Cafe Cafe

Cafe Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafecafesantafe.com/home.html
  • Phone: 5059891730
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Read St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe Cafe
Cafe Café is a casual Italian/Southwestern style restaurant. Our atmosphere is a warm and comfortable environment where friends and family can meet to enjoy the comforts of life. Both lunch and dinner are served in a friendly manner where you feel like family. A casual style at lunch and a table cloth and candlelight atmosphere at dinner. With live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, Café Café is more then a place to eat it is a place where memories are made. When weather permits, we have a beautiful outdoor patio for dining.
Our cuisine is traditional Italian fare with hints of Southwestern influences. Our traditional Italian favorites are homestyle good and our Southwestern dishes are creative and unique. We use only the freshest ingredients from local sources when available and everything is made in house including our breads and delightful desserts.
Café Café combines great food made from scratch, warm and friendly service and an upscale and energetic atmosphe
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Cafe Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)great for outdoor dining (6)fit for foodies (6)great for lunch (4)good for groups (3)special occasion (3)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Friday go to Place
    jackiedeeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Am kinda a creature of habit....so if it's Friday and I'm in town....it's Cafe Cafe. Really like the weekend music. Enjoy the Caesar Salad and Pizza with the glass of wine special. Occasionally, they put too much of the yucky green tough romaine in the salad....which should be just the hearts. Love the pizza with Italian sausage and spinach. It's clean, reasonable and the people who run it are really nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent pizza
    DogStarDon
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Very friendly - no music blaring at you - comfortable - great service - good prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    happy1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our second visit to Cafe Cafe. Everything here is perfect in every way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Always an enjoyable experience. Entertainment on tap the night we were there... Fun. One drawback, can impede conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pizza
    JerseyBoy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great local pizza, not quite New York pizza but well worth the trip. Servers not too attentive, too loud inside to hear a very good band.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great weekend music & Pizza
    jackiedeeVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I continue to come here on the weekends for the music and pizza/caesar salad/wine dinner. The waitress (Leticia) is special, thorough and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I had remembered
    TesuquwVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had remembered Cafe Cafe as a nice Italian place to dine - with interesting items on the menu. This was our second trip. The salad and the foccacia were great. Entree choices were not so interesting. Portion size is huge! I had to send my meal back for lack of flavor. I Literally would not eat an entree that had no flavor - period. The replacement dish was better but not still up to par. The owner and the wait staff were very gracious and wanted to understand what I did not like. They were very sincere. However I would not return.
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  • love sausage and spinach pizza
    jackiedeeVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    best pizza in town.....love the pizza and caesar salad. great entertainment on fri., sat & sun. nts. friendly service. my go to place when i don't want to cook (which is often).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can’t wait to return!
    happy1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fantastic in every way! The food, service and band were great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Santa Fe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It is a great find in Santa Fe. It is a nice place with great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acceptable food, poor service
    gglau
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Café Café was pretty empty when we arrived on a Sunday night at 6:00. As the restaurant filled, our waitress went missing. She’d taken our forks with our salad plates, brought our entrees (and was reminded we needed new silverware) but then brought salads to a neighboring table while our food cooled as we waited for silverware . . . and later we had to find the waitress to get our check. The food was OK but when it’s cold . . . In all, we were disappointed in Café Café and won’t return.
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  • Review
    Laurenski
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service was outstanding, food was great and a fun time was had by everyone in our party.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant For Locals
    SantaFeIrish
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A relaxing, informal atmosphere blended with an excellent Italian menu, a reasonably priced wine list, and attentive service from a friendly wait staff make for a enjoyable dining experience at a price the doesn't empty your wallet. Plus there's music on Friday and Saturday night! Mostly locals including some area celebrities frequent this gem, but touristias have begun to discover it from positive online reviews. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Made a reservation here because I liked the guitarist (Ramon Bermudez) had no idea what the food / ambiance was like. I had planned a romantic dinner with my sweetie, and was treated very well. The atmosphere was a bit casual. We were given a table right in front of the music which was fabulous. If / when we ever get married, I would like this guy to play for us! The food was excellent, we would have done well to stick with appetizers, but ordered an entree as well. Had grilled eggplant stuffed with spaghetti squash, insalalta capresse w/ grilled portabella, and chicken picatta all split between us. We complimented the owner, and he comped us the BEST tiramisu I have ever had my entire life! It was a magical evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 48 reviews are from the Cafe Cafe reviews archive.
  • Great service; food cooked for you
    DrJohn
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Unique twists for some menu items. Especially enjoyed the Caprese salad with roasted tomatoes and egg plant. Very friendly and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    bugsy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have dined here many times, and never experienced bad service. It seems both kitchen help and servers were in short supply. Our waitress was apologetic, but even the free dessert didn't make up for such a long dinner. Malone
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No bueno
    Mateo6288
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Picked this restaurant based on all the great reviews and unfortunately I didn’t have any of the experiences everyone else quoted. The food was extremely slow to prep and noticed some tables that were seated after my group had their food out quicker with no reasoning from the wait staff. As for the food itself the chicken pesto pizza lacked flavor, was dry & luke warm like it had been sitting around a while. The chicken dish that was ordered was tough and over cooked. Not a good experience and hopefully for them it was just an off night.
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  • i love their pizza
    jackiedeeVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is where I go when and if I want pizza. they have the best special w/glass of wine and pizza and salad....when i don't want to cook...this is where i go. weekends they have contemporary jazz that is great...maybe more touch of brazil. nice, clean, friendly and very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely. Amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Those two words don't even compare to how amazing this place is...between the great staff, the live music on certain nights, and the incredible food, it is by far my favorite place to eat! Hands down! I've always had an incredible experience here and I always recommend it to anyone coming to town.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hidden treasure
    NMquilter
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Awesome food especially buffalo green chili lasagne. Service was fantastic!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food & friendly service
    nordicaVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great pizzas, excellent arugula salad, tasty pastas and friendly wine list make Cafecafe a consistent choice in Santa Fe...not a tourist joint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem.
    MarilynsList
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our favorite restaurant, love the quiet and love the music. Excellent service - best pizza in SF.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off the beaten path gem
    AZmikeVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food here is consistently excellent. It is away form the touristy Plaza area but well worth the trip. My wife had the Chicken Parm and I had the Green Chile Buffalo Lasagna. Both were outstanding and the portion sizes are very large. Believe me, you will not walk away hungry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    We discovered this place by accident because it was very close to our Old Santa Fee Inn lodging. It was easy to go online and make a reservation and the service was outstanding, the food delicious and not as rich as some of the other places we'd been dining, which was a wonderful relief. The owner went around to each table and made sure we were comfortable. All in all, a real find ~ and the prices were definitely more within range! We will return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Family's Favorite
    cartoonworld
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    This is our first pick, especially when we are taking Dad out. But we always enjoy the food, service.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ski trip vacation
    Eldonian
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    During our 5-day vacation we ate out every night and this was one of our favorites. We were craving pasta and this fit the bill. Good food, good wine, nice atmosphere and wonderful service. Don't remember her name, but she made me think she was possibly an owner and not just a waitress??
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian Restaurant
    texasmamaVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We had a nice relaxing dinner at Cafe Cafe after a long day of skiing. They menu is varied and offers a lot of choices. For appetizers, we had the fried calamari/artichokes combo. It came with 3 delicious dipping sauces- tomato, aioli, and sardine/lemon. For dinner, two of us split a 12" Margherita pizza- it was delicious but it was really large for us. We could have split the 10" instead. I also had the house salad that was good. My son had the pepperoni 12" pizza which he enjoyed. My husband had the chicken piccata which he said was great. We would go back the next time we are in Santa Fe.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exceptional
    Trish
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food was tasty and innovative. The service was friendly and attentive and informative. The decor was charming and casual. There is music on weekends, and customers feel free to dance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    DinDin
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    In my opinion the food was ok, not wow. I can only recall one oyster that was amazing, all the rest were mediocre.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Taste of Italy in Santa Fe
    Lulu
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    From the moment you walk into Café Café you are made to feel as if you have come home. The ambience is warm and cozy and the staff are outstanding! Definitely try the one of the specials sometime -- they are always outstanding. For the early birds the pizza for two is a steal -- and the pizza is wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who hasn't tried it yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its a little above average.
    jamescohenVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Its a little above average. No atmosphere, huge portions of good, maybe even very good food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of Towner
    Christine
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    My kids and I were visiting my dad and I suggested we find a restaurant with Italian food. My dad had not tried Cafe Cafe yet so we gave it a shot. The staff was very friendly and service was great. We eat out regularly and the kids menu had a lot of unique options and the activities kept them entertained. The crust on the pizza the kids ordered was yummy and I loved the bison/green chile lasagna the server recommended - great flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best pizza in santa fe
    jackiedeeVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    best pizza deal w/salad, wine, and pizza for two. if i want pizza, off to cafe cafe.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seek and Find
    ClassyVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    If you want the best Italian food in Santa Fe, find this restaurant. Most of food is made from scratch with Old World emphasis on taste and quality. The wine list is satisfactory and completes the flavors of the entries. The service from the wait staff is impeccable. The place is small so reserve early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Food is consistently GREAT!
    Lulu
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    A nice wine list and great specials each evening. I recommend the Green Chili Buffalo Lasagna for a touch of the southwest in a great Italian treat. So many great dishes to choose from -- you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Noraleegee
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    I was dining alone while in town for work. The staff made me feel very welcome, like family. The food was delicious. The focaccia was so good ! Fresh & warm served with an olive tapenade. The Chicken Piccata was wonderful. Fresh, tender chicken pieces with a light lemon caper sauce. The portion was generous. I ordered a side of homemade pasta to go, so I could have the Chicken Picatta the next day at work over the pasta. They also fixed a nice box of focaccia to go as well. There seemed to be only 3 people working but they treated each table like they were the only people in the room. I will definitely return when working in the area and also make the drive from Albuquerque when we have out of town visitors.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Find in Santa Fe!
    winendineVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    We were wanting something different than Mexican or Turkey during the Thanksgiving weekend. We found this little Italian place that is amazing! Can't wait to return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • small place,big flavors
    caspiaVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    excellent food and service in a neighborhood setting makes this spot.excellent chioces...i particularly like the lasagna on a cold night
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Virgin tour
    Mizzoumama
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    First trip to Santa Fe. Timidly looking for excellent food. This exceeded our expectations. Friendly and fabulously delicious. There are so many restaurants to choose from...we were glad we chose Cafe Cafe for dinner.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really great pizza
    jackiedeeVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    cafe cafe has the best pizza in town. the combo that plays on the weekends is wonderful.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.