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Boca Tapas Bar, St. John's, NL

Boca Tapas Bar

4.5
4.5
351 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Spanish

An authentic Spanish experience in the heart of St. John’s. Boca, the Spanish word for mouth, encourages you to use our namesake to taste, drink, and smile.

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2 people

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish

  • Hours of Operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (709) 237-2622

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    St. John's

  • Cross Street

    Cliff Baird's Cove and Water Street.

  • Parking Details

    Atlantic Place parking garage next door

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

Tapas Calientes / Hot Tapas

  • Sopa / Soup* **

    Tomato & piquillo pepper soup with feta

    • Tapa Size$5.00
    • Full Bowl$8.00
  • Patatas Bravas*$7.00

    Spanish fried potatoes served with spicy pimentón sauce and garlic aioli

    • Pão de Queijo**$12.00

      A Brazilian staple. Pork belly with cheese and pimenton de la vera aioli in a gluten free mini roll

      • Bacalao al Horno**$14.00

        Marinated cod filet with Mediterranean spices baked in the oven with vegetables

        • NL Crab Croquetas$14.00

          Crab and bisque fritters with Basquasie sauce and pimenton de la vera aioli

          • Crab Spring Roll

            Newfoundand snow crab with rice, ginger and chili. In phyllo pastry. Served with a harissa sauce

            • Solo$7.00
            • Duo$14.00
          • Cerdo Wontons$8.00

            Spanish sausage, fresh ground pork with smoked red chiles and cheese. Served with a sweet chilli sauce

            • Gambas al Ajillo / Garlic Shrimp**$14.00

              One of the most classic Spanish tapas. Big, sweet shrimp are sautéed with salt and garlic

              • Hot & Sweet Pork Belly**$16.00

                Fried crispy served with honey sriracha glaze and lime

                • Albondigas con Mojo Rojo

                  Spanish meatballs in savoury tomato sauce

                  • Solo (3)$8.00
                  • Palto (9)$19.00
                • Saganaki$14.00

                  A Spanish flair on a Greek favourite, crispy fried Saganaki cheese with a Pedro Jimenez sherry relish

                  Tapas Frías / Cold Tapas

                  • Tuna Tartar Tower**$17.00

                    Tartar of tuna with avocado and a lime aioli

                    • Fried Goat Cheese Salad*$12.00

                      Medley of greens with dry fruits and nuts, apple honey dressing topped with goat cheese fritos

                      • Ensalada de Camarones*$15.00

                        Sautéed shrimp with mixed greens, avocado, tomato, chorizo chips and a strawberry vinaigrette

                        • Tuna Carpaccio**$12.00

                          Quick Sear Tuna shaved and topped with avocado relish & spicy aioli

                          • Hummus Plate** ***$10.00

                            Roasted garlic hummus with smoky eggplant caviar. Served with bread

                            • Olive Bowl** ***$8.00

                              Assorted marinated olives & sweety drop peppers

                              Charcuterie Boards

                              Indulge in the finest culinary delights Spain has to offer**. Featuring authentic cured meats and cheeses, accompanied with a weekly variety of pickled vegetables, olives and relishes. Boards can change seasonally as new items become available

                              • Solo$19.00

                                Plenty for one

                                • Duo$29.00

                                  Great for two to share

                                  • Familia$49.00

                                    A feast for the entire table

                                    Típico / Specialities

                                    • Pollo Ennegrecido$12.00

                                      Chef Gregory's famous blackened chicken sandwich with Spanish smoky paprika. Served with Tempranillo cream sauce on a fresh baguette

                                      • Blackened Cod Tacos

                                        Blackened cod with Spanish seasoning, shredded red cabbage, avocado crema, and roasted corn salsa. Gluten Free Corn Tortillas available**

                                        • Solo (1)$7.00
                                        • Duo (2)$12.00
                                      • Lamb Tagine**

                                        Lamb stew with Moroccan spices and apricots. Served with spiced couscous

                                        • Tapa$12.00
                                        • Solo$18.00
                                      • Paella of the Week**

                                        Ask your server for details of our weekly paella featuring several regional favourites from all around Spain

                                        • Solo$14.00
                                        • Duo$19.00

                                      Desserts / Postres

                                      • Dulce de Leche Creme Brulee**$8.00

                                        • Chocolate Mousse Tower**$8.00

                                          • Sangria Cake$8.00

                                            Tapas Tour of Spain

                                            $129 Sorry, no substitutions. Take a Boca Tapas Tour with these tasty high points of our sharing items

                                            • Crab Spring Roll

                                              • Pork Belly

                                                • Pão de Queijo

                                                  • Albondigas

                                                    • Tuna Carpaccio

                                                      • Cerdo Wontons

                                                        • Patatas Bravas

                                                          • Hummus

                                                            • Nl Crab Croquetas

                                                              • Saganaki

                                                                • Garlic Shrimp

                                                                  • Paella of the Week

                                                                    Served with a Jug of Sangria

                                                                    Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                    What 351 people are saying

                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                                    4.5
                                                                    4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                                    • 4.6Food
                                                                    • 4.4Service
                                                                    • 4.6Ambience
                                                                    • 4.3Value

                                                                    NoiseModerate

                                                                    Loved For

                                                                    • Newfoundland and Labrador

                                                                      Best Overall

                                                                    • Newfoundland and Labrador

                                                                      Best Food

                                                                    • Newfoundland and Labrador

                                                                      Best Ambience

                                                                    • Newfoundland and Labrador

                                                                      Best Value

                                                                    • Newfoundland and Labrador

                                                                      Hot Spot

                                                                    • Newfoundland and Labrador

                                                                      Neighbourhood Gem

                                                                    • Newfoundland and Labrador

                                                                      Vibrant Bar Scene

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                                                                    1. PF

                                                                      PauletteF

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      2.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                                                      overall2food3service1ambience2

                                                                      I was highly disappointed this time. Our table of five received their food in random order, which meant some were eating and others were not. There was a long time between dishes, and the timing was all over the place. Food that should have been served first, was the last to arrive to the table, like the charcuterie board. The server was busy, but even getting water was difficult. It took so long to get our orders that when it was time for dessert, it was too late. We were all ready to give up and leave.I most likely won't be returning.

                                                                    2. CK

                                                                      ChristineK

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      1.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                      overall1food2service3ambience2

                                                                      This was my husband’s birthday supper. The food was served Luke warm and super quick. We expected small portions, but 100 dollars for an inadequate amount of food was frustrating. It definitely was made a head of time and just taken out of a warmer. The entire experience was done in 45 minutes. Definitely will not recommend.

                                                                    3. T

                                                                      Tash

                                                                      Vancouver

                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      This place was amazing, the food, the blueberry sangria, the atmosphere and the music. Really enjoyed it and will defined be back.

                                                                    4. MP

                                                                      MichelleP

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      The food, service, atmosphere and live music were excellent! We can’t wait to go back again!

                                                                    5. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Atlantic Canada

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Excellent. We were given a not-so-nice table, but got it switched instantly.

                                                                    6. TD

                                                                      TaraD

                                                                      Las Vegas

                                                                      25 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      25 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Wonderful . Great dinner

                                                                    7. C

                                                                      Catharine

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      I was so pleased! My first time there was outstanding, I will definitely be back. The food was 10/10, the sangria was 10/10, the servers were so nice, very attentive but also not at the table every 2 minutes. I would recommend to anyone who likes good food and a good atmosphere.

                                                                    8. BL

                                                                      BonitaL

                                                                      Atlantic Canada

                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Amazing as always. Never disappointed when visiting Boca :)

                                                                    9. LC

                                                                      LoriC

                                                                      Atlantic Canada

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      We had a lovely time. The food was delicious and the tasting menu very plentiful! The drinks were also really good. I highly recommend!

                                                                    10. AP

                                                                      AlyssaP

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Boca never disappoints. It’s my favourite place to go and it is never too busy or loud on weeknights. Food is quick and servers are so attentive. 10/10 always recommend.

                                                                    11. SR

                                                                      SamR

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      vip
                                                                      2.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                      overall2food4service3ambience3

                                                                      Host unfriendly, chair was like something at my kids daycare, tiny and uncomfortable. Wouldn’t move us to better or more comfortable seating even though most tables around us remained empty. Couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Server was friendly though.

                                                                    12. KP

                                                                      KeithP

                                                                      Atlantic Canada

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                      Food was very good. The server was friendly and the food came out fast and hot. The atmosphere was sports bar like (without the sports) and was fun. Prices were as reasonable as a restaurant is going to be. Overall very enjoyable experience for a fun, casual night out.

                                                                    13. N

                                                                      Nick

                                                                      Calgary

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Excellent good, excellent service, would definitely recommend

                                                                    14. F

                                                                      Fran

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      The food is always good but the value on the valentines menu was incredible. They let us substitute the wine for sangria and were accommodating for a vegetarian diet, separating the meat and cheese on the charcuterie board. Our server was absolutely lovely and due to bad weather the restaurant was relatively quiet. It was a lovely experience.

                                                                    15. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Atlantic Canada

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      This is our to go place when we do date nights. The bday supper was wonderful the food and wine and the service was good like always. The only thing bad thing is the music was to loud and you can hear other peoples conversation.

                                                                    16. J

                                                                      Jellybean709

                                                                      Tampa

                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      1.0

                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                      Dined on January 13, 2022

                                                                      overall1food1service5ambience5

                                                                      I wish we had been advised before we got seated that they had a Moroccan menu that night. Went there for the regular menu and sat down to be unpleasantly surprised. Picked up McDonalds on the way home after the food we ordered was gross.

                                                                    17. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Atlantic Canada

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on January 8, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      This was our first time at Boca and it did not disappoint. The flavours on the food were incredible. We wanted to try everything! And the cocktails were some of the best we’ve ever had. We will definitely be back!!

                                                                    18. SJ

                                                                      StJohns

                                                                      Atlantic Canada

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on December 18, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Excellent evening of great food! Our server, Natasha, was exceptional! Her recommendations and service was excellent!

                                                                    19. TF

                                                                      TomF

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on December 10, 2021

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                      Natasha was an excellent server. Friendly and helpful. Good menu choices. Overall an excellent evening.

                                                                    20. MN

                                                                      MinNL

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      3.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on December 10, 2021

                                                                      overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                                      Waitress was really friendly, but unsure of menu and not familiar with drink menu. Food is tasty, but very pricey for value. Great atmosphere.

                                                                    21. KD

                                                                      KevinD

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on November 27, 2021

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                      Great service. Tasty bites. Like the Tapas idea. Great for sharing.

                                                                    22. HE

                                                                      HeidiE

                                                                      Edmonton

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 21, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Great food, great service, great cocktails, great Crème Brûlée

                                                                    23. JS

                                                                      JessicaS

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on November 20, 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                      The atmosphere, food, service, and drinks were wonderful. We spent almost 2 hours there and it only felt like 10 minutes! Will definitely be going again and again!

                                                                    24. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Atlantic Canada

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 15, 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                                      Great lunch!

                                                                    25. BC

                                                                      BarbaraC

                                                                      Toronto

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on November 13, 2021

                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                                      Overall it was a great meal and the service was pretty good

                                                                    26. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Montreal

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on November 13, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Great food and service

                                                                    27. KD

                                                                      KelseyD

                                                                      Exclusive

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      1.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on November 6, 2021

                                                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                      Not great food, service was mediocre and expensive for what you got.

                                                                    28. LE

                                                                      LenEatsalot

                                                                      Houston

                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 5, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Tasty tapas and excellent service. Wonderful ambience. Onelvis on the Spanish gituar was a treat.

                                                                    29. TH

                                                                      ToddH

                                                                      Toronto

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 29, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Great spot

                                                                    30. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Montreal

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 27, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Try the tasting menu. More than enough delicious tapas for two people and enjoy the sangria. Will visit again when back in town

                                                                    31. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      1.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on October 23, 2021

                                                                      overall1food1service1ambience4

                                                                      Hair in food, waitress was rude about how we only had an hour to eat and leave

                                                                    32. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Atlantic Canada

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 23, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Food was so yummy!

                                                                    33. P

                                                                      Pickyeater

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 21, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      We had an early evening reservation and it was quiet. Our server was super friendly and helpful with the menu. All items were well presented and delicious. The chocolate cake for dessert was the perfect portion size and very tasty.

                                                                    34. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on October 8, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Good experience. Nice food

                                                                    35. AW

                                                                      AliciaW

                                                                      Atlantic Canada

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on October 7, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Wonderful meal and service. Live music was beautiful.

                                                                    36. JR

                                                                      JennyR

                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on September 25, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                      The tuna carpaccio was the best I’ve had, as was the beef carpaccio.

                                                                    37. SR

                                                                      SteveR

                                                                      Toronto

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      3.0

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      Dined on September 25, 2021

                                                                      overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                      We had 7 tapas plates. The pork belly was the best _by_a_mile_. Shrimp cevice was very good, a strong #2. Cod cheeks, probably #3. Patatas bravas, #4. After that, nothing really memorable, except I will say that the crab spring roll was a disappointment and our least favorite. The sangria was good, and service was very good. Atmosphere at our high-top table was poor - so dark that it was impossible to read the menu without a cell phone to light it, and we really have no idea what any of the dishes looked like

                                                                    38. M

                                                                      Marhop

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                      Dined on September 18, 2021

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                      great service. good food pleasant experience

                                                                    39. C

                                                                      Caper

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on September 12, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Excellent tapas, each selection was great. Recommend to anyone in St John’s.

                                                                    40. ST

                                                                      SarahT

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on September 9, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Amazing food, and a perfect spot for a lovely date night. I've already recommended it to several people, and I'll definitely be visiting again myself!

                                                                    Safety precautions

                                                                    • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                                      • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                                      • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                      • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                                      • Contactless payment available
                                                                    • Physical distancing

                                                                      • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                    • Protective equipment

                                                                      • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                      • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                                    • Screening

                                                                      • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                                      • Contact tracing information collected

                                                                    FAQs

                                                                    Boca Tapas Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (709) 237-2622.

                                                                    Boca Tapas Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 351 OpenTable diners.

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

                                                                    Make a reservation

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                                                                    Google Map for Boca Tapas Bar

                                                                    189 Water St St. John's, NL A1C 1B4

                                                                    Additional information

                                                                    • Cross Street

                                                                      Cliff Baird's Cove and Water Street.

                                                                    • Neighbourhood

                                                                      St. John's

                                                                    • Hours of Operation

                                                                      Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                      Spanish

                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                      Casual Dining

                                                                    • Dress Code

                                                                      Casual Dress

                                                                    • Parking Details

                                                                      Atlantic Place parking garage next door

                                                                    • Payment Options

                                                                      AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                    • Additional

                                                                      Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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