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Bocado (Tapas) in Worcester

This is my new favorite restaurant. They just opened. A friend ate their 2 night's ago and told me about it. I hadn't even heard about it at all. She had rave reviews.

So my husband and I went to check it out for an early New Year's Eve dinner. It was AWESOME! The service was great, the atmosphere was great, the food was the best!

I ordered a flight of wine. They let you try 3 2-oz portions of different wines. I told the waitress that I liked dry reds, and she had recommended one of the flights. She made a change on it just for me because one of them was supposed to be white. I especially liked the Cojito wine (If I remember the name correctly).

We had 4 tapas: lamb meatballs, garlic shrimp, fried rice balls with a melted cheese center, and a fois gras sandwich (unfortunately, as I ate, hubby told me about the fois gras controversy and I'll never order it again - though it tasted great).

We also had a meal for 2: the paella. Then, we finished the meal with churros and chocolate and cappucino. Delightful!

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  1. Thanks, Puppy. I have been wondering whether it was open yet. I'm glad to hear your report!

    1. Where is it? Sounds great.....

      1. We took exit 14 off of rt. 290. We were coming from the north, heading toward Auburn. Before the end of the exit, go to the right. Pass Chevalier Furniture. It's the next block up on the corner at the traffic light. There's a small parking lot at the intersection as well (across from the restaurant).

        1. We took exit 14 off of rt. 290. We were coming from the north, heading toward Auburn. Before the end of the exit, go to the right. Pass Chevalier Furniture. It's the next block up on the corner at the traffic light. There's a small parking lot at the intersection as well (across from the restaurant).

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          1. re: puppymomma

            what was the price range at Bocado?
            Thanks!

            1. re: uncle rico

              http://www.block5bistro.com/

              If it is anything like its sister restaurant you can check out this website.

              It is a combo site, but the Bocado part dosen't have details yet.

              1. re: uncle rico

                Our entire meal was about $84 (not including tip). That was for the 4 tapas (they ranged from about 4-12 dollars (the fois gras was the most expensive), the paella ($25 and was for two people, and had a lot of calamari, clams, mussels, shrimp, chicken, and suasage), the wine was about $7, and I don't remember the rest.

                They had specials that night. For $55 per person you got 4 cheese selections, 6 tapas, a meal for two, and a dessert. Then for $25 there was a wine special on several flights (I don't remember how many).

            2. I could not wait to go. Unfortunately I feel that my experience is going to be somewhat skewed, because my three friends and I did not make reservations. We had to wait two hours for a table. Three of us went through a sixty dollar bar tab just waiting for the table (Skip the bland pitcher of sangria and get a mojito instead). The water to accompany our drinks was not complimentary, although the hummus and breadsticks were. We were all very impressed with the pork loin fig and blue cheese, the garlic shrimp and the rice balls filled with mozzarella (glorified mozzarella sticks). The paella was pretty good. When we tried the waiters recommendation of the tuna burger we found it rather disappointing and our haddock fingers... the name van de kamp came to mind. The only thing that really made me decide that I would give it another chance (with reservations) was the staffs authentic concern for our disappointments, although we told them it was not necessary they removed the tuna burgers. Ultimately our bill came to about $140.00 with the tip included. One of my male friends also made a comment, when we returned home, that he would usually go out for dinner being less hungry than he was after our night at bocado.
              I love tapas and definitely feel that it is a step in the right direction for this area, I also understand how easy it is to linger at your table when enjoying this style of eating but the 2hr. wait just did not leave me in a great state of mind for the dinner.