Sam Ramadan and his family moved from Seattle to Novato in 2005 to become the executive Chef and partner at Boca Steak and Seafood. He and Shah Bahreyni, Managing Partner of Boca, have worked together closely to transform Boca into a premier destination in the North Bay.
Chef Sam has been honored with such awards as:
- McCormick Schmick’s “Gills & Grills” competition, first place
- First Place, Seattle Chili Cook-off
- People’s Choice Platinum Dining Award
- One of the “three Best Chefs in Washington”(Tacoma Tribune)
- One of the “Best Restaurants in the Northwest” (Wine Press Northwest)
- One of the “Best in the City” (Zagat Survey Restaurant Guide, 2001 and 2002)
- “The Most Romantic spot west of Seattle (Best Places to Kiss book)
- Boca Steak & Seafood was acknowledged in the prestigious Michelin Guide in Northern California, 2008 and 2009.
- Chef Sam has been a guest Chef numerous times on the popular channel 7”the View from the Bay”
Acclaimed Chef George Morrone - the creative force behind Aqua and the Fifth Floor introduces Boca - a Steak house inspired by Morrone's Argentinean heritage.
Boca specializes in meats with Argentinean accents. Both grass and grain fed steaks are featured, cooked over oak and almond, accompanied with our signature steak sauces. Our wood-burning oven offers house specialties such as Provolenta, Gambas all Ajillo, Empanadas and much more. Open for lunch and dinner, BocaÌs diverse menu includes a variety of soups, salads, pastas, poultry and fresh seafood.
Famous San Francisco restaurant designer Michael Brennan (Tartare, Cortez) designed Boca to elicit the feel of a rustic Estancia (a ranch found in South America). Boca spotlights unique wines and small producers. The 150-bottle list offers a changing selection of 15-wines by the glass. The list has a strong emphasis on local producers, and a focus on Argentinean and Spanish varietals.
BAR BITES: Boca Steak and Seafood
If you blend the culinary sophistication of the Bay Area and the casual culture of Sonoma, you might wind up with something like the bar at Boca Steak and Seafood in Novato. Arrive during happy hour, and you will probably need to nudge your way into the often-busy bar.
That's no wonder. Boca has a welcome combination of solid cocktails, a strong wine list and surprisingly affordable, satisfying food. On weekdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., it's an absolute bargain, as items on the bar menu are offered at half price.
The vibe: Boca's bar is a little like a large country living room, with light wood and plenty of natural light. The bar seats about 10 and the lounge seats dozens more. It's just the right size to have a lively buzz without having guests elbowing each other.
The crowd: The location near Highway 101 in Novato makes Boca an easy stop for commuters. The result is that people come and go early, before prime dining time starts in the adjacent dining rooms. On a typical day, you'll find everything from T-shirts to suits.
Best seat: Any of the lounge chairs facing toward the window provide sunlight and a chance to eye your fellow patrons.
Killer app: Empanadas are a highlight. Four combinations of fillings are offered: beef, raisins and olive; potato and chorizo; zucchini, tomato and manchego cheese; and chicken with mole sauce ($7.50 for an order of two).
Signature drink: The Boca Martini ($8.50), made with Bombay Sapphire gin and a splash of the brine used for the house-made pickles, is a nice twist on a dirty martini.
Also on tap: Pyramid Hefeweizen, Stella Artois, Sierra Nevada and Moylan's Irish Red Ale (all $5) are on tap. Among the bottles is Quilmes, from Argentina ($5). More than 15 wines by the glass ($7-$13), mostly from California. Wine tasting flights of three 2-ounce pours are offered at $8 for white wines and $10 for red.Bonus: Most wines by the bottle are offered at half off every Tuesday, and a featured winery pours free tastes on the last Tuesday of every month. Boca Steak and Seafood: 340 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. (415) 883-0901. www.bocasteak.com. Bar open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Reservations and credit cards accepted.