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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Bocci's Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)romantic (34)special occasion (33)fit for foodies (22)kid-friendly (21)notable wine list (15)good for groups (15)great for lunch (14)late-night find (4)scenic view (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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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  • Very good
    Vpgirl
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was excellent and so was the service. Very nice atmosphere.
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    romantic, great for lunch
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    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
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    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.
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    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. *************************************************************
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    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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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • 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.
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    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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    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!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food was good, but average Italian food. Very friendly staff! Ambience great!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    happybelly
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Tucked into Historic Charleston, this little Italian gem was just what we hoped for when we ventured out for dinner. The vintage setting offered an open, bright front dining area with cozy, a cove-like room just a step up in back. The menu offered Italian classics with a modern comfort food twist. We will be back the next time we are in the area!
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    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Great restaurant with great food and excellent service. Good atmosphere. Generous portions at very reasonable prices
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find in restaurant filled city
    kenmin5
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Enjoyed the choices of nicely prepared dinners. The calamari was tender and done just right. Eggplant and lasagna portions were very ample
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very enjoyable --will return !! Well located in downtown Charleston!
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great find
    GregNC
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    My wife and I had a great dinner here. Service was on point and both our dishes were really good, my risotto was perfect. We will definitely dine here again. Good wine selection
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a wonderful experience
    deversdine
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Bocci's is my favorite place to eat when visiting Charleston. The food is always excellent and the wait staff are always friendly and helpful. They know their menu inside and out and can work with the Chef to tailor your meal to meet any food allergy you may have. I've always loved the food but more so this trip since I now have several food allergies. My meal was excellent as was my husbands. I'm never disappointed when dinning here!
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    CharlestonNaative
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    For charleston this restaurant was just ok. Food was good but there are better choices for Italian in the area.
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  • Realistic Charleston
    ColaGuy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It's easy to find a great meal in Charleston if you have the price of admission but less easy to find a great meal at a reasonable price. Bocci's delivers. The quality of the food and cost of the dinner will not leave you with sticker shock, even the price of drinks wasn't excessive. All in all an experience that left us satisfied with our dinner and pleased with the tariff!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Great Service
    robnmck
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was delicious. There were three in our party; we each ordered something different. I tasted each dish all were amazing. The Tuscan Duck was incredible. The waiter was very knowledgeable. His suggestions of wines to complement our meals were right on the mark. We will certainly go there again.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LukeSews
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Wonderful place to have a romantic dinner while we were celebrating our 35th Anniversary in Charleston!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall excellent dining experience
    navynuc68
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Food was excellent, menu was simple and easy to find a great choice for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Daughter's Sweet Sixteen
    scbbqr
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Calamari and fried moz apps ; calzonne, chicken parm, salmon, & duck entrees all delicious . Friendly and knowledgable staff.It was great to be able to walk right in and be seated.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bocci's Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My family and I attended Bocc'i's after graduation and all of us really enjoyed the food. Seemed very authentic and properly prepared. The atmosphere was a little loud due to other families there but they were celebrating graduations as well so it's understandable. This was my second time there and I would certainly go again!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italain is much better than this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My wife's lasagna was, what she called shoe leather and my marinara tasted like it came out of a Ragu jar. staff was great and so is location but need a new chef. Guess there is a reason why it was the only place in Charleston that had an open reservation on such a busy weekend
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  • Very quaint
    4forfunnite
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Very nice atmosphere. The doors were open onto the street and it was a beautiful night. The food was fine and not too expensive. Wine was good as well! Would go back again.
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    romantic
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  • Adequate
    DiningDad
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    For Italian food, it was quite bland. The service was fine. The bread basket was good, as was the salad I ordered. Otherwise, the meal was so-so. The angel hair pasta was clumped beneath my entree, so it had obviously not been freshly cooked. A disappointment overall.
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