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“Consistently great”
Review of Bocanova

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Ranked #11 of 1,276 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: South American, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Embarcadero W
Oakland, California
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Consistently great”
Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

High energy located at jack London square. If only this and the other great restaurants in the area could revitalize this square. Bar is comfortable with good service and generous cocktails. Start with shishito peppers...just right heat to start meal. Items from the fire here are cooked to perfection and you will have a hard time making a bad choice from pork chops to fish. Creme brûlée predictably--thankfully delicious. Easy parking, great outdoor dining...and it's quieter.

Thank Pat B
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Good food, nice view, poor service”
Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed the food, although it has a limited lunch menu. However, the service was painful at times and it wasn't even that busy. The Goodyear Blimp could have landed at our table and our waiter would not have even noticed. Step up the service and we'll return.

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Thank Expatgirl07
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Piedmont, California
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Consistent Value”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Bocanova is one of our favorite restaurants-It provides quality food in a lively environment. Be sure to try their sweet potato gratin and roasted chicken!

Visited March 2013
Thank Nancy W
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Alton, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
236 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Service was friendly, helpful and efficient. Food was interesting and well prepared. The pork tenderloin was perfectly cooked, nicely dressed with just enough jicama salad and tamarind sauce to add texture and flavor but not overwhelm the juicy meat. The sweet potato gratin and brussel sprouts were generously portioned and tasty. Do wish everything had been a tad warmer, especially the lamb. Succulent and flavorful, the lamb shanks needed warmth the play down their richness. The house made ice cream was a delight with churros and chocolate sauce, the perfect light and playful ending to a delightful meal.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Rbj2040
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Berkeley, California
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fab Latin - loved it”
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!

Thank luckygirl_2011
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