About La Casa Sena

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.

125 East Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

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)

Cross Street:
Washington

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 988-9232

Website:
http://www.lacasasena.com/

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!

Catering:
Please inquire about our offsite catering options.

Parking Details:
Validated parking is available in the public lot behind the restaurant on Nusbaum Street.

Executive Chef:
Jose Rodriguez

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

Private Party Contact:
Juli King: (505) 577-3891

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

La Casa Sena Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (62)
Special Occasion (50)
Good for a Date (41)
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Fit for Foodies (39)
Romantic (39)
Great for Lunch (36)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Authentic (32)
Local Ingredients (32)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Casual (25)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for Groups (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Notable Wine List (15)
Cozy (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Business Meals (13)
Fun (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Comfort Food (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Scenic View (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Live Music (7)
Seasonal (7)
Healthy (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Spicy (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 21 hours ago

The service and meals didn’t disappoint for my wife and myself. We will definitely return next time we visit Santa Fe.

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 (Tulsa)·Dined 5 days ago

We always like dining here when in Santa Fe. This time they were below their standard. The wine service and table service were excellent. The kitchen detracted from the experience. The wait for our food was extremely long. Further, my wife ordered the Elk and the waitress said there was no problem of having it cooked medium. When our food finally arrived the Elk was on the rare side of medium rare. It was sent back and another extended wait. It was cooked perfectly the second time around. Ultimately the food was good and we hope this was just an off night for the restaurant.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined 5 days ago

One of the best meals we have ever had. The elk tenderloin was magnificent. We tried the roasted beet salad with the edible dirt - delicious - and the carpaccio. Everything was simply perfect. I would return here again and again. Great location, attentive service, lovely setting.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Romantic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our server was a bit surly & seemed put out with us. I ordered a birthday dessert after my friend had paid the check; the server seemed annoyed to have to run another ticket.
Otherwise, we had a pleasant evening & a delicious dinner.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a very good dinner here. The service was good & the food was well prepared and tasty. God voices for everyone at our take, as two of the people are picky eaters.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

very unusual, trout was poorly cooked/seasoned. sorry wife and friend did not send it back. my cheese enchiladas were cooked on a tortilla type chip, burnt on the bottom, had to use a knife to cut. this was a poor, but expensive, dining experience.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 5, 2017

lots of fun, talent and good food! Always a hit. Unusual, great atmosphere and good, good food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were a party of two and enjoyed our dinner at La Casa Sena. We had the beet salad, two orders of the trout, and wine. Food and wine was very good. The only complaint on the trout is that the menu description did not match the food. The "artichoke risotto cakes" tasted nothing like artichokes and the flavor was overpowered by feta and black olives. Tasted okay, but not how it was described. Great ambiance and service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We came for our anniversary and the food was fantastic. Maybe it was because of where our table was located (in the corner), but we had a hard time getting regular service from our waitress. For example, we had to wait a bit to order second glasses of wine, I wanted an extra side of condiment for my entree and had to wait at least 5 minutes until I saw her and we had to flag her down from a distance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had brunch inside at La Casa Sena Sunday and it was wonderful. The food choices and quality were outstanding. View out the window was lovely. Service was very attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was my fourth time at La Cantina, and as every time, food, music and service was outstanding. The other 3 in my party were newbies and loved it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

I have always been a fan of anything Gerald Peters launches. My wife and I was at one of his banks (Century) in Albuquerque and I meantioned that we were fans of Mr. Peters art and the branch manager gave us a tour through the bank, showing us the art on display, what a treat! La Casa Sena is a great experience, all around cultural experience, as well as great food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Business Meals, Organic, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was terrific, some of the best in Santa Fe! Lovely for dinner with good friends

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Pork chop melted in your mouth. Lamb chops were equally as great.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were looking for a nice restaurant in Santa Fe for Sunday brunch with options other than southwestern cuisine. La Casa Sena fit the bill. The restaurant has lovely indoor and outdoor options and the food was delicious. I shared the Salmon-coconut ceviche appetizer (definitely too much for one person). It was perfectly seasoned. My entree was the crab cake benedict. Both dishes were extraordinarily good. I highly recommend La Casa Sena.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything about my dining experience was exceptional. First of all I mistakenly reserved the table for the dining room when my intention was the cantina. The staff quickly corrected my error and went over the top to accommodate my guest and I. The wine, food, service and entertainment was more than I hoped for.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Live Music, Fun
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We arranged for a group of 7 presenters at our conference to have dinner together. We were put in a seperate room that was quiet, uncrowded and tasteful. The service was excellent as was the food. Bottles of wine were not excessively expensive.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely, quiet and unhurried dinner in the beautiful patio setting. Very quiet and peaceful (there were many empty tables outside, as the cooler temperature may have led most diners inside.) Our server was appropriately attentive and respectful of our pace, not in any way rushing us. He also made excellent recommendations, unlike the unhelpful but common, "Everything is good here."

Every dish was as artfully presented as it was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had our own room with table for six. Food and service great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

La Casa Sena is one of the longer-standing restaurants in Santa Fe, upscale, well-run, with outstanding food and wine. I've returned many times over the last decade or so. Always a wonderful experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great local restaurant with top notch management. Food has been greatly improved over the past year....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Everything we had was delicious. The merging of flavors was quite interesting. I had beets with edible dirt. Edible dirt turned out to be brown sugar ,nuts and something else which was actually quite delicious. My husband had tuna to ways which was also quite lovely. The place is very Santa Fe-ish and it was a lovely overall experience. The only downside to coming to this restaurant is finding a parking space. Luckily we were here in October where there was parking because it was 38°.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Lovely patio dining.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Beautiful garden courtyard, kind and friendly staff, and gorgeous food.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Hidden location with beautiful setting. Staff was friendly and efficient (Michelle). Elk tenderloin was cooked perfectly (chefs choice) and salmon in Caesar salmon salad melted in my mouth. Wine selection by the glass was very good, as well.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great indoor or outdoor patio dining and bar. Wonderful ambiance under old cottonwood tree.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 3, 2017

La Casa Sena is always a solid place to eat! The service is superb. The wine list is quite in depth from old world to new world choices. The food is always fabulous. It never disappoints!
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at La Casa Sena!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I love this restaurant and have loved it for many years. The food is consistently good, the staff is professional and the ambience is beautiful. The drinks are well mixed and tasty. It’s always a nice experience. If you eat in the bar, the waitstaff sings to you...lots of fun.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Our food was fabulous, and our waitress, Reagan was great, but they forgot our salad and the entries took about an hour to arrive. Dessert was on the house due to our crazy wait, and it too was exquisite.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Did not actually eat here because we really meant to reserve a table in the cantina with the singing waiters. After seeing the menu which was high dollar and not typical southwest fare, we had drinks only. We moved on to another eatery that met our likes!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We dined there to celebrate our granddaughter's first visit to Santa Fe. The food was excellent. Our granddaughter eats vegetarian so she enjoyed the roasted beet salad & the kale / artichoke strudel. My husband & I shared a Caesar salad. Then he had a beef tenderloin special & I had the lamb rack (which was a bit fatty). A lovely Tuscan wine was well priced. We all shared the ice cream sandwich for dessert. yum! An added bonus was that our server, Rena Harms, is an opera singer who travels the world to perform (primarily Madame Butterfly) & helps out serving at the restaurant when she comes home to Santa Fe on breaks. A delightful, memorable evening.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We went on a Saturday for lunch and we had a brunch menu. Food was good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great restaurant! Laura was our server & was very attentive. Beet salad not to be missed if you love beets! Lamb was the best!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The hostess was very unfriendly - she did not seemingly care to work with us in seating us in a place where we felt most comfortable. She was stone faced. Waitress seemed tired of seeing customers. We did not feel terribly welcome, and we were not treated with the professionalism I would expect and hope for.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Extremely slow and food quality down from a week ago. Something must be wrong in the kitchen

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We really enjoyed our experience at La Casa Sena. The weather was nice and warm so we dined outside. The ambience was great. The food was excellent. Our waitress was very nice and did a fair job keeping up with us but I sensed that she was a little stretched due to the number of tables she was caring for.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We changed our plans to lunch here instead of dinner. I don't feel there is much to report on the BLTA sandwich that we had. It was large and tasty, but the service was not the best. The dining patio is nicer than it looks like it might be from the street. Seems to be a popular local dining spot. The crab salad looked great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Wonderful dinner, atmosphere It is such a beautiful place

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I have eaten many times at La Casa Sena. I nearly always eat there when I am in Santa Fe. It is a dependable spot with a nice ambience. In September the outdoor patio is still available for dinner. I started with the poblano cream soup and it was a great choice for the evening. My entrée was the grilled elk served with grilled vegetables and a potato au gratin casserole. The servings at La Casa Sena are always good-sized, but this was the most generous amount I can remember. The elk was favorable and tender and the sides were tasty. An earthy red wine made a good accompaniment to the meal. The service was efficient and professional.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Food was good, ambiance was lovely, service was poor.

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