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Boca Chica Restaurant, Saint Paul, MN

Boca Chica Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1072 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (651) 222-8499

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    We cater fiestas for birthdays, graduations, office parties, Grooms dinners, social gathering and many other special events. Let us help make your party a success! For smaller or more casual fiestas, we have the Party Tray Menu with a large selection of delicious food items you may choose to make your party special! For larger events such as weddings, anniversaries, quinceaneras or other formal celebrations, please call us to speak to our Full Service Catering manager Catering manager Jose Frias at (651) 222-8499.

  • Private party contact

    Jose Frias: (651) 222-8499

  • Neighborhood

    Saint Paul

  • Cross street

    Wabasha

  • Parking details

    Private Lot and street parking available.

  • Entertainment

    Mariachi Flor y Canto performs regularly at Boca Chica every fourth Saturday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and for special occasions Nicolas Carter(Latin harp)and Pedro Torres(guitar)perform regularly at Boca Chica every second Saturday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and for special occasions.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,072 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Best Value

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Fit for Foodies

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Overall

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Food

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Service

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Ambiance

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Value

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Fit for Foodies

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Good for Groups

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Great for Lunch

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Romantic

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Special Occasion

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Most Booked

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  1. MM

    MichaelM

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Slow service. Burrito was not heated enough for cheese to melt. Our server was delightful but we saw her very little and never after the food was delivered. We would have ordered another round but no opportunity.
  2. MD

    MaryD

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I were there for her Birthday dinner. Service was very friendly and efficient. The food was delivered in a very timely manner. Quality of food was outstanding. The 6 piece band played fantastic mexican festive music really adding ambiance to the entire experience!!! I would rate this 10 out of 10... great job Boca Chica!!
  3. P

    Poncho61

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I went at 12:30 for lunch. Food was good. Service was a little slow b/c it was crowded for a private party. I’ve been going to this restaurant for 50+ yrs. I would highly recommend Boca Chica if you like Tex Mex.
  4. KA

    KateA

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Boca Chica never disappoints. Great food, great service, and the best Mexican you're going to find in the twin cities.
  5. O

    Outoftowner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, Great Service plus it was margaritas monday's
  6. DM

    DianeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Number 1 Mexican restaurant in my opinion in St Paul
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We both love the food here. We have been coming to Boca Chica for close to 50 years. We usually have the Sunday buffet and we love the options. There are always two different enchilada choices and so many other tasty dishes to try. The service has been perfect! We keep coming back!
  8. AL

    AnnieL

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Host stand was very accommodating when we wanted to sit at another table that didn’t have traffic by it. Service was great. Love your food and my margarita was spicy and wonderful. What is the best way to get an outside table? Is it first come, first serve? We were told it would have been a 20 minute wait so we just took our inside table but we hope to eat on the patio next time. But everything was great.
  9. j

    jloh

    Omaha

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great, as was the food. We all tried 3 new dishes and enjoyed all of them. The patio was a great place to sit with the music and the great weather.
  10. G

    Gracie

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We always enjoy eating at Boca Chica! The food is always hot and fresh.
  11. MK

    MeganK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always excellent and our server was amazing. Never disappointed at boca chica
  12. TS

    TerryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and great food. I strongly recommend Boca
  13. F

    Fiona

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Busy Friday night we came on and our waitress was a trooper. The food was amazing and i loved how beautiful the decor was.
  14. S

    Steve

    Minneapolis

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Always great food but this time the service was OK, it usually doesn’t happen.
  15. CA

    ChristyA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    The hostess literally asked the 3 top celebrating a birthday to leave because her next reservation arrived…I’ve been in the game my whole working life and that should never ever happen…those people will never be back and neither will I. Took forever to get our check, not one dirty dish removed as we struggled to box our food…. unfortunate experience all the way around. Hire a new hostess!!!
  16. T

    Tammy

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our 1st date was at Boca Chica in 1979 and we have been coming ever since! It’s our families favorite restaurant. Great authentic Mexican food and awesome employees.
  17. SE

    SharonE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great service good food. A little loud but nice place.
  18. CG

    CarmenG

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There was a bit of confusion at first for when the buffet would be ready but the staff were quick, hustling and bustling and checking in with each table even with the short delay and gave the most lovely service that showed they cared and even gave moms a flower as we were there for Mother’s Day. I booked another reservation to return! Haven’t been here since before the pandemic and they didn’t disappoint! Thank you for a wonderful experience!
  19. G

    Gordy

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Same excellent food. Same excellent service.
  20. KI

    KellyI

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boca Chica is an excellent place to enjoy authentic Mexica food. A great selection of of appetizers, salads, and entrees that are generous portions the highest quality. Service is good and the staff is very friendly.
  21. AO

    AmandaO

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Has really gone down hill… I’ve grown up dining at both Boca and Taco House. From the start it was bad-seated us at a dirty table. The busboy cleared it off in front of us and then never even wiped it down. The hostess witnessed it all and said nothing, just set the menus down and walked away. We had to ask someone to clean it. Everything was disappointing-the service to the food. Our server was a young kid, zero personality and forgot everything. Anytime you asked him for something he acted like it was a chore. The food was very mediocre, step or two up from fast food. The restaurant was very warm, no fresh air and very stuffy. The margarita was awful and I almost immediately started to get congested and feel ill. I’m guessing they need to clean their lines on the machine?? Or bad bar mix? Just overall very disappointing and sad to see one of my families favorites decline so bad. Will stick with taco house… much better quality, everything is fresh, great customer service and reasonably priced.
  22. L

    Leah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve always loved your food! Been coming to Boca Chica since childhood, now in my fifties. Your buffet was extravagant, delicious, and fresh. We both really enjoyed it yesterday and will be back for it again.
  23. RS

    RobertS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best authentic mexican food in St Paul My kids are picky eaters and they loved the enchiladas
  24. JS

    JSOR

    Jackson Hole

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Mexican food for over 50 years...casual, clean, and comfortable restaurant. Great drinks...delicious food served for lunch or dinner. More than ample portions. Do order homemade guac and do sample signature chili gravy on your enchiladas. This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in the U S.
  25. C

    Craig

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service very good. Fun atmosphere.
  26. MS

    MarieS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Always amazing food!!! So very good!!! My sisters in law and I have been celebrating our birthdays at Boca Chica for 20+ years and have never once been disappointed in the food or drinks. Our waitress was great! We went during the lunch buffet (a first for us) and the place was very crowded...but it never got loud. We had to wait a wee bit for drink refills. Boca Chica never disappoints!
  27. T

    Tyler98

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service. It's a definitely a busy restaurant but for a reason. The food is amazing. My wife comes from Cicero, Illinois and she says Boca chica was the best Mexican restaurant she's ever been too.
  28. CT

    CoreyT

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
  29. JB

    JohnB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every employee we came in contact with was friendly and professional. Our waitress was outstanding--prompt, friendly, attentive, smiling.
  30. b

    bravediner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Overall good restaurant with good value. The food is fine but could be better. With the high rating given by many diners, may be I had high expectations.
  31. DM

    DonM

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Boca!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was OK. I had higher expectations based on the high rating. It wasn’t bad or anything, just didn’t blow me away. Portions and prices were really good. Food was just pretty standard Mexican fare. Nothing to go out of your way for.
  33. MS

    MarkS

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great service, nice food selection
  34. PW

    PaulaW

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great margaritas and wonderful food! Thank you!! Excellent service!!!
  35. DF

    DanielF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food was tasty but served lukewarm. Sat too long before being expedited I imagine, but our server was great. We left a 50% tip to show our gratitude.
  36. JW

    JoeW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good basic Mexican fare; prompt service. Pacifico on tap!
  37. c

    carolynr

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic and excellent food abd service
  38. KM

    KallanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was celebrating that I finished my internship and got a job offer. Fabulous choice to celebrate!
  39. JC

    JayC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good place to go, I will do so again. I hate length requirements when I am writing a review!!!!
  40. NP

    NicholP

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was nice. I took my granddaughter for brunch. I would have liked the cheese enchiladas with the gravy. But it was great. Just use to the original enchiladas I think the have a different name now. But love them. Great family owned restaurant.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 1072 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Boca Chica Restaurant

11 Cesar Chavez St. Saint Paul, MN 55107

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wabasha

  • Neighborhood

    Saint Paul

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot and street parking available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Mariachi Flor y Canto performs regularly at Boca Chica every fourth Saturday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and for special occasions Nicolas Carter(Latin harp)and Pedro Torres(guitar)perform regularly at Boca Chica every second Saturday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and for special occasions.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (651) 222-8499

  • Catering

    We cater fiestas for birthdays, graduations, office parties, Grooms dinners, social gathering and many other special events. Let us help make your party a success! For smaller or more casual fiestas, we have the Party Tray Menu with a large selection of delicious food items you may choose to make your party special! For larger events such as weddings, anniversaries, quinceaneras or other formal celebrations, please call us to speak to our Full Service Catering manager Catering manager Jose Frias at (651) 222-8499.

  • Private party contact

    Jose Frias: (651) 222-8499

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