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Cafecito

4.3
74 Reviews
$30 and under
Argentinean
Cafecito is a family-owned Argentinian cafe and restaurant located at the edge of downtown, a neighborhood snack place to stop in the heart of Baca Railyard. Relax at our two spacious outdoor patios in a fresh atmosphere that pairs Buenos Aires cafe culture with modern design. Our menu is a blend of our family’s heritage from Argentina, Armenia, and Italy.

We offer Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Brunch with classical fare and items inspired by Argentinian cuisine including empanadas, sandwiches, salads, and soups. We also serve a full array of coffee, tea beverages, and yerba mate.

Cafecito is all about being a friendly, community space true to the owner’s heritage.
Expanding and adapting we’ve transformed Cafecito into a delivery and takeaway culinary hub.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 74 people are saying
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Nice atmosphere but the food was mediocre.

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MaryP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious! We arrived a bit early for our reservation and were seated immediately. The wait staff thoroughly attentive and informative. Our dinner was perfect and the setting ideal. Will be back!

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ElizabethC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about Cafecito and will put it on our top list of places to go on a regular basis. Next time we want to sit on the swings!

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AdieJay
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful little place with an interesting menu. The decor makes it feel really special but also casual.

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JodiR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, gorgeous greenhouse garden ambience, tip top service. One of our very favorite Sta Fe eateries.

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LocalHostess
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

actually our service was a little slow to start HOWEVER once we were attended to, it was swift, seamless and very attentive! Each server was gracious and helpful. Ourdoor under heaters was comfortable.

Food was good to excellent. The spinach fritters as apps were a tad underdone. The pasta with artichokes, etd needed way more artichokes. Will definitely go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

lovely little restaurant in an innovative space in the outskirts of town, food was surprisingly food and proprietors very nice. I think server may have been training—seemed a bit confused at times but we had a good time

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Meh. Ordered empanadas, the bread basket, pasta special and steak. One of the two empanadas was very bland, the pasta special needed a ton of salt as it had no flavor, and the steak was chewy. We arrived before 6pm on Friday and there were only 2 other tables occupied, so service shouldn't have been as slow as it was. We won't be back.

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Kate
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed our meals. Great variety. We did not the empanadas because we had them on a previous visit and found them to be …..bland. We will return to this lovely little restaurant.

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viprobbie
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The staff was not organized and confused: slow.
We were served someone else's dinner twice.
Food was mediocre - not up to usual tasty standards.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the courtyard. It was so peaceful and pretty. The food and the service were both wonderful. We plan to go back soon!

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vipJoanneF
New Mexico
35 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the lovely wine dinner! Everything was delicious!

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Ashes
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Beautiful patio and all necessary and appreciated covid precautions honored in a gracious and non- invasive manner. 5 stars!

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Cj505
New Mexico
32 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant!! Our food was delicious. It all tasted so fresh. We had the salmon with risotto and chicken with gnocchi. Both dinners came with pencil thin asparagus. The service was great too. The servers and hostess worked as a team.

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KristinP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Attentive and knowledgeable staff, good wine selection, tasty empanadas, good price point for entrees, very charming ambiance.

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vipAlice
El Paso
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Beautiful space, friendly service and excellent food!

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TomS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious! Definitely recommend the steak of the day. Staff was very friendly and accommodating

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Janie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambience, inside or on the patio. Food is excellent!

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vipAntonio
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Tried the bruschetta this time. Yummy and massive!

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genes
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Second time in a week we had dinner there as well as one breakfast. Lovely environment, very good food, good service and thoughtful staff. We recommend it highly.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place was recommended to us by a Santa Fe local. It’s a bit out of the way, but it’s a nice cozy spot to eat. The menu has unusual items, I recommend the empanadas. We also ordered a shrimp and pasta dish. I didn’t care for the pasta, the texture was not what I’m used to but overall it was good and the shrimp was delicious. We had a very good dessert of flourless chocolate cake and a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream that tasted like homemade.

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vipFoodLoverSF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food and ambiance are extremely pleasant. This was my second visit. The waitstaff needs additional training. I would be happy to share details with management. In spite of weak service I would recommend this restaurant to friends.

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rhchef
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience and the food was very tasty. Our server was great, and even with a little snafu of underdone chicken, we would still go back…and plan to!

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vipNMTreeFarmer
New Mexico
27 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This out-of-the-way gem has become a favorite of ours. And, everyone we have told about it agrees that it is superb.

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vipBets
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous music, ambiance & food

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vipDebra
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really liked everything I had. My dining partner said the steak wasn’t tender. The other folks enjoyed their food.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Very sorry to say that dinner for the four of us was mediocre to poor for all of us. And this is one of our favorite lunch destinations, which only accentuated the disappointment

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Bucklin
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely atmosphere with delicious unpretentious food.
It will become a neighborhood favorite.

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KalinR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is exactly what New Mexico needs. Its hard to find authentic empanadas and these really set the bar. The quality is outstanding and you walk away satisfied without a hole in our pocket from overpaying.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely family dinner and would recommend it to others.

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Mushkan
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Overall was a good experience, food was nice , clean and tasty. The service needs to improve: we were asked to order drinks without seeing the drink menu and I had to ask my server for a bottle of water 4 times before she brought it.
At the end while we were still nibbling on our food the server started asking if she could take the plates away... I guess she was ready to go home. That was the only unpleasant note on an otherwise nice evening w a friend.

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Lite
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Elliott is such a nice guy and a great waiter. Very helpful with the menu and the specials. We had the sweet corn bruschetta as he recommended and it was a very tasty twist on bruschetta. The rosemary fries are incredible!! We also ordered the special which was a lovely grilled flank steak complemented by an awesome sauce, I can’t describe the sauce and do it justice so just know it was awesome and even good on the fries!! This was accompanied by mash potatoes and sautéed brussel sprouts. The specialty here is the empanadas, which looked so good I can’t wait to go back to try a few of them.
Did I mention how good a waiter super cute Elliot is, he is a sweetie.

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vipCheryl
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic dinner! Our server Hannah’s first night and she was great. Friendly, fun and knowledgeable too.

Perfect evening on the patio!

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Rain
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The empanadas were very good. It was a little warm inside and they didn't have fans on..

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LGar
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was so-so compared to the food which was semi good. The bruschetta was delicious and definitely recommend. However if you are expecting more of a fine dining experience I would look somewhere else. The main entrees were overall bland.

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Licuadora
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was our fourth visit to Cafecito. Service was slow and our server wasn't very engaged with us despite it being fairly uncrowded.
Meals were fine, but without the "wow factor" that we had expected from our previous visits. All restaurants experience "off" nights and we'll definitely return. I'm confident that Cafecito will meet our expectations next time.

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SandraK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was superb and friendly.

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vipAntonio
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great vegetarian options. I got the empanada sampler - so yumm - the Humita is my favorite. Great wine list (try the Gavi!). We were a party of four and felt very comfortable at our table. Our waitress made sure to check in on how we were doing and on our food multiple times. Left feeling very well taken care of and not rushed, which was great, as my friends and I had not seen each other since this pandemic started, so we had a lot of catching up to do.

Desserts are also great. Try the alfajorcitos! Make sure to order at least 4. They are addictive.

Will definitely be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good find. Really enjoyed our experience.

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vipSuza
Vancouver
39 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food with good selection. Salads could use more salad dressing and brown rice with the salmon needed salt, but easy to fix. Salmon was cooked perfectly; tender inside and crispy outside. Good service without long waits.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafecito using the Order Online button. Cafecito also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cafecito also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 310-0089.

Cafecito is rated 4.3 stars by 74 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.