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“Good but over priced”
Review of Boca

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Ranked #12 of 1,975 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 4 Contributor
28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good but over priced”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

To start, we had a reservation at 8:45 and were not seated until after 9:00. We had the brussel sprouts for an appetizer and they were delicious, all four of them. For dinner we each had the "full" portion of seafood risotto which was more of a tomato risotto. This was great as well but I can't imagine how unsatisfied I had been had I gotten the "tasting" portion which was more reasonably priced! I am all about portion control but then it should be priced accordingly. I was not terribly impressed for the price. The service was just average. Atmosphere, was however perfect! Not sure I will be rushing back.

  • Visited March 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
195 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
“Finest restaurant in Cincinnati at this point”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

We recently ate at Boca for the first time since its move into the old Maisonette space in downtown Cincinnati to celebrate a visiting friend's 30th birthday, and were deeply impressed. Boca is moved into the "holy ground of fine dining" in Cincinnati, the site of the country's longest five-star restaurant, and it lives up to that challenge. The food was extraordinary and the look of the place is fantastic. While not as pretentious or high-scale as the Maisonette, the food was as good as I remember that place ever being, at a far more reasonable cost. The atmosphere of the place is just terrific - very attractive layout. Service was attentive and efficient.

I think this is likely Cincinnati's finest restaurant at this point.

  • Visited March 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Expectations”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Just love Soto, and so I had high expectations for Boca. It is a bit airier than Soto, but then I liked the Grotto feel and dim lighting. Boco's tasting menu is awesome. Just the right portions for those who love love well prepared food, but don't want to overindulge. Picking the right seat is difficult. Too near the door is distracting, and too near the open kitchen is distracting. Just like Soto, the decibel level is pretty high, so don't take your elderly parents, and there is not a lot of elbow room, so don't plan a private conversation.

  • Visited February 2014
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Indiana en Provence
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Outstanding meal and service”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Enjoyed my first time at Boca. Great service and formal atmosphere from the moment we walked in the door. Nice wine list (lots of half bottles!), outstanding food (loved the options on half portion entriees so you can try more!), and the service was perfect -- inobtrusive and smooth. Loved the design of the space -- very thoughtful and well organized to accommodate a large number of diners without too much noise and still making each space feel private. Fun touches in the WC's -- and overall one of the better meals I've had in a while. If I lived in Cincy this would be a regular spot for me. Food was outstanding -- from the Oysters to the Beef Wellington. (Bonus -- beet salad, brussels spouts, potato snacks, bolognese and of course desserts.) Relax, and enjoy. This is modern fine dining at its best.

  • Visited March 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Best Seafood in town”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

My wife and I ate here recently in heart of Cincinnati. The service was superb and the atmosphere elegant with a touch of class. We both had fish which was delightful and full of flavor - they have an extensive wine menu and their bar and waitstaff aiming to please. They are a little pricey though but well worth it. A nice place to have a romantic dinner and leave the kids at home with the sitter.

  • Visited March 2014
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