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Boca Chica Restaurant, Saint Paul, MN

Boca Chica Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1320 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

10:30 PM


Booked 26 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 1,320 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Good for groups

  • 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

    Good for groups

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Neighborhood gem

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Good for special occasions

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Lively

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Most Booked

1,320 Reviews
  1. DeborahD

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service and great food, friendly, pricing ok. Will eat there again.

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  2. DENISEH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the lunch buffet. They were very busy so maybe could be quicker to refill

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  3. GregT

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They had a grilled vegetable setup on the buffet. Yeah!!

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  4. PaulK

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Diego was a great young server who stayed on top put our table of ten. Food was loved by everyone. The Mi Tierra was delicious. A could have errors with placement of drinks on tab but pricing was the same so we did t buy her him to correct. We will all be back!!

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  5. TimS

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boca Chica is more than just a neighborhood favorite. It's known throughout the area for its delicious and authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex food. The staff is very friendly, and the atmosphere is great. Whenever my European friends are in town, they beg us to take them to Boca Chica. It's great for families and great for couples, with very reasonable prices. Our bill for a family of four (with teenagers) was only $80, and we brought home leftovers.

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  6. JannaC

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, our experience was great. Food was delicious, service was prompt and courteous, and the atmosphere was very reliable. We will return!

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  7. Wioe

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food. Service was just ok; a bit slow, never offered chips and salsa, or refills on cocktails.

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  8. KrisP

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service as always. Highly recommended. Suggest reservations because it can get really busy.

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  9. Tree

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and good value for your money. We were able to feed a group of five people with dinners and cocktails for under $100. The service was a little slow, but they were very busy.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great environment and the service was superb. Food was a bit cold but in fairness, we had a large group.

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  11. JoseS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and the service couldn’t be better, me and my family really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is SO good! And the entire is… fantastic!

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  13. RobrtT

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I enjoy going there but when I make my reservation online and the online system asks me for special requests and I ask them to seat me in the patio dining area then when I get there, they look at me like I'm an idiot and sit me in the corner of the cold sitting area of the restaurant. Server didn't bring us silverware on time. Our food got cold. Not going back.

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  14. ClaudiaC

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The only less than outstanding aspect was that our server seemed like she was hurrying us to get out. At one point she took my mother’s plate while she was eating her last bite! It was amusing at that moment, but not very good service. I think we were her last table before her shift finished so she was rushing to leave. As always the food and drinks were generous and outstanding.

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  15. Robert

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Boca Chica! One of the best Mexican restaurants in the Twin Cities!!

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  16. MichaelT

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food consistently good, server could have stopped by for water refills. Soup was warm, not hot. The chair rail that runs along the perimeter could use a good dusting.

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  17. JenniferKS

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Get the carnitas! I love Boca Chica. Delicious food and a great value.

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  18. BoPeep

    Minneapolis

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love their food, especially the Deep Fried tacos. The “old” nacho’s with all the cheese and jalapenos are a wonderful appetizer. And don’t forget that Margarita. For exceptional service ask for Lisa or Veeda.

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  19. DanielF

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    My experience was extraordinary as usual. Service food and fun were par for the course.

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  20. RobinF

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always..... delicious food with abundant servings and reasonable prices. Service was fantastic and the hostess was very accomodating of a special need.

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  21. EvieG

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is fantastic. We went for the buffet, but even if we didn’t go for the buffet, the food is still outstanding. The variety and quality of dishes exceeded our expectations. The flavors were well-balanced, and the presentation was impeccable. The service was also top-notch, with attentive staff and a clean, inviting atmosphere. Overall, it was a truly satisfying dining experience.

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  22. CarrieW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a nice evening out. Good food. Good service. Have been a customer for 30+ years. Love Boca Chica.

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  23. JamesF

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Only small complaint was waiter didn’t come back to our table very often to check on us. Overall though a nice dining experience

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  24. LinseyP

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seated right away with reservation. Prompt service, great food.

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  25. Redman

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice establishment to visit. Great food and ambiance. Great service.

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  26. DAVIDH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to dinner with our neighbors after missing their annual Christmas party due to illnesses. The were VERY busy but service was spot-on, food was excellent, and everyone enjoyed dinner. This is why we keep coming back to Boca Chica!

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  27. MikeB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our visit for lunch buffet. Definitely will be back. 👍

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  28. PeterC

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for putting our two tables together based on our request. It was very nice by your restaurant staff. We all enjoyed the food at the restaurant.

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  29. Skipthisone

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My favorite place. Can’t wait to see the remodel coming up

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  30. Larry

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience. Good food, great service and pleasant ambience. Have been there many, many times. Enjoy bringing friends to try new places like Boca Chica.

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  31. AlbertoA

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been living in MN for a year and this is now our favorite mexican food restaurant. Food was great, service was pleasant

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  32. Perius

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Boca is one of our all-time favorites. There are a few select dishes that are outstanding and consistently so. Great every time. Those include: Taco Monterey (go with steak for sure), Carnitas, Enchiladas Zacatecas, and the Guisado Pork stew. Adding to the great food options, they make the best margaritas I have found anywhere. The Don Guillermo served up (includes the shaker and martini glass) is the go-to here. Boca is a classic St. Paul institution and a must for any local diner seeking Mexican food or just great good period.

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  33. LynnH

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant for special occasions. The staff people are very nice.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome as usual! Only great place to have real authentic Mexican food

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  35. mommieschu

    Minneapolis

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been regulars for over 20 years and can count on consistently good food and drinks!

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  36. Woody

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful setting for a family with children. Good food, fun atmosphere, and friendly helpful service for a large group. Thank you!

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  37. DaveSt

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been eating here since the early 70s. Traditional family recipes made from scratch is the foundation of Boca Chica’s continued success. Truly some of the best Mexican food you will ever experience.

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  38. KathrynM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lunch buffet is amazing! There are so many chocies, and everything tastes great.

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  39. SaraL

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Srevice was great, friendly. Food was meh, starting with the salsas. Chips and salsa weren't free (although cheap- $3.25). Huge portions. Reasonable prices.

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  40. DonnaB

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and friendly staff! It's our favorite authentic Mexican restaurant.

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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 4.8 stars by 1320 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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