Boca Tavern
Boca Tavern

Boca Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bocatavern.com/
  • Phone: 415-883-0901
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday & Monday 5:00pm-9:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4:00pm-6:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have several different options for your special event. Please contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Mia Johnson (415) 883-0960

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Nearby bus access.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Boca Tavern
BOCA TAVERN welcomes you with wholesome American fare. Our local, in season dishes will give our guests the opportunity to visit us time and time again‚ always discovering something unique and delicious. Simple preparation made from the freshest locally sourced ingredients will be the focus of each plate using our wood fired grill and oven.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Boca Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)great for outdoor dining (45)special occasion (40)good for groups (25)fit for foodies (24)great for lunch (22)romantic (20)notable wine list (15)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (5)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Handy spot for our stay during race
    IndyCarFan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Starting coming here when it was a steakhouse and loved it then because it was more for special occasions. Service was more formal too. New ownership now and more family friendly. Food is good and nice outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed this time
    NovatoBob
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    trouble checking in; never looked at OpenTable res. Very slow; brought entrees before salads, had to have redone; Wedges poor, seemed over-stretched--and for a 6:30 reservation on Sat.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE OYSTER WEDNESDAYS!
    MouseVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is the second time we've made it to oyster Wednesday. They are so fresh and good. Will definitely make time to do it a few more times before the fall weather descends upon us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    There are not a lot of steakhouses or finer dining in northern Marin so this is one where you feel like it is a special occassion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor Dining at Boca
    BMKfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I've had 3 meals there in the last 3 months and they consistently disappoint. While I love the ambiance on their patio I can't seem to get a decent meal. The Filet Mignon was "just ok." At $32.00 I want more than "ok." Accompanying baked potato was not cooked through. Their cheesecake is really wimpy...lacks the flavor cheesecake is supposed to deliver. They need a new chef. I was with friends who said that their meals were "just ok" as well. Not an impressive culinary experience, unfortunately, as Novato could certainly use that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We'd dined here under the old management. The layout doesn't appear to have changed, but the food was improved. I had one of the very best filet mignon's I've ever had, and came with a choice of three sauces. The green pepercorn sauce was my favorite. The veggies were tasty, but I'll aks for the Duck fries next time. My wife ate their hamburger and enjoyed it, and the Duck fries. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kim Chernin
    veryhappydiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I go to the restaurant frequently and always find it outstanding. Of course, I have my favorite foods, but I nibble from my friends' plates and can say with this borrowed-authority that nothing has ever disappointed us. My favorites: ribeye steak and crisp chicken, both of them as good as any I've eaten anywhere (including Buenos Aires, steak capital of the world). I love eating outdoors, even as the weather cools and they light the fire. I just love this place, I regret going anywhere else when I do. And therefore, mostly I don't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went with two friends for dinner on a Tuesday night (half price bottles of wine!). Normally we don't order meat but that night we had a filet that was fabulous, a new York that was delicious and ribs which were tender and juicy. Our waitress was darling and attentive. It was a lovely reunion with the food and wine completing the evening in fashion!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good...
    Tony44VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We enjoy our regular dinners at Boca Steak. One of the only places in Marin where I know I can consistently get a phenomenal filet. The staff is always attentive and professional and the food wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always like this place!
    luvaniteoff
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The empanadas are delicious. My husband really enjoyed his filet mignon, and I enjoyed my Pacific Snapper. The key lime cheesecake was the perfect end to the meal. Our server was very friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this restaurant!
    LMCM
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We have been several times and most recently took family there. Everyone had something different and everyone was very pleased. I had a link cod with crab special and it was absolutely delicious. The seafood linguine is fabulous. All of the wait staff are attentive and professional. I feel lucky to have this restaurant just ten minutes from home. Haven't tried their happy hour yet but plan to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tried twice
    SantaRosa2
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My first time here was for dinner a couple of weeks ago. It was very good, so I met a friend there for lunch recently. Meal was medicore: salad was heaped with less than flavorful ingredients. Dressing was ordinary. My take-away is that dinner was better than lunch, even though the menu was the same. I would explore other restaurants in Novato before going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boca Night
    Bear
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A really excellent dinner. The Fish and Duck fries were extraordinary. The Skirt Steak (don't miss the peppersauce sauce} and Hamburger (Perfectly cooked as ordered) were also outstanding. This was a successful birthday celebration, there was great value all around
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better Than Ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We've been going to Boca occasionally for years. Though there have been some changes, it's better than ever! Food was all amazing, from appetizers to dessert, and the service was just impeccable. Best service of any restaurant I can recall lately. Prices are not bad for a steakhouse, the food was definitely worth it. Definitely recommend for a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so hot
    diner123
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Hostess provided warm and friendly greeting, as did server and bus staff. The restaurant was not busy, our reservation was for 6:30pm. However, it took over an hour to be served our meals and when they finally arrived, they were room temp. One dish was fish, which tastes awful unless it is hot. The other was an off menu special that would have been good had it been served hot. The other dish was a misconstrued version of a shrimp louis salad. Awful. No excuse to serve room temp food after waiting nearly an hour for it. Don't plan to return anytime soon, unfortunately. It was a birthday dinner celebration that was a food downer.
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  • Unfortunate dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This was meant to be a nice dinner for four. We ordered three of the dinners on their early bird special. My soup was fine for the first two spoonfuls and then the third spoonful was so hot it took the skin off my palate. The waitress noticed I didn't eat the soup and asked if I was unhappy with it and I told her that my mouth had been burned. One of our party ordered the scampi dish and the shrimp was like rubber. We shared our dinners with him so he actually did have some food. The vegetables were overcooked, the dessert was over sauced. There were no inquiries or apologies nor compensation for any of it. We were ignored! The backup staff were more friendly and helpful than the wait staff. We won't be going there again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just ok
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Steaks are just ok. Had to send back two under cooked steaks. Came back and were good, average but good. Back before they changed to "tavern" they were awesome and we came frequently. Second try in this version and probably the last. Do not try fish and chips. I know it's a steak place... A couple of pieces were very fishy and could not eat. Fish was piping hot Fries were cold. It was early evening and not crowded so cannot understand the lack of attention to prep. Pickles use to be free. Cheap now at 3 bucks but not so good anymore. Mushy and over spiced. Ate hardly any and we use to want refills. Maybe they sit too long now since they are not free and nobody orders them.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Dinner
    KenAnne
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Very good service. Surprising ambiance. Dinner salad and main course were both good. String beans were al dente which is French for not cooked... Dessert was chocolate syrup over brownies. OK if you like chocolate but we don'r. Had just the sundae. Open table note re special occasion (wife's birthday) was not recognized??
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Patio for Lunch
    sedonaVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Their salads and sandwiches are great for lunch. Very nice patio that is covered. Lots of nice appetizers for a light dinner. Very good menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some old standards are back!
    MouseVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I'm so happy to see that some of our old favorites made it back onto the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Patio Spot
    NorthBayDiner
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Patio was covered, and was very comfortable on a hot day for lunch. Service was good. I had a salmon nicoise salad, Salmon was cooked perfectly, dressing was forgettable. My companion had the salad with grilled shrimp. She said it was very good, but the chips that were served in the salad were awful. So hard that they hurt her teeth. We mentioned it to the server, and he said he would pass it along. Never heard anything again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality
    Happydiners2
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Outstanding food, lots of choices, variety of tastes
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service, or lack thereof
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We arrived for our 5:15 reservation Sunday 7/7. There was one other couple in the dining room. We immediately got our water but waited over 10 minutes for a server to appear=Absolutely Unacceptable! I finally got up and went to the Hostess on my way to the bar to (finally!) order drinks, and directly mentioned to her that there doesn't appear to be any service in the dining room. Attentive Bartender had our drinks delivered to our table. Server finally arrived and was attentive. The Water/Bread Server, Mario, I believe, was incredibly attentive=the highlight of the evening. This is the 2nd such mediocre service experience here. I doubt we will return. This is in contrast with the Boca Pizzeria which always has excellent service!
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  • KayJVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    As always we had a great time at Boca Tavern. I have been going there for years and am so happy it is open for lunch again....Since I live in the area it is very convenient.....
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Excellent setting for business lunch with the exception of noise level. Service consistent and attentive. Menu good selection of items to eat and talk, i.e., salads.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Coltie000
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Boca is great. The drinks, service and food are excellent and there's something for everyone. I had the skirt steak - delicious. Others had ribeye, chicken and snapper. Not one complaint. The butterscotch pudding is a real treat if you're in the mood for dessert. And the covered patio is perfect outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday bash!
    Kristinoh
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A group of 11 of us came for a surprise birthday. They were very accommodating. They decorated the table for us with decorations I dropped off. It was great. We had a fabulous time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Classic wedge, clam chowder to get started, both just right. Waiter was knowledgeable and polite. Water and drinks replenished often. Steak was done to order, dipping sauces always the treat. Sour cream for the baked potato was very tasty, a cut above the usual toppings. All in all, a favorite place for a good meal. I "might" use less salt on the baked potato :-)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Organized And Tasty
    FeedMe
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Like a well run machine. They have all the parts working well: pleasant reception and seating, broad menu selection, carefully prepared entrees, unobtrusive waitstaff. Try the asparagus soup - da bomb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50% Off
    BigAlVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Tuesday is 50% off all wines. Yea!!!! Let's me enjoy a great bottle at a realistic price. The grilled salmon was outstanding and I like that they don't bring you bread unless you ask for it. Helps with the waist line.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never going back
    guiguinette
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Ordered a glass of champagne to start the evening, did not have a chance to take a sip before the food already arrived on the table. Looking at the plate and tasted it, I strongly believe that the plates were all ready to go and microwaved before serving. Too salty, pork not warm in the inside, just terrible
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  • Disappointing change of menu
    Novatogal
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We have been to Boca 5 times before this and have always enjoyed superb service and attentive wait staff and amazing food. This time, there is a new chef bringing menu changes and some of our favorite items were gone. The Gaucho Steak, which my husband and I always share was the biggest loss and they also got rid of the Bernaise (sp?) sauce. Plus, we were bringing my sister-in-law who was Argentinian and she was looking for the Argentinian version of chicken fried steak (mellanaisa or something like that) and the waiter said they used to have it but not anymore. The food remained excellent even so. However, they forgot part of our order, didn't refill our water glasses or bring us more bread as they said they would.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Everything was great! Nothing to complain about. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Steaks
    Moko
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a late reservation on Mother's Day and the 3 guys in our party ordered the Rib Eye special Our waitress went back to the kitchen and advised us that we got the last 3 Rib Eyes. That really made our evening. We had out-of-town guests and they were very impressed with the delicious food and great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Night
    MzTee
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My brother and I decided to honor our deceased mother's memory by having dinner on her birthday (May 10). We couldn't have chosen a better restaurant. The food was good, but what gives this place character is its staff. From the moment we entered the restaurant, we were made to feel welcomed. The restaurant decor is lodge like and exudes warmth. The wait staff treated us like extended family members. It was one of the best dining experiences I ever had, especially on such a bittersweet occasion. I was so impressed by our dining experience that I tipped 50%. I'm a generous tipper who normally tips in the 15-25% range. However, I do believe in rewarding exemplary service which the staff at Boca Tavern provided hands-down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not too bad
    yayforfood
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We went to Boca Tavern last night with our taste buds set for the Macaroni and cheese Croquets and BBQ Pork Sliders. We have been there for a few happy hours and always enjoyed them! Unfortunately, they appear to have taken them off the menu:( Not sure why as several friends of mine have also recommended them. Instead,I had the Fettuccini stroganoff and My Fiancé had the fish and chips. The Stroganoff had a good beefy flavor but definitely needed more sour cream. The Fish and chips were excellent with a delicious flaky fish and light crisp coating. The homemade tartar sauce was the perfect combo of pickles and onions too. We fished off our dinner with a Brownie sundae with Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla ice cream. Definitely yummy.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 149 reviews are from the Boca Tavern reviews archive.
  • We LOVE Boca Tavern!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We have been going to Boca through all of its incarnations, and every time we love it. we have never had a bad experience there. The duck fat fries are always a highlight! and the steaks, cooked perfectly. We always think of Boca when we take visiting friends out, and we give Boca gift certificates for Christmas gifts! Love it! I was joking with my wife: if i had the TIME, MONEY, and CALORIES, we would eat there very day! haha, she corrected me to say, TIME is no problem, its the MONEY and CALORIES!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Change for the better
    SilverKat
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We've been to this restaurant before - when it was just Boca's. It could be hit or miss on the food, everybody at the table didn't always get the same quality. As Boca's Tavern, they seem to have found their stride. Everybody at the table got excellent food and plenty of it. Best vegetable sides ever and I knowit can be hard to serve fresh, simple, yet outstanding veggies. Our wsiter wss attentive without being overbearing. We had a wonderful meal and a wonderful time. Going again? Count on it!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite
    Gretcha1VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Everything is done right. Our food is always outstanding and the service is great. Everything from the water to the pickles, the butter is even special. Entree was perfect and the deserts are amazing. We continue to return over and over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Had not been to Boca in two years. We were disappointed That the restaurant looked run down and tired. No tablecloths, Table was sticky to the touch, plates looked cheap. Food was Average but way overpriced. Upside - our server was Pleasant and attentive. Will not go back.
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