Bocas Venezuelan Grill offers authentic cuisine in Grand Junction, Colorado |

Bocas Venezuelan Grill offers authentic cuisine in Grand Junction, Colorado

Brittany Markert
Carne mechada is one of the Venezuelan dishes offered at Bocas Venezuelan Grill in Grand Junction.
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WHAT: Bocas Venezuelan Grill

WHEN: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to close

WHERE: 638 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction

COST: $$

INFO: Bocas Venezuelan Grill can be found on Facebook

Experience the taste of Venezuela without leaving the country at Bocas Venezuelan Grill. The restaurant opened on June 1, and it offers Grand Valley residents authentic cuisine.

The restaurant is located at 683 Horizon Dr., in Grand Junction, and it opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Bocas Venezuelan Grill offers fresh, hand-made meals including menu items like arepas and empanadas. Prices range between $7-$10 a plate, served with a side of yucca fries or plantain fries.

“I thought the food was good, and interesting,” said Robert Noble, a recent customer. “It adds a nice, reasonably priced choice to our local food scene.”

According to Yofran Pirela, the owner, his restaurant has grown in popularity for its unique flavors. All dishes are gluten free, with fresh and deep-fried options available.

“There was a void here for Venezuelan food,” Pirela said.

His wife, Jennifer, taught Pirela how to cook many of the dishes available at the restaurant.

If folks haven’t tried Venezuelan food before, Pirela best describes it as “fresh, hand-made every day cuisine with lots of flavor,” though most dishes from Southern America aren’t spicy as Americans sometimes assume.

“It tastes a lot like how it looks, light and colorful,” he said.

The restaurant additionally works with local food providers and offers several specials each week. Venezuelan music, service and style provide an escape to the country Pirela once called home.

“We hope everyone can come out and try the food at least once,” Pirela said.


Pirela was born in Venezuela and raised in Grand Junction. When he was a young adult, he moved back to Venezuela for six years and met his wife. He eventually moved back to the United States and worked in the oil fields in Wyoming for eight years. He and his wife started planning a restaurant six years ago.

Then Pirela made the life-changing decision to move back to Grand Junction and open Bocas Venezuelan Grill this summer.

“We love it here,” he said.

For more information, Bocas Venezuelan Grill can be found on Facebook.

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