BOCADO's in Worcester, MA
Thinking of trying this popular Tapas Restaurant and wondering if any of you fellow "chowhounders" have been there?
Would love to hear some reviews.
I do NOT know any of the owners ;). I was there once and had a wonderful experience. Service was top notch, tapas were delicious and the serving sizes were quite ample. I have recommended it to many folks, and everyone I know of who has tried it has loved it. The only possible downside I can think of is that it is quite loud, so not the best place for an intimate get-together.
I've been once and had a great experience. The space is quite loud (not a romantic destination really). Service was attentive. Portions are very generous (larger than what one expects of tapas). The "Bocado experience" for four could easily feed six people. Flavors are not particularly Spanish but everything was good nonetheless. Overall, I prefer tapas at Toro (Back Bay, Boston) but Bocado would merit a return trip.
Not only did we find it very loud but also very dark. We wished we had flashlights to read the menu! Overall the food was decent, but we prefer Solea in Waltham.
Also i dont recall the details but something about the bread is in the back of my mind. Either they didnt give bread or not enough of it or something...
Id go check it out again though in fact we had planned to go a few weeks back but when we called around 3 to make a dinner reservation for 4 the earliest was 9:00 which was later then we wanted. So if you go, especially on a weekend, plan way ahead.
I've been there numerous times and have enjoyed it every time. One of the better choices in the big Woo these days. Science Chick hits all the key issues -- delicious food, great service, very noisy. The have a terrific Spanish wine list and offer tasting flights at very reasonable costs. The servers are remarkably knowledgable regarding the wines, and very good at helping you pace your meal with a few rounds of tapas. Skip the "large plates" and focus on tapas, for sure.
I think of Bocado as more of a wine bar kind of place than a restaurant. I like it a little more than it's sister restaurant, Block 5, but not a huge fan of either. There are always a few wines at each place (with excellent pricing) that can carry me thru the hit or miss menu (the shrimp egg rolls were inedible on my last visit).. I go when others insist, but never choose these places. I guess if you really know the menu you can figure out what is good and stick to that.
Bocado is my favorite restaurant of all time. I was just there 2 weeks ago and had yet another wonderful dinner. We got the bocado Experience for four. Oh, and I had a flight of reds from the Rioja region of Spain.
I can't say enough wonderful things about Bocado.
My husband and I have been three times, once with another couple. This last time was truly the last! Forget about an intimate get-together -- the place was so loud that our party of four couldn't communicate! I'm talking about headache-inducing volume, and there is no excuse for it. As for the food, most of the tapas are good, although some old Spanish stand-bys, like patatas bravas, are not up to par. The paella was so over-salted that it was inedible. Our two guys, who can usually pack it away, left their meals unfinished. Overall, a disappointing experience.
I've been about four times in the last year. Overall, a good experience. Order off the tapas menu and forget about the "experience". Plenty of food, good value. Great sangria! It is dark and noisy but that's part of the charm.