Caffe Boa on Mill

★★★★☆
  • 398 S Mill Ave Ste 110

    Tempe, AZ 85281

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  • 480-968-9112

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This place is a sad excuse for a restaurant, they use low scum bag tactics to bring customers in, serving reindeer on christmas and bunny rabbits on easter, etc.., this is pathetic, they should be ashamed of themselves, ive been here several times, food servings are small portions, staff are rude and border line useless, overpriced, and the so called chef Curry(or something) is really just not good, im sorry to say it, but its just a fact. oh well, who really wants to hang out in ghetto mill avenue anyways, we always go to tempe market place area now..

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This place is a sad excuse for a restaurant, they use low scum bag tactics to bring customers in, serving reindeer on christmas and bunny rabbits on easter, etc.., this is pathetic, they should be ashamed of themselves, ive been here several times, food servings are small portions, staff are rude and border line useless, overpriced, and the so called chef Curry(or something) is really just not good, im sorry to say it, but its just a fact. oh well, who really wants to hang out in ghetto mill avenue anyways, we always go to tempe market place area now..

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I am a big city girl. Lived in NYC and Chicago for many years while ending up in No Cal for my practice. This place nails the big city feel that so often lacks in the Phoenix area. The wine list is absolutely diverse with all prices and regions covered. My husband and I savored the food as they serve organic and seasonal items that rotate often. This is evident in the taste of the dishes as it shows they really care about their ingredients. This was our 3rd visit and is our favorite in the entire area here, we always crave the food. Lastly, the servers are all very professional without being "stuffy", let's say they just make you feel at home. A must visit!

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★★★★★

I am a big city girl. Lived in NYC and Chicago for many years while ending up in No Cal for my practice. This place nails the big city feel that so often lacks in the Phoenix area. The wine list is absolutely diverse with all prices and regions covered. My husband and I savored the food as they serve organic and seasonal items that rotate often. This is evident in the taste of the dishes as it shows they really care about their ingredients. This was our 3rd visit and is our favorite in the entire area here, we always crave the food. Lastly, the servers are all very professional without being "stuffy", let's say they just make you feel at home. A must visit!

Pros: Organic, seasonal menu shines with the award winning wine list

Cons: tought to get a seat in high season1

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We went to Caffe Boa on a Friday evening around 7PM with some friends. The bar was busy, but the restaurant wasn't.
It's a very charming restaurant, the decor is nice. But, from there, it goes downhill. The acoustics are terrible. We couldn't hear each other talking, since there's so much noise from the bar, and there's no acoustic treatments to help out.
The award winning Wine Spectator wine list is exceptional, but just don't try to find anything below $100/bottle. Really, there are only a dozen or so bottles of several hundred that aren't priced from $150 - 500. It's extensive, but way over-priced relative to the food quality and pricing. It took 15 plus minutes to receive the bottle we ordered, and it was warm, actually warmer than even room temperature, and had to be chilled.
The staff was harried and seemed stressed, even though it just wasn't that busy. We never received bread, not a big deal, but other tables did, so it was clearly an oversight.
The menu is interesting, but literally every pasta dish has some sort of cream sauce. Not good for folks trying to eat light. The meat entrees were not much better, in terms of sauces and such.
Our caesar salad was terrible. The lettuce was dry, the dressing not particularly good.
When the pasta dishes came, it was unbelievable how much sauce was dumped on the plates. It literally looked like a bowl of red sauce with a few raviolis buried in there somewhere. I've never seen anything like it. Our friends had to scrape the sauce off to the side of their plates to get at the meal. I had the puttanesca and it was missing at least two ingredients listed on the menu, and was essentially Ragu.
I hate to be so critical, but at the prices these guys are charging, the food should be better than this. Maybe it was a bad night for the kitchen. But, if you're choosing between this place and another upscale Italian restaurant, choose the other.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Caffe Boa on a Friday evening around 7PM with some friends. The bar was busy, but the restaurant wasn't.
It's a very charming restaurant, the decor is nice. But, from there, it goes downhill. The acoustics are terrible. We couldn't hear each other talking, since there's so much noise from the bar, and there's no acoustic treatments to help out.
The award winning Wine Spectator wine list is exceptional, but just don't try to find anything below $100/bottle. Really, there are only a dozen or so bottles of several hundred that aren't priced from $150 - 500. It's extensive, but way over-priced relative to the food quality and pricing. It took 15 plus minutes to receive the bottle we ordered, and it was warm, actually warmer than even room temperature, and had to be chilled.
The staff was harried and seemed stressed, even though it just wasn't that busy. We never received bread, not a big deal, but other tables did, so it was clearly an oversight.
The menu is interesting, but literally every pasta dish has some sort of cream sauce. Not good for folks trying to eat light. The meat entrees were not much better, in terms of sauces and such.
Our caesar salad was terrible. The lettuce was dry, the dressing not particularly good.
When the pasta dishes came, it was unbelievable how much sauce was dumped on the plates. It literally looked like a bowl of red sauce with a few raviolis buried in there somewhere. I've never seen anything like it. Our friends had to scrape the sauce off to the side of their plates to get at the meal. I had the puttanesca and it was missing at least two ingredients listed on the menu, and was essentially Ragu.
I hate to be so critical, but at the prices these guys are charging, the food should be better than this. Maybe it was a bad night for the kitchen. But, if you're choosing between this place and another upscale Italian restaurant, choose the other.

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This is the best restaurant for a first date. The food is classic Italian with a twist. The sourdough bread with the oil is hard not to fill up on.

The wine menu is extensive and worth a look through. The prices of the menu items are middle of the road. Try the lasagna, the best I have every had.

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★★★★★

This is the best restaurant for a first date. The food is classic Italian with a twist. The sourdough bread with the oil is hard not to fill up on.

The wine menu is extensive and worth a look through. The prices of the menu items are middle of the road. Try the lasagna, the best I have every had.

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From the appetizers, to the homemade sourdough bread, to the wonderful entrees and yummy desserts, the food is awesome. The ambiance is also really wonderful. Their outdoor patio is some of the best outdoor seating on Mill Avenue, or in Tempe, that I know about.

There is always something new on the menu, and the wine list is very deep.

The meals are a bit pricey, but worth it!

5
★★★★★

From the appetizers, to the homemade sourdough bread, to the wonderful entrees and yummy desserts, the food is awesome. The ambiance is also really wonderful. Their outdoor patio is some of the best outdoor seating on Mill Avenue, or in Tempe, that I know about.

There is always something new on the menu, and the wine list is very deep.

The meals are a bit pricey, but worth it!

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One of the great places to eat on Mill Ave. I go for the ambience sometimes. I had fun just hanging out and talking with my hubby in this crowded and popular place. We get to see different people not only college-age but professionals. Service was very nice and friendly.

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★★★★☆

One of the great places to eat on Mill Ave. I go for the ambience sometimes. I had fun just hanging out and talking with my hubby in this crowded and popular place. We get to see different people not only college-age but professionals. Service was very nice and friendly.

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The server was extremely versed on the by the glass list and helped make our night perfect! The food is mostly handmade, all the pastas, raviolis and even the sausages. We truly had a great experience with perfect service. The owner was always around and even helped with our bottle of wine that we never would have thought about. Highly suggest this place for a destination. They have the best of standards and don't charge the 5 star prices.

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★★★★★

The server was extremely versed on the by the glass list and helped make our night perfect! The food is mostly handmade, all the pastas, raviolis and even the sausages. We truly had a great experience with perfect service. The owner was always around and even helped with our bottle of wine that we never would have thought about. Highly suggest this place for a destination. They have the best of standards and don't charge the 5 star prices.

Pros: Handemade raviolis; wine list; big city atmosphere

Cons: Might be too "big city" for some people?

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This place has some of the best bruschetta I've ever tasted, and I've tasted a lot of bruschetta. All the food here tastes very freshly prepared, and uniquely delicious. The Voodoo Penne is simply amazing, and the sandwiches are much more delicious and filling than they look.

One of the waiters we had was incredibly friendly and knowledgable, the other was average.

The prices are extremely reasonable for the quality of the food you receive.

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★★★★★

This place has some of the best bruschetta I've ever tasted, and I've tasted a lot of bruschetta. All the food here tastes very freshly prepared, and uniquely delicious. The Voodoo Penne is simply amazing, and the sandwiches are much more delicious and filling than they look.

One of the waiters we had was incredibly friendly and knowledgable, the other was average.

The prices are extremely reasonable for the quality of the food you receive.

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This little Italian restaurant is the best, the food is incredible and the atmosphere is the greatest....highly recommended!!

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This little Italian restaurant is the best, the food is incredible and the atmosphere is the greatest....highly recommended!!

 

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