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“on the Jack London Square waterfront”
Review of Bocanova

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Ranked #11 of 1,261 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: South American, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Embarcadero W
Walnut, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“on the Jack London Square waterfront”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

this was an excellent luncheon experience for celebrating a birthday. Sitting outside, sunny day, water and boats. And the charm of the Fire Dept. cadets in training running by. We cheered them on.
The Business Lunch was nicely put together with soup, main dish and dessert for $20.
Well prepared and presented. Lovely restaurant on the waterfront area. Parking nearby with validation from restaurant. Service and food were outstanding.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Oakland, California
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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.

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Thank Pat B
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Brussels, Belgium
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70 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
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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
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Thank Nancy W
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Alton, Illinois
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234 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Nice!”
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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