La Boca

4.5
3682 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Opened in 2006 by 8 time James Beard Award Nominee, Chef James Campbell Caruso.
La Boca has the feel of a lively European wine bar, featuring an extensive selection of carefully chosen Spanish wines and Sherries. Chef Caruso's Modern Spanish Cuisine is inspired by the exuberance of Spanish cooking combined with fresh, local ingredients. La Boca has been  called "the most influential restaurant in Santa Fe" by the Pasatiempo Magazine and the New York Times describes the menu as "modern re-inventions of classic Spanish cuisine" Knowledgeable and animated staff graciously guide guests to the perfect wine to complement their meals. La Boca also prides itself on being an ambassador of Spanish sherry culture, transporting its guests to Jerez in the crisp cool flavors of Fino, or the deep fig-essence of a Pedro Ximenez.

Join us every Thursday and Friday night for live music on the Taberna main stage!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3682 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service! Delicious tapas! Loved the brandies cherry dessert.

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vipCynthiaS
Denver
132 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Wow! Terrible service. Probably the worst service I’ve ever had at a restaurant. The paella was very good but the server was terrible. She started rambling about how she just had a birthday six months ago (??!) then neglected to ask us for another round of wine until right before the check came. She tried to clear our plates before we were finished. Just overall bad service.

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vipDallasDines
Dallas
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was the best. The food was very good.
We'll go back.

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vipAccidentalDiner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fun at the bar. An impromptu wine tour of Spain with terrific food pairings.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely delicious !!

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Nancy
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was excellent and the food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We arrived for our 8:15 reservation to the main dining room which was fun and festive and we were very excited for our meal. Then they sent us around the corner to the other dining room (Taberna) which was quiet, the lighting was bright, most of the tables were empty, and it looked like they were cleaning up. They sat us a a high top right in the middle of the walkway from the kitchen to the dining area, and we felt like we were in the way of the waitstaff the whole time. Some of the food was pretty good (boquerones, gambas al ajillo, flat iron steak) other dishes were not so great (carrot hummus). If we had eaten in the other room I think we would have had a much better experience.

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kater
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around .
Nice variety .
Very good service

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vipBronsonab
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on the street side patio. Plenty of heaters and great service made for an excellent night. Not to mention the wonderful food.

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LeslieT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Some of of the food was excellent, but some was just OK. I expected better from a highly rated restaurant. Also, they have not removed tables to allow 6 feet spacing for COVID and did not enforce mask wearing on customers when they entered the restaurant.

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SharryW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal of tapas at La Boca—4 small plates for the 2 of us was plenty! We’ve been before and will definitely be back.

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vipTomemoss
Palm Springs
56 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Everyone is kind and helpful. This visit was made especially nice by the reservationist, Zoe, the kind hostess who greeted us, and our skilled server ( I don't know his name). many thanks to all. Oh...and the food was spectacular as always.
Tom

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vipMaryD
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding! We had several small plates, and each one was amazing. We especially loved the bruschetta, the ribs, and the eggplant. Great wine list. I can see why this chef has won so many awards!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pork belly, artichokes, and the flatiron. The sauces made the dishes — harissa with the pork, lemon and goat cheese with the artichokes, and a sea salt caramel and a blue cheese with the steak. Our waiter was terrific and made great drink suggestions. He also recommended the Gateau Basque for dessert, and it may be the best dessert I’ve ever had. It was just a perfect dinner all around!

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MarcC
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place, and enjoy each time we visit Santa Fe!

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MelissaW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! The ambiance was pleasant and non-pretentious. Our server was delightful and attentive. It was a fantastic experience!

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andres
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The paella,kale salad, ham croquettes, patatas bravas and grilled artichoke were delicious and were fortunate to have an excellent server.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Slow service. Just dumped cheese plate on the table without any explanation. Did not clear dishes. No longer have pulpo. Wine pour seemed short.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I have loved La Boca over the years. Sadly our experience this time didn’t not measure up. The food wasn’t timed/paced well. The duck breast was not rendered properly (even though it took forever to appear on our table-long after the veggie tapas had been eaten ). The medium-rare requested steak had zero pink inside. Sauces/flavor were scant. The eggplant and artichoke tapas were good, though. All in all, not what I expected based on previous occasions. I overpaid for what I got- especially the $18 ‘glass’ of sherry that was only an inch in the bottom of my smallish glass.

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vipmaryfromdallas
Dallas
73 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

I think La Boca has a loyal following. The charcuterie had generous portions and the grilled artichokes were very flavorful. The ambience was a little cold but our server was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way. Jesus, Emma, and Julie are gems.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great!

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Kimberly
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. And thank you for being aware that noise level is a factor when dining out, per the questions at the beginning of this review process - noise matters to my husband and me a great deal, and we greatly appreciated being able to have a quiet conversation together as the room was not at all loud. Good tapas places are not that easy to find, and this one is quite good. I had shrimp and the fingerling potatoes, while my husband had both of the specials for the night - a mushroom soup and blackened cod, all of which was excellent. Our waiter was quite attentive, and we didn't have to wait for his attention from the moment we sat down to when we walked out the door. We hope to return on our next visit and try the paella.

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vipHotChocolate59
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The lighting could be more cozy. Service was great food good. Nice wine list.

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vipNancyE
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Always great food and good service. We are never disappointed.

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vipheatherp
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was great but service was super slow. It felt like the waitress might have been a little stressed or just had her mind on something else, which happens. There was a weird 20-30 minute gap between most of our food and our last item, which was a little frustrating since we had been there almost 2 hours at that point. But, the food was delicious!

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FuzzyPop52
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Boca is our gold standard in Santa Fe. We hadn't been there post-Covid yet so we were excited to be back. We both tried the paella this time; mine was the vegetarian option. Topped off by the Pots de Creme dessert. It was fantastic! Highly recommended.

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vipJACQUELINEM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food came out warm, not hot.

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vipSuza
Vancouver
39 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

First off, those not "in the know" should be aware there are two La Boca restaurants. They are within walking distance of each other and I believe are owned by the same person/s. One is casual and one is more upscale. The upscale version has better service and better food. I thought I was making a reservation for the upscale restaurant, but when we arrived, the host directed us to the casual restaurant. The casual one I will avoid in future. My drink arrived 10 minutes before my companion's which was strange. We ordered paella for two right away and after 30 minutes, the waiter told us our order was placed, but then cancelled. He asked if we wanted anything else. Um, yes, we would like an order of the paella. Please put that order into the kitchen. So, another 30 minutes pass and we finally received the paella. Apparently, the neighboring table waited 45 minutes for their paella to finally arrive. It seems the chef does not like cooking this. It tasted good, but the wait was a bit much. We will not be returning to this restaurant.

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KristiD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed ourselves. Our server was top notch!

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GreenBean
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Back to Santa Fe for our anniversary, reservations were very tight on a Friday night! Only outside tables available for us, but La Boca has a heater for everyone, so you won’t be cold if that’s where you are seated. Our server Mario was attentive and knowledgeable, the portions are huge, and the wine list is well curated - and all Spanish. The house-made olives, the carrot hummus, everything very, very delicious!

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RomanR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent, the wine selection and offerings were great

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Rich
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic tapas options with very knowledgeable waiter who recommended the order that dishes should be served. We loved that they didn’t try to push multiple dishes on us at one time like many tapas restaurants.

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JillH
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We sat in the back at the high table. I wouldn’t recommend that. Too much traffic there. The food was interesting with nice presentation. Service was okay.

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vipSantiago
New Mexico
32 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal of flavorful tapas at La Boca (actually, in the rear restaurant called La Taberna). The services, as always, was excellent.

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Martini
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent variety in small plates. The spicy shrimp and Moroccan carrot hummus were excellent. Service was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, great service, great food. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent! The bruschetta in particular is a must. As a celiac, I sincerely appreciated that all of the offerings were either gluten free or could be made so. Have patience with the wait staff as they are clearly understaffed and are doing their best under trying conditions. Our waiter was great but spent many precious minutes trying to get several of the non-functional patio heaters working.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great experience. Eggplant & Brucheta was amazing

FAQs

La Boca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 982-3433.

La Boca is rated 4.5 stars by 3682 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.