La Casa Sena

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
La Casa Sena is located in the heart of Old Santa Fe in the historic Sena Plaza. Featuring innovative New American West cuisine, 1000+ selection wine list and a spectacular and inviting outdoor patio. La Casa Sena is one of Santa Fe's most popular restaurants. Patio and La Cantina seating for online reservations must be requested via telephone.
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New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My 1st course (foie gras) was barely warm when it arrived, which was palatable but not that great. I should have sent it back.
My elk tenderloin was delicious but also not hot. Overall I was disappointed with my experience from earlier times there.

RP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was unquestionably one of the finest meals we've ever had in our many visits to Santa Fe. Everything was exquisite; food, presentation, service, ambiance. Prices were on the high side but the value exceeded the price.

P
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for the Mussels and Foie Gras along with the knowledge that they have among the city’s best wine selections. The Broth they use for the mussels is outstanding. The foie gras has a great balance with bread pudding and spices.
The added touch of the waitstaff singing showtunes while waiting tables is magnificent. This is a fabulous date nite location

n
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, just as in 1993.

CS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of our favorite nights out. The food was incredible, the service impeccable and we could not have enjoyed ourselves more.

OT
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of four dining at La Casa Sena for the first time.
The menu selections were creative - our choices were delicious and memorable. The service was impeccable. We will definitely recommend and return.

M
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both my wife (a vegan) and I (omnivore) thought it was one of the best meals we have ever had, having frequented many Michelin star restaurants. My wife had the beet salad (without cheese) and the stuffed eggplant and I had the Caesar salad and elk tenderloin. I eat elk tenderloin whenever it is on the menu and this was the best by far. Wine list is excellent and margaritas are among the best in Santa Fe where making margaritas is a competitive skill. Ben whom we had never met before was a outstanding waiter dealing with our disparate culinary issues. Kudos to the chef, bartender and Ben!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. The beef carpaccio, beet salad, ruby red trout and the chocolate bomb were made to perfection. Could not have asked for a more enjoyable evening.

LC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a vegetarian, the eggplant falafel on pita was outstanding and I would return for that entree. Very attentive service.

S
Naples
29 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful setting with great food. Especially enjoyed the Poblano soup and Caesar salad. Sit outside in the courtyard if the weather permits.

d
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This goes on being our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. Creative, delicious food, pleasant ambiance, great service.

DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about La Casa Sena, especially the food! We all had different dishes and no one felt like sharing, although we did...
Outstanding lamb, trout and pork. Friendly but very professional server.

L
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice quiet dinner. Excellent wine. Will return when in town.

IL
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a local. This is one of Santa Fe's most reliable restaurant for beautifully presented, properly served (hot when meant to be hot, cold if to be cold), and absolutely flavorful the way hoped. Service is adequate-to-good, atmosphere very nice. Prices compare favorably with other area finer dining.

C
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly becoming a staple for me in Santa Fe. I started with a gaspacho which was wonderful. That setup the ponlano soup nicely. Their duck was moist and flavorful. Well Done!

s
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner could not have gone better from my mojito “Cubano” to the mussel appetizer to the rack of lamb. Service was impeccable and the last day of summer ambience inspired....

s
Washington DC
134 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had business associates as guests for dinner and were happy with our experience as always at La Casa Sena. The patio was beautiful, the food and drink were exceptional, and Laura was attentive, friendly, and professional making our evening just right. Highly recommend this restaurant to all.

KS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was fine but nothing to return for. The meal had some solid flavors but mostly traditional. Duck was overcooked, no temperature taken. A member of my party found a marble in her food. They did take it off the check but no manager ever checked in. Server was pleasant. Patio was nice. Wine selection extensive, but not overly interesting. I don't know many places in the area, but compared up bigger cities/restaurant scenes, I wouldn't try it again and would seek out more interesting places for the price point.

KL
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we’ve eaten at La Casa Sena and it is always excellent. It’s become one of our go to places whenever we are in Santa Fe

m
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic about this experience! The trout dish had a Mediterranean influence and was filled with flavor, but not so much that it masked the fish. Great margaritas and service was the best we’ve had so far in Santa Fe.

w
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was a special WINE DINNER, and it was truly extraordinary. My only complaint was that the shrimp appetizer was VERY SKIMPY. Several of the people at our table were given 2 small shrimp while I and two others only received one tiny shrimp! The Scallops were delicious and the beef tenderloin was fabulous. The chocolate dessert was a work of art. The Orin Smith wines were well paired and generously served. A truly memorable evening and worth every cent of the extremely high price.

OT
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The interior courtyard is a very pleasant place to enjoy lunch/brunch. We were a little unsure as we entered from a passageway by the wine store. This sported views of empty crates, dirty dishes, and a broom as our first impression. Once past this neglected bar area, inside was very nice. Our food was very good.
Our server, Rosa, was exceptional. Rosa mixed the perfect combination of friendliness, knowledge, timing and attentiveness, making our visit outstanding. Please thank her.

j
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy patio for dining al fresco. Filet and Duck entrees were outstanding.

T
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The point of this place is listening to the music in the Cantina. When you make a reservation they don't tell you if the Cantina has been booked or not, so it's a mystery as to whether this place is simply an OK restaurant or you will get the added value of the music. The patio area is in grave need of improvement. The seating is old and looks dirty - actually it is dirty. The lighting is inconsistent which makes it hard to read the menu. If it's just food you want, there are plenty of places that are more interesting.

RC
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem! This was one of our favorite places in Santa Fe! The beet salad was outstanding and the courtyard was an absolutely perfect place to dine. I want to go back soon!

J
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We’ve been goin here for over thirty years. Most recently as a year ago. The restaurant has declined in a major way under the new ownership. Why would you buy an iconic restaurant to run it into the ground?

OT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The service was indifferent and the wait staff left for long periods without checking in. The food was bland and not particularly creative. The hamachi crudo was amazing and fresh. However, my fiancé had the ruby trout which had little taste and was served on a bed of gooey risotto with feta. I had the elk which was also fresh, but not well seasoned. I eat wild game frequently and this is not what I expected. I had asked for it to be served with the mushroom polenta. It was sent out with whipped potatoes, and I am allergic to white potatoes, which is why I asked for the change. The sangria on the other hand was refreshing and nicely garnished with fresh fruit. Overall it was disappointing and a real letdown as we had both been looking forward to the evening and expected much better.

TH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love La Casa Sena and try to go there for all our important dinners. It is so lovely to sit on the patio and dine. The energy is so peaceful and beautiful and the chef always creates interesting and delicious meals. Five stars!

A
Chicago
209 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice patio for dining, excellent beet salad.

MM
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful, talented wait staff at La Cantina!! Will visit again and again at every opportunity!

CC
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance lovely. Food was great.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meals! We had the elk terderloin and diver scallops, both were wonderful. The singing wait staff did a great job in both service abd vocal performance

LR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Used to really enjoy this place but this time not so much. Really miss the trout cooked in clay. The trout version this year was drenched in oil and parts of it were not cooked thoroughly. My husband said his dish wasn't anything special.

j
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I usually enjoy a brunch at La Casa Sena but the service was very slow and tables that arrived after we ordered were served before us. My food wasn't warm and those tables were very noisy.

D
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor dining on a warm Santa Fe evening. Our party of 4 shared appetizers (Spring rolls, Mussels, and Roasted Beets). Of note for this reviewer was the roasted beet appetizer.....wonderfully earthy flavor complemented by burrata. However, the consensus for the other diners was for the mussels, deliciously tender in a fragrant broth perfect for dipping with the accompanying bread. Two of the diners shared the rack of lamb entree while the other two diners enjoyed elk tenderloin and duck confit. The rack of lamb was outstanding; perfectly cooked and coated with pistachios and plated with a decadent truffle polenta. The elk tenderloin was a perfect medium rare complemented by a wonderful mushroom cognac sauce and garlic mashed potatoes. The duck confit was probably the biggest surprise of the night served with cumin-chipotle black bean sauce; the flavor was very southwest and delicious. Sampled deserts included a chocolate bomb (outstanding), buttermilk panna cotta (great flavor but set a little too firm), and sorbet (refreshing)

Two bottles of some pricey wine took this meal to the very expensive side but there are more reasonable wine offerings available that would have made this meal less costly. With the cheapest entree at $17, many may still find this to be an extravagance but it is Santa Fe and most restaurants will tend to be pricey; and, in this diner's opinion, the price is worth the quality in preparation, presentation, and service (which is attentive without being intrusive). If you lucky enough to have outdoor seating, you will also have a wonderful experience under the stars of a warm New Mexico evening

BG
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We have enjoyed La Casa Sena before and have always enjoyed it. We really appreciate the setting. The food is good and the service too. We would recommend it.
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RT
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy La Casa Sena. Excellent service and delicious food. The dish size is ample enough that you can share with another if you wish. It was a beautiful Santa Fe day, slight breeze and mid seventies at lunch.

MD
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The patio is very special BUT if fails to compensate for food that was WAY too spicy. When the peanut sauce makes your lips burn there’s a problem. Good service, perfect weather so sitting outside was very nice BUT when my wife got up the next morning with an upset stomach from the food it’s off our list for now.

RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When I talked to the hostess about our reservation I was told La Casa Sena did not allow corkage of customer owned wine because it was against the law in Ne Mexico. I researched this and found out it is legal in New Mexico, but it is up to the individual restaurant whether or not they provide corkage. I am very disappointed a highly reputable restaurant would not be honest on such a matter. While I am fine with you not providing corkage, I will tell you I considered your wine prices to be incredibly over-inflated. We decided to pass on ordering a bottle.
The food was excellent, and our waitress was outstanding. Our visits to your restaurant have always been enjoyable, however the incident above left a sour taste in my mouth.

WC
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A Great Patio and Margaritas with excellent food that you don't see everyday.

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