Boca Chica Restaurant

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748 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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 2018 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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M
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server Elizabeth did an excellent job.😊👍🥗🌮

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TM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and excellent prices. We plan to return this summer and bring some of our family.

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KS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an authentic Mexican restaurant with amazing food and friendly staff. It's by far my favorite place to go with my husband or friends. We've been enjoying Boca Chica for about 35 years, and have even hired them to cater for us.

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R
Minneapolis
129 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A friend and I had supper on Sunday evening. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Our server was very busy but took time to answer questions. We each ordered something different, and the portions were very generous. Thus we each took home a to-go box. The price was very reasonable, and we both enjoyed our food.

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LR
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boca Chica is always a pleasant experience. Good food, great service. My only complaint or issue is that it can be hard to hear your party at times due to the volume of noise in the restaurant. Although, that seems true with many restaurants and I am not sure how you could change that.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back after our first visit and we'll bring friends.

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OT
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always satisfying, nice patio, great food, good price. Love the Taco Tuesday!

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is very cute in there, our waiter was very friendly, and it was a great night overall.

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MM
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so much fun and a great experience! Our good, cocktails and service was as amazing as usual. Great authentic menu with amazing flavo

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LK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointed with our margaritas on the rocks, found out it isn’t made fresh. You could taste it and we asked about it. Waitress was very friendly, I must say, this was one of our not favorite visits to the restaurant. I have been coming to Boca Chica’s forever, always been my favorite place, but seems like it has gone down a little. Please bring it back to the way your family had it, they took pride. I don’t mean to put you all the way down, I still love your restaurant, just had a couple times we were a little disappointed.

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CE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. Staff were friendly, service was punctual, and the food was really good. Great place for a family gathering!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Mother’s Day with a group of ten and had a wonderful time. Large selection of food on the buffet and the wait staff was very attentive.

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day Brunch was wonderful and the roving mariachi band made it a perfect choice for those of us who like authentic Mexican food and joyful music

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Was very busy. The staff was great about keeping the buffet stocked and clearing plates. Could have refilled drinks. Great atmosphere, love the band! Looking forward to trying them again.

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CM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Dinner and the service was good. I had tilapia with mango salsa- yum. But this was a date and this apoarently is a family restaurant. Had 2 nearby tables with screaming/crying kids, which was unpleasant. Also, where was the mariachi band? They used to have that on Saturday nights.

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R
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been to Boca Chica for a while, but glad we went back. I had the shrimp fajitas and they were fabulous. Lots of big, juicy shrimp. My friends had the steak and chicken fajitas. There was enough food for everybody to have leftovers for lunch the next day. Next time I won't wait so long to go back.

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G
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. A must for dining out.

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LB
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and the surroundings. It's a friendly place that we've visited often over the last 20 years. Our server was pleasant but not very adept.

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R
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and great atmosphere. A mariachi band was entertaining as well and even added more to a wonderful evening.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Friendly service. The real deal if you are looking for awesome Mexican. Plus, a good value. Highly recommend Boca Chica.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and relaxing, sat outside on a perfect evening.

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s
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant. My first choice and am never disappointed.

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boca Chica is my family restaurant for a lifetime! Plus, to be surprised at the end with a birthday sundae and a song! Memories like that cannot be replicated! Love the staff and management there! We will be back!!

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DN
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuvimos una gran comida y un tiempo maravilloso! Muchas gracias

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is my favorite. The staff is always amazing. I recommend this place whenever I can.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at Boca Chicad for years. This visit was very disappointing. The food was very bland...no flavor at all.
I don’t know that I will ever return.

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J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always good food.

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WS
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed at Boca Chica. Food wonderful and our waitress was especially sweet. Always our favorite place for a special meal.

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BS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mariachi music, food exactly as advertised, waitress was sweet and efficient. Not sure if there's a better Mexican restaurant experience locally.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Great service. Great food.

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i
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Slow service, ended up having to ask another server for help. Enchiladas were made incorrectly (with the wrong protein) and were mediocre. Rice was hard. Beef tacos and chilled rellenos were okay - not bad but not great. Ran out of dessert.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Sunday night

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KJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite for years! Great food and sometimes the mariachis are there playing as well!

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the service was kind and helpful.

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AM
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been to Boca Chica in a while since we moved farther away so didn’t know what to expect but we were not disappointed as the food and service was excellent?

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S
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the great food and atmosphere at Boca Chica!

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D
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in the Twin Cities by far. Authentic food, great drinks. Great atmosphere. Also good for birthdays.

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D
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can’t go wrong here. The servers and Bartenders are very friendly. The food is delicious. The ambiance is wonderful. Great authentic Mexican food for reasonable prices.

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WS
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boca Chica never disappoints. We had our standard fare and it was just delicious. Wait staff is friendly and very attentive. Absolutely the BEST Mexican in Mpls/St. Paul and I'd say even in the US. No place makes better cheese enchiladas and their suiza sauce is the best!! You would be surprised at the fails I've experienced with that simplest of dishes at other tex-mex restarants in AZ, NM, CA and TX.... where they should know better! Boca Chica is the gold standard..... and the mole is to die for...

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