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Cafe Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafecafesantafe.com/home.html
  • Phone: (505) 989-1730
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Southwest
  • 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 WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fantastic in every way! The food, service and band were great!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It is a great find in Santa Fe. It is a nice place with great food and service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Service was outstanding, food was great and a fun time was had by everyone in our party."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Unique twists for some menu items. Especially enjoyed the Caprese salad with roasted tomatoes and egg plant. Very friendly and attentive service. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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"
    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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Awesome food especially buffalo green chili lasagne. Service was fantastic!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great pizzas, excellent arugula salad, tasty pastas and friendly wine list make Cafecafe a consistent choice in Santa Fe...not a tourist joint."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant, love the quiet and love the music. Excellent service - best pizza in SF."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "This is our first pick, especially when we are taking Dad out. But we always enjoy the food, service."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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??"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "In my opinion the food was ok, not wow. I can only recall one oyster that was amazing, all the rest were mediocre."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Its a little above average. No atmosphere, huge portions of good, maybe even very good food."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "best pizza deal w/salad, wine, and pizza for two. if i want pizza, off to cafe cafe."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "excellent food and service in a neighborhood setting makes this spot.excellent chioces...i particularly like the lasagna on a cold night"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "cafe cafe has the best pizza in town. the combo that plays on the weekends is wonderful."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Their pizza is outstanding. their pizza specialty dinner w/salad, wine, and pizza is the best deal in town for $25 for two. sometimes the house caesar is really good…..other times they use too much of the cruddy (foodie term) tough lettuce of the romaine instead of the hearts. Really like the low key band on fri., sat and sun. overall….would highly recommend…..but i only go there for pizza special cuz i really like it."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "They aren't stingy with the goat cheese, or the tomatoes, or anything else that makes delicious food even better."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Had a lovely dinner for our group of 6. Our waitress was delightful and the food was a nice departure from other Santa Fe fare. Had the linguini with white clam sauce. It was very good. I only order that dish when I'm sure about the place. I was not disappointed! Our group also enjoyed lasagne and a lovely pumpkin creme brûlée. Guitar player in background made for lovely ambiance. Go and enjoy!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "We eat here every time we are in Santa Fe. It's my 7 year old daughters favorite place. I have tried almost every pizza joint in town, and this one is the best yet. We sit outside when it's nice, and enjoy live music with our dinner. Try the homemade Italian cream sodas- they're the real deal, and outstanding."
    Dined on 10/13/2013