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Santa Fe Cafe
Santa Fe Cafe
  • Address:
    807 Willliam Hilton Pkwy Ste 700
    Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
    Neighborhood:
    Hilton Head
  • Cuisine:
    Southwest
    Price: $30 and under

Santa Fe Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://santafecafehiltonhead.com
  • Phone: (843) 785-3838
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Austin Harris
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer our upstairs dinning area for large party private dining which holds thirty to forty people, which is great for rehearsal dinners and other events.
  • Private Party Contact: Marshall Sampson (843) 785-3838
  • Entertainment: For a truly enchanted evening, dine under the stars in our open-air, climate controlled Rooftop Cantina complete with an oak fire in our Adobe Chiminea and unwind to live music from our Ranchero Guitarista Wednesday through Saturday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Plantation Center
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Santa Fe Cafe
We bring the very best of Southwestern culture and cuisine home to the Lowcountry. Our menu has been an Islanders" preferred dining spot for over 20 years and with dishes like our famous grouper, to our bone-in cowboy cut black angus ribeye, our outrageous chimichanga to even lobster fajitas, we're sure to have a new favorite waiting for you. From the sounds of the live Ranchero guitar player to the smells rising from our mesquite grill, Santa Fe Café is a much welcomed reprieve for the senses. Even when you're outside underneath the stars on our Rooftop Cantina, we've got you covered.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "This place is a "Hilton Head tradition." I'm sure they've been overcharging tourists for mediocre food for years. If you are determined to go spend more money than you should for the quality of food and the ambiance ($280 for 7 people w/ only 4 margaritas), then do order the quail. Very well prepared but the maple syrup takes over about the middle of the dish. Avoid the chicken fajitas at all costs (and that cost is $24!). Dry & tasteless chunks of chicken w/ the usual Mexican restaurant sides. All else was mediocre w/ the exception of the onion rings, which are the best deal on the menu. Service was pleasant, but I would definitely not return at these prices."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Dined at Santa Fe twice over a 2 week period, and it continues to be our favorite restaurant on Hilton Head Island. We have the pleasure of going there a dozen times over the course of a year, and it is always special. Food and service are always excellent. Menu has been tweaked but thank goodness its always an addition and not a subtraction----- everything on the menu should stay there, as all the items are awesome. Steaks always perfection, and when I try something different "just because", it's always great too. This past time it took me forever to decide because of the various choices. Close your eyes and pick, and you're still in for a treat. Great job, everyone, see you again soon."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have been coming to Santa Fe for years and love it. Every time we visit HH it is a must go to, sometimes twice. The food is fantastic and so are the margaritas. I wish they would franchise and open them all over the country!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Not your typical Mexican- some tacos and fajitas, but also some more classic entrees. For example, the Fajitas were the best I've ever had, but were also the most expensive and presented as a regular dish, rather than on the "sizzling skillet". Everyone enjoyed their dinners, and we all agreed we would go back soon."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Santa Fe restaurant is a consistent winner. It has gourmet Mexican food. There is always excellent service and wonderful specials. The guacamole appetizer is a must. It goes very well with the house margarita. The fillet mignon fajitas were perfect. We were seated immediately at the time of our reservation. I would highly recommend having the reservation. This popular spot is not one to just drop into. We have been here many times and the service is always friendly and prompt. I will warn you that the cowboy steak is enough for two meals for a very large hungry man."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We went here for lunch a couple years ago and had a great meal, so decided this year to try it for dinner. Wow, what a difference! Dinner was WAYYYY overpriced for standard Mexican type fare such as Burritos priced at over $20 which does NOT include Rice or beans. You had to BUY chips and salsa if you wanted it where as most every Mexican restaurant I've been to provides this at no cost to patrons. Fajitas for basic chicken were $24 and I had to ask for cheese to go with them. The food was just OK- and when you factor in the prices, we agreed we'd definitely not be going back. If you don't mind paying that much for mexican fare, then you might like this place, but for the taste of the food to me, it was not worth it."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We have been to Santa Fe Café several times. The food is always fantastic. You have to try the painted desert soup! It is out standing. We always go to Santa Fe when we are on the Island. It is a must go place. Centrally located by Palmeto Dunes, you can't go wrong!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Santa Fe has become a regular stop when we are in Hilton Head...could not wait to eat here again this year. We sat in the room where they cook and liked this over sitting in the upstairs area. We shared the special quesidilla of the night and it was tasty. My husband dined on the ribeye burrito which was delicious. I had the fish tacos. I highly recommend this restaurant which is a bit hard to find if you're new to the area, sits outside the entrance to Palmetto Dunes."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We hadn't been out in months without the kids and the staff made this evening so relaxing & enjoyable; and they made sure to seat us away from all children. Def. make a reservation. The food was amazing as usual, consistently great service at this restaurant & we love the atmosphere. We'll be back as always :)"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Very enjoyable evening. Staff was very accommodating. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our food was amazing. The drinks were excellent. Staff was attentive. We look forward to our dinner at Santa February Cafe every time we visit Hilton Head."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Been dining at Santa Fe for years, and it never disappoints. It's the first and last place we go when visiting Hilton Head. The food is wonderful, it's unique, and I can't wait to go again. I'm stuck on the bone-in Cowboy Cut Ribeye, and wife loves the signature grouper, which has a sauce you won't find anywhere else. The Chimichanga is another favorite. Other great choices are pork chop, lamb, and ribeye burrito. Service is always great---same servers are always there, seldom turnovers, so they recognize us and make us welcome. Great spot for groups, whether family or friends. Small restaurant which allows attentiveness from staff, but big enough to be really fun. Love the window tables back near the chef's grill. Congrats to all at SF!!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I've been going to Hilton Head Island since I was a child, but this is the first time I've tried Santa Fe Cafe and I absolutely loved it! I had the Painted Desert Soup, which was incredible, and the Ribye Burrito, which, while huge, was also amazing. We split guacamole, which was homemade and very good. The atmosphere is southwestern, but I definitely recommend the rooftop; it's beautiful, peaceful, and I loved the Spanish guitarists that were playing. It was a wonderful experience, I would highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We love tex mex food but were not impressed with Santa Fe Cafe. Restaurant facilities were nice including a large outside deck. However, the food was mediocre. It reminded me of a Chi Chi's (if those still exist). Guacamole tasted okay, but was a dark green color will a very smooth consistency. Salsa was watery. Our fish, beef and chicken dishes were bland and lukewarm. Margaritas seemed a little weak. We would not recommend."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "THIS IS MY GO-TO PLACE FOR EXCELLENT SOUTHWESTERN CUISINE. MY PARENTS LIVE ON THE ISLAND AND WHEN WE VISIT THEM EVERY YEAR, WE MAKE SURE WE DINE HERE. WE ALWAYS TRY DIFFERENT ENTREES--WHETHER THEY ARE ON THE MENU OR A SPECIAL--AND THEY NEVER DISAPPOINT. TRY THE GUACAMOLE & CHIPS APPETIZER AS A STARTER. DELISH! LOVE FRESH GAUC! ALL ENTREES ARE FANTASTIC AND THE WINE LIST IS VERY GOOD. ENJOY!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Good southwestern food. Queso dip was very good. Shrimp tacos were good but too spicy for my taste. Main drawback to the restaurant was having to wait over an hour for our entree to be served. Too long of a wait when dining with children."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This is a really nice restaurant and had a great evening. We actually should about 45 mins before our reservation and the guy at the front had us a table in about 20 min. Even with it being busy night. The services was good and the food was great."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We visit HHI at least once a year and were referred to this restaurant when we asked a local resident for southwestern cuisine. We were definitely not disappointed - Great ambience and excellent food and drink menu. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Arrived at 5:15 and the restaurant was not crowded at all, which is a treat for Hilton Head in the summer. We were promptly seated and waited on. The food and service were excellent. It is a little more upscale and pricy than your typical Mexican restaurant but we will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "As usual we had a fabulous meal. We sat at the bar overlooking the grill. Enjoyed interacting with the chefs. The food was impeccable. We had the grilled filet and the pork chops. Started with guacamole and ended with toffee cake and coconut ice cream. We plan to eat here again when we are in HHI next month."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times over the years. Diner was excellent! The food is delicious - full of vibrant flavors and well prepared. I had the smaller rib eye - perfectly cooked. My son had a chimichanga that was excellent. Both the painted desert soup and the black bean soup were excellent. Great dessert. Will return with pour next visit to Hilton head."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Have been going to Sante Fe for ~20 years. Focused menu but they have the meals down quite well. Have been there for many special occasions. Good to make a reservation especially during prime dinner hours."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We are local and have enjoyed Santa Fe for over 7 years. The only issue I have experienced is sometimes indoor dining is so loud it is hard to speak to people. This was not the issue Saturday night between 7-9. We brought a couple new to the Bluffton area and it was a great experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First time visit, totally impressed with the food and service, exceeded our expectations. Ceviche and chimichanga were outstanding. Will definitely be back many times. Only downside was it was kind of noisy and just from normal talking at the tables."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent. Atmosphere was excellent. All in all a great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "is was our first experience at Santa Fe. The food and service were good. Based on our visit, where you are seated has a big effect on the overall experience. We were in a are of the restaurant where employees were placing the food on dishes. It seemed the ere having a contest on which one could make the most noise slamming the dishes, which had a negative impact on our dining. May try this venue again, but would definitely not sit the same area."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We make it a point to visit Santa Fe Cafe every time we visit Hilton Head. We have never been disappointed. They do everything right and consistent. It is our favorite restaurant on the island. We would love to have one like it in Atlanta."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We tried this out. It was great. The food was good. Service was OK. Our server was not very friendly. The food was a little over priced for what you get. Plan to spend $80 to $100 to feed a family of 4."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My husband and I have vacationed in Hilton Head a number of times and had not tried Santa Fe Cafe before. A friend recommended it and now we can't wait to go back! The guacamole was amazing as were our entrees -- I had the vegetarian chile relleno and my husband had the chimichangas. We were crazy stuffed - SO much food! - but our friend who suggested it said we couldn't leave without trying the pistachio cheesecake... and she was totally right, it was so good (and homemade, too!). All around great service and loved the atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Overall, food was very well executed versions of standard southwest fare. Ceviche was especially good and highly recommended. Prices were a bit higher than typical mexican/southwest restaurants."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Not only was the presentation of the food "wowing", the flavors of the dish were outstanding. Everyone one at the table tremendously enjoyed their choice, as well as the gluten free appetizer. My friend was so impressed with the gluten free choices. This was a gem which was referred to us by a friend. We will continue to refer other friends to this restaurant and will make sure to dine here again. We also loved that reservations were available."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Excellent food! Cheesy appetizer was yummy and large enough to share! The wait staff was friendly and very helpful!! We'll definitely recommend to others."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We brought friends to this restaurant which is a fav of ours. They thoroughly enjoyed the breadth of menu offerings and energy of the restaurant. Wine & beer list had some interesting and different-than-the-usual selections. Food was excellent as always - the Painted Desert soup (yes, it actually looks like a painted desert) was great, my Herb-Roasted Free Range Chicken with cornbread stuffing was seasoned just right, and my husband's Outrageous Chimichanga was, indeed, outrageously good. We were glad we had a table indoors; while outdoor rooftop seating was available, there was a torrential downpour while we were eating....dodged that bullet!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We tried the Santa Fe Cafe for the first time during our recent trip to HH. We had late dinner reservations for the roof top patio. Fun and vibrant ambience, especially since they had live music that night. If you want seated outdoors, I would definitely plan ahead as there are not a lot of tables up there. Food was amazing as well. My husband had the appetizer ceviche and couldn't stop raving about it. Great quality food and presentation overall. Will defintely go back!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Nice setting, attentive server and good food. The scallops and fish tacos were excellent. Will visit again!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Santa Fe cafe is just a nice treat and change from the usual seafood beach restaurant. Nice decor and atmosphere. We always request outside seating, but in the summer opt for later in the evening. Food and drinks are good, with a reasonable selection and variety, including seafood. The ceviche is my favorite appetizer with shrimp and scallops, cilantro and lime that makes it so fresh and light."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great South West Food. Service was quick.. food great A must when you visit… Third time at this restaurant (go every year) and never disappointed"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was very tasty. Best scallops I ever had. Being so near to water wish there were more fish choices . Enjoyed the restaurant however ."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Santa Fe is tucked away in a what appears to be a business strip mall. I am glad we found it. The staff was very friendly and the food was good. We had a large group (11) and Santa Fe was able to make it work without a problem. Management slammed our server with several tables at once, but the server did a great job managing the situation. After dinner, we walked outside to listen to some music. The bar and tables outside are great for a date night. I would recommend Santa Fe to the visitors on Hilton Head Island."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Every time that we have been to Santa Fe we have enjoyed the vibrant flavors and interesting combinations. An upscale twist on traditional Mexican food plus creative extensions on the theme."
    Dined on 6/24/2014