Bocado
Bocado

Bocado

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bocadotapasbar.com/
  • Phone: 5087971011
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Steve Champagne
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Cava is the function room at Bocado which can accommodate sit down dinner for up to 40 guests and cocktail style party with plated and passed hors d'oeuvres for up to 75 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Deb Covino 5087971011

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grafton
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in our private parking directly in front of our building. We also offer free valet parking Wed-Sat.
A word from Bocado
Bocado Tapas Wine Bar Modern. Chic, Bold, Sexy Bocado has brought the modern, big city atmosphere to the Worcester dining scene. A journey of tastes and flavor inspired by Mediterranean Cuisine served through a savory mix of tapas plates and extensive wine flights.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bocado reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (128)special occasion (103)good for groups (97)romantic (85)hot spot (68)neighborhood gem (62)notable wine list (60)vibrant bar scene (40)late-night find (38)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This was a lovely evening, made all the more enjoyable through the delicious and mostly authentic tapas and the truly excellent service. Our European guests enjoyed it immensely. Thank you! SunHee Kim Gertz
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere; food less so
    OrtepBA
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The older brick building is warm and cozy and service was great -- personable and attentive. We ordered a selection of items from the Tapas and Charcuteria y Queso menus and found some to be good, while others were disappointing. The fried goat cheese and duck breast items were delicious (would definitely get again), but the ENSALADA DE MADELENA salad highly-touted by our waiter turned out to be a very basic garden salad with tasteless tomatoes. Similarly, the lollipop lamb chops lacked flavor. If you know your way around the ample menu choices, you may know what to select and what to avoid -- otherwise, I'd be somewhat hesitant to recommend this restaurant to anyone new because of the inconsistency in flavor appeal we encountered.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Bocado is ALWAYS a favorite and has been for years .... service is good drinks are good sangria is great. An overall 5 star experience to my liking everytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place for a Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very nice!! The tapas plates was a great way to share food with someone I love. And the ambiance was really nice. Our waiter was very kind and helpful. This is clearly a very well run restaurant. The sangria and the wine were good too. ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return to this spot
    Tru2Blues
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very nice experience. Helpful and attentive servers. Always amazing food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rose
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Overall a great restaurant. The food was delicious and the concept perfect. The server (Bryan?) was knowledgeable, fast and advised us well. We will be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love It! Unique dining experience.
    Becca
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great tapas! Fun, welcoming place with wonderful service. Even the most novice of tapas eaters should not be afraid as the waitstaff is more than happy to guide you through the menu. We've had an excellent dining experience each time we have gone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite!
    italianfoody
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my second time dining here in a week. I love it every time and can't wait to see what's new on the menu for tapas and sangrias. This was the second time bringing my husband along. We had the same waiter - Louis. He was exceptional! One of my favorite things about this place is that every waiter and waitress I've ever had was excellent. The food is consistently delicious. The sangria alone is worth the trip along with the fried goat cheese! I try to order at least one or two different items on the tapas menu each time and I'm never disappointed. This restaurant is one of a kind and I will keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never pick just one item again
    soofle
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was not my first visit to Bocado, nor my first meal at a tapas bar, but I'm still impressed every time I come here. Though typically busy and noisy (not really a good place to go for a quiet romantic meal) the food here is fantastic and the service has always been great. The best part about tapas is not having to decide between several menu items that all sound good, order them all! The arrangement works fine for couples but it's best enjoyed with groups of 4 or more. Pick lots of different items and share around the table. The wine list could benefit from a bit more detailed descriptions to help with selection but the wait and bar staff have a good handle on each bottle's characteristics
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty.
    EatieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I wasn't sure whether I was in the mood for Tapos but after my first entrée I was glad I came. My only regret was that I couldn't finish everything. The staff was very helpful with suggestions and I would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bocado Worcester
    CTDiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Everything we had for our Bocado Experience was great...right up to the Paella. The meat and cheese board with sliced smoked duck was excellent. We had 4 tapas plates, each one was delicious. The Paella was a big disappointment. The dish lacked flavor and and could have used more salt. The waiter was really great and explained quite a bit about the menu and recommended about 80% of what we should get. Next time we will go with some suggestions and explore our own. The sangria was as described...really great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic as usual
    JCC3
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food continually amazes me every time I go here. The shrimp burgers are divine. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. Bocado is a treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tastee
    SwiftecITVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    very tastee, flavorful. the baked goat cheese was amazing, as was the vegetable terrine (sp?)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had the "all inclusive " special for 4 people. It was absolutely amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • flavorful and fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Lots of distinct flavors, a huge variety of choices. For us to have created a meal with this many flavorful dishes, we would have spent all day in the kitchen. Service was prompt and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday night out.
    runfastnow
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food, drinks, and service was excellent! Unfortunately our dining partners were about 20 minutes late. However, the waiter was pleasant and positive. We know that service are dependent on table turnaround, but he was very, very good. Food and drinks were delivered in a timely manner. We never waited for anything. The waiter would check in with us just enough so as not to be a pain. We eat here a few times a month. Always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good tapas
    RCMboVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great tapas place. They are also going to be expanding to Wellesley. Good selection, service was pretty good. Very easy to get to from I-290
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must try!
    FunFriday
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Such a different experience in food from the norm. Pricey, we always spend $150 for the two of us!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small, intimate
    Doug
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Had a wonderful meal. Lots to choose from. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for gatherings
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    If you have difficulty choosing one thing then this is the place for you. The varieties you can have in small plates to taste is astounding and the fact that you can share with your table mates makes it perfect. Give this a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in Worcester
    ERosey
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I don't think anything could top the tapas menu at Bocado that's within a 25 mile radius of Worcester. This place is spectacular in all aspects.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HCparents
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was great and plentiful. Our group had the tasting menu which can be difficult to have a group agree upon. Our visit was 3+ hours which was too long for us but maybe fine for a group that wantsbto make a night out of the dinner experience. Regardless, there was simply too much time between courses. We will visit again however.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bland food. small - even for tapas
    Bmcg87
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I love tapas, but Bocado's plates for the price & quality are too small. I ordered 6 plates of tapas and none of them were memorable or had a lot of favorable. I would not go back. Environment was great. Service was good. But the food was forgettable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Tapas!
    angeuxbridge
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went with another couple, we got the tapas for 4. Sooooo much food! We were alll stuffed & had leftovers to take home. Great experience. Excellent way to try different foods. Some of our plates included: rabbit, venison, shrimp cakes. Service was excellent - very friendly & helpful. Food comes out quickly & continously. Def recommend & we will def return!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family weekend at Clark U
    happyeating
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Bocado was the perfect lively place to come as a group of parents and college students with varying tastes and desires for adventurous eating. There was something for everyone, vegetarian and carnivores alike. They could even honor a gluten free needs. Most of the dishes were delicious. The wait staff was knowledgeable and the sangria was very good. Would definitely come back next time in Worcester. Only criticism...the high cushioned red stools were uncomfortable and too shallow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Couples night out
    MGJB
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My partner and I went to the Theater and wanted some place nearby to eat before. We really enjoyed the menu and loved the sangria! Timing worked perfect too!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not its usual
    NboroVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We dine here often before the theater. As expected, the food was excellent. But this night service was just not up to par. Took forever for drinks to come out and though we explicitly explained to our server that we had to leave 65 minutes after being seated, and ordered accordingly, things just dragged along at the end. Our request seems to have been forgotten and we finally had to ask for our final order, made 20 minutes earlier, to be put in a box. Dunno. Maybe a new server, maybe short on kitchen staff. The place was only half full. Of the food items we had the spicy chicken, and both calamari and squid were really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different setting, food and drink
    Sugar
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were there for a brief family meal. The menu is extensive so we did not know what to order. We did get a good selection and all went home fulfilled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    fun, great food, good service--great place to try lots of different flavors!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dcl23VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    4 of us shared the Bocado experience for 4. It was a lot of food! Brought most of the paella home. Hard to remember everything we ordered, but some favorites were the fried goat cheese w/ honey, spicy chicken over polenta, and shrimp "burgers." The house sangria was enjoyed by all.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Special Event
    lovebocado2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went for the Flamenco Dancing meal. Reealllllllly good time. An attentive host as usual. Good Service as usual. Good food and drink (My only dislike was Cappaccino and corn encrusted Chicken. It was moist but the coffee coating over powered the flavor of the chicken)> Still love the restaurant!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our go-to
    Mazee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is our go-to restaurant, because we can always count on excellent food and excellent service, and we always have something we've never tried before. For us, it's never the same place twice. (Although we always start with the fried goat cheese.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy Restaurant
    GregVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I really wanted to rate Bocado higher, but the tapas were only fair. We tried several and found only the Kobe burgers worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Corner Local Favorite
    Adderley3CVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This corner establishment is a favorite around town and the food and beverages match the service as you are always welcomed as you enter (or even valet park the car). The bartenders and wait staff are friendly and folks are willing to share their favorites as you try to decide on what to order, food or drink. Seating is unique and comfy and the evening can be enjoyed at a table or the friendly bar. Always a good time here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was Great
    JackE
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Can't recall our server's name..but she was great with recomendations and her personality was fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    cml123
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    All the food was terrific and portions where plentiful. The one dish that was very dry and needed to be sent back was the paella. But the overall dining was wonderful .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    cml123
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We chose to celebrate my daughters 25th birthday here. The staff was warm, friendly,and engaging. The decor elegant and very comfortable dining, not stuffy at all. Most of the staff appears to live local and invite you not only to the dining experience, but will share a little personal story of their own, I find that delightful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • saturday night
    jansanman
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my second time here. It was my girlfriend's Bday and we had a great time. The food was great. Friendly and attentive sevice. Nice drinks. We had the dinner for two and by the time the paella came, we were so stuffed. We ended up taking it home and had it for dinner the next day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu
    Swoboat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We chose the tasting menu and were delighted with the variety and flavors. A little too noisy for me but I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • didn't disappoint
    Paulalou
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Been to Bocado several times, and again was not disappointed. The service is timely and excellent and the variety of tapas certainly has something for everyone. Our only disappointment was the octopus which was flavorless and chewy - if I had to guess it should have braised longer. We tried some tapas we hadn't had before and all were excellent. We had a spicy shredded chicken that was served on polenta, and oxtail pate - very good! The spinach a feta dip was one of the best I have had, along with the toasted pita. The stuffed eggplant was equally tasty. My one complaint remains - the longer you stay, the louder it gets! Becasue of the wood floors and high ceilings the sound just resonates....good for them, but tough for conversation!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic