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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
  • "excellent dinner - interesting choices - great service - fun atmosphere"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "La Boca's food and wine is so authentic and fresh that my husband and I go out of our way on road trips to make sure we eat there. Reservations are a must, as the restaurant is small. The staff is friendly and service is paced as you like it. We usually order the special tapas of the day and this time we enjoyed the pig cheeks which were moist and tender. The padron peppers are always a must. The semifreddo was a perfect ending to our meal. The wine list has a very wide selection of highly rated wines."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was great, service fast, knowledgeable and pleasant"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The small plates (tapas)are well designed to provide flavor, eye appeal and complimentary textures. Each dish presented to our party of four was colorful, creative and well explained by our waiter. Wine selection was made easy with just short conversation with our waitress. Daily specials are unprentious. Very nice meal and experience."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Another fabulous meal at La Boca. Tapas style menu and a good wine list. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "That includes those I had in Spain, though I probably didn't go to the best restaurants threre. Food is delightful, subtle mix of flavors and textures. Fish stew, mariscopa, was a special dish when we went. Tender calimari, shrimp with flavor (!), mussels, scallops and the best tomato-based broth I've ever tasted. Very sophisticated version of a previously humble stew. Seating was a little tight. Table a bit small to hold all the dishes. But the food makes any inconvenience trivial. We will return."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I have lived in Spain and have also eaten in many Spanish and tapas restaurants outside of Spain. La Boca is neither a nod to the traditional tapas or pintxos of Spain, nor is it even in line with the ubiquitous "small plates" phenomenon of most large U.S. cities. No Spanish "standards" (jamon serrano, tortilla espanola, calamar en su tinto) can be found here. But neither are there tasty variations on those standards. Instead, it seems that the menu consisted of ill-conceived combinations of random ingredients found at the farmer's market with little regard to how well they play together: melon cubes with chopped kalamata olives (??), fried jamon, feta, and ... mint? Spend your hard-earned dollars elsewhere. SF does not lack for good food."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This is my favorite Santa Fe restaurant for lunch with a friend (a GOOD friend!). Delicious food, good service, well located."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Variety is why one should come here....very high quality and presentation...great service...reservations a must if you are looking for "reasonable time" to dine."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Overall, the experience was good. However, the service at our table was very slow. Our waitress was either new or inattentive. Delivery of wine and food was delayed. I had to cancel my last order of wine, since she did not deliver it until I had finished my meal. All she said was "sorry". Also, there are too many things on a small table. Extra plates, etc. and it becomes difficult to find places to put things when eating."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Tables TIGHT. Food was really good. Service OUTSTANDING!!! Tables TIGHT."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I absolutely love this place. Of course I have my favorite dishes such as the flat iron steak, the bruschetta, artichokes, watermelon salad, beet salad and trio dip w flatbread. I tried the shrimp ceviche special this time and it was fab! Love the desserts as well--the pots de crème, crema catalana as well as the almond cake. The strawberries in a parfait glass is what I'm trying next time. And of course you've gotta try the peach sangria."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I revisited this restaurant when I was back in Santa Fe. I had just lived it a fee years ago, and was disappointed that the food did not live up to my memories of it. A few years ago it was edgy and, creative, and delicious, but this time it seemed a little bland."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We visited La Boca for an early dinner before going to the opera. Service was prompt and friendly. The food was outstanding - each dish was beautifully presented and filled with flavor. I particularly enjoyed the pork and octopus."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Outstanding experience and very consistently well-prepared and well-presented entrees."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "My husband and I eat at La Boca every year when we visit Santa Fe for the Chamber Music Festival and Opera. It is always excellent; imaginative and delicious food. I look forward to eating there always."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I read about this restaurant before traveling to Santa Fe. We tried to get in for dinner, but it was booked. So we tried the next day for lunch. Success! Great restaurant. We were greeted by the bartender (who was originally from Chicago) and he was so friendly and helpful. I had a delicious glass of sherry, which I never see on menus. The lunch was delicious. We had a few tapas, sandwiches and salads. The salads were beautiful as well as delicious. My friend, who is a vegetarian, was thrilled with her sandwich. And our meat lovers were as pleased with their entrees. Be sure to visit this tiny little gem of a restaurant if you are in Santa Fe. If I lived there, this would be my "go to"."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "What a fabulous find! The open table photo with linen table cloths is misleading. Tables were bare wood about one foot away from each neighboring table. It's a tiny, packed restaurant with good service and absolutely delicious food. Loved the interesting concept of pairing different sherries with each plate. Such a unique concept. Each of the three sherries we tried were completely different: cold white, room temperature red and oak colored dessert. Anchovies were beautiful and superb and the stems of the artichokes with goat cheese were surprisingly meaty and delicious. There is something for everyone on this menu. Don't miss this tapas restaurant in Santa Fe...just a block from the plaza."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Very nice, great portions, good selection of wines and suggestions for food pairings."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed four tapas and 2 desserts. Especially taken with barramundi and bruschetta. Very nice wine list, a Chablis we don't always find offered. Boca was busy and deserves all praise."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We stop in Santa Fe every year between home in Tucson and Colorado. Dinner at La Boca has become a much anticipated tradition. We have always been delighted by the menu and thrilled that old favorites (bruschetta with mushrooms, cream, truffle oil, and a fried egg!) remain. This year our dinner was accompanied by an excellent guitarist who surprised with an equal talent for singing. What a terrific voice she has!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We ordered a bottle of wine, 2 vegetable tapas (artichokes with goat cheese and fried brussels sprouts) and 2 entree tapas (crab cakes with scallops and costillas - ribs). We received the first 2 tapas and then after 30+ minutes, our waitress brought us the dessert menu. We reminded our waitress we had never received our last two tapas. She apologized and brought them out in another 10 minutes or so. She said they would be "comped." When we got our bill, we were not charged for those two items but she had added $20 to the alcohol to make up for it. Again she apologized and removed those added charges. She blamed the computers system once and her manager the second time. It put a damper on an otherwise delicious meal."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Everything about the food is wonderful. The ambience leaves a little something to be desired with small tables crowded close together. It's pretty noisy in there."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The staff and ambiance are always great. The tapas always come out so tasty. Our favorite is the bruschetta, patatas bravas, tapas trio paired with any of the salads and the morcilla."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The large variety of offerings and the wonderful flavors of the dishes makes this restaurant a favorite of ours. On this visit the squid ink pasta was a standout,"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Serving the most scrumptious tapas, you get to explore many offerings from the menu. My favorite is the egg bruschetta - bruschetta with crimini mushrooms, cream, and fried egg, topped with truffle oil & reggianito cheese - it is just so good. The ambiance is more urban than southwest - small restaurant, with small tables fitted close together. The noise level is high enough to make it a bit difficult for these two softer spoken people to talk extensively, but we enjoyed the live music and our meals very much. The service was just as it should be - prompt, pleasant and non-intrusive."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Food, drinks and dessert were incredible. My only issue was that our waiter was rude. We are locals and immediately our waiter's attitude was one of superiority; we were looked down upon. He was not friendly and was condescending. I asked him to explain how a dish was prepared and he treated me as if I were stupid for not knowing. I ordered a glass of sherry and the waiter delivered less than half of a serving; the bartender must have noticed because he came to our table and appropriately filled my glass. The rest of the restaurant staff were very pleasant, however, I rated the service low because you're only as good as your weakest link. I would return to La Boca, but will specify that I do not want to be served by Jay."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed dinner so much we decided to pop in for Sunday brunch and we were not disappointed. Smoked salmon w/goat cheese, avacado, red onion panini (who would have thought?) and Huevos Rancheros perhaps the best ever! Beautiful, clean and delicious food. A real find."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Creative and delicious - beets and goat cheese, excellent! Fried shrimp - subbed garlic aioli for the too-spicy red sauce. Yum!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Second time there and everything has been great! Wish there were more room between tables."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Fun happening tapas bar. The server was attentive and new the menu. Noise level up there so guitarist could not be heard so well. The space is small so very warm. Could use ceiling fans. Still a great place to eat."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We wanted to return the next night! Artichokes. Calimari and paella were memorable."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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