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La Boca
La Boca

La Boca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.labocasf.com
  • Phone: (505) 982-3433
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Brunch: Saturdays and Sundays 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Moroccan
  • Executive Chef: James Campbell Caruso
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: La Boca can bring the culinary adventure to your Santa Fe location! We specialize in delicious passed tapas, tapa platters, and paella parties for homes, offices and galleries. Request information at our office 505.983.2425
  • Entertainment: Every Monday night, Flamenco legend Chuscales entertains guests with both traditional and innovative Flamenco guitar. Every Wednesday night songstress Nacha Mendez (voted SF Reporter Female Vocalist of the Year) serenades the guests of La Boca with music from the Spanish-speaking world. 7-9pm, no cover charge. La Boca also hosts a monthly Flamenco Friday, featuring Julia Chacon and Inspiracion Flamenca. The show will begin at 10pm, with seating beginning at 9:30pm. Cover is $10. See www.labocasf.com for the next show date.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Downtown Santa Fe meters are enforced Monday through Saturday from 8am - 6pm. Residents and visitors may also park at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The entrance is on Federal Plaza across from the Federal Post Office.
A word from La Boca
Opened in 2006 by Chef/Owner James Campbell Caruso (three-time James Beard Award Nominee), La Boca is an intimate Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. Influenced by his travels in Spain, Chef James cultivates synergies of authentic Spanish ingredients to create dishes both traditional and modern. Dishes such as thinly sliced tuna drizzled with blood orange aioli and topped with kalamata olives and smoked sea salt create a constellation of different flavors in every bite.

With the feel of a lively European wine bar, La Boca also features an extensive selection of carefully chosen mediterranean and South American wines. Knowledgeable and animated staff graciously guide customers to the perfect wine or sherry to complement their meals.

La Boca is a proud participant in the Santa Fe Farm to Restaurant program.

Please note: Because seating at La Boca is limited, reservations for parties over 4 must contact the restaurant
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food and service were good but very costly for what you get"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Very good tapas restaurant offering many unique dining options that were well prepared,well presented and very tasty. The wait staff went out of their way to make sure that we were pleased."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "La Boca is a very nice Spanish Tapas cafe in downtown Santa Fe. The restaurant is small and somewhat cramped, but with a casual atmosphere. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. The food was excellent and varied from grilled Baramundi to beef tacos and a host of vegetarian dishes. All were prepared and presented well."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The new summer menu is outstanding. Try the new hummus trio and the melon salad - outstanding. Unfortunately, our waitress ignored us most of the evening. This is really unusual for this restaurant so I will definitely not cross them off my list."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Paella seemed to be the best dish. However, be careful as some of the entrees may be too small versus price paid."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "La Boca was a special place for a family get-together. We loved the large tables, designed for sharing. Kids (pre-teen and teen) tried tapas for the first time, and found all kinds of food to try and like. Service was excellent, catering to the needs of both adults and kids. We loved the variety and excellence of food, and found that tapas are perfect for making you feel adequately fed but not stuffed."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food at La Boca is truly fantastic, and is best suited to foodies and adventurous diners. Everything we tried was spot-on, so it is difficult to pick a specific favorite. On the down-side, since this is a Tapas restaurant, you will be enjoying many items at the same time, however, the table was far too small to accommodate our dishes. It would have been far better if they had seated us at a larger table, several of which remained empty through our entire visit. Bottom line, we loved the food, but would leave if seated again at the tiny tables."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Good selection of tapas in a fun and cozy setting. Dishes were hit or miss. Beet salad was fantastic. Fried shrimp great. Seafood ravioli was meh and braised shortrib not good. Interesting Spanish-based wine selection."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My friend and I were the only people there for our early lunch. I had to call the waiter over several times.....first to take our order, to bring more bread, to pay the bill. He seemed to be hanging around in the back all the time, by the bar, instead of quietly walking by to see if we needed more of anything."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I was alone that evening and from out of town. The experience was good with great food, wine, and service. I didn't order a bottle of wine because I was alone and the server recommended an excellent Tempranillo from among several on the menu. He also recommended an excellent Sherry with dessert. He even explained that under Spanish law it couldn't be called Sherry because it was not from the Sherry DO in Cadiz. The Crema Catalana dessert was especially good."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had planned to find something that spoke to New Mexican cuisine. When we found La Boca, identified as Spanish, we knew we were headed for a tasty meal. Love enchiladas, but taps are so much better."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was very good and our server was very knowledgeable about the sherry as well as the food menu. We enjoyed our meal here very much and would recommend it. We only shared the small plates and just kept ordering until we got full. We would go back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Something is wrong at La Boca of late. It has long been our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe, but the last few times the food seems tired and there is not enough care going on in the kitchen anymore. Maybe we are just hitting it on off days, but too many off days gets it kicked off of my favorites list. I can cook better and fresher tapas at my house and that is not an area of my expertise."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Served too quickly and lackluster service. While what we ordered was delicious the menu does not offer enough variety for vegetarians"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great food. Beautiful presentation. Good wine list and reasonable price. Outstanding ambience- the guitar player was a gem of this place."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The Tapas and service were great. Would highly recommend! Try the helado de turron for desert! It was fabulous."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We loved the food and the service was very good - as good as any Spanish restaurant we have frequented in various US cities, Madrid and San Sebastian. However, we did not care for the small cramped, closely spaced tables through which waiters weaved sometimes at speed closely missing us and generally making us uncomfortable. We had to tune that out in order to enjoy our food. Admittedly Tapas restaurants in Spain vary a lot in terms of customer comforts so we had an idea what to expect at LaBoca but we wanted to try it anyway. We would not go back again unless we were certain we would get a better table."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Excellent tapas. Go early so it won't be so crowded"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food was of high quality, though some dishes (artichokes, soft shell crab special) were good but not outstanding . Other dishes like the scallops were amazing. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Service staff knows the menu and offers great advice. Great for an enjoyable lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was wonderful and beautifully presented. I took my parents there for their 53 wedding anv but it was marred by the waitress who was so snobby. She never told us her name and anytime we wanted to ask a question she acted as if we were so stupid. It's a shame that someone like her ruins a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We look forward to eating at La Boca every year when we come to NM to visit family. We make a special trip to Santa Fe just to delight in the amazing tapas and enjoy the great Sherry selection they carry. Everything single tapa is incredible, and the ability to try so many different flavors and dishes, thanks to the perfect tapas sizes, is a foodies dream come true. And now cheff James Campbell Caruso has another tapas restaurant called La Taberna just as phenomenal as La Boca. Both restaurants are a must go if you enjoy fine food."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Reservations are a must, since this restaurant is small and deservedly very crowded. We shared the Paella and I believe it to be the best I have ever eaten. Loaded with very lean chorizo, shrimp and tender rice and saffron flavor. The wine list is entirely Spanish with very good selections for all tastes. The service was attentive, but not overwhelming. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The egg with truffle oil over bruschetta was divine! The gambas al ajillo (sp)? was fantastic. The squid ink ravioli was just the opposite. It was bland and did not taste fresh. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Ordered the bruschetta, ahi tuna, and desert. Everything had amazing flavors. Loved the desert menu with coffee."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "What a treat! The specials were truly special, very unique. This is a great place for an occasion to celebrate. Although alittle pricey, we felt like it exceeded our taste expectations. Service was excellent, too!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We've dined at La Boca three times in the past year, and have felt completely food-happy each time, comparable to any high end tapas in Barcelona, if not better. Great attention to precise culinary technique, great fresh ingredients, and surprising complex layered flavors. The sherries are a revelation! Even if you think you don't like sherry, try the flight, as I did, and you'll be convinced that sherry is the perfect accompaniment to these deep-flavored dishes. Small portions yield satisfaction without overeating!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I eat at LaBoca at least once a month and it is always exceptional. It just doesn't get any better than this. Hummus trio, artichokes, morcillo and paella are SO good. Oysters were a special last night - they had the lightest batter I've ever tasted. My only disappointment is that they rarely have specials and it would be good for regulars like me to have new options. And PLEASE put the lamb meatballs back on the regular menu. BTW, ask for Jay. He's a really knowledgeable and nice guy."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We came from Denver to visit and we're pleasantly surprised. La Boca was actually our second choice in the finer restaurants we wanted to visit in Santa Fe, but it ended up being our favorite of the two. delicious tapas with a very wide reaching culinary range. We will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My only complaint would be that the tables are so crammed together you can't help but bump the tables next to you/behind you. Otherwise great experience."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "La Boca was recommended to us by a few locals. It was fabulous. The service was fantastic and the food the best. Would highly recommend if looking for something a little different than traditional New Mexican cuisine. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Fabulous paella! Best I've had outside of Granada."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This was a Mother's Day brunch but service was below par. Food was nothing inventive and bland. Table next to us was drinking to much and noisy. Not much ambience here during the day. Seems to be more a night spot."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We loved our salads....the specials, not so much. Maybe sticking to the regular menu would have been better, but the specials of the night were mediocre. We were seated next to an empty space which became the music area when a guitarist arrived. The music was nice, but we couldn't hear each other due to the proximity. There are better places to eat in Santa Fe...."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We went to La Boca for my birthday and choose their Thursday night 4 course special with sherry pairing. Everything was delicious except the calamari was like rubber. We ended up getting the giggles because no amount of chewing could get it down. Overall i would recommend them and I'm sure they would have made it right if we'd said something. The food was prepared and seasoned well. Recipes were imaginative. The sherries they chose were excellent. The guitarist was lovely. The atmosphere is special."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This is one of Santa Fe's best restaurants for food. Innovative and delicious. They have happy hour from 3 - 5 pm where I met 5 other friends. The place was very busy. Our waiter confessed he was new -- it showed. We had to ask for rolls 3 times, from 3 different people. One friend had to ask for another glass of wine twice. Good prices on bottles of wine and sherry during happy hour -- we had an excellent Albarino for about $25. Food was excellent. The 3 different spreads (carrot hummus, beet and goat cheese, white bean) were perfectly spiced. Chicken skewers with harissa and guacamole very very good. Crispy kale salad with baked chickpeas was outstanding. Just bad luck with the service."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was a fantastic place recommended by a good friend if mine and she was right. The food, atmosphere and service were outstanding. They also had a flamenco guitar player but it was not overwhelming. Highly recommend. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My mom and I spent the weekend in Santa Fe and had heard about La Boca. We decided to try it for dinner and found it to be an excellent experience. The staff was friendly and helpful, the food was delicious (I really love tapas and wish more places offered it as an option), and the ambience was nice. We had four things between us (the Mediterranean salad, potatoes, chicken, and flank steak) which seemed like the perfect amount of food. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "While we loved our paella, short ribs, and sardines -- three outstanding dishes to share, our waitress lacked any real finesse or training, but was OK. The atmosphere is more "crowded diner" than "fine restaurant", and it was extremely warm inside in May -- do they have air conditioning? I think if we had it to do again, we'd eat at the nearby sister -- Taberna -- which may share the same kitchen, but you can eat outdoors with a little more space. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I live in foodie heaven Boulder, CO. But Santa Fe might have one of the better restaurants I've been to in the past couple of years. La Boca has a fantastic menu and incredibly delicious food. I can't wait to go again next time I'm in America's Oldest Capital City."
    Dined on 5/3/2014