La Boca

4.4
2591 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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.”
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Moroccan
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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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Phone number
(505) 982-3433
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Campbell Caruso
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lincoln
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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.
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Entertainment
See our website for Music and Special Events
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2591 People Are Saying
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DF
1 review
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. Great vibe. I'll always return.

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K
Chicago
17 reviews
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great waiter, outdoor seating with imaginative cousine

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J
New Mexico
7 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Boca, especially sitting outdoors, is 1 of my favorite restaurants in SF

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VG
Denver
8 reviews
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious, authentic tapas dishes, but with original and creative twists.

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S
Columbus
23 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Spanish retreat with local flair. Wish I lived closer

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M
Miami
30 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good/authentic tapas. The red sangria was excellent. Outstanding service and recommendations.

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SM
New Mexico
12 reviews
4.0Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Made a reservation on a Monday evening to celebrate our son's birthday. I'm glad I did since the place was crowded for a Monday. Immediately seated. Our son was running a little late, so we ordered a few small plates while we waited and after he arrived, we order several more. As usual, the food was very good---nice presentation and very good service. We ordered too much and the waiter efficiently boxed up some leftovers. The place is small and when it is crowded, things can get noisy. But, the vibe is upbeat. This is a very nice restaurant and the value is good, in my view.

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R
New Mexico
8 reviews
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic waitress!!! Incredible food (as always)!! Sangria was delicious! Had the fried oysters, chicharrones, the flat iron steak, the mussels (in an incredible sauce)- must try the manchego cheese with pear syrup- and the bruschetta! Wow wow! The grilled artichokes and boquerones were also spectacular.

Whatever you order- you can’t go wrong!

Thank you for having us!

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with friends and sat outside. There was great music and a fun atmosphere. Service was impeccable. The food was delicious. The wine suggestions were spot on. Very good!

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W
Dallas
8 reviews
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pablo was very good and helpful

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The food was not that good - flat iron steak was tough and overpriced for the portion and the tapas was served with seemed to be tartar sauce.

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Dallas
1 review
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service! The live music on Friday night made a great night fantastic!

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MD
1 review
5.0Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service and a great evening. Always enjoyable evening in Sanat Fe.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
2.0Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Really underwhelmed.

We've been coming to Santa Fe for 20+ years so we are very accustomed to great dining experiences. We've walked by La Boca many times and could never get it on the spur of the moment. Finally made reservations for our last trip (just last week) and was looking forward it, however, we were very unimpressed.

While our server was OK, we rarely saw him. Think we saw the bus boy at our table more than the server. The tapas were just OK, nothing special, and were more expensive than what we've had elsewhere -- El Farol on Canyon Rd. to name one place. When we walked in the hostess wanted to seat us at a table that was right underneath their wall air conditioner where the cold air was blowing right on top of us. It was at night, in the 60s, not during the day when it's 90 degrees -- no thanks!

Very disappointed, not going back!

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Montreal
7 reviews
4.0Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great tapas! Wonderful wine, port, and sherry selections. We had a 6:30 reservation on Wednesday and it was not crowded at that time. The tables are rather tight, but the waiters are able to negotiate them well and provide excellent, responsive service.

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New Mexico
44 reviews
5.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best lunch meal here at La Boca in a few visits! Roberto was so pleasant and helpful with respect to our “by the glass” wine choice! Fantastic Albariño and Tempranillo to go with our Tapas. We started with the olives/roasted garlic, toasted pistachio, and Manchego plate...the pistachios were unbelievably tasty with smoked paprika! We followed this with the pork bellies plate, and eggplant. So delicious ... we rarely miss La Boca when in town and we’re so pleased with our experience on this afternoon! Service spectacular, tapas, and wine amazing! Treat yourself ... we also love the small European Cafe atmosphere of the restaurant! See you again soon ...

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GS
New Mexico
1 review
5.0Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. We always enjoy our visits to La Boca, though we usually sit on the patio. It was nice to get back inside this time.

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o
New Mexico
5 reviews
5.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my husband and my favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. The food & service are both excellent-- friendly, knowledgeable servers and dishes that are unusual and perfectly delicious.

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NR
New Mexico
4 reviews
4.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food here is excellent as is the wine list. The array of sherries is a fun opportunity to explore. I was disappointed that our waiter was aloof and, while attentive, relatively unfriendly. This has not been typical in our experience at this restaurant and put a damper on the overall experience.

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KK
Sacramento
5 reviews
5.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional meal and fun evening. The food is inventive and goes beyond the standard tapas fare. The staff goes out of their way to be responsive, knowledgable & fun!

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LT
New Orleans
13 reviews
4.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Server was nice, but the wait for food was way too long, and she at one point seemed to have disappeared for a while. Sardines were nice but pricey for what you got. Watermelon salad was good, but not memorable. Eggplant presentation was different than I imagined it would be, and I'm not sure why it took so long to come out. Also a bit heavy on the capers, but the saffron honey was nice. Paella was flavorful, but clearly made in a big batch and then spooned into a presentation mini-pan as the rice was not crispy on the bottom and edges. A bit al dente for me. Dessert was lovely with the goat cheesecake with pistachio and strawberry. Overall decent, but the individual prices were a little steep, and the food wasn't anything spectacular. Also, the plates were actually a bit too big for tapas. At tapas, I usually expect 2 people could order 6-8 plates. We ordered 4, plus dessert.

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SE
Dallas
4 reviews
2.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Two hours to be served completely. We have enjoyed several meals here, but this was a rock bottom experience. Apparently the kitchen is far too challenged to handle both restaurants adequately.

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OP
1 review
4.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great and even for small plates came in good portions. We ordered five dishes, all of which were tasty and well prepared. We planned on only four but I tossed in an order of bruschetta at the last second and we were glad I did. Our server recommended a tasty Syrah. The bill came to just over $100. Overall, a very nice experience.

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DW
San Antonio
10 reviews
5.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner with friendly and attentive wait staff. Outstanding wine list. Had been looking forward to dining at LaBoca and they did not disappoint. Will return.

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E
Dallas
103 reviews
5.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, delicious specials, with wonderful presentation and great service.

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G
Chicago
10 reviews
4.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place. Great food. Great Service. A little busy but not over the top. Good wine but no cocktails.

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V
San Diego
12 reviews
4.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and ambiance is good but doesn't quite live up to the hype. The funny thing is the paella is what everyone talks about but it was my least favorite dish. Frankly the dish was dry or sat under a heat lamp too long. Wine was overpriced. The beef tenderloin was very good. The salad was also excellent--just the right hint of acid without going overboard. The ambiance? We were in the modern side. The interior was messy in feel--the stage was littered with instruments but there was no show that night, the empty tables weren't orderly. It was ok. It couldn't have been very good but everything fell just a little short.

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OT
New Mexico
4 reviews
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! The mussels and the artichokes we're highlights!

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AH
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was traveling and seeking a reasonably priced, good restaurant with local food. La Boca fit the bill nicely. The food and service were excellent and the price very reasonable.

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PA
Atlanta
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was excellent, waitress had good recommendations

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CW
New Mexico
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful find! Table was ready when we got there. The live music was very enjoyable and the food was prepared perfectly

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SS
New Mexico
22 reviews
3.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Very, very slow to be served and it was still early and fairly empty. Three tables were seated after us and the had cocktails before anyone even visited our table. It was not their finest hour.

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ME
Dallas
9 reviews
4.0Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely and delicious mid-afternoon snacks! Attentive, friendly service - as always!

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F
Palm Springs
6 reviews
4.0Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great unusual tapas
-Artichoke w goat cheese and orange zest Must try
-eggplant w burrata cheese and capers. The eggplant was smoke and grilled
-watermelon salad w arugula and feta, mint vinaigrette. Unexpected and very tasty
-prawns w sausage and pearl cous cous. Nicely spiced and fresh sausage

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CD
Minneapolis
9 reviews
4.0Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, however waitress was less the attentive. We had to flag down another waiter to get her to take our order...she was chatting w another customer for an extended period of time while we waited. She also made limited pass bys to check if anything was needed.

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DC
Denver
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great find. Authentic Spanish cuisine in a casual atmosphere. We ate outside with friends and found the ambiance great for quiet conversation. The wait staff was friendly and most helpful. Wonderful meal.

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LC
Phoenix
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Pablo was an excellent, knowledgeable, kind and professional server. Ambience was perfect. Special place!

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GS
1 review
3.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nice folks but confused service. Ordered a bottle of wine got two glasses of the wine then they took the glasses back and let them sit on the bar. Ordered appetizer and "main" (it's basically small plates) and the main came first and was cold...asked to send it back but queried about the appetizer, which they forgot I guess. Then called a time out and asked if we could start all over again, which we did and all was fine. Nice wine list though...

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Houston
71 reviews
5.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was so happy to be back at LaBoca last night. It's great to see a lot of the classics back on the menu along with a few new items. We asked for a got a window table which was great for people watching. Pablo, who has worked with Chef Campbell many years, was our server. Great evening with great food and nice service.

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S
Dallas
4 reviews
1.0Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food bad, made us sick. Big problem with the kitchen and waiter staff affecting customers to get sick. Bad management needing to be fired and poor service waiters. Reported to health dept.

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