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

La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafondasantafe.com/
  • Phone: 5059952334
  • 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: Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest, 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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (49)fit for foodies (41)romantic (32)good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (24)great for lunch (23)great for brunch (13)notable wine list (12)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (5)scenic view (4)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Great Food Beautiful surroundings
    marybs
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    La Plazuela is in the historic (it may be historic, but not that old since it was built in 1923 and the Palace of the Governors across the plaza was built in 1610. Yes, that is ten years before the pilgrims landed.) La Fonda Hotel at one corner of the Santa Fe Plaza. I have enjoyed it before on trips to Santa Fe, but now the food is amazing. Four of us shared a tempura squash blossom appetizer and loved it. One of us is a vegetarian and was amazed by the variety of dishes she could choose from. She got the vegetarian taco plate and one of us ordered the cauliflower steak. They both were happy they did. The service was perfect and the room is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freezing dining room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The dining room was so cold that even receiving our food on warm plates did not matter. The food got cold by the second bite. We complained to the restaurant manager but his hands were tied he said. he said he was told to keep the temp at 68F. The temp was no where close to 68F but closer to 60F. Cold enough to have to wear a sweater and fleece jacket over it. The good food and nice wine were completely spoiled by the frigid dining room.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Hotel Restaurant
    OHEngVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Have never been disappointed at La Plazuela. Classic Southwest food, impeccably prepared and excellent service. Great classic space in an old hotel (La Fonda). Everyone in our group of four went away well pleased. Extensive wine list that covers many price points. Chile relleno with green chili sauce and the accompanying posole were tasty without being overly spice. The vegetarian in the group was very pleased with the Cauliflower steak and accompanying grilled veggies. Don't miss the renovated Tower Bar at sunset!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Old Santa Fe
    TackVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    La Plazuela is the dining room of the old La Fonda Hotel and serves a good selection of New Mexican food, as well as an array of other choices. The setting is quite beautiful, the place always very busy and the food well prepared. Also, the prices are exceptionally reasonable, as my wife and I were able to dine, including alcoholic beverages, for less than $70.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    winehick239
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We went for dinner after a very long day. The service was very efficient. The room was a bit noisy but not overwhelming. As far as the food went I started with the tortilla soup which was definitely homemade but a bit bland. For the main course I had the filet and enchiladas. Both were very good. A decent wine list as well. I was not blown away, hence the 3 stars, however I would eat here again. Very convenient location BTW.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice evening
    Cindy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We love Santa Fe'. La Plazuela is located in an historic hotel so the ambiance is great from that perspective. I would have preferred this restaurant to be a little more quiet for dinner. In my view it would be better for breakfast/lunch (I have done this on an earlier visit) The food is good, but not memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • runnercw41
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Intimate, quiet dining. The food was very well-prepared, if a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb find in Santa Fe
    paljoeysmom
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My BF and I came to Santa Fe to celebrate my birthday. Found this resturant on Open Table and decided to give it a try. The dining room is very posh and pretty. We had exceptional service on the 2 nights we fined here, The first night we asked for chips and salsa which were not onthe menu. They happily obliged with warm chips and tasty salsa. BF and I split a Caesar salad which was yummy. Portions here are Very Large so splitting entrees is a good idea even if you are big eaters like us. We had the tamales, chicken, and the fajita's all extra large plates and absolutely delicious. They have very good bread and rolls as well. We often go out for fine dining and this place is definitely in my top 5 for overall dining. A true gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reminds us of a national park lodge
    4thgenerationLouisiana
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Ate late on a Sunday night. Rellenos were wonderful with the green sauce. Wife's house margarita was the only thing that left something to be desired.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great experience
    AlmaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at La Plazuela. My waitress Aviva was attentive, but not intrusive. The tableside guacamole is worth it, even if you are dining alone. It was delicious, even the next day as a snack. The chile rellenos were the best I had in Santa Fe - lightly fried and still crunchy when served. I'd go back just to enjoy them again, though there are many more great sounding items on the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great restaurant and reasonably priced. I had enchiladas and they were outstanding. Very accommodating service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef needs more training
    Theperfectbelle
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is my second time at this restaurant, the first time everything was perfect! The food was amazing. I went back after about 6 months and my how things had changed. I ordered a similar dish - the filet mignon - however this time the filet was over-cooked. I asked for medium and it was burnt on the outside and nothing was pink in the middle. I returned it and the second one was much better but still a little over-cooked. By this point however my whole table had dinner and was waiting on me to finish so I just ate it to get out of there. My husband had the elk filet, and again the cook did not have any consistency in the preparation. He asked for medium rare and of the three filets - none met this requirement. We were so disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good hotel restaurant
    sterlisrVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant was cute and the food was good. It wasn't exactly a spot for foodies, but definitely worked for us. The tableside guacamole was great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had the best time. Angel was able to make great recommendations of the food and wine, his knowledge was extensive. The rooms ambiance is beautiful with the amber chandler and tree lights. The food is outstanding, flavors of Northern New Mexico. The wine list is extensive with over 100 selections, great pricing too. We can't wait to return when we visit Santa Fe again. Thank you so much for the hospitality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service needs Improvement
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The service on this night was extremely bad. Took 10 minutes for waiter to finally take order. Didn't see him again for over 30 minutes. Had to go to reception with glass in hand to ask for a refill for my drink (soda). The guacamole or avocados were brown on the inside. When we asked the server about it, he simply stated this is how they came on that day and proceeded to make the salad (he wasn't eating it of course). The entrees were served about an hour from the time the order was placed. This is a popular restaurant but on this Sunday night they were not crowded and the quality of food and service was way poorer than when they are busy.
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  • Old Mexico on the Plaza
    Foodfor2
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    La Plazuela never disappoints. If one enjoys great food, excellent service and the feeling of dining in old Mexico, this restaurant is a must. We had the chile rellenos and cheese enchiladas, both cooked to perfection ( I am quite fussy about rellenos). They must be encased in a light, crispy batter - not soggy. These were some of the best I have ever had. The red chile was properly spicy with a good "after burn".
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite in Santa Fe!
    Localgal235
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Reasonably priced. Friendly, knowledgable and attentive staff. Wonderful variety of meals for all palates. I'm a local here and will be back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Soutwest gourmet
    Tiburonhombre
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Set in a classic Santa Fe hotel, the restaurant has an interesting mix of SW style favorites, standard fare and even wild game. Deep fried squash blossoms stuffed with chees are an exotic appetizer;
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Timeless
    JJ34
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    La Fonda is a timeless classic in true Santa Fe fashion. Great atmosphere, great food, and great attentive service. Recommended for any time of day. One of the top tables in Santa Fe (and that's not easy to do.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southwest fare
    Tryon
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had the fajitas for 2 and it was a lot of food. Great tasting especially the posole. Great food for a hotel restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful gloc
    ljc1
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The gloc was perfect; they roast the garlic and peppers, and prepare it in front of you. That gives a person the chance to customize it. The hominy was also perfect
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prime Rib Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I've had lots of prime rib, but this was easily one of the best! Tender, juicy and wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great dinner
    Patti09
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular meal
    MNtraveller
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below Expectation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing...again
    duncansooner
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very pleasant experience
    header
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot!
    TavrofanVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SO BUT.........NOT NOTEABLE FOOD
    Goodeats
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer Break
    GranMan
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    PleasedVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    La Plazuela is our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe! Terrific enchiladas and margaritas! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful room
    Jcave
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Margaritas
    Robin
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was good. Margaritas were great. Much better than another place in town that is supposed to have the best margs. Pleased with service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Northern New Mex cuisine
    MonarchBeachBum
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Sperson18VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hight class mexican cooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Santa Fe restaurant
    ChicagofavsVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 547 reviews are from the La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza reviews archive.
  • Southwest inspired
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.