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Santa Fe Cafe
Santa Fe Cafe
  • Address:
    807 Willliam Hilton Pkwy Ste 700
    Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
    Hilton Head
  • Cuisine:
    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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "It was kinda cute. Decent view of outdoors and not many patrons. Food was good - sorta like an Olive Garden but pricier. No complaints. Great rosemary lavash!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Food is awesome, make a reservation as it will be crowded."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great authentic New Mexico SW food. The cerviche is always fresh and great. The LUX margarita hit the spot. Try the outdoor upper deck for cool evenings. Service is well trained and friendly."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Second time to HHI, second time to Santa fe cafe..might go back once more before we leave. Excellent everything there! My family loves the food and we get different meals and share them all because everything is so good we want to taste it all !!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food is fantastic, but the upstairs patio and live music is the best part!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Ate at Santa Fe on Saturday night, June 21st and had a very good experience. Open Table reservation honored with immediate seating on the first floor. Service was very good and food was quite good. We enjoyed the Chimichanaga, Shrimp Fajitas and Burrito. The only "not-so-good" item is the NOISE. It is deafening...the server couldn't even hear us !!! Other than that...wonderful dinner !!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Santa Fe had an eclectic mix of Tex-Mex - A portabello mushroom was not what I expected to see but it was very well prepared and tasty."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Excellent and innovative menu. Good kid options. Comfortable seating. Unique atmosphere. Great service. We can't wait to come back!!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We come to Hilton Head two times a year and we always go to Sante Fe Cafe. We always enjoy our dining experience. The Grouper is to die for. Sante Fe Cafe is a must whether you live in HHI or visiting."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We have been coming to Santa Fe every summer for years. The food is flavorful and piping hot. The service is friendly and well-paced. We always enjoy our evening here."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Better than expected food at beach resort, better than other tex-mex establishments on Island. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very overpriced for very average mexican food. Pictures of reatraunt make it look upscale, but far from it. Lots of young people drinking heavily at outside dining. Food not much better than fast food mexican. Service slow, waited a long time to take order, did not check drinks, and waited a long time for chek."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife and I ate at Santa Fe while we were on vacation in Hilton Head. I highly recommend the ribeye burrito. It was amazing. My wife love the shrimp fajitas."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great place for dinner. Eat outside if possible. Great margaritas too."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Best meal and service on HH Island! We loved everything about it and will return every year!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great place to dine. Very friendly owners. Different food choices."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Good service and great food. The good was flavorful and we tried many appetizers. Very enjoyable place for a nice dinner out. Not fine dining, but definitely not run-of-the-mill Tex-Mex restaurant."
    Dined on 6/9/2014