Bocca di Bacco (Hell's Kitchen - 54th St.)
Bocca di Bacco (Hell's Kitchen - 54th St.)

Bocca di Bacco (Hell's Kitchen - 54th St.)

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boccadibacconyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122658828
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 54th and 55th Avenues
  • Parking: No
A word from Bocca di Bacco (Hell's Kitchen - 54th St.)
An Italian wine bar with 45 bottles by the glass and over 500 wines by the bottle.
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Bocca di Bacco (Hell's Kitchen - 54th St.) reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (39)romantic (36)notable wine list (35)good for groups (26)special occasion (20)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (16)great for brunch (14)great for lunch (12)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Really good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    First date with a new friend. Terrific place. Warm atmosphere, welcoming staff, great bartender (Allan), superb food, a great mood overall. On the way to a new husband!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Really good food & great service spoiled by the ridiculous amount of noise
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Popular and good
    Andresnyc11
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    All the food and service were very good. Woth the slightly higher price to pay in the typical 9th avenue neighborhood restaurant scene excellent special of pappardelle with scallops and mushrooms. I look forward to trying their other locations for consistency.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Meal but Spotty Service
    HKBoy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had 9:00pm reservations, but our table was not quite ready. We were invited to sit at the bar. The bartender did not acknowledge us; we moved to different bar stools right in front of him. He still ignored us. He then asked what he could get us to drink just as the hostess came to get us when our table was ready. We were seated at our table for nearly 10 minutes before the waitress approached us. However, the service improved from this point and was attentive for the rest of our meal. Our appetizers and entrees were delicious; dessert was outstanding. Overall, I enjoyed it, despite the spotty service at the beginning. Great wine list!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a Little bit of Italy
    debidlt
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our food was absolutey delicious! It reminded us of the freshness and tastiness of the food we have eaten in Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My husband and I went here for dinner before a seeing Cabaret for our 3rd anniversary. Great atmosphere. The staff was friendly. The food was delicious. I later heard from a friend that they have 2 other locations in the city. Definitely worth a try.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    5Hands
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Dinner was great. The service was outstanding but very unobtrusive. Atmostphere really nice and noice level very acceptable. I am definitely adding this to my list of "go to" places!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible meal/outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Pre-theater meal was timely but not rushed. Waitress assisted in choosing a bottle of wine In out price range, and it was incredible! Food was delicious, well sized, but not overwhelming. I'd go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All good but nothing exceptional
    DutchieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was decent, but the creme brulee was delicious and the bread was good. Didn't like the wine, but my brother who ordered it did like it. Our waitress was nice but a bit too much, over the top. I think there are many better restaurants in this fun neighborhood. This place was really loud, it was barely possible to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had a great waiter, and the food was outstanding, ambience was great...hostess could use some pointers on being friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uninspiring
    AlexaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was just ok. Edible- yes. Memorable-no. With so many excellent Italian restaurants in this city, I see no reason to return to this one.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a surprise
    Sebastian
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Thought since they had a few locations this would be more like a chain, but it was great. Sat at the bar, had great conversation with the staff and my friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Funday Brunch!!!!!
    Drinksatdinnerareamust
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Found this place on open table for a girls trip to Manhattan for a friends birthday. Wanted great food and great drinks for brunch. The reviews were spot on- amazing Salmon eggs Benedict, and everyone loved what they. Got. and the pitchers of mimosas were perfection! Not too much on, not too much champagne, like that would be possible. No one there when. We got there at noon. Tables are cool and rustic, and there's a 2 sided bar that's great for casual group seating. Highly recommended, and in a great neighborhood! Right Blythe park and a couple blocks from5th ave a little bit of a hike from our. Hotel in midtown. The only real drawback was there was no outdoor seating, and what's better in the summer than eating outside?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cookie45
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Once again, excellent food and service - perfect for pre theater
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • itpelawVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Bocca di Bacco is one of (if not the very) best "moderate" priced restaurants in the theater district. All 4 of us were extremely pleased with our meals. Try to save room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good choice. Good flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    All four of us had a great dinner. Service was excellent. Great pasta. Fresh fish. Good flavors on every plate. Wine by the grass are well preserved so you can try different wines easily. Must try it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SLOWEST SERVICE IN NYC - A Record
    GothamFoodCriticVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    From the time we ordered to arrival of first appetiser, it was nearly 90 MINUTES/ONE & A HALF HOURS (we timed it). Had a reservation, was sat at a table, waited ~20 mins before waiter took our order, willing to give in that due to the prime time crowd. He brought bread & dip and didn't come back to us for more than an hour (not even a bread refill-yes, it was empty, we were hungry, we had been waiting MORE THAN AN HOUR). Finally, at the 1 HOUR 1O MINUTE point, the waiter came to tell us he didn't know what was going on, so not even an explanation. About 15 mins later appetisers came. Total wait time TWO HOURS. Octopus was ok, quail not up to snuff, entrees were bland to ok. Comp'd dessert but unreasonable wait. Won't return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not happening
    NotaCleanFreakVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Noisy - food was okay - a million waiters but not seem to help unless you flag them down - will not go again
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Racergirl
    Racergirl
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Food and service were excellent. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took a chance, so happy we did.
    Kristin0203
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I went to Bocca di Bacco after reading a couple reviews. The restaurant is beautiful and rustic, and we were greeted enthusiastically as we entered. Our server was fantastic and we trusted her opinion on every wine and dish we asked about. We started with the special of the day, a seafood platter with lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, octopus, and calamari. Everything was cooked to perfection and had great flavor. We also ordered a salad with thinly sliced cured meat which was phenomenal. For the main course, we ordered burnt wheat pasta with sausage and mushrooms. The flavor was spectacular and the pasta was fresh and homemade. The pricing was very reasonable and I definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Paolo
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great food and friendly efficient service. Menu not changed for months but why should it. Plenty of variety and different specials each night. Big wine list and knowledgeable wait staff to advise. Will definitely return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was great/food soso
    KristenS
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The service was really fantastic. We were seated right away and everyone was attentive and friendly. The food dishes however were a little bland. Didn't offer much flavor at all. Based on that, chances are I will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date Spot - Bad Place
    nycdater980
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    They were so quick to get people in-and-out. I realize they have to turn over tables but we didn't even have the menus for 45 seconds before they started rushing us for orders. Waitress also made a snide remark about they couldn't bring out bread until we ordered. We didn't know they offered bread, so there was no reason to volunteer that. Much better places in Hells Kitchen that aren't in a rush to get you out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This One is a Keeper!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    A great find! Our server was charming--warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and energetic. In fact, service overall was great. We had already had an appetizer elsewhere, so started with salad. The Insalata Mista was delicious and bountiful. The green apples gave it a nice bite and the almonds topped it off well. For a main dish, the special, Seafood Risotto, was outstanding. I am a big fan of seafood risotto and almost always order it if it is on the menu. This was the best I have ever had. We'll be in NYC several times over the next few months and will definitely be coming back here!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lily101
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Service was prompt, attentive, and warm. The food was quite good, and the portions are respectable (a pet peeve of mine at this price level). Definitely a bit loud so wouldn't be the best choice for a romantic dinner since you have to talk very loudly to be heard over the din, but good for friends. I'd happily return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I picked this based on reviews, so took a chance. We had a great table at the front so we could watch the action on the street, but had no issue with noise. Our server was personable and helped with our selections. The food was outstanding and more than we expected in terms of presentation and flavor. Would definitely recommend and go back when in town again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Spot
    bugleboy
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I do a lot of work in Mid-Town, so this location is perfect. It's great to have a top-end restaurant that is reasonable priced so close to where I need to be. Never rushed...service is impeccable...and the food is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly surprised
    PatsyVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We had a fine experience at Bocca di Bacco, and were surprised at the innovative cuisine...walnuts and pine nuts in the melanzane panino as one instance. The prix fixe lunch menu was fine as it was, but if you required an upgraded selection, the additional price was clearly marked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Brunch
    urd202VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went there for brunch with a friend. The venue/decor is really cool. The food was decent (nothing outstanding, but I was just happy they had vegetarian options). They also customized one of their non-vegetarian options for me by taking out the shrimp and adding vegetables instead. My friend had ordered french toast, which unfortunately came burnt. She sent it back and asked them to instead give her the same dish I had gotten, and they were really good about getting that out to us quickly. I also liked their $20 bottle of champagne/pitcher of mimosa option for brunch (as opposed to the two hour time limit) - gave us flexibility since we didn't have a full two hours to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely find
    HalfnoteVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is an excellent place to dine. Great surprise. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT Open as Advertised!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I made a reservation through Open Table, paid a taxifare to get to the restaurant, and upon my arrival was told the restaurant was closed for a private party. The person at the door was very rude..... I was left out in the rain.... Thanks Bocca and Open Table!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great find
    hnbites
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We ended up going here because we couldn't get into the other restaurants we wanted to go to.. and we were really glad as the food was delicious, the service was outstanding and the atmosphere was vibrant and buzzy. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Italian
    cookie45
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was excellent for a Ninth Avenue restaurant. great for pre-theater in the 50's.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Always consistent- good food, wine ambiance and music
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The crostini appy was really good, however our main courses which were the spaghetti with smoked bacon and the lamb were very disappointing. We would not return to this restaurant, was looking forward to an excellent dinner before our play. The lamb was dry and over cooked and the spaghetti was sweet tasting and not what you would expect in a good Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DennyVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Excellent, fairly simple, reasonably priced brunch fare and very generous pours on five dollar brunch cocktails. If I weren't going to a show afterwards, I would have had a second or third!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, lazy service
    Fly2work
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Dinner was fine, but waiter service was poor. Our waiter seemed distracted and forgot that wine had been ordered. Later, completely forgot the espresso order. Lots of activity but not much organization and it spoiled an otherwise pleasant meal. That said, staff below waiter and floor manager were very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Italian
    David2881
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Consistently great food, very attentive service, music is a little too loud for intimate conversation. We go every time we are in New York and the food and service is always good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • karensue
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Crazy noisy - can't hear your dining companions . I would never eat here again but food is good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kittylong
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Nice ambience, good service. Intriguing menu. The bresaola pear salad was wonderful, I also ordered the mussels which were ok, but I wouldn't order them again. Great place for dinner before the theatre.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.