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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KrystalW
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During the pandemic, reserved for my 30th birthday with my boyfriend and it was magical. Sat on the terrace with a rainstorm on the horizon, celebrating with our masks on and enjoying every minute of our drinks and meal!

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AvidRestaurantGoer
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I have a 4 letter word for this place. Yuck! We came here after a long day of hiking and were very hungry. We got seated right away, and even though we had a reservation, it took about 10, 15 minutes for the waitress to greet us. I ordered wine (can’t mess that up) and my husband ordered a margarita. Drinks were fine. When it came time to order, the waitress seemed to rush us. She didn’t recommend any dishes, nothing. I think she was one of the worst servers we’ve ever had, and we’re foodies and dine out often, so there’s a lot to compare it to.
I ordered bison tacos and my husband had the filet enchiladas. When the food arrived, my rice was hard and the tacos were lukewarm and had an unpleasant, bland taste. Even though I was hungry, I could not stand to eat more than 1 bite of my taco. Hungry, I tried my husband’s enchilada. My husband’s filet looked and tasted like a flank steak. The only thing that tasted good on his plate was the spicy hominy.
The executive chef came to our table and offered to make sea bass; he said his line cooks made our food and was apologetic. While we waited for sea bass, he brought over a crab cake that had a nice presentation but when I bit into it, part of my bite was cold. At that point, we left. What an awful dining experience. I would not recommend this place to my friends, family, or strangers.

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vipMeganP
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I usually try to avoid hotel restaurants, but after getting several recommendations we decided to try it out. The sea-bass and filet were fantastic and full of flavor! The chef even came out to talk to us. Would highly recommend.

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vipPullmanCritic
London
66 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just superb service and food. A small menu but creative, perfectly executed and presented in mouthwatering fashion. The Chilean sea bass with lemon lacquer , sweet oea purée and Morels was the best fish dish I have eaten in a decade. A symphony of flavors, complements and contrasts, and textures

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ElizabethC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our evening here. The food was delicious and the service very good.

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vipcynthiap
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience5

The host was preoccupied with being entitled and arrogant , otherwise the food was amazing , lots of it . Avoid the male host at all costs , if you’re old average American going to dinner you’ll be sat in the closet . First time this has ever happened to me .

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SuzanneM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent! My husband and celebrated our anniversary in style at La Plazuela.

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Barb
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and setup during COVID. Always enjoy coming here from a trip out of state.

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vipTomF
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with the limited menu, the selections were adequate. My sea bass was some of the best fish I have ever eaten. My wife's petit fillet was excellent. Service was exceptional.

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JaniceG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I wanted to take our daughter somewhere special and La Plazuela was perfect. Lovely ambiance, delicious food, and wonderful waiters.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reunion

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JamesM
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't know what to expect with all of the restrictions in place but found that the staff was up to the task. Food was fantastic as always and they offered a nearly full menu (I did long for the table side guacamole but that will have to wait. Two breakfasts, one dinner and zero disappointment. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Caroline, was as amazing as the food amd ambience!

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KatG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had an amazing evening at La Plazuela on Father's Day. The service was top notch, our server (female with reddish long hair) was the best we have had in Santa Fe - perfectly attentive, fun and professional. Food was excelent and we will definitely be returning!

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vipPaulS
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good variety of New Mexico and other dishes. Tortilla soup is a great small dish if you are not real hungry as well as the caesar salad.

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LovesGourmetDining
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite! Chef Olea greeted us as we entered and checked on us frequently during the meal. The flavors he has created are outstanding. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The total experience was one will we remember!

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CarolA
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall we were very pleased & enjoyed our dinner!

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LarissaH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sea Bass was the best fish dish I have ever had in my almost 50 years!

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Vince
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner. Nice atmosphere, and friendly staff. Enjoyed our dinner!

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SteveM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious gazpacho and tortilla soups. Awesome Buffalo tacos needed a side of the great sauce in them. Filet was perfect. Crepes in the raspberry enchilada dessert were too dry. Always our fav spot!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was so delicious and beautiful. A nice lovely dinner when I was in town. The food was delicious and flavorful. I would recommend in a heartbeat.

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AshleyS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and absolutely a kid friendly restaurant!

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NMtraveler
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back! Food was awesome and they did everything right to keep things clean and safe.

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vipjgdeux
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal on Wild West Vaca started with superb Southwestern cuisine. The setting is worth the visit but add the fine dining service and experience with some of the best and unusual dishes adds up to an unforgettable dinner. Who would ever thought the corn fungus and barley cake would taste so delish. Chili Rellenos w Christmas sauce too.

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LarryM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, service was outstanding, sanitized perfectly. Highly recommend this for a wonderful and romantic experience. Keep up the great experience. Will return often.

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kellia
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best meal I’ve had in a while, everything was delicious. We had the crab cakes and margaritas to start. Our entrees were delicious, my husband had the enchiladas and I had one of the chef’s specialty dishes. Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience for the whole family. Thank you!

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KennyA
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place to have dinner. Good atmosphere, good food, good service

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vipPhilN
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful rooftop

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vipWalterL
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Celebrating two birthdays. The restaurant is beautiful, the service was very good and the food is consistent and good. It is also our favorite restaurant for breakfast in Santa Fe

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SharonF
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was very good and the service was wonderful.

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Sunrise9
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

It was all good, but the food only average. Lovely setting and good service. Main course of fajitas let it down.
Good wine

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Ambiance
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at La Plazuela is always a pleasure. The food and wine offerings are consistently very good. While never hovering, the servers are pleasant and attentive. It is one of our favorite dining destinations in Santa Fe. For just the two of us or when entertaining friends, it is such a pleasure to visit without virtually screaming over other diners or music that is unsuitable (for the setting) and/or far above ambient levels.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We never miss an opportunity to dine at La Plazuela 😎

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Oggie
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were supreme. Our server has been with the restaurant for over 30 years and sang the praises of her employer, was exceedingly attentive and friendly, and knew the menu upside down and backwards so could recommend dishes that absolutely met our needs and requirements.

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RecreationalDiner
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food in a historic setting. Excellent service

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SFVisitor
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

For the price, you can find the same level of food in Santa Fe with better service. However, the atmosphere is lovely.

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JuanitaR
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere is on point! We have visited twice this year and will again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I would think this restaurant would do a better job of scheduling reservations as it's been in business a long time; we arrived 10 min early but were seated 20 min past our reservation time - and we weren't the only group seated late. The place is lovely*, and the food was quite good (although the black beans were undercooked and not seasoned), but it is over priced. The service was fairly attentive, and the food did come out on nice hot plates. I had the chile rellenos, and they were very tasty. Everyone seemed to be happy with their meals. I know they won't change them, but the chairs are built for giants. I am 5'2", short but not tiny, and me feet did not touch the floor at all - quite uncomfortable along with the straight up and down backs on the chairs. *I noticed that they had set up tables on the outside of the room in the hotel's corridor by open areas looking into the atrium. I would not have been amused if I were seated in the hall; the atmosphere is a big part of the draw. I doubt if I would go back on a return trip to Santa Fe.

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vipHFlashman
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Friwndly service. Nice setting. So so food overpriced for the setting / quality.

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