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“Enjoyable evening”
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Ranked #11 of 2,005 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$80
Cuisines: American, French, Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between Main and Walnut
Description: Italian food with heart, elegance, and authenticity. Details and passion drive our team to create an extraordinary dining experience. The daily changing menu offers authentic Italian cuisine fashioned with contemporary French technique. Boca is for your special occasions, for meeting up with loved ones, and for anyone who revels in food, drink, and service.
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Our first trip to Boca and it was an enjoyable evening.
The service was great-the waiter explained the menu without droning on and on.
Seafood risotto,steak, and Amish chicken were all enjoyed by our party.
Prices are reasonable.
Only complaint is I noticed that the music on the first floor was deafening. Fortunately we were upstairs.

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Thank travelmomCincinnati
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

There were four to our party. We each ordered an entree. On top of that we ordered all the appetizers on the menu and everything else that came in small plates. We figured that was a good way to sample everything. Everything was delish but, believe it or not, we all still left feeling hungry. Btw, we also ordered desserts.... In other words, the portions are small. Good quality but we had to jump to another restaurant for a second dinner.

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1  Thank mkly8272
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Boca surprised us with a superior dining experience. This was our first visit to this downtown Cincinnati restaurant. In nutshell Boca is an intriguing fusion of Italian food with classic French sauces that packed a flavor punch on everything they graced. The menu rotates monthly and we will be scoping out future month’s menus (posted via their website) and plan to return again.
Here’s what we enjoyed:
1. Appetizers (small plates on the menu)
a. Caramelized Brussel Sprouts – roasted in butter with fresh greens on top. The waiter told us the citizens of Cincinnati would riot if this ever left the menu. We understand. Yummy!
b. Grilled Romaine – grilled romaine leaves lightly dressed. Simple and delicious.
c. Summer Beet Salad – cleverly constructed salad of circles of beet folded over goat cheese topped with fresh greens. Imaginative and tasty.
d. Blue Oven Sourdough Bread – freshly baked. Who doesn’t look an endless bread basket? The bread had a subtle sourdough taste (our preference).
2. Dinner
a. Pasta filled with lobster and peas. Pretty plate and delicious.
b. Seafood Risotto. Every mouthful was flavorful.
c. Poached Branzino. Northern Italian fish rendered tender and tasty. The carrot ginger broth was poured table side which added flair.
d. Filet Boca. Perfectly cooked filet topped with crab and the sauce, the sauce, the sauce, was terrific.
e. Pork Loin. The chef was willing to cook the meat to order, which was appreciated.
3. Dessert
a. Maple Mascarpone Cheesecake. Deconstructed and perfect balance of maple flavored, worth eating.
b. Candy Bar. Chef’s take on a layered candy bar. He’d put Hershey’s out of business if he marketed this.
c. Chocolate Terrine. Slice of thick chocolate mousse topped with pistachios and olive oil. Had me at chocolate. The pistachio/olive oil topper enhanced the terrine.
d. Crème Brule. Classic dish, we found the Brule lighter, more whipped.
e. Seasonal Gelato & Sorbets. Selecting three was the hard part, eating these delightful flavors the easy part. We tried Coconut – wow, mixed berry – fresh, and vanilla – classic.
4. Wait Staff. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and the chef’s philosophy on food. He was the perfect guide to a wonderful dinner. We liked their uniform of jeans, shirt, tie, and vest.
5. Table. As we were a group of five, we enjoyed a round booth tucked in the corner that was not too large not too small. Ambient noise was not a problem with this private booth.
6. Restrooms. Ok, I don’t usually comment on restrooms but Boca’s are single bathrooms with a light over each door. If the light is on, it is occupied, if the light is off, it is available. So that was fun. But surprisingly these were spacious well-appointed baths with a basket of rolled hand towels and discard basket under the pedestal sink.
What we did not like:
1. We arrived before 6pm and the valet parking was not functional yet (though we did not know that would be the case). So there was a bit of confusion. The Boca staff sorted us out and held the keys until the valet service arrived. When we left the restaurant, there was a bit of confusion with the valet staff on the “early” car but it was sorted out quickly again.

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Thank OH_Traveler3
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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

Casey was amazing and he answered all our crazy questions. I have always hated brussel sprouts but Casey was right these are not your Mamma's brussel sprouts! The beet and goat cheese = yum. The risotto is divine. The salmon is refreshing. The cheesecake is like no other. This is definitely on the list for a repeat visit so I can try different items and eat the brussel sprouts again!!

2  Thank ALTravel_everywhere
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Superb food, great atmosphere, cool "water closets". There were 2 in our party and we ordered tasting portions of 4 different dishes. The server brought each dish out with 2 warm plates and gave us plenty of time to enjoy before bringing the next. It was a wonderful culinary experience.

Thank Amy D
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