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

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Denver
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely spot, limited menu, tasty margaritas and tacos

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New Mexico
332 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a good lunch here. Quite restaurant, the food was also good, not great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely

Beautiful

Delicious

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TM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We made a reservation for an early dinner Friday at this restaurant in one of the A list hotels in town. We’d never been there before. And when we arrived at 5:30, no one was in sight at the host stand or in the dining room to greet us. We waited for five or ten minutes and then we wandered back to the empty bar, where employees were obviously doing inventory on the bar. One took us to a worn, tippy table in the adjacent dining room. The artwork and decorations were nice, very Santa Fe, but the tables and chairs made the nearly empty room feel like the breakfast area of a Hampton Inn. We wanted to leave but we had a Diablo Shrimp app, which was inaccurately named but cooked adequately, and a couple glasses of wine. The service was friendly enough, but too little too late. It was a surprising fail from a hotel of this caliber. Won’t be coming back. And a note to OpenTable: we never would have stayed, but didn’t want the system to think we’d bailed on a reservation. Seems like we shouldn’t need to do that for fear of not being able to use the app in the future.

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Phoenix
68 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a pleasant evening. We thought the kitchen a bit slow, since the reataurant was pretty empy. Scallops, trout good. House salad presentation was gorgeous. Greens tied together with a slice of cucumber; flower of finely sliced radish.

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AR
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lamb and buffalo osobuco!

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MK
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food at La Fonda was better quality and less expensive. Lamb rack and bison were over cooked, resulting in dry flavorless dish. Service was OK. Dessert was great.

Breakfast horrible. Food cold and service non existent. Cleared dishes myself. Never going back.

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Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, waiter was attentive, quiet enough to have a good conversation with friends

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Houston
24 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed all the food we ordered. The tomato bisque soup was divine. The Christmas tamales were super yummy. The pork tenderloin with molasses was also very good. And the desserts were over the top. For a hotel restaurant it far exceeded our expectations. Our server was very attentive but didn’t over do it. The scotch and bourbon and tequila choices are delightful. And the wood burning fireplace was very warm and cozy.

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Making my lunch reservation for Restaurant Week, I was not aware that lunch did not start until 11.30 a.m. I made the booking through your Open Table website and I checked 10.45 a.m. as we had to leave Santa Fe early due to a long drive home and wanting to arrive before dark. We were disappointed to arrive at Julia's only to find we could not get lunch, only breakfast, which finished service at 11 a.m. Lunch was not available until 11.30 a.m. and we could not wait. I realize I probably should have checked maybe by 'phone what the hours were but on telephoning for a previous booking two days before, it was difficult to contact anyone. I finally did on the third attempt and booked dinner for 26 February. Because of the contact difficulty, I reserved lunch for 28 February on the Julia website which took me to Open Table - and Open Table did not tell me the hours of operation for lunch, just blocks of time every 15 minutes. I hope you understand my meaning. We ate breakfast, which was very good, but it was not the lunch of surf and turf that we had geared ourselves up for! I know most people do not eat early lunch but it should perhaps be made clear on your booking form that times outside of the norm are not available. Thanks and I hope you may consider this a valid comment to action. Pearl Tippin

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New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there during Restaurant Week and were pleasantly surprised to find that everything on the menu was offered at the restaurant week fixed price , not just a two or three "specials" - good deal!

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MM
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was restaurant week and the offering was one of the more expensive but worth it. The only downside that took the review down a couple of notches was the horrid "music" that was playing.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The restaurant week “special” was a 6oz piece of beef pummeled to hamburger texture, accompanied by soupy, cold “mashed” potatoes, and fresh spinach drowned—I mean, “sautéed” in oil. The space is lovely and our server couldn’t have been sweeter. But if that’s the food they highlighted during foodie week, I recommend eating someplace else.

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M
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

STAY AWAY! We made a reservation for 6 for lunch on a Saturday. Julia’s required a credit card (unlike any other restaurant in Santa Fe), and we were prohibited from canceling or modifying the reservation. When we arrived, no one knew of our reservation, no table was set (the restaurant was empty), and we were forced to wait for someone to show up to even acknowledge our presence. The manager claimed he did not know of the credit card requirement to reserve. (Really??). As for the food, well, they could not even deliver the entire “daily special” (apparently they ran out of food and forgot to tell us). These people need to find another line of work. Absolutely horrible.. and to think they demand a credit card number for a reservation. STAY AWAY!!!

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San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the Santa Fe Restaurant menu here, but couldn't eat in the main restaurant due to a private event. Where we ate was fine and we enjoyed the live music. My husband's steak was good, but my scallops were served lukwarm with a chilled salad of some sort in the middle of the plate. Sent it back to be warmed up a bit.

Service was good an the Restaurant Week price of $45 per person was a food deal.

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Manitoba
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

The history and ambience is fantastic. The food was also great. Unfortunately the service was terrible. The waiter forgot part of our order, and by the time it was corrected we were almost dine with our meal. When it was time for payment it took him nearly 20 minutes to run our credit card and we then had to remind him.

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VH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Dinner food was good but nothing special, especially for the price, which was expensive. Arugala under scallops was not fresh. Servers we very nice, but not very attentive. Breakfast food was good. Given the prices I expected a little more elegance at least at dinner. Table cloths and small centerpieces would have been a nice improvement and more ambiance.

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New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We we're looking at having the Last Posada Hotel as a possible venue for our wedding, the food was just okay, the service was lacking, no specials offered, and complete lack of attention to detail. The music was wonderful, the noise level was okay. We we're really hoping the food would be top notch, and it really was just okay, which is too bad because the property over all is very beautiful.

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat by a beautiful fire and good art on walls.
Waiters were attentive. Steak was fabulous!

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JB
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Party of 4; friends reunion dinner. Some minor missteps in service, not a big deal, but Unfortunately, 2 of our entrees came out COLD... as in ...REALLY cold. Wait staff were courteous and obviously doing their best to offset whatever was going on in the kitchen. Entrees sent back, and returned slightly warmer, but awkward dining experience nonetheless.

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JT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent and Friday night was live music, the service wasn’t so excellent. If it was t for the food we wouldn’t have come back

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New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stop at the bar for a cocktail before dinner. Eric the bartender prepared two fantastic Margaritas. The staff at the Restaurant was equally as impressive. The menu was interesting and the Meal was excellent. Unfortunately we were too early for the live entertainment. We will definitely return.

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great breakfast at Julia's - we stayed at the La Posada de Santa Fe, so it was an easy morning option before a day of exploring in Santa Fe. The waitstaff were attentive, the menu options were good, and our food was tasty - we had the Eggs & Avocado, and the Classic Breakfast. The green chili sauce was tasty as well.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was not so good, unfortunately. Food was fine, but nothing to talk about. Most likely won't go back.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I really struggled with even bothering to write a review for our experience but in the end, I don’t want people to be let down the way we were. It’s a beautiful hotel with a great room for the restaurant but the whole experience was just flat out bad.

1. Lost our reservations even after repeated calls for 2 months making sure everything was setup, made note we were flying in for the weekend to celebrate my wife’s 50th birthday. They lost all notes records associated with that. I made a backup reservation through opentable just because I couldn’t get a straight answer when confirming when we checked in to the hotel.

2. Reservations for 7 people at 7pm. We were promptly seated but no service whatsoever until we went looking for our server first at 7:20 and then again at 7:35. Ordered drinks, took 30 minutes and was not what we ordered.

3. Server was very friendly but did not know the menu, did not know why were there, did not know anything about the drinks on the menu. Kept referring to the restaurant as “they”, not “we”.

4. Massive wedding party arrived and setup speaker system and everything 30 minutes in. We still hadn’t had our order taken. Wedding proceeds to do speeches, toasts etc over loud speaker system and we were literally unable to hear ourselves speak. ALL service was focused on wedding party and not rest of the tables at that point.

5. Noticed other tables having yon go get their own drinks from the bar and water refills themself.

6. Spoke to manager twice, he was polite and friendly but was at a loss as to what could be done to make experience better.

7. Wedding party then brings in mariachi band which, although cool to see for about 2 min, was so loud we couldn’t talk amongst ourselves and they blocked the doors so it was difficult to get up and go to the bathroom and bar. Manager eventually ushered them and the wedding party out to another room but they never should have been in the main, intimate dining room to begin with.

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VA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall the dining experience was great. We were having an early Christmas dinner out as my husband will be working on the holiday. Service was good, the menu had local options which I indulged in — the New Mexico Buffalo to be specific, and my husband had the salmon. Appetizers were good as well. The only complaint was the coffee — and that, to us, is a significant complaint. We love to have dessert and coffee, but the coffee was cold! Also, the server brought us large coffee cups, half filled! It was a very weird look — half cups of coffee! I take cream, so not only was the coffee lukewarm at best, but the minute the little creamers hit it, it was undrinkable. So cool the sugar cubes we were served would not even melt in the coffee! Honestly, there's no excuse for serving cold or old coffee. I complained, and new cups of coffee were brought. Mysteriously, the new cups were full. How about that. However, they were still every bit as lukewarm and awful!

Julia's, that cold coffee is not acceptable. Fix it.

We were treated to a Mariachi Group performing live for a wedding reception table near us. We enjoyed that — though I wonder if everyone did. After all, diners come for a nice meal and not a wedding reception of strangers! That seemed a bit odd, that a wedding would just have a large table at a restaurant filled with other patrons. But o.k. ... so everyone got to, or had to, hear the toasts, the photos flashing, and the Mariachi band. I would just forewarn diners this might happen.

The entrees were delicious, the art and ambience are lovely. Make some hot coffee for crying out loud.

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Palm Springs
62 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoying dinner in Santa Fe with my wife before Christmas 🎄 Excellent Sea Bass😋

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DJ
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Weak! Overpriced! We asked the waiter to replace the margarita we ordered and make sure it had no graham mariner, Which was evident by the color of the drink and he took it away and came back and brought the same drink with the same color knowing that there was Grand Marnier in it.… Very disappointing, no wonder we got 1000 point bonus to come....

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything we ordered was heaven. Big beautiful scotch, outstanding margarita (we are from San Diego we should know). Macaroni and cheese with lobster was lovely. The beef tenderloin was incredible. The osso bucco, extraordinary.

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JL
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were good. Nice atmosphere.

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Denver
35 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Bait and Switch--This restaurant has a beautiful appearance in the photos on the website. In reality, it looks rather shabby and plain. Totally different furniture and decor. They crow (on the web) about their specialty margarita, the Juliarita, with apricot puree from founder Julia's own apricot tree. It is even listed on the "Santa Fe Margarita Trail" list. "We don't have that. They're out of the apricot stuff", says our unhelpful and unsympathetic young waitress. She continues to be short and rather rude, with no evident customer service skills. We noted that was one other quite pleasant and attentive waiter in the room, which did not have more than half a dozen parties eating. We were seated next to a single woman, who spent the entirety of her three course meal talking loudly on her cell phone while chewing. We were at a loss about how to handle that, but we put up with it until it ended after about 45 minutes, but it added to ruining our meal. Despite all this, I will say that the food was quite good. But a large bill for a mediocre experience at best. Will not recommend, nor come back.

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SN
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place

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Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Julia came fairly well recommended on most travel sites and Open Table and was close to the house we rented. It was pretty disappointing. The dining room was overly brightly lit with two big chandeliers which did not dim as the evening wore on. The menu was Mexican but but high priced for what we got. My carne asada was very tasty and plentiful but came with beans that had absolutely no taste and Spanish rice that had a few red peppers and again was so bland that it was almost tasteless. My partner's pork chop and vegetables was somewhat better, but dry. I asked for a frozen margarita and was told they had neither ice not strawberries, only serving the 4 or 5 specialties on the menu at $12-14 each. Our bill was upwards of $100 without tip for a not very good meal and we agreed we would not recommend Julia to friends visiting the city. The bar area was very busy when we left and perhaps eating in the dimmer, more populated area would have been more fun, at least, although the food would have been the same. Our waiter was friendly and attentive.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!

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New Mexico
56 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal of tapas and prickly pear margaritas. Service was commendable and Jayden was exceptional.

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Omaha
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All in all, a good time.

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Indifferent hostess, stressed, non welcoming and we were the only table. Service lacked any check backs on food. Green Chili Stew was slightly warm, asked for it to be heated, returned slightly warm. Handlers brought in wood for the fireplace and dropped it loudly on the floor......at noon. Could you prepare that before lunch guests? Poor experience.

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KM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The entire dining room was empty expect for us. We got carne asada (which was OK) and the pork chop which was dry and overcooked. Black beans looked like the came out of the can as did the guacamole. Very disappointing for a James Beard associated restaurant.

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DP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner date at Julia’s. Had a lovely table by a fountain on the patio. When it got dark and cool, candles and a shawl appeared to keep me comfortable. Food quality was very good. My calico bass was nicely done and my husband enjoyed his beef tenderloin. This isn’t the place for innovative cuisine, but for a leisurely dinner date in a lovely location with pleasant staff and good food, it fit the bill. An enjoyable evening.

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San Diego
132 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to try Julia at La Posada de Santa Fe especially since my friend, Chef Tom Kerpon, had become the Chef since I as last in Santa Fe.

I ordered their signature beverage from the Margarita Trail and got my passport stamped. It was the Juliarita – named for Julia Staab, the resident ghost. It was made with El Tesora Platinum de Don Felipe 100% Blue Agave Tequila, homemade apricot liqueur infused with tequila, Cointreau, juice of one whole lime and and apricot wedge when in season.

In checking out the food menu I immediately spotted deviled eggs that sounded worthy of trying and a delicious sounding tamale and ordered both.

The Smoked Deviled Eggs with pork belly dust, ancho were mild and delicious. Then I had the Christmas Tamales: red chile pork tamales with roasted green chile and queso fresco. Nice and spicy just an all round wonderful dish.

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