Julia – A Spirited Restaurant & Bar
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.
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.View Private Dining Details
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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
The food was mediocre. There are far too many great restaurants in
Santa Fe to dine. The patio is really great for outside dining.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Melissa was excellent and ambience, food and entire experience absolutely delightful!
EXCELLENT FOOD AND ATMOSPHERE! WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND JULIAS!
We had a great meal at Julia - A Spirited Restaurant & Bar. When we arrived, we requested to sit on the patio (which is beautiful!), but they were closing it to have the flagstone replaced so we had to sit in the indoor dining room. The interior dining room was pretty basic and lacked ambience, which was a bit of a bummer. The food and service made up for the lack of ambience, so I would definitely give this place another try once their new patio is open. Our waitress was extremely kind and offered a number of entree and cocktail suggestions, which we took and were very pleased with! I had the street tacos - very delicious! Queso and margs were awesome as well.
Food was great, but. . . we were waiting forever for service (drinks, food orders, seating, food delivery,etc). We weren’t the only table waiting either. Pretty setting though
Had a nice tasty meal with a great margarita. Drink was a little expensive at $14. Service was slow and a bit disorganized at times.
Visited from out of town. I feel terrible saying it because I usually try and be positive with reviews like this, but honestly nothing was great, at best our lead server and the food was mediocre.
We were surprised by the upscale atmosphere and food because of the very casual name. Really enjoyed the food and ambiance.
First time to eat here, but not the last. Excellent meal and service. I have added them to my list of best places to eat in Santa Fe. The apricot margarita is outstanding! Best I have had on the Margarita Trail. I had the rack of lamb and my wife the mussels. Both were exceptional! Very smooth cream brûlée for dessert. We will be back.
Excellent dining experience. Like being in a Spanish hacienda. Comfortable and quiet. Service and cuisine top-notch. Highly recommended.
Made a reservation and walked across town with kiddos in toe and the restaurant was closed. No apology or recommendation/help to find another restaurant. Pass!!
I had not been to this restaurant for over a year. It was very disappointing. Between the four of us the brunch entrees ranged from mediocre to horrible. The service was friendly but there was a long long long long wait before anyone picked up our check. In fact we finally handed it to the wrong waitress.
We enjoyed our lunch but wished that s half sandwich and soup had been an option and also options other than smoked cheeses.
That said, great service!!!!
The main dish, rack of lamb was ordered medium rare. It came out over cooked, gray. Unacceptable. We would not return here again, The appetizers we're just OK, nothing special.
Disappointing dining experience. Food was cold, veggies we not cooked. All diners were crammed into one end of the restaurant while several tables throughout the space remained empty. All conversations were heard by all diners. Waited ten minutes before our waitperson acknowledged our table. High hopes for a great dining experience unfortunately for Julia, it was unable to live up to the standards we expected. We will NOT recommend this restaurant to our friends & family.
This was our second visit to Julia during Santa Fe Restaurant Week. Our experience last year was very good. This year was very disappointing. The appetizers were okay, but not great. The entrees were horrendous. Both the fish and the beef were overcooked and there was nothing special about the way either was plated. The dessert selection was okay, but also not great. The sole redeeming quality was the service, which was excellent.
we made a dinner of sharing the “small plates” and found everything to be utterly delicious.
Visiting Santa Fe. We wanted to get away for a quiet lunch and some great food. Although Julia was a bit of a walk it was well worth it. The food was great. Service could have been a bit more attentive. Overall a great experience. Will dine there again....
We have eaten here a number of times... very nice. Then there was this past week. Took a dear friend for a special dinner. Special it was. Ordered a variety of things, but for myself, octopus followed by mussels was the fare. After a longgg wait the octopus arrived, lots of sauce, hard to fine the meal.... then the mussels finally arrived.... strange they should be cool.. never had them this way. Bread? No bread! My friend's noted similar. What are mussels without bread? We asked and after a long struggle between the refrigerator and oven a very small corn bread in a very hot iron pan arrived. That's were the heat for the mussels went. Clever! And the poor server who tried so hard, but it seemed like his first night and he was actually shaking as he bravely carried out the food.
Normally we love this place but with only 3 other tables occupied, it seems word had quietly slipped out and we were not on the informed list. Julia... get it together. raise the kitchen's standards by first advising them there are standards in Santa Fe... train the poor server and give him a chance to learn his trade before being subjected to the real thing.. and for God's sake
serve a proper bread with (warm) sea food..... The legislature is in town. Where is your pride?
The wait staff was very attentive and provided great service. The waiter made several suggestions and we each had his suggestions. The red chili pork short rib was excellent. The red chili sauce was perfect and the meat fell off the rib bone. The meat was tender and tasted great. The steak was prepared as requested and was tender. The salmon was also excellent.
Out of first choice; one tamale was great but the second one couldn’t be cut into it was so hard. They brought another tamale and it was as fabulous as the first one.
Better than the reviews we saw.
Food was mediocre- service was very poor- waiter did not even check on us to see if we liked our food- my wife had an issue with her meal and we had to wait almost 20 minutes for the waiter to come to speak with us.
Food and service were great
Three of us had breakfast at Julia's Christmas Day. Great food, good service especially considering the crowd. Best hash browns I've ever had.
Christmas Eve dinner...seated over 30 minutes late, once seated...no wait staff, no water...nothing for another 20 minutes. We had to seek out and request wait staff. Served soup....no spoons. Entree cold and had to go back. Finished at 10:20...for an 8pm meal. Special Christmas Eve price fixed dinner...so very disappointed
Came here for the pre fixe meal and was sorely disappointed. Food was cold and slow. Service was mediocre. Spend your money somewhere else.
The food was horrible and the service was even worse. We were very excited about celebrating Christmas dinner at this place but we couldn’t wait to leave. The dinner was a preset dinner and we had to wait for about 1 hr to get the appetizer never got the 3er course. Just not the best experience 😩
Xmas vacay! In beautiful Santa Fe. Warm smiling wait people, fantastic heritage architecture and inspirational art everywhere. 4 different Benedict’s to choose from, local gourmet ingredients for omelettes and black coffee with a pow! We had a great breakfast brunch.
Neighborhood gem... later afternoon lunch. Friendly efficient service, charming atmosphere and the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup were outstanding.
Saw some reviews dissing the service and the food. That was not our experience at all; server David was knowledgeable, personable, and efficient. Food was very very good, and not the run of the mill selection. Some unique items and all nicely presented and extremely tasty. We have sure as hell paid a lot more for a lot less. No complaint at all. We'll go back.
Our sever Tanya was gracious and a joy. Made our experience lovely.
Food was very good just needed to be hot. Our group of girls just
had so much fun. Loved the art & the fact the home was incorporated
into the Hotel. Luis took a little tour of home. Lovely experience. Lisa J
The ambiance and service were great! We loved our waitress and enjoyed our wine however the food fell short of expectations for a high quality restaurant.