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 311 People Are Saying
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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service

OT
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere was absolutely awesome

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place overall

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Could not get service. Left and went elsewhere.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Elizabeth was wonderful! The food was excellent!

S
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous!

DB
New Mexico
36 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

BL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
214 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food served cold and took too long for service.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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

OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Bad service

OT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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

OT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful patio dining. Excellent meal.

BW
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxing and delicious evening with music.

J
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

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
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With so many dining options in Santa Fe, Julia's was a surprisingly unique experience - great service, delicious and reasonably-priced food and a lovely outdoor dining atmosphere that will have us locals coming back very soon!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Made a reservation online for a special occasion, had confirmation and showed up ready for a nice evening.
Got to the restaurant only to be told that they did not honor online reservations, only reservations phoned in. They were happy to put us on the wait list, 1 1/2 hour wait, if we wanted to!!!!
The hostess was rude, and could not be bothered with us.
Will never go there again, nor take any guests when they are visiting.

DC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a gorgeous patio and really very nice servers. The food was good and came fast. The waiters were very attentive with our drinks. The only flaw was that I made the reservation 2 weeks ago, and confirmed it 2 days ago, yet when we arrived there was no place set up for us and we had to wait for a good 15 minutes before we could be seated. This stuff had to scramble and it seems unfortunate for them to since they could have been prepared. So not sure what the disconnect is between the reservation system and the host and the people who actually work the tables. But it didn't mar our experience which was really good.

S
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The patio is so lovely in the summer and one of my favorites in Santa Fe. The musician(s) performing are wonderful! These are the only reasons I would recommend this restaurant. The service is painfully slow. The food is fine, just nothing particularly special. If they would improve the service, we would be there every Friday!

G
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The patio at La Posada is gorgeous. And that was the best part of our experience. We are locals who have been to La Posada many times over the years and we eat out often at both casual and fine dining restaurants.

The lunch service on the patio was slow and not very professional. It was a slow day at the restaurant so there was no obvious reason we were sort of "forgotten". The food was just fair (salad with crab cakes for both of us). We had to ask for water refills (very warm day), had to ask someone to find our waitress so we could order. Our plates remained on the table long after we finished eating. Again, we had to ask for service to have our places cleared. After a long wait we finally got our bill, then we had to wait again for it to be picked up and processed. On the bright side, while we were waiting for our check, someone from the kitchen staff came over to our table and offered us a complimentary popsicle — not a house-made popsicle, not gourmet, just a popsicle. It was a very nice gesture and much appreciated. It's just that we expected more from a classy place like this.

K
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate in the bar area and Eric the Bartender took great care of us. Excellent tamales and lamb big enough for three of us to split. Unique old wines on the list were too tempting to pass up and did not disappoint. The patio is also lovely. Friendly and genuine staff. Will return!

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