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
150 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)special occasion (95)good for groups (78)romantic (76)hot spot (57)neighborhood gem (49)notable wine list (49)late-night find (41)vibrant bar scene (36)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Love Tapas!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    Livetoeat
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Bocado is one of best restaurants in the city of Worcester. It has consistently good food and excellent service. Treat yourself to a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Citronomix
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Bocado consistently delivers an excellent dining experience. We like to try both standby items like chicken fritters and monthly specials like the grilled asparagus with a fantastic, spicy romesco sauce. Though usually order red wine by the glass, tried the tropical sangria and was not overly fruity. We also appreciate how Brian, our server, checked with the kitchen when there was a noticeable gap (dishes are staggered usually when ordering several tapas together) in between tapas arriving at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Experience para pareja
    cenafuera
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was our first time at Bocado, though we've been to other tapas restaurants. The place has a nice atmosphere and our server was very good. It was a bit noisy as the music was loud at first, then a large party in the other room could be overheard. The food was good--though with the "experience for two" there was far too much of it to eat without a take away container.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • adventurous place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went there for a late dinner on a Saturday. Not as busy as expected. Got the fried goat cheese ( it goes well with wine), duck ( soft but not much favor, rabbit (it was very good than most places), grilled quail ( that was a disappointment, a little on the dry side), and the dates ( biggest disappointment of them all). They forgot to bring out the gamba and it was not even busy but that was okay. Gamba was flavorful but it is better at Tasca.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best visit
    TapasDelight
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I have been to Bocado numerous times and enjoy the food, the wine, the ambiance, etc. Unfortunately, this time we brought 2 friends who had never been and the dinner did not give the impression we had led them to believe. Our server was very nice but as the night went on and he had more tables it was hard for him to give us the attention we needed. We ordered a lot of tapas and there were many lulls between them being brought out as well as no rhyme or reason to which ones were brought out first, second, third, etc. We ended up waiting for food more than receiving it and ended up having to get our dessert to go as we ran out of time. We were sad for our guests as they did not get to enjoy Bocado as we had b4.
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  • Great find!
    JABC
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had tried out Bocados during Restaurant Week a few years ago and have gone back a couple of times. We usually get the experience for 2 and at first it was confusing because the dishes were so small but in the end it is actually a lot of delicious food and we try to change it u everytime we go. A little on the expensive side but definitely a nice night out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Texdude
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    First time I had ever been there. Waitress helped us out because we had no idea how to order food, and everything we got was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Bocados is a bit on the expensive side but you should know this when deciding to going there. Once there, I must say it is worth the money for sure. The food is always so good, and the wait staff are always very professional and helpful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happydiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Eating at Bocado is always an adventure! There's so much to choose from - we could just keep eating all night! Our server was very attentive, very helpful. There was just one glitch - the kitchen apparently forgot one of our dishes, so there was a bit of a lull in service, but it was taken care of very quickly once we spoke to our server about it. The food was delicious! And the wine was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Bocado!
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was delicious as always! We go there at least twice a month. Had a really nice dinner with family celebrating my husband birthday.( Good excuse to go.) The food was great, the atmosphere really friendly, and the location very convenient. They also have Valet parking ...and The Flamenco night is super fun and the wine tasting night with the dinner is my favorite thing there. I highly recommend it, am definitely looking forward to going again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time!
    Sbux123
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food, atmosphere and service was amazing! I would definitely come here again. The food is always spot on and affordable. The house sangria and fried goat cheese are my favorite offerings and tend to be the go to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Service was great. Interior is simple but comfortable. Not for kids unless like like food that is a little different. Great drinks. Loved so many of the tapas we tried. Will be back. Went on a Monday might so place was quiet and cozy. I bet it is really busy Thurs, Fri and Sat!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bocado
    Mhawk91
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    everything about Bocado was great. my boyfriend and i went during restaurant week and although it was very busy the staff was friendly and collected. the food was out standing and our waiters recommendations were delicious. We had an amazing dinner and will definitely be coming back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's love
    Ephanielynn
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've been to Bocado a few times now and every time I find my self more and more impressed. The food is always out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night spot
    Brewery
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Tea all like this place but the front dining room was really noisy. Great place to meet people for drinks and Tapas but not so great for a romantic evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looking for a "go to" place?
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It doesn't matter how many times you go out to eat you always want to find a place that is good no matter what...this is the place! The staff is courteous and attentive( our server was Cara and she was magnificent) The food is always fantastic, both in appearance and flavor. Presentation,sangria and ambience...the "Big Three!" Have your first date( as we did 5 years ago)or a night out with the Spouse ( we married in 2013)or any Foodie friends here and you will happily satisfied!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    Matt
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food and good service. Definitely a special occasion place in my book since it is relatively expensive but the food is worth it. Great restaurant to try during Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    After we'd paid our check, we each had maybe a third of a drink remaining. The waiter came over and asked us if there was anything else we needed and then pointed out that they were very busy. Guess they couldn't let us finish our drinks...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our experience was wonderful. Our server was friendly and very helpful, with great suggestions on what was good to eat. We did not feel rushed in any way.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Night!
    andilikepeaches
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Convinced my boyfriend to bring me here for my birthday. Totally worth it!!! The food was fantastic and the experience was wonderful (:
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time at Bocado
    twoofus
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was our first time at Bocado and we enjoyed it very much. We like the tapas style of dining and will surely go back again. The server was very attentive and explained the method of ordering and how things would be served. We ordered the Worcester Restaurant week Special for 2 which includes a meat and cheese selection, 3 more tapas from a list of about 10 and followed by your choice of a paella from four different selections. This was followed by dessert. We were able to get through the tapas and each had a couple of bytes of the classica paella. We had the paella and dessert boxed to take home. Everything was excellent!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I absolutely love Bocado .. I go there not knowing what I want to eat and can "create" my own buffet. I brought my teenage son out with me for my birthday and even he loved it. I should note, he is the pickiest eater I know. Seriously if you have not had the fried goat cheese and the lamb lollipops you need to go here immediately!!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy Saturday Night....
    VeryParticular
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everyone from the hosts to the bartender & our server were charming helpful & attentive! The best sangria menu, even my husband who is normally a beer drinker enjoyed a sangria, or two! Our first course of fried goat cheese with pheasant sausage was incredible and made for a great combination. Over all everything was really good. Our only critique would be that the shellfish in our paella was very bland & completely void of seasoning, but the rest of the dish was delicious, especially the chorizo! And just a side note but when did men stop dressing for a night out at a nice restaurant? I was surprised by how many were dressed in cargo shorts tshirts & flip flops?! But it didn't detract from the food or service. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic