About La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza

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!

100 E. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southwest, Mexican / Southwestern, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:30am

Cross Street:
Old Santa Fe Trail

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(505) 995-2334

Website:
http://www.lafondasantafe.com/

Executive Chef:
Lane Warner

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

La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (57)
Good for a Date (49)
Local Ingredients (37)
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Authentic (37)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Romantic (34)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Casual (31)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Fun (19)
People Watching (18)
Cozy (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Spicy (17)
Worth the Drive (14)
Business Meals (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Healthy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

The menu selection was good, the server was very attentive to our needs and the food was great. It is one place that you don’t need to leave the hotel for a very good dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great ambiance and good food for my family's last day in Santa Fe - would definitely come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a wonderful evening at La Plazuela for a date night while vacationing in Santa Fe. The atmosphere was fantastic and service was exceptional. The tableside guac was delicious and fun. The burrito is a little boring, but still tasty. We HIGHLY recommend the chile rellenos. Overall, we had a fantastic meal and experience and can't wait to return someday.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The food and service were excellent. I had the cod which was so well done. The dessert was a chocolate bread pudding. Simply yummy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We arrived for our reservation and were told they didn't have a table ready. Took 15 or 20 minutes to seat us, so even with a reservation you may have to wait. The room is a bit noisy. My DH and I were at a two top which was way longer than is typical so a bit hard to talk. I couldn't move next to him as I would have been in the server's walk way to other tables. Room is charming. We sat next to a fountain. Not intimate though. Foodwise: My Rellenos plate was phenomenal. I loved everything on it. The black beans, posole, guac were terrific, and the best Rellenos I've had. Hands down. DH also liked his enchiladas.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Spicy
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 9, 2017

My dinner wasn’t very warm as if it had been sitting for sometime before serving. Unhot enchiladas. Ugh!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

All 3 of us had an excellent dinner here. I can only vouch for the sea bass and that
was superb! The guacamole could have been spicier so if you like a lot of flavor,
be sure to tell the preparer to go heavy on the garlic and spices!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This was a great experience. The bread was good. Filet cooked medium was perfect. The pork tamales were a must!!!

Make a reservation! It’s worth it.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Any trip to old town Santa Fe requires a stop and meal at this authentic historic restaurant Inn.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Shreveport)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Gorgeous place! Food was very good, staff friendly. Went for dinner but heard all other meals are great here as well. Hotel is amazing from the lobby to all the shops.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our dinner as a family here was amazing! We had our 2 young kids and older parents with us and everyone enjoyed the atmosphere. The table side guacamole is an absolute must!--we have never had such amazing guacamole and chips! The ultimate highlight had to have been the tortilla soup as well, phenomenal taste and presentation! Everyone's dish was perfect and enjoyed each bite! The only thing lacking may have been the margarita which was a bit weak. --We will most certainly return when back in Santa Fe!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Beautiful ambiance with a fountain, lights and southwest flair. Service was impeccable and food was good. Great romantic dinner!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Server was great, food just Ok. Veggies too crisp, but portions are large. Live music in bar was fun.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We went two days in a row. We are so glad we did!! We went on a Friday night to celebrate my Birthday. Free dessert was a nice touch! We were driving in on an 8 hour trip. We ended up having to reschedule our reservation 3 times and they still had a table ready for us. The food was excellent. We loved it.
I am vegetarian and they were very accommodating. Cashew loaf was great! My husbands steak was perfect. We went Saturday for lunch, we didn’t realize they do not do the table side guacamole for lunch. We were disappointed we missed it the night before. Be sure to order it if you have the chance. We asked the lunch server but she said it’s only for dinner. We had enchiladas with the sauce in the side. Excellent!! Service was better at dinner. The young lady was very attentive. Lunch server was a young gal too, but she was not as helpful or quick. Excellent food and atmosphere and we will definitely return. Excellent margaritas!!!! This place is a guaranteed delicious meal, nice experience, lovely atmosphere.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Slowwww service. It was 10 minutes after we sat down until the server came by. It was another 10 minutes before we got our drinks. We both got filets and they had no seasoning. Not impressed.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Beautiful dining room, superb service and great food. La Plazuela offers a wonderful mix of Southwestern and traditional American fare, sometimes on the same plate. Of course, the margaritas are wonderful, with numerous varieties to choose from, and the wine list well thought out. La Plazuela is always at the top of my list every time I visit Santa Fe.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Spicy
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Restaurant is in a nice courtyard setting. Quail Tacos and Tamales were excellent.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Special staycation for us. The Chile Rellenos are the best in town; we enjoyed the service and the ambiance.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Authentic, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very nice environment. Good service. Fair price. Good food. Did have to dine at 5:30 pm because they get busy.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Interesting menu. Food was fantastic. ...tortilla soup!! "more please!"

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 11, 2017

A very good evening dining choice in Santa Fe - unique decor, in the glass ceiling covered courtyard of La Fonda Hotel. A reservation is essential.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Margie looked after us and was wonderful. Food was great. Margaritas outstanding.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Atmosphere very romantic for two with water fountain. Food and service superb.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Casual, Vegan
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The ambiance was delightful and the decor beautiful . My college roommate and I (reunion) had a wonderful meal. Our server, Hernandez (I believe) was so efficient, pleasant and lovely to talk to. My only request, offer more mango salsa with the red snapper tacos. Thank you, Susan
We dined on 10/8/2017

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Beautiful . Food ok average .they weren’t very busy Saturday night service a little slow. Prettiest place in Santa Fe. Better for lunch

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Dinner was great but noise level was very high. Courses ordered came out not as expected. Whole table ate main courses at different times!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The service was excellent , food delicious ! The chile poblano is the best . The server gave us a free dessert for my Hubby's bday

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We we’re in Santa Fe for a wedding and wanted a nicer place that had great food. My husband had the special - prime rib. It was cooked perfectly and the potatoes were amazing! I had the filet and enchiladas. Again, the steak was cooked perfectly and the enchiladas were phenomenal. I did one with green sauce and one with red (Christmas). Took me a bit to get that. Haha. 😀 We also tried the quail tacos. I really liked them, my husband thought they were ok. Had a great margarita and they had a nice scotch and wine selection. Servers were very friendly and helpful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Exactly what we wanted in a Santa Fe dining experience! Great food, terrific service!

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 3, 2017

My Ruby Red Trout was excellent but the seasonal vegetables turned out to be some tasteless under cooked greens that didn't match the Trout.

The service was fantastic!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We go to La Plazuela a lot when we have special occasions or have friends we want to meet. It is a great place for locals and for out-of-town visitors. Great food; great service; in a downtown landmark; and just a place to be trusted for a great dining experience -- breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Thanks!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The Chili Rellenos are fabulous--crispy on outside, melted cheese inside, red or green sauce over. Served with beans and rice, guacamole on lettuce with a few chopped tomatoes.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Highly recommend the asparagus/arugula appetizer. Had a good wine selection. Chose the ruby trout for entree. The trout was delicious.... full trout (9 ozs.) It was a lot of food. The server was professional. A staff member (in the lobby) also recommended the guacamole appetizer, another raved about the prime rib. Will consider those for next time. Great
restaurant!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Romantic dinner setting with dim lighting, twinkle lights in trees under a skylight and a burbling fountain in the center. Charming decor with Santa Fe flair. The service was exemplary, the food delicious.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 1, 2017

One of out favorite stops in Santa Fe. Consistently great! See you next time! 😋

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We chose this restaurant based on a friend's recommendation as well as great Yelp! reviews. We were NOT disappointed. The ambiance is great, and the food exceeded our expectations. We had the Petite Filet as well as the Prime Rib and the meat was cooked to our request, the vegetables were fresh, and the garlic mashed potatoes were delicious. We had a happy hour cocktail in the bar before dinner and were allowed to bring our unfinished cocktails with us to the dining room. A great overall experience and a gorgeous atmoshere.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food and service were very good and good value. The drinks from the bar were poor.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Our server was very attentive, and our food was delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent, as always!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 28, 2017

While they are definitely more trendy restaurants in Santa Fe,
La plazuela has a sold menu, a lovely ambiance and well trained servers. It is classic Santa Fe cuisine without fairly moderate pricing ( by high-end standards). We very much enjoyed our meal there. The star: an asparagus and beet salad!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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