About La Boca

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF TAPAS!

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 Mediterranean and South American wines. Knowledgeable and animated staff graciously guide customers 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 Cadiz in the crisp cool flavors of Fino, or the deep fig-essence of a Pedro Ximenez.

Full to capacity almost every night since its opening, La Boca has been a hit with both locals and the world travelers that visit Santa Fe. La Boca has earned numerous awards both local and national, including the Santa Fe Reporter’s “Restaurant of the Year,” and the International Wine and Food Society’s “Award of Excellence.”

72 West Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish, Moroccan

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm in the Main Dining Room; Happy Hour Daily: 3:00pm - 5:00pm in the Main Dining Room; Dinner in the Main Dining Room Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Dinner in the Taberna Dining Room: Wednesday- Sunday 5:00pm- 10:00pm.

Cross Street:
Lincoln

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 982-3433

Website:
http://www.labocasantafe.com/

Entertainment:
See our website for Music and Special Events

Catering:
La Boca can bring the culinary adventure to your Santa Fe location! We specialize in delicious passed tapas, tapa platters, and paella parties for homes, offices and galleries. Request information at events@labocasantafe.com

Parking Details:
Downtown Santa Fe meters are enforced Monday through Saturday from 8am - 6pm. Residents and visitors may also park at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The entrance is on Federal Plaza across from the Federal Post Office.

Executive Chef:
James Campbell Caruso

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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La Boca Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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90% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (32)
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Fun (25)
Romantic (23)
Live Music (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Tasting Menu (20)
Cozy (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Healthy (11)
Good for Groups (10)
People Watching (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Spicy (5)
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent as always

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·Dined 3 days ago

Mostly wonderful tapas, especially if you take some risks and deviate from the cheese and jamon- I recommend the grilled artichokes with goat cheese, the tuna "cooked" in blood oranges, and the shrimp. The music was fabulous, the service was generous.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 4 days ago

La Boca is my favorite spot in Santa Fe. The tapas are exceptional and the wine list excellent. A real hit this time was two exquisite smoked oysters served icy cold with a spicy green sauce. Heavenly!
The room is tiny and even crowed, but that only makes it conducive to a brief chat with folks at neighboring tables.

Service is prompt, friendly and informative.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Authentic Spanish tapas and great service. We would recommend sitting in the bar area instead of the restaurant if they have live music. Great atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 12, 2017

LaBoca is outstanding, no question there. However, they are tiny and if you don't have reservations, I can't imagine you'd get in at dinner. The tables seem to be growing closer and closer together over time and there's nowhere to stand while you wait for your reservation. Not being in the business, I'm not sure, but it's beginning to seem like they're overbooking themselves. We saw two instances where parties of two were asked if they'd mind moving to a smaller table so they could seat a party of four by putting two 2s together. Neither party seemed unhappy, after all they got to move to cozy tables against the wall rather than the larger center aisle tables that are in the swirling center of fast moving servers and patrons coming and going. Yet it seemed odd to see them asked to move. We always bring out of town friends here because it's just so amazingly good but maybe we need to switch to lunch reservations? Or early dinners on slower weeknights when possible? Saturday night at 7 was crazy chaotic -- though the food and service remain impeccable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome. Great wait staff and fabulous food. Enjoyed the 4 course pre-fix.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, People Watching
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This was the fourth time we have eaten there — which probably sums up how good it is given that we don’t live in Santa Fe. Good but not extensive selection of tapas. We have never had anything which wasn’t good, and there is enough variety to not repeat dishes on subsequent visits unless you want to. Reasonable wine list, at least by the bottle (we have never ordered by the glass). The tables are crammed together according to the latest urban fashion and they are usually full, so the waitstaff is kept very busy, but still manages to pay attention to each table. Prices are high, but appropriate for a high- end restaurant with lots of imported food.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Not really all that special. Gambas and Chorizo dishes were good. Goat cheese with honey was nothing special. Flat iron was extremely tough. Our server was not helpful - did not offer any suggestions, not especially friendly, no smiles, just did what she had to and nothing more. They do have a very good wine list. La Boca has great potential but overall it was just ordinary - not a fun evening.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I’ve always enjoyed this place due to its intimate setting and wonderful food. The wait staff is generally quite wonderful although we did get one that seemed a bit rushed and annoyed this time. I definitely recommend this place

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food was pretty good and the waiter, Pablo, was great. Here was the issue: I made a reservation a week ahead. I did call and request to change the reservation time by a half hour earlier in the day and was told no problem. When we arrived(party of 4) on time, I was told we would be seated in the Taberna and we should go outside, walk a half a block, take a right and head back to the rear of the alley to enter their "satellite " dining area. Okay, this was a little weird considering someone had called to confirm the reservation. Couldn't they have let us know that we wouldn't be in the main dining room? We figured out where to go and were pleased to find out there would be live music-- a solo vocalist and guitarist. Unfortunately, her amp was turned up so high that both the vocal and guitar music were ear piercing. We asked twice if the amp could be turned down as we had come to enjoy a meal with friends and not watch a performance. No luck. The performer had a beautiful voice and played well however, she needed someone to help her figure out the correct volume for her style, instrument, and the small room. After our meal, I returned to the hostess and politely provided feedback about our experience. I was told that since I had made my reservation on Open Table, I needed to note that we wanted the "main" room in order to be seated there. This wasn't noted anywhere on the website, so as a first time visitor I had no way of knowing this. Again, weird since the issue was really their lack of ability to provide a decent dining experience in the Taberna. So, I was really disappointed by both the experience and the response we received. Given all the wonderful restaurants in Santa Fe, I doubt we'll be back.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fantastic place! Fabulous food! We ordered the special which was an eggplant dish, the ahi tuna salad, watermelon salad and the lemon creme brûlée. Everything was wonderful!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went with the intention to sample a wide variety of tapas, and the plan worked to perfection. The chicken liver pate, boquerones, little tacos, tuna carpaccio were all excellent and the bill was reasonable even with a bottle of wine. (Although wine prices seem high to me.)

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Tapas
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very interesting and innovative tapas! I felt like the pace of food presentation was a bit rushed and the wine prices by the glass a bit steep.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Cool place but food was over-priced and we were not impressed..

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The most amazing cuisine ever. My favorite restaurant. Creative, delicious, incredible and fun.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food here was delicious, it it seemed odd to me that when I made the reservation for the restaurant, I was told it was for the Taverna, which was out the door, down an alley and tucked in behind some other buildings. I thought the main restaurant was just fine, but since it was my first visit, I didn’t ask questions about the alternative site. Our food was delicious, and the service attentive. My only complaint was the live music. For what was advertised as a tapas place, the country style music from a person who seemed to have a very limited repertoire was dissonant and distracting. I especially enjoyed the watermelon salad and the shrimp! The local beer was also very refreshing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We went here on our Santa Fe vacation. Great, food, service, atmosphere. Will definitely go there again.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Roberto our waiter was a gem, we enjoyed the food as always and the serive was top notch

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Bruschetta is the best, as usual, and the Gambas al Ajillo. Everything was fresh and delicious! Excellent sherry and wines by the glass, trust your waiter for good choices. Enjoyable Santa Fe experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Organic, Tapas
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was very good. A little noisy but service was great.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 24, 2017

delicious, as always. The folks who wait on the tables are delightful and knowledgeable and accommodating. We loved every bite, and every minute

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 23, 2017

It was a Sunday night at La Boca and it was jumping! There was no room anywhere except in our little corner which was the perfect place. Our server was tremendous and recommended what plates to get. The only miss was our salad. We even had their #1 desert, hazelnut torrone. The paella was delicious as were the gambas al ajillo. What a wild little place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Spicy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We absolutely love La Boca! We fly in from Phoenix just to visit and eat here. The staff and service are like no other, and the food is literally some of the best we’ve ever experienced.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 22, 2017

An old friend from 30 years ago (grad school) and his wife were in town, visiting from the Yukon. My wife and I decided to treat them to something they probably had not experienced. Turns out, they had been to Spain, and were familiar with the food and wine. They rated it very authentic and good. We all liked the way we could order several plates and share. Everything was cooked perfectly, moist and tender. The portions were just right for sharing. The only dig I would have on it is that it is a bit too “bistro”: Tables very close together, and very noisy. But everyone was in a good mood, so there was no dissension anywhere. The service was very good. I must say reserving through Open Table was a snap.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had a fabulous beet salad for lunch. Also ravioli, which were good ... but a little more cream sauce than I would like. Bread was to die for. Dessert, very good. Great service. Cute restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food but we were rushed. Don't order mutiple tapas at once...they all come at the same time.,

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was warm enough to sit outside and eat on the patio at 6 pm. The food was absolutely delicious, and the serving staff are very knowledgeable. After dinner we went inside to listen to Jesus Bos - wonderful music, dancing, and fun!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

You might get seated in the rear annex which is a pretty bland space. Staff was very pushy try to sell wine by the glass - it got annoying.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Fantastic food with really tasty tapas. The bacon wrapped dates and bruschetta are fantastic. Always seems to be busy so book ahead.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 17, 2017

This restaurant is top-notch. The wait staff was knowledgable and friendly. The food was creative and delicious. Only complaint would be the background "music" which had an annoying constant bass beat. Otherwise, a perfectly wonderful evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Tapas
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Love the restaurant, just real disappointed that Open Table allowed us to make a reservation on a night when they're closed.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Delicious food, friendly service, good sangria. Fun for a birthday celebration.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Although the food was good we found it to be quite overpriced. We spent over $120 for 3 ppl, no drinks, no dessert.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love the diverse offerings of small plates. The bruschetta is delicious and decadent! Just a bit to close and loud for me.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great place. Music wonderful to have but does not need amplification given the space.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Live Music
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 14, 2017

La Boca was a favorite, small cozy and friendly. This time it had turned into a bait and switch operation. They took twice the number of reservations they had room for and directed the overflow to a bar round the corner belonging to the same owner. Food was terrible, service beyond rushed and ambiance nonexistent. A worst ever experience, never to be repeated.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Good service from our server, Roberto. Food was very tasty. Nice menu options. Seating fairly tight. Did not know there were two different/separate restaurants.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our special night out in Santa Fe. We were Recomended this place by a couple of folks. Since I am vegan the chef was willing to make me some of the dishes in a modified manner. The food was very tasty. My partner had the Sherry pairing four course meal. He enjoyed everything he tasted.
The waiter of course worked with my needs. The attention to our needs were handled almost to a fault as the clean up ladies were almost hovering around us. But that aside they were helpful and sweet.
This was a Thursday night and there was live music. Since we sat right next to the stage we got to talk with the artist which was fun. We had made the reservation not knowing they had two locations. We walked into the first one and it was not the one where our reservation was at which was fine just surprising.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Live Music, Great Beer, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The food was well prepared and the service was excellent. They also featured an incredibly talented guitar player that truly added to the dining experience.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Service was very good. Food was excellent. Wine list was very appropriate and well paired to the menu. Our wait person was very attentive and helpful. He deserves a raise

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