Boka
Boka

Boka

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bokachicago.com/
  • Phone: 3123376070x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open daily at 5PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Lee Wolen
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Boka Catering Company is available for holiday parties, private dinners at home, weddings of all sizes and corporate functions. Award winning Chef Giuseppe Tentori can design a custom menu to fit your needs. Please contact Abby at 312.238.9896.
  • Special Events: To request more information, please visit http://www.bokagrp.com/eventsandcatering.php
    or call 312.337.6070

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Willow
  • Public Transit: Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking also available.
A word from Boka
Michelin starred Boka Restaurant has been a fixture in Chicago dining since 2003. A new chapter of the restaurant begins with the acquisition of new Chef/Partner Lee Wolen. Lee who honed his skills at both El Bulli and Eleven Madison Park, was recently awarded a Michelin Star and 4 stars from Chicago Magazine for his work at The Lobby.He was also named Breakout Chef of the year by Time Out Chicago in 2013. Boka’s space was given a complete re-design by acclaimed designer Simeone Deary (Elysian Hotel) in January of 2014. In its 10 year history Boka's Chefs have received both Food and Wine’s coveted Best New Chefs in 2008 and Best New Pastry Chef in 2013. Boka's food features contemporary, American cuisine, focusing on seasonality and sourcing as many local ingredients as possible.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Boka reviews from OpenTable diners
295 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (235)special occasion (209)romantic (152)neighborhood gem (114)notable wine list (100)hot spot (70)great for outdoor dining (47)good for groups (44)vibrant bar scene (27)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Frank Shields
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Exceptional experience. Creative, fresh and smart. This may be the best Restaraunt in Chicago
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A wonderful dinner experience. Simply put, I experienced tastes and textures that I had never experienced before. Every course, even the bread, was different and delicious. The dishes were clearly not only prepared perfectly, but also were truly inspired pieces of art meant to challenge the palette. This could be the best meal I have ever had.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NickyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS VEGETABLE DISHES. INNOVATIVE AND BEAUTIFUL. HAD HOPED FOR THE BROCCOLI SALAD, BUT THE CARROT SALAD WAS JUST AS GOOD.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I brought my college aged daughter and her boyfriend here for a celebration dinner and it was! The aroma's from each dish made us swoon. The special touches to each item made it all so perfect and over the top. We will visit again and again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Lovely dinner
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Really enjoyed dining in the renovated section. As always, food was very good. Venison and short ribs were tasty. Desserts were delicious
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great Food and Service
    cityplaceVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Host greeted us warmly. We ate in the prettier dining room. (didn't care for the casual one) Food and service were wonderful. Amuse bouche of soup was delicious. Loved all the dishes. We split the chicken and the portion was smaller that we anticipated, but was delicious. We had eaten the chicken at The Lobby by the same chef. A great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal Ever!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I brought 1 associate and 2 customers for dinner and I have to say it was an event they will never forget!! Everything was exceptional!!!Chef Lee and his team are pure artists!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dining experience
    GaryCoVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The salad was prepared with very fresh ingredients and a very tastey dressing. The scallops and the braised short ribs were top notch. The service, as always, was very attentive and never interruptive. All of the ingredients of a Michelin star restaurant are the here where the food is the real focus. This is not a pretentious 10 course meal where you can't select the food and must rely on the chef's judgment. Instead, you make the decisions. This is now my favorite restaurant in Chicago! The service staff were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was very, very good, as was our server (Augustus).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exquisite food
    JADKVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    First time dining at Boka with friends who have been before. Our food was exquisite and the service attentive without being overbearing. We had four different appetizers and hands-down, the ricotta gnudi was the best (think gnocci but made with ricotta cheese rather than potato -- fabulous). Had the gnudi not been so amazing, I would have raved about the octopus appetizer. Entree winner was the venison with the sturgeon a close second. Lovely wine recommendation by our waiter. Will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bobski
    BobskiVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Simply a great experience all the way around. Great cocktails. Knowledgable, hospitable and professional staff. GReAT and inventive food. When our waiter recommended the roast chicken I was dubious. When I took my first bite I was converted. Never had chicken like that before and likely won't again until I go back to Boka.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd anniversary didnt disappoint
    Steve
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My wife and I went to Boca three years ago and it was unbelievable. I took her for our 2nd anniversary under a new cheff and we were once again floored by the service and most of all the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was amazing
    danny
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Some of the best tasting food I've ever had, and I've been to some really nice places...
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boka has excellent food!!
    DDDDVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food was spectacular! We had the corn soup, heirloom carrots, and roasted cauliflower for our appetizers. We all shared so we could taste everything. For our entrees we had the roasted duck, crispy skate wing, seared scallops and the roasted broccoli. the portions were not big but, the food was delicious! The seared scallops were $35.00 and there were only 3 scallops. We asked for the sausage on the side but then added it to make the meal more substantial. The meal plus 4 drinks came in over $365 without the tip. The waitress was very nice but was a little too attentive. She came back so many times and sometimes interrupted our conversation. The ambiance is very cool-kind of reminded us of the Alice In Wonderland story. Delicious food!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Michelin star restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I went to this restaurant with a friend that appreciates good food and it was for both of us the first michelin star experience. The service was outstanding, very attentive staff, we arrived 1h earlier from the booked and they were able to accommodate us. The food was excellent, except for dessert that was still very good but not outstanding. The current chef (as we have been told by the manager) won a michelin star on other restaurant, the chef that that the star on Boka opened a new restaurant (but co-owns Boka), so both aways you still get the michelin star experience. Really worth experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place Excelent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food is very good, the place is pleasant and the service is Excelent A must go place
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem
    Goldenrust
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Remarkable on so many aspects! An inspired good experience, both generous and surprisingly (in relative terms) affordable. Boka stands tall on the best good experience in our lives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant!
    ImogeneFrance
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Delicious and original dishes. Great ambiance. August was our server and he took fantastic care of us.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    Sparty5
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we had a great time! The service was excellent, they called me the day before to remind me of the reservation and see if it was for a special occasion. They took note that it was for my girlfriend's birthday and as soon as we arrived the hostess wished her a happy birthday and the first thing our server did was wish her a happy birthday as well. Throughout the meal, the server as well as other restaurant staff were very tentative to ensure we had a great experience. The atmosphere and decor was very nice and classy and the food and drinks were outstanding. This is definitely a new favorite and recommend it for a nice romantic outing or small special celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I went to Boka for my 30th Birthday and my server, Eric, made it that much more special. He was so accommodating and made my boyfriend and I feel at home. He gave us great recommendations and ordered all that he recommended. He even went above and beyond to make the Broccoli entree a smaller side because we couldn't decide between 3 entrees. We got the best of all three worlds. Eric was great and the food was out of this world. I am definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Favorite Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Brought my girlfriend here for her birthday and it was definitely the right choice. The chef has a way of transforming perfectly normal ingredients that otherwise I would have disliked or overlooked into something very special (ex. the carrot salad). Overall, this was a phenomenal experience in every respect, very reasonably priced and excellent service--they brought out the dessert with a happy birthday message without even having been requested to do so. Very attentive and friendly staff. The only thing I would note is that each dish that came after seemed a bit less impressive than the one before it. But that is still quite the accomplishment since their "worst" dish was still outstanding. Definitely will come back in the future!
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Spot
    brodyboyVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The revamped Boka is fantastic. Amazing, creative food coupled with knowledgeable and friendly staff make this a gem everyone should discover. Definitely order the chicken!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Five (OT) star perfection
    strive2badeipnosophist
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    From ambiance to service, preparation and pace, this was the second perfect dining experience we have had at Boka under two different chefs. And what Boka has done with its redesign of its space is nothing less than spectacular. The Micheline stars are deserved but the experience is not intimidating as can be at some starred establishments. My companion declared the sea scallops in sea urchin broth with corn (fresh and raw) and morcilla "the best scallops (he) has ever had," and declared the marinated beets with smoked sturgeon, cucumber, grains and buttermilk set a new standard for his favorite vegetable. My plates were equally stellar. Everything about Boka, everything, provokes an apician purr.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable Flavors
    myskeeterbeaner
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My husband and I went to Boka for our anniversary dinner. When making the reservation I mentioned it was our anniversary. I also mentioned that my husband has celiac disease. The staff was very attentive and helpful in letting us know which menu items were already gluten free and which ones could be custom made to be gluten free. The food was unbelievably delicious and full of flavor. The portion sizes were perfect. They even wrote us a very nice and inconspicuous 'happy anniversary' message on our dessert plates. Overall, we were very happy with how we spent our 15th anniversary dinner at Boka.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alexVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    great food and new menu. had not been there in a while.
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  • Exceeded our expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This is the first time we've been back since the renovation and we were not disapointed in any way shape or form. The staff was friendly and attentive to our every need without being overpowering. The food was spectacular! Don't let the name of heirloom carrots scare you...they are to die for and I'm still dreaming abou them. I had the roasted broccoli as my main course and it was delicious. My husband has the baby octopus (delicate and tender) and the venison sausage (perfectly prepared). All in all, we were delighted with our night out at Boka and look forward to returning.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brian
    BOKAEXCELLENCE
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was truly a great Michelin Star restaurant Our experience started at the bar with fantastic mixologists and great cocktails. Multiple servers took care of us at the table and all seemed to know what the other was doing for a seamless experience. Recommendations were on track and the food was amazing. It is interesting to note this restaurant is next door to Alinea which is a great restaurant also; however I have to give credit to Boka because it ranks right there with Alinea. I may have to say I enjoyed Boka better and I did not have to wait 6 months for a reservation.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding
    MichaelPVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Boka has continues to shine with outstanding food and service to match. This is a wonderful dining experience!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great re-intro to an old favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was our first visit to Boka since they remade the decor and menu. We enjoyed it thoroughly. It was a Thursday night and the staff was fantastic as were the specialty cocktails, menu and wine list. The new decor is very nice and the experience was wonderful from start to tasty finish. We look forward to our next visit.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    cozm
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    From the chilled corn soup with crab to the tuna and roasted cauliflower entrees to the funky wall with animal portraits to the attentive and pleasant staff, this Michelin starred restaurant is a gem! And for avery reasonable price. We loved it!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ordercharma
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love the interior update and streamlined menu. Our party thought the vegetarian entree was so intriguing we ordered it in addition to our our duck and short ribs, all were delicious.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Just ok
    ramq
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My expectations were pretty high since this was a Michelin star restaurant. While the ambience was really great, the food itself didn't hit the mark for me. We split a salt cod ravioli starter which was not bad. For the entree, I had the seared sturgeon - the fish itself was very good but the summer beans didn't make a good combination. My husband got the roasted leg of lamb which again while the meat was perfectly cooked, it lacked flavor. We didn't stick to ordering the crowd favorites but when you go to a restaurant like this, the expectation is that mostly everything is above average. Overall, I felt like we overpaid for a pretty average meal. With the number of great restaurants in Chicago, I wouldn't call this a "must-visit".
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful remake
    MameVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loved our delicious and creative meal. Will return for sure
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • show stopper
    ccb3VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A lovely place with friendly and helpful service. A wonderful spot for a great meal. Thank you, BOKA
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointing
    cacha
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Made a reservation and when asked to sit on patio, was promptly served attitude. Beet salad was a bizarre combination of textures and flavors that didn't go together; seemed like fish meets gravel, though the beets were good. Foamed celery sauce with the Dorade kept me burping all night long and I couldn't digest the fish - disgusting combination for $35. Chocolate ganache was great. Was disappointed to have made the choice to celebrate a birthday there…too bad.
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  • Great Lincoln Park Spot
    Wayne
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Boka is purely and simply a classy restaurant. Great service and great food add up to wonderful dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Wonderful evening!
    Friendofafoodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband and I went to Boka to celebrate our anniversary and Boka's staff spoiled us! From start to finish, it was a class act complimented by their beautiful new dining room. We will definitely be back to Boka, and soon!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A notch above the rest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Most well-rounded Chicago restaurant experience we have had in many years. Great bar scene with creative drinks and cool restaurant design, but more than anything, exceptional food from a menu that didn't overwhelm us with too many obscurities or choices. Loved Boka.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fruit fly issue
    YaknireVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The salads and starters were great, fish entrees were ok. Upon sitting down we were immediately circled by fruit flies. After ordering a nice bottle of wine even more showed up. Our server said they've had issues. One slipped into my husbands wine glass that was about half full. We then asked to speak to the manager as nothing was being done about this issue. The manager, seeming very annoyed, simply said the outside doors were open and that might be why. Which we all know is not the case. In the end if they had done anything, or even seemed a little concerned at all, we could have looked past this. Instead they made us feel like we were imposing on them in bringing up this issue.
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  • GlobalGourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Once again superb. My dorade was tender beyond belief and subtle in flavor. My wife' lamb was equally good and our friend's vegetarian cauliflower creation was perfectly cooked, not too soft, not too hard and seasoned lightly. Lee maintains his high standards and the front of the house supports that work
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic