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Boca Chica Restaurant, Saint Paul, MN

Boca Chica Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1365 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
  • Neighbourhood gem
  • Good for groups
  • Good for special occasions
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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
  • Neighbourhood
    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

What 1,365 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Best Overall

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Best Food

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Best Value

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Child-Friendly

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Overall

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Food

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Service

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Ambience

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Value

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Good for special occasions

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Lively

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Most Booked

1,365 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. The staff were friendly, even though they were almost full.

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  2. KTK7

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy, great salsa and chips that I filled up on too soon. Pleasant servers and good food.

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  3. JudyS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food, outdoor seating also a plus.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were awesome, as always. It was mariachi Saturday so that made it a bit loud. People danced with their kids, and their abuelas, totally worth the volume!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect! The drinks and food were delicious! Our server was attentive to our needs and the service was fast!

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  6. SimoneL

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very large group. Our server was very patient and accommodating. The manager even visited to make sure we were having an excellent experience. We had a blast! The food was delicious and the margaritas were excellent.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boca Chica has been a favorite of my family for many years. Food is delicious and the staff are very friendly and helpful.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience for our party of 10. Server was very attentive and food was served hot. Will be back!

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  9. CraigS

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For over 50 years, Boca Chica has survived because it serves delicious food in a beautiful space for a reasonable price. For nearly that long I've brought my family, and now my Grandkids, from the NW suburbs of Minneapolis to this neighborhood on the south side of St. Paul -- an over 30 minutes in non-rush hour traffic. We pass at least 20 or 30 other Mexican restaurants, some excellent, just to have their Sunday brunch. Perhaps you've heard some 20-something hot-sauce macho white kids talk about "authentic." Well, I've been traveling to Mexico nearly every year since the 1970's. We eat from street vendors and restaurants alike, skipping the institutional foods served in the resort-compounds that line the Yucatan and PVR beaches. What is authentic depends on where in Mexico you travel, and whose mother taught your restaurant owner to cook. I keep a large bottle of El Yucatan Habanero (Green) hot sauce in my fridge. But authentic isn't measured in scoville units; it's measured in heart, soul, and flavor -- and Boca Chica has all three.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and most of the food was good but the Mahi tacoes were over cooked and very dry.

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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 4.9 stars by 1365 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Boca Chica Restaurant

11 Cesar Chavez St., Saint Paul, MN 55107

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Wabasha
  • Neighbourhood
    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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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