Santa Fe
Santa Fe

Santa Fe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.santafe71.com/
  • Phone: 2127240822
  • 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: 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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Santa Fe reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)vibrant bar scene (11)good for groups (10)fit for foodies (9)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)special occasion (2)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Try this Restaurant!
    fandoxVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A Mexican/Southwest restaurant on the Upper West Side! Great place! Margaritas are amazing and the food is high quality! I WILL BE dining here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent quality food
    BartonFoodie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I'm not an expert on this style of food - Southern USA/Mexican, but our group of three all thoroughly enjoyed our meals here. They were very tasty, spicy without being hot and well presented. The margueritas did their magic, the noise level is ideal and the staff were attentive and helpful. If I lived here, I'd make this a regular stop for dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood SW
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This was our second visit to Santa Fe and it will not be the last. Nothing fancy, just good, tasty Southwest cooking. I had the enchiladas, my wife had the steak fajitas. Both were very good, as was the guacomole, although it could have used a touch more zip. As I said, we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what it once was
    Danb
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had not been to Santa Fe for a number (think 20) of years. Unfortunately, it has not aged well - but aged it has. Gone is the "edge", the vibrant approach to food and the bright, new look and feel. Perhaps a bit of a lift is in order.
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  • reliable food
    BetsyknitVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I've eaten here a few times, since it's in my neighborhood. The food is good. Not amazing, best things I've ever eaten, but good enough to return. Ginger margarita is nice; the mushroom quesadilla is the best one I've had, and the best thing here. look, mexican/southwest food is heavy, and that's what the food it. this is quite good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southwest delight on UWS
    oichi
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Frozen margaritas thick as snow cones and delicious. House hamburger on English muffin with choice of cheese types and well-done bacon (for added charge) especially good after a long abstinence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    Maestrabg1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Labor Day weekend. Food was fab: chipotle chicken, chipotle shrimp, crab cakes. All excellent. Not pressured to get dessert. Lovely wait staff. Good time, great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We love to sit in the friendly bar area. Delicious grapefruit margaritas! and we enjoyed the trout and steak fajitas
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    imameyerhoff
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I've lived in the neighborhood for years and just tried this place for dinner on a Saturday night. The food was SO good. For the price though, they should offer better ingredients - organic or natural or wild salmon, not the farmed kind. I was there for a date night and, unfortunately, there were a lot of kids there, but thank goodness they were well-behaved. I will be back though, not a lot of mexican food options in the hood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming...
    upperwesteater
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I was a bit disappointed with this place. The food was bland at best and the service was pretty poor (our waiter seemed very put out with simple requests). It's really close to me so I was hoping we found a new place to go to when Rosa Mexicano is booked up but I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All Around Fantastic
    dineit
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Managers and staff are amazing! Food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunshineVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    It is always worthwhile coming here for the good food and excellent margaritas. Service, however, is usually hit or miss. More servers are really needed to make it better. Portions and prices are pretty fair so all in all a good choice.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great place. Brought friends from out of town and they loved it. We enjoyed everything we ordered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    because summer days in central park just call out for margaritas, we dined at santa fe for the second time in a week. the food is always good and consistent, this time it went beyond. the salmon special with pipian sauce was as good as anything served at coyote cafe (one of new mexico's uber-standards of southwestern cuisine)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sunshineVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    always a good quality margarita and good choices for Tex-Mex fare with decent portions and prices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew?
    ABG1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    What a pleasant surprise. Always thought that this was a small bar. The back dining room was very nice and the food exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dsgnchickVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice surprise
    HollyYVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kenneth
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back Again!
    MikeVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love This Southwestern Gem!
    diniVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 110 reviews are from the Santa Fe reviews archive.
  • dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I enjoy coming to Santa Fe whenever I am in the neighborhood, I especially love the huge pork chop!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SF was a special treat
    UWSfavs
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Casual Mother's Day Dinner
    MojesuVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this place
    Parker705VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Interesting Southwestern menu wonderful margaritas. Not the prettiest place, but comfortable. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Magaritas are amazing!
    Admansdad
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find
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  • Always good food/great margaritas
    westsiderVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    One of our favorite neighborhood places to eat. Food is always good and at reasonable prices. Good margaritas.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Great Prices and Atmosphere
    kkfoodie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good basic southwestern food
    SJR1VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
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  • Confortable
    reviewerrobertVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still the BEST Margaritas!
    diniVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    TuRKy
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    There was a day when people would kill to get into Sante Fe - now they are dying to leave!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining
    Buckman
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Went here prior to a Lincoln Center performance. Quick friendly service and food enjoyed by all four.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good neighborhood spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indigestion and dirty floors!
    Jar2
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
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  • Great Southwestern Cuisine
    Lauren
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we were there on a frigid
    pdg123VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    we were there on a frigid night and it was empty. quiet. food delicious.
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  • Comfortable, consistently
    LanieVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Comfortable, consistently good, neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Margaritas on the planet & ...
    MapPetal
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.