April 24th May 22nd June 19th The only thing we love more than wine or food is wine and food together, paired to bring out the best in each. We hope you will join us for the heavenly combination of tapas with Spanish wine. One night each month, Chef James will create a five-course tasting [...]read more
Saturday April 20th 12 to 6pm Tapas taste great anywhere, but there is a special delight to enjoying them under the sun or stars. We are so excited that it will soon be warm enough to take our tapas back outside that we’re throwing a party to celebrate the opening of the Taberna patio. We [...]read more
May 22nd – 26th The first annual World Sherry Day has been declared, and La Boca and Taberna are eager participants. We are celebrating with a whole week of events, culminating with the Fiesta de Andalucia, a day of celebrating food, sherry, and Flamenco! See below for details on all the events, and check out [...]read more
Sherry, Vinos de Jerez or simply, Jerez While traveling in Southern Spain many years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a vineyard where Palamino grapes were being grown. This was my 3rd day in the country and I was quickly absorbing the fact that food and wine are not only important, but sacred. Sacred [...]read more
Opened in 2006 by Chef/Owner James Campbell Caruso, La Boca is an intimate Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. Influenced by his travels in Spain, Chef James cultivates synergies of authentic Spanish ingredients to create dishes both traditional and modern. Dishes such as smoky grilled eggplant topped with rich manchego, sweet saffron honey, and briny capers or thinly sliced tuna drizzled with blood orange aioli and topped with kalamata olives and smoked sea salt create a constellation of different flavors in every bite.
With the feel of a lively European wine bar, La Boca also features 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.”
Chef James is a five-time James Beard Award Nominee and was one of only four chefs nominated to compete in the Sherry Council of America’s “Copa Jerez International Food and Sherry Pairing Competition.”
Prior to opening La Boca, Chef James served as Chef at La Casa Sena, chef/instructor at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, and Executive Chef at the legendary El Farol where he wrote the cookbook, El Farol: Tapas and Spanish Cuisine (Gibbs Smith, 2004).