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Zuzana K. ·
Reviewed April 2, 2016
Really awesome food and ambience - a little loud, but fun

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Ricardo E. ·
Reviewed June 18, 2015
Service was pretty good, we weren't given much along the lines of menu recommendations. Though most of our food choices were good, be advised- don't order the espresso... it taste like old coffee grinds with a splash of cough syrup (yuk!!)

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Susan B. ·
Reviewed June 16, 2015
My husband and I have dined at Bocanova several times and the food is always great, interesting and fresh. And it was this time as well, however, the service which was great the first time we were there, has just gotten spottier. The hostess "lost" us on the wait list and was telling people that things were kind of slow because the wait staff was "real tired". We waited at the bar and the bar staff was just down right snotty. Our waitress was real nice but unaccessible, and it wasn't like we were asking for anything in particular, she was spread too thin maybe. But the kicker was that they automatically add a tip for a party of 4. We eat out often and spend money in restaurants and have never seen such a thing for a party of 4. I like the restaurant and we travel from Sonoma County to eat there, but I think we will sit this one out for a while.

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The Deal

  • $99 for $180 worth of pan-American cuisine at dinner
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The Fine Print


Promotional value expires Jun 18, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Dine-in only. Reservation required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid with any other offers or promotions. Not valid on federal holidays. Valid for dinner only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Bocanova


Cuisine Type: Pan-American

Established: 2009

Reservations: Recommended

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 25–50

Parking: Free street parking

Most popular offering: Peruvian Sea Bass Ceviche with aji amarillo and sweet potato

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: Full bar

Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only

Outdoor Seating: Yes

If you're wondering what to order at Bocanova, simply ask those in the know. The New York Times, for example, recommends the dungeness crab deviled eggs and the grilled chianina ribeye with a Peruvian Oriental sauce. Chef and owner Rick Hackett, meanwhile, speaks to the popularity of the chocolate croissant bread pudding: "In one month we sold 2,400."

No matter what, though, you should probably get a book—they're all around the dining room, and they're part of the Boca Book Exchange, an initiative that allows guests to take, leave, or trade in a piece of literature. The project is especially appropriate considering the pan-American restaurant's location in Jack London Square, and it's also an apt analogy for Hackett's approach to cuisine: eclectic, multinational, and often surprising.

Hackett's recipes have their roots in countries from Mexico to Peru. His fascination with Latin and South American food stemmed from the staff meals—that is, meals prepared for the restaurant workers before their shifts—at his other restaurant, MarketBar. He felt that the family-style plates arranged by his sous-chef and staff demanded a larger audience. Now, at Bocanova, he fills the entrees with local ingredients and California flair, building an edible bridge between the old world and the new.

In keeping with the homey theme, the menu's layout arranges dishes by different parts of the kitchen: pantry, stove, grill, and so on. Starters of jicama wedges lead into ceviches or fried cauliflower, bright palate-cleansers before larger helpings of braised lamb with pasilla chiles, or local halibut. Another dining tip to keep in mind: eat outdoors. That way, you can watch the yachts peacefully sail into the harbor and peacefully change back into cars when they return.

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