Not nearly as good as the hype
by Gris Gris on 5/27/11
I ordered the skin on skirt stead, on a recommendation, last month. Tasted like brisket to me and not even the best brisket. I think brisket is better. I'd have preferred a Ruth's Chris veal chop. In fact, we didn't thing the hangar steak was anything to write home about, either. The strip was good and the bone in filet was good. I loved the chorizo. The melted cheese app in the skillet was good on the first bite of so, but it hardens and then isn't that great. The gnocchi was very good as were the fries and the fried brussel sprouts. I liked the steaks least of everything and I doubt I'd go back, but that's mainly because I don't eat a lot of steak when I'm in New Orleans. I prefer seafood.
The dulce la leche ice cream and the crepes were outstanding. I'm still thinking about those. Caramel is a weakness of mine and, together, those were irresistible.
The 3 sauces were delicious. Strange thing about those. We had plenty of leftover meat and one chorizo that we were taking "to go". I asked to have the leftover sauces included. The waiter said we could only pick one of the sauces to take. What's up with that? I assume they are included in the prices and I was taken aback a bit. I almost told him I'd pay to have them packed up, but at that point, I just didn't care that much.
We also had a problem with the reservations. When I first called, the only reservation available was at 6 pm. I took it, but it was strange and when I asked for a 7 or 7:30 reservation, the guy told me he was going to be full for Jazz Fest. I think he was saving tables. In any event, I hung up and double checked to make sure the Jazz Fest dates hadn't changed for the first time in a gazillion years. They had not, so I called back and told him that I wasn't trying to get a reservation for Jazz Fest weekend. It was the weekend before. He got all flustered and said "well, what do you want?" in a pretty rude manner. I said I would like a reservation for 7 or 7:30. He said okay for 7 pm, but we might have to wait a bit. I said that would be just fine. We got there and the restaurant had about 4 tables taken. They couldn't find the reservation and we stood around a bit. I told him I'd called twice and he claimed to remember although I'd called a few weeks before. We got a table and the place was far from full the entire time we were there. I think we left about 9 or a bit after.
The service was very good, as well, after the reservation snafu. Not my kind of place and I doubt I return unless someone else really wants to go there. In fact, all of the 4 diners said they wouldn't return. It just wasn't all that I've heard about it and I've had much better steaks elsewhere. I'd order a different cut of meat, though, if I returned. It's good steak (the other cuts) but certainly far from the best I've had for my own personal taste.
I'd have given it two stars, but for the apps and sides and service. I also liked the atmosphere.
La Boca 18 Dec 2010
by mworld938 on 12/19/10
Appetizer: Provelta cheese. Baked it in iron skillet with olive oil and seasonings. A great start.
Entrees: Me and my son had the Skirt Steak. Both were cooked perfectly med-rare. La Boca's skirt is definatley not the low grade used for fajitas. It is more chewey than filet but it has an incredible natural flavor compared to filet. My wife had the Hanger Steak and she ordered medium but it looked med-rare. This would normally not please her but she absolutely loved it. The table is set with three sauces (all house made); chimmichurri, a creole mustard/horseradish sauce and a roasted red pepper. They were great with the steak and the fries.
Sides: Flash fried brussel spouts. Excellent and I don't care for brussel sprouts. La Boca fries were probably the best fries I've had in New Orleans. They were sublime.
Wine list starts from 30-100 bottle featuring many Argentinian/Chileian wines not available locally. Argentinian bottle beers and Pisco Sour is also availible. Pisco Sour is a great mixed drink popular in Peru. You will love it.
Service was great. Reservation are needed as place is small. Nothing fancy about the place but it a excellent steakhouse.
Best Steaks in NO
by tLSU on 7/3/10
I don't think there's a better steak in New Orleans. The side orders are sized for two people, so get a few things and split them up. Great selection, comfortable atmosphere. Also stays open till midnight on the weekends. If you're going before 9 p.m., make a reservation, as the place isn't that large.
Great take on steak
by Rickety Cricket on 4/3/10
La Boca has a great selection of Argentine wines and steaks. Most steaks are served with a trio of house-made sauces that compliment the meat very well. There is also a terrific group menu for parties of four or more.
The atmosphere is comfortable, while still allowing for a fine dining experience in the Warehouse District.