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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.”
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
James Campbell Caruso
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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