Julia – A Spirited Restaurant & Bar

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234 reviews
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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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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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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 234 People Are Saying
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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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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!

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J
New Mexico
51 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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OT
Omaha
8 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
1 review
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
126 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
48 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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G
Philadelphia
31 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
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
159 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
34 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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t
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
29 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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Phoenix
71 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
38 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Breakfast is their best meal

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MC
New Mexico
44 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
38 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
198 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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EM
Denver
56 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
18 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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OT
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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