Fodor's Expert Review La Boca and Taberna

$$$ The Plaza Spanish Fodor's Choice

A beacon of superbly crafted, authentic yet creatively updated Mediterranean—and especially Spanish—cuisine, La Boca comprises two distinct spaces: an intimate and quieter storefront dining room that's better for a leisurely romantic repast, and in back, spilling out into a cloistered courtyard, Taberna, a bustling tavern with live music, ample seating indoor and out, and late hours. Both spaces feature the delectable small-plates cooking of celebrated chef James Cambpell Caruso, and a full meal in either spot is similarly priced though just a tad more expensive in the main restaurant, where the food also tends more toward contemporary. There you might sample Moroccan lamb stew with tomatoes, figs, olives, and Israeli couscous salad, or shrimp with garlic, white wine, and spicy chile de arbol. In both sections, there's a long list of fine Spanish wines and sherries, and great deals during the daily afternoon and (in Taberna) late-night happy hours.

Spanish Trendy Lively Lunch Dinner Fodor's Choice $$$

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72 W. Marcy St.
Santa Fe, New Mexico  87501, USA


Known For:
  • Fine Spanish meats and cheeses
  • Extensive selection of authentic Spanish tapas
  • A nice variety of Spanish sherries

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