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125 East Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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La Cantina Details
Hours of Operation:
WINTER HOURS: Dinner Monday-Sunday, 5:30 pm-close,
Sunday Brunch: 11:30 am-1:30 pm featuring local Santa Fe jazz talent
SUMMER HOURS: Dinner Monday-Sunday 5:30 pm-close
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Contemporary American, Southwest
Bar Dining, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Please inquire about our offsite catering options.
Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate large parties and occasional private buyouts with or without live entertainment. Contact Ms. King for full private room, menu details and all your Santa Fe party booking needs.
Juli has successfully special events with the Santa Fe Symphony in addition to weddings, rehearsal dinners and a myriad of other special events and private functions
Private Party Contact:
Juli King (505) 577-3891
Hear the best of Broadway and Jazz courtesy of local talents, The Cantina Singers. Please inquire about performances by special guests and other local talents.
Parking available behind restaurant on Nusbaum Street.
A word from La Cantina
Come enjoy our fine New American West cuisine paired with local talents, The Cantina Singers, performing the best of Broadway and Jazz nightly.
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FUN meal while attending the
musical that the waiters perform."
Dined on 1/3/2014
As far as ambiance goes, La
Cantina has to be one of the best places in Santa Fe. What could be better than being serenated by talented singers as you sip on a delicious drink? The piano player is also amazing. The food was good, but not the highlight of the evening."
Dined on 1/15/2014
We ate here while visiting Santa
Fe. We weren't quite sure what to expect and were a bit concerned that it would be difficult to talk due to noise. However, it was perfect. The servers took turns singing in the middle of the room - all great songs and show tunes that everyone at our table knew (ages from 30s to 80s). During our dinner, we probably heard 10 songs - over about 2 hours. So there were breaks between each song to allow us to chat, etc. Food was also great - everyone really enjoyed their meals and the wine list was very good. The servers, who were also the entertainment, were awesome and fun. It was really a fun evening and we all agreed we'd love to go back!"
Dined on 12/26/2013
Had been there many years ago.
Service this time was spotty, and the food the same. Fun to hear the waiters sing and ham it up though. Probably better as a bar thing."
Dined on 12/20/2013
The Cantina at Casa Sena is always
pure charm mixed with great food and delicious entertainment! Alway fun, always tasty, always welcoming! Just sit back and enjoy!"
Dined on 12/26/2013
What a relaxing and enjoyable
evening we had at La Casa Sena. My husband had to have eye surgery the next morning in Santa Fe and the atmosphere plus the friendliness and talent of the staff at La Casa Sena provided us with a way to get our minds off of the next morning and just relax. The food was outstanding, also. The place wasn't very crowded, usually when we go there it is packed."
Dined on 12/18/2013
What a treat! Great food and
beautiful music. This is a must visit when you are in Santa Fe."
Dined on 12/1/2013
Always fun. Talented performers
who are also friendly, fun waitstaff."
Dined on 11/4/2013
The show tunes makes this a great
alternative to the usual dinner. The food is the same quality as casa sena. Expect service to be a little slower due to the servers doing double duty as singers."
Dined on 10/30/2013
Had a great time with
entertainers. What an outgoing bunch. Two of us had the chicken breast with wild rice mix which was okay. One has salmon and one the veggie quesadilla which got high marks."
Dined on 10/27/2013
This was recommended for our
annual girls vacation week. Exceeded our expectations. Our waiter, Ben, was extremely helpful in selecting food and wine."
Dined on 10/17/2013
All of the restaurant personal
were so nice, and friendly, helpful in every way. I had a fun evening, and plan to return time and again. I loved the piano player"
Dined on 10/17/2013
Service was awful. Have been
before and know that the waitstaff/ singers will be dividing their efforts, but we constantly had to get another waiter to get our waiter for service. Preferred your old menu as we're had already eaten at the Sena Cafe a few days before."
Dined on 10/14/2013
I got to be honest here. I've been
coming to La C. for many years. and the food really doesn't matter to me. Although its always been good enough to be pleased. We come for the entertainment. The singing waiters are awesome and have been there for years. I feel like i've come home when I go there. You must go!"
Dined on 9/29/2013
This is a gem in Santa Fe. Those
that frequent Santa Fe already know that it has a world-class opera (Santa Fe Opera) and classy performances at the Lensic theater. La Cantina has a unique feature = world-class singers and performers who double as your waiters and waitresses. The menu is widely eclectic and somewhat artistic, with a fair amount of gourmet New Mexican cuisine. They have won awards for their wine selection, but also have an interesting (and tasty) selection of cocktails and beers. Note that because the waitstaff perform in two sets throughout the evening, the service is a little slower than other places, but the "free" show makes it all worthwhile!"
Dined on 9/2/2013
We visited here expecting a 4-star
plus experience. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive and also doubled as the vocal entertainment. The dining room was a bit worn out and oddly shaped for the performers. The attempt at old world charm was kind of worn out. But we stayed expecting great food, which turned out to be average at best. Started with a good gazpacho, but the entrees were just average at best. We were very disappointed and will not return here."
Dined on 8/9/2013
The staff sings! They are
fabulous. We were there on a Monday night from 5:30 to 9:10. We, 4 of us, had a great time. Food was good and the show tunes were 8* out of 4. We will go back again, and again."
Dined on 7/23/2013
Food was wonderful! The
entertainment was too! Service not so much!"
Dined on 7/20/2013
The music was upbeat and a lot of
fun. The food was good but not outstanding. One of the entrees (quinoa wrapped in banana leaves) was very sparse for an entree. I realize you are paying more for the entertainment than for the food. but it would have been nice not to have paid $24 and left hungry."
Dined on 7/16/2013
We have been dining here whenever
we visit Santa Fe for the past 27 years! The food and service are consistently good, but what keeps us coming back are the singing wait staff! They perform a mix of Broadway and other songs, and always create a fun evening!"
Dined on 7/17/2013
Wonderful food and entertainment.
Makes for a memorable, enjoyable evening."
Dined on 7/16/2013
Due to weather, and shortly before
our reservation time, all of down town Santa Fe lost power. It was our 50th wedding anniversary and turned out to be a very unexpected and memorable evening. We spent the time talking with the bar tender and staff of waiters as everyone waited for power to return for lighting and the kitchens. It was a perfect opportunity to meet them, learn names and backgrounds and even life events. The two hour wait was well worth it and the return of power (and dinner!) was great but it meant an end to a perfect 'appetizer'. The entire staff jumped back to work. The Santa Fe opera the next day was a new and memorable event for us but what we talk about now is not 'Figaro' but 'The Perfect Evening at La Cantina'."
Dined on 6/28/2013
We have been going for years, in
fact it is one if the reasons we go to Sants Fe! The food is goodbye but the entertainment is fantastic and never disappoints. We love it!"
Dined on 6/15/2013
Was seated near the piano, which
was quite loud throughout dinner. The singing waiters were entertaining, but the dining room is rather small for how loud the entertainment is. Would have much preferred to have been seated furthest from the entertainment. The food was good, but the wait staff was not very attentive."
Dined on 6/11/2013
What a treat - good food, really
good drinks and a cabaret show. Don't miss this restaurant when in Santa Fe"
Dined on 5/11/2013
Good food, truly outstanding
service and entertainment. These are not your usual singing waiters! Christiane Miranda who we got to know while she served as our 'waitress,' has a powerful voice with tremendous range--"the whole package," wife says--and reminded me of a young Barbra Streisand. The 84-year-old accompanist/pianist has a voice like Tennessee Ernie Ford. His deep bass 'money note’ was easily worth the price of our dinners and drinks, and his performance of "My Way" made Sinatra's old version seem weak--at least to this 80-year old geezer. Wow! All the performers seemed to genuinely enjoy chatting with customers (several of whom ordered only drinks--there is no cover charge, incidentally) as much as we enjoyed meeting them."
Dined on 5/3/2013
We hadn't been back to La Cantina
in a while but as always we loved the combination of music and great food. The hanger steak, ordered medium rare, was perfect and the pan seared scallops seems to make my girlfriend quite content. I'd never had mashed potatoes wrapped in a grilled green chile before ..... nice! Go everyone, enjoy La Cantina! Rob Fox is a master on the piano and the entertainment is fantastic."
Dined on 5/4/2013
This was obviously a dinner show.
We were stuck back in a corner where my husband got a partial view of the performer, and where I had no view at all. The tickets were $25 per person for the Andy Williams show. We should have been charded very little if anything. We attend musicals all of the time here in NM at Popejoy Hall and elsewhere and in NYC and Denver. The fees for tickets always are based upon seating. One would never pay the same price for being in the wings of a theater as one would in center orchestra. After the performance, the man in front of us turned around and said to me, I WILL BE PERFORMING HERE IN JULY, AND I CAN SEE THAT YOU COULD NOT SEE A THING. I DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN IN JULY. YOU GOT SCREWED! I agree!"
Dined on 4/27/2013
I have been there many times and
as always I enjoyed myself and I believe so did my first time guest. Jo"
Dined on 4/23/2013
It is so fun to have the wait
staff sing songs, they are all so talented!"
Dined on 4/24/2013
We were ontime for our 7 p.m. Open
Table reservation and were seated immediately. We were asked if we wanted to be near the "stage" or toward the rear of the room and we chose near. We got a ringside table at the far left, against the wall. Although we were often just behind the singers (but close enough to touch!) we were quite happy with our location. My wife and I shared a nice beet salad and she was very pleased with her mushroom tamale off the early dinner menu, which is available through the night. I had venison sausage. Our server was Christianne, the only female singer on the bill. She was very personable and had a fine voice and stage presence."
Dined on 3/17/2013
La Cantina has been a regular stop
for us when we visit Santa Fe. At one time, I was a resident in New Mexico and now I visit once or twice per year. The Cantina can be a vibrant, up beat and fun evening. However, I found the most recent visit to be somewhat sedate. The entertainers/waitstaff were good but not the best cast that we've seen there. The food selection was so-so and the wine was just OK. Typically, we'd stay until close, but this time, we left relatively early. Perhaps being that it is off-season, the whole experience was kicked down a notch or two. Better luck next time?"
Dined on 3/21/2013
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