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La Casa Sena
La Casa Sena

La Casa Sena Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lacasasena.com
  • Phone: (505) 988-9232
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Saturday, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
    Brunch: Sunday, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
    Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 5:00 pm-close


    We serve continuously ALL DAY, including an "Early Dinner Menu" between lunch and dinner service (3:00 pm-5:00 pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Gharrity
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please inquire about our offsite catering options.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer 3 small private dining rooms comfortable for 8-22 guests. We can also accommodate larger parties and private buyouts. Contact Ms. King for full private room, menu details and all your Santa Fe party booking needs.

    Juli has successfully organized special events with the Santa Fe Symphony in addition to rehearsal dinners, weddings and a myriad of other special events and private functions
  • Private Party Contact: Juli King (505) 577-3891
  • Entertainment: Visit our La Cantina OpenTable page to book reservations for our live entertainment featuring the best of Broadway and Jazz, courtesy of the Cantina Singers

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking is available in the public lot behind the restaurant on Nusbaum Street.
A word from La Casa Sena
La Casa Sena is located in the heart of Old Santa Fe in the historic Sena Plaza. Featuring innovative New American West cuisine, 1000+ selection wine list and a spectacular and inviting outdoor patio. La Casa Sena is one of Santa Fe's most popular restaurants. Patio seating for online reservations must be requested via telephone.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Although the atmosphere in the courtyard under the lights is delightful, the food is not. I could not taste the char in the salmon cause it was covered with a non-appetizing sauce. The wine list is incredible"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Everyone enjoyed their meals, but I am a vegitarian. For me they gave me chicken in my meal two times before getting it right. I am a vegitarian because I don't like that a animal has to dye and now I had two meals thrown away with meat in it. They did try and make things right for me but is was hard on me because I was with other people and I don't like to make a seen."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Beautiful historic setting. Fantastic ambience and delicious food."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The patio is what brings me to this restaurant. The food is good and the menu is unique. The margaritas are great and they have a wide variety to choose from. Again, the patio is absolutely stunning. The flowers and trees are lush. It isn't exactly a manicured patio but it feels very natural and more like what you would recall from your grandmother's yard. That's what it reminds me of and that is why I go."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Had breakfast in the outdoor courtyard on a Friday morning. The ambiance was great. The service was friendly and prompt. The cornbread muffins were terrific. Chile relenos was excellent. Classic presentation. The gazpacho was interesting but not for everyone. The cheeseburger was fantastic. The green chille sauce made the dish. Would recommend highly."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The only disappointment was the steak special. The Ribeye special sounded good when my server described it so went with it. It arrived cold and was very fibrous and flavorless. I can grill a better ribeye at home any day of the week. My daughter had the salmon and it was very good. I enjoyed the carrot sorbet, but my daughter didn't so we also ordered the lemon creme brulee for her and she was happy. The service could not have been better. Our server was super nice and totally on top of things. I let them know the steak wasn't great and they made things right when the bill came."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We have not been in Santa Fe in 10 yrs,we use to go to Casa Sena all the time the visit back was great they seated us outside but it began to rain moved inside to a cosy room great service the food was great we enjoyed"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We had a late lunch at Casa Sena, where we'd had lunch before outside in the courtyard, but this time we sat inside due to unsettled weather. A lovely room, fantastic service and as always, great food. Wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We were not advised of the specials, which would have been what we 'd have ordered. When the manager came around we mentioned that, but he made no effort to make any accommodation other than offering sympathy. The halibut and pork loin we did get was flavorless and over-cooked. We had hoped to listen to the advertised Motown music performances, but by 8:15 the 8:00 show hadn't begun. We left and went to a different restaurant for dessert. This was a disappointing experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed the Motown show! The food was wonderful and the service great!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Best patio in Santa Fe. My mussels were pretty average this time. Could have used more seasoning in the sauce. Lunch is usually better here than dinner."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have eaten at La Casa Sena several times. Our last visit was a bit of a miss. The lamb in the lamb tostada was mutton. Tough and strong-tasting. I asked the chef to hold the pineapple salsa from the pork loin because I am diabetic. The most unappetizing plate appeared. Several pieces of orange pork loin sitting with a lump of orange sweet potatoes in an orange pool of jus. Admittedly delicious, but the kitchen couldn't bother to throw a sprig of cilantro on that plate? Paired with an eager young man who removed the bread basket in the middle of our meal and removed my plate before my husband was through eating, this restaurant simply wasn't up to snuff."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We eat at La Casa Sena every time we come to Santa Fe. The food is wonderful! It has a beautiful outdoor patio which is shaded. What really amazes us is consistent outstanding service. This resturant is definitely one of a kind."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We love the Cantina at La Casa Sena! We timed our reservation for the first set. The food and entertainment were outstanding! A great spot for a special evening or celebration, and one of our favorites in Santa Fe."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a group of 6 for lunch visiting with family in Santa Fe. The young lady who brought us the muffins literally slammed a mostly empty basket on the table. When we asked for more, we were inexplicably told they were 'out'. Everything about our server's demeanor was frankly hateful. This is to a patron who is generally a 25% tipper. We actually felt sorry for her and left 10% instead of the zero she deserved. Waited around to talk to the manger , but he was on the phone and we had shopping to do so we left. As a business owner I would absolutely want to know if one of my employees acted this way towards hard earned customers who otherwise would have had a great experience. Have name of server if Management is interested."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Although we were seated outside, we were right by the service area which made for multiple distractions during our meal. Enchiladas left something to be desired. Salmon and scallop dishes were good, not excellent."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "A good friend recommended a few restaurants to us in Santa Fe and this was one of them. Hopefully we just had a one-time bad experience because the other suggestions were quite good. La Casa Sena has a great setting for sitting outside in a courtyard and the waiter was quite cordial. The meal was a different story. One meat entrée was overcooked and very tough. Another person's salad had lettuce that should not have been served. Once this was pointed out to the waiter, he informed the manager and he addressed the issues. They deducted the items from our bill and offered substitutions so they were responsive to the issues. We would try La Casa Sena again to se if this was a fluke because it is normally rated well."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The nicest patio in Santa Fe, too bad the food does not live up to the location. Good wine list."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "During a one week visit to Santa Fe, my wife had lunch with with friends at La Casa Sena while I attended a conference. She was so intrigued with her lunch and the setting that she took me the next day for lunch. We went back again for dinner on our last night in Santa Fe. The ambience of the outdoor seating area is absolutely wonderful, surrounded by one story shops but set apart from the street and traffic. The food is excellent. I had the green chili chesseburger for both lunch and dinner. Then we shared the carrot sorbet for dessert. This restaurant is a must during a visit to Santa Fe and is only one block from The Plaza."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Have been here many times. This time was not good. Food was not up to par. Had venison sausage sandwich . Came with marinated veg side. Completely overwhelmed everything. Another order was fish taco that was not ver good."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I am local and have not been to Casa Sena in years. I was looking forward to dining on the patio, which was an exceptional nice and relatively quiet dining location. The Service was great and everyone was very attentive and friendly. The food I have to say was not outstanding. I ordered surf and turf and salad and my meal can out as a surf and turf salad. Which was okay except the salad was not very good and my steak was burned on outside. We also had guacamole which in a town of many great guacamole choices was too only average. I will not likely go back for many more years. I was disappointed."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had never been to La Casa Sena before . The ambiance , warm night air and romantic little patio were delightful . The food was excellent - innovative . The wine selection was truly remarkable ."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "we have been to La Casa Sena at least 4 times over the years. It's always special. Food is excellent and we had a great waiter. Sorry, I can't remember his name. Unfortunately we had the one night that it rained so we could not eat on the fabulous patio. But we had a great table inside. We will come again! Linda S Scottsdale.AZ"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "we went to eat hear on a father's day weekend. it was a great, gentle, delectable enjoyment. great place. great food. great service."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our guests from CA were impressed ... Had a full sight-seeing venue planned at and around the Plaza and lunch at La Casa Sena added to the most favorable impression of what Santa Fe is all about. Our guests will return!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Good food, lovely patio, close to plaza, expensive, not for everyday"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Took my father to dinner while on a visit to New Mexico. He was very very pleased with his meal and the beauty of the outdoor seating. We sat beneath a cottonwood tree that must've been hundreds of years old and near the fountain. Our meals of salmon and scallops were done beautifully. And the pomegranate margarita wasn't bad either!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "My daughters & I had a wonderful meal on the beautiful outdoor patio. Great service!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We have been going to La Casa Sena for years, and think the patio is among the nicest, if not the best in Santa Fe. We wish the food quality was as good. The menu prices are on the high side, but the food is average. The last several meat entrees I ordered there were over cooked and dry. Also think the menu needs an update. If the food and menu could be improved, we would go much more often. Right now we go mainly for the beautiful patio, but not too often."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had hoped for an outdoor dining experience but Mother Nature provided much needed rain so we ate indoors and were cordially greeted at the door. Service was friendly but disappointing, the waiter seemed distracted. We enjoyed our Caesar salad, I loved the mussels and my sweetheart liked the salmon. We expect premium service at an expensive restaurant, that includes having the waiter pour our wine for us. Busboy service very attentive. Despite the service we will be back, especially to enjoy the courtyard."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food and setting were great. The wine list is wide and varied both as to varietals and prices. We had requested a quiet table and the host had saved a table that met our needs."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We were seated on the patio, an extremely pleasant location. Service was of a consistently high quality. Wine choice was formidable. My wife had the honeydew melon soup, slighly spiced, which she pronounced "delicious" and followed up with aztec-dusted salmon which was cooked exactly the way she requested, i.e. to perfection. I had the baby iceberg salad, a particular weakness of mine, followed by the red chile braised lamb, both of which I was very well pleased with. Overall, our expectations, already pretty high, were exceeded. We will return. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "As a Santa Fe local, La Casa Sena is our go to restaurant to take out of town friends, family, meet for dinner or a weekend lunch. The food, service and ambience both indoors and out is always consistent. I can't say we have ever had a negative experience. Sure, there might be an occasional flavor that is new and different but even then the staff and chef are always accomodating and striving to make your food, dining experience a great one. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I wish the food quality was up to par with the beauty of the courtyard. The food is always “hit or miss” at La Casa Sena. I continue to go there because it is adequate with a beautiful outdoor setting in the middle of Santa Fe, but I never go there because the food is above average. It is a shame because it could be one of the best places in Santa Fe."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Food and service (Mark Ortega) were quite good. We have eaten here before and expected a first rate dining experience. Unfortunately the restaurant which boasts a vast and impressive wine list has an inexplicable policy that prohibits wine being opened or served until all members of the party have finished their pre dinner cocktails or surrendered them without finishing them. Some of us savor our beverages. Apparently La Casa Sena expects it's patrons to chug your drinks, avoid ordering wine or surrender any drinks for which you have already paid. A very odd policy. Needless to say we cancelled our wine order."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We've dined at Casa Sena a few times in the past and it's always been very good. This time though the options on the menu were not as good and our server kept going off and forgetting us. I had the hanger steak which was very good but my husband opted for the lamb shoulder which was dry and very gamey. We will, most likely, make another choice for our anniversary next time we visit Santa Fe."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Staff was friendly and courteous, but service was slow. I had halibut, which was OK but very bland. My wife had scallops, which were excellent. All in all, somewhat mixed review for food."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We came from Denver, I got a message from the restaurant the morning of our reservation and was told we would have to sit outside because we made a web reservation. My sister and I had the vegetable appetizer $9 apiece, there was a forkful of julienned vegetables a couple of ounces of gazpacho and some crusty bread. We shared the chicken enchiladas which were good. Then they were out of their bloody mary mix on a Saturday afternoon? The servers kept coming back to our table making excuses."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was very good. Great patio. Best to always have a reservation. A little pricey, but it is Santa FE."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Thoughtful menu and interesting wines which paired well with the food courses. Bravo!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014