Boca
Boca

Boca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bocatampa.com/
  • Phone: 8132547070x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm -11:00pm, Bar 4:00pm-12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -12:00am, Bar 4:00pm -1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Jessica Wafford
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Boulevard
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet Parking at Dinner
A word from Boca
Seasonal fresh ingredients from local growers served in a cozy and comfortable neoghborhood ambience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Boca reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (93)neighborhood gem (78)great for lunch (46)great for brunch (42)special occasion (41)good for groups (35)great for outdoor dining (32)hot spot (32)romantic (22)notable wine list (20)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • disappointed in the sandwich
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The server was energetic and the place was loud. Most of the food was amazing but the grilled cheese was a huge let down.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Love the farm to table concept. Good food, good service, nothing outstanding. Very loud and we were seated far away from bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    BruceTampaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It always good when the food exceeds the description on the menu, and it does!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Home Run!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We eat at Boca as often as possible when we're in Tampa and this time did not disappoint either. Not only was the food incredible, but we had Nicholas as our server this time and he only enhanced anincredible meal and a wonderful atmosphere with his great personality and sense of humor (which is important to us because we LOVE to laugh).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud but delicious
    KimFL
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I've only ever been here for lunch and always enjoy a NorCal Flatbread. I've gone with friends who have tried different items on the menu and everyone always enjoys the food here. The service is good, food is delicious and reasonably priced, but the noise level in the restaurant is loud. I'm not generally sensitive to sound but if you had a large group you would never be able to hear each other at opposite ends of the table. Even at a table for two you have to speak louder than usual. Also, there is a portable AC unit in the entryway which helps when you're standing right in front of it, other then that, it is warm. None of my gripes are enough to deter me from going, but there are some areas for improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    just one thing- it was HOT!!!!! It was almost too hot to dine...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremely Positive
    JZWP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I regularly bring “out-of-towners” to Boca for either lunch or dinner. The feedback from my guests has always been extremely positive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Foodiefinds1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This place is a little hidden gem. The food was prepared beautifully and very fresh. The shrimp and grits are Delish! Very bright and open. The service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Annie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food, great menu (something for everyone) and a fun atmosphere! What more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gone downhill...
    DateNightDuo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    For the price, there are better restaurants in Tampa. Food is great, service is horrible. I remember when you couldn't get into Boca - now, it's pretty empty for 7 pm on a Friday night, and I see why. We got there early to get a drink at the bar, which took a good 25 minutes before we each had our drinks. After we took our dining seats, the waiter was dripping with sweat, to the point where while reading the specials he wiped his head with a towel. We had the cheese & charcuterie plate, which was excellent. the waiter dropped the honey on the ground and had to get a new one. then our meals came before we were even done with it. our dinners ended up sitting for 15 minutes while we finished the plate. Disappointing, we won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Danielle
    JZWP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Danielle's service was outstanding - topped off a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Executive Chef Viet Vo has made Boca an even better dining experience. The food was simply amazing, fresh, and high quality. It's definitely where to go for a wonderful, gourmet dining experience, while maintaining the ingredients you would buy to cook for your own family. Everyone was very friendly and we had a perfect evening. The manager and Chef Vo even came by a couple times to ensure everything was to our satisfaction.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious birthday dinner
    KevinBaconAndBourbon
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I decided to try out Boca for my birthday dinner with a group of friends. I was impressed with the cocktail list and ordered the refreshing Southern Royale. There's also plenty of craft beer to choose from which gives Boca more brownie points. My entree was the grilled cobia over an arugula salad. The cobia was cooked to perfection and enjoyed the hints of smokiness. I tried a bite of the Norcal flat bread with pomegranate syrup and the shrimp and grits my friends had ordered. The caprese salad had this melt in your mouth mozzarella. All these dishes were praise worthy. I'll definitely be back with friends or a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boca Over Delivered on Food Quality
    Boca1
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great experience. Was overimpressed by the food. Flat bread was amazing. Chopped salad was killer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    TampaFoodie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food is always fresh and delicious. Very accommodating to menu changes...I dined with two vegetarians and the kitchen was very good about their special requests. Owner came by twice to see how our meal was. Never had a bad meal there! Though a little pricey, well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was good. Service, starting with the bartenders who seemed inattentive and distracted, did not match the food. One major pet peeve I have is when I am in the middle of a conversation why do wait staff feel it is okay to just cut in and ask questions? It happened when the manager came over. He just interrupted us and didn't seem to notice I was in the middle talking about something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crystal
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We absolutely love the fresh food, and your fun knowledgeable servers!!! Overall our dining experience was wonderful!! We truly love the "farm to table concept" that Boca brings to ourcommunity :-)!! Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Chef!
    DanGatorVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We returned to Boca after 2 months and having been frequent diners. Our last visit had been so bad, we were comped the meal. We tried Boca again and the meal was fantastic! The best of many good ones we have had there. We met the new chef who was very creative and friendly and the food was to die for. Nicholas is a fantastic waiter and I highly recommend Boca again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Noisy and cramped. Food was OK but nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too LOUD!
    Jellybean
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I could only hear the person beside me. It is so loud and I'm not sure why. We were even sitting in the back part off the main dining and it wasn't busy when we first arrived. It really completely defeated the purpose of having dinner with my friends. I actually think they were upset with me for picking a place that was so loud. The food is good though. I usually sit at the bar with my husband...which makes it just fine that I can only hear the person beside me ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always A Hit ~ Never A Miss
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    As always, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner this trip. We're not meat eaters, so we look forward to the seafood and poultry dishes on the menu. The spicy scallop and shrimp dish was particularly good and we hope that it's on the menu the next time we're there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed Again
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The first time we went to Boca we did not care for it. So we tried it again and it was worse. There were 4 of us and 3 people ordered hamburgers. Two were prepared incorrectly and one was burned. All 3 sent back. I ordered a flatbread (pizza) and the menu said it had goat cheese mornay. I asked the waiter what mornay was. He did not know. He thought a cream sauce. Pizza was dry and no signs of goat cheese. Food was terrible and service bad (except manager did try to make it better). Too many people crammed in a small restaurant. It reminds of me of the tight seating on an airplane. I will not go back. Too many better places.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious week night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I had the spiced shrimp and scallops, my husband had the staff plate which included short ribs, and my daughter had the special fish, wahoo that night. The fish was slightly overdone to her tastes but all was eaten. All else was prfection. Owner/manager? came over and chatted with us after our meal. Took the fish comment well and explained how tricky it is to cook over a wood fired grille. Also how they are punching up the menu after relying for a few years on what he termed comfort food. My second visit- will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Twist on Normal Foods
    luv2eatm
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast BLT served on grilled white bread (not supermarket white) with a fried egg and avocado mayonnaise spread. The grits with beef an other wonderful flavorings was a hit. We also shared a bowl of the bean soup which was hearty and delicious. We will definitely return soon either for brunch or lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh!
    JenniferD
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I make it to Tampa about once a month for a hot date... two kids under two. We love the eclectic food at Fly Bar in downtown and this food sounded similar. We tried it. We ordered a random assortment since soo many items on the menu sounded good. The caprese salad was the best thing we had. We also ordered drinks, the shrimp and grits, swine flatbread, and brussel sprout hash. All items that should have been amazing, but the flatbread was almost not edible it was soo greasy. Literally grease was running off the cutting board onto our table. The brussel sprouts were also heavy on the oil. The shrimp and grits were ok, but not anything special. I will not go back compared to the other options in Tampa.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food and service!
    jwsj
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my second time to Boca and I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. The service was awesome and the food even better! Excellent lunch crowd and great place to catch up with a friend or client. I would highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrendous Service
    CanegirlVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had brunch this weekend & will likely not return. We were greeted by a hostess who said that the wait was 45 mins & didn't mention that there was an option to be seated right away on the patio. I ordered French toast - per the menu, comes w/maple syrup (duh). My order was dropped off w/no syrup so I asked her "doesn't it come with maple syrup?" she said "I can get you some if you want". Ok. She then drops off HONEY. I'm allergic & luckily noticed. When I told her, she responded "yeah we ran out of syrup so I brought you honey" I tried to eat the dry bread & didn't get far. The manager later came over w/a half empty mimosa & joked about sending someone to buy syrup.They CHARGED us for the French toast.I was stunned.It was inedible.
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  • Brunch is a huge win...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have been to Boca for dinner a few times but just recently went for brunch. What a great menu! The food was fantastic, and we were only dispoointed we couldn't try everything!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic experience
    HealthyFoodie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We love Boca, been there for drinks and dinner, but this was our first time having brunch and we LOVED it. We got right in with our Open Table reservation, had wonderful service and the food was outstanding. We highly recommend this spot for all times of day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never even got a drink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    After rav reviews from friends I was excited to try Boca. We sat there after being seated for 15 min or maybe longer...because in the process we started to look up a better local restaurant. I was waiting patiently to be brought a glass of water or have our drink order taken. We watched server after server pass our table. One server even visited the table next to us 5 times and never asked if we needed help. We started to feel uncomfortable, like we we deliberately being ignored, so then we decided not even to ask for help and officially leave.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great!
    Stantampa
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have never had a bad meal here. They have the best Sunday brunch and town. Always great service and excellent food
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Served a raw burger, when i I told server his only response was "how did you want it cooked?" In a very condescending manor.
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  • One of my all time favorites
    Greek
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have been going to Boca since it opened in downtown Tampa. I think its important to support local, think outside of the box establishments to enhance this city. My latest reservation as for lunch for a friend and me and we were not disappointed. This was her first time there and she could not get over the decor, ambience and more importantly how delicious our lunch tasted. It was simple but perfect for a summer afternoon. Will we go back, definitely!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food!
    Timur
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Found the bar service to be a slow when we were there, but the food is absolutely delicious and unique. Depending on where you're sitting, the noise level can make a huge difference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing and Expensive
    SouthTampaReviewVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The dinner started off badly by being charged $5 for parking. Then we were given a bad table fit for four when my reservation was for five. I had to sit at the end of the table on the isle. The food was enjoyed by two and not liked by three. Every meal was expensive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • runningcouple
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I wish they had more gluten/low glycemic items. I have both issues. I love the place, but my selections are somewhat limited. The server brought me my Saratota water with a water glass - and I would have liked a fancy wine glass since to me, it is MY wine. I think as much as I pay for it, it should be presented as special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Lunch
    Bcarley
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Love this place for lunch! The salad #9 is amazing! The flatbreads are outstanding also! Need to try if you haven't already!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lisaVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    There must have been twelve flies circling our table as we battled them through lunch. Made it difficult to enjoy the lunch, which was good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • so so
    Lutzdiner
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    First time at Boca. Fried green tomato appetizer was great but rest of meal was a little disappointing. My wife had the brunch panini. It was OK at best. She didn't even finish a third of it. I had the burger which was good bit it came with fries that unbeknown to us had truffle oil doused all over them. The whole table smelled like truffle oil when the set my plate down. Manager said "that's how they come." Overall good atmosphere and appetizer but wouldn't return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    BunnieKVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Boca BLT was delicious! Bourbon French Toast, yum!! Chantilly cream was divine! Wished the French toast was crispy vs soft, but otherwise great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.