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Bocca Ristorante, Birmingham, AL

Bocca Ristorante

4.8
4.8
1419 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Please observe the following restaurant policies:

If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of Covid-19 please do not enter the restaurant.

Please do not enter the restaurant without reservations. A staff member will come outside to arrange for a reservation.

Please maintain at least six feet of distance from the staff and other guests.

In addition to requirements from the State of Alabama Safer at Home Order, the City of Birmingham and the Jefferson County Department of Public Health we are taking the following additional precautions as posted on our website boccabirmingham.com.

We look forward to serving you.

Tom Saab and the Bocca Ristorante Staff

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (205) 201-5980
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Tom Saab
  • Neighborhood
    Birmingham
  • Cross street
    23rd Street and 2nd Avenue North
  • Parking details
    Onsite Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • October 1st Brunch

    $49.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 1, 2023 only
    Join us for a sunny brunch experience! Enjoy a sparkling wine flight with fresh juice on the side, and delicious bomboloni for dessert!

What 1,419 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Alabama

    Best Overall

  • Alabama

    Best Food

  • Alabama

    Best Service

  • Alabama

    Best Ambiance

  • Alabama

    Best Value

  • Alabama

    Great for fine wines

  • Alabama

    Romantic

  • Alabama

    Good for special occasions

  • Birmingham

    Best Overall

  • Birmingham

    Best Food

  • Birmingham

    Best Service

  • Birmingham

    Best Ambiance

  • Birmingham

    Best Value

  • Birmingham

    Good for business meals

  • Birmingham

    Innovative

  • Birmingham

    Hot spot

  • Birmingham

    Great for fine wines

  • Birmingham

    Romantic

  • Birmingham

    Good for special occasions

  • Birmingham

    Most Booked

1,419 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    We reserved for a champagne brunch. It was a mess. The food was ok. It was not an organized tasting in any way. Far too expensive for the experience.

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  2. DISAPPOINTED

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    This was a scheduled dinner (I labeled it as birthday). But I am very disappointed with the experience overall, Besides the host wishing my husband a happy birthday, that was it. The lady at valet parking was great. When it comes to the dining experience, I am not going back. The amount of time waiting for drinks, food or even the bread, which is not on menu. is unacceptable. I can not order something, if I don't know you offer it. But glancing at neighbors table I asked the waiter if we could have some bread too. Took forever to come to table and was after we had our appetizer. The wine was too expensive for the amount they offered me. The food quality was below a $200 dinner for 2. When we ordered a desert they never acknowledged my husbands birthday. Why do you even ask if the reservation is a special occasion? Overall, would not return nor recommend.

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  3. Daniel

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service, great food. A little loud, but it was a Saturday night.

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  4. DavidM

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great service, wonderful evening. Highly recommend.

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  5. SusanP

    East Sussex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Wonderful experience.

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  6. Delish

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining at Bocca and although it was for a birthday, the server was so kind, the food was FABULOUS!!! It was the little things they did for us like having a birthday card waiting at the table for us when we first arrived and from that point on, both my boyfriend and myself knew this was going to be a great meal! He got the Scallop Risotto and I got the Pork Scallopini. Both were simply divine!! Would highly recommend this to both friends and family, especially for those special occasions!

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  7. Jennifer

    Alabama

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner and evening. Celebrated our anniversary and our daughters birthday this evening. The restaurant added some very beautiful touches with a very thoughtful anniversary card and a special celebration toast. The food and service was amazing. We love this place.

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  8. JohnL

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable. Food was great. Service was attentive, informative and consistent. Well done!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went to celebrate her birthday. We were surprised to have a birthday card waiting for her at the table from the staff. Great service, delicious food and the Dessert was fantastic!

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  10. Anniversary

    Alabama

    62 reviews

    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outside of being sat bunched up.close to a large party of women, a couple quite obnoxious, after specifically requested somewhere quiet and low foot traffic it was exceptional. Our service was top notch, the food was all so good. I had the ribeye, and while a little past medium rare the flavors were well developed. My husband had the grouper and was a part of the clean plate club in no time. Lol We will definitely return for dinner again.

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  11. 10sil

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my daughters to dinner to celebrate the eldest’s birthday. None of us had been to Bocca before and loved the place immediately. Our server, Lucas, was superb, the food was AMAZING and the whole experience was perfect. I highly recommend.

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  12. tagsmother

    Alabama

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a birthday celebration for my wife and it was perfect. The veal Marsala was tender enough to eat with a fork and the fish was perfectly prepared

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I will rate Bocca in the top 2 or 3 Resturants in Birmingham. I will rate them first in service and first in food.

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  14. Elleellegee

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. A good time had by all!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bocca is always absolutely fantastic!

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  16. JaneH

    Atlanta Metro

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Sunday brunch and all ordered the frittata. It was such a fun break to go downtown to a fabulous restaurant when downtown wasn’t crowded. The food and wine were all delicious and I highly recommend this special event.

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  17. TWTT

    Minneapolis

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Bocca always has great service and food. Sunday Champagne brunch was good, but expected a bit more for the price.

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  18. LindaF

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous dining experience and would highly recommend this restaurant!

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  19. GreyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was great. Cool atmosphere as we ate outside. I hated their curved silverware which is petty I know. But, like other places, the food is very expensive. Main courses starting around 38/each. I am not saying don't pay that for a really good meal but just be aware.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I really liked the ambiance of this place and the staff was amazing. Our server did great with selecting the wine pairing for our meals.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were blown away at everything from the ambiance to the service and ultimately the amazing food. What an enjoyable experience we were not expecting!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I surprised my wife with dinner reservations for her birthday and wow… the meal, the servers, the music, the vibes. All exceeded my expectations. This was our first time trying Bocca and we are already talking about what we’ll order when we go back.

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  23. TracyB

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere, service was slow for a slow evening and the food was great until the main course.

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  24. johns

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lobster appetizer is delicious as well as the scallops for dinner

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  25. johnny

    Alabama

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    our waiter was very good. Red snapper was great. Service was quick

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  26. SheilaS

    Alabama

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their sparkling wine brunch was a huge success! The selections offered on the menu were savory and delicious! The sparkling wine was a great choice for each item. The Bombolinos were fantastic! I hope to be able to go again.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bocca always has great service and excellent food. The atmosphere was great. We always have a good time at Bocca!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience! Felt slightly rushed, but the food, wine and server were all great.

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  29. Pnico

    Tallahassee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bunch we enjoyed at Bocca last weekend was a real treat. We reserved an early seating, 10:30 a.m. and we’re ready for some food by then. We not disappointed. We started with a small serving of orange juice. The menu was broad enough to satisfy varied appetites. Chef Saab said his wife insisted that he include fluffy, delicious pan cakes on the menu. I had those with a side of scrambled eggs. So delicious…My husband had Eggs Benedict and he loved them. Sparkling wines were paired with the menu and were delicious. The dessert of an Italian Doughnut was a hit. The only criticism I have is that the brunch menu included four different sparkling wines, instead we were served only two. We enjoyed this dining experience and love everything about Bocca, from the ambiance, friendly service, to the food! I know the staff is still working our wrinkles that go with any new dining format. It was a great way to begin a Sunday! We highly recommend it and have reservations on September 10th.

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  30. LindaD

    Tallahassee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date Night … reservations at the Bar… Everything was above 5 stars!! We were seated as soon as we arrived, greeted by the sweet bartender ( Niece of the owner, Tom) She was superb! Cocktail was wonderful!! Botanica ! You must try it!! Hubby got Pinot Noir….our entrees were wonderful.. Scallop Risotto for hubs, Eggplant Parm for me , both excellent , then Chocolate Mousse which was so delicious! Tom (Owner ) surprised us by coming to say hello and Thanked us for dining at Bocca ! Awesome! Going to make this a regular monthly date night !! ❤️🙌🏼

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  31. DebraF

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. I inadvertently made reservation for 2 instead of 4. They were so accommodating and were able to seat us on a busy night. Garlic shrimp fabulous.

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  32. EBW1

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfectly prepared red snapper and the rarely encountered ideal risotto, not a trace of stickiness. Our salads and pasta dishes were likewise excellent. The back outdoor area is lovely. Beware the loud fans if anyone is bothered by that. They move the air and contribute to the ambiance but are not quiet. We will gladly return.

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  33. Nashvillegirl

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    the service was exceptional - the salad (Panzanella) was delicious and my favorite part of the meal, along with wonderful bread, and the salad was large enough to share with my husband. The bucatini Pomodoro was nice, though a little chewy for our tastes. His veal dish and my flounder were both good but not exceptional.

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  34. LenB

    Alabama

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. A most enjoyable meal and evening.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked a reservation for 3 for my mother’s 75th birthday. Our daughter and her fiancés schedule freed up last minute. I called and Bocca was full. They apologized and offered other options that wouldn’t work for our schedule. Then, they called me back after 20 min and said they had been able to move some things around and accommodate our group. Then we got there and the food and experience far exceeded even that. We don’t live in Birmingham, but Bocca will be a staple for us when we come to visit.

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  36. Willex

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    My son & I both thought the taste of the eggplant lasagna was very good. Mine was not quite hot enough when served. And this is nitpicky for sure, but I didn't like eating it off a plate with little ridges (no biggie). I would rate the Caesar salad as decent. Desserts were solid but not great great. We sat at the bar & the very nice person who waited on us was very friendly & attentive. I would definitely give Bocca another try -- but for the price point would want a tad better meal. There was a fun guitarist playing, but his vocals were lost in the general restaurant sound. Don't know hiw that would be fixed.

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  37. BhmDiner

    Alabama

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful night at Bocca. Outstanding wine list and excellent seasonal menu. Hard to decide on what to order.

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  38. LindaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Great ambiance and good food but what made the evening was great service with wonderful wine pairings. The team knocked themselves out to pair wines with each course and did so very well. Also made my quest feel very special on her birthday with a wonderful complimentary deserts. A great evening… we will be back… special thanks to Fleming and Kassel, well done.

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  39. AprilW

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Birthday dinner was a great experience!I definitely will be back.

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  40. Smhouston

    Alabama

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Always enjoy our date night

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bocca Ristorante using the Order Online button. Bocca Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 201-5980.

Bocca Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 1419 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bocca Ristorante

2312 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3874

Additional information

  • Cross street
    23rd Street and 2nd Avenue North
  • Neighborhood
    Birmingham
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Onsite Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tom Saab
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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