Bocca Ristorante

4.8
328 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

Support Bocca Ristorante during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Diner temperature check required
What 328 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Travis is amazing! Wonderful place to celebrate life with the best food and service!

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HartHoffman
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! Thank you Tom.

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GlendaB
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my daughter’s graduation there - it was perfect!

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DoNotReccomend
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Our dinner experience was a complicated mix of wonderful, meh and miserable. Context: There were five of us; my husband and I, our daughter and in-laws for husband's UAB graduation. At RSVP confirm call I pre-ordered about $80 (including 20% tip) worth of surprise desserts, with specific allergy requirements - no nuts on certain items, no alcohol in the desserts, etc. We arrived and were sat in a lovely outside area. To start off, a piece of foccacia bread my daughter got had a cured hair baked into one piece. She showed us and that was the end of eating the bread. So moving onto ordering- Appetizers were ok, (at about $70). My husband and mother-in-law both order the Eggplant Lasagna ($24 each) , both came out warm, (at best). It is only impressive in size. Basically a 3 layered luke warm lengthwise sliced breaded eggplant parmesan. My mother-in-law got hers first with enough sauce and husband's came out later with less than half the marinara on his. Both were obvious warms up, not freshly made, and had the last scoops of sauce scraped from the bowl. Very disappointing. He only ate a few bites. The server did not even consider recognizing there was a problem, nor did he offer to take one off the bill. Although, he seem apologetic only because the 2nd one came late. In our family at home or paying more than $350 dinner meals out, we do not "start" staggered. We like to eat together. So, we all ate warm food. I was a server for years, the server knew at least something about what he was serving and the timing of it was less than mediocre. Another disappointment. On the wonderful side, even though a bit warm, my halibut ($32) was cooked perfectly as well as the scallops & risotto ($32) & the seafood zuppa ($28). It was a while from the server taking the plates of uneaten food to our pre-ordered "surprise" desserts. Which all came, with and announcement of who sent them - all with nuts, and alcohols and liqueur. Ugh! We won't return.

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vipWithkiddos
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service
Food delicious
Excellent wine list

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ArleneH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waited a year to for in-person dinning at Tom Wolf's second GREAT restaurant. Travis was a personal waiter that contributed to a wonderful evening. Bistro 218 is my favorite place, but this one.....will have to keep testing both for an eventual winner! Despite the acoustic tiles still a little loud for us hard of hearing folks although they did turn down the music for us (thanks!). Wonderful food, wonderful presentation. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this fabulous restaurant! Will definitely recommend it to my friends.

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Curly
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bocca
Where do I begin? Most books start with the preface, right? The staff at the front of the house was very friendly and showed us right to our table which was one of the most requested tables. Being our first-time at Bocca, this was a pleasant bonus. The restaurant smelled amazing, and I knew right away dinner was going to be nothing shy of amazing! Our server, Richard, greeted us promptly and was very attentive throughout our 2.5-hour dining experience. He was extremely helpful in pointing out the awesome features and proudly shared with us all the house-made delights. Richard was not just a server rattling off specials. Talking with him throughout the evening, you could tell he was vested in the Bocca family, and with what the chef was preparing right down to the house-made cannoli shells, filling, and pistachio ice cream which, by the way, was a nice touch. That connection between waitstaff and restaurant is not something you see much these days. Now for the main event - food and wine. We started off our gastronomic adventure with the Tagliatelle il Coniglio. Oh, my goodness, what a light and tasty combination paired with the Ferghettina Brut. For our mains, we had the Pan Seared Atlantic Halibut and Gulf Shrimp Scampi paired with the Carpineto Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Reserva. Of course, dessert was the wonderful house-made cannoli paired with Vinsanto. So, how did we choose the wonderful wines to enjoy? A huge “thank you” goes to the sommelier, Carlos Cisneros. Even for those of us who think we know our wines; you need Carlos. He is charismatic, knows Italian wines, and is passionate about Bocca, life, family, food and wine. This is a perfect storm when it comes to a restaurant. How do I know? My New England family has been in the restaurant and catering business for 30+ years. Bottom line…do not miss an opportunity to dine at Bocca and get to know the phenomenal staff that makes Bocca so special.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! We sat in the outdoor seating and it was wonderful. Really felt like you were in a European cafe. Service was excellent and food was great!

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MollyE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere on the patio! You forget you are sitting in downtown Birmingham! Great food and service as well.

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vipEmilyE
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt so good to be out....hope abounds! Food, service, and atmosphere excellent!! Will go back-highly recommend!

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gilm
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Everything was cooked to perfection. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

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MattA
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bocca is likely the best italian food downtown and would be in the conversation for best Italian in the city. We had a great meal and a bottle of wine. We will gladly go back soon.

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ScottM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely meal, excellent service. Will definitely return.

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MalloryR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly paced, delicious meal! Everything was excellent from the food, service, and ambiance. It was a great place to celebrate our anniversary and we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible and our service by Daniel was excellent. Would recommend for any special occasion or a night out for some great food in a beautiful setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, but probably won’t go back. Dessert took forever, and they apologized a couple of times. Most restaurants take that off the tab or bring you another espresso.

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CharlesB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A very good addition to our downtown restaurant options. Seated in the window and separated from the main dining room, it was not possible to assess the overall dining experience. Food quality, flavor, presentation and portions were all above expectations.

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shortump
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bocca is quickly becoming my new favorite restaurant! Each time I've been there, my experience has been perfect! The food is outstanding, and the servers are knowledgeable professionals that help guide your dining experience to perfection.

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Truthcustomer
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent choice for dinner! It was my wife’s birthday and it lived up to the reviews! Travis was the waiter and to excellent care of us!

This moved to one of my top 3 places in Birmingham to eat! Excellent job Bocca

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vipAnchorLady
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. First time to eat in the courtyard. Was delightful!

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Tdiner
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Every course was delicious. I loved the ambiance of the restaurant. Service was a little slow. I would definitely return.

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HenryL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joseph and Matthew and the entire team were so professional and helpful.

Everything was delicious and so pleasantly plated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Travis is the best server in Birmingham.

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dixie
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This new northern Italian restaurant in Birmingham is excellent---truly a great find in the South. I travel often, to many cities in the US, and always seek out the best eating establishments. If you love Italian food,as I do, this is a " best" dining recommendation!

Jim D
Atlanta

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Richard was awesome and the food was superb.

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SandyB
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding addition to the growing Birmingham restaurant community!

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Saunddk
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, drinks, ambiance

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KarenS
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was amazing! Great atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Service was horrible. Dinner for 4 took 3hrs. So unfortunate bc our first time there, the service was impeccable.

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vipNgh60
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best overall experiences we have had in a restaurant.

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vipUncleBob
Birmingham
94 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first in house visit to Tom Saab's 'new" establishment since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The precautions taken, including limiting tables, the large expanse of the restaurant, checking temperatures on arrival, etc., made for a comfortable experience. The food, as with that at Bistro 218, was OUTSTANDING. I'm looking forward to being able to visit again soon.

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vipJohnG
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Always good food. Excellent wine and cocktail selections!

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Madison
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing. The food was amazing, the drinks paired perfect, and the coffee cake desert ended the meal perfectly.

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vipTomW
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service. We will return soon.

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HartHoffman
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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LizB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect as always! Travis is incredible, anyone lucky enough to sit in his section is in for the perfect dining experience.

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MikeP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food were both great. Our server was knowledgeable about the wine list and made good recommendations based on our entrees. Don’t pass up the doughnut for dessert! I

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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 328 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.