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

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
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Authentic (30)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Local Ingredients (22)
Romantic (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Cozy (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Casual (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Spicy (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Good for Groups (11)
People Watching (11)
Fun (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Business Meals (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Healthy (7)
Hot Spot (7)
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Disabled Access (5)
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Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
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Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Scenic View (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Music (2)
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 4 days ago

Thank you for making it a wonderful evening to remember!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

We could have enjoyed our meal better if the restaurant hadn’t been so cold.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

We enjoyed our server, Stormy, who was very attentive and engaging.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food. Enjoyed a nice prime rib, juicy, tasty and large. My wife had the chile relleno, she thought they were delicious with both red and green Chile. Excellent friendly service. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Spicy, Worth the Drive
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The waitress was in a very great hurry to get us out of there: asked for our order as soon as butt hit seat, asked again before the water even arrived, didn't offer bar drinks before dinner, was trying to take our plates before we were finished eating. All this at 7:00 PM, so the restaurant itself wasn't trying to close. I hope her date was worth it.

Tags: Comfort Food, Spicy
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife and I came here for an anniversary dinner. Duck was incredible as was the Filet! Highly recommend. Great experience.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Love the ambiance and decor. Service was terrific. The food was so-so. We had the fajitas and they were bland. No seasoning. The shrimp was watery tasting and mushy. However, the tortilla soup was a real treat. We just go on special occasions, but other than that, we probably wouldn't recommend it for the food alone.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Yummy! Good food and good service.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Well prepared and inventive food in a classic continental style. Menu is varied and seating by the fountain provided a lovely experience for me and my dinner companion!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Wonderful food, good service, great ambience. Would recommend to friends.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 27, 2018

One of my favorite spots in Santa Fe....great downtown location, excellent food and service!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was attentive but not obtrusive, great food and timed perfectly. Felt welcomed and not rushed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great room and service

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Birthday-we had a wonderful evening and the food and service were both excellent!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My favorite Nice restaurant in Santa Fe

We enjoy the food and the ambiance.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 26, 2018

What a fabulous prime rib on a Friday night in Santa Fe. Roasted to perfection and seasoned just out of this world. Took half of it home and enjoyed it the next AM with eggs. Yummy!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The gluten free options were very limited, but for those of you who are celiac, if you ask enough questions, you should be okay. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about what elements of the dishes had gluten and we were able to substitute for gluten-free options. I will say that this is the first time I wasn't able to order fajitas because of gluten.

The biggest negative was the stingy pour of whiskey. It was indeed the smallest pour I think my husband has ever encountered... no contest. The waiter did say that this wasn't a mistake...that it was the standard amount. Stay away from ordering a whiskey neat!

Overall, it was a good experience. We love the ambiance and atmosphere at La Fonda and will go back just for that reason.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This restaurant has a great ambiance and very good food.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 23, 2018

La Plazuela in La Fonda hotel is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. Lovely ambience and delicious food. Excellent service, too.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 20, 2018

La Plazuela is a very nice restaurant to dine in with very accommodating staff. Our guy Armando sure exceeded my expectations and made my night with a special dessert for our anniversary. We'll sure go back some other time. Thank you!��

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was our second time eating dinner here and again, we loved it. Our server, Bryan, was amazing!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We always enjoy our evenings at La Plazuela. The food is great and the ambience is really special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Casual
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great Food, Great Service, Beautiful Decor Good Value!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Scenic View
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 17, 2018

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The chile relleno was amazing and the airline chicken was refreshing. The table was split on the wine prices – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the price was too high for the quality. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Delicious food in a lovely setting. Historic hotel on the Santa Fe Plaza

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 15, 2018

One of my favorite places to meet and entertain friends!! ...."Step into the past and experience the splendor of the American Southwest at La Fonda on the Plaza. An authentic example of one of Santa Fe's 4-Diamond hotels, La Fonda on the Plaza offers three classic New Mexican dining experiences including a one-of-a-kind outdoor cocktail bar and the fabulous La Plazuela restaurant, an attractive space built in the 1920's that sits below a dramatic, wrought-iron chandelier and lofty foliage, all encircled by hand-painted windows, evoking the style of the Southwest."

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 13, 2018

One of Santa Fe's iconic dining spots - well prepared food served in an elegant and comfortable setting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our girl's night out dinner at La Plazuela. The ambience was fantastic - it felt like you were sitting outside on the patio of a Spanish hacienda (but nice and warm since you were inside). We couldn't decide between rellenos or tamales, so our server made it possible so we could have both! The rellenos were excellent; not too greasy and the breading was just right. The tamales and posole were delicious as well, but a little bit spicy for my taste (this was common a other New Mexican restaurants we ate at as well). I would definitely recommend La Plazuela if you are visiting Santa Fe! Very tasty and reasonably priced for a nice dinner.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Fun, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Seasonal, Authentic, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Friendly service. Nice interior decor. Crab cakes were ok and small for $19. Great wine list.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 11, 2018

My family and friends have enjoyed dining at La Plazuela. The cusine always meets our expectation and is well presented. The service is always exceptional, especialy with Stormi who has been there for 0ver 30 years. I highly recommend La Plazuela as one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I love La Plazuela but this particular visit was not good. Our two meals were tasteless, the service was slow & not attentive and I proceeded to be sick that night & the next day. My salmon was over-cooked & dry so I think the chef was making up for old fish and I became sick because of it. I will continue to go to this restaurant, since I've been eating there since 1978. I realize this was one bad meal out of many, however, I hope the food returns to their usual standards and the wait staff learn proper service.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We had the salmon and the chicken dish. Both were excellent, although the chicken special was outstanding. I think that it is their signature dish. Wine by the glass selections were great. As always, it is a beautiful place in the heart of Santa Fe.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very good experience both food and service

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent service and food

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 (Tulsa)·Dined on January 4, 2018

It was amazing! I ate here once before but it was years ago. I made a special effort to try it again and was lucky to get a reservation. The ambiance

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food was not interesting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Beautiful restaurant in a historical hotel. Food is good, especially Mexican food. Good service and reasonable price.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent in every way!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food, great service, great overall.

Not to be missed if you are a new or return

visitor to SF.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Reservations for New Years. Assumed it would be formal for New Years. I'm not picky but was very disappointed. Should have called to confirm it was formal dining. With that said, breakfast was good. Definitely a casual restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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