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La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza
La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza

La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafondasantafe.com
  • Phone: (505) 995-2334
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Mexican / Southwestern, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Lane Warner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old Santa Fe Trail
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza
La Plazuela was the hotel’s original 1920s patio and it retains that sunlit Old World charm. Skylights flood the dining room with natural light and handsome carved furnishings, artisanal lighting, and our much-loved hand painted windows create a beautiful, inviting room to gather, to dine and to make memories in. The menu was crafted to showcase old favorites with New World influences and authentic New Mexican cuisine, and our award-winning wine list is exceptional. La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza is Santa Fe’s gathering place. Come dine with us!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "First off my review is too long to post here in detail. Our service was terrible and the food wasn't nothing to rave about or write home about. One small detail I will add with the given amount of space about the service is that when we declined dessert we were charged for a dessert. We will not be returning. And, I would not recommend this place to family or a friend."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "My husband and I had a very nice dinner. The restaurant was very busy at our reservation time, so we went to the bar for a fabulous margarita. We returned later and were shown to our table immediately. Service was very good. Our waitress was busy but managed several tables effortlessly. The food was very good. I am not really fond of posole, but there was a helping of it on my plate and it was delicious."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "My friend had the elk steak, which I got to taste. It was exceptionally good -- great flavor, perfectly cooked. The server was incredibly accommodating with his requests for substitutions of the sides that came with it. I couldn't decide between the rellenos and tamales, and the server offered to do a plate of one of each. Now that's a great server! The relleno was the best I have ever had -- and I have had hundreds. Everything about the experience was fantastic. I'm really glad we had reservations, too, because they were completely full. We are definitely going back to La Plazuela when we return to Santa Fe."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was average which really surprised me, given the write-ups I've seen. Service was very poor and slow. It was a pretty "courtyard" like dining room, which is unique. Nothing stands out with the menu. It was supposed to be a birthday celebration, so was a bit disappointed with the overall experience"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We have eaten here on our last 2 trips to Santa Fe. It has become a tradition of sort. The food was amazing. The service is impeccable and the overall experience is top shelf."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Our first time at this particular restaurant in Santa Fe although we've eaten in their bar many times. It was delicious, well-prepared, with excellent service. The room is beautiful and light with lovely glass panels all around. We will return."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "It was a great find while visiting Santa Fe. Decoration was beautiful, food was taste, service was great. We had a nice big table for 2 of us. It's in the same building as La Fonda hotel and some stores so it's fun to walk around."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I love la Fonda but the service was so slow we began at 6pm and it was almost 9 before we left.....terribly slow service. And then the food was disapointing. My Sea Bass was not really tasty or moist, I dine out all the time and have had recently had fabulous see food at Midtown Bistro. I will always love the ambiance here and the history but will choose another place got dine on my birthday."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere and the food. Service was good and staff was friendly. My family really enjoyed it and we would definitely stop by again."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "La Plazuela is our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe! Terrific enchiladas and margaritas! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all great!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This spot in the center of the La Fonda is one o the most attractive dining rooms in he city. Food is good and service excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was good. Margaritas were great. Much better than another place in town that is supposed to have the best margs. Pleased with service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is our first time to Santa Fe and didn't want to end up with a commercialized New Mexican cuisine. We were looking for authentic Northern New Mexican food near the Plaza. This place did not dissapoint. Try the beef enchiladas and the pork tamales. Yum."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We really had an excellent meal. We all chose to stick with the Mexican Flare including Margaritas and everything was great. We all shared tastes of each others food and raved about them all. We would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had the best time. Stormi was great, she was fun and very attentive. The food was outstanding, from the first bite to the last. We will be back soon. Great wine list too."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Classical mexican food adapted to the new way of cooking, the taste are more complex and subtile with a n interesting use of product that i discover :green rice, grilled bean,a type of cornvery tastywith big grains. It is more expensive that a classical mexical but the price is correct regarding to the quality"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We visited this restaurant on a recent visit to Santa Fe at the recommendation of a friend. We had wonderful drinks at the rooftop bar and then a delicious dinner in the beautiful hotel . The staff were efficient , friendly and professional. We will return to this beautiful restaurant again on our next visit to Santa Fe"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We were in Sante Fe sightseeing and taking in the cuisine of the region. The dishes here at La Plazuela were New Mexican and Southwestern inspired specialties, just what we were looking for. Tamales and enchiladas were savory and smothered with cheese and sauces of the region. The delicate green and bolder red chile sauces were truly delicious. The hominy and bean side dishes were very good, as well. Our server, Ian, was very attentive and had been the bartender here for several years. He recommended a jalapeño margarita that was very interesting with the bite of pepper and a great accompaniment to my meal. The decor is delightful with all the surrounding panes of glass painted with a southwest or American Indian motif. Must do."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "La PLazuela at La Fonda is always a first choice when we visit Santa Fe. Excellent food, wait staff and décor."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Unfortunately, we only tried the guacamole appetizer and two margaritas. When we asked if everything was in the menu, we were told "Yes". When it came time to order dinner, we ordered the Elk and were told "oops, we don't have that tonight". This plate was the reason we went there. Obviously, we left and had dinner somewhere else. Give it a try, but confirm up front that they have what you want to eat before ordering anything!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food and drinks were good, but not exceptional. Margaritas were small and expensive for what we got. There are better options for drinks and service within a couple of blocks walk. The old hotel still provides a great atmosphere, if for nothing more than the history. We specifically were there to see Syd Masters & The Swing Riders in the lounge. They are ALWAYS TERRIFFIC entertainers. The bar scene - especially the dance floor - simply lit up and was continually packed with folks enjoying great Cowboy music mixed with some traditional favorites. I still am wondering why Open Table did not give us any Dining Points for using them to book our reservation at this establishment."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We ate here in the spring. Mgreat margs. Great enchiladas. They room and the hotel lobby are beautifully decorated and authentic southwest. Would definitely return"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food and service was very good and the setting in a converted Mexican courtyard in an historic inn made it a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "La Plazuela never ever disappoints. The changing seasonal menu is always inventive and the New Mexico specialties are always the best."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Nice setting, vibrant, colorful---We had dinner reservations--the quail tacos were tasty but the dinner specials lacking--the elk was tough & served quite Raw and the New Mexico lamb chops were also tough.........Historic building--minus a good Chef"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I have been to La Plazuela many times and have always loved everything about it! The food is always amazing...until tonight! I ordered the salmon with risotto and the salmon was raw and the risotto looked like mush! It was so overcooked it looked like mushy oatmeal. Very sad! I always order their mexican food but tonight I thought I would get salmon. My husband had mexican and it was good but cold. His food was not hot...barely warm. I think they had an off night due to a storm knocking out the electricity for three hours before dinner time. I hope that was the reason for the bad food. I will give them another chance on our next visit to Santa Fe! I'm rooting for them!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Been dining here for years, it's always money! Try the filet and enchiladas."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We discovered La Plazuela on our first trip to Santa Fe about 10 years ago. Each time we return to Santa Fe we make it a point to dine there at least once during our stay. We were with family this time and raved about how much they would enjoy the experience. Unfortunately, the experience did not live up to the restaurants standards because of the food. The service was good, the tableside guacamole and the margaritas were delicious. However, the main course meals were very poor. The menu has changed significantly since our last visit, too. Too many American items, not enough traditional Sante Fe choices. Each of our meals were dry and somewhat tasteless. We have recommended La Plazuela to many in the past but no longer. What happened?"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I had to wonder if there was a change in the kitchen as the food was less than stellar on the night we were there(5/17). The salmon was raw in the center and the risotto gloppy. The elk was tough and even though it is a game meat, there are ways to prepare a more tender presentation. While we were there we saw two dinners sent back by diners near us. We shared flan for dessert, good but slightly grainy. On the plus side our waitress was great, on point and personable. She was busy "putting out fires" and stilled maintained a positive attitude. Great setting with charming decor. Sadly we won't be likely to be back to give them a second chance."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My stepmother and I ate there for last dinner together in Santa Fe. The ambiance is charming. The service was excellent. And the server gracious even though we were economy minded. We ate off of the New Mexico cuisine portion of the menu, which was less expensive. Recommend going to the rooftop bar for sunset before or after dinner."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "It has been many years since I've visited Santa Fe ! And yet, the total "Santa Fe Experience" is characterized by the wonderful La Fonda! This is truly a "Grand Lady" ! La Fonda continues to offer outstanding regard for the many visitors....She offers the very best in service,friendliness,professionalism, and caring. Not to stop in the La Fonda is not to visit Santa Fe! Long may she continue to be the best of this Southwestern mecca...."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "La Plazuela was one of the best restaurants we have ever been to. The service was fantastic. The food was beyond delicious - everything was perfect. They are flexible and accommodating. The food was absolutely delicious and everything is prepared to order especially for you. Alexa was our server and she was terrific. The other servers who worked with us were also very attentive and accommodating. Just a fantastic dining experience in every way. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Food was excellent but you would expect brtter service from an upscale establishment. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I eat at La Plazuela whenever I'm in Santa Fe. The food is excellent and the service is always top notch. Our waiter this time was Angel who was not only efficient, he laughed at my joke. Try this restaurant, you won't be disappointed. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The food was not he quality that I'm used to at La Fonda. Just call it a not so good night. The steak in the fajitas was overcooked and a little burnt and the vegetables were mushy. It is evident that the meal was basically overcooked. The sopapillas were overdone and were hard and to be honest it was like eating bread. Overall though the experience was great. Have been there several times and will not stop going because of this. Just hope it improves if I order Fajitas again. The steak should be tender not overcooked to beyond well done and the vegetables should be cooked but not overly so. There should be some substance to them in my opinion. Thanks for the great service still love you guys. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "My mom and I enjoyed this gem for our last night in Santa Fe. We were seated right next to the fountain. The seats were comfortable, but it was a bit challenging to hear for my older mom. I don't know if it was the sound of the water or the distance across the table. The food was very good. We split the pork carnitas tacos (with jicama/carrot slaw) and the chicken enchiladas. The "made fresh at the table" guacamole was divine. My only disappointment was that the waiter came to take our order in the middle of the presentation. We basically missed seeing the guacamole made in front of us. Dessert was excellent. I loved the "mini" shot of vanilla bean mousse. It was significantly larger than expected. My mom loved the caramel sea salt gelato. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant. Food was delicious. In historic old hotel. Beautiful setting."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our experience at La Pazuela was delightful. We arrived early for our reservation, and the restaurant was not open yet. We sat in the lobby of the hotel, and enjoyed "people watching". We were seated as soon as the restaurant opened, and were seated next to the fountain. Our wait person was friendly, helpful and efficient. She gave us suggestions about the menu and her ideas provided us with excellent dinners. Our tacos (fish and vegetarian) were excellent; innovative and delicious. We will definitely return the next time that we visit Santa Fe."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have dined at La Plazuela at La Fonda many times, and the food is always great and the services is always excellent. I would like to be surprised with new menu items more often."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Awesome, custom made fresh guacamole, made right at your table. Nice vegetarian, vegan options with actual thought put into the entree (not just a frozen garden burger or pasta w/o meat !)"
    Dined on 4/4/2014