La Boca Loca
Wellington City 04 388 2451
Get in there and get some for easy, tasty, healthy…Announced 1 month ago
- Mon, Weds & Thurs 11am – 10pm
- Tuesday: closed (avail for events)
- Fri 11am – late
- Sat 9am – late
- Sun 9am – 9pm
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
“La Boca Loca … was the first time I had had such delicious and authentic Mexican food since leaving the US. The corn tortillas were made in house and the salsa was fresh and piquant.” ~ The Lustrum Project review 8 June 2012 (lustrumproject.com).
La Boca Loca is a Mexican restaurant in Miramar serving fresh, seasonal, organic and sustainable Mexican cuisine. We’re open for brunch, lunch and dinner and everything in between. We have a large range of wine and boutique beer as well as margaritas and a selection of tequilas.
We take bookings for our main dining room at number 21, while the tables and bar in number 19 are available on a walk in basis. For bookings and takeaways call (04) 388 2451
You can also now buy authentic Mexican ingredients straight from La Boca Loca. Grab dried chillies, Mexican herbs, masa harina (for making tortillas), spiced cooking chocolate and house-made salsas.
At La Boca Loca we are committed to using organic and sustainably harvested produce, and to making things fresh. We use line caught fish from local waters; free-range and organic beef, eggs and chicken; and organic milk & cheese. We even have the world’s first organic tequila!
41 Reviews for La Boca Loca
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The staff were extremely friendly – coming over promptly after every course to make sure we had enough drinks/food – and accommodating (they even prepared a doggie bag of salsa that seemed a shame to go to waste) and we didn’t have to wait more than 10 minutes between courses. We had salsa and chips to start off – deliciously homemade with just the right amount of spice – and I was especially pleased with my main course of spiced beef brisket burritos (Burrito De Res) with black beans and rice. Their desserts were equally as delicious too – a special note to their tequila chocolate cake with strawberries – and I have to say that I’ve never had a better prepared Mojito than in this restaurant!
It’ll definitely be one of my regular haunts from now on
A great atmosphere with awesome food and beer. It also maintains authenticity which is great.
It is the total dining experience and my wife and I dine their at least a couple of times a month.
Great date night place!
Gracias, nos lo pasamos muy bien!!!!
Firstly, the drinks. My mojito was made with lemon rather than lime… not so good. My wife enjoyed her margarita, though.
We started with the tortilla chips and bean dip. Nice, but not a boatload of flavour.
My wife and I shared our mains, so I got to taste the pork carnitas and the carne asada tacos. I LOVED the carnitas, packed with flavour. And the chorizo refried beans were a revelation. The carne asada was not my favourite. There was something in the marinade that I wasn’t liking.
I loved the bitter orange chocolate dipping sauce they provided with the churros, too! My wife wasn’t a fan, however.
Service was pretty average. Loved the feel of the place, though.
Praise to the friendly Argentinian who was at the desk to charge us.
The portions were meager and ordering one dish is really not enough. After reading these reviews this seems to be a recurring issue, unfortunately management don’t seem to listen to their customers. You can serve fresh and organic meals but still have decent serving sizes.
We won’t be back and definitely will be letting friends and family know not to bother going to LBL.
I liked their corn chips (I ordered again!) and salsa. Lots of mayo on main dishes. why do they not have Corona???
I agree with the review of JJ J. we booked (3people), they gave us the seat for 2 (and + 1 chair) even there were empty seats. We ended up to change the table and put 2tables as 1. We didn’t get offered it until we asked.
The interior design of the restaurant looks super cool, however I was not a fan of the music there. they played the electronic banging tunes it was quite loud. I guess that was the taste of their employees? I wish there was a quiet atmosphere as able to have conversation with Mexican music as it is a Mexican restaurant which is rare in Wellington or NZ, in a different country!
Fantastic evening was had by all. The food was excellent.
I love how these special events give a chef a chance to break out some moves. You must get a little tired of making the same dishes over and over, so exercising your culinary chops by putting a meal together like that would be refreshing.
I can’t agree more with Richard (from Seresin)’s philosophy on wine making. Let the wine speak for itself, don’t go chasing some “classic” characters. Was a great introduction to Seresin’s biodynamic / organic / low sulphite wines.
Well done to Lucas, Kim, Will, Richard and all the others who worked so hard to make it a great evening.
I do however, agree with reviewer Dan, about serving size. They are meagre and ordering one dish is really not enough…and this is coming from someone who weighs less than 50 kgs. A bowl of nachos is miniscule! When they first opened, I emailed them directly, giving them similar feedback, and received no response.
Will I eat there again? Yes, probably, but I don’t think that it’s value for money and I will probably continue to feel a little ripped off afterwards…and still a little hungry.
The staff were really chilled out, in a good way, professional but chatty and friendly without being intrusive.
Food was great – the res burrito was delicious, as was the ginger and tamarind waddington’s icecream – the latter was also nice and cheap
Best thing of all was the coriander margarita – which i thought was a weird idea at first, but man it was so good i had to have 2
Have tried a lot of the menu enjoyed it all. Breakfast is a stand out as the burrito will flip your lid.
Dinner is great too with the bonus of excellent drinks. Personal fav. is the tortilla soup followed by an enchillida w/ some of their hot sauce. M-m-mouth watering.
The Tequila flight is next on my list.
The quantity was certainly lacking on all the courses we ordered. My wife had the chili realano special……one chili and some filler lettuce.
We ordered the ceviche which was primarily cucumber and a small bit of seafood in a small bowl.
The pork tacos were also small and without the additional “plato” would only be considered a tapa in most restaurants.
The chips and guacamole was again a very small bowl with chips.
The food taste was mostly good with the exception of too much cucumber in the ceviche.
The ambiance ok. Lots of families though.
We were there on a 545pm booking which was the only one available until 830pm on a Sunday.
Having experienced quality Mexican food in Mexico the overall score was 4 out of 10.
We wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to anyone.
4 stars for a fantastic and large bloody maria (a bloody mary made with tequila, try it!)
2 stars for the food
1 star for the prices-to-portions ratio
3 stars for seeing Al Brown and his friends dining here last night
Average: 3 stars
I like the fact it’s hidden away in Miramar Village, and there’s a warm Mexican-Californian vibe once you step through the door. It reminds me of a lot of taquerias in Southern California where you walk in, order, eat and then roll yourself out of the door.
- Great bartender who knows how to made a cocktail
- Nice waitstaff
- Adult and child friendly, especially earlier in the evening
- Disappointed with the food last night. We tasted quite a bit and the best thing we had were….wait for it….the potato side dish. I guess you really can’t go wrong with potatoes in NZ. The ceviche was fishy and tasted like it was straight out of the fridge (pre-made), and the portions were small. We ordered two different types of tacos and the tortillas were rubbery. The masa flavor was there, but the tortillas could have used a bit more time on the grill for flavor that I’m accustomed to from Mexico/California. The pork shoulder was bland and the fried fish was all right, but still needed some seasoning with the cabbage slaw that accompanied it. The grilled asparagus was all right and it needed a bit more salt, but you really can’t go wrong with grilled veg. I also couldn’t taste the citrus in the sauce. Perhaps more zest should go into it after grilling for some added citrus brightness?
IDK, so far, La Boca Loca is the best Mexican restaurant in Wellington. I’ve been to the other places, and they pale in comparison. Still, LBL leaves me wanting. At the end of our meal, Mr. Kiwi leaned over and said, “You make much better Mexican at home.”
He’s such a sweet talker, that Kiwi man.
When I spoke to the waiter behind the counter before we left they seemed completely oblivious to the fact that we’d been waiting for 25 or so mins with absolutely no service with barely an attempt at being sorry.
Will never attend this place again due to such bad service.
When I asked the manager to explain they just looked at me. They didn’t offer any apology at all and no discounts for the very bad service and time wasting. I asked if it was usual to expect to wait 2 hours for one plate of nachos and they just responded with they were very busy and we were a large group…..a large group who were there paying them money for food! I was so disappointed with this lunch and could not believe the lack of skills by the manager
Oh, and they make a mean margarita!
The experience has changed our minds about the place and two of our party have been back since and had equally as good a time as that evening, so we know that our first experience was not what to expect from this restaurant. We will certainly be returning to eat there again…and Happy 1st Birthday to you all.
If you want tasteless beans, cold rice, bland salsa and raw meat go here…if you want nice Mexican food, go elsewhere!
Our meals were cold, our carne asada was literally still raw and we had to send it back to be cooked again. This was a first as we usually eat just about anything! The portions are small, I mean they give you enough chips for two bites. Overall the food was pretty tasteless, which is hard to do with Mexican food.
If you want legit Mexican food head out to the Hutt to Las Margaritas–the guy who owns it is a bit OTT with his sombrero, but their food is yum! Pan De Muerto off Courtenay Place is also decent and if all else fails, Burrito Brothers will do for a good margarita and big portions of tasty food. Although, it’s much more Kiwi-Mex or Tex-Mex than the real deal.