In his 40 years of restaurant experience, Chef Arturo Boada has created a great number of locally recognized restaurants and has also accumulated national awards. A partial list includes 2005 - 2011 Arturo’s Uptown Italiano, 2001 - 2005 Beso Restaurant, 1997 Esquire Magazine “Best New Restaurant” (Solero), 1997 USA Today’s “Best New Restaurant” (Solero); 1998 Houston Press “Best Sangria and Best of Houston”; 1998 Latina Magazine “Best Hot Spot” in Houston; 1998 James Beard Foundation’s Guest Chef, 2000 Inside Houston magazine’s Houston’s Top Chefs, and 1999, 2000, 2001 First Place – Houston International Paella Contest. Chef Boada’s La Mer Restaurant also won the prestigious Esquire Magazine “Best Restaurants in America” award in 1990, and in 1992 he was designated as one of the “Top Rising Star Chefs in America” by Food & Wine Magazine.
Chef Boada had the privilege to cook for former president George Bush Sr. at a private home per the host request. His cooking experience has also given him the opportunity to consult, create and design restaurants nationally and internationally. He has advised in many departments including concept creation, menu development, recipe development, kitchen design and construction.
Currently Mr. Boada owns and operates Arturo Boada Cuisine. Together with his Nephew Camilo Boada, they run a 20-table boutique neighborhood restaurant tucked away in the tangle wood neighborhood, serving up an eclectic mix of Spanish and Italian cuisine. Here, He has accumulated a few awards between others: 2012 and 2016 Houston Press “Best Neighborhood Restaurant”, 2012 Houston Press “100 Favorite Dishes”, Houston press “10 dishes for new fall menus 2012”.
GENERAL MANAGER AND SOMELLIER
General Manager / Sommelier / Arturo’s Nephew (yes, that count as a job title) With more than 15 years of restaurant experience, Camilo came on board to manage the restaurant and wine program on April 2011. With great success, the restaurant has been locally recognized in many different occasions as the most romantic and best neighborhood restaurant for the galleria area.
Camilo’s passion for wine continues to grow, along with his education and knowledge. He recently obtained the Court of master’s sommelier intro level and is studying for his second level certification. The wine list is focus on boutique and natural wines from around the world.