Boca Steak: An incompetent, expensive wannabe.
At the insistence of our teenage grand-kids last night was the 4th and final attempt at finding some redeeming reason for this restaurant's existence. It's success speaks volumes to the willing acceptance of pretentious mediocrity by Marin's dining population. In 4 visits and an extensive tour of the menu, I've never had a competent meal. On my last visit the overcooked Pork Chop was drenched in a sickeningly sweet sauce that masked the off-flavor of the pork. Pasta in the Linguini Tutto Mare was flaccid, the Calamari Fritte greasy and the steaks tough and if eaten without the 4 house sauces, without discernible flavor. Even the menu is a fraud, I asked the waiter to substitute the "Garlic Mashed Potatoes" that come with the steaks for the "Yukon Gold" that come with the Chicken and he said; "They're the same." Last night's overcooked dry chicken entree's (A "Half-Chicken" with no dark meat and a leather tough Milanese) , two tasteless Filet Mignon's, and a tasteless Caesar Salad put the cap on this place. Even the family finally gave up and asked if I knew a good steakhouse in the county. (Marin Joe's).
340 Ignacio Blvd, Novato, CA 94949
Gotta agree, I so want to like this place with its mojito's, choice of steak sauces, house brined pickles, and duck fat fries, but have walked away disappointed on both of my visits - most having to do with the cold steaks.
One can do better for less at Izzy;s in Corte Madera.
EDIT: Oops, it looks like Izzy's has closed!
Izzy's Steaks & Chops
55 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925