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Bocanova
Bocanova

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
    Saturday
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "what a gem! The staff is amazing and the food is great! I will be coming back often!!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "I always enjoy their menu; from appetizers and sides to entrees' and desserts. I had more possibilities on this visit than previously to find choices that weren't too spicy for me. The emphasis is PanAmerican and they do it marvelously, but I prefer less of this style flavoring. My partner loved it; for me, I was happy to see a few options I could enjoy thoroughly. They execute each dish beautifully. Often I'll go with friends and we order multiple side plates and enjoy the interesting and pleasing way this restaurant has of finding great-tasting combinations. Don't miss the chocolate bread pudding ... it's fantastic."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Bocanova is one of my favorite restaurants in Oakland and the Bay Area. I often try new places and don't find myself returning often but I always find myself satisfied with the overall experience. The service is slow especially for drinks. When we ordered a bottle, they didn't think to bring a bucket even though we were sitting outside in the sun on a warm day, but the food is great and the people watching by the water is a win."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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 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
  • "The food was good but selection of breakfast-type dishes (eggs etc.) was relatively limited. We will, of course, continue dining and drinking at Bocanova but it wouldn't be my first choice for brunch."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I made reservations here for fathers day because i knew we could get a large table. With that said I knew that I wasn't going to expect much with a large rest. food and service and a special holiday. I was pleasantly suprised at both. Beignets, scones & waffles were delicious. My crab benedict was superb. Tasty and flavorable, a must try for brunch."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The ambiance of Bocanova located at the Oakland waterfront is amazing. We had a birthday dinner with 9 people and loved the food, the outstanding flavors, the interior design, the service and the view over the water. Great spot for a romantic night out or a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I love Bocanova for so many reasons...it's on the water at Jack London Square with indoor/outdoor seating, all their vegetable dishes are marvelous, ribs (with guava sauce) are soooo tender, great bar area, eclectic menu (something for everyone), and good service. What's not to like? Oh, and they validate parking at the Jack London Square garage for ease of parking."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The peanut butter beignets and the crab arepa that I ordered were amazing --- and the outside patio is welcoming as you can enjoy the sunshine and the waterfront"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our first time here and I was so happy we made the long trip up from San Jose. What a wonderful experience - a variety of flavors, choices, new dishes, interesting cocktails and a complimentary dish from the chef? Yes, please! I've been raving about our experience since we went and can't wait to go again. Bocanova became an instant favorite. Service was warm and friendly with a smile from each of the knowledgeable staff. Very happy and I'm kind of a tough one to please."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I understand that a restaurant can be pretty busy, also that I arrived early to my reservation. But the hostess made no effort to help me. There was a private party going on and they were busy with that plus the regular patrons. In addition we were there for dinner with 2 tweens and we could not even wait at the bar! We went across the street to Haven. What a difference, they sat us in a table and serve us drinks and snacks while we waited for Bocanova, they were VERY pleasant and next time I will make a reservation with them. Finally at Bocanova, the food was good, NOT excellent, but our server was pretty nice and prompt."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Celebrated my husband's birthday here and had a wonderful time. Food was incredible! Service was attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Multiple birthday event. Food was great. Place was very busy. Unfortunately, we found no kid's menus. Pretty much limited to quesadillas. Waiter was trying to balance 2 large groups, so we had to wait to place order. Overall, a good experience. A little loud to hear each other over the din."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Always a fine place to treat someone to the best. Be ready to loosen your wallet."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I found the food to be very good but very overpriced. $54 for two tuna sandwiches with just a little arugula on the side and two iced teas. The tuna was fresh and good but for what we got I found the pricing outrageous!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I had dined at Bocanova once before, and it was good then. Service is always great and the servers are very knowledgeable about menu items. We ordered the mushroom escabeche, ahi tuna crudo, quinoa salad, braised lamb, and the chimichurri pork chop. The mushrooms were very flavorful and I enjoyed them very much. I almost always like ahi tuna, and theirs was no exception. The quinoa salad was okay - it probably needed more citrus/acidity to brighten the flavors a bit (sliced kumquat would be a nice addition). I don't think I'd order that one again unless something about it changed. The braised lamb was fall-apart tender, and I really enjoyed it. The pork chop was cooked well and very good as well. We ended the meal with bread pudding. YUM!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I was there with my group for my bday. I've been there before and food is always good. I can't say the same thing for service though. They put us in a separate room, which was ok since we were a large group, but we felt like we were ignored. We asked for bread at least 4 times, and the waiter kept saying he'd bring some - he never did. Everytime he came back, he smelled like cigarette and it was a very strong smell. I just think if you are a smoker and provide service, you should use some mints and something to get rid off that odor from you."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I enjoyed the food but though tasty, too many fried options. Even the tacos, which were delicious, were oozing out with oil. Skip the Margaritas, they are quite small (and filled with ice) for the price. The view is lovely though. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our group of 9 woman had a wonderful meal--tried and shared a dozen or more dishes and excellent, reasonably priced bottles of wine. Our somewhat out of the way table allowed much conversation and our server took excellent care of us and we were not rushed at all."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Thanks for the wonderful brunch a couple of months ago. The food was amazing and our server was also amazing. Many staff members came by to drop off food or check on us and that was very pleasant as well."
    Dined on 1/5/2014