La Cantina

La Cantina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lacasasena.com/
  • Phone: 5059889232x
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Gharrity
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: 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 5055773891x
  • Entertainment: 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
La Cantina reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (11)romantic (10)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (8)neighborhood gem (7)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great food and great entertainment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a great dinner and wonderful singing from the singing servers. My enchiladas were so good--the best ever! This is a great place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Singing with your supper.
    Gourmetgirls
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This was a warm and generous evening. The wait staff were attentive and helpful. The food was good, the wine list small but varied and good value and the singing waiters were the real high light. We hope they realise their dreams.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Singing waiters!
    Kate
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I have been many times and its always a great experience every time I go. The food is above average but the sevice/singing is what makes La Cantina great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was a celebration of our 36 years together and first year wedding anniversary. The overall experience was wonderful and the music fantastic. The piano player was a marvel especially since this was his first night with the singers with no rehearsal! We totally enjoyed the experience and felt it was a wonderful celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Singing waiters
    Eatoutoften
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Doesn't really fit the categories - a real treat with good food and wine plus singing waiters..
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and a show
    GregNealVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great menu with a little bit of everything. Wonderful wine list with every glass being $10 which is a great deal if you select right! As good as the food and wine are, you really come for the entertainment. Fabulous server/singers who will not only exceed your dining expectations, but entertain you with fabulous broadway and standard tunes!!! If you want a quiet dinner, go next door to the main restaurant. If you want to have fun and leave with a full tummy and huge smile, dine at La Cantina!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rushed Dining
    Alfietoo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    La Cantina is a Santa Fe favorite and will probably always be. On this visit however, my companion and I felt a bit rushed by our server. I will chalk it up to being an 8:15 PM reservation on Saturday night of Indian Market week, probably the busiest weekend of the year.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you Love live music...
    Viking
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We visit this fine restaurant several times a year...and every time we have visitors that love music. The Wait Staff is attentive, friendly, and they each perform wonderful songs that cross the musical spectrum. The piano accompaniment is superb and by itself would be worth the visit, but with the singing added in, it makes for an absolutely unmatched evening dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If Live Music is your thing...
    Viking
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is a great restaurant, but it is all about music, music, music. If live music is what you crave, enjoy, and treasure, you have to come. The wait staff are wonderful singers, they work with a wonderfully talented and supportive pianist and the combination will make your evening something special and a memory that you visit often for a smile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always!
    DonVan
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We've been coming to La Cantina Casa Sena since the 80's. Every time we are in New Mexico, we make a special stop in Santa Fe to have dinner here. Food is good, singing is fantastic! We love it!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great entertainment
    PlasmamanVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Let's face it, there aren't many places in the world that have very talented singing waitstaff. Each waiter and waitress sings operettas, musical tunes, and common show tunes. The menu is fairly diverse with local flavors. We were disappointed with the breaded calamari, which we found to be overcooked (fried). The pork tenderloin was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    Foodjunkie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I have eaten at The Cantina numerous times and always enjoy the food and the entertainment! I rated the noise level high only because of the fantastic voices of the servers when they sing. Great place for any celebration or just a great night out for dinner. Lunch is also yummy in their beautiful outdoor seating area. A must for anyone traveling to Santa Fe!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it is all about the music
    Danb
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food has always been average but one goes to the cantina for the music. The waiters perform in between servicing tables and voices range from fabulous to above average. Ken & Isabella are wonderful singers with lots of panache. Food is average. We had the fry duo which included tasty sweet potato fries but dull limp regular fries with one dip that tasty like smoky chipotle ketchup. Also shared the veggie and seafood sampler. There were not enough chips for the dip and seafood did not taste fresh. Tasty side salad of edamame chayote salad. The goat cheese corn croquettes were very flavorful. Intimate setting with every table a great view of the musical action. Go for the show and have a snack or dessert.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Singing wait staff
    Mops
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A fun place for dinner and listening to show time music and mo town.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best romantic restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We had one of the most romantic dinners in a restaurant. The dinner was accompanied by piano throughout and the waiters were singing beautifully. Also the food quality was great and so was the service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entertained while dining
    Roadtripdiner
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The wait staff are trained singers, who pepper the evening with all song genres, beautifully. The delicious menu is more gourmet than classic. The ambience is stellar. For a unique dining experience give La Cantina a go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 242 reviews are from the La Cantina reviews archive.
  • Monday Night at La Cantina
    DrMadeleine
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    What an accomplished performer young Mr. Yusef Severs is! Yusef sang Summertime and we were instantly transported to Broadway musical Porgy and Bess, he sang if I could feel from the Wiz and my mind went in search of Stefanie Mills as Dorothy. Todd on the piano had such a good time playing for the joy of it from his repertoire of 5000 songs and playing any request you may have. Isabella sang beautifully and explained to us who the true mother Mary was in the Beatle’s Let it be.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food meciocre. Sat us at worst table and we had to move. Talent quite disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lot's of fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    La Cantina was a great find. There were plenty of different types of dishes to choose from. The chocolate dessert was amazing. But best of all were the talented, energetic and accommodating wait staff. Their performances were awesome. And the piano player was great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a nice fun, casual evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most musically talented waitstaff
    PlasmamanVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    This piano bar is affiliate with the famous La Casa Sena, which has excellent food paired with one of the best wine lists in the state. What makes this place shine is your waitstaff double as the singers who accompany the pianist throughout the night. They begin performing early evening an finish around 9 on most nights. They are not run-of-the-mill "cruise ship" singers, but exhibit exceptional talent across a wide range of musical genre. The service is excellent and good is commendable as well.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, fun place to eat.
    DBABQVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    The staff not only take care of your dining wants and needs but also provide periodic entertainment throughout the evening. Been here a few times and always enjoy what I order, will be back again no doubt.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If the Food Isn't Good
    SWDiner
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This restaurant was a true disappointment. I like to start with an appetizer and based on that experience I will then go on to order an entree. Well I wanted something light and fresh so I ordered the Vegetable Sampler. When it arrived the lights were quite low as there was a singer onstage but from what I could see, the dish was colorless and the food tasted like day old leftovers--dry and pasty. Needless to say I did not order an entree that night. Honestly there are so many better places to have a fine dining experience in Santa Fe.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • go for the music too
    Danb
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    La Cantina is a favorite of mine for music. The waiters sing between serving and it is always a fun evening. Frequently there are special shows featuring other singing artists. It is an entire experience in an intimate setting. Every seat is good, the ambience is wonderful and the food is a treat. I went for an evening show of "torch songs" so I ordered the cheese plate and the warm chocolate pudding cake. The cheese plate was a nice assortment of 3 cheeses as well as quince paste, figs and marcona alonds. The warm Chocolate pudding cake was very moist and gooey with a thick helping of pistachio whip creme.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some enchanted evening
    peterstorandt
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    La Cantina offers live music every day of the year, so your meal is accompanied by entertaining servers who sing and other musicians. We went to hear a friend's review of songs from Lena Horne's repertoire, supported by a piano trio. Several servers sang later in the evening. We enjoyed a couple of appetizers, glasses of wine, and a modest entrée along with the show.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went with a friend of mine
    Chicago
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I went with a friend of mine to hear a singer perform Lena Horne songs. She was a lovely lady, but sadly not a very good singer. If La Cantina is going to charge $25/head for a performer, they should vet her first. I don't think it is right for you to be charged if the singer is not of good caliber. I was expecting more and it didn't deliver. It was also annoying as we were sat next to an emergency room door that people kept going in and out of. Our table was knocked several times, spilling our drinks and then the food took forever coming out of the kitchen. Sorry for the bad review...but, we were not happy.
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  • Food and tunes!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUN meal while attending the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    FUN meal while attending the musical that the waiters perform.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Cantina - Always a gem!
    AbqRic
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    SlowasMolasses
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    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!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    Robyn
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a relaxing and enjoyable
    ABQJJ
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music and good food
    Neetsie
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    What a treat! Great food and beautiful music. This is a must visit when you are in Santa Fe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and a show!
    skinewmexico
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Always fun. Talented performers who are also friendly, fun waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great fun
    HoustonOkieVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining
    MaryAnn
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • njm89
    njm89
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great singing
    Magpie
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    This was recommended for our annual girls vacation week. Exceeded our expectations. Our waiter, Ben, was extremely helpful in selecting food and wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was awful. Have been
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We LOVE the entertainment
    Kate
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusual cantina - waitstaff perform
    PlasmamanVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.