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Boca Chica Restaurant

4.4
650 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 2009 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 2:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(651) 222-8499
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party contact
Jose Frias: (651) 222-8499
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wabasha
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Parking details
Private Lot and street parking available.
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
What 650 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Was shocked about the service and food it was not as usual and the guacamole was darkish and tasted old

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Good food, pleasant ambiance--a delightful evening with friends.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food seated right away great service

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This was our first time eating at Boca Chica and we will definitely be back! We were able to get a table quickly and the Guacamole was excellent! Our meals (4 of us), were all very good! We will make this a "regular" place to eat when we are in MN!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This is a wonderful family restaurant that is authentic, reliable and excellent food ! Served by smiling servers !

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My wife and I went with our youngest son. We had not been at Boca for a few years. It was better than we remembered. Service & authentic Mexican food were all great. We Will be back! Thank you

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

If you are looking for authentic Mexican cuisine, look no further. We've been dining here for decades. The food and margarita's are top notch. Worth the drive.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We went out to dinner with another family. We all had a great time. Portions are ENORMOUS! I foolishly (brilliantly?!?) filled up on the chips and guac for a started and had enough left over for another 2 meals. We all left full and happy. Oh and they have a good list of tequilas so you can have a wide variety of margaritas as well. WINNING!!

Kids meals are also a good value: our 9 year old LOVED the fried taco, and our friend's daughter liked the French toast sticks and eggs (I know I know, to order that at a Mexican restaurant.....sigh....) so if you have picky eater kids, there are options.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Boca Chica is one of our go-to places when we are hosting out of town family/friends and are hungry for some authentic and tasty Mexican food. Love the Tostadas con Tinga de Pollo, Enchilladas, and Tamales.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

3rd time in 3 weeks and as usual great food and service

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We've always really liked this place, and go a handful of times a year. This time, it was apparent that they have pared down the menu, and that some of my favorites were removed. I was sad :(. The service was excellent, the food is really good, and the atmosphere is fun (particularly on the night we were there, since there was live Mariachi). We'll go back, but the menu reduction was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Was downtown St Paul on business and go-to restaurants booked for Valentine’s. Just south across the river is great Mexican restaurant. Mariachi band was great without being obtrusive. Service excellent and prices cheaper than five minutes to the north.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

It was such a friendly atmosphere. The waiter was so attentive and everyone was so nice. I was there on a date even customers were so friendly. Lady sitting next to me sparked a conversation. I love this place

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Our group of 5 enjoyed a tasty, well served, meal with good vegatarian options for one of the group. Highly recommend Boca Chica.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great, friendly service, excellent food, and the margaritas are great!

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Our server was new, and slow. We usually have great service.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

40 years of going there and we have never been disappointed....love food, people and dependability of the place.

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2018

I live in the Chicago area and was recommended to this restaurant. I think it was very overpriced for Mexican fare and the food was just so/so. I've had many, many better Mexican meals elsewhere for the price.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Always a great place to go to. Everything is always excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing food, very authentic. Large portions! Ambience was very fun, with a mariachi band popping into the dining area. Parking is difficult!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

It's always good and has great selections

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Boca Chica was the first restaurant my 3 boys were great at. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Best margaritas around! Authentic food. Love the enchiladas mole

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2.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Been here before and found food and service to be spotty. This time around was no different.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Good quality food in a pleasant atmosphere. A nice place to connect with friends.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food. Especially the sopa

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2017

It was less crowded this time around (bonus for parking). Staff was very helpful & friendly. Liked the Christmas décor. Not much wait time for meal. The room temp. was a bit chili, otherwise another pleasant experience. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Boca Chica is the best. Whenever we want to feel taken care of, we head there.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Maybe it was only me, I felt like I could tell the tortilla chips tasted fresh. I knew then the meal served will not be frozen and reheated. I ordered a chicken enchilada and it came out promptly. The portion sizes were huge and tasted like it was prepared for me. The only knock is I wish the chicken was infused with some spice. Instead they relied on the salsa topping. Unfortunately, to do that, it would take another 30 minutes to prepare my food for marinating the chicken. That would mean they would have to prepare it in advance and no longer fresh. I'd rather take fresh food. Our waitress also was also attentive to our table even though she was assisting with a party of 20. The decor was pretty good too.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Been coming for at least 20 years. Best authentic Mexican food. I've tried many restaurants around Twin Cities, and always come back to Boca Chica's. Way back when, they used to make house Margharita from scratch. Now its premixed from the spout. Not nearly as good as I recall.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

My favorite Twin City Mexican restaurant for many years. Haven't been back for a few years and it was "just like old times" ----- same ambiance, excellent unhurried service, terrific family recipes, and on and on! Took a friend for a special night and a new experience for her ( she loves Mexican food) ----- Perfect.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

When we are in the Twin Cities to visit family we always try to include a visit to Boca Chica. We live in Seattle, but I am a native of San Antonio, TX and always look for good Mexican food when I travel. Boca Chica's menu includes much more than some of the standard, blah TexMex I have found at other restaurants in the area. This particular visit was Friday evening, the day after Thanksgiving. It was very busy and a bit noisier than usual, but not surprising for that day. Several large family groups were easily accommodated, while the two of us were also served in a timely manner.
I say, Viva Boca Chica!

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3.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Basic Mexican food. If you need a food fix this will satisfy you. I would go back if I was in the neighborhood but I would not make it a destination place.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food! Been coming to Boca Chica since 1967! Once a month!! Believe me!!!

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Authentic Mexican cuisine. Wonderful staff.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

was seated right away, very friendly and courteous staff, food and drinks great.

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3.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was too salty

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

The margaritas are great, and so is the food. All four of us had something different, and we were all very pleased. The queso and chips to start and the churros to end made for a perfect meal.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Delicious meal and quiet enough to hear our conversation!

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Have never had a bad experience- friendly staff and great food

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