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Ranked #11 of 1,976 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American, French, Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between Main and Walnut
Description: Italian food with heart, elegance, and authenticity. Details and passion drive our team to create an extraordinary dining experience. The daily changing menu offers authentic Italian cuisine fashioned with contemporary French technique. Boca is for your special occasions, for meeting up with loved ones, and for anyone who revels in food, drink, and service.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2012

My husband & I visited Boca for the first time over the weekend and had an AMAZING meal! Boca may just be my new favorite restaurant in Cincinnati! We each had the "3 course & dessert" and everything was outstanding! It is not a cheap spot to dine, but for the food and the experience, it is worth every penny. They do great with spacing out each course as well so you have a minute to let your food settle before the next course comes... and they keep you supplied with bread, which I realized soon into the meal was absolutely necessary to mop up all of the yummy sauces and juices left on your plate... our plates were clean at the end of every course! Delicious.. highly recommended for any special occasion!!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank S H
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Very pricey, but excellent”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

We've been to Cincinnati many times but we had somehow never visited Boca until recently. With the exception of the Tuna Tartare which we sent back (we found it bland) everything that we ate was truly exceptional. The fish (we ordered halibut and sea bass) was as moist and delicious as you could ever imagine and all of the desserts were excellent. I'd also recommend the shell pasta with porcini mushrooms which was out of this world. The wine list is extensive, with options at pretty much every price point, and service was first class.

Be aware, however, that all of this comes at a price. There is no a la carte menu. The menu is either 2 or 3 courses, plus dessert, for a fixed (and not small) price. Our bill for 4 people, including a modest bottle of wine, exceeded $400.

That said, for a special dinner it's well worth it. Highly recommended.

  • Visited October 2012
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Trumbull, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Consistently Delicious - Well worth the short trip from downtown”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

I have eaten at Boca a few times now and have yet to be disappointed. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the service top notch. The menu is straight forward and uncomplicated with well thought out parings on each offering. The decor of the restaurant is contemporary, simple and rich and you are immediately greeted by the smell of the wood fired grill that wafts throughout the seating room.

On this visit, I ordered the scallop with brussel sprouts to start and the chicken over mushroom rissotto with truffle; both were amazingly flavorful and perfectly cooked. While the location is a little out of the way, it's well worth the ~10 minute drive from downtown Cincinnati. I will be back here for future dining.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank foodie4travel
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Cincinnati, OH
Level 6 Contributor
222 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
“Wonderful, Delicious Experience”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

My wife and I indulged in the chef's 7 course tasting menu with wine pairings a few weeks ago. The wine pairings were spot on, and each course presented different ingredient combinations with great depth of flavor. Particular favorites include the scallop with caramelized Brussels sprouts, the Skuna Bay Salmon (which was cooked perfectly and melted in the mouth) with green beans and beets, and finally the mascarpone cheesecake. Our attentive waiter explained every course along with the accompanying wine. The atmosphere was great for a dinner for two. The night did end up being rather expensive, but for an every-once-in-a-while splurge it was worth every dollar.

  • Visited July 2012
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Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful but pricey”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

I rated it excellent due to the awesome food, service and great atmosphere. My only warning would be that you pay for it....as long as that doesn't bother you I would say it's one of my top choices in Cincinnati. If you're looking for a nice evening out for 2, you might want to go on a week night. The back room was particularly quiet and pleasant.

Visited December 2011
Thank mrschultze
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