Boca Chica Restaurant
Boca Chica Restaurant

Boca Chica Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bocachicarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 651-222-8499
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 2:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: We cater fiestas for birthdays, graduations, office parties, Grooms dinners, social gathering and many other special events. Let us help make your party a success! For smaller or more casual fiestas, we have the Party Tray Menu with a large selection of delicious food items you may choose to make your party special! For larger events such as weddings, anniversaries, quinceaneras or other formal celebrations, please call us to speak to our Full Service Catering manager Catering manager Jose Frias at (651) 222-8499.
  • Private Party Contact: Jose Frias 651-222-8499
  • Entertainment: Mariachi Flor y Canto performs regularly at Boca Chica every fourth Saturday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and for special occasions Nicolas Carter(Latin harp)and Pedro Torres(guitar)perform regularly at Boca Chica every second Saturday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and for special occasions.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wabasha
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Lot and street parking available.
A word from Boca Chica Restaurant
Boca Chica Mexican Restaurant has served the flavorful, authentic cuisine of Mexico since 1964. It was then that Guillermo and Gloria Frias opened the doors to their new restaurant that seated only 28 patrons. Today, Boca Chica has grown substantially and is rated "one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Twin Cities," according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine’s March 2009 issue. The authenticity of the food is maintained by making everything from scratch, the old-fashioned way, with fresh ingredients. Even the fiery salsa is still made with fresh tomatoes, chiles, and that special Frias family touch. Our menu includes some of the more traditional foods such as guisados, sopes, carne asada, chile rellenos, and tamales. Taste is never compromised. We also have a full bar featuring the city’s best selection of Mexican beers and premium tequilas. Voted "Best Margarita" by City Pages.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Boca Chica Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (30)neighborhood gem (28)great for outdoor dining (21)kid-friendly (19)great for lunch (17)special occasion (12)fit for foodies (9)great for brunch (7)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)romantic (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Awesome Win-Win !
    Only4her
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is my girlfriend's favorite restaurant. This time we celebrated her birthday, needless to say Boca Chica is the easiest way to keep your significant other happy and at the same time chow down on some great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great South of the Boarder Food
    PeleKoolAid
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Boca Chica is a great Mexican restaurant. The food was great and so were the margaritas. The restaurant was low in waitress, so we ended up waiting a bit to get our waiter attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy Friday night.
    Cher
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was busy so be sure to allow yourself plenty of time. Food was good and the waitress was nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Neighborhood Place
    MexicanFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Boca Chica's been around for a while, and that should tell you something right there. Food is good basic Mexican fare that is always fresh and tasty. The drinks are yummy (the viuda negra (Black Widow) margarita is my personal favorite). Service is usually quick and friendly, though on this particular visit the server was "distracted."
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did you forget about us?
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food was good but our waitress was very forgetful. She forgot to bring our appetizer until we mentioned it. Our drink order came about 20 minutes after we sat down. Overall, the food was good but service brought the whole experience down a bit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roberto
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We came to celebrate our daughter's birthday and we all had a laugh at the special attention she received. Our twenty-month-old granddaughter especially liked the decor. Serving staff can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • regulars reminding with guests
    StPauliGirl
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    If my husband had his way, we would only ever eat at Boca Chica. Thanks for your consistency. We brought new friends and you made new fans.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    SDDA
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food and the margaritas were both so good we practically closed the place down because we just kept ordering - everything was tasty and the outdoor patio is lovely!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The seating is uncomfortable, the atmosphere is bland, and there's a noticeable odor by the bar and front door. I ordered huevos rancheros with black beans and "potatoes." When served, the plate was scorching hot. But the beans, which were in a separate little ramekin, were lukewarm and watery. The potatoes – those were just wedge french fries. The pork was in big chunks and the red and Verde sauces were okay, nothing stellar. My company ordered the chimichanga, and it was dry without heaps of guacamole and sour cream on top.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great staff and very good food!
    Bocagrande
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our servers were fun and attentive. Our food was good- especially the appetizers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-wedding deliciousness
    champlinfoodies
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We stopped in before a wedding at the Caves and enjoyed both our drinks and the cheese-stuffed fried shrimp. We are definitely going back for a full dinner! Especially nice choices of sipping tequilas
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old Reliable
    MexicanFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This restaurant continues to be a stable, reliable place to go for good Tex-Mex food. The wait staff is almost always friendly and prompt and accommodating. The bar is always busy. They have lunch specials and Sunday brunch, and a nice patio that is off the street, so it feels like a real patio. Drinks are tasty with plenty of kick.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jill from Woodbury
    Jill1961
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We picked Boca Chica because it's close to the U of MN Centennial Showboat. We had tickets to their show for our daughter's birthday and she loves Mexican food. None of the 6 of us had ever been there. We were so delighted. The food was delicious and plentiful. Especially outstanding is the pork in the carnita. And the taco salad was bountiful. We had a wonderful table on the outdoor patio on a perfect summer evening. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What do you have?
    JeniB
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We have dined in the past at Boca Chica and really enjoyed it. We haven't been there for a couple of years and decided to host a friend's birthday dinner there. We made reservations for our party of six at 5:30 on a Tuesday evening. Our server was very polite and efficient. In the past my husband and I have always ordered their Carnitas, which are excellent. So, 4 of us ordered the Carnitas. Our server stated they only had one order of Carnitas left (mind you its 5:30 on a Tuesday evening-should they really be out of Carnitas?) And, our friend who did get the last order of Carnitas stated it shouldn't have been served. They were also out of Dos Equis beer and fried ice cream. I was disappointed as in the past Boca Chica has been great
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  • Our favorite neighborhood hangout
    WestSider
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We realized that we hadn't been to Boca for quite some time and decided that we needed to revive our Friday date night at Boca at least once a month if not more as we REALLY missed the great food. Boca is the standard to which we hold all other Mexican restaurants, Twin Cities or elsewhere - it's that good and consistent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican food
    lagene
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Boca Chica has been my favorite Twin cities Mexican restaurant since it opened in the '60s. It has groan in size and in menu options but the variety and food quality remain top notch! Margaritas are wonderful! The weekday buffet can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mike
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Just like mom's cooking in Mexico City! Choices are wonderful, the refried beans outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Mexican Fare
    akadietcoke
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had heard a lot of good things about Boca Chica, but the food was just 'ok'. Felt like it was more out of a can and assembled, than made from fresh ingredients. The service was prompt and attentive, but not personal or joyful.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 392 reviews are from the Boca Chica Restaurant reviews archive.
  • wonderful Mexican fare
    lagene
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The weekday luncheon buffet is "mucho gusto"! Food items are plentiful, tasty and well a fine selection! Our group of five had a fine meal. We hope to come again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    cusoon
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is our favorite place to eat. We bring all our friends here and Facebook when were are here. The food is top notch and service great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dutchie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was excellent. The server was very friendly but was slow to take our order, maybe because it was busy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and fresh
    Chancellorofchow
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We often discuss whether or not you can say Mexican food can be described as fine dining. It is really more like comfort food. It is either authentic and fresh tasting or it is not. Boca's food is always satisfying. Some at the table had tamales and thought they were too thick. Otherwise, everyone enjoyed their meals. We had a group of nine including three children, ages four to twelve. Service was great and even a couple of picky eaters were able to enjoy their meals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have never been dissapointed at Boca Chica! They have very authentic Mexican food and wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Real St. Paul Icon
    BonBon
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We always love to go to Boca Chica. We have been going there for many years and have always had wonderful authentic Mexican food. This time was no exception-- delicious food and great wait staff. On Saturday nights they have a Mariachi Band that really is fun to hear and certainly adds to the ambiance. It's a great place to go for lunch too.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    jenna777
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I have been to Boca Chica several times and it's always good. This restaurant gets really busy on Friday and Saturday night so, a reservation is highly recommended!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boca Chica
    3moviegoersVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We went to Boca Chica for the first time and enjoyed it very much. The food was terrific and the Margaritas were, too! I had my favorite Chili Rellenos con Carne - excellent! There was plenty of food and all very good. We were there at 5PM on a weekday and it was very busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boca Chica Brunch-Yummy!
    Saxchuck
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I have been meaning to make my way to St Paul to experience Boca Chica, and I was not disappointed! We had the Sunday brunch, and it was just wonderful. The ambience is very nice-great murals surround you, lots of fun Mexican decor. The staff was very nice and attentive. The restaurant was busy, but not noisy. The buffet line moved quickly, and the staff seemed to be constantly replenishing the different dishes. The food itself was very good-the enchiladas and flautas were spot on! I especially enjoyed the scrambled egg station-a great variety of veggies and cheeses to put in your eggs. It reminded me of the resorts in Mexico. To finish, the flan was realy nice-creamy and a hint of vanilla-yum-o! Muy Delcioso!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't argue with 50 years
    Emily
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Owned by the Frias family, this restaurant has been in business for 50 years! The food was delicious, portion size was generous and the free chips and salsa were neverending! We had a group of 11 and they handled our big number with ease.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best in the Twin Cities !
    Timm
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This family owned Mexican Resturant is simply the best ! Everything is prepared beautifully ! Service is very nice by great people. We had 3 kids with us and the timing & food for them was just right. My family has been coming to Boca Chicago for at least 3 generations and it's always a treat !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Mexican dining
    DebbieKay
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The service was excellent, our waitress was so friendly and attentive. She did mix up our orders and our bills but it worked out just fine. Food was hot and delicious and perfect portions. Margaritas were very good but they only have one size and it would have been nice to be able to order a 'large' sized one. Everyone at our table loved what they ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Boca Chica
    KrissKross68
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I have and will always love Boca Chica..fast, friendly consistent service, great food!! They also have a great lunch buffet during the week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • been around for a very long
    Moniva
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    been around for a very long time. It is dependable, the food is good. Some dishes are more authentic, some are more of the gooey-cheesy American Mexican fare. l entrees come with Sopa, a delicious tomato and I think chicken broth based noodle soup. The salsas are quite good, the hot being actually pretty spicy and flavorful. The mild is mostly tomato sauce,. The chips are very thin and yummy. The service was excellent, attentive The enchiladas suizas was odd,. Very cheddar-y, and no chicken in the enchiladas, and the sauce was a tomato gravy, not the cream based gravy as is typical. The menu described it as they served it, so I knew what I ordered, My husband got Mi Tierra and the mole was delicious.As was the sope. Go for that one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Job!
    SpecialNightOut
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food,service and loved the little extra having music performed at our table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We made reservations for a special Valentine's dinner without our children. We were seated in a cozy room with a fire, serenaded by musicians and had the best waitress we've ever had anywhere in the Twin Cities. It was a very memorable night and we will back to Boca Chica's again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Mexican Food
    JenfamMN
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Boca Chica is a Saint Paul landmark. Every time I go there I'm amazed at how I've forgotten how good it is.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bright dining room; attentive
    ValenTine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Bright dining room; attentive waitstaff in refilling water and removing plates when empty; wall murals colorful and interesting; cozy fireplace; look forward to using the outdoor eating area in nice weather; chicken alfredo so great! Chili rellenos my favorite. This was our first buffet visit and we will be back with family and friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    Spdidee
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I have gone to Boca Chica often. It's a favorite place, actually, and when looking for Mexican food in the Twin Cities this is the one I choose. This time was very disappointing, however. Everything was EXTREMELY salty. The chips were VERY salty and when we said something to the waitress about it all she did was agree that they're salty. She didn't offer to replace the ones we had. I ordered what I always do and it, too, was very salty! We all (4) felt the same way. Sadly, I don't expect to return based on my last experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If it were summer, I also
    kmjohns
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    If it were summer, I also would have checked "neighborhood gem.'
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Tex-Mex
    MexicanFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The food is always tasty. The drinks are always potent. The service is always friendly. What's not to like. Good traditional standards and a few special dishes unique to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not great
    foodface
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Food was ok. My favorite part was the obligatory chips and salsa. Food was pretty good but nothing extraordinary. I wouldn't mind eating here again but wouldn't go out of my way to do so. Service was excellent, very friendly waitstaff.
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