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Boca Tavern
Boca Tavern

Boca Tavern Details

  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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??"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I'm so happy to see that some of our old favorites made it back onto the menu."
    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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Outstanding food, lots of choices, variety of tastes"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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....."
    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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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 :-)"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Everything was great! Nothing to complain about. :)"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My wife ordered steak which was good. I am not a meat eater and from past experience the chicken tends to be overly seasoned and the fish is not one of their specialties-the one this evening was farmed. The atmosphere is somewhat dark and not upbeat. They need to provide a chicken dish that would satisfy non meat customers. I have heard this from other diners as well. Eat here for steak only."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had higher expectations for Boca tavern. The service was so-so and the food was boring and bland"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Had visited this restaurant when it was Boca Restaurant, this was the first trip to restaurant since change in restaurant food format & name change. Greated pleasantly at door, told hostess that we had a theater date and needed to leave at specific time. Hostess informed our waitperson. We were seated in a quiet area in restaurant. Waitperson come promptly to take order. Had prime rib, which was cooked perfectly and very flavorful, and portions generous; wine choices very good. Waitperson pleasant, efficient, and made sure we were out the door on time for our theater date."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The atomsphere is great and the food is always delicious! I love the Boca Cosmo and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Two of my guests ordered the cioppino and enjoyed every bite. My stroganoff was excellent with perfectly cooked pasta and lots of meat. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We used to come to Boca for special occasions, but everyone in our family agrees that it's not the same any more. The new menu is not as good, and the pasta dish our daughter ordered was smoky and she didn't finish it. The beef used in our burgers was excellent, but I'd rather go to Phyllis Burgers for twice the burger at half the price. Everything on the menu is overpriced. We will not be back."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We took a chance and tried Boca on Saturday night and it was terrific! We started with the pickles and my husband loved their crispy spiciness. We split the Mediterranean salad which was dressed perfectly. I had fish tacos and the hubby had the burger. They were both great! Will def go again!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a fun night at Boca Tavern. The chicken skewers were delicious and the flatiron special with mushroom mash was amazing. Dessert menu didn't really entice suspect, so we had the brownie sundae between four. Very sweet and fun way to end the meal. It was more than enough between 4, although it says it's got 2."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Just when I thought Boca Tavern couldn't get any better they earned yet another place in my culinary heart with great service. We were there with a particularly clever and snarky bunch and our server kept pace with us, dishing back bright comments and providing us with very useful information about the wine and food. And our group knows their wines. We wanted a quieter table and Boca staff was quick to responde by combining a couple of tables further from the open kitchen. A suggestion to anyone who books a table: request the side room if you want real quiet. There was something for everyone and the one of our group said it was the best cioppino she'd had in years."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I had called ahead to find out when prime rib would be served and was told Sat. or Sun. I made our reservation and we looked forward all week to our prime rib meal as we rarely eat beef. When we got there and the server offered the menus I told him "not necessary" as we knew exactly what we wanted, prime rib with that big old baked potato, a meal we had enjoyed many times in the past. He told us it wasn't on the menu and I told him I had called ahead and was assured we could have it Sunday night. We couldn't and ended up eating salmon (and old standby for us). What we should have done was excuse ourselves and gone to Wild Fox which has great prime rib but is noisy!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Last year we had moved from the city to Marin. I didn't know where to take my husband for his birthday until someone suggested Boca Tavern. When we arrived the place was packed and was really loud but quickly forgot that since it was half off of all bottles of wine. Chose a nice Pinot and then looked at the menu. I am not much of a steak gal but thought I would try their filet. Well...it was the best filet I have ever had. So decided to go back for his birthday this year and the steak was as good as I remembered it."
    Dined on 2/12/2014