500 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.342290 -71.065386
amazing – Amazing, they just got a new chef and it is a must try, sat outside to a wonderful meal and great staff. Manger came by to every table to check on the service. This is something every place should do it makes a big difference.
BOSTONS BEST – The food at rocca is to die for and you always want more! The service is great and the chef and owner are very nice too. The aps. were all great with my favorate one bein the summer melon plate it had three types of melon which were all so good and fresh and it had a really nie cheese with it. For my main dish i fot the three hour (or three day i cant remember the exact name) it was cooked very nicely and the potatos that came with it were so good. Rocca is a place you should try.
Good time @ Rocca – I normally only go to Rocca on the nights when they have the gay parties, but I ended up here with a few co-workers on a Wednesday night and had a great time. We sat at the bar and had a few drinks. I ordered the margherita pizza with eggplant, which was delicious. Definitely not something you can fill up on, but it was a decent size and very light. I loved being here on a Wed. It was not busy, but great atmosphere, and the people at the bar were very friendly. Also Rob the bartender took great care of us!
Overrated – Rocca used to be cool back when it was new and hip, and everyone wanted to check out the space.. The time has long gone and the place is operating on smoke and mirrors. Drinks are terribly overpriced and meal service is also overpriced for the quality or I should say inconsistency of the food. The turnover in staff hasnt helped.
Bad service, bad drinks – I went to Rocca on Friday night with a few friends for drinks. We got there around 10:30 and the place was pretty packed. Unfortunately there was only dedicated bar attender to serve the big crowed. It was an arduous process to order a drink. The staff acted like they were paying me to go through all that trouble to get a drink. When it came out, the glasses were over flowing, dripping everywhere. The bar attender didn’t even bother wiping it off or at least putting the glass on a napkin. The drinks were of subpar quality.
Good meal, good waiter, uncommonly spacious and open for Boston. – Visited Rocca for the first time on Sunday night and had a very good experience. Slightly off the beaten path, this is a really cool, modern, very open restaurant and bar. Need a place where your suburbanite friends can park their SUVs and not be uptight about sitting on top of strangers at another cramped Boston restaurant? Bring them here.
My girlfriend loved her Sangria, a bit sparkling for me, and the waiter made good wine suggestions for me. We started with the Roasted Butternut Squash & Pear Pizzetta which was a nice beginning to the meal. She had the Potato Gnocchi with wild mushrooms which was rich, creamy and earthy. I had the Pan-Roasted Duck Breast, cooked medium rare at our waiter's recommendation, which was very nice also. "Smashed Almond Bark" for dessert was overly crumbly and generally unmemorable but the meal was enjoyable none the less.
When we spilled a drink half way through the meal our waiter promptly cleaned up the mess and refilled the drink free of charge - that's good service! Total bill came to about $95 plus tip. One of our better South End dining experiences. We'll be back.
Is the parking worth it? – I recently went to Rocca for a friends' celebration dinner. We had a price fixed, 4 course dinner, and when the waitress came by to ask if we wanted red or white wine, I assumed this was included in the cost. I was driving (excellent parking) so I did not partake, but the rest of the table did. 6 bottles of wine later, our bill came to $1500. Apparently when the reservation was made we were told that we could only have the table for 2.5 hours. 2.5 Hours for 4 courses? really? The staff was great and attentive, but the deserts were not out in the alloted time and we went over, which was clearly not our faults. While we were paying the $1500 bill, the owners/managers were coming over and "jokingly" reminding us that we were over our time and there were people waiting downstairs. While they were trying to be lighthearted, we got their strongly made point. I've never regretted spending money more. For the amount we spent, they should have 1. thrown in a couple of those bottomless bottles of wine, and 2. Let us sit there for as long as we wanted. They should have just been happy in this economy that there were people there and willing to spend money. There are plenty of empy restaurants out there...The food is OK, and the wines by the glass were reasonably priced when I looked at the list in the lounge downstairs. The waitstaff were great. I haven't been to Rocca other than this event, but I don't know that I would would go back. The food was good, but the end of the evening left a bad taste in my mouth.
Great parking....but.... – Why did we have to ask for bread? Then we had to ask for butter. We were told that the butter was too cold. Where was the waiter? Why was a woman's winter coat sitting on the floor of the ladies restroom? Why was my food not better than what I can make at home? Why did we get nasty looks when we asked for lemons for the uninteresting calamari? Why did we not stick around for desert?
This place is highly over rated and highly over priced. The lack of service makes me scratch my head. Do they really think they can compete with other South End restaurants.?
Good parking does not a good restaurant make.
However, the parking is darn good.
Joey rocks! – Last week there was an eating out incentive called Appetite Stimulus something...I agreed to meet my friends for dinner at Rocca - first time there for me...certainly not the last.
I arrived and met one of my friends at the bar. As we shared a cocktail, a wonderful Ligurian Lemonade, our third and fourth friends arrived. Our reservation had been to dine on the second floor, but Joey, the bartender was so engaging, fun, and efficient that we quickly decided that we forget about the "fine dining"ambiance of the second floor for the excellent service that Joey had extended towards us.
The food was great, especially given that I was eating from a prix fixe menu - most restaurants offer minimalist, inexpensive dishes at these prices. I had a mixed salad that was very unique, delicious and perfectly dressed. The carbonara pasta with guanciale was amazing. The presentation was beautiful and the richness of flavors was incredible.
My only critique was not being offered fresh ground pepper for my salad or pasta - but honestly, it was not missing for me, the dishes did not lack it, but it would have been appropriate to have it offered. Then again, Joey was our server while also tending to the bar.
I loved the ambiance and decor, it was subtle, warm, yet modern. The high ceiling and sheer curtains gave it a much bigger, open feel.
All in all, I may try the dining room some day, but I would return to the bar as often as possible, Just hope Joey is there to be his efficient, charming self.
I would love to come back – Let me start off by saying that we had our dining experience at the upstairs bar. We walked in around 8:30 and were immediately seated upstairs at the bar. The host was such a nice guy. The bartender was fantastic. The food was amazing. We started off with the marinated olives and the polenta. Very delicious. Can the bread get any better? My pasta dish was really small and really not worth the price. It was delicious but there was hardly anything to it. Get the baked rigatoni. That's a full meal and it's really good! The place has a great vibe. It's a bit loud in there but everything else is great.
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