Julia – A Spirited Restaurant & Bar

3.9
218 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Open Sunday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
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Phone number
(505) 954-9670
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jon Jerman
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Catering
The resort offers wedding and meeting facilities, featuring our award-winning cuisine, for up to 300 people.
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Cross street
Paseo de Peralta
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Julia – A Spirited Restaurant & Bar can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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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 218 People Are Saying
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Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

You forced me to accept a bottle of (not cheap) wine full of cork pieces due to the cork being so dried out it disintegrated when you tried to take it out. Then you served me a chunk of fat and gristle sold as a NY Strip.

Music was good.

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s
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was charming and delicious. A can't-miss opportunity for dining in Santa Fe!

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NK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very friendly staff but as we started out as the only table, the service was very slow

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M
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Beautiful garden great welcoming service BUT they need a chef and better food . We ate all over Santa Fe where each spot excelled . Julia may be spirited for a drink however the steak was grossly the pork chop tough . The stuffed eggs sitting in a fridge for a few days .. the tomato’s and bursts were eatable . The dessert was equally bad . Just visit but do it eat

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G
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice patio, good outdoor dining. Ate lunch from the appetizer menu.

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Denver
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

A wonderful venue with great and gracious service. This is a beautiful location in a city of beautiful locations!! Hotel is wonderful and comfortable.
Food was ok...just had a Caesar salad and crab enchiladas. There was a quartet playing...made eating there that much better!

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Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The garden setting was excellent and great for a summer evening meal. The food was excellent, tasty and the presentation added to the good taste of the food.
The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu.

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RB
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service live music and chanting atmosphere, and great weather to go with it on the patio!

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JJ
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Ambience, live music and service were great. Unfortunately the food was not good. The scallops were incredibly salty.

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B
New Mexico
53 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Our favorite patio to dine on in Santa Fe. Great locals discount! Thank you!

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TT
Denver
83 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The outdoor terrace is lovely but overall experience was terrible. The food was just OK & quite overpriced for what you got. But the most egregious was the terrible service—our drink order was not correct & beer flat & lukwarm, waiter would just disappear for long periods of time (& it was not that busy), bill was inaccurate & we were overcharged. The manager oversight was not active enough. Agree with many of TripAdvisor reviews & if we could have given this a negative numerical score we would have. That it is associated with a luxury resort is a travesty.

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Phoenix
65 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

To say service was not their “forte” is understatement. Pedestrian fare, great environs, lousy service.

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FC
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Breakfast is their best meal

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MC
New Mexico
38 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The chicken my husband ordered was fantastic. We may come back again just for that!

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FC
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sunday very quiet, Friday night was VERY loud, crowded, and service was extremely poor.

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Phoenix
197 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was mediocre. There are far too many great restaurants in
Santa Fe to dine. The patio is really great for outside dining.

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IH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Was disappointed with the appetizer and salad. Appetizer was a cheese platter with nuts and dried fruit. The nuts were chopped pecans (hard to pick up - would have been nicer if they were at least pecan halves). Caprese salad did not have any basil leaves! Disappointing. Ordered the grilled salmon with lentils and asparagus. The lentils were undercooked and somewhat hard. Asparagus was cut into very small slivers. Salmon was prepared well. Expected better food for $142 dollar dinner.

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R
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I had a very nice time at Julia's. We were staying at La Posada and wanted to have dinner near the hotel. We didn't really eat very much--paté, queso, and tacos--so I can't really speak to how good the entrées are. The queso was quite thick but flavorful. The bread for the paté was too tough, the shrimp tacos were good. The margaritas were very good, and enormous. I think in a town known for excellent margaritas, I'd give them an 8 out of 10. What was really exceptional was our server. (I can't remember her name! --but she looked like Allison Janney.) She was considerate and on-point throughout our meal, offered to take a picture of us, and then took us on a tour of the historic house at the center of the hotel. I really appreciated how warm she was while remaining professional.

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EI
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Come for the EXCELLENT FOOD, but BE PREPARED TO WAIT. 4th of July and only one waiter on the patio? It took half an hour to place our order, by which time we were contemplating leaving because we had performance tickets. In that time, I observed 3 other people working who were not stepping out of their assigned low-key duties to make up for the lack of servers. There's definitely a management problem (not our first visit). But, we LOVED THE FOOD. Moreover, it's SAFE for CELIACS! They have a LOVELY PATIO with live music. The WINE LIST we find to be overpriced for what it is. So, overall it's a mixed experience. I would go again, but hesitate bringing guests, unfortunately.

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Denver
54 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting on the patio in the garden. Started with Queso and chips which was good, but not spicy enough for this local gal. Disappointed with the Gazpacho. There was a weird flavor in it that ruined the dish. Our entrees were the bass and the salmon which were delicious. Even though we did not order dessert, the waiter knew were celebrating a birthday and brought a small chocolate mousse with a candle......nice touch. All in all we were happy with the meal and would go back again.

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BH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The service was terrible. We waited half an hour for the menus, 15 minutes for our drinks. Food was not impressive nor presented well.no table cloth on hard plastic-like table outside. Sorry,but I'm being honest. It was my husband's birthday and i wanted a special great meal. Very disappointed in whole venue.

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SW
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Was surprised that we had to eat on the patio. At no time was that told to us. Also because we were on the patio we had to deal with music playing which made it difficult to hear conversation at the table. I feel that if inside seating is not available, customers should be informed.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melissa was excellent and ambience, food and entire experience absolutely delightful!

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CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT FOOD AND ATMOSPHERE! WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND JULIAS!

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k
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great meal at Julia - A Spirited Restaurant & Bar. When we arrived, we requested to sit on the patio (which is beautiful!), but they were closing it to have the flagstone replaced so we had to sit in the indoor dining room. The interior dining room was pretty basic and lacked ambience, which was a bit of a bummer. The food and service made up for the lack of ambience, so I would definitely give this place another try once their new patio is open. Our waitress was extremely kind and offered a number of entree and cocktail suggestions, which we took and were very pleased with! I had the street tacos - very delicious! Queso and margs were awesome as well.

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AP
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was great, but. . . we were waiting forever for service (drinks, food orders, seating, food delivery,etc). We weren’t the only table waiting either. Pretty setting though

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B
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a nice tasty meal with a great margarita. Drink was a little expensive at $14. Service was slow and a bit disorganized at times.

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GB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Visited from out of town. I feel terrible saying it because I usually try and be positive with reviews like this, but honestly nothing was great, at best our lead server and the food was mediocre.

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DR
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were surprised by the upscale atmosphere and food because of the very casual name. Really enjoyed the food and ambiance.
Upscale dining.

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WF
New Mexico
51 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to eat here, but not the last. Excellent meal and service. I have added them to my list of best places to eat in Santa Fe. The apricot margarita is outstanding! Best I have had on the Margarita Trail. I had the rack of lamb and my wife the mussels. Both were exceptional! Very smooth cream brûlée for dessert. We will be back.

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BR
Pittsburgh
121 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Like being in a Spanish hacienda. Comfortable and quiet. Service and cuisine top-notch. Highly recommended.

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S
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation and walked across town with kiddos in toe and the restaurant was closed. No apology or recommendation/help to find another restaurant. Pass!!

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JE
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

I had not been to this restaurant for over a year. It was very disappointing. Between the four of us the brunch entrees ranged from mediocre to horrible. The service was friendly but there was a long long long long wait before anyone picked up our check. In fact we finally handed it to the wrong waitress.

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J
New Mexico
28 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our lunch but wished that s half sandwich and soup had been an option and also options other than smoked cheeses.
That said, great service!!!!

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OT
New Mexico
310 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The main dish, rack of lamb was ordered medium rare. It came out over cooked, gray. Unacceptable. We would not return here again, The appetizers we're just OK, nothing special.

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Disappointing dining experience. Food was cold, veggies we not cooked. All diners were crammed into one end of the restaurant while several tables throughout the space remained empty. All conversations were heard by all diners. Waited ten minutes before our waitperson acknowledged our table. High hopes for a great dining experience unfortunately for Julia, it was unable to live up to the standards we expected. We will NOT recommend this restaurant to our friends & family.

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SF
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

This was our second visit to Julia during Santa Fe Restaurant Week. Our experience last year was very good. This year was very disappointing. The appetizers were okay, but not great. The entrees were horrendous. Both the fish and the beef were overcooked and there was nothing special about the way either was plated. The dessert selection was okay, but also not great. The sole redeeming quality was the service, which was excellent.

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w
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we made a dinner of sharing the “small plates” and found everything to be utterly delicious.

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Visiting Santa Fe. We wanted to get away for a quiet lunch and some great food. Although Julia was a bit of a walk it was well worth it. The food was great. Service could have been a bit more attentive. Overall a great experience. Will dine there again....

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LI
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

We have eaten here a number of times... very nice. Then there was this past week. Took a dear friend for a special dinner. Special it was. Ordered a variety of things, but for myself, octopus followed by mussels was the fare. After a longgg wait the octopus arrived, lots of sauce, hard to fine the meal.... then the mussels finally arrived.... strange they should be cool.. never had them this way. Bread? No bread! My friend's noted similar. What are mussels without bread? We asked and after a long struggle between the refrigerator and oven a very small corn bread in a very hot iron pan arrived. That's were the heat for the mussels went. Clever! And the poor server who tried so hard, but it seemed like his first night and he was actually shaking as he bravely carried out the food.

Normally we love this place but with only 3 other tables occupied, it seems word had quietly slipped out and we were not on the informed list. Julia... get it together. raise the kitchen's standards by first advising them there are standards in Santa Fe... train the poor server and give him a chance to learn his trade before being subjected to the real thing.. and for God's sake
serve a proper bread with (warm) sea food..... The legislature is in town. Where is your pride?

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