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Bocanova Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bocanova.com
  • Phone: (510) 444-1233
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday
    Brunch Bocaditos 11:00am – 4:00pm | Dinner 5:00pm – 9:30pm
    Monday - Wednesday
    Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm | Happy Hour 3:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner 5:00pm – 9:30pm
    Thursday - Friday
    Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm | Happy Hour 3:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner 5:00pm – 10:30pm
    Brunch Bocaditos 11:00am– 4:00pm | Dinner 5:00pm– 10:30pm
    *"In Between" menu 4:00pm – 5:00pm on the weekends between Brunch & Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: John Jackson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private dining room that can seat around 40 guests with the option of adding access to our patio as well.
  • Private Party Contact: Matt Detert (510) 444-1233

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Embarcadero W
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking garage in Jack London Square that can be entered at Embarcadero and Broadway. Validated parking is available.
    There is also a valet from 5:00 every night in the lot in front of the restaurant.
A word from Bocanova
Bocanova, located in Jack London Square, features Pan-American food in a lively and colorful setting. Available for all your dining needs, we offer intimate tables in our dining room, a number of communal dining tables for larger parties or if you're in the mood to meet new people, and counter seating up by our exhibition kitchen, when you're in the mood for a show.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The setting for Bocanova, by the Bay at Jack London Square, is beautiful, but the real reason to go there is the food. All the plates are small, yet easy to share and wonderful to taste. The grilled day scallops with curry sauce were a real treat as was the Caesar salad with actual anchovies! The wine list is innovative, with very good offerings from Spain and Latin America - good advice from the bartender and the waiter got us just what we wanted. A place to come back to over and over again."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "At a recent evening visit I and 3 others found the place uncomfortably noisy. The background music was unnecessary. Maybe we should of sat outside. Good food and service. Don't raise prices. They are high enough already."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Good food; solid service; appealing atmosphere. We return to Bocanova quite often and always enjoy ourselves. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Oakland. We have also rented the side room for special occasions for large family celebrations and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We love Bocanova... great cocktails and quick service! We prefer outdoor seating but there was an event so we sat indoors. We were happy."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Hodor. Hodor. Hodor Hodor. Hodor Hodor. Hodor."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We started with the cheese board. The portion was disappointing and the cheese selection boring. Hummus the same. The scallops and ribs got a good rating from our table. Pork chop and chicken were less exciting. Veggie sides were good. Very nice servers. Wine suggestions were good."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely long and delicious anniversary dinner here We ate indoors and those tables felt more separate and special There could be nicer plantings/outdoor area so we were not tempted to eat outside Lovely softened industrial space Great creative drinks and food Wonderfully paced service Expensive but worth it Even the desserts were good and we are not huge dessert people and had not left a lot of room but they were worth having!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Loved the food! Wait service was pretty bad, you will notice 3-4 waiters laughing in one corner for a long period of time multiple times."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "There are many tapas style retaurants that are better...1st time here...flavors were acceptable but not outstanding. Slow to serve after we arrived and coffees arrived after dessert was finished when ordered before."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food is just ok, overpriced for what it is, tiny servings in tiny plates. Service is beyond terrible, the waiter would forget half of everything we'd tell him, every time they came to clear the table almost all forks and knives ended up on the ground, they spilled a full glass of wine on my husband's lap and replaced it with a half glass from the bar only after we asked for a replacement. I wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "wonderful eclectic selection of wines. great for exploring. food pairs well. service was very good. wonderful advice."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "There is nothing worse about going to a nice restaurant and then having to constantly struggle to get the attention of the wait staff. It is even worse when the staff continually keeps their backs to you, stands around laughing and talking, and really does not appear to be particularly interested in doing their jobs. This, unfortunately, detracts from the restaurant experience a which is unfortunate because the location is great and the ambiance is nice. I love the location and style; the service needs to reflect the quality of the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The location on the marina in Jack London Square adds to the delicious food menu."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I frequent Bocanova several times a month mostly for business lunches - very good food, good service and a relaxing outside dining to have conversations. I also, when I want to take my wife some place special often select Bocanova as she always enjoys the food and atmosphere especially if the weather is nice enough to sit outdoors."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I bought the $75 groupon deal which was $144 worth of food and beverage and I have to say I'm glad I did. I was able to try several different items on the menu which I would've never have done. I was seated outdoors that had a beautiful scenic view, good food, great looking bar, really clean, and the restaurant looked great. I really enjoyed it!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The place has a very nice interior. We sat outside and had a great view of the pier- the waitress was nice and very helpful. I got a deal so we ordered many foods and drinks.. Great: Deviled eggs (4), Scallop ceviche (we asked for chips, which were perfect with it but expect to pay $3 more..), quinoa salad mmm my favorite, half chicken mole Good: Chile relleno and grilled octopus- not the best prices since we didn't love them. Bad: BBQ ribs- not tender, guava sauce flavor wasn't the best.. needs work. I was disappointed, because I love ribs. The bf reheated them the next day and thought they were good at least. Overall I would come back and experience different food on their creative menu! I really enjoyed our dinner date."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Bocanova has it all. I love the decor, the ambience, the lighting, the manner of the staff. But most of all, I love the food. It is obviously purchased, prepared and served with great care."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a perfect evening at Bocanova! We celebebrted two birthdays and it was very special, made even nicer by an accomodating manager, excellent server, and delicious food! It was everything I hoped it would be. Each of our dishes were delicious and it was fun to taste so many interesting flavors by sharing small plates. I highly recommend this spot and cannot wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Went with friends on a weekend afternoon. Took a long time for table service, although they weren't that busy, and the wait staff seemed disinterested. It took even longer for drinks to come, and in the end I went and got a water pitcher myself from a service table. They didn' t bring napkin and silverware for a member of our party. It was appetizers only at the time we were there, and the recommended food was BLAND. Deviled eggs with crab was a specialty, said the waiter, with a tiny bit of crab on top dull tasting eggs. Really, it was unappealing food. Poor service and would not go back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our brunch here last Sunday. I started with a great Bloody Mary. Followed by a great chile rellano. Sometimes rellanos are battered and fried. Not this one. It was clearly baked which allowed the poblano flavor to flourish. My wife had the Poole. It was also wonderful. We enjoyed our meal so much we are coming back for dinner Wednesday night."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The patio has a great vibe. You feel the energy but there is enough room between tables to allow for low conversation. The service flows wekl, with the exception of bar beverages. Drinks and wine are a bit slow. The food is great and there is plenty of variety to have new things to explore at each return. Chocolate bread pudding...in a word...YUM!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Not a good value...portions way too small for the price......"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were discouraged on arrival - HUGE event of some kind going on in the bar, very noisy. Once we got into the restaurant, though, we forgot all about them, the space is well-designed to separate the rooms. Food was very good (quinoa chowder and croissant bread pudding particular standouts), but the service was uneven. They ran out of one item well before 7:30. Our server was not familiar with parts of the wine list, so we had to have a visit from the sommeliere (nice guy, and very knowledgeable, but it was a simple question and the server should know). Also I asked about a couple of terms on the menu and she did not know what they meant. This is our second visit and the first was very similar."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This is the spot if you want variety in well prepared food. The service is excellent and the experience has always been great!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I have my go-to favorites - the ribs, the chocolate bread pudding (hold the ice cream and use whipped cream instead) the octopus salad, the black risotto. The service has had problems the past several times, however. Last time our second glass of wine came after the meal, we were not offered clean plates as needed, table wasn't kept wiped-up. Generally lack of attention to detail in the service."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I used a groupon and I went back a second time because it was so good! Great service, easy to park, outdoor dining, delicious food - what more could one want?!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We'd been looking forward to trying Bocanova as we often visit Jack London Square and love Chop Bar and Forge. The service when we were there on 6/29 was horrible. The restaurant didn't seem that crowded at 7pm, but the delays in between courses was about 20 mins, with no explanations offered besides "we're in the weeds" and our steak was pretty cold when it arrived. Monkfish was great. We ordered dessert but when it didn't appear after 10 mins, we asked for the bill instead, only to be told that the dessert was being plated. All in all a very lackluster experience. Wont be going back."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant for its view and the menu looked promising. However my friend ordered steak and eggs for brunch and i feel that the menu misrepresented what was served. For $ 17.00 she got was was promised as steak and eggs with a side arugula salad...and what she got was one piece of bread with 3 slices of steak, 10 leaves of arugula on the bread ( not a side salad ). The portion was very small and did not stand up to the price and or description. Another friend ordered the beet salad....the presentation and taste could have been much better. I ordered a green salad and asked for extra veggies which i got as well as a heavy scoop of cheese which i didn't ask for. The waitress was not passionate about her service and menu."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Was seated next to a service station. Like the couches for seating but it made the table a little high. Interesting menu, quite tasty! Totally al carte served family style. Had the liberty duck very small portion in relation to scallops and pork chop."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "As always, the food a Bocanova was fabulous, a bit pricy but worth it! Service, as usual, was only fair to good. Longer than normal wait for a sever to come by after being seated. Server was not engaged are particularly friendly. Although actual waitress was sub-par the other support staff were very good. Come for the food!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "what a gem! The staff is amazing and the food is great! I will be coming back often!!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had a very good lunch. We were early and it wasn't crowded but the music was quite loud and so that we could barely hear each other. We asked for it to be turned down twice. Other than that we had good food and service."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Bocanova cocktails are the best we've ever had. We tried the Samba Canela, Smooth Criminal and Rosemary Refresher. Each of the ingredients in each cocktail were in perfect proportion and no one flavor over-powered any other. For dinner we had Sweet Potato Fritters, Roasted Beets, Liberty Duck Breast, and Braised Lamb - was more than enough food for two of us and all so flavorful. The server coursed them which was great since it wasn't clear from the menu which were appetizers or main course. The Braised Lamb was notable - very tender and didn't have any of that gamey flavor that is often associated lamb. The Warm Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding w/Mexican chocolate ice cream was amazing: very chocolatey without being overly sweet."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Overall the service and vibe was great. Sides and desserts yummy but not impressed with main dishes for the price. If I go back for the great service and view I would just get a appetizer."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "had great service from our server who was very knowledgeable about the menu and our likes and dislikes quickly had great recommendations a perfect meal .. we will be back again and Nick is to be Thanked for being there for our needs and wants.."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The scallops and tamale were our favorites, but everything was excellent. Great place to bring out of town company."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The wine was devine (their Chardonnay, made for them by Tescadero in Santa Barbara) and the food was delicious!! Also vegan friendly! Ambience is fantastic and it was all topped of with an outstanding French pressed coffee. Wonderful from beginning to end. Coming back and recommending to all!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My husband and I came here with our 4 year old because we had heard it was delicious. We were not disappointed! The food was soooo delicious! I had the duck and shrimp pozole and my husband had a steak. Both were perfect. Everything we ate was worth going back for, plus the outdoor patio was relaxing and interesting enough for our 4 year old to keep entertained. It's hard to find restaurants that are appropriate to take our daughter to that are not boring or mediocre but Bocanova is a perfect fit. We will be going back first chance we get. A must try in Oakland."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We decided to go out after a busy day, and too tired to cook. Dinner was really wonderful!. Everything we ordered was delicious. However, we must have had a new server. He did not bring our cocktails until AFTER we had finished our salad/soup. We had to ask again if he was going to bring the drinks."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The place was packed on a Tuesday . May due to the fact that they have a deal on groupon expiring soon. The food was very tasty and consistent. However , they messed up my food - lamb was cold and brought 5 oysters instead of half a dozen ordered ."
    Dined on 6/17/2014