Bocca Di Bacco (Chelsea - 20th St.)

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$30 and under
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Bocca Di Bacco is a New York City Restaurant Group establishment from dynamic restaurateur and New York native Robert Malta, who owns nearly a dozen restaurants throughout the city. “I’ve been in the business 25 years,” Malta says. “I opened the first Bocca Di Bacco in Hell’s Kitchen in 2007 and it quickly became a neighborhood favorite. The Chelsea location is an evolution of what we’ve been offering. There are new menu items, and a more refined look and feel, but it’s still a great spot for the neighborhood any night of the week.”
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Sun 12:00AM - 12:00AM 10:00PM - 11:45PM
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Sat 12:00AM - 12:00AM 10:00PM - 11:45PM

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RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful, the bartender very friendly as well as the rest of the staff. My only issue was that the waitress spoke limited English - took my order but brought me the wrong item. She corrected it
and was very apologetic. I had to wait
while my husband ate. But the food was very good when it eventually was brought out

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SJ
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful for pre-theatre!
Neighborhood gem —-always reliable.
Thank you!

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r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

alas, the fried calamari was greasy and the pollo paillard with arugula salad was drenched in oil. the branzino we ordered with sauce on the side was served with sauce on the top. have eaten here before and don't remember that the food was so greasy.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been in a while, and it looked like they had a new brunch menu. Food was delicious, service was great. Was super relaxing, quiet and not rushed. Also great value! Thanks Bocca!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat at the bar, Tommy the bar tender was awesome and makes a great cocktail!

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SL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Waitress on Sunday was obnoxious and the calamari was like a rubber sole and inedible

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BC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Perhaps an off night. The waiter had no opinion about the pasta entrees except to share that he did not care for pesto. Was impatient when I wanted to try taste another wine. A salad to share was brought w/o an extra plate or serving utensils. Fresh pepper & grated cheese had to be requested when the pasta arrived, it’s an Italian restaurant!

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t
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is always very good. Hot and freshly prepared. Kitchen is also amenable to requested changes to alter an entree. Denice usually serves us and she is very professional and attentive.

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B
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Something has changed. We occasionally stop in for drinks and appetizers before attending a local theater group. Usually just ordering a few dishes from the bar menu. This time there wasn’t a bar menu and neither the brunch nor regular menu had items we liked. I realize menus change. It was just a little disappointing since we liked what we had. It’s still a good restaurant for dining. Just won’t be stopping in for snacks.

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MP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I have been to all three of these restaurants on 9th Avenue. The food at the other two is well prepared and delicious. The food at the Chelsea location was abysmal— overcooked and swimming in oil. This location deserves a better chef!!

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NV
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

The reservation was for the location between 44th and 45th Street and 9th Avenue. It was a wonderful experience.

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p
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Keeps getting better every time we visit. The salmon was outstanding. One of the best fish dishes I have ever had!
The chef knows how to cook fish!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible food for an expensive price. Ravioli was unimaginative and service poor

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food freshly prepared. Service was very good. Because the dishes are made to order, be prepared for leisurely dining. This is not a criticism! Our pre-theatre group will definitely return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Had such a good time, large brunch party. The downstairs is awesome.

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JS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Chef Roberto is excellent! Waitress Denise takes good care of her customers. Service is excellent!

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RP
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find in Chelsea, special cocktails are delicious, happy hour very reasonable.
Service and food on point. Thank you for a perfect evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great service, great ambiance... in a nutshell a well managed place. i work in the industry for a long time and i can see the work that has been put in this place.
feels more like a family run business. my new go-to place in Chelsea.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an outstanding experience. i underestimated that place. went there last Sunday with my girlfriend. instantaneously when you enter you are greeted by mellow music and warm lighting. nice atmosphere. they were pretty busy for a Sunday but the hostess sat us near the window at a big table. great wine selection, great food, great service. Denise, our waitress was amazing and very personable. Best Halibut i had in a long time. 5 stars!

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BC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. We've been to the Theater district and the Chelsea locations. Both amazing. Service is impeccable. Food is beyond yummy. One of the best in the city.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I don’t even know where to start. All I can say is in my ten years living here, this was far and away the worst restaurant experience I have ever had. Service HORRIFIC, food even worse and some stale.

We made a reservation for 8 people 6 weeks in advance. We showed up 5 minutes before our reservation and a table wasn’t ready. Totally fine. Except that they sat a party of 5 at their two tables of 8 and didn’t have any left. So let’s compensate. Put 4 two tops together, great! Well they are different heights so they recommend we split up our families and sit separately for a holiday dinner. L-O-L

So we sit down 15 minutes later ready to put it past us but after we sit, we wait another 15 minutes for our drink order to be taken. Waitress comes over and spills the first drink she pours. No apology, no cleanup.

20 minutes later out comes our appetizers (totally acceptable). Oh you ordered prosciutto and melon, well we don’t have melon so here’s some unwashed grapes!!! How perfect!

20 minutes later out comes our entrees (totally acceptable). Except the bus boy left it on a pop up table and didn’t serve us. It sat there for FIVE minutes before we were served. Half of the 8 plates were cold and stale toast was included with one of the dishes. Oh you wanted black pepper and cheese with your pastas??? Who would ever think that at an Italian restaurant?!?! Let’s bring that over 10 minutes after they eat.

While they offered desserts for the table, we couldn’t spend another second in the restaurant. It was torture. They didn’t take anything off the bill and the owner told me, “don’t tip if you don’t want to then”. Another L-O-L. The guy doesn’t even have the heart to back his staff! I don’t support people like that nor do I enjoy dining experiences as such. Crossing this one off your list.

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JS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The tuna entree is delicious. Service is excellent and Chef Roberto is super!

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C
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, dark, great service and romantic.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We can always count on Bocca Di Bacco for delicious food, and it is a great place to go with friends because there is a wide variety of available dishes. Also, they never rush you to leave so plenty of time to chat. Sometimes the service is a little slow, though, waiting too long for our check.

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OT
Mexico City
26 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for late lunch, so just a few people around.
One of the best octopuss I've ever tried, and the Panna Cota was amazing!

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TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dined with a party of 6. Very happy with the food and service. very prompt. Definitely woud go there again and certainly recommend Bocca Di Bacco to anyone.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Noisy, dark, food was just ok!

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MZ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a great brunch special. $25 added to each persons tab for unlimited bloody mary's, mimosas, and screwdrivers. Food was tasty and plenty of options for health nuts and not. Brought a bachelorette party here and everyone had a good time!

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect for dinner at work.. we ordered a bottle of wine, the eggplant , pesto pasta, and a fish that were all delish. you might even spot a celeb while there... we did :) Would go back.

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WT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Mediocre ambiance and way too loud...food was below par..plenty of other good Italian restaurants in New York City. Pricing was outrageous (I know that NYC is expensive but for those prices I expect great food).

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MH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful; food excellent

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about the place. Our waiter was fantastic.
I'd go back.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a dinner for 26 people in the private room on the lower level. The price was very fair, food great, big portions. Very professional and patient manager in arranging and discussing details. Highly recommended.

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P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Second time we've been there because of its proximity to the Atlantic Theatre. Ample choices on the menu. I had the branzino atop a bed of broccoli rabe which was excellent. Service was a little sketchly. Waiter was unable to fulfill request for the melanzane as a main course instead of an appetizer. Overall, I would go there again.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good overall but service was not. Server did not bring what we asked for (extra ketchup, did not refill any drinks when we ordered more, bread for the table). Server rushed us through the meal and asked us to leave at the end of the meal so another group could have our table. Would not recommend to others and will not dine here again.

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

I would recommend this place for cocktails but the food is less than mediocre. My pests was seriously not good. Lots of cream very little cheese and light on basil. When I asked to exchange it the waiter was annoyed and told me it was popular. He offered no option. He remained irritated for the remainder of the meal. I left the dish untouched- only the busboy seemed concerned that a dish was returning to the kitchen untouched. Disappointing as I like the decor and adult crowd. The cocktails are very good. So again- drinks not dinner

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere and food was delicious. Server was excellent. My only complaint is it took forever to get food out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Terrible service. Painful. Food was good but the wait staff couldn’t care less. Example brought martini with a twist instead of dirty.... tried removing lemon peel putting in olive juice and re serving ...

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B
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to stop in for brunch before a show. We were pressed for time but service was prompt. A little disappointed in the crab cakes. The crab cakes were good however the mushrooms were not as tasty as before. Calamari was delicious. Had their steak tartare been available at room temperature it would have been my preference

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