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La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza

4.5
4.5
2613 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest
"We do not accept reservations for breakfast and lunch, it is walk-in based only."

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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2 people

7:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Mexican / Southwestern, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 995-2334

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Lane Warner

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What 2,613 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Romantic

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  1. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met all expectations. Recommend table side prep guacamole.
  2. H

    Hanks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food3service4ambience4
    Staff was wonderful, the plating style is a little under whelming but the food was great.
  3. AR

    AviR

    Cleveland

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting, professional and attentive. Changed my wine glass without any question and opened a new one though I ordered just a glass to make me sure
  4. M

    ericM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tableside guacamole was delicious. We ordered the chile relleno and it was great. Reservation is a must!
  5. N

    Navaldog

    Baltimore

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Generous portions of well-prepared food with classic New Mexico influences. The table side guacamole service was outstanding. A varied enough menu for those not interested in chili-forward dishes. The restaurant is in a lovely courtyard setting with center fountain but covered with a skylight roof, at the historic Hotel La Fonda. Go up to the Bell Tower bar after dinner and enjoy an after-dinner drink and city view.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the decor, ambiance with fountain and food. Highly recommend the table side Guac!
  7. CL

    CliffL

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great dinner! But don’t order a Manhattan Cocktail. Terrible!
  8. c

    cynthiac

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming historic downtown property. Fantastic service. Loved everything about it!
  9. LR

    LarryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had two dinners and two breakfasts and was not disappointed. Great value for the experience.
  10. JE

    JeffE

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go-to restaurant when in SF. We love the food and ambiance. I have to commend the server that recommended the appetizers we were ordering were big an could be shared. Otherwise we would have had way too much food ahead of our main course.
  11. TS

    TroyS

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food right on the plaza. Food, service, and location are all excellent
  12. w

    winelvr

    Dallas

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    We ate dinner here while in vacation. There was a special event on the surround upstairs and it was extremely loud in the restaurant. Ww would have enjoyed it more if it was less noisy.
  13. CG

    CassandraG

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We have dined at La Plazuela many times over the last twenty years. We chose to host out of town guests there last night, because of the iconic setting. The current menu is uninspiring and seems to have lost its Santa Fe focus. And the quality of the cooking has definitely gone down. We were eager to try the huitlachoche tamal plate as we love huitlachoche and it is rare to see it on a menu in the US. The plate looked beautiful when it appeared, but we would not order it again. The grilled corn was barely grilled, almost raw. And the tamal was mostly a gluey masa with a very dry filling that was mostly bean. And the accompanying black beans lacked all flavor. We both had flan for dessert, and it was only adequate, though it came on a huge, decorated plate. The kitchen needs to go back to the basics and not rely on how the plates will photograph. I would tell people to try it for lunch, but not recommend the restaurant for dinner, as La Plazuela seems to be getting by on its location, setting, and its formerly excellent food.
  14. A

    Artemis

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food but need more vegetarian options. Entirely too dependent on meat.
  15. PC

    PeterC

    Tucson

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stormy was our waitress. Professional. Friendly. Knowledgeable about the menu. Her service was impeccable.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Margaritas were extremely small and not very tasteful for $14! Enchiladas my wife had were way to salty! Rellenos we’re excellent!
  17. CC

    ChrisC

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best meal we had in Santa Fe! The food was excellent! The drinks were excellent! The atmosphere and service were great. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  18. RL

    RonL

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got to the restaurant early and decided to have a cocktail at the lounge. The lounge brought our drinks to us as we were being seated for dinner. Efrain was our server and was attentive & courteous. We got a wonderful table by the fountain, which was relaxing. The table side guacamole was very good! My husband got the Chile rellenos and said they were the best he ever had. I had shredded chicken enchiladas with Christmas sauce and WOW! Service was excellent. Food was excellent. We WILL be back!
  19. R

    Rain

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere!
  20. G

    Gemgirl

    New Mexico

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Plazuela at La Fonda is wonderful in every way! After a long travel day, we were given the best table in the house, next to the fountain. The decor is beautiful & full of history! The people there took great care of us. We had an authentic Mexican Chilli Rellenos with guacamole made tableside. Exquisite in every way! And do get the house Margarida!
  21. G

    Georgetownresident

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice meal and dining experience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, we had a wonderful evening!
  23. D

    Diana

    Denver

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacation dinner. Friday night prime rib was so good. Guacamole at our table was a plus. Service was very good. Expensive, but worth splurging on our last night n Santa Fe.
  24. TN

    TimothyN

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were staying at the hotel. We ate dinner twice and also had breakfast 3 times. Every meal was great and the service was exceptional.
  25. CM

    CarolM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was delicious, our server was the best, I love the ambiance of the dining room. Always my favorite meal in Santa Fe
  26. GH

    GeneH

    San Antonio

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Building interior is beautiful. Food was very flavorful and potions were large. Cocktails were delicious. Table side guacamole was excellent. Shall return.
  27. SH

    SecondHalfCouple

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Armando was awesome! The food, drinks, service and ambiance were all top notch!
  28. GW

    GaryW

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service were good. We enjoyed the evening.
  29. TA

    TyAJ

    Indiana

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    So much for 100 years of hospitality—- our visit could not have been less hospitable. Zombie detached hostess who would not make eye contact, server who we only saw in quick passing, food arrived bland and out of order. Had to repeatedly beg for water. We told that a flan would take at least 15 min b/c the kitchen was overwhelmed. The entire experience was impersonal, rude and poor quality. Huge disappointment.
  30. JI

    JonellI

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Special of the evening was stated as a 12 oz. portion of prime rib, we both ordered the special to be cooked at medium rare, When the plates came out the portion size was visibly smaller than 12 ounces and both slices were covered in a brown gravy like sauce. Once we cut into the meat it was obviously over cooked and the sauce was probably meant as a cover up. All in all it was overpriced for what we received so in the future I would recommend going with something from their mexican food selections.
  31. SF

    SFfoodiefan

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Angel, was terrific! We enjoyed our meal very much!
  32. W

    William

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my wife's birthday at La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza. Every member of the staff are wonderful and made the evening special. The kitchen was accommodating for a member of our party's dietary needs and the food was delicious. Our sever Armando was excellent and the hosts were really helpful seating us in a nice area of the beautiful restaurant.
  33. KC

    KCKC

    Kansas City

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great setting - great service - good food - way overpriced ! But that’s normal for Santa Fe ..
  34. RO

    ROnnie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere but the chicken breasts were overdone and dry …. Even after sending it back and getting a new dish
  35. BM

    BillM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience with great wait staff. Our blue plate special of Mahi Mahi was outstanding.
  36. C

    Cathyann

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was tasty. It was a bit noisy so I had to lean in to hear my partner when he spoke to me. It took too long to get my change. Perhaps this was due to the fact that I paid all cash and not by credit card.
  37. G

    Gretchen

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and very good service. The guacamole is great and prepared table side. My friends raved about the margaritas t have the enchiladas christmas and they were delicious.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat and drink. Absolutely recommendable.
  39. YO

    YOLO

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pre-opera early dinner. Casual but with great service and food. Price seemed about right for Santa Fe.
  40. RN

    RichardN

    New Mexico

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food average at best; service lacking; hosts not super friendly. Wine list tremendously overpriced. Won’t return.

FAQs

La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza is rated 4.5 stars by 2613 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Google Map for La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza

100 E. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Santa Fe Trail

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Mexican / Southwestern, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lane Warner

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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