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Boca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.BocaTampa.com
  • Phone: (813) 254-7070
  • 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 & Promotions:

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
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I have never had a bad meal here. They have the best Sunday brunch and town. Always great service and excellent food"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Served a raw burger, when i I told server his only response was "how did you want it cooked?" In a very condescending manor."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Love this place for lunch! The salad #9 is amazing! The flatbreads are outstanding also! Need to try if you haven't already!"
    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"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Had a couple friends come visit from out of town and wanted to take them somewhere they'd enjoy. Went with one of my favorite spots and it didn't disappoint. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We always enjoy dining at Boca, it's one of our favorite local restaurants. We especially love the new vertical garden. Their "off the wall" menu has the most delicious Bibb lettuce salad!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Found this gem on our annual family vacation. Can't wait to go again next year. The shrimp and scallops were the best I've ever eaten. Everything was fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This restaurant has the opportunity to be better but the ownership doesn't really care about the refinement of the experience. It is ridiculous that they charge a $5 valet fee and still haven't fixed their AC vents which blow like an arctic wind against the tables situated along the windows. The food is good and it is worth a visit."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My daughter and I had the grouper and snapper both caught that day. They were very good. I just found the menu a little pricey "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Boca is now becoming my "go-to" place. I've been three times in less than a month and have not been disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Thanks for the Gluten Free options!!! Everything was yummy!! "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "food was good;salads too expensive; noise level very high"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "food was excellent. music too loud for a Sunday morning lazy brunch."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Unique atmosphere with some excellent options on the menu; however, a few disappointing options as well. I have found the following items to be excellent options: slow braised short rib, free-range chicken, the daily market fish, and the staff meal. Avoid the gluten free shrimp pasta... and the flat breads are just okay. Noteworthy: there are high tops and tables in the dining area, both are arranged in relatively tight corners... also, sitting outside takes away from the ambiance, choose the dining room for comfort and atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to going to Boca and it was my recommendation to my out of town guest. However, the food was disappointing. We ordered the mussel appetizer and should have sent it back. The mussels were mushy and a couple were not opened. 2 others were very fishy. Not good. We also ordered the angus burger, medium rare and shrimp n grits to share. The burger was medium to well, no pink at all so we did send it back. The shrimp n grits were delicious although not a very generous portion. When the burger was delivered the second time it was perfect and very tasty. The dirty martinis we had were delicious and just right. Being a foodie I have high expectations when I dine out and Boca definitely fell short."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "What a gem! Loved everything about Boca and can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I can't begin to say enough great things about Boca. I think this is actually the first review I've ever written for a restaurant on Open Table. The food is impeccable as is the service. I've had two fish specials - most recently the wreckfish special and prior to that a sea bass special - and both dishes were as good or better than anything I've eaten at Roy's or Ocean Prime. The seared spiced scallops and shrimp would be my choice for a "last meal on earth." It's just that good. The servers and bartenders know exactly how far to go in being friendly and welcoming without overbearing and always make great recommendations. Maybe making recommendations is easy when all of the choices are so great. I can't wait for my next visit to Boca! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Need I say more? Yes. Our bread order was forgotten and we had to get up from table to find our waiter since we were almost finished with out lunch. He admitted it was forgotten and brought us the order immediately at no charge."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The waiter was awesome and the service was great. My steak, however, was not great or awesome. The first one was not cooked to order and the replacement steak wasn't edible. I couldn't cut or eat it because of so much grisle. I hope the cook wasn't upset about the first steak and gave me the worst one they could find as replacement. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The waiter was great, the food delicious, the cocktails were fresh and innovative. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "WONDERFUL! EXPERIENCE .... The food was excellent. Our server suggestyed the mussels and the flat breads. He was spot on! My husband had the Triple Tail, special of the day, caught fresh that day, and he was extremly pleased. To sum it up, we can't wait to return."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We have been to boca about 7 or 8 times in the last year. Every time we have gone it has become progressively worse. The food is pretty consistent but the majority of time from the hostess to the bartender to the server it feels as if they are doing you a favor or something. Probably wont be back ! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I went to Boca for my birthday and enjoyed the place a lot. The environment is very comfortable but chic at the same time. They have a great variety of local beers and IPAs. My mom had the mojito and really enjoyed it. The fried green tomatoes for our appetizers were awesome. Great choice on tomatoes and everything comes in these natural wood platters. I had the swordfish platter and it was delicious."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • " Restaurant has wonderful ambience Only negative is the A.C., which does not work well,large temperature difference depending on where you sit, and in general always too humid and too hot... The staff also sets this place apart, as their enthusiasm and dedication to the restaurant and its menu are absolutely infectious! The food is crafted with obvious expertise. The menu is creative and fun. Salads are the weak link - they don't live up to their menu description, for the most part bland and unappetizing when actually presented. I appreciate the Chefs desire to take chances, and present complex ingredients but complexity should take a back seat to flavor, and there is a lack of consistency in the end result on the entrees overall."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I've been a big fan of Boca, but I was disappointed this time. It was so noisy, you couldn't hear across the table. Food was very average this time too. I will go back because I know there are off nights and this was an off night."
    Dined on 4/29/2014