Boca Chica Restaurant

4.6
713 reviews
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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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KJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AM
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the great food and atmosphere at Boca Chica!

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D
Minneapolis
23 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 27, 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
35 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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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B
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boca Chica's carnitas are the best you can find anywhere! Our server, Vida, is exceptional! She is knowledgeable about the menu options, and efficient with our service. Most of all she is so friendly and welcoming each and every time we see her.

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JW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Pretty good food, inattentive service. Server came only to take orders, bring food and deliver the check.

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HG
Minneapolis
61 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Boca Chica was a great spot for lunch. Food was great—several people had the buffet which offered plenty of options. flautas were another favorite. Super service!

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MC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We lost power and you didn’t miss a beat. Wait staff did an awesome job.

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CR
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took advantage of the Sunday brunch and were very much pleased. First, there is plenty of seating and the atmosphere is "cozy." We had made a reservation for six and were promptly seated by a table near the fireplace. Our server was helpful, attentive, and friendly. The Sunday brunch/buffet offered a large variety of choices, even pancakes and sausage, an option that pleased our grandson. The Mexican dishes were excellent. At $14.95/person, I feel the brunch is really a good value for families. I would not hesitate returning to Boca Chica.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boca Chica has been a WestSide gem for years! My sisters and I will always consider this restaurant 'home' for brunch, lunch or dinners! Really good authentic Mexican food! Thank you Frias family!

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D
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were greeted and seated with our reservation right away. The hosts and servers were friendly and prompt. The salsa and chips just kept coming. Loved my street tacos and portions were good. All the food tastes great including the desserts.

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KJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good authentic food, with a large menu. Good and polite service.

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DB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boca never disappoints. Just wonderful, and authentic. Poco Logo margarita is to die for, as are the enchiladas! Highly recommend!

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M
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not our first time at Boca Chica, my family has been coming here for decades. And it never disappoints. We enjoy the neighborhood welcoming atmosphere, the really good food that encompasses some more authentic Mexican dishes as well as typical Tex-mex style dishes that are found in Mexican American restaurants, but done better.
We love the sopa with fideos served in front of most entrees, and the salsa is really good, especially the one with more spice. The mole is really good, though none of us had it this time.
Service was good and accommodating our request for a booth (one side had booth seats, the other was chairs, this is how their dining area is configured.) The food service is quick, but not rushed.
Drinks were good, strong enough, but not too much so. Two of us had a spiked mango lemonade that was not overly sweet, quite good.
All in all, it was an enjoyable, comfortable, good dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Wouldn’t go back again. It was just okay.

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BK
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Has been our family's go to Mexican restaurant since I was a child. Now I'm almost 60 years old .... bringing my kids and grand kids and still enjoy it as much as ever!

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CL
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was good and we were seated at our reserved table right away. Our waitress took good care of us. It was a busy Saturday night. My husband's food was cold and not a lot of taste actually. He had the chicken rellenos which were basically ground up chicken. They did remake it although the rest of us were done by the time they brought another serving so we ended up taking it all home. I would have been happy with a price adjustment. The price was a bit high but overall it was a fun night.

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The reservation experience went very well and quite easy to use.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress that served us was totally awesome! (Lisa) She was able to also speak Spanish to one of our residents to help him decide on a menu item. She was great and helpful and awesome!

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AP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have brunched at Boca Chica before and it seemed to have had more options in the past. The woman running the egg station was too backed up with orders that she refused to take any more. Perhaps they should add another person there to accommodate Sunday brunch. The arroz con leche is muy sabroso! Also, the zucchini enchiladas were really good. It would be nice to have the option of fresh fruit for dessert. It was a pleasant experience, but we probably won't be back for a little while.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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Service was poor. Long wait each time we had request for more water , check and to get food. No offer to comp anything . Just one word we we voiced our complaint at check out. Sorry was all they said.

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RF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around.

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TM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Nexucan in the Twin Cities. We drive from Minnetonka and it’s worth it!!!

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r
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was just OK overall, we went there for Restaurant Week and it didn’t meet our expectations. My food was pretty salty and the dishes seemed unoriginal. The menu made it seem like my wife and I ordered two very different things, but when the plates came out, the dishes looked nearly identical with the exception of the meat.

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T
Kazakhstan
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We came for restaurant week. There was a lot of food but I like a spicier meal. The guacamole was pretty dull but there was a lot of it. It seemed wasteful. My husband liked the soup. The flautas, chicken mole enchilada and tamale were good. Our waitress was very efficient.

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c
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

good food great waitress, A+++ good food great waitress A+++

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PG
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had not been to Boca Chica in over a year. Was included in the Restaurant Week promotions. The special menu was excellent. We loved the cocktails, and thought the entrees were great. We were impressed by the quantity and the quality of the food we had. We look forward to our next visit.

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DG
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the lovely Boca Chica as part of Resteraunt Week and to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food was exceptional from the presentation to the pallet! The portions were also plentify!!!!

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Boca Chica never disappoints.

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B
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Wonderful carnitas. Great margaritas! Terrific and friendly service. We’ll be back. It’s our go-to spot!

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LA
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We usually love Boca Chica but it was just okay at best this time. Food not as good as usual. Waitress seemed to forget about us.

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T
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Over many years we have found this restaurant to serve the most authentic Mexican food in the Twin Cities.
The night we were there they had a strolling Mariachi Band ! Service is great at this wonderful family owned
restaurant !

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L
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in to celebrate my wife’s birthday with friends. The food was great and was complimented by our great service provided by Tabatha.

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c
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pick two menu for lunch is great! The chips and salsa were on point. My only complaint is that our server didn’t check on us, so we didn’t get our coke refilled.

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M
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Server Denise did a very nice job. Dodd was tasty.

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BC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This family owned restaurant is a gem in St Paul. The menu is varied, some of the expected Mexican dishes, but also has several speciality choices. Our server was very attentive and for a busy Saturday night, the food came out fast. They have a very cute patio for those wanting to dine outside.

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S
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

this visit to Boca Chica was the best ever! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good Mexican restaurant.

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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waitress was wonderful and attentive. Food came out within a decent amount of time.
Sometimes it takes a while but not this time.

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