La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza

4.5
2121 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest
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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant waitstaff and delicious food

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ATourist
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This is NOT fine dining. The hostess was not attentive or friendly. It took our server quite some time to come to our table and she only checked on us once or twice. The food: do not order the Caesar salad unless you like stale croutons, yesterday’s lettuce and a dressing that has very little resemblance to Caesar dressing. I ordered the salmon. Please do not make the same mistake. Properly frozen and thawed salmon is never as good as a freshly caught fish, but it is edible. The thicker center part of my fish seemed to be a bit freezer burned or off in some other way. Maybe there was a problem with the freezer and it broke down and everything in it thawed and then it got fixed and all of the thawed stuff got refrozen. The plate came with three circles of some ill-defined green stuff that was probably supposed to be pesto remoulade. It didn't help. On the positive side, the dish came with asparagus that were very well cooked and quite tasty. Also tasty was the creamy polenta. My wife ordered chicken fajitas. They were fine. Not fine as in Fine Dining, but they were not offensive. Also: props for a fine chardonnay and well-made margaritas.

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loves2cook
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so pretty. My dinner was a vegan masterpiece! The drink menu was interesting. It was a lovely evening.

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vipMadelineB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in. Santa fe. Everything was terrific try the stuffed peppers and heirloom tomato appetizer very fast and attentive service. Ask for the fireplace room, it’s quiet and has better ambiance’s

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good dinner

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vipusafun
Kansas City
174 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my favorite restaurant during my recent long weekend visit in Santa Fe. Great Margaritas and food. Hearty choices and just right portions. Even room for dessert. The flan had a great texture and flavor.

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Lucy
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

When our food arrived, both of our dishes were cold so we had to send them back to the kitchen. The second time around the dishes were better, although not real hot.

My husband had the salmon plate and he was very happy with it. I had the chicken breast plate and unfortunately the chicken was well done and dry.

We both felt the portions were too small for the amount of money they charge.

The waiter was great though, we felt that he did a great job accommodating us.

Jill Averill

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BobC
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dinning at the La Fonda restaurant for over 50 years and they just keep getting better!

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vipfredfearless
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding late dinner in lovely courtyard patio, May 2021: side asparagus hot and tender and fresh; salmon bursting. We also enjoyed a wonderful tortilla soup-salad-enchiladas lunch, a day+ later. Unpretentious, attentive staff. Marvelous striped cotton (!) napkins, too. We’d be here a lot if we lived here; Santa Fe should be proud.

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LisaCeleste
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table ordered a variety of dishes, from soup, salad, and full dinner enchiladas. All of it was fabulous, as was the service.

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vipMxking
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Salmon and pappardelle. Chicken tortilla soup and caprese. All excellent.

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mbb500
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate a memorable dinner here about 4 years ago and decided to repeat since we were staying in the hotel. Once again it exceeded our expectations. The Enchiladas y Filet is a unique approach to a traditional southwestern dish. The filet was delectable. Expert service is a trademark.

Ate breakfast later in the week and the Huevos Rancheros were the absolute best ever. And we've had them hundreds of times.

MM
MikeM
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Abbreviated covid menu was a disappointment. Very limited offerings and nothing close to the menu we researched online before making our reservation. Was tempted to leave and go somewhere else. Food was good but not what we were expecting. Bar was closed and drink offerings were limited as well. Wouldn't recommend until they're back to full offerings.

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NancyL
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We love the room and generally are pleased with the food. Our waiter was excellent.
It took too long to get our drinks.
However, my rellanos came with the chili on the top and not on the side as I as I ordered. So,my partner was half finished his meal before I got mine.
The sopapillas are not good at all.
But we will be back,I'm sure. !

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ShannonB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sopapillas to die for! Excellent southwest fare and chili!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu has definitely shrunk but the quality of food was good as always. Ser vice is tops!

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SeanC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew was our waiter and he has waited on my party before. He is a rare gem in customer service. Attentive without being instrusive. He took great effort to take a flattering picture of me and my dining companion. I had the rainbow trout and it was fantastic and my companion loved the salmon.

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ChrisW
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Spring 2021 menu is fairly limited, and prices are high. Expensive, and small, margaritas.

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SusanT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My husband’s dinner was overdone and unappetizing.

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SFeSeniors
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely for a birthday dinner for the two of us. We started with a cocktail at La Fiesta Lounge. So good to be able to do this again.

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DebbieA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting town with a friend. Absolutely the perfect place to enjoy a fabulous, yet casual meal after a long day of walking & shopping

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vipAMcCabe
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of the prettiest dining rooms in Santa Fe! The filet enchiladas were delicious, and the service very pleasant, interesting wine list

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James
Tucson
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was great to get out to eat, especially at La Fonda. La Plazuela was an excellent setting, felt very open and safe. Great ambiance and food, very good service.

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LeeS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our40th wedding anniversary here. Everything came together perfectly, including a surprise bottle of Champagne ordered over the phone by our children. Karen Severson, our hostess, was just phenomenal. Our waiter, Angel was great, too.

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SarahF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to eat here for our anniversaries and every experience here is wonderful! The staff is always helpful and nice.

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vipTerryB
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to eat at 4:30 because the restaurant was fully booked after that time so we skipped lunch and it was totally worth it. The chips were fresh and crispy and the salsa and guacamole were terrific. We order fillet mignon with cheese enchiladas and chili rellenos. The margaritas were good as well. The dining room was open with tasteful decor. We hope to return soon only book in advance so we can eat later.

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Geri
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went early and it was quiet. Good food. Lovely wait people.

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RNAL
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were seated outside of the true Plaza because of social distancing requirements, but fortunately not in the main lobby corridor where others had to be seated. Service was efficient. Food was very enjoyable. Great spot to people watch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Overall everything was mediocre. The steak enchiladas didn’t really come together as a cohesive dish. They came with a warm dessert that oddly came out at the same time as the meal. The trout was decent but nothing special. The margaritas were alright but again nothing special for $15-$16 each. The highlight was the green chilli queso which was very tasty. The restaurant is in a very nice setting in a courtyard with a fountain.

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vipValueFood
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bison tacos were amazing and so was the sopa! However, the service from both the hostess and the waitress (Carolina) were lackluster.

Carolina was flat, despite my upbeat attitude; perhaps because she didn't see me as a big ticket as I dined solo. But she was more accommodating to other tables of bigger parties. Her bias was clear, and professional wait staff shouldn't behave that way.

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SteveR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

They missed big time on one entre and wine was wrong
So it was one of those embarrassing can we take money off bill deals
Probably struggling during Covid

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DaveS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very disappointed in service and food. Enchiladas in particular had been held so long bottom required strong use of knife to cut — very tough tortilla. I should have sent them back but service was so slow it was not really an option. Dish was supposed to have tenderloin and they were out; substituted chicken but no discount. $19 margaritas like the highlight; tasty but overpriced. COVID distancing means restaurant at max 50% capacity. Meanwhile on a Sunday half the tables empty yet service was very spotty. Asked for extra salsa and ended up with $8 fee. So, on balance, I’ll never return. Better options within a few hundred feet.

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MickeyS
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The bison short reb tacos were delicious. The ceasar salad was big enough for two. The service was outstanding. The recipes were good, just not exceptional. We are glad we are here.

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vippjfchicago
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Lights were too bright and the food was good but not excellent. Service was very good, however.

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BretonJ
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We had a wonderful meal here last June and looked forward to our return visit. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. We had to send a drink back. The menu was very unoriginal. Although my trout was very good, the filet served over basically an enchilada meal was not great. Service was average at best. Everyone blames Covid for these days for mediocracy, but Geronimo seems to be immune. Definitely better places to have a good meal in the plaza area. Too bad, because the setting is so nice.

KW
KarenW
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Food just ok. Service terrible.

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JohnB
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. La Plazuela is one of our go to restaurants in Santa Fe.

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tracyw
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first dinner out in a year, and it was so perfect. Great service, great food, and all of the CDC guidelines adhered to which made us feel relaxed and safe. Thank you for a great experience.

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PamelaW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Service, food, environment, cleanliness. It’s always a pleasure.

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TravelGuru
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter dinner at La Plazuela was lovely. While the restaurant does still have an abbreviated menu due to Covid restrictions, there is a good selection and the food was delicious. The ambiance is always great here.

Our server was excellent, service was timely, and we were able to linger over after-dinner coffee without feeling rushed.

My only suggestion to make the ambiance even better would be for the restaurant to have a minimal dress code. There were people there who looked like they just came in from playing baseball or cleaning the garage. That kind of slovenly, unkempt dressing is way out of place in an upscale place like La Fonda’s premier restaurant. It made me uncomfortable. They look like they should have gone to McDonalds. Please require some level of nice clothing. Business casual. Santa Fe Western. No ripped, dirty clothing. No baseball caps. No grubby t-shirts. I guess I’ve made my point! Keep it classy!

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La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza is rated 4.5 stars by 2121 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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