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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Manitoba
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 10, 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 26, 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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d
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 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
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 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 19, 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
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 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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T
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 24, 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 23, 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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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 23, 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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C
Palm Springs
60 reviews
Dined on December 22, 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 19, 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
1 review
Dined on December 9, 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 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were good. Nice atmosphere.

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y
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on November 20, 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
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place

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d
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 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 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!

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J
New Mexico
56 reviews
Dined on October 22, 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 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All in all, a good time.

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San Diego
5 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 9, 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 October 1, 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
129 reviews
Dined on September 30, 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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J
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Average food, pleasant outdoor seating.

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M
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant. The tapas we had was great. Only issue we had was their was a wedding party there and the service was a little slow. They were trying to keep up with them also.

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Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only outside seating was available for lunch. It was very hot but our server was very accommodating and moved an umbrella to give everyone in our party adequate shade. Food was very good, as was the service and the surroundings.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was above average but service was terrible even after a complaint. Would not recommend it.

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AT
Houston
8 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
18 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
162 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
35 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
15 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
30 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
59 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
88 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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