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Boca Tapas Bar, St. John's, NL

Boca Tapas Bar

4.6
4.6
433 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 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

What 433 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

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

    Innovative

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Healthy

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Hot spot

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! We had a great evening !
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Boca is a great atmosphere combined with predictably good food. The chicken sandwich is so delicious!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greg and his staff are outstanding. The food was amazing, service was top notch as usual!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and such good service - always an enjoyable time at Boca!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    I've had my crew and cast out for dinner here before and loved it so we chose it again! It didn't disappoint- I'll be back and recommend it !! Taralee Gerhard, film producer:)
  6. TB

    TimB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Do not normally write reviews but we were really disappointed. Menu is shrunk, three tables in use all next to each other - I guess to make it easier on staff than for customers. Food was bland and not what it used to be. Used to one of our favorites. Literally bumping elbows with next table. Not really even tapas on menu.
  7. GB

    GillianB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service great food
  9. UH

    UrsulaH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We love Boca and have been there a few times, always with excellent food and service! We took our son and his girlfriend there for their first time and they loved it! My son said he has never tried so many new things and absolutely loved them all. Thanks!
  10. SP

    SteveP

    Atlantic Canada

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food service and a fun atmosphere.
  11. GC

    GeraldC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall a great experience! Server was great and food was good.
  12. MC

    MeghanC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The food at Boca was delicious and we enjoyed the atmosphere, however, the service could be improved. Although our server was very friendly, she did make us feel somewhat rushed and it took a while for our plates to be cleared. Despite this, I would happily go back.
  13. LE

    LEspP

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was excellent …would be nice to have live entertainment on weekends.
  14. C

    Catt

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We went for my birthday to have supper, and it was just as great as last time. The food was amazing, and though it was pretty busy, we didn't feel like we had to wait a long time for anything. Our waiter was super nice, the music was good, the atmosphere was very warm and welcoming. We ended up being there til close because we were having such a good time. Cannot wait to go back!
  15. RB

    RBak

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance in a very cool setting. Food was phenomenal as was the service.
  16. JA

    JaneA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing as well as the atmosphere!
  17. F

    Fox66

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service and food. Try the booth for a more initiate setting when dinning with a small group.
  18. MB

    MarionB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I absolutely love going to Boca’s!! It is most definitely my most favourite restaurant ❤️
  19. TS

    TravelingScoff

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience3
    I was using a birthday gift certificate. All went ok. Server was obviously new and just left us to pour our own wine after opening LOLOL
  20. LB

    LynnB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was friendly and very swift. Food was great, atmosphere very relaxed. Great musician on guitar singing lots of familiar tunes. A great spot!
  21. RC

    ReneeC

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful dinner. A lot of awesome options to try!
  22. K

    Kathleen

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There were a lot of fruit flies.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the food, the friendly service and the relaxed atmosphere. The crème brûlée is a must for dessert.
  24. KY

    KayY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent authentic spanish style tapas. Promptly served with grace and a smile Music and decor appropriate for the cuisine
  25. M

    Merz

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is awesome if you like tapas. Quality food is what you can expect.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Get place to share food or eat your own. Great place to have a chat with friends .
  27. HO

    HeatherO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and our server was excellent! Can’t wait to visit again !
  28. NR

    NatashaR

    Atlantic Canada

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience last evening! New menu items were spot on, and service (server Julian!) was fabulous. Was so much fun to see the restaurant packed and boisterous again. Boca has been a go to for many years, and last night did not disappoint!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    As always we had a great time. It’s our date night go too. Great customer service, food was great. Just wish they had a little more on the menu.
  30. JD

    JodiD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little spot. Lovely ambience. Food delicious, staff were warm and friendly. A nice add on was the live music with a lot of oldies but goodies. The shrimp were delicious as were the pastas bravas, goat cheese salad and pretty much everything we had. Great selection of sangrias too.
  31. VH

    ValerieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Julian provided "Excellent" service. Food was great!! Music was upbeat!! Can't wait for my next visit!!
  32. M

    Maureen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I love the ambiance of this place. Ask your server about the size of the plates, some are shareable but others obviously just for one person.
  33. JT

    JenniferT

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our son chose Boca for his 10th Birthday Supper. We’ve been there many times and this time was fabulous (like always). The restaurant went above and beyond to make it special for our son. We ordered many dishes between the 5 of us and I don’t think there was a thing leftover. And the crème brûlée was to die for. Thanks and we’ll see you again!
  34. T

    Tanya

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    First, let me say that our group experience there in early August was exceptional! The food is always excellent - so flavourful and perfectly cooked/prepared. And the service we experienced was wonderful. That's why my husband and I booked our anniversary date there in late August. Unfortunately, this time was disappointing. It started off great, with a cocktail and plans to order a bottle of wine when the food came. Throughout our dinner we had five different servers. I think this contributed to part of our order not going in... after waiting some time asked for it and it came fairly promptly after that. But I'm sad to say, we seemed to be an afterthought. It was busy on the outside deck but only two or three tables within. I'm not sure why, when booking the reservation, we're prompted to share whether there is a special occasion? Not that we expected anything above and beyond, but I did mention that it was our wedding anniversary. Instead of anything special, the basic service wasn't even there. We still enjoyed ourselves, we were celebrating! And again, the food it stellar. We'll go back to try it again but maybe not on a Friday evening... it appeared to be too much for the staff to handle.
  35. SH

    SH1874

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    While the food was great, we were extremely disappointed to learn that the restaurant wasn't doing the 'tour' during the summer months. Our waitress was good but not great, she could be been more attentive and friendly. When we asked about size portions of the tapas her response was it depends on how much you eat, not very helpful.
  36. BK

    BrianK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Everything was tasty and wonderfully cooked. As you might expect with Tapas, orders came quickly. Slightly disappointed that I could no get the Spanish beer they advertise, but it was a very nice meal
  37. BC

    BryC

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Live band was amazing!
  38. AP

    AndrewPH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience3
    Probably my favourite restaurant in St. John’s. The food is always great. The server, however, wanted us out of there. She kept referencing a large group incoming and that we needed to go. We asked to move tables and the server said no. Then an hour later the server asked us to move to the table we requested. Just such an odd experience.
  39. PW

    PamW

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boca never disappoints. Great atmosphere, amazing food, great staff, and the most delicious sangria.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and drinks. Highly recommend!

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 4.6 stars by 433 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today
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

    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 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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