La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza

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La Plazuela was the hotel’s original 1920s patio and it retains that sunlit Old World charm. Skylights flood the dining room with natural light and handsome carved furnishings, artisanal lighting, and our much-loved hand painted windows create a beautiful, inviting room to gather, to dine and to make memories in. The menu was crafted to showcase old favorites with New World influences and authentic New Mexican cuisine, and our award-winning wine list is exceptional. La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza is Santa Fe’s gathering place. Come dine with us! *We do not accept reservations for breakfast and lunch, it is walk-in based only.*
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Girls trip

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KC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by Angel. Excellent food and ambiance! We ate dinner there three times last week. It’s always a winner! See you in October when we return to Santa Fe.

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Denver
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Not impressed with the food and the service was okay. The server who made the guacamole at table side did an excellent job. I expected so much more from reading the reviews

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NM
Denver
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been here several times - the food is always very good. Don't miss the guacamole preparation at your table! So delicious! We also had the quail breast tacos which were also excellent. One of us had the 1855 sirloin as a main (perfectly cooked) and the other had the filet y enchiladas with Christmas Chile. Excellent! Definitely will go back!

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l
Denver
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Seated well after reservation

One hour until served food

Food cold

Would have done better to eat at a corner diner

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Lesson- maybe don't ever order fish tacos anywhere in Santa Fe but definitely not here- inedible days old fish. Everything else was passable but very expensive, probably twice what you might pay for the same at a Tex-Mex.

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J
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous as always.

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k
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was great. The server, Gaspar, was exceptional explaining dishes, spiciness, and in his presentation. My wife and I were on a date and it was a fabulous dining experience.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Very cool setting, right off the plaza in Santa Fe. Overpriced for the quality, food was average. We arrived about 30 minutes early. The host said they would text us when our table was ready. Ten minutes after our scheduled reservation time, still no text. Went back to host stand and our table was ready, but still no text.

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JM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always

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DP
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was excellent. The atmosphere is very airy and open, similar to an al fresco experience with the high glass ceiling, the fountain and the trees. The wait staff was very warm and personable - our waiter was Stormie who is like an old friend you haven’t seen in a long time. The food was excellent. My wife had the prime rib and I had the shrimp pasta. Both were very well prepared, flavorful and well presented. We’ll return soon for another memorable meal.

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Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

La Plazuela at La Fonda continues to be one of the very best restaurants in Santa Fe. The food is well prepared and always delicious. The chile is tangy and tasty but not overly hot, which is refreshing considering the very hot chile currently being served by other restaurants. The sopaipillas are delicious and very tender. The service by the wait staff is excellent. One negative was that we were told the restaurant was full when we arrived, and although we had a reservation, we had to wait 30 minutes for a table. (5 other parties who arrived after us were seated before us, though no one left the restaurant during that time period.) The wonderful food trumps the wait, so we definitely will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent server. The pork shank and grits were out of this world. Excellent atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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G
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a business dinner at La Plazuela on Wednesday night, we ordered the guacamole that is made to order with your choice of spice level and toppings, it was outstanding, also ordered the special of the day that was cod with veggies and local new-Mexican specialties. Food was excellent and ambiance quiet enough to be able to discuss about the business topics in a relaxed and inviting environment, wines are a bit high on prices, but overall experience was very good and would sincerely recommend it.

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Among the best 10 restaurants we have visited in the last several years. Enjoyable ambiance, great service, delicious food, excellent mescal cocktail. Would be a regular for us - if we didn't live on the other side of the United States. Far better than the so called 5 star restaurants in the Washington DC area.

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r
Hawaii
58 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pork shank was fantastic!

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NP
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food at La Plazuela is consistently good and the surroundings make for a true Santa Fe experience.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at La Plazuela. We were not disappointed. The staff is attentive but never hovers. The food was fabulous and reasonably priced. The atmosphere is quintessential Santa Fe.

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AJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience in Santa Fe. The maitre d was friendly & personable. He seated us in a wonderful spot near the fountain. The menu selections were varied and everything was delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant as a relaxing spot after a day of touring the historic district.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from start to finish! Table side guacamole is a must...yum!

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CD
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful atmosphere for a romantic dinner! We are on our honeymoon and they gave us a romantic spot for dinner and a free dessert!

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T
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was ok but not as good as previous visits and service was slow.

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JW
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Armando was a great server catering to our every need. The quail taco appetizer in sweet potato shell had some of the most tender quail I have ever eaten. The shrimp fajitas were cooked perfectly. And the sopapillos with honey were out of this world!

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OT
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful place. And the free Birthday entree was nice

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ST
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best thing about going to a great restaurant is asking the waiters for recommendations. That was the case here. Angel was able to guide me through both the food and beverage menu. I’m often torn when the selections are all delicious, so having a bit of advice from those in the know is a big help! Perfect meal, delicious beverage and excellent service!

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D
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The service was awful - lengthy waits, disappearing server, wrong food, cold soup, wrong check, forgot to deduct soup from bill. The food was tasty but the sirloin was tough for a $31 steak. Good margarita

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The steaks had no flavor and were tough. This should not be a five star restaurant. The food in the lounge is much better.

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GS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The service was attentive yet not consistent. I think they fit us in to a quiet table and it threw off the wait staff. 3 of our party of four had great food, one had cold food.

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PA
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The staff made us feel unwelcome. This is a tourist place and being judged by your color is not a pleasant experience. The funny thing is majority of the staff is brown yet they were very quick to judge their own color this includes the manager.

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SF
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This iconic restaurant has excellent food, service and is one of the most attractive venues in Santa Fe for a restaurant. It basically features New Mexican food.

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us had dinner at La Plazuela during a recent vacation in Santa Fe. We did have to wait about 20 minutes after our reservation time. Upon arriving, the hostess offered us the table by the entryway, which we declined and said we'd rather wait. We were served by Stormy; she is an exceptional server and very personable. When we asked questions, she knew the answers and was able to accurately describe each entree. We each ordered something different and we all enjoyed our meals. The food was ample; three of us could not finish our meals. The flan for dessert was light and just enough afterward. The ambiance was pleasant and though crowded, the noise level was acceptable. Would definitely dine here again. On a side note, we also enjoyed cocktails in the Bell Tower at La Fonda. The sunset was gorgeous: not to be missed.

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KH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go early and visit the shops. Lovely environment. Excellent service!

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LM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely room. My meal was very good but my companion found his chicken a bit chewy and tasteless.

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MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined here with my college aged daughter on Tuesday (5/14) night when visiting Santa Fe. We live in Scottsdale, Arizona and enjoy eating out on a regular basis. I ordered the Pork Shank and it was probably one of the best entrees I have had in a very long time. It was PERFECTLY prepared. The grits were delicious and the spinach and onions were also very good. Just a perfectly executed dish. It would be a dish I would drive 7 hours to have again. Our waiter, Armando, was also very good. We will be back the next time we are in Santa Fe. Thank you!!

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KH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to La Plazuela and we really enjoyed it. Our meals were excellent. Hope to visit the next time we’re in Santa Fe.

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JC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We wanted attentive service, quiet enough for conversation, and a menu offering the flavors and wines of the southwest. Delivered on all counts.

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DO
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak is one of the best Ive ever had, service is professional. Definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to have a great dinner and relaxed time.

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E
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiente romantico, buon cibo, prezzi un po’ cari, sevizio ottimo

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ME
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always love going to La Plazuela. Love for out of town company to experience the beautiful room and the food is always good and beautifully served.

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KL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of fun. Tableside guacamole and margaritas were excellent. The food was really delicious.

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