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About Boca Chica Restaurant

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.

11 Cesar Chavez St.
Saint Paul, MN 55107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

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

Cross Street:
Wabasha

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(651) 222-8499

Website:
http://www.bocachicarestaurant.com/

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.

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.

Parking Details:
Private Lot and street parking available.

Private Party Contact:
Jose Frias: (651) 222-8499

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Boca Chica Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (13)
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Authentic (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Fun (6)
Spicy (6)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Great Beer (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
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Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 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.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 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!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Spicy, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Authentic Mexican cuisine. Wonderful staff.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was too salty

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·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Delicious meal and quiet enough to hear our conversation!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had 9 people for a Birthday and the service was great! Great margaritas!!! And food was also very good. It's not our first time here and won't be our last. If you love Mexican food you will love it here

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

I have been here several times before and don't recall any issues but this time I was very dissatisfied with the service. The waitress seemed to not like us from the beginning. We had a reservation because I anticipated a crowd but it wasn't an issue. It took us 2 hours from sitting down to finally getting our check. We had our to-go boxes for 20 minutes before the check was given to us. Every table around us received a couple turnovers of customers that were served and had left before we completed our evening. The food was good. Service not so much. We did complain and received a discount but I don't enjoy having the awkward task of having to complain in the first place.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Food was excellent and the margarita as good as any I have had.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Birthday party

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent as always. Love the margaritas, black beans and my favorite dish -Enchiladas Suizas.

Tags: Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices. Watch out for the margaritas; they're so strong we could hardly drink them. The service was good but the restaurant was out of certain menu items even though the night was young. We enjoyed the special birthday dessert, delivered with a large sombrero that made for a great photo opp. Overall, very tasty food, personable staff and a decent setting.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 11, 2017

A great place to eat. Only issue was they did not receive my request for outdoor dining through the reservation system. They made it work for me though.

Tags: Spicy, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was delicious. Our server was nice and attentive. Only weird/awkward part was even though I made a reservation in advance, the hostess tried to seat us in probably the most undesirable table in the restaurant (busy two top right at the entrance of the dining area) and when we requested a different location (plenty of other open tables), she tried to argue that there were "many reservations." She eventually conceded and sat us at a different table. Having worked in the restaurant industry both as a hostess and server, I would have never denied a diner's request, especially when there were clearly numerous seating options.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Cozy
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

We had a great family get together at Boca Chica. The ambience and the value were both great. The food was very good! I would recommend for anyone looking for fun Mexican dining.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Good food and good people.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent food and service! Boca never disappoints. My husband and I have been coming here for 15 years. We love, love, love Boca. Feels like visiting a great restaurant in Mexico if only for an evening.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Boca Chica is a dependable evening out. The staff is friendly, and the food is delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great service, great food!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We had a delicious dinner, great waitperson, friendly staff, with the only negative being the location of our table. We overlooked that negative and enjoyed ourselves!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 16, 2017

My waitress made my kids' birthday party just perfect. Thank you all!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 12, 2017

We love Boca Chica. Everything is delicious and they have some of the best margaritas in town.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Celebrating graduation with a late dinner tonight at Boca Chica, the service was great, the cocktails were refreshing and the food was delicious!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Boca. Chica is always good. Food and service can't be best and price is very reasonable. It's pretty noisy so if you are looking for quiet conversation keep looking. My advice is go to boca to eat then find a quiet bar to have a drink and conversation!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We enjoyed our time at Boca Chica's . Great music!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Very good place is fantastic!!!!!!!!!! The food is exelent

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Can recommend the Carne a la Tampiqueña.
Seasoning of the beef was excellent!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Our server did a great job despite being very busy!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Great authentic Mexican food! We have been eating here for over 35 years!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 29, 2017

I've been coming to Boca Chica since 1967. Fantastic food! Fantastic service!!! My kids, parents and many friends have been there. I've lived in St Paul, Minneapolis and now Chaska! Well worth the drive.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 9, 2017

They were a little slow on replacing the empty buffet chafing dish of cheese enchiladas.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Work celebration

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 26, 2017

The reservation was easy to place on line and there was no confusion when we arrived at the restaurant. The food was outstanding as usual. We were there on a Sunday, which was a first for me. It was a buffet and it was good, but I perter an opportunity to also order off a menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great food and great restraunt and love coming to this place

Tags: Romantic
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