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La Boca
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Ranked #19 of 584 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Lincoln
Description: 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.”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

La Boca was my introduction to the fine dining available in Santa Fe. And it represented superbly. From the special chef's treat I had earned by attending the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque (La Boca was among restaurants to offer a special welcome treat) to each of the tapas that I ate, the flavors were a treat for the tastebuds. The waitstaff was both attentive and helpful with responding to questions about offerings and making recommendations, including which wine would go best with my selections. Each dish was better than its predecessor, making for a gastronomic feast. If I lived in Santa Fe, I'd be a regular.

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Thank KGTraveler_13
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

We felt so lucky to get a seat here on busy Thursday evening but didn't know how lucky we'd been, as travel weary tourists on our first night in Santa Fe. Not only was every tapas dish a delectable delight but the evening was made really special by the musicianship of Nacha Mendez, who played and sang Spanish and Latin songs.

This small restaurant with packed in tables has a vibrant bustle and no wonder since the food is so, so good. For a cold Spring night the atmosphere of happy people dining on nourishing and tasty dishes was perfect. Everything we tasted was carefully crafted for some surprising flavor bursts and we began to trust the kitchen implicitly. Would go again and again if we lived in Santa Fe.

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Thank Rachel C
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

this spanish tapas eatery was just awesome. the food, the service, the cava was just great. an all spanish gastronomical food feast. fantastic.

Thank Joel K
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Very small and crowded. Eclectic tapas selections. We ordered several selections and all were delicious. Great wine list and also several selections of fine sherries. Reservations a must. Don't miss the Spanish Paella !

Thank imnrninsc
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Nice, urban feel to this tapas restaurant but really overrated. First of all, the prices for what you get are very high. The menu is limited to some pretty ordinary plates like olives or beets. We ordered a steak dish and a duck dish. Both were very good but there were about 6 thin slices of meat for about $14 each. So four of us sharing each got a piece and a half to taste. Then we ordered the paella because they told us it was a big dish. It was, but unfortunately it was tasteless. I noticed the table next to us had ordered 3 dishes of paella which were just sitting there, not being eaten. I guess they didn't like it either. Last we ordered the tapas trio which was OK. We were going to order more but decided not to after we ate what we started with. I think this place is hit or miss and pretty expensive for what you get.

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