Bocca Di Bacco (Chelsea - 20th St.)
Bocca Di Bacco (Chelsea - 20th St.)

Bocca Di Bacco (Chelsea - 20th St.)

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://nycrg.com/bocca-di-bacco-chelsea/
  • Phone: 2129898400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm;

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm- 11:00pm,

    Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm- 12:00am,

    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kristin Sollenne
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W 20th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bocca Di Bacco (Chelsea - 20th St.)
Bocca Di Bacco is a New York City Restaurant Group establishment from dynamic restaurateur and New York native Robert Malta, who owns nearly a dozen restaurants throughout the city. “I’ve been in the business 25 years,” Malta says. “I opened the first Bocca Di Bacco in Hell’s Kitchen in 2007 and it quickly became a neighborhood favorite. The Chelsea location is an evolution of what we’ve been offering. There are new menu items, and a more refined look and feel, but it’s still a great spot for the neighborhood any night of the week.”
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Bocca Di Bacco (Chelsea - 20th St.) reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (7)good for groups (6)romantic (5)great for lunch (5)fit for foodies (4)notable wine list (3)special occasion (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Decent ambiance and food
    HungryDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I really go there for food mostly with one on one or small group. The fact that the place is never packed is always a bonus for us to enjoy some drinking and conversations. Their appetizers and pastas are very good. Order mussels and tomato based pasta and enjoy the delicious sauce that enhance the favors. The simpler, the better. I love the pasta with olive and bacon, the squid ink pasta was good but not impressed, risotto was done the way I want it, people with better appetite might complain the portion. But hey overall it's hitting the marks and I enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a chain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It's average at best. The service and food was nothing special, about what you'd expect from a hotel restaurant. Adequate, but priced like a real restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joely
    Joely
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Enjoyed the food. Pasta cooked perfectly al dente. Everyone enjoyed their meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TMM
    FoodieTMM
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was my second time here. The service was wonderful especially that of our server Giovanni. He gave us great recommendations for food/ drinks and was very pleasant and attentive. Over all a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • local
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    first time ive ever not liked BdB. food was not good , service sucked
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  • Good extensive wine list. Food ok.
    Yaay
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Good extensive wine list. Food okay. I did not try that many things on the menu so they may have other good items.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bocca
    Baltimoreguy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Fine northern Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Great spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Popped in several times over the past few months. Menu is standard italian with creative touches, a notch up from other neighborhood italian restaurants. When the windows to the street are open the ambiance is great, good bustle without "scream-level" noise.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • auntkate
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Enjoyed dinner! Food was very good and plentyful. Service was excellent and knowledgeable. A bit noisy for conversation
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BobMarsh
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Having eaten in one of their other locations, I enjoyed the food just as much...I even ordered the same dish: Tagliereini Neri con Granchio (Jumbo Lump Crab over Black Squid Pasta). Excellent. My friend chose Branzino Grigliato. He was most satisfied. As always, the food, from the bruschetta at the start, to the Profiteroles for dessert was excellent. The service at this location was spotty & could have been better organized. And it was a bit loud - but it WAS a Saturday night. Would definitely recommend & revisit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian in Chelsea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food is hearty and delicious. $1 oysters at the bar was a fun way to start the meal with a nice glass of white
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • donnymikeVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    1st time there and looooved it! service and food were excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 91 reviews are from the Bocca Di Bacco (Chelsea - 20th St.) reviews archive.
  • Terrible service and food prep
    rianyc
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Coffee instead of decaf, well done eggs Benedict, etc etc all came out after extremely long wait and we had to tell them to bring, knife, fork, black pepper.... every time something so essential on the table is missing. Extremely frustrating brunch.
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  • svc
    wc2141
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    very slow/spotty service.. solid food and atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Option in Chelsea!
    TneckMOMVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I met a friend for brunch last Saturday, and what a nice find this place was! Tables and banquets not too crowded, varied menu for brunch or lunch, mimosas and Bloody Mary's for $5 each -- how could we go wrong? I had eggs benedict with salmon, a nice alternative, and it was delicious. My friend had another option on the menu, also excellent. The location and price was right, and we will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • David1500
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This can be a great place but the noise level and the stressed servers make detract from the experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The new Chelsea Bocca is a welcome addition to the neighborhood...just as good as the other stores.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pressed for time
    Jeanne
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I dined at your restaurant on Saturday April13,2014. We arrived at 5:30 and needed to walk out the door by 6:35 to catch a bus back to Ct. Patrick & Giovanni went over and above to accomodate our party of 4. Wine was great, food was even better, but the one thing that made the night most enjoyable was the music! Earth wind & Fire,Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye to name a few. Wonderful! Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    EateateatVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food is fantastic and the interiors are very well designed. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Chelsea Gem
    JustUs2VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We are always looking for restaurants near the Joyce that are treats and this is certainly one of them. Have walked by before but when we decided to try something "new" - that is new for us - we chose Bocca. Well prepared and well presented food that is not only tasty but with a flair of taste. And the wine list - particularly those from Sicilia - are great We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening of straight-ahead food
    robinr
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Wouldn't rave about any inventiveness but the ambiance at Bocca Di Bacco makes it a great neighborhood spot . The mozzarella/tomato was spruced up with some marinated asparagus. Pork chops were large and tender with great selection of roasted veggies. Chicken rosemary a solid dish . My husband had the salmon which was a small portion and pretty bland. The desert and coffee were ok, not exceptional. Ambiance and service were lovely
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Italian in Chelsea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We've dined here 2or 3 times before, and this time were bringing (sometimes demanding) friends from WDC. A great relief: servers were on their toes, food was perfect. Three of us ordered the seafood pasta special, which was a generous portion and delicious. As in any popular Chelsea restaurant, they would like to turn the table. Set the pace yourself, and you will be rewarded with a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Valentine's Day!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My man and I spent a wonderful Valentine's Day here. The staff was attentive and sweet and the food was out of this world. I even got a rose at the end of the meal! My one complaint was the music — it would have been nice to have some light, simple music since it is an Italian restaurant, but instead they played odd '90s alternative. So I hope you enjoy your tortellini with a side of Radiohead!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Dinner
    DannyT
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My fiance and I had dinner here for Valentine's Day. Everything was excellent. Server was very attentive. The food is delicious! Great variety and generous plate size. I would definitely recommend it!!! (Especially for the fact it was Valentine's Day when restaurant usually lose quality because an unusual over abundance of customers all at the same time)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good indeed...
    skipinmaVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I understand there are a few of these restaurants dotting Manhattan and I suspect it is because the restaurant group that owns them knows what it is doing. The food was very very good. Both entrees were great, and the mussels appetizer was to die for. I had the tuna special in a creamed capers sauce which was delicious. My dates meal was very good also although what she had escapes me at the moment. Bottom line is the food was very good, the wine was good and the experience was very NY romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I originally had a 6pm reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I originally had a 6pm reservation and needed to change it to 10pm, they were very accommodating. The food was very good, however the servers were less than attentive. When they weren't roaming around, they were together in groups talking, laughing, and not paying attention to their guests. I would recommend it for the food, but you need patience with the staff
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great meal, very loud table next to us from Jersey... Meal and service was great though. Would have been nice if the staff offered to move our table away from the loud group who was screaming all night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for the cuisine...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great food. Way too noisy and slow, inconsistent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood gem
    PreorAfterTheatreVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We found this place on open table and realized it was right around the corner; we had just never stopped in. Great cozy decor. Food was very good. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    SaraVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Thought it would be just your average neighborhood Italian but surprised at the caliber of the food and variety. A gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    PeteWilson
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    I searched on line for a late lunch Italian place to eat after our walking tour of the highline and picked Bocca based on reviews. When we arrived I was a bit concerned that it was too trendy for a family group, runway/house music and all. We decided to stay anyway since we were hungry and cold. The place looks amazing and we have a sidewalk window table. Food turned out to be great however and the host was very accommodating. Waiter could have been a bit more friendly but all in all our lunch experience was very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chelsea Charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Arrive before 4 pm for the fixed price menu. The food is delicious (try the Osso Bucco pasta) and well presented. Dinner is pricey yet worth it. A true find...
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    special occasion
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  • Excellent mid-priced Chelsea spot
    danberndtVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    One of the best of the newer Chelsea restaurants in the mid-price range, and well worth it. I will be eating here often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food at this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The food at this restaurant is pretty good, but their incredibly slow kitchen absolutely lets them down. I was there for lunch and it took over 30 minutes to get our starters then another 30 to get our mains. There is no way a lunch service should take more than 45 minutes unless the diners are lingering. Will never be back and really can't recommend - which is a shame, because the ambiance is nice, the food is good and the servers are friendly.
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  • They execute well except....
    AnniefreeVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    On the food. Food is just ok. Nothing terrific, memorable or outstanding. It could've been great. They do well on everything else.
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  • Wonderful menu and great wine list
    DanieC
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Attentive service and loved every bite and sip that we had. Bocca is truly underrated. One of my favorite spots for a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanksgiving to remember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    The food was amazing. My son and I went there for thanksgiving and I was amazed by the food! The prefixed menu was superior and Well priced! I reccommend everyone in the Chelsea area to go! Better than most places in Italy that I have been!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexceptional Italian food
    LorenzinonycVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Unexceptional Italian food and unsatisfactory service
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  • Staff Training, wine story
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Chelsea residents, 3rd time at this restaurant. previous visits the staff needed better 'table skills'. First they were all over the table, then we couldn't get anyone's attention to order coffee or clear plates. This time, we ordered a Chardonnay and were told they were out. reservation 7pm Thursday, and they were out? Offered a more expensive bottle of Chardonnay. We asked for that bottle at the price of the first bottle. Waiter went away, 'to ask the manager', and returned with this answer. "We JUST found a bottle of the first wine you ordered in the basement, and will serve you that, but it has to be chilled first." Seriously? Felt like we were being treated like tourists, or dummies, or both. Not sure we will be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service too quick?
    patrickVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    We dined on a Monday night and the restaurant was pretty quiet, less than a dozen diners in the whole place. The waiter took our cocktail order, and dinner and wine selection from the huge list. The cocktails arrived with bread and what appeared to be mild tomato salsa. But no sooner had we taken a sip (of each others', as the cocktail menu was full of surprisingly fun options), the appetizers arrived from the kitchen. The eggplant appetizer was great, but we could have used a few moments to wind down from the day with our cocktails before food arrived. I had the lamb shank entree, which was also great. My dinner companions also really loved their food choices. Although the dessert choices looked fun, we passed being too stuffed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.