Bocata

/ Seafood, Restaurant, Pub & bar
#273 of 12384 places to eat in Montreal
ClosedOpens at 17:00
Spanish, Wine bars, French, Seafood, Vegetarian options
$$$$ Average price: CAD 30-59
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310 Saint-Paul St W
Montreal, Québec, Canada
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Come here for a drink after a long walk around Phi Centre. Dishes of French and Spanish cuisines can be ordered at this restaurant. Offering mouthwatering oysters, squid ink risotto and calamari is the hallmark of Bocata. You will be served good lemon pie, gâteau and ice cream. Get your meal started with delicious Spanish wine, bourbon or Mimosas. The whole impression won't be complete without chocolate frappe that is great here.

The intimate atmosphere of this place allows guests to relax after a hard working day. The competent staff works hard, stays positive and makes this place wonderful. The fabulous service is a big benefit of this spot. In accordance with the guests' opinions, prices are attractive. This restaurant is a must-see for its tasty food as well as for the divine decor. The Zomato rating system lets Bocata get the rating of 4.

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I intended to visit Barracco, next door, but as I walked by Bocata, the menu caught my eye as did a perfectly cozy seat for one at the end of the bar. They were happy to indulge me and I was magically met by the restaurant's owner, Mitch, behind the bar. He was very amiable and superbly knowledgable - takes great pride in his restaurant and staff. He set me up with a delicious glass of red wine and suggested the Tuna tartare accompany. The flavor combination was unlike any I have previously experienced. I just had to try a few bites of the Ricotta Cavatelli - several members of the staff stopped by to say how much they liked it and that they were excited for me to enjoy it. The kitchen KNOWS what's good. And they did NOT disappoint. My only regret is I didn't come hungrier. Bocata's atmosphere is cozy and their food is delicious. A wonderful date night, meal with friends, or - like myself - a treat for one. Ask for Mitch and Victoria.
The oysters are to die for! A very good spot to take your significant other.  Got to try a 600lbs Blue Fin Tuna!! Definitely recommend.
Bocata is a gem. The dinner we enjoyed here was easily our most memorable meal in Montreál. The restaurant in located in one of the quaint little streets in the heart of Old Montreal. It's cozy but not cramped, with tasteful decór and elegant tables. They do get rather busy on evenings, so a reservation is likely a good idea. They have a rudimentary wine and beverage selection. The first appetizer to arrive is the | tuna otoro |, one of the daily specials. Ruby-red tuna belly, sliced thin, seasoned and torched lightly. I can only say that the otoro was life-changing. A moment of intensity, and then it vanishes in the mouth, leaving only the lingering taste of the fish, rich and fatty and luxurious. Addictive, stunning, magical. 10/10. My sister always says that nothing can beat a good | tuna tartare |. The second appetizer (and special) is Bocata's take on the dish, and it makes a strong case to prove my sister right. In a tartare, of course, the true flavor of the fish shines brightest, and this tartare does not disappoint. The tuna is clean and light and yet rich and flavorful, accentuated by the simple seasoning, hints of citrus and salt, topped with microgreen sprouts to balance the tuna's depth. It is elegance on a plate. 9.5/10 | Patatas bravas | does not seem at all out of place on the menu, and yet the plate holds a few tricks up its sleeve. Rather than the thick crunch I expected, the  potatoes are subtly crisp and drenched in a light sauce. There is no heavy, greasy aioli here, the sauce is bright and complex and altogether lighter than any patatas bravas I've ever tried. 8.5/10 Bocata also has a selection of fresh oysters, which we ordered, though unfortunately I didn't get to try them. Our final appetizer is the | gambas al ajillo |, shrimp served with a light broth and crusty bread. Argentinian shrimp are served supremely tender with a flavor reminiscent of lobster. The broth is fragrant and incredibly flavorful; hints of the guajillo chili, fruity with a hint of heat, garlic, pungent but mellow, parsley, butter, scallion, shrimp stock. Balanced, nuanced, and immensely comforting. I will dream about that broth. 10/10. Onto the mains dishes. Our final special of the night is the brilliant | tataki sandwich |, with bluefin tuna breaded, fried, and served between toasted white bread. The sandwich is delicately crispy, with additional texture from a red cabbage slaw. This is the meatiest tuna we try tonight, tender but with a bit of chew. Acidity to accent the fish's richness. Playful flavors deftly balanced, this sandwich is hearty and satisfying but light and absolutely delicious. 9/10. The next dish is the | risotto verde |. Creamy rice laden with peas, coriander sprouts, and briny, diminutive shrimp arrives veiled in mystery and a crispy canopy of chicharron made in-house. The tangy flavors of chimichurri (and is that tomatillo I taste?) collide with the velvety risotto to brilliant effect, but despite the vegetables and acidity present, the dish feels like it could use some fresh brightness. 8/10. Our final dish is the | bacalao a la vizcaina |, a dish of tender cod in red sauce with roasted fingerling potatoes. The fish is cooked until just flaky and seasoned very gently. By itself, it's actually rather bland, but it finds the perfect counterpoint in the piquant, vibrant sauce, brimming with fruity complexity and and just the right amount of spice. The roasted potatoes are creamy and well-browned, served with a secondary sauce with olive oil and fresh herbs. The dish has a quiet sort of appeal, perhaps not as exciting as some of the other dishes but easily as delicious, if not more. 9.5/10. The service is exceptional. The staff is friendly, attentive, and more than competent. Throughout our meal, I got the impression that our server was very interested in making sure we had a good time. In case you couldn't tell, I adore this restaurant. The food consistently maintains an incredible standard of quality, and the experience is top notch. Bocata is easily, heartily, heavily, wholeheartedly, highly recommended. 9.3/10 average.
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Address
310 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Features
Сredit cards accepted No outdoor seating Booking No delivery No takeaway Parking No TV
Opening hours
SundaySun 10:00-14:00, 17:00-23:00
MondayMon 17:00-22:30
TuesdayTue 17:00-22:30
WednesdayWed 17:00-22:30
ThursdayThu 17:00-22:30
FridayFri 17:00-23:30
SaturdaySat 10:00-14:00, 17:00-23:30
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