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Permanently Closed - Bocanova

4.1
2761 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Bocanova, located in Jack London Square, features Pan-American food in a lively and colorful setting. Available for all your dining needs, we offer intimate tables in our dining room, a number of communal dining tables for larger parties or if you're in the mood to meet new people, and counter seating up by our exhibition kitchen, when you're in the mood for a show.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Sunday
Brunch 11:00am – 3:00pm | Happy Hour 3:00pm - 6:00pm | Dinner 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Monday - Thursday
Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm | Happy Hour 3:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday
Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm | Happy Hour 3:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday
Brunch 11:00am– 3:00pm | Happy Hour 3:00pm – 6:00pm | Dinner 5:00pm– 10:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 444-1233
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Naizar Mubarak
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Embarcadero W
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Parking details
There is a parking garage in Jack London Square that can be entered at Embarcadero and Broadway. Validated parking is available.
There is also a valet from 5:00 every night in the lot in front of the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on August 6, 2017

I booked a table for Aug. 6, but apparently they closed. Thanks for letting me know, Bocanova. You could have at least left a message on your phone machine. Instead the phone just rings and rings. I won't be visiting you in the future, no matter where you are located.

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vipMysterhee (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

Had a small 30-year reunion with college friends and the menu here is extensive, offering a wide range of choice for any palette. Although it is Latin influenced, the food is flavorful, but not overpowering. With the brunch menu available, the choices are even broader. The service was attentive and polite. They let us stay and catch up and didn't rush us out, which was greatly appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

I am sad that Bocanova will be moving from Jack London Sq. It so wonderful to sit outside and look out over the water and the boats with the sun shining down. It is also a great place to go if you have a furry friend as they are warmly welcomed on the patio. On Sunday, you can wander out into the farmer's market. I hope they return to JL Sq after the renovation . . .

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vipGoldengateMatt (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was excellent, service was friendly, specialty cocktails were interesting and good. I look forward to Bocanova opening in their new location and will miss dinners at Jack London. Wishing management all the best.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Fantastic as always! They are closing on Thursday, August 3 in preparation for moving Uptown.

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Bluebay (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Food is soooo delicious! Great service! We can't wait to see you at your new place in Uptown Oakland

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

The service we received was subpar. Our group of nine was treated with disdain by the wait staff.

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vipHELENS (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2017

Will miss them when they move next week..mtheir current location is so ambient.

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vipCaptain (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 25, 2017

Bocanova has amazing South American cuisine. The cuisine is unique and every dish is fabulous. Unfortunately the restaurant is moving but we understand it will reopen and we can hardly wait. This is one of our favorite go-to restaurants for lunch or gourmet but not pretentious dinner.

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Michael (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 25, 2017

I've been several times and the food and service was always good to excellent. They are closing soon and not reopening until November 2017 in a new location (old Pican location in Uptown). Due to this, they've severely reduced their menu options which was a huge disappointment. Furthermore, their pricing is rather outrageous with appetizer portions running in the $15-18/range for extremely small portions. For example, we ordered the scallop appetizer and it was literally a single scallop that they sliced into 4 very thin pieces. I wouldn't recommend going here at this time. If they want to succeed in their new location this kind of practice and prices aren't going to fly.

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Kimer (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 23, 2017

Had French toast that was excellent and slightly crispy on the outside, but the thickness of the bread made the center less interesting (although good for sopping up poached eggs). I love sitting by the water and will miss that at their new location.

This restaurant is a longtime fave of mine, and I wish them well with their move!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Options for vegetarians are limited, but more problematic, they're just not very good...both poorly conceived and poorly executed. Our server was very nice, easily the high point of the experience. Not terrible, but as there are so many better options, I'd be hard-pressed to think of a reason to return.

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cynthiaw (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

They are closing in two weeks and the menu was reduced. If I had known when making the reservation I would have chose somewhere else. Tasted good but the guests I brought were disappointed. Too late to find another location, I was there.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

When Bocanova first opened, it was amazing. We quickly learn what our favorite dishes were. Fast forward a few years later, and the food is not as good as it used to be. The deviled eggs were flat and the infamous croissant bread pudding that we loved and dreamt about was lackluster. I won't be returning again.

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Susan (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

We always enjoy Bocanova. They will be temporarily closed starting about 8/3/17 for their move to downtown Oakland (near 23rd and Broadway). They expect to reopen in the fall. We will be looking forward to their reopening.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2017

Great small plates
Fun lunch or casual dinner with cocktails
Tuna cerviche and chicken wings were both tasty
Service was just ok
20 percent service charge is added to your total
So the incentive to have good is taken away
We ate outside with great view of marina

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2017

Still my favorite - lunch was delicious. Will miss Bocanova during relocation.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 19, 2017

Terrible service, no value for money, wait staff with attitude.

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vipneighborhoodgem (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2017

Soooo sad to learn Bocanova is no more!! Our last dinner was our usual delight! Will miss the chocolate croissant bread pudding w/Mexican chocolate gelato! 😭

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 16, 2017

We've been to this restaurant three times in the last couple of years, and based on our most recent experience, we will not be returning. The portions were small, the food was average, and the service was abysmal. The "whole fish" turned out to be a small filet and definitely not worth the price. Our waitress was not only inattentive, but rude and condescending. An hour after being served drinks and appetizers, we had to walk across the restaurant to find the waitress to take our entree orders. No apology was given. We asked for bread, and when it didn't come by the end of our dinner, the waitress said she entered the order and blamed someone else for not bringing it. The restaurant adds a mandatory 20% tip to all bills, and while we would normally support this practice, in this instance it seems to have created a reverse insentive to provide good service. Very dissappointed.

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vipbirder (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 13, 2017

This restaurant has such good food. Great to share dishes. Love the deviled eggs, the duck carnita tacos, and the chocolate croissant bread pudding is out of this world! Good drinks also. So nice to sit outside and watch the waterfront.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on July 12, 2017

Wife's birthday dinner. At first, too noisy, but noisy party left. We asked for bread - delicious sour dough, had shrimp ceviche with that, delicious. Then the scallops, yum, and couscous/asparagus/mushroom dish that was outstanding. We'll definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 12, 2017

Delicious food, terrible service.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 11, 2017

This restaurant was a very pleasant surprise. The food was really good, nice portion sizes. The drinks were excellent. I was sad to hear they are closing the waterfront location and moving downtown to Broadway. I'm less likely to go there.

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vipEna1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2017

Thanks for letting two old friends sit and talk. The food was good. I forgot what else was added to the watermelon appetizer but it was delicious!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 9, 2017

Great view sitting outside. Service especially slow. No one sitting indoors--most tables outdoors filled on a Sunday at 2pm. Food very good but small portions and high cost. I had a wonderful father's day brunch a year ago---this time only so so.

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TimothyE (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on July 7, 2017

We arrived for a 7:45 Friday evening reservation on the patio and were quickly seating. The location is awesome and the patio is very comfortable. 20 minutes later we still had not seen our waiter. We asked a bus person, and he acted surprised and brought us some water. A few minutes later the manager game by, apologized, and took our drink and appetizer order. These were quickly delivered and were delicious (and the manager agreed to comp the drinks because of the poor/no service). 25 minutes later still no waiter (making a total of 45 minutes). We again flagged down a bus person. About 15 minutes later a waiter from a neighboring section came by and took our order. All went fine from there, though it was a bit of a challenge to refresh our drink order. The food was delicious. We were charged for our "free" drinks in the first version of the check but the waiter corrected the bill and took them off a revised check.

The totally horrible service was a real puzzler, as the food was quite good and the location is very nice. To rub salt in the wounds, the restaurant charges a mandatory 20% gratuity. So, even though the service was awful, we left a nice "tip."

The restaurant was not particularly busy for a warm Friday night, so maybe others have had our experience with the service.

We may return because of the excellent food and pleasant location, but we will certainly not do so if we have anywhere to be later in the evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 6, 2017

Have been consistently disappointed with the quality of the food, and its value. Menu items are definitely overpriced for mediocre-to-decent quality food. Location and waterfront ambience are great, but the food just doesn't hold up. For the prices they are charging, I would expect spectacular food, and this just sort of falls flat.

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sudeep (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 4, 2017

I'm a vegetarian, loved the choice of food here!
My 7 y.o. finished everything on her plate😊

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 4, 2017

Like all places in JL Square, this is not a culinary destination but a place to meet friends and enjoy the waterfront. But the food - which is really upscale Mexican and not pan latin - is pretty good and both indoor and outdoor settings are very nice. They have some fun cocktails too.

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