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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
  • "Probably one of the most charming outdoor courtyard restaurant near the plaza. Their blue corn muffins are the most requested recipe (sometimes you have to ask for them) are memorable. The menu is not large but terrific, especially their green chile hamburger. The restaurant is expensive but well worth it, especially the by the glass wine selections. It's always busy so reservations are helpful. We saw that it was likely to rain so we sat inside, which is very elegant and charming, although the noises level is a bit high."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "La Casa Sena patio is very pleasant and the food was delicious. We had the special gazpacho which was wonderful, and the enchiladas as well as the bison burger. All was delicious and the atmosphere was quite enjoyable"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Both my wife and myself had the chicken enchiladas. They were great, contained generous chunks of chicken. Next time we are in town we are sure to come back and order the chicken enchiladas. Very enjoyable."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • " We dine @ La Casa Sena often, so celebrating my birthday there was an obvious choice location! The lighting on the outdoor patio at sunset is one of the sexiest times to dine. AMBIANCE! You will get perfect lighting for photos followed by romance of the night as the trees are filled with white twinkle lights... Food is always spot on. The singing waiters add a festive vib without becoming kitschy or intrusive. Truly a great oasis"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Always reliably very good to excellent. Beautiful garden."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Beautiful outdoor seating marred by very bored waiter who did not know wine list and wanted to take your order immediately. Caesar salad heavily doused with thick sauce with no garlic notes, no anchovie, and a few tiny slivers of parmesan. Pork entree served slightly cold on a massive bed of sweet potatoes. Hangar steak medium temp and very chewy and slathered with a sweetish sauce. Relleno stuffed with mashed potatoes room temp. Neither entree sauced in a complementary way . Always being encouraged to order though trying to savor a $100+ bottle of wine. Very few wines in $50 category. Tons in the $200+ category. Tourist mentality. Nice meal in January but none of its positives evident in August."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This lovely patio amid an old hacienda has surprisingly good food. The service was slow the night we visited, but we were happy to linger under the large trees."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I've eaten at La Casa Sena before and enjoyed it. Unfortunately, this wasn't a good experience. The staff was friendly enough, but our server wasn't very attentive. After we ordered drinks we had a very disappointing appetizer (vegetable sampler). It was supposed to come with the soup of the day which we had to remind our server to bring. After a 45 minute wait our entrees arrived. At that point we were informed that the computer system had gone down and that's why it had taken so long - no updates up to that point and a very absent server. A manager came by and told us there would be an adjustment because of the long wait. That was appreciated, but some updates along the way would have been appreciated."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I am a resident of Santa Fe and have had many wonderful meals at Casa Sena--special occasions and just dinner out. But Friday August 8th 2014 was a big disappointment. While the waiter was very nice and apparently couldn't control the kitchen production, between our salad course and our entree it was a good 25 minutes. They tried to appease us with slice of cucumber with a cream cheese on top. I ordeted the trout which was dry and not that tasty. They did offer a 10% discount card on a bottle of wine from their wine shop but we don't drink alcohol; had we wanted dessert probably they would have offered a free one. But at that point all we wanted to do was go get gelato at another location. I am saddened--I have had happy memories there."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Excellent food. Creative assembly of my old favorite lamb shank. After a great meal strolled next door for dessert and the wonderful entertainment. Fantastic evening!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Although the outdoor dining area is lovely, we were very disappointed with the food. It is overpriced and at best, mediocre. This restaurant has an excellent venue and apparently good reputation. However, in terms of cuisine, expect to pay over $300 for a party of 4 with wine. This place is kind of like the "Emperor with no Clothes" : the atmosphere and venue are appropriate for a premium pricing level, but what really counts, the food, falls short. In addition, most our meat and fish dishes were overcooked."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "La Casa Sena is a long time favorite. The patio was atmosphere was excellent and very busy with a waiting list. We slipped in by reserving a table for two 10 minutes prior to our arrival. Service and food was superb!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The courtyard and food at La Casa Sena make an excellent combination. Add Ramon Bermundez's flamenco guitar to the mix…perfection!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We picked La Casa Sena because my boyfriend used to work there many, many years ago. We were sat outside next to the fountain. The trees were all strung up with lights and when it got dark it was a very romantic and beautiful spot to dine. I ordered the scallops which were the special. The presentation was great, and it looked delicious. The scallops were cooked perfectly, however, that particular special fell flat on flavor. I was quite disappointed, so much so that I traded my meal with my boyfriend's. His wasn't much better, but not bad. I feel that if we had gotten different meals, we would have enjoyed it more. The cocktails were fantastic. Overall, it was a good experience. You definitely should sit outside if possible."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I searched the websites for a restaurant in Santa Fe that would be right for our friends & ourselves to celebrate our 48th anniversary & settled on La Casa Sena. We had been there several years ago but you know how things change in these cities. Well, this was a great experience. The food & wines were excellent the service delightful. If was a wonderful experience that we passed on to others who were visiting. Hopefully they had the same experience. Thank you La Casa Sena."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 so we took a chance; bad decision. We were seated next to a loud party of 10 even though the restaurant was almost empty. My husband ordered the Caesar salad that came with chili powder in the dressing. The waiter said it wasn't spicy, it was and he couldn't eat it. My husband also ordered the chicken enchilada because the other choices on the menu were limited and disappointing. The enchilada was flat and covered with a burnt chili sauce accompanied by undercooked black beans and gummy Spanish rice. He ended up eating the chicken only. I ordered skirt steak which was undercooked, and it came with raw string beans and a "chili rellano" was stuffed with tasteless mashed potatoes and no sauce. Never again."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Positive--Lovely outdoor setting. Recommended by our B&B innkeeper-- very special place. Disappointed for two reasons. The waiter had a little attitude and made inappropriate jakes. The second problem is that one of the sides was awful! I had trouble swallowing just one little bite The server said, something like, you win some you lose some. I really thought the chef should know, so when the manager came by I mentioned it to him when he asked if everything was good. LOTS of restaurants in Santa Fe--no need to go back!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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
  • "My online reservation requested to be seated in entertainment area (Catina) yet when we arrived there seemed to be a mix up and ultimately ended up sitting outside. Service was a bit slow initially. Took a little too long in my opinion to at least get our drink order in. The food was excellent I must say."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "When you have to argue with the hostess about seating you in the direct sun, burning up and the bar lady that club soda is not tonic, the night was ruined.We ate early to attend the opera and almost every table was open. Fortunately, the waiter, Shawn, graciously moved us out of the sun and agreed that the club soda I was served twice was not tonic. After coming to La Casa twice in the past years, we will not return. K, J, and E from Texas."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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
  • "A mixed bag from a restaurant we have eaten at for years. Entrees were undistinguished - Yucatan chicken was not well seasoned and pork tenderloin was dry and tasteless. Appetizer and soup courses were delivered to the wrong table and then plopped down together at our table by the waiter when he recognized the mistake. We will probably go back, but it wasn't a good experience and definitely not up to La Casa Sena standards."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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