Julia – A Spirited Restaurant & Bar

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SPIRITED DINING AND DRINKS IN SANTA FE

In 1882, Abraham Staab, a European immigrant who became one of Santa Fe’s most prosperous merchants, built a Victorian mansion on property that now belongs to La Posada. Abraham’s elegant wife, Julia, entertained local society and visiting dignitaries in incomparable style. Legend has it that Julia so loved her home that she has never left it.

Today, we celebrate Julia Staab as our muse and honor her name and legendary hospitality with the opening of Julia, A Spirited Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant features innovative, locally sourced dishes as well as an extensive selection of fine wines and spirits.
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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:45PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 6:45PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

What 317 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went there to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. The food, service, and overall experience was excellent. Next time we are in town from SF, will def. visit again.

m
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

the food was ok. not great, not terrible. my huband had the buffalo and it was gamy. my salmon was cooked well but the risotto was gummy - had been sitting around for awhile. service was mediocre. with the many great places in santa fe to eat, why bother?

m
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

A lovely location with good service—food
was just OK—the soup I wanted was gone and a substitute was offered. Grilled cheese was ok.

DB
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Julia doesn’t honor the points on Open Table.

J
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food ordered was spotty,some things were very good and creative,, namely the salad. others were Hohum. The scallops I ordered were overcooked and gritty. The steak was tough and chewy . Certainly wasn’t worth the over inflated prices Paying for a name not quality.

S
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Even though we arrived early, we were promptly seated. We ordered several entrees from the menu including roasted chicken, scallops, pork tenderloin and the halibut special. All our dinners were excellent and presentation was appealing. Out server was attentive and accommodating. All very positive! However a couple things to be aware of: wine by the glass is expensive. Chardonnay $14/15 a glass and restaurant is quite loud. Besides the environment being noisy, there was also live background music the night we were there.

OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Julia is an exceptional experience with valet parking, cocktails in the bar before dinner and the fine dining with amazing attention to details!!! We loved JULIA’S and will recommend to all our friends that love being treated like royalty with a Southwest Flare!!!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place for a date by the fireplace and the food was great as well as the service. Very nice people working there.

ST
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service

OT
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Live Music was great.
The food and drinks were delicious.
If you want something other than a Margarita, try a Sazerac from bartender Shanahan!

MB
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visitors were here from out of town. So I suggested Julia’s .Everyone loved their food. Two of the party were vegetarians and loved their soup/sandwich. We sat on patio and ambience was perfect. I have dined inside as well. It’s always great. Salma was especially attentive and wonderful.

OT
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Least favorite restaurant in Santa Fe with respect to service. Was not quite the ambience we were looking for when we made the reservation. We were seated on the patio for dinner. It was very cold.

KB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

As others have said, the food was terrific, but the service left much to be desired. Slow even though the restaurant was not busy. Bus staff is poorly trained and woefully inattentive.

K
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were very disappointed with the restaurant. First of all we received a different menu than others at the restaurant because we saw other patrons eating items not on our menu. There was 3 of us and each of our meals were either cold or over cooked or both. The price was very high for what we got. I will say that the wait service was good and the outdoor seating was very pretty but quite cool.

EO
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have eaten here a number of times. The patio is a very nice place in the summer or fall. In this case, I came with a large group. It took about 80 minutes for our food to arrive. The wait staff was very accommodating and pleasant once they brought it, especially considering that we had moved inside and commandeered a large table because we were cold. However, during the time that we had to wait, they largely disappeared, without explaining or apologizing or asking if we would like another drink. Needs some work.

BM
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Atmosphere was absolutely awesome

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place overall

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Could not get service. Left and went elsewhere.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Elizabeth was wonderful! The food was excellent!

S
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The setting was very pretty and intimate. The staff was friendly and attentive. But the food was just okay. My trout was over cooked. And my husbands veggies were cut too large for comfortable eating.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous!

DB
New Mexico
38 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Go for the unique margueritas & stay for the tasty cuisine.

BL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I expected more from a venue at La Posada. It apparently was noted as one of Santa Fe's most exciting newer venues. I don't think the person who wrote that had been there. A lovely patio to be sure, but in the evening aside from three strings of lights over the middle of the restaurant there is no on-table ambiance aka a freaking candle. We were on the edge of the seating area and it wasn't just gloomy even with the lighting that came on rather late, it was dark. No dressing on the table i.e. table cloth or a placemat. I didn't come for a picnic. We ordered one glass of wine an the tamali starter. The waiter didn't know how to hold a wine glass without a tray so grasping the poor thing for dear life by the bulb of the glass....by the time it gets to me my glass has her hand prints/et al all over it. Kinda like a fresh glass. Use a tray or if serving without a tray hold by the stem, its my glass of wine, not yours. No side plate for the starter so I could share with my dining partner. We ordered the wild salmon and the trout. Our server when asked didn't know if they were any good...noting she did not eat seafood. Ok, well salmon is seafood, but trout is not, it is a fresh water fish. Hey, I don't want to nit pick here, but at over $30 an entre the server should know the difference, should know how to serve a glass of wine, should know to bring a side plate. No bread, corn chips or salsa offered. Then we waited almost 35 minutes AFTER the tamali came and went. Oh yeah, our server asked us if we wanted to keep our silverware we'd used to eat the tamali. Gosh, why would we? We'd not created any sort of emotional bond with it and I sort of didn't want to taste tamali when enjoying my fish. Just bring me new silverware and don't ask, this didn't look like Denny's. We left before our fish arrived. The restaurant was not packed or overly busy. Our waitress didn't make another appearance so I put down $30 to cover the wine and tamali and we left. Not up to snuff Julia!

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Apparently they have changed chefs. No bread available- used to have a great cornbread. My guest described their pork and salmon as bland. The great cucumber salad in the past was still on the menu but not the same— the dressing was too tart and it was mostly a dry lettuce. Wait staff friendly but not very attentive.

LF
Palm Springs
64 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The restaurant is lovely, it’s just unfortunate we couldn’t sit in the courtyard due to weather. If you can, book the courtyard! Husband had the trout; meh. It was a little dry. I had Christmas tamales that were delicious! The service? Really unfortunate that we sat in a lovely high top table overlooking courtyard (weather didn’t allow courtyard seating) and the bartender was our server. It was NOT busy and he had a terrible attitude. If, and that’s a big IF I return, I will make a point of asking for a real food server. We spoke with GM...completely unacceptable attitude.

L
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We started out dining on the patio but a thunderstorm rolled in. They were able to move us indoors and our waiter didn’t miss a beat. The staff handled the evening of bad weather well. Lovely ambiance inside and out. Great food.

P
Phoenix
215 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was ok. With the number and quality of restaurants in Santa Fe not sure I will return anytime soon

OT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food served cold and took too long for service.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was excellent. However, during a non-busy night, we were one of first three tables seated, it took an hour to get our meal. And it took talking to the concierge to get our waiter.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They claimed not to have access to Open Table, so didn’t have my reservation. I was turned away without so much as an apology.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The service was very slow, and the food was mediocre, especially given the price.

OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Bad service

OT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service not great today. Food was not up to previous visits

OT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio dining. Excellent meal.

BW
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

One of us had the Ruby Red Trout for an entree. It was very dry and tasted “fishy.” The other one had an appetizer, Christmas Tamales.” They were very good, but very spicy. Service was satisfactory; nothing spectacular. Dinner was on the patio and a Spanish combo played music; ambiance was nice. Not worth the value.

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing and delicious evening with music.

J
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my go-to spot in Santa Fe for a business lunch, and a lovely spot for a romantic outdoor summer patio experience. The southwest salad with a gorgeous piece of salmon on top -- just perfect. And Luis, the bartender is just the best - super warm, friendly, service oriented, and a heck of a great guy.

R
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Wonderful food and large servings. But the service was terrible. The small bar upstairs is charming and a good place to start for drinks.

k
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I had spoken with the hotel operator to check first when the bar opened and was informed it had been open since 3 p.m. (Sat Jul 6th). when i arrived the bartender said he didn't open until four and i should go to the staab house bar around the corner.

At that point given my reception i might as well eat in the other bar and did so, not keeping my Julia's reservation.

I wont go back.

F
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch as it was close walk and was intrigued by the name.
We all ordered fish and chicken tacos which were smaller than expected. But they were tasty and a party in your mouth - so much so that we ordered a second round.
The outside patio was a nice surprise and unexpected in the middle of Santa Fe.

The la poseda resort by Remington/ Marriott of which Julia is a part of is a historic mansion - and the mansion is worth a walking tour in itself with gorgeous
artwork for sale.

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