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Boca Chica Restaurant

4.7
907 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
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 907 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.6
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! Social distancing was great. It was quiet for visiting. The food was great. 5 stars for the whole experience.

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Tiffany
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here and I Loved it! Enjoyed the art work and the chicken fajitas

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MarjorieD
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

They did a outstanding job with social distancing in the restaurant, it shows they really care for their customers. There is a nice ambiance throughout the dining room... I felt the food was blan and needed to be flavored more, but it was fresh, very nicely prepared and presented. Our waiter was conscientious, accomidating and friendly...I would recommend this place based on overall experience...but I definitely prefer more flavor in my food and feel they should consider adding a few more spices to their cooking.

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BarbaraL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Boca chica has very good food and service. An old reliable in St. Paul.

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Easter
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was terrific...as usual. A great place to go!

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jodiel
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reminded why we love Boca Chica everytime we go.

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WesP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have never been disappointed in Boca Chica Restaurant over the past 25 years. Tio Steve's Nachos with beef is by far, the best in town!

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StevenS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall I love Boca Chica. It is my favorite Mexican restaurant in the Twin Cities. We had great service.
However, on this visit the frijoles refritos were very salty There is really no need to add ANY salt to frijoles.

Also, made a reservation online and mentioned it was a birthday lunch. Again mentioned it to the greeter and I even asked what birthday treat they could bring to the table. She said “ a sundae”. Well, the server brought over the check and that was it! No sundae! No excuse for this!

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SallyB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four of us enjoyed our meals immensely. Two in our party had never been to Boca Chica and they were very impressed with every aspect of our lunch. Fantastic food, drink, and service!

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LauraP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good dinner with friends on the patio. Food and drinks were tasty and our service was great!

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Simsbury1
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic attention to distancing and safety. Great food and drink on a comfortable patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. Definitely a must if your seeking authentic Mexican in St. Paul. Great atmosphere, hospitality and menu variety.

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JessiK
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Boca Chica is always delicious. The service could have been better.

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June
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoy dining at this establishment
Food was good

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MmmmmMexicanFood
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were wonderful and clearly taking thorough COVID precautions. We ate outside on the patio. Bottles of hand sanitizer were one each table (and replaced after each party). There was even an option to pay via your mobile which was quick and easy.
Beyond that, the staff was friendly and prompt. The food was AMAZING. The ambiance was very nice.
Kudos Boca Chica! We'll be back :)

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boca Chica is fabulous! We went there for our Anniversary, one of our fave restaurants. It was a perfect night on the patio. The food was super. We had enchiladas Suizas and tacos, w/ Poco Loco margaritas. The staff took great care to be risk free in these covid days, w/ touch-less menus & payment. It is the best Mexican food in the Twin Cities, in our opinion. A GREAT dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, great food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! It was my first time there and I gotta say the food was awesome, our waitress was amazing, and the music was really fun. Would absolutely come back again!

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is always fantastic, the drinks are delicious, but if you’re not sitting in the bar area the service is slow. It won’t keep me from going back, but it is something to note.

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DaniP
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server was amazing! We went for an early dinner with the kids to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Our waitress made our visit very special. Tables are spread apart and we felt very comfortable during this crazy time!

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vipTeeCee
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite Mexican restaurant. Love the mole enchiladas.

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

1st time was nice, will definitely be back to try other items and I like the variety of their menu and prices

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boba
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

iconic restaurant in St Paul and great food and service!

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jaroyan
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican in Midwest! I’ve loved this place for decades and it’s only gotten better.

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MNVIkes4Life
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The shrimp fajitas are amazing! Jumbo shrimp & green & red peppers grilled perfectly & very flavorful. Also, the service was great & tables were socially distanced with a bottle of hand sanitizer on each table.

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MelMel
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio, complete with heat lamps, which made my dinner nice and cozy on 9/10/20 when it was a bit chilly. Food was delicious and I felt very safe, as all employees wore masks and people were seated far enough apart.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Outstanding server!

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DaveC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our go-to for Mexican food in Saint Paul!

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KellyC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing & service is great! The patio is a great place to hear some Mexican music & get your grub on!

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JanetN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great reliable Tex Mex. interesting drink variations. Appreciated the outdoor seating.

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MarieP
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything was spot on except for a few bees while we were eating .

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SidneyV
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite restaurant. Outstanding food and service!

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maisahm
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My all time #1 restaurant I have been coming here since I was a child and always dream of the enchiladas and chicken chimichangas

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cmkings
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great safety protocols!
Our server and hostess weregreat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio dining created a great atmosphere. Serving size was more than plenty. Used Open Table to reserve a table and basically walked right in. We will be back for another date night.

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Nano
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas, food and service. Outdoor seating was perfect . Will be back again when in town .

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MMR19
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, patio delightful, hand sanitizer at every table😊

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KristinD
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please come and support this family owned business. I’ve been going here since 1968! Great food

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Mary
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. All 3 in our party enjoyed the enchiladas, tostada and burritos. Ate on the patio. Very enjoyable.

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has an amazing patio! The staff are so friendly and hardworking! It’s got that familiar family ran feeling and you can always count on the food to be consistent. Help support a locally own small business and visit them! Great for a quick lunch break on a work day. They can get you in and out if needed.

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 907 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.