Boca Chica Restaurant

4.8
1042 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipSteve
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love dining at Boca Chica!

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SandyG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful, the food was wonderful and we loved the mariachi band! It was our first visit and we will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Resturant

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Abigail
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute restaurant with good food, margaritas and service.

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StacyW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always excellent. Food and service were great!

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BillC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was busy and Conner our server was excellent at getting us drinks right away. He took our order in a timely manner, and after serving us our food, checked back often. The food was, as always , delicious! We’ve been coming here for over 20 years and have never had a bad meal. It’s our favorite place to bring out of town visitors as well.

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JeanF
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went there for authentic food and atmosphere - and the food and staff delivered. Haven been in awhile and am glad went as a company team before the Empathy Play at the Park Square theater.

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CaroleV
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and respect us deaf family. Much appreciated!

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CarolL
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, as always! Hope the buffet comes back soon!

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JenniferL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great , we had a good time as usual. Its always great to see Michael's smiling face, too!!!

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CulinaryArt
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to COVID, we have not ventured out to one of our favorite restaurants. We were pleased, but not surprised, that everything -- food, ambiance, service, etc. -- was a great as we have known it to be. Check it out.

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Mimi
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely delicious every single time we dine here. Everyone is so friendly and knowledgeable especially Lisa who is an excellent server. Wonderful place to go for a meal and very reasonably priced.

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LarryT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent as was the service. The server was very attentive!

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AmeliaZ
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Boca Chica exceeded our expectations. Wonderful experience from watching sports with a few beers in the bar to our wonderful meal in the dining area. Service is always excellent. Thanks again!

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vipLisaR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love my experience at Boca Chica. Food is wonderful and so is the service.

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RosalindaG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was excellent. The restaurant was very busy and staff were very accomodating and friendly. We loved the ambiance. Overall very enjoyable.

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LindaW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Waitress did not offer chips and salsa. I had to ask twice for extra onions.

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MplsChris
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my son. We both had an excellent experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite local Mexican restaurant. Our party of 10 enjoyed a “farewell to summer” get together on Taquito Tuesday. I enjoyed the $2 tacos that are on special on Tuesdays, while others in my group enjoyed fajitas, chicken with mole, enchiladas, queso, and guacamole to name a few of the items eaten. Everyone partook of margaritas and chips with salsa. A festive time was had by all, and the service and food was great.

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Hungryman
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three guys who get together for lunch occasionally met at Boca Chica. Very friendly and helpful staff and delicious food with a good range of options. I had the fish tacos and was delighted with how tasty and juicy they were. The others had a pick two lunch and were also pleased.

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Ruth
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Boca Chica! My favorite Mexican Restaurant for 45 years! Can't find any Mexican Restaurant that can live up to it!! Great staff too!

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vipLoriL
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I usually don't write a review for dining experiences on Open Table unless I earn 100 points, but I decided to make an exception this time! I haven't been to Boca Chica since before the pandemic started, but you would never have known from dining there last night (10/15/2021) that there had been one! No one was wearing masks, and I am more than okay with that! The dining room was full, and there was a lot of families there with well-behaved children. Both our meals were really good, as were the Margaritas! As far as I know, Boca Chica is the only Mexican restaurant in the entire Twin Cities area that serves a cactus salad, which I love! And the Chile Relleno dinner comes with a cactus salad. I also love the way they serve their black beans, with a smattering of white cheese and some fresh herbs on top. Over the last few years, more and more Mexican restaurants have stopped serving Chile Relleno, with the excuse that it's "too labor intensive," but Boca Chica has not caved into this lazy notion. So, even though I live in MPLS, I had a craving for Chile Relleno and knew this place would not let me down. Plus I always love supporting family-owned restaurants, and this place has been owned by the same family for several generations. I do recommend making a reservation on Open Table since they can get pretty booked up on the weekends. But if you have to wait, you can always wait in their awesome bar and get free chips and salsa with your beverage!

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vipBoPeep
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as usual (Nacho’s and deep fried Taco). Service was outstanding - Lisa! And the place was busy at 1:00.

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SusieDee
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice table, lots of space, good food!
One of my favorite places for decades.

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BillC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away and our server checked with us immediately, getting us drinks and chips. The poco loco (which is our favorite!) didn’t seem as good as usual, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying them. The full menu is back - yay! - and we ordered the enchiladas suiszas , and a combination platter. The soup that comes out first is excellent. We have tried to find it at other restaurants, tried making it, and nothing compares. The enchiladas were delicious, and very filling. The platter had a combo of a taco, tostada, tamale and enchilada. Everything was fresh tasting and delicious! Boca Chica is our favorite Mexican restaurant - we even use them for catering !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! A perfect night to eat out on the patio also.

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IngridP
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what we were looking for: fun ambience, authentic food, traditional musicians they came to the table and sang happy birthday to my daughter!

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TerryI
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great, hadn’t been there in many years.

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StevenB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit. Once again we were able to be seated on the patio. The setting was lovely and away from street noise. Service was attentive, even with the pressure the pandemic is putting on wait staff. The food was delicious. We got in just before the end of happy hour so got a good price on drinks and appetizer. Had food to take home. A bit of a drive from our house but we’ll worth it.

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supercalafragalistic
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Boca Chica several times and each time the food and service has been great. I will eat there again.

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vipluv2eat
Minneapolis
110 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been going to Boca Chica for years. Love the nachos, Flautas and Steak Tampicaña.

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SueM
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The enchiladas are outstanding- no one does enchiladas and refried beans like Boca Chica! The Don Guillermo margaritas were the perfect accompaniment to our dinner. Our server was great and checked on us frequently.

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LindaW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Staff was amazing and the food never disappoints. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress Alyssa was fantastic! Very friendly and attentive. She was always checking in. We went during happy hour and Taco Tuesday- it was all great food!

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SandraA
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places to eat, staff was great and management was great too. Recommend this place to anyone looking for great food!!!

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BillC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When we arrived the parking lot and street were full, but there was no waiting to be seated. Our waiter was prompt and took our drink orders. The Poco Loco continues to be the best margarita I have found. One in our party also ordered the mango margarita, and it too was good, but a bit sweet. For mains we ordered the chicken flautas and seafood enchiladas. Both came with sopa- and I have never had better at any other Mexican restaurant. The flautas were done crisp but not over cooked, and the seafood enchiladas were very good. I would get both again.

The service at this restaurant continues to be excellent even in spite of staffing challenges in the industry. We will definitely be back!

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vipDDcc
Chicago
184 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated on the patio--a very lovely place to dine. Our waitress was very friendly, pleasant and helpful. The tilapia was excellent and the chicken tacos very tasty. Drinks (margaritas) were delicious. The only complaint was that our soup was lukewarm, but not a large issue. Would dine here again.

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vipSteve
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love to hang out Boca Chica

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SarahH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Boca Chica many times. The people are always friendly & the food is outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waitress was super sweet. Plenty of refills. Meal arrived at very different times for 1/2 of our group due to an error in the kitchen. I’m guessing short staffed like everyone else. We’ll go back again.

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You can order delivery directly from Boca Chica Restaurant using the Order Online button. Boca Chica Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (651) 222-8499.

Boca Chica Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1042 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.