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Santa Fe
Santa Fe
  • Address:
    73 West 71st Street
    New York, NY 10023
    Neighborhood:
    Upper West Side
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican / Southwestern
    Price: $30 and under

Santa Fe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.santafe71.com
  • Phone: (212) 724-0822
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Jose Gonzalez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private Parties available pending negotiation. Call and ask to speak with Alex.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Avenue
  • Public Transit: Take the 1, 2, 3, B, or C train to 72nd Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered and non-Metered parking is available on surrounding streets. Various parking lots are also available nearby.
A word from Santa Fe
Santa Fe has been an Upper West-side staple for over 25 years. Featuring Southwestern Classics, Contemporary Mexican Cuisine and the best Margaritas in town, we strive to provide every one of our guests with a comfortable, delicious and friendly dining experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican / Southwestern
Diner Reviews
  • "always a good quality margarita and good choices for Tex-Mex fare with decent portions and prices."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "What a pleasant surprise. Always thought that this was a small bar. The back dining room was very nice and the food exceptional."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "we decided that Saturday was the perfect summer evening to sip margaritas at the bar of Santa Fe. I tried the blood orange, which was nice and tart (not gooey and sweet as flavored margaritas tend to be). The crab cakes and steak fajitas were delicious too!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great little restaurant in our neighborhood. Lovely staff, nice food and a back dining area separate from bar helped noise level. Will def go back"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great as a pre-Lincoln Center destination for dinner. Tasty food delivered efficiently and attentive wait staff. I enjoyed the wine which was reasonably priced by the glass."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our most recent visit to Santa Fe was very pleasant. Good drinks, good food and great Margarita's! We like this spot for dinner before a show at Lincoln Center. The staff is very welcoming and the service always spot on. My favorite dish is Shrimp Chipolte which I enjoyed this past Friday evening. My wife enjoyed the short ribs of beef in a soft taco. We will be happy to go back again!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Santa Fe is just plain fun...great margaritas, exciting bar scene, where "everybody knows your name", excellent southwestern food at reasonable prices, and accoustics that allow you to hear your dining companions!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I enjoy coming to Santa Fe whenever I am in the neighborhood, I especially love the huge pork chop!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Totally fortuitous and delightful selection: We (living on West 73rd St) just celebrated my wife's 71st birthday (with Italian and British guests) by selecting a neighborhood restaurant on West 71st St. with Santa Fe at 73 W 71st being perfect. To our delight, Sante Fe provided to be a superior restaurant to which we will return ourselves and with guests. We enjoyed range of menu, especially crab cakes; with responsive and informed waiters and an eating area that was delightfully decorated and delightfully quiet."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Had an early (6.30 pm) Mother's Day dinner at Santa Fe. Nice, casual, good service, good food, good margaritas. Easy going - worked for the kids and the parents. My star rating is based on combo of food/ambiance/service and price point. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Interesting Southwestern menu wonderful margaritas. Not the prettiest place, but comfortable. Excellent service."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Best margaritas I've had anywhere. Food is also great...I strongly recommend the Yucatan Chicken. I've been 5-6 times now, and will return again. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "One of our favorite neighborhood places to eat. Food is always good and at reasonable prices. Good margaritas."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Our party was looking for something affordable AND good food. We found that at Sante Fe. Our waitress was very helpful and nice. If we visit New York City again, we will definitely visit Sante Fe again."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Food was OK, service was polite but slow at times. Good place to go for a basic meal but nothing that knocks your socks off. We had the Guacamole, Tortilla Soup, Chimichangas and Banana pudding. Crowd seems to be a bunch of regulars that have gone there for a long time. There weren't many people in there below 65. My girlfriend left her phone on the table and realized it was missing about 30-45 mins after we left. Surprisingly, it wasn't stolen. The staff located it and held it for me at the front until I could get there to pick it up. Kudos to them."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Santa Fe is one of those comfortable restaurants we love. Always greeted warmly by Alex and all the waitstaff that we have come to know. Ellie is our fav! Food is dependable and they are always willing to make changes. Brunch is surprisingly good. Fajitas and hamburger is our go to."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "There was a day when people would kill to get into Sante Fe - now they are dying to leave!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This little gem just off Columbus Avenue still has the best margaritas in town...the food is excellent, the service, sublime. I just love it for lunch or dinner!! And it is so nice to be able to have a civil conversation without loud music blaring."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We love this restaurant for our 'tex mex' fix. The guacamole is delicious and so is the tortilla soup. A great option are the fish taco app as a meal - really good. I recommend this place, but the service can be hit or miss depending on how many large groups are there, and how well the particular server handles it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went here prior to a Lincoln Center performance. Quick friendly service and food enjoyed by all four."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant a few times now and each time is better than the last. I ordered the crab cakes which tasted fresh and were paired perfectly with a smoky tomato sauce. The Valentine's day special pomegranate margarita was delicious. Service was great. No complaints"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I wanted to walk out almost as soon as I walked in. Floors were dirty and decor was unappealing. The salsa and chips they served were passable, but meager. The food was like a bad fast food restaurant. I couldn't find the steak in a steak enchilada. The salt level in the tortilla soup had to rival the Atlantic! The servers were nice but they didn't have much to work with. Stick with chipotle."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Everything about Santa Fe was good; we were seated immediately upon arrival, and our server arrived at our table immediately, with great salsa and chips, to take our drink order. Our food came piping hot and exactly as we ordered (a few special requests were taken care of) and it was delicious!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "we were there on a frigid night and it was empty. quiet. food delicious."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Comfortable, consistently good, neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Best Margaritas on the planet & the guacamole is always excellent. Love the Skirt Steak Fajitas. We had requested a particular table and it was waiting for us when we arrived."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "My first revisit in a decade or more. Food reasonably priced and absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We are regulars and keep coming back. Drinks are terrific and the food consistent, flavorful, and fresh. Service is great. A neighborhood jem."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "always reliable with excellent margaritas, tasty fare and good service at reasonable prices and goodly sized portions."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Very good, authentic Mexican food that is delicately spiced. Having extensive experience eating Mexician food I recommend Santa Fe con todo me alma."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "ok neighborhood southwestern/mexican fare though nothing special"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Consistently good. with a wide variety of choices. We always look forward to eating there"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Had the spinach salad and steak and carrot cake. Food was good, no complaints. Not a foodie place, but the atmosphere was very nice, with plenty of space around tables and a charming decor. The real standout at Santa Fe was the staff, who were excellent and attentive and sweet."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "An old favorite, we stopped by after a number of months. Wait staff was very attentive and friendly. While the food came out very quickly it seemed a bit over cooked. Might just have been an off night."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The background buzz was helpful since we had dinner with 5 and 7 year old grandchildren. My shrimp roll appetizer was enough as a main course, preceded by an excellent and filling chicken vegetable soup. Enjoyed the guacamole which was deliciously spicy but not overwhelmingly so because of a chopped tomato addition. Portions were extremely generous - one dish could have been split between the two children. Attentive wait staff."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Came here for my husband's birthday w friends, bc we knew it's a sure-fire hit. Comfortable, can actually carry on a conversation, great friendly service. Top picks: definitely the crab cakes! also, the chipoltle chicken and sweet potato black bean burrito. margaritas really are the best in town. note, we came on a Tues eve, might be a little noisier on the weekend. Tues taco nite is a good deal too!"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Excellent Mexican food! Pleasantly surprised! Excellent , excellent!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "There are very little options in the UWS; either too expensive or diner-like. This was perfect for grabbing a quick bite before or after The Beacon. Reasonable and tasty but needs to start serving Mojitos."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Needed a last minute reservation to meet with friends and noticed Santa Fe. We had a terrific evening starting with the welcoming host who made sure we liked our table, our pleasant and professional server and of course, the delicious, fresh food. The room is very cheerful and attractive with tables spaced so that we could enjoy a conversation in privacy and without overhearing or bothering our neighbors. Our margaritas were delicious and the fajitas ( we tried all three kinds) really tasty and authentic. We plan to return again soon and recommend Santa Fe highly."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Back room was nice and spacious. Food was amazing - great meat, noirmaly in places that do spanish the meet is less awesome as it usually served with lots of spices and sides. I could have eaten my Fajita steak by itself and would have been very happy. Will definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 11/1/2013