Oakland too often, but this would be a place to return to.

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Chicago, Illinois
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137 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Loved my Veggies.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

I was exhausted after a long air flight, but excited to be with friends. This was one of the best dinners I have had in a long time. Do Not Miss the Pear Salad. Main courses were half chicken and scallops, and hard to believe that the vegetables were awesome. We shared Squash and Brussel Sprouts. I crave them right now.
Caveat: Difficult to hear when the room fills.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oakland, CA
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best darn potatoes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

This place rocks. Get the potatoes and brussels sprouts. I like sitting out on the patio when it is warm enough. Great for dinner, but don't forget about brunch!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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