Bocanova
Bocanova

Bocanova

  • 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.
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Bocanova reviews from OpenTable diners
292 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (204)fit for foodies (188)scenic view (157)good for groups (123)special occasion (121)great for lunch (96)neighborhood gem (89)great for brunch (74)romantic (59)hot spot (56)vibrant bar scene (51)notable wine list (43)kid-friendly (29)late-night find (19)Show More
  • Brillliant Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Loved the wonderful small dishes (sharable by two) at manageable prices. The waiter was charming, knowledgeable, and was never missing when needed, but didn't hover either. Perfect. And the dishes offered truly expert blending of flavors and textures. We're looking forward to going back and exploring the menu further. Lovely place to sit outside near the water at sunset.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tri-tip?
    Brian
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our one complaint is that the waiter described (a couple times) a tri-tip soup special and what showed up was a tripe soup. My 86 year old mother in law loves tri-tip but hates tripe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    BonTon
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Have been to Bocanova many times and was very disappointed in the quality of the food served on what was supposed to be a special occasion for a friend. Caesar with egg is not "caesar"; could not taste anchovies --egg dominated. Grilled octopus--swimming in oil, hardly any octopus on the plate bbq ribs were good, not fantastic; menu said was exorbitant charge for bread;ordered it anyway after finally finding the waitress who had disappeared; we were not charged--but it was a turn-off.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great setting & food
    BusinesslunchesVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Shared tapas and a carafe, great experience. I hope to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely Delicious Dishes
    IamBMW
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Took a group of ten visitors for a business dinner and elected to eat outside (we were unaware we would have to share benches, which was somewhat difficult). The menu offers an excellent variety of complex flavors, complementing each other while offering taste surprises. Every dish we had (with a group of ten we had A LOT!) was wonderful - attracting "ooohhhhssss" and "aaaaahhhhhssss". After an issue with a wine selection, which was definitely unsatisfactory - the GM brought a fabulous wine that pleased the group. Issue with service - poorly timed delivery of main courses (one of our group had to wait for five minutes for their plate), no secondary drink service offered after initial round - the only complaint was inattentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing service.
    Nancy
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We have brought two sets of out of town guests here recently. The first time the service was rough, but BN was busy. Monday night, September 8, was not at all busy. Our first server was nice enough but gave perfunctory explanations of dishes. Food service was haphazard. Main courses were brought before the salad. When we asked for two plates (which we had asked for in the order), server just clattered them onto our table. We had to ask twice for bread. We got dessert menus, but had to ask for the dessert! In the end, my husband had to walk around the restaurant to find someone to give us our check. I like this place but don't feel I want to recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Spice
    HavePalateWillTravel
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Go for the interesting Central and Sourh American flavors. Fun drinks. Has a "big restaurant" feel but more attractive, comfortable food. This is not a foodie choice, it is a relaxed fun choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food & very good service
    Jesseplace
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We've eaten here may times and have never been disappointed. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a group of 7pp and we thought service was slow. We loved the food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keeping Jack London Square Alive
    Secondhalf9
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had fun at Bocanova. Friendly service, great food, nice outdoor dining area overlooking the boat slips. Inside would be fun in the evening--very large dining room with an interesting layout. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Ducklehead
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Duck Carnitas Taco's were amazing, same goes for the crab deviled eggs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So close to great...but not
    PaigeVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We returned to Bocanova after a long absence; our last brunch visit was so disappointing that we wrote a bad review based on bad service. The manager invited us back on their dime, which I totally appreciated...we have long had Bocanova as our #1 date spot. The food was fantastic as always, but again we waited over 25 minutes for a cocktail to arrive (ordered when we had jicama and didn't arrive until the third wave of food) and felt like the staff was in the weeds the entire time. I think this is a staffing issue - one bartender for a full patio and full bar, plus 10 tables inside is clearly NOT enough. Thanks to Bocanova's generosity, we weren't as disappointed as last time (hard to hate •free•)...but still see service as a BIG problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    pickypalate
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From first bite to completion, our evening at Bocanova was perfect. We arrived with a small group of friends and our waitress guided us through the menu impeccably. Cocktails were superb followed by a number of shared plates ... cauliflower, sweet corn, scallops, melt in your mouth rib eye, tasty green peppers, fantastic sweet potatoes, and a watermelon salad that cleansed and refreshed our palates. We loved every plate and every bite. The chocolate bread pudding topped off our feast ... and, can easily be shared. The waitress and staff didn't miss a beat ... suggestions and service were A+. Bocanova provided the backdrop for a wonderful evening ... we will return soon and look forward to another memorable experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I would recommend this restaurant for quality, ambience and location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bocanova
    Oakos
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was very good and so was the service. The large windows providing lighting and the generous spacing between the tales made it easy for two of our group's members to navigate unassisted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT!
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Every time I have been here it has been great food and great service. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time's a charm.
    mbayogi
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I went to Bocanova twice in one week for dinner with different sets of coworkers. It's a great place for groups since the plates are designed to be shared. This means the plates are too small for one and you definitely need an appetizer or second entrée to be fully satisfied if you have a large appetite. I haven't tried anything so fast I don't like. There's more than a couple vegetarian options too, though they tend to be under seasoned compared to the meat dishes. The tables on the left side near the bar are busy so make sure to sit on the right of you want to be able to talk easily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sumptous
    Barry
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Outstanding blend of flavors and foods. Whould definitely go back anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional every time!
    Foodie13
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Lovely evening on the patio, excellent ribs--fall off the bone delicious, corn--that you still think about days later. Bread pudding is a must order so save room.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    One of my favorite spots for dinner with friends and business colleagues from Oakland or other spots. The grilled octopus that my dining companion enjoyed and my scallops with Brazilian curry sauce were both outstanding. Enjoyed the summer alternative to my always favorite quinoa salad w. stone fruit. The winter version w. duck confit is still best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was too expensive for the quality and portions. Not coming back .
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    GJice4thecool
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fresh, well made and tasty food. Service was great. We were outside in the early evening and it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch
    topsweeperVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Four of us went for lunch/bunch on Saturday. Its nice that you have a choice of the lunch or brunch menu. Those stuffed deviled eggs are special!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly Remarkable Dining Experience
    CasualFoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Bocanova had a wonderful menu full of South American inspired a la carte items. We ordered several dishes and shared them all. Each dish was beautifully prepared and tasted amazing. We dined on the patio and had a front row view of the marina. The inside of the restaurant was tastefully decorated as well. The server was attentive, but not overbearing and happily answered our many questions. I will definitely return when I am in the Oakland area again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bocanova small plates are SMALL
    Oakwoman
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I love deviled eggs and Bocanova has CRAB deviled eggs. For $10, we got all of 4 halves, each with a half-teaspoon of pinkish cream sauce, which did not taste remotely of crab. We also had the Little Gem caesar salad; $13 got a small salad with very little dressing (hardly any taste of garlic or anchovies). I had the forbidden rice risotto with scallops. I love scallops! What I got was a small bowl of the rice (not bad, but not delicious), GARNISHED with a bay scallop (the small kind) cut into 4 tiny pieces. The mushroom escabeche was tasty, though tiny. The other dishes were just okay. Beautiful location, and I hear the drinks are good, but don't expect too much from the over-priced food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific
    TheMaven
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've been several times. The food is generally very good although a couple of dishes disappointed - bt then the others more than made up for it. Don't miss the crab deviled eggs.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time, Great
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We heard about it in VIA mag, 8 of us for Sunday dinner. Great service, food and atmosphere. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • noisy but great food
    VC99
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We've never been disappointed in the food or the service when we've been here. We always find new dishes - some are just very good but there are always some that are truly outstanding. The service is great - seamless coordination between our server and the other staff to make sure we always had what we needed. The only drawback is the noise level which can be high when the place is packed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pH123VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    excellent food based on eclectic mixture of LatinAmerican small plates. Big plates too are very good. Wine and bar drinks list is also good and varied. A glitch prevented our order from going through. To compensate and while we waited for our original order, they brought out several small plates. We ate everything, including what we had ordered. All was delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!!
    Wendy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Terrific and thoughtful menu! The handcrafted dishes are engaging and plating is impeccable. We had the special appetizer which was a soft shell crab in a light tempura batter with fried okra that was delicate and flavorful. Next came padron peppers which were super fresh and sauteed perfectly. I love the flakes of salt on top for extra crunch. My husband did get a super spicy one but that usually happens. The entree courses were next and we ordered the diver scallops and they were seriously caramelized so perfectly and silky inside. The only criticism for the vegetable pot pie was that it was just hard to eat and a bit of a soupy texture. We finished with the warm chocolate croissant pudding which is my favorite. I could eat two!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bueno Bocanova
    LPitman
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always so much fun to go with a group to Bocanova -- you get to taste a little of everything. We had six people. The octopus was to die for -- it might be my new favorite. The scallops (both dishes) were wonderful. So were the ribs, the corn, the flash-fried peppers, the heirloom tomatoes, the jicama, the chiles rellenos. But the bread pudding dessert with Mexican chocolate ice cream has got to be the most decadent food I ever tasted. Golly. It deserves a review all its own. Can't wait for Jack's Oyster Bar to open next door. It's Bocanova's new sister restaurant. Soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mix and Match
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Adventuresome menu. Not ideal for conservative eaters, although the menu could accommodate them. Small plates, so you need to put together your meal and do some sharing. Two in our party just relied on a salad dish and it wasn't very satisying.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot Near Waterfront
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a lovely dinner on the waterfront. Outdoor seating has effective heat lamps so even nighttime breeziness did not hamper outdoor dining. Food is sauced in creative and fresh ways without going too far. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bocanova
    CartersVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great place to go and fee special. Wait staff is knowledgable and does an excellent job of guiding you through the menu. For groups or just a romantic dinner for two this is your place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    dijoed
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Celebrated my birthday here. Enjoyed the small plates and innovative offerings. Would like to return and try more of the interesting and creative cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo Bocanova
    Hillfolks
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Over the last 4 years I've been to Bocanova many times. I've never had a bad meal or bad service, instead I've always had a great experience at all levels of food, drinks, service and ambiance. I can unequivically recommend this wonderful restaurant for any meal and any occasion. Their new seafood raw bar place nextdoor, Jack's, is excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant experience
    n2food
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Viewed restaurant menu on line, couple of the items I liked we're not on the menu at the restaurant, had the black rice risotto with scallop snd received 3 small pieces of scallops in the dish.the quinoa salad was good, the cheese cake was good , my partner had the pork ribs said it was good
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  • Fabulous dining
    nealisa93
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were here to celebrate our son and daughter-in-law's wedding anniversary. Devon, our waiter, couldn't have been cuter and very informative of the specials. The scallop ceviche was beyond delicious and so was the deep fried cauliflower, salmon and monkfish. Loved the entire experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great spot for a cocktail and a nibble after returning from Angel Island on the ferry. Fun vibe and excellent food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly Staff and Good Food
    betseya
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Bocanova is one of those restaurants that really has "dining" right. They certainly make you feel as though their main purpose is that you have a good evening. And the food is delicious. One of our party has a variety of food "issues." The waiter was knowledgeable about the preparation of each of the dishes, so that she could determine whether or not it met her criteria. They were able to accommodate her needs with minor preparation changes. And seemed to do so willingly. My husband and I eat everything and were very happy with our braised lamb, vegetarian pot pie and cauliflower. (The fried cauliflower is really good, by the way!) I can highly recommend Bocanova for a good evening, and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.