La Casa Sena

4.3
1600 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
MAIN DINING ROOM:
Lunch: Monday-Sunday, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 5:00 pm-close

LA CANTINA
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30pm-close


We serve continuously ALL DAY, including an "Early Dinner Menu" between lunch and dinner service (3:00 pm-5:00 pm)
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Phone number
(505) 988-9232
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jose Rodriguez
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Private party facilities
We offer 3 small private dining rooms comfortable for 8-22 guests. We can also accommodate larger parties and private buyouts. Contact Ms. King for full private room, menu details and all your Santa Fe party booking needs.

Juli has successfully organized special events with the Santa Fe Symphony in addition to rehearsal dinners, weddings and a myriad of other special events and private functions
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Private party contact
Juli King: (505) 577-3891
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Catering
Please inquire about our offsite catering options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington
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Parking details
Validated parking is available in the public lot behind the restaurant on Nusbaum Street.
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Entertainment
Looking for live entertainment? Join us in La Cantina and indulge in the best of Broadway, jazz and much more Wednesday through Sunday, 6pm-close!
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Overpriced for undercooked food. Nevertheless, I was offered a free dessert in response to my complaint, which I did not accept. Had a coffee instead.

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SW
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This visit was on Sunday. I prefer the week-day menu. At our table of six, the one weekend menu item that was a definite thumbs down was the Brioche French Toast. It was coated with coarse cornmeal, I think, and had no flavor. It was dry. The accompanying bacon strips should have had the grease drained from them. On plus side maple syrup is automatically served. The crab salad is reliably good. Eggs for the Eggs Benedict Crab Cake have been cooked as requested—nice! The sorbet trio is just-right ending to a meal, but the waffle cookie accompaniment is impracticably hard! The staff was gracious about moving us to the table that easily accommodates a wheelchair. (IWhen I made the reservation, I had stated there would be a wheelchair.). The wait staff was not as attentive as usual which became an annoyance when we wanted to order desserts and when we waited extended time for our check. But we are returning in a few days—on a week day!

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

WE love the setting and try to go once per summer as locals. But the food is mediocre and overpriced. The service was great and we love the garden and shops there.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

we always make a reservation for La Casa Sena when in Santa Fe. Love the outdoor seating and food is always excellent also. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent. Singing in Cantina wonderful

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SW
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entertained out of state relatives.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!!

Beautiful setting outside, smiling faces as you walk in, and forgetting that outside these walls is a busy town.

This place is a MUST!

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PH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. The host was so professional and the food was delicious. The ambiance was first class. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for Birthday dinner. Waiter was substandard and didn’t offer any recognition of occasion, which was on reservation. Food was well presented but needed seasoning (chicken/lobster) and served luke warm (ossobucco). Desert (chocolate cake) dry and tasteless. Service not what I would expect for upscale ($$) restaurant.

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s
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful patio seating next to the fountain for lunch. The trout was excellent. Didn't see the black bean soup on the lunch menu - hope they bring it back! Excellent service.

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CP
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant has all tables located in an open-air inner courtyard, under big trees. When weather permits, diners can't ask for a better dining environment.

Attached picture... Title = Grilled Colorado Lamb Rack

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DR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to La Casa Sena for years and they have always been consistently exceptional. The people are friendly and customer-oriented, the food is always tasteful and often with a little flare and the ambiance both indoors and outdoors in the courtyard is lovely.

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New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Last time we ate here the service was fine.
This time almost everything was done poorly.
It was difficult to get any staff member's attention.
Not up to their previous standard.

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MC
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I've eaten here many times and think it was just a bad night. We had a small child with us and the service was very slow. You'd think they would have wanted to make sure we were in and out before the little one got antsy.

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ME
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

easily one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. It is delicious, atmosphere is enchanting and every evening we spend there is magical. Highly recommended! It isn't cheap, but neither is the experience.

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DS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cantina at Casa Sena is a special musical treat!

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BG
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We ate in the courtyard on Sunday. I’m not sure what the problem was but we waited more than an hour to be served our lunch after ordering it. The server and manager apologized several times about the delay. The restaurant also appeared to be understaffed. The food was good but I’m guessing Sunday brunch in August is not a smart idea especially for anyone on a schedule.

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good...not excellent. When we arrived the weather was threatening. Our waitress did a great job of getting us inside before the rain. (I just wish it had been in the bar.) Nice and quiet restaurant..but almost to quiet. Food: B I had the Lobster stuffed chicken. Although, the chicken was incredibly tender and juicy, I found the dish not to have much of any "special" flavor...almost bland. Another friend had the beef tender dish. I tasted that and the veg cake that came with it. The meat was cooked perfectly and we all really liked the veg cake? Now, why I wish we had been in the bar.... When it started to rain, most of the other patrons were moved to the bar area to finish their dinners. We could hear all the clapping and laughter, so after dinner, we asked if there was a spot available. Again, our waitress was incredible and made sure we could get a spot. There was a piano player and singers that rotated out. It was just a lot of fun and I felt like we had missed out.

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KO
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love casa sena. Always a special time. Love the patio especially

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SB
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband loves La Casa Sena's enchiladas (and they are gluten-free). But, he has had other entree's that he equally enjoys. Being a vegetarian, I love that they have a stuffed eggplant entree - so different and tasty. The salads are great, sorbet is yummy. If weather permits, sit outdoors in the courtyard. Such a pretty place (inside and out).

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Be sure to request the Cantina when the singers are there. Otherwise it’s unremarkable...just another good, not great Santa Fe restaurant.

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LG
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and serene outdoor patio. Great food ad service. Extensive menu should cover everyone.

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AE
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, and the service top-notch! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for your delicious food and varied menu. As always it was over the top delicious.

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DS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Indian Market weekend is the busiest of the year in Santa Fe. La Casa Sena booked our reservation for their gorgeous patio, called to confirm, seated us at a lovely table next to the fountain (even as a small party of 3), and the food and service were wonderful. Our 'go-to' restaurant when guests are in town, or we have a special occasion. Never disappoints.

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Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had the Wasabi Crab salad. I wasn't impressed with it. They ground up crab with some shrimp mixed in and stuffed it in half an avocado shell then surrounded with lettuce.

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S
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful patio! Wonderful food!
We had lunch on the patio and the food was lovely. The trout on green chile risotto was fabulous. The salsa, pick, and guacamole were fresh and flavorful.

Excellent service, lovely ambiance.

Highly recommend lunch or brunch.

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SN
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love the outdoor atmosphere of this restaurant, and the food was good. I just wish the menu had a few more options.

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SJ
New England
35 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Several years ago we ate here and loved it. The food was terrific and it was romantic. We were looking forward to our recent visit. I was given the wrong menu and nothing I wanted was on the real menu. I ordered enchiladas which arrived and Iooked like a plate of melted cheese. The sauce was tasty, but the presentation was a fail. The salad and drink were excellent. My husband ordered lamb and the plate looked beautiful. He said is was ok, not spectacular.

It is still very pretty, although there were flies that were pesky. Not sure anything could be done about that.

Santa Fe is very busy this week, but this is a high season they should have been prepared for.

Overall, with all the restaurants in Santa Fe, I would give it another chance if I happened to be in the area and there wasn’t another placeI I wanted to try.

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r
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, surprizing my guest who'd yielded to my suggestion chiefly because she could bring her dog. The service was friendly, personable, knowledgeable and efficient without being intrusive. The entire setting—green and leafy, filled with people quietly enjoying themselves—again fulfilled my expectations.
And then, because of an unaccountable, nearly invisible mischance, when I was left stranded, without means of getting home, the manager Michelle gracefully stepped in and rescued me without fuss or strain. Her exceptional generosity rounded off a fine afternoon even better than the delicious dessert.

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LH
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We chose La Casa Sena for an anniversary because of the beautiful outdoor patio. The setting was perfect but almost everything else was a disappointment. The main course was OK but nothing special, no special flavors, nothing that interesting. The desserts were rather mediocre...the strawberry rhubarb option was completely tasteless while the coconut mille-feuille was slightly better but nothing like a mille-feuille (also known as a Napoleon). We did not order any wine but started out with Margaritas that were excellent. We waited quite a bit when we arrived as the hostess was nowhere to be seen and the seating process seemed somewhat disorganized. Service during our meal was fine. In the end, we enjoyed the patio and made the best of it but we would not recommend La Casa Sena for anything else besides the lovely setting.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem off a restaurant

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice patio for brunch. Great food. Roxana was a great server, has good knowledge of the menu. Recommend the French toast.

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Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation in Santa Fe and we always go to Casa Sena first.

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DD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful retreat away from the main attractions and have a relaxing and awesome meal in a beautiful setting. Make time for this place!

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CB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I was really confused by the service on this visit. On previous occasions both the food and the service were excellent. This time the server seemed only helpful to the point where she went through her standard routine.

We selected a bottle of which which turned out not to be in stock. When she came back she said "I hope you picked a back-up" and handed us the wine menu. I asked for a recommendation for something similar and she just stood there then mumbled something about finding someone and left. When she came back she asked if we had made a decision.

One of our party told her he really wanted to try the Elk but could not eat mushrooms and she said, so pick another sauce. He asked what else there was and she said anything on the menu and stood there. When we asked if they could make the demiglace without mushrooms she said no. really?

For the price point and the quality of the food I really expect more attentive service, particularly when they are out of things.

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S
New Mexico
46 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mark was extremely helpful in explaining menu items and especially in picking wines, bringing a number of samples to help us make our selections. Great food, outstanding service.

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Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pretty patio.....cozy indoor dining room.......guacamole pasty and not very fresh. Rather bland really. Drinks good.....chicken enchiladas tasty but a bit over spiced fo my taste and I enjoy spicy foods....nicois salad was beautifully presented but lacked in overall taste.......setting made up for the few misses. A nice place to relax.

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N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Perfect location. Food is decent and good bar. I’ve been many times and always enjoy the atmosphere.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spring or summer dining experiences. The courtyard is beautiful!

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