We were ontime for our 7 p.m.
We were ontime for our 7 p.m. Open Table reservation and were seated immediately. We were asked if we wanted to be near the "stage" or toward the rear of the room and we chose near. We got a ringside table at the far left, against the wall. Although we were often just behind the singers (but close enough to touch!) we were quite happy with our location.
My wife and I shared a nice beet salad and she was very pleased with her mushroom tamale off the early dinner menu, which is available through the night. I had venison sausage.
Our server was Christianne, the only female singer on the bill. She was very personable and had a fine voice and stage presence.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
I have been there many times
I have been there many times and as always I enjoyed myself and I believe so did my first time guest.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
It is so fun to have the wait
It is so fun to have the wait staff sing songs, they are all so talented!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, truly outstanding
Good food, truly outstanding service and entertainment.
These are not your usual singing waiters!
Christiane Miranda who we got to know while she served as our 'waitress,' has a powerful voice with tremendous range--"the whole package," wife says--and reminded me of a young Barbra Streisand. The 84-year-old accompanist/pianist has a voice like Tennessee Ernie Ford. His deep bass 'money note’ was easily worth the price of our dinners and drinks, and his performance of "My Way" made Sinatra's old version seem weak--at least to this 80-year old geezer. Wow!
All the performers seemed to genuinely enjoy chatting with customers (several of whom ordered only drinks--there is no cover charge, incidentally) as much as we enjoyed meeting them.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved it, always do
We hadn't been back to La Cantina in a while but as always we loved the combination of music and great food. The hanger steak, ordered medium rare, was perfect and the pan seared scallops seems to make my girlfriend quite content. I'd never had mashed potatoes wrapped in a grilled green chile before ..... nice!
Go everyone, enjoy La Cantina! Rob Fox is a master on the piano and the entertainment is fantastic.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a treat - good food,
What a treat - good food, really good drinks and a cabaret show. Don't miss this restaurant when in Santa Fe
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been going for years, in fact it is one if the reasons we go to Sants Fe! The food is goodbye but the entertainment is fantastic and never disappoints. We love it!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Power Loss is Perfect
Due to weather, and shortly before our reservation time, all of down town Santa Fe lost power. It was our 50th wedding anniversary and turned out to be a very unexpected and memorable evening. We spent the time talking with the bar tender and staff of waiters as everyone waited for power to return for lighting and the kitchens. It was a perfect opportunity to meet them, learn names and backgrounds and even life events. The two hour wait was well worth it and the return of power (and dinner!) was great but it meant an end to a perfect 'appetizer'. The entire staff jumped back to work. The Santa Fe opera the next day was a new and memorable event for us but what we talk about now is not 'Figaro' but 'The Perfect Evening at La Cantina'.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and entertainment. Makes for a memorable, enjoyable evening.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite Santa Fe Spot
We have been dining here whenever we visit Santa Fe for the past 27 years! The food and service are consistently good, but what keeps us coming back are the singing wait staff! They perform a mix of Broadway and other songs, and always create a fun evening!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was wonderful! The entertainme
Food was wonderful! The entertainment was too! Service not so much!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff sings! They are
The staff sings! They are fabulous. We were there on a Monday night from 5:30 to 9:10. We, 4 of us, had a great time. Food was good and the show tunes were 8* out of 4. We will go back again, and again.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unusual cantina - waitstaff perform
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!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We LOVE the entertainment
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!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was recommended for our annual girls vacation week. Exceeded our expectations. Our waiter, Ben, was extremely helpful in selecting food and wine.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
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
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner and a show!
Always fun. Talented performers who are also friendly, fun waitstaff.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Music and good food
What a treat! Great food and beautiful music. This is a must visit when you are in Santa Fe.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM