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Boca Chica Restaurant, Saint Paul, MN

Boca Chica Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1132 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Boca Chica Mexican Restaurant has served the flavorful, authentic cuisine of Mexico since 1964. It was then that Guillermo and Gloria Frias opened the doors to their new restaurant that seated only 28 patrons. Today, Boca Chica has grown substantially and is rated "one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Twin Cities," according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine’s March 2018 issue.


The authenticity of the food is maintained by making everything from scratch, the old-fashioned way, with fresh ingredients. Even the fiery salsa is still made with fresh tomatoes, chiles, and that special Frias family touch. Our menu includes some of the more traditional foods such as guisados, sopes, carne asada, chile rellenos, and tamales. Taste is never compromised. We also have a full bar featuring the city’s best selection of Mexican beers and premium tequilas. Voted "Best Margarita" by City Pages.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (651) 222-8499

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    We cater fiestas for birthdays, graduations, office parties, Grooms dinners, social gathering and many other special events. Let us help make your party a success! For smaller or more casual fiestas, we have the Party Tray Menu with a large selection of delicious food items you may choose to make your party special! For larger events such as weddings, anniversaries, quinceaneras or other formal celebrations, please call us to speak to our Full Service Catering manager Catering manager Jose Frias at (651) 222-8499.

  • Private party contact

    Jose Frias: (651) 222-8499

  • Neighborhood

    Saint Paul

  • Cross street

    Wabasha

  • Parking details

    Private Lot and street parking available.

  • Entertainment

    Mariachi Flor y Canto performs regularly at Boca Chica every fourth Saturday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and for special occasions Nicolas Carter(Latin harp)and Pedro Torres(guitar)perform regularly at Boca Chica every second Saturday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and for special occasions.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,132 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Best Value

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Great for Lunch

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Overall

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Food

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Service

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Ambiance

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Value

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Fit for Foodies

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Most Booked

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  1. BG

    BrianG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    We have 4pm reservation. But came in early since i live 45 min away from where to pick my friends in west st paul. We havent met for almost 10 years. Foods were ok, love the atmosphere. Sever was excellent took care of us. But 1 host came over and told us that we have to leave by 6pm since that table has reserved for 6pm reservation.. what the heck!!!! There were few empty tables near our table. But she kept asking us have to leave by 6pm... really??? Can not be live she ask us to leave by 6pm. I am a host at benihana for 17 years, and as well as bigbowl for 8 years... we never ask or even suggest customers need to leave at such-and-such time. Everything were OK, except 1 host came over and ask us to leave. Please have this fixed. Or have her get more trained how to treat customers. And please don't ever ask customers to leave.....
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great and the service was even better.
  3. JS

    JodyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table was ready for us when we arrived the service was prompt and just the right amount of attentive. All in our party enjoyed the food and drinks, which were presented nicely. Fireplace glowing made for a cozy ambience. We will be back!
  4. T

    Tara

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food, service and ambiance. Authentic Mexican food family owner & operated. My favorite place to dine!
  5. B

    Brian

    Denver

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time here and LOVED it. Fantastic service. Nice selection on the menu. Food was awesome! Thanks for a great dinner.
  6. AB

    AndrewB

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious , authentic Mexican cuisine. Nice ambience, good music, wonderful service. We will return for more!!
  7. SS

    SamuelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A mainstay of our family. Kids and adults love the food equally. Margarita Monday has its appeal as well.
  8. AZ

    AmeliaZ

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the only place we will go for Mexican food. We always start out in the bar to watch some sports with a margarita made perfectly by the friendly bartenders. Dinner is always excellent as well as the service. We’ve been coming here since the early 80s and it continues to wow us every time. Thank you to the wonderful staff. ❤️
  9. M

    Mimi

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant! The food is always delicious! The refried beans are absolutely the best. You get quality and quantity for your money.
  10. h

    hennis

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I had a fantastic dinner this past Friday evening. Everything was spot on. Service was superb!
  11. JS

    JulieS

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been going to Boca Chica for almost 40 years! They have very authentic Mexican food. Love it!
  12. DW

    DanW

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend Bica Chica excellence in everything! We’ll be back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was so attentive and kind, the food was so good and came out hot and fast! Mariachi band was a hit with the kids and the ice cream sundae is SO good.
  14. LL

    LauraL

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food (as ALWAYS!) was FANTASTIC! Went there with friends for my 60th birthday celebration; fabulous choice! Our server (handsome, young man; didn't get his name) was DELIGHTFUL! He truly made the experience great by chatting up our "bunch of old ladies!"
  15. TM

    TigerMom

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    They used to serve hot, delicious food...not anymore - everything was warm if that, the sopa, rice, beans, everything. Our waitress seemed like she'd much rather be anyplace else but taking orders. My kids were given extra sodas but I was never offered another beverage..??? it wasn't very busy but our waitress stopped by our table only once, after a 1/2 hour I had to ask for the check. I hope it was just an off night because I really used to love eating here. One good thing was the pleasant hostess who helped as I was paying the bill.
  16. HH

    HangryHomo

    Minneapolis

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always solid food here, a West St Paul staple
  17. M

    Mike

    Minneapolis

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Quiet good food in a pleasant atmosphere at a good price.
  18. s

    sharone

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good experience
  19. KI

    KellyI

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boca Chica Restaurant is an excellent place to get great authentic Mexican Food. Friendly staff and always excellent service
  20. DC

    DianeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was relaxing and the service was superb! Very friendly and inviting place to eat. It was always my husband’s and my favorite restaurant, so I made reservations with my daughter and her guy because it would have been my husband’s 80th birthday, but he passed away last November. So we decided to go to his favorite restaurant and celebrate together! When the host asked me who’s birthday it was I told he the story thinking she’ll think I’m crazy, but she thought it was a sweet gesture! Thank you to all who made a memorable experience with us! We’ll be back often now!
  21. S

    Sadie

    Minneapolis

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. We ajways look forward to an evening at Boca Chica.
  22. BP

    BradP

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service. Wonderful evening!
  23. EU

    ElizabethU

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Didn’t feel rushed Thanks
  24. T

    Teena

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a great experience at Boca Chica. They have great food choices, variety and are reasonably priced.
  25. NB

    NeilB

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For my money, the best Mexican restaurant in the Twin Cities. The Food is excellent, the pricing is good value. I return again and again. ps ... I grew up in Texas, so I know my Mexican food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, food and experience.
  27. S

    Steve

    Minneapolis

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and great service at Boca Chica!!
  28. SE

    SheilaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & delicious menu. Best margaritas in town
  29. JS

    JimS

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Eating at Boca is like joining a family for a delicious home cooked meal
  30. LR

    LisaR

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love Boca Chica. Great authentic Mexican food, great service. Beautiful atmosphere.
  31. C

    Chris

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Food Has been going down hill last two to three times I have been there. Cheese enchaladas were cold and hard. Also some of the past dishes have been gone when visiting of late......Price is getting steep for the quality that is now there.
  32. G

    Gracie

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a fun atmosphere. We happened to go just when the mariachi band was playing in honor of Mexico’s independence. An extra treat!
  33. K

    Karinw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I took our two boys. The food was fantastic! The boys loved the mariachi band!
  34. EH

    ErinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants and often my choice for a birthday dinner. My family and I visited the Taco House when I was young for the fried flour tacos. As we got older (and less boisterous!), my parents started bringing us to the restaurant. All the food here is delicious, but my favorite is (and probably always will be) the Tex-Mex pick 2 with fried flour tacos, Spanish rice and refried beans. Yummy!
  35. RS

    RichardS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was going to Boca and after job change was not able to go. Also where I lived made a difference. Was back about a month ago and everything is still wonderful from what I remember. Will be going back again soon
  36. JI

    JackIeM

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    My company and I were disappointed in the food, especially the small semi-fried chimichanga served as a part of the select two or three menu. Maybe an off-night, but certainly not as good as expected.
  37. S

    Scott

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Plan to stay awhile as service is somewhat like Europe, they do not disturb you or rush you. Food has always been consistent and delicious
  38. CS

    CraigS

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been going to the Boca Chica Sunday Brunch for 40 years. I used to take my children and now I take my children and grandchildren. We drive 30+ minutes from Plymouth MN to South Wabasha in St. Paul for the pleasure. We love Pinesda, El Chido Taqueria, Petite Leon and others too. But for Sunday Brunch, this (and Maya Cusine) are my favorites.
  39. GA

    GrahamA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Boca Chica is a staple of St. Paul. Family friendly y muy authentico!
  40. PL

    PinkLady

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a genuine Mexican Restaurant with great flavorful food Good place for lunch or dinner Sometimes a table has “loud” diners They’re just having a good time Great service and great drinks In all a fun night

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Boca Chica Restaurant using the Order Online button. Boca Chica Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (651) 222-8499.

Boca Chica Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1132 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Boca Chica Restaurant

11 Cesar Chavez St., Saint Paul, MN 55107

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wabasha

  • Neighborhood

    Saint Paul

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot and street parking available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Mariachi Flor y Canto performs regularly at Boca Chica every fourth Saturday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and for special occasions Nicolas Carter(Latin harp)and Pedro Torres(guitar)perform regularly at Boca Chica every second Saturday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and for special occasions.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (651) 222-8499

  • Catering

    We cater fiestas for birthdays, graduations, office parties, Grooms dinners, social gathering and many other special events. Let us help make your party a success! For smaller or more casual fiestas, we have the Party Tray Menu with a large selection of delicious food items you may choose to make your party special! For larger events such as weddings, anniversaries, quinceaneras or other formal celebrations, please call us to speak to our Full Service Catering manager Catering manager Jose Frias at (651) 222-8499.

  • Private party contact

    Jose Frias: (651) 222-8499

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