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

La Boca Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (80)
Creative Cuisine (67)
Fit for Foodies (52)
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Good for a Date (36)
Special Occasion (36)
Casual (31)
Authentic (29)
Local Ingredients (29)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Fun (20)
Cozy (20)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Romantic (17)
Tasting Menu (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Bar Seating (13)
Live Music (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
People Watching (10)
Spicy (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Business Meals (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Great atmosphere, smaller place but was not too crowded. The service was fantastic with recommendations and attentiveness. Food was amazing, especially the Brussel sprouts

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 2 days ago

We were very pleased with the food, everything was excellent! I was disappointed though that I was charged an extra $4:50 for a piece of gluten free bread to have with my manchego cheese tapa. That was uncalled for. I don't usually return to restaurants that take advantage of people with gluten intolerance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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·Dined 2 days ago

Its the perfect date spot. Wonderfully creative and delicious food, great wine list, and cozy and quaint ambiance. Every time we go in it feels warm and inviting, and is easily one of our favorite spots to celebrate! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Disabled Access, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Tapas
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·Dined 3 days ago

We have been coming here once a year for over three years, clearly not a regular customers since we live out of town, but this place has always managed to maintain consistency in food quality and service. Until tonight.

The food was heavy, unexceptional, and really quite bland. Also, not sure when bruschetta became a Spanish tapa... Patatas Bravas that had previously been prepared with finesse looked like potato wedges coming from a deep fryer at a fast food restaurant. With a dollop of tasteless aioli. Previous menus we've seen here had so much more variety, and items that actually resembled real Spanish tapas...

Service was ok to start, but (something must have happened in the kitchen mid-meal?) our once personable server hardly took time to ask if we were ok after we had our first (and only) round of tapas.

The busser, dear god, not a smile, coming by every (I'm not even kidding) 2 minutes, sometimes sooner to collect plates, one I had barely set my fork on before it was grabbed in front of my face. He came back several times, one time having the audacity to mention, with an eye roll mind you, he needed dishes for the kitchen???? Are you kidding me? Sorry pal, not my problem; quit circling me like a vulture while I eat, please.

Previous visits here have included hours of excellent food and drink, laughing with the staff, feeling free to ask questions about the menu, etc, this visit left us feeling like we couldn't get out of there fast enough (and yes, we had a reservation). In and out in less than an hour.

This place appears to be riding on the coattails of its once great reputation. Air of tension and haste clear across the staff as well as the food, which is all really such a shame, as we sincerely looked forward to this visit to celebrate a birthday.

Won't be back. Hope this place finds its groove again, but, until then, your money would be better spent elsewhere.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Enjoyed the tapas and sherry. Lots of choices. Good service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We love to start our annual visit to Santa Fe at La Boca. We see locals and visitors enjoying the food and wine. The menu always includes creative combinations of ingredients and excellent presentation of typical Spanish tapas. When we tried the same dishes at another Spanish restaurant in SF, we were disappointed. In this visit, the only dish that disappointed included some Brussel sprouts that were not quite cooked enough for our taste. Our waitress was helpful with wine suggestions and also knew when to suggest that two orders of something were appropriate for four people. When we first arrived, we were told we'd been seated in the sister restaurant, La Taberna, but when we asked to stay in this quieter, no-live-music place, she found a place for us, which we appreciated, wanting to introduce friends to the place we know and love. We will likely return before our week is up.

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Tried the Paella which was good but not great. The small tapas dishes were generally better. Service was good. Nose level was high especially when the guitarist was performing. Overall a good experience.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

A very nice atmosphere and excellent service. (Sorry, you are asking for too much by forcing your customers to write a lengthy review. One sentence should have covered it. Now it's getting to be a school girls task and a bother.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Everything from the bruschetta and shrimp in olive oil as well as service was excellent. The paella, however, was mediocre at best. No saffron or taste to it. For a Spanish restaurant this is very disappointing. Go to Spain, learn how to cook it well, then come back and offer it to the customers.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We loved this restaurant. When we are back in Santa Fe, we will definitely visit again. Wished we had something like this in OKC.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

it was the best tapas ive had in bloody years

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The food and the seevice was just ok. Food portion is smaller comparing to other tapas restaurants.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We were in Santa Fe for a short vacation and had dinner at La Boca, the food was amazing.
We did not have one bad dish. Service was excellent. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We visited La Boca for New Year's Eve, which just happened to be also our wedding anniversary. As you'd expect on a night like that, it was a packed house. The service was great and the food matched. We'll definitely be dining there again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Ate here on New Year’s Eve, and they had us seated at the bar. It was early (5:45), but they had already run out of Sangria (?!!). So, I was seriously considering leaving to go elsewhere, but the bartender came up with some concoction that made a decent substitute for sangria, so we stayed. The tapas were good (we ordered bruschetta and dates), but we’ve had better paella (lots of tomato and paprika, not much other flavor, and the mussels were gritty!). There were some gentlemen playing flamenco when we arrived, but it was towards the end of their set, and we left just before they started again. Overall, if the bartender hadn’t gone above and beyond, it would have been a disappointing night (and not very good way to ring out the old year!)

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tapas, Cozy, Live Music, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We love La Boca and keep coming back year after year. Never disappoints!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tapas
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Whereas the food and selections were impressive, the bread served both initially and with the sandwich was disappointing. There are several bakeries in Santa Fe that offer much better quality bread, specifically the Sage Bake House for example. We strongly recommend that you consider up-grading the quality of the bread served.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was pretty good. Nothing to write home about. Hostess was great Service was lacking, waitress was not friendly and seemed annoyed

Tags: Tapas
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great fun evening with friends. Easy comfortable place to share with friends.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Anniversary night and we got moved to the sister restaurant where there was loud music so not much of a romantic night.

Disappointed we didn't get to eat in the restaurant we made the reservation for.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have loved this restaurant for years, I truly hope this experience was an anomaly and not the new norm.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have been dining at La Boca for many years and we are never disappointed. The food is delicious and consistently prepared. Make your reservation. You will find the experience delightful.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Ordered several taps and a bottle of wine. Some of the items were pretty good, but the lamp chops should be an embarrassment to the place. They were taste but small, and 3 chops for $38 was ridiculous. I don't mind paying for what I want, but La Boca felt me feeling ripped off.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a wonderful meal served by Jay. Very delicious experience. Thank you Jay.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 27, 2017

La Boca was recommended by our culinary tour guide, so we decided to give it a try. The food was superb. Two of us had the paella, which was delicious. The other diner had 2 tapas, both of which he loved. The service was excellent, friendly, but not intrusive. We'd definitely recommend and go back there.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent. A perfect Christmas Eve dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had an early Christmas Eve dinner at La Boca and it was delicious. We don't eat there often since we only occasionally come to Santa Fe. It's our favorite place.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food of course is wonderful but I can’t say enough about the staff - sooo good at what they do. I’m grateful

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fun, Tapas, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Delicious food and lots of variety on the Menu. A little pricey but well worth it. Service was outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My wife and I always include a dinner at La Boca when we visit Santa Fe. It has been one of our favorite dining experiences for years. During our most recent visit it was unfortunately obvious that, despite memorable food, the service continues to trend downward. Either management is not paying attention to what is happening on the floor or La Boca's popularity is beginning to get the best of them.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very pleasant date night. Atmosphere was a bit on the louder side, live music was not good. Food delish- the bruschetta was the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time. Would definitely go again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Lived up to the reviews & hype... global joint that could have been in Caralonia as well. Geat experience... perfect execution... knowledgeable & attentive staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food and ambiance were just amazing....still dreaming about the meal. Extremely professional service; we were very well taken care of by Jay and the management. We'll be back!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

We were seated at the "chef's table", an intimate high table for two. The hostess and servers were all very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was superb and served at a good pace for us. We enjoyed it all!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 17, 2017

La Boca is a staple in the Santa Fe dining scene. Spanish tapas, Spanish tapas and a fun atmosphere makes for a delicious and fun evening. We have been here several times and have thoroughly enjoyed each time. Some favorites include the grilled artichokes with goat cheese, the stuffed piquillo peppers, the bacon wrapped dates, and the flat iron steak. Finish with a glass of PX Sherry or late harvest Malbec.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Amazing food!! Everything we tasted was delicious!!

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Tasting Menu
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 14, 2017

La Boca always was one of my favorite restaurants, because they used to offer great vegetarian/vegan options. Now it is very limited. No more Hummus which is a good protein source for people who prefer a plant-based diet. However even the last Hummus they had on their menu (no longer available) was made with butter (a dairy product). They offer to adjust their meals, but you really don’t know exactly what you will be getting. I had an eggplant dish (similar to Baba Ganoush) which was okay, not outstanding.
The menu online is the old menu, not the current one. If you are a Vegan or mostly on a plant based diet I can no longer recommend La Boca.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

La Boca for dinner - amazing Spanish tapas! Opened in 2006 by 8-time James Beard Award Nominee, Chef James Campbell Caruso. We shared the Jamon Serrano ham from the sierra, dry cured Spanish ham ~ imported; Manchego Sheep's milk cheese from la Mancha region of Spain, Membrillo; Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with marcona almond, cabrales dipping sauce and pomegranate molasses; Moroccan lamb stew with tomatoes, figs, olives and Israeli couscous salad; Romero Farms Beet Salad with pickled onions, citrus, toasted pepitas, pomegranate seeds, queso Leonora and citrus pomegranate glaze; Arroz Cremosa with crab, Idiazabal, red peppers and parsley oil; Tacos de la Boca with sautéed wild caught shrimp and morcilla, mango cucumber salad and pimenton agri-dulce. Service is excellent, room is pretty and not noisy despite being packed and we had such a great Spanish guitarist playing amazing music. What a treat!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Live Music, Tapas, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

The food was phenomenal! Great service too.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We love Boca and have been in each time we visit Santa Fe. Book ahead and enjoy a wonderful variety of tapas dishes for every palate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Casual, Romantic, Live Music, Cozy
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