Bocci's Italian Restaurant
Bocci's Italian Restaurant

Bocci's Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boccis.com/
  • Phone: 8437202121x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Chad Healey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cumberland Street
  • Public Transit: Carta and Trolley stops are one block south at the corner of Meeting St and Cumberland St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On street metered parking, Parking Garage across the street and flat rate parking lot at St Pillips Church.
A word from Bocci's Italian Restaurant
Involvement with the local community is very important. Bocci’s is proud to serve products that have been locally sourced and produced. In addition, Bocci’s is very involved with the “green initiative,” taking every available step to keep our planet a healthy one. The Bocci’s team strives to provide the perfect experience. Bocci’s Italian Restaurant, located in the historical downtown market area of Charleston, is locally owned and has been in operation since 1990. Over 20 years of business has made Bocci’s a staple for locals and visitors alike. Upon entrance, guests are swept away by the classic Italian, open air trattoria style décor. The menu provides the perfect balance of rustic, old world Italian favorites and creative, Mediterranean influenced specials. Featured items on the menu include the Tuscan Duck, Traditional Parmesans, Grilled Salmon Insalata, Chicken Picatta and made to order, 9 inch thin crust pie.
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Bocci's Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (40)neighborhood gem (39)special occasion (30)kid-friendly (22)fit for foodies (21)good for groups (19)notable wine list (13)great for lunch (11)scenic view (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Thank you!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had such a good time here the food was great and the service was very good. This is the second time I have eaten here and I loved it the first time but even more the second time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In Love
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant is amazing love the food an service
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was my wife's birthday and we had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really gone down-hill
    JIDiner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It's been several years since I've been to Bocci's and was completely let down. When I mentioned it to my friends, they all said "Oh yeah... you didn't know? It's gone down-hill!" I was greeted by a girl wearing khaki shorts and a tank top, immediately indicating that the restaurant was no longer up-scale. However, the prices surely are! We ordered off the restaurant week menu, and I would've been embarrassed to serve the food. The ravioli appetizer was drenched in oil and hard. The NY strip was a blob of fat. The mashed potatoes were cold. We didn't bother sending it back, as we saw the table next to us just as displeased. Obviously, this was the quality of food being sent out.
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  • All our food was wonderful
    Mommadee
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Some if us got the special other ordered from menu . Everyone had plenty of food and it was yummy .spaghetti was my husbands favorite . I got the linguini with artichokes I thought it was amazing ! Will definite go again !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good value in the Market
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had Salmon Piccata and Chicken Marsala. Both were very reasonably priced. Fish was fresh. Nice presentation. Served with Risotto and fresh wilted Spinach. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just so
    travellerfoodie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I know this restaurant from a long time ago, but had expected the same quality of food preparation than before. Beet salad was tasteless and decorated with 4 pieces of unseasoned Beets, needed vinegar and pickled beets. Main course Grouper was well presented but bland.Chicken Marsala sauce vinegary, no taste of marsala. Dessert a misnoma I know CASSATA as an Italien ICECREAM similarly to Napoleon and has pistachios. we were served a layered spongecake and returned it. yet very friendly and concerned service made up for it all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Italian Food
    seaducks
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If you're looking for good Italian food, Bocci's is the place for you. We have eaten there several times and never never had a meal that we didn't enjoy. That can't be said about the other Italian restaurants in the Charleston area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    dBeesKneesISdBuisness
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Bocci is one of those places that you wouldn't think could deliver on the combination food, service, and ambiance. Yet, Bocci delivered all and did so with charm and style.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always love this place
    Pearson
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This restaurant is always the best! I'm not super fond of the downstairs and I requested the upstairs on my reservation, but since the food is ALWAYS AMAZING I can't give it a bad score. Just request the upstairs and you'll love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • they need a good italian cookbook
    bgbytoys
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    If you are looking for Italian skip this place. Just because some meals have a red sauce doesn't make it a Italian dish. The chef should either get a cookbook or watch some Italian cooking shows. If you like eating here and are offended by this review you don't know decent Italian food. Come north to chilly, ny, Boston. Then you will know.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as I remembered
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Was there about 7 or 8 years ago and it was excellent. This time not as much so. The caesar dressing was not good. The chicken dishes (marsala and picatta) were dry. They should pound the chicken breasts to make them thinner and marinate them first. It was just like dry chicken breasts with sauce.
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  • MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Bread was not the best but overall the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Delish
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I loved my experience here. I brought my extended family that came from out of town to Bocci's for dinner and they loved it. I got the tortellini dish and had fresh cannolis for dessert. Everything hit the spot including the freshly baked rolls! Our waitress was very attentive as well. Would go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The waiter was very efficeint and courteous.. All guest with us really enjoyed the evening there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service, awful food
    EtruscoVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The cook must have been ill the day we ate there and they must have asked the janitor to be in charge of the kitchen. The Caprese had no basil, the bruschette were made with chewy, soft bread, the pizza was uncooked in the middle, and the beet salad looked as though a squirrel had thrown up on the plate. As we say in Italy, una schiffezza!
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  • Bocci's
    JimW
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great food, good portions for the price. Good wine list! We were a group of 6 with two teens. Plenty of choices on the menu. Located close to everything in the Market Place area with easy parking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was favorite restaurant
    Wines2uVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This restaurant is right around the corner from me and I've frequently eaten there. It's reasonable and usually good. recently I took out of town guests there and had a bad experience. First, they seated us upstairs, a first for me. It was brightly lit and plain. No candles or flowers on the sticky tables. My salmon was overcooked and my guests duck was undercooked. My replacement salmon was again overcooked. The manager was cavalier mentioning that they can't produce perfect meals 100 percent of the time. She did remove the cost of my meal at my request. I was sad that my out of town guests did not have a good experience their last nite in Charleston. It's difficult to find a place and NOT have a good meal in Charleston!
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  • Bocci
    Cnaic
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had an early evening dinner at Bocci . The location and ambience are good and the service was good and friendly . The food however was disappointing . The calamari starter was not very flavourful. The sauce on the spaghetti bolognese was tasty but had not been sufficiently heated up and was only lukewarm . My wife had the duck special with risotto - the duck was well cooked and tasty but the risotto seemed badly reheated . All in all this could be a very good restaurant if they could just pay a bit more attention to the food side .
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    Vpgirl
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was excellent and so was the service. Very nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't bother
    Mjt14
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Do yourself a favor and pick another restaurant. There are so many wonderful places to eat in Charleston but this is not one of them. Our waitress was very nice. We ordered the fried calamari which was so overcooked you almost choked trying to swallow it, they did ask if everything was ok and I said no so they cooked another order of calamari, this time the rings were so rubbery you could not eat them. My husband ordered a seafood dish for $20, 4 tiny shrimp 61/70 ct and 5 tiny scallops 20/30 ct and 7 mussels, food cost for all = $3.00. The dish was flavorless. I had eggplant parm, sauce was "old" brown and reheated way too many times. Sorry to say this Italian restaurant does not care about the food they put out.
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  • Great Restaurant
    Princess
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Wonderful little restaurant that I read mixed reviews about, but was very pleased. Was seated quickly, definitely glad I had reservations. My husband and I both had chicken parm which was very good. Appeared to be kid friendly, although we were alone. Will return
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We always enjoy the food and service. Always eat here when visiting Charleston.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    An enjoyable dinner. *************************************************************
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Luvsfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We came to Boccis bc it had good reviews online, and while it was a nice atmosphere and our waitress was pleasant, most of our food was under seasoned and our appetizer of calamari was overcooked. I don't like giving negative reviews, but I was hoping the food would have been better.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very busy & noisy but it was Friday night. The food was ok, but the prices were reasonable. The resturant was cute & server was very helpful & attentive despite how busy it was.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not What It Once Was
    GoodMeals4Me
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    When we first discovered Bocci several years ago after moving to Charleston, we were impressed with the food, and the blend of their menu between "standard" Italian fare tempered with some innovative items that led us to try something that we might not have. It appears that, like other places downtown, they have jumped on the mainstream "tourist" traffic bandwagon, and their menu has followed suit...nothing out of the ordinary that can't be found at any other Italian restaurant, either on or off the peninsula. Not saying that we will never return, but it won't be our first choice. Nothing on the menu required any imagination in the kitchen.
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  • It was okay
    NMulvanyVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    You have to remember you are on the tourist route. The food was okay. I'd stick to appetizers and drinks next time. Under staffed from what I could tell. We thought it was nice. I wouldn't go again b/c this is not true Italian. Anyone that says it is can't have really eaten good Italian, traveled or much of a foodie.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was good, service was good, ambiance was good. The mozzerella appetizer was really good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Italian Food
    happycamper8623
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This restaurant was nice for a good Italian meal. The place is small and their is plenty of help there. Service was excellent and food came fast. The atmosphere would be better without the bright lighting. That took all of the ambiance away.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basic Italian Food
    KDSPLUS
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was pretty good. Service was reasonable. Not the best Italian but not bad. Price is certainly right. A good alternative to high end establishments around the Charleston Market.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Love Italian Food
    Jeannie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We come to Charleston every year and always dine at Bocci's. My husband looks forward to the rice balls all year. We always have good food and great service there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • missed the mark in customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    1. we were 1/2 way through our appetizer and our entree came out, bad timing on the chef's side... 2. food lacked in taste 3. had to ask the server if we could have some bread 4. ordered 2 x double expresso, they came out luke warm...ugggghhh, mentioned this to the server, he thanked us for letting him know, but you would think he would have offered us a single expresso on the house...nope..... 5. we did go over all the above with our server and his only comment back was, "I was going to bring out your bread right before your entree....what? entree came out during the appetizer... 6. our bill was easily $150 for 2 people, this restaurant was way off the mark for the price
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  • Great food with good friends
    linnie49
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    One of our favorite couples visited us last year and we took them to Bocci's. When they were planning their trip for this year, they specifically asked that we return! Although we arrived ten minutes early, we were seated promptly at the window table we had requested. The service was terrific! Frequent but not annoying, prompt to clear used plates, and no effort to rush our meal there. Our friends will be returning again, and we will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Should have read recent review
    VisitorfromEPVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Worst meal from this service ever. Last minute change and regret.
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  • Disappointing
    HHIfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We went to Bocci's, based on OT reviews. What a disappointment. Our food was inedible; my tortellini was swimming in a pool of oil, with chunks of pancetta so hard I couldn't chew them. They were out of two wines we requested; their recommendation was swill. We left half a bottle in the table. We will not be back.
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  • Good Solid Italian Food!
    DJJP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Our second time to Bocci's - both times were very good. Great value. Something for everyone. Kid Freindly. Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still doing great
    Nomzie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We have been here 10 yrs. ago and this place has gotten better, food is good, authentic Italian at a good price. The waitress was very nice and ver friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Enjoyable Dinner
    JDsReviews
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a party of five including a seven year old. We were seated immediately and the service was great throughout the meal. We tried the duck, pizza, and eggplant and had calamari as an appetizer (generous portion). All we very good, especially the pizza crust. The lowest rated dish at the table was zitti (three stars). We will return to this restaurant.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Nite
    DuckieB
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Have been here multiple times. This time was awesome as usual. Our server was not all that great. She seemed rather overwhelmed. But still a nice dinner!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.