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Julia – A Spirited Restaurant & Bar, Santa Fe, NM

Julia – A Spirited Restaurant & Bar

3.8
3.8
325 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Mexican / Southwestern

  • 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.

  • Phone number

    (505) 954-9670

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jon Jerman

  • Catering

    The resort offers wedding and meeting facilities, featuring our award-winning cuisine, for up to 300 people.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (877) 890-5216

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Cross street

    Paseo de Peralta

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 325 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. PE

    PaulE

    St. Louis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Our overall experience for dinner was definitely poor with most of that rating due to the food. Let me say that this is the first time we have dined here so I don't have any comparison. Perhaps it was just a bad night for the chef but the buffalo and the ribeye steaks were not flavorful at all. Not what i would expect from a fine dining restaurant where the meals are priced at $35+. The meat that we had was chewy and, again, did not have great flavor. Perhaps it was the sauce or combination of sauce and prep. I will say that the waitress was Five Star and brought a very nice positive energy to the evening. Also, the restaurant provided a complementary dessert since it was a birthday outing. Also, I commend the management for reaching out to us due to our negative experience and did the right thing by comping our meal. I cannot say whether you should try this restaurant or not based on our experience, but wanted to share out experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Soup was much too spicy to consume, and I’m accustomed to somewhat spicy food. Room was nice. Service was sufficient. Main course was well below my expectation, and the last time I had food there, perhaps 2 years ago.
  3. CH

    CarolH

    Nashville

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food, ambiance, and service, but a bit overpriced. The Julia’s apricot margarita was disappointing, but all in all, we really enjoyed it.
  4. JT

    JanTrish

    New York Area

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Late lunch and outstanding cocktail get together!
  5. LL

    LexL

    Denver

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We chose this restaurant based on the menu on Open Table. The one presented was extremely limited and not worthy of the price, reviews, and supposed acclaim. When we arrived, the room wasn’t ready yet. The crew seemed to be very young and ill prepared. We sat by the fire that was not lit. Numerous staff would return to try to get it going through our entire meal. As we left, it finally was burning. Our waitperson started putting candles on the table as we were eating our entrees. We and the only other table with patrons didn’t get candles. Also, most of the tables were not set. There were no tablecloths. Just bare brown laminated tables with red napkins and a fork and a knife placed on top. But what was most bothersome was the limited menu. We choose one fine restaurant in Santa Fe to eat at each time we visit and with our first choice not yet re-opened, we opted for this one based on the menu on Open Table and the reviews. If I saw the menu I was presented this evening, we would have never chosen this restaurant. The vegetables were just steamed, no spices or anything with any imagination. My steak was prepared well and my partner’s scalloped potatoes were good. But that’s it. The staff giggled and talked loudly behind the wall that was within earshot of our table. They were having a great time, but filling water glasses, picking up finished plates, and getting our tab were issues. I suppose when you’re located in Downtown Santa Fe in a high end hotel, you can charge these prices. But we will never return. I am so disappointed we spent our one night here.
  6. JG

    JoelG

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there recently for lunch on a visit to Santa Fe. Food and service and ambiance were all great. We highly recommend the restaurant!
  7. MH

    MaryH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Food was extremely salty and also overpriced. We had the salmon, scallops and Osso busco. I regret choosing this among all amazing restaurants. We did eat our food because it took so long to arrive and we weren’t up for sending it back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere. Great service. Excellent cuisine.
  9. JF

    JFoodieB

    Toronto

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Although I found the dishes I ordered fairly tasty (osso buco and lobster mac n’green chile cheese), I found the prices really high! To me, it was not a good value outing, unfortunately. Service and ambiance were fine.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Excellent cuisine and service!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2019

    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.
  12. m

    minnied

    Chicago

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 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?
  13. m

    mkejane

    Milwaukee

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 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.
  14. DB

    DavidB

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Julia doesn’t honor the points on Open Table.
  15. J

    Janeybelle

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 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.
  16. S

    Schtevie

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 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.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 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!!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 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.
  19. ST

    SuzanneT

    Phoenix

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service
  20. AR

    AshleyR

    San Joaquin

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 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!
  21. SB

    ShellyB

    New Mexico

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 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.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 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.
  23. KB

    KBA61

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 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.
  24. K

    Kathy

    Philadelphia

    78 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 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.
  25. EO

    EOSp

    New Mexico

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 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.
  26. BM

    BeverlyM

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Atmosphere was absolutely awesome
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place overall
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Could not get service. Left and went elsewhere.
  29. S

    Sandknitz

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Elizabeth was wonderful! The food was excellent!
  30. S

    Ssmmrr

    Houston

    43 reviews

    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 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.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous!
  32. DB

    DoctorBob

    New Mexico

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Go for the unique margueritas & stay for the tasty cuisine.
  33. BL

    BrianL

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 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!
  34. k

    karenc

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 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.
  35. LF

    LocalFOODlover

    Palm Springs

    77 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 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.
  36. L

    Lfhhouston

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 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.
  37. P

    Pdaspit

    Phoenix

    219 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    219 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
  38. C

    Chase

    New Mexico

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Food served cold and took too long for service.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 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.

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Julia – A Spirited Restaurant & Bar is rated 3.8 stars by 325 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Paseo de Peralta

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • 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.

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jon Jerman

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (505) 954-9670

  • Catering

    The resort offers wedding and meeting facilities, featuring our award-winning cuisine, for up to 300 people.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (877) 890-5216

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