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La Boca
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Ranked #11 of 574 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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 July 8, 2014

I have been going to Santa Fe annually for over 15 years. We have already eaten at the usual tourist recommended restaurants but when La Boca first opened my son, who works in the food industry in Denver, recommended it. It has now become a regular spot to dine for us. The dishes are so unique and flavorful. The menu changes so you get new flavors and can still get some usual favorites. The food is served in small share style portions which to me were plenty enough. We usually order 3-4 dishes for 2 people. They have many wines to choose from as well. The service is good and as I was told by my son, "This isn't McDonald's" so don't expect instantaneous service. The food is served casually paced. We've never waited a long time for our dishes. It is a busy place in the evenings so I recommend reservations no matter the time. Enjoy...

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Reviewed July 7, 2014

It was going to take a lot to supplant Geronimo's as the best dining experience in Santa Fe for us but La Boca probably accomplished this. We had late reservations and were the next to last people seated in this busy, rather small, noisy space with tables stacked close together. What it lacks in ambiance it more than makes up for with the food served.

We just wanted a couple glasses of wine, choosing two outstanding Spanish wines that complimented our plates. They have a very nice, reasonably priced wine list naturally focused on a variety of Spanish and European wines with a sampling of California and New World selections. We started with their cheese plate sampler which for $15.00, offered four cheeses; the manchego that is now served practically everywhere but still quite tasty, an idiazabel that was our favorite with a smokey taste, a sheep's milk blue cheese and a combination sheep and goat's milk creamy cheese that was surprisingly mild to taste.

The great thing about tapas is that you are not overeating, simply ordering to your individual tastes with the food served so that you can order and have additional plates 5-10 minutes later if you desire. With a late lunch that day and despite the late hour eating, we only ordered two tapas, but both were memorable. One plate was a combination rabbit and pancetta sausage and the other dish was marinated pork in a marmalade sauce. Both were outstanding with diverse flavors, textures and smells. While this is only two dishes, normally the minimum recommended per person, this was more than adequate for our first visit and we will definitely eat here again sampling more of these elegantly prepared, creative tapas.

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Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went to dinner here for the 4th. Service was OK, but was slow and took a long time to get a drink. The beginning tapas were wonderful! The soft shell crab special was amazing. However, we ordered the paella for one and was very over powering with chorizo and missing the crispness. The desserts were ok, but not great. 50% of what we ordered was great the other was just ok. Make sure and order your next drink before you are done with the previous.

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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Went to many recommended restaurants on our recent trip including The Shed. La Boca was head and shoulders above! The tapas was incredible, especially the edamame spread and awesome pita. The paella was the best we have ever had. Wine recommendation was outstanding and the Blood Orange Sangria was not to be missed. Check out the chef's cookbook. We will be back!

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Thank Stephanie J
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

We had a great meal at La Boca on a Friday night. We were a group of 10 so we were able to sample many items on the menu. We ordered 3 of most dishes so everyone would be able to sample. The shrimp dish was too spicy for some in our group. The barramundi was the least favorite dish and the only one where anything was left on the plate. The steak with salted carmel sauce was fabulous. Our group really enjoyed! We shared 3 desserts and all were demolished even though everyone was full already! The ice cream with marmalade was the most popular.

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