Bocado

Bocado

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bocadotapasbar.com/
  • Phone: 5087971011
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Steve Champagne
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Cava is the function room at Bocado which can accommodate sit down dinner for up to 40 guests and cocktail style party with plated and passed hors d'oeuvres for up to 75 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Deb Covino 5087971011

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grafton
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in our private parking directly in front of our building. We also offer free valet parking Wed-Sat.
A word from Bocado
Bocado Tapas Wine Bar Modern. Chic, Bold, Sexy Bocado has brought the modern, big city atmosphere to the Worcester dining scene. A journey of tastes and flavor inspired by Mediterranean Cuisine served through a savory mix of tapas plates and extensive wine flights.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bocado reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (105)special occasion (97)good for groups (82)romantic (82)hot spot (61)neighborhood gem (57)notable wine list (57)late-night find (45)vibrant bar scene (41)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Another delicious meal
    ES17
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My family and I love Bocado and come here often for special occasions. The food is always delicious and the service is excellent. However, my most recent visit was not the awesome experience I usually expect here. We sat in a different area of the restaraunt in very uncomfortable seats. The stools on one side of the table were too small and we felt like we were falling off, but the bench on the other side was too high and not any better. We ordered two pitchers of sangria, peach and another kind that I can't remember. Peach was pretty good, but the other was disgusting. We didn't even finish half the pitcher. The price here is always pretty steep and our bill for 5 people came to about $280 including tip, Very Expensive, usually worth it..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabu-loco
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Bocado is in my top three restaurants for sure! The atmosphere was amazing, the food was fabulous and the server ice was astounding! Well done, 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!!
    HBREVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The choice of tapas is the best I have experienced. The variety, quality, tastiness is amazing! What a Unique dining experience. I cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful As Always
    LCAPONE777VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I am never disappointed when I dine at Bocado. The food and service is wonderful! My friend had never gone to a tapas restaurant before and I took her, we got 6 small plates and a pitcher of sangria, we left STUFFED; and not to mention every bite was heaven. Every plate is seasoned to perfection. I would recommend the "Ajillo Azotado Con Espinacas y Queso" its their "cold" version of spinach/artichoke dip (sans artichoke), you cant go wrong with the "Croquetas de Pollo" - deep fried fritters with an amazing honey aiolil and my personal favorite "Bola de Arroz Frito con Mozzarella" - their take on Aroncini! If you are going to do a meat and cheese, don't skip the fried goat cheese. And its affordable! We walked out $35 each (w/o tip).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Noisy, food had some issues
    Bdaydine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We found the area where we were sitting just inside beyond bar to be extremely noisy to the point could not hear what our waiter was saying. Asked for no onions in food, skirt steak/rice had onions as well as the paella. Also, for cost of experience for 2 paella could have been more flavorful, it had fish shells in it & rice dry/but under cooked. Was a shame as we were celebrating a birthday :-(
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mucho Bocado!
    Curlynux
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great find. Have been wanting to go to this local tapas bar for a long time and we are glad that we did! Excellent food choices, although the menu is confusing at first. Food was excellent with a nice variety. I loved the lamp lollipops! Will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Wowie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was terrific and very different from experiences in our area! I personally have never experienced a similar dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We get to Bocado fairly regularly - although it seems not nearly enough - but when we do we've never had less than an awesome tapas experience. Even though the Paella sounds amazing and keeps tempting us, we can't seem to find a visit where the tapas menu doesn't lure us back. Bocado sports a to-die-for list of regular favorites and an ever-changing specials menu that is diverse, inventive, and never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Bocado's tapas are wonderfully imaginative dishes unto themselves. My wife and I love the tapas concept: why have three dish flavors in a meal when you can have ten? We've never had a dish we were disappointed with. They are always hot and flavorful. The accent sauces, vinegars and other savory flavors are outstanding, and prices are reasonable for the high quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tapas place
    foodie130
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I went to Bocado with my family to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food in general was great. We ordered lots of different kinds of dishes, and I liked the shrimp burger, duck, and calamari the most. Except the service was a bit slow, which made our dinner last close to 3 hours, everything was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for foodies !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Not for the casual dinner, the menu is too much,to take in in one visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it with mixed feelings
    RitagonzVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The service, the tapas, the drinks and the ambiance - awesome! The paella... is scary. It was spicy hot and very salty, and swimming in a pool. No crunchy zocarrat. But its fun, and vibrant, and the tapas are great - LOVED the octopus - well cooked! Fried goat cheese? YEAH! Churros... well yes!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • deeeliiisschh!!!
    Birab
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I'm obsessed with bocado. I would go here every weekend if I could afford it! :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Thebest
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Perfect from beginning to end. Outstanding service and food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Night
    Pete
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great bar with a nice selection of beers and wine. The staff was very friendly, made great recommendations on food choices and the ambiance was solid. Exposed brick walls and very dimly lit, this was a perfect choice for a place to get away from everything. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bill
    Bill
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The capturing of flavors cannot be outdone. I defy anyone to try and pick a favorite plate. 12 different tapas we had and each one was a favorite. I have always found the waitstaff very helpful in navigating through the menu. The atmosphere and the way the food is served adds to the dinner conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and Bartender were great
    CarlBigDaddyJ
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had a taco special that was so good I decided to have 2 servings instead of something else. The margaritas were great and Matt poured some fine wines for my wife and friends. Good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas experience
    atty86
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Bocado is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always well-seasoned and tasty. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations as usual
    Sterlingite
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Bocado never disappoints. Food was delicious, service was great - couldn't ask for a better night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant!
    ELLA
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great food. Great wine. Great music. Great waiters. Love this place!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    worcesterfoodie
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great meal - good environment servers were very aware of our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    Lair
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    New potato dumplings are absolutely delicious!! Also tried the speciality sweet tea sangria which was very tasty. I would highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shrimp Burgers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Bocados always delivers a great experience. I love to try new dishes but I always save room for the shrimp burgers. See you again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As great As Ever
    Jojo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Once again I was not let down by Bocado, and neither were the 2 people in my group (of four of us), who had never been there. I will go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!!!
    Indimyst
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    First the food is amazing. The tapas are fun. As a person whose had weight loss surgery the plates are perfect and I don't feel bad for taking 90% of my meal home because I am only served the 10% I actually eat. The service is great. The atmosphere is fun to go out with friends and also a date night. Not all places can pull this off but somehow Bocado does. Our server Alex was great. He was also adorable. I would go there every week if I could.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Lomzlaw
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We will definitely be returning, such a great night out
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner night!
    Allan
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I went with some friends to Bocado and as usual the food, drinks and staff was outstanding! They greatly accommodated my seating request. Thank you. We'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had better
    eatiVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We don't drink and it seemed to us this place was designed for a crowd that does. Service was good but food was mediocre. This was my first (and last) trip.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    lsalce
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Another wonderful experience at Bocado! In addition to our usual favorite small plates, we had the pork loin special and my husband couldn't stop raving. Incredible service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More options, more flavor
    Lexa
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Coming from Sarasota Florida, I used to eat at a perfect tapas place called Ceviche. Lots of options and my favorites were pollo al ajillo, patatas bravas, chorizo and pimientos and for desert Crema Catalana. Good food, perfect flavor. Bocado needs more options for tapas and add more flavor to the food cause it didn't really have any flavor. I might give it another try, hopefully food taste a little better. Excellent servers. Loved the salsa music they were playing (Hector Lavoe) :-) Thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing waiter
    fishers
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    loved our waiter, got food on my shirt and he was there with a napkin and soda water to clean it up, I have never seen that ever before and I grew up with a dad who owned and operated restaurants
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but...
    JoeBagodonuts
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The restaurant could have been opened in a more scenic neighborhood, but this restaurant I think can be a good part of re-building Worcester. The young kids at the host(ess) station could have been more interested in the incoming guests than they were in their own conversation, but our waitress Jess was appropriately attentive and gave pretty good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food, sangria and service were all fabulous!! Would definitely be back. Thanks for a great night out!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tapas for Two
    FoodJunkie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My wife and I really enjoyed our time at Bocado, my only complaint is that the table size for two people was very small. I wanted to keep a menu to order more later on, but had to place it on the floor because there wasn't enough room for it to stay on the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, not so great food
    HMTastebuds
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Service was excellent, but the food just don't cut it. While it's nice to have a place like this in Worcester, the ingredients were not fresh. The flavors were bland. It's a tapas style restaurant - as in small plate, but the food wasn't authentic Spanish tapas. I've been to Spain 3 times and am spoiled with the real deal. This place might have some authentic menu items, but the execution was not there. However, I did enjoy their sangria and the service. The place also turns into Salsa Night in the evening. I'd recommend this place for drinks and the bar scene rather than the food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a dissapointment.
    SloneDigitty
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Been going here for over 4 years now and everytime it's incredible. Do yourself a favor and try this place. You won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tradition for us
    flaknwoosta
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We go to Bocado about twice a year, which is about how often we're in the area. They never disappoint. The food and service are both top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Twice blessed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our hope was that the second visit to Bocado would be as good as the first, especially as we were introducing friends to the restaurant. Well, it was and our friends were suitably impressed, not only with the food, but with us as well, for being so astute in our choice of eateries. So, our thanks, Bocado. You made us feel very welcome. A very nice bonus. Thanks again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This is our 7th time eating at Bocado and we once again enjoyed ourselves immensely! Great food, great service Always something new and different to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 77 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1149 reviews are from the Bocado reviews archive.
  • Great Experience
    Sbux123
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Our server that night was great! Very personable, knowledgeable, and great at suggesting specials and getting us out of our typical go to menu choices. This just goes to show that experience is what brings us back time and time again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic