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Bocanova

Bocanova

Tapas Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Jack London Square, Oakland
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  • Kat G.
    "Ceviche, lobster chowder, soft shell crab, all soooo good."(13 Tips)
    Tom M.
    "Definitely get the scallops and bread pudding."(9 Tips)
    Gabriel R.
    "If the deviled eggs are on the menu, they're amazing!"(3 Tips)
    Lorene A.
    "Delicious sangria and crab deviled eggs are amazing."(2 Tips)
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  • Eric F.
    Eric FloydJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Wonderful selection of tasty cuisine. Everything is great to share! Great wine choices and pricing system (half off on Wednesdays) I don't even like bread pudding but here it is beyond divine!
  • Kat G.
    Kat GainesMay 17, 2015
    Eat the seafood. Eat all the seafood. Ceviche, lobster chowder, soft shell crab, all soooo good. Bonus points for extensive wine list and great desserts too.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieJune 27, 2015
    Great outdoor seating, excellent people watching on the weekends, good for a drink and miscellaneous snacks, the food is OK, there are significantly better options within a stones throw.
  • Valerie C.
    Valerie CossioAugust 29, 2011
    Despite the lack of sangria, awesome place! 9 plates and 3 desserts: none disappointed. Must try the peppers, Pacific King Cod ceviche with plantain chips, and bread pudding.
  • Prentiss E.
    Prentiss Earl IIIJune 16, 2013
    If you're into oysters, these are FRESH....the ceviche w/ planting chips were my fav & the chocolate bread pudding finished me off! #Value #Tasty #GreatAtmosphere
  • LeVan G.
    LeVan GreeneAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour all of the bar bites are excellent especially the ribs so tender
  • Cathy B.
    Cathy BApril 26, 2011
    Walu "white tuna" crudo. mexican rice. huarache. creme brulee. and of course their awesome coffee from Brazil. and of course a chardonnay from Argentina. everything is uhmayzing!
  • Angelica D.
    Angelica DongalloJanuary 20, 2015
    Spacious restaurant, with outdoor seating along waterfront of Jack London square. The Pan-American food is simple but delicious!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MenzelMarch 14, 2014
    Juan is the man! Best service and food I have ever had. Definitely get the scallops and bread pudding.
  • Lorene A.
    Lorene AlbaSeptember 17, 2013
    Beautiful view from seating on the patio, gorgeous inside. Delicious sangria and crab deviled eggs are amazing.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RybarczykOctober 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pacific Rock fish ceviche with plantain chips. Spicy and tangy with the sweet crunch of plantains. Love it!
  • Tina D.
    Tina DJune 30, 2015
    Duck tacos are perfect and not greasy, guasacaca has some kick and cocktails are on point.
  • David D.
    David DekkerMarch 24
    The whole fish and bandeja platter were top notch....
  • Jason J.
    Jason JamesJuly 30, 2014
    Pan-American tapas from a Chez Panisse alum, all enjoyed on a patio with a beautiful view of the Oakland yacht harbor.
  • Romina P.
    Romina PSeptember 19, 2013
    The new Spice Sour cocktail is delicious! Just like a pumpkin latte @ ur local coffee shop signifies the start of fall so does this cocktail!
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 27, 2015
    Come here for the happy hour menu specials between 3 and 6 and enjoy the views of the water and the great people watching.
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Scallops. Doesn't matter what they're currently serving them with. Do it now, thank me later.
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinAugust 25, 2013
    Really good food, but be ready for sticker shock when you get the bill- the plates add up
  • Harold H.
    Harold HoffmanFebruary 18, 2012
    All good: jicama wedges, duck quinoa, sea bass main dish & short ribs braised with menudo
  • Arte Y.
    Arte YescasNovember 23, 2015
    for fancy times, really good seafood, very cozy place
  • Courtney C.
    Courtney CereficeMay 14, 2015
    You can't go wrong with anything on the menu....a bit pricey, but DELICIOUS!!!!!!
  • Claudia H.
    Claudia HApril 22, 2013
    Been here twice. Amazing food, delicate seasoning & well portioned. Will go back !!
  • Kalika Y.
    Kalika YapMarch 20, 2012
    Amazing dishes: shrimp ceviche, brussel sprouts, celery pear salad, scallops!
  • Katie L.
    Katie LanceApril 25, 2014
    The fried chicken sandwich is the best! Spicy, crunchy and delicious!
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiFebruary 11, 2016
    Great for brunch. Indoor and outdoor seating. Gorgeous views.
  • BARE M.
    BARE MagazineOctober 17, 2011
    The Kobe Style Bavette Steak is amazing! The chipotle mushroom sauce is to die for.
  • Belen E.
    Belen EstacioJanuary 23, 2013
    Amazing atmosphere, must try the rib tacos - amazing wineeeee
  • Joe C.
    Joe ClederaJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for Oakland Restaurant Week - Awesome lunch and dinner prefix menu.
  • Tina C.
    Tina CanslerSeptember 3, 2012
    The food was amazing! We ordered oysters, pacific roc cod ceviche, and pole bean salad. The service on the other hand was horrible. Tracy greeted us with attitude and left us with attitude.
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MohajerFebruary 4, 2016
    Bread pudding, fired cauliflower, and sweet potatoes are my favorites.
  • Nishant T.
    Nishant TotlaFebruary 20
    Not many vegetarian options, but the ones that exist are very good. Nice ambience as well.
  • Kouros M.
    Kouros MohitJune 6, 2010
    Look on Wednesdays try their half price bottle of wine and order the most expensive on the wine list. The best deal in town.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ChangSeptember 28, 2013
    The Brussels sprouts - soooo delicious!
  • Justin B.
    Justin BarnesAugust 12, 2012
    Great bites, delicious in your mouth but a bite to the wallet as well.
  • Tony J.
    Tony JelkeJuly 5, 2012
    Wednesday is 1/2 prices on restaurant bottle wines. Wonderful selection.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McCarthyAugust 16, 2015
    Try the Grilled Brentwood Corn On The Cob - (via @Foodspotting)
  • The Big La, Todd K.
    The Big La, Todd KelleySeptember 20, 2013
    Try the Drake's Ipa - Bitter and delicious.
  • Marc C.
    Marc CalladoMarch 17, 2013
    Spicy lovers - ask for habanero sauce
  • Ian K.
    Ian KennedyMarch 13, 2012
    50% off wines on Wednesday is the best deal in town!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 28, 2016
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Bocanova.
  • Es D.
    Es DeeFebruary 23, 2014
    Great for birthday celebrations and sharing
  • Yann J.
    Yann JaquetApril 24, 2013
    I read the tip that said not to spend money here because it was all about the location. I wondered: how bad could it be? Well, the enchiladas were definitely not good. Have a drink, don't eat here!
  • Stephany
    StephanyAugust 3, 2014
    Get the ceviche and enjoy the view of the water!
  • Bonnie J.
    Bonnie JoyDecember 29, 2011
    Good lord. Order the pineapple upside down cake for dessert!
  • Albert C.
    Albert ChunJune 17, 2013
    Bread pudding is hella good. This is all I come for.
  • Maria
    MariaApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Dungeness Crab Deviled Eggs. I dream of these.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McCarthyAugust 16, 2015
    Try the Pan Roasted Mussels - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChristiansonAugust 17, 2014
    Steak sandwich was very tasty, but the Bread Pudding was on a different level.
  • Christina C.
    Christina CApril 13, 2014
    Chicken Tinga is delicious!
  • Alma I.
    Skip the food here enjoy a Paloma drink. Seriously skip the food, horrible short rib empanadas (actually spit them out) Pork pozole (no comment) just bland. The beet salad with añejo cheese skip
  • David R.
    David RogersMay 5, 2011
    Great service...the Duck Posole is to die for.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SalingerJanuary 19, 2010
    had a nice experience here. good food, friendly service and our server, Alma, was really fun. I'd recommend
  • Ed D.
    Ed DioknoJune 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Roast chicken, deviled eggs, oysters& more
  • Gabriel R.
    Gabriel RooneyOctober 6, 2012
    If the deviled eggs are on the menu, they're amazing! Get them
  • Carla
    CarlaApril 2, 2011
    People aren't lying about the bread pudding! It's amazing. However, not a lot of food for the money.
  • Kathleen
    KathleenAugust 21, 2013
    The business lunch is fantastic!
  • Paul
    PaulMay 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ignore the unfriendly hostess! (8pm,Monday night)
  • John G.
    John GelbiusAugust 27, 2015
    Great food and outdoor seating
  • Fatima
    FatimaFebruary 2, 2011
    NO LIE - CHOCOLATE BREAD PUDDING IS OOC!!! You must try it!
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimJanuary 29, 2015
    The lobster chowder there was good.
  • Arthur C.
    Arthur ChangNovember 30, 2013
    Churro. That's all you need to know
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 4, 2015
    If you are in Bocanova, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Eka B.
    Eka BelleApril 13, 2013
    Best to cure shishito fever...
  • Angela Y.
    Angela YokotaJune 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Ahi Tuna Crudo
  • Alex B.
    Alex BudakMarch 21, 2016
    Great ceviche 🎏
  • Jared H.
    Jared HansenAugust 19, 2010
    +1 for the halibut ceviche; it's excellent.
  • Prentiss E.
    Prentiss Earl IIIJune 16, 2013
    They have Templeton Rye #NuffSaid
  • Asher Y.
    Asher YanichApril 19, 2013
    Yummy chicken sandwich and great cocktails.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WithersJuly 30, 2016
    Fish sandwich was super good
  • Peter C.
    Peter CastilloJune 24, 2014
    Only happy hour beer is Bud?? Let's get real. Why not #Drakes or #LindenStreet
  • Jade H.
    Jade HeatherMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place... will be back :)
  • Jen M.
    Jen MJanuary 21, 2012
    Ceviche is a must order!
  • Voleine A.
    Voleine AmilcarJune 1, 2010
    Go to Bocanova during happy hour 3-6 for tasty bites and drinks specials.
  • Alan R.
    Alan RMarch 22, 2015
    Yummy ceviche!!
  • RayE
    RayEApril 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ribs are to die for
  • Leda G.
    Leda GannonDecember 12, 2011
    I don't like mussels but these made me a convert!
  • Angela Y.
    Angela YokotaJune 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the BBQ ribs
  • Tuyen V.
    Tuyen VoDecember 18, 2009
    Pig's Nose or Sheep's Dip Scotch. Great blends, reasonably priced.
  • Hank L.
    Hank LeMieuxMay 26, 2010
    Loved it. Great halibut ceviche.
  • Hector S.
    Hector SalgadoApril 14, 2012
    Try the Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Lorann
    LorannJanuary 26, 2010
    Try the beats, they are amazing and addictive!
  • Anna H.
    Anna HartmanMarch 11, 2010
    the sea bass ceviche with plantain chips!
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserApril 7, 2014
    check out four square while waiting for the slow service.
  • Angela S.
    Angela SFebruary 4, 2010
    Try the chocolate bread pudding! Amazing!
  • Phil W.
    Phil WolffAugust 29, 2009
    eat the grilled corn. savory and sweet.
  • Vinit P.
    Vinit PatilMarch 14, 2010
    the rabbit stew
  • ronny m.
    ronny mirandaSeptember 1, 2012
    Horrible customer service. Didn't even get greeted after 15 mins.
  • richard l.
    richard levittOctober 4, 2009
    save yr $$ for something else. this place is all location and no menu or service.
  • Ann M.
    Ann MontgomeryMarch 29, 2015
    Terrible service every time we come.
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