Plaza Cafe Southside

4.6
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165 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
We love large parties. Book up to sixteen persons on Open Table.

Made from Scratch, that’s how we make our food. We use recipes that have been handed down for generations, and we use fresh, simple, honest, quality ingredients.

We believe that when a meal is prepared and cooked fresh with the best ingredients, it not only tastes better it makes you feel better. Of course, this takes time. But we’ve got time. That’s why we start baking early in the morning . All day long we’re cutting and chopping to ensure your food is always the freshest it can be.

Not everyone makes the effort to do things this way. But we do. We hope you enjoy every moment and every bite. When we see the smile on your face and know you are enjoying our food that is made of quality and care, that motivates us to start again from scratch every day.

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LAYNEW
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food needed to be seasoned more. Could not taster and seasoning on the chicken

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vipsusans
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here often. The food is always excellent and right now there is a tuna melt that is fabulous during lent. Servers are always pleasant and on top of things.

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Linger2linger
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was plentiful and excellent.

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jackiecamko
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service and always top quality food. Since we were here for lunch during restaurant week, the specials were a great addition to the regular menu. A great spot for a casual lunch or dinner and fun happy hour!

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johns
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious hamburger, great service.
Love Belinda - the hostess.

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Ankie
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We ordered from the restaurant week menu and the choices were good, there is nothing wrong with the food. It is tasty, but not exactly gourmet. The service was excellent.

JC
vipJossieC
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, delicious food! You won't be disappointed!

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vipJools
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came especially for Restaurant Week lunch special with eleven fellow Zia Singers. The cheeseburger, Frito pie and kale salad were all tasty and our waitress did a great job of taking care of all of us with patience.

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rceb
New England
30 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well, this was a surprise. As a new resident of Santa Fe and a first timer at the Plaza Café, I was treated to a great place, friendly atmosphere, exceptional service and dynamite food! This will be a regular "go to" spot for us!

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MortimerFoghorn
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came with a rowdy party of 9 and Jose was able to take care of us with exceptional and speedy service.

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vipJhb9383
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate at the bar as it was more inviting than the dining area which was too bright and not with a warm environment! Our bartender, a tall fellow with a super personality and wine smart, made the evening really enjoyable.

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viptennistipo
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding, freshly prepared food! Service is without equal. This is our Cheers!!! Don't miss this place if you're in Santa Fe!!!

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vipHorsieLove
New Mexico
28 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit cold by the door but margaritas and BLT were great! We were in a rush so order quickly and were out in 30 mins! Would definitely go back.

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vipCathyM
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love this friendly and always delicious and reliable restaurant. The fish and chips are excellent.

One question, we were there yesterday but did not get our points on open table. Maybe the computer wa down? Could you please check on this?

Thanks,
cathyMagni

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Chinagirlkm
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The nachos are yummy. As a gluten free diner they have a lot of dishes on their menu to choose from.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great salads!

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PaulaD
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We loved the food, the service was great. Did not like the seating as we were next to the kitchen door and I am sure we could of changed it but our guest arrived before us and did not want to make a fuss and I guess someone has to sit next to the kitchen.

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Moey
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another very good meal at Plaza Cafe Southwest. My go-to favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good place for a large party close to Meow Wolf.

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vipsusans
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We eat here often. The food is good and very consistent.

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MaraE
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it as always!

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RaphaelS
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Consistently delicious food with a varied menu and daily specials. New Mexican with a Greek touch. Great service.

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Libby
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girl’s Trip. Fast service and excellent taste. Good prices!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

After reading and hearing so much about Plaza Cafe (where we’ve never eaten, tried Plaza Cafe Southside b/c it was closer to our lodging. It was ok, not great.

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Beavo
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the experience

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JanelL
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going here. The staff is so welcoming, there's never a wait, lots of cozy booths to sit in and enjoy the person you're dining with. The menu is expansive and gluten-free friendly. Everything is delicious and bonus: breakfast served all day!

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ScottS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very pleasing date night. Food was good. Service was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes was yummy

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vipKenneth
Nashville
30 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place for some great New Mexico food!

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vipKenneth
Nashville
30 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome New Mexico food.

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MaraE
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

we loved it as usual

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vipFoodie
New Mexico
74 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had the guacamole and the tacos and very much enjoyed both.
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for reasonable price. Our server, Andrea, was attentive and friendly.

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Patrick
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Visiting museums downtown I most frequently go to the Plaza Cafe on the Plaza so this visit to the Plaza Cafe Southside was an unexpected delight. We were looking for a place to get reservations in the midst of Indian Market and we got so much more! I had forgotten what a great restaurant this is! The service was great, patient, while our out of town guests surveyed the unfamiliar menu, helpful in explaining unfamiliar choices, we couldn’t have asked for nicer service. Could a substitution be made because of an allergy? Of course! The food served was perfectly lovely all around the table. (The reservation is in error there were four of us.) I didn’t taste everything but everything looked great. Our vegetarian enjoyed her avocado tacos. My fish tacos were far and away the best I’ve had in Santa Fe. They have a chipotle salsa that is just terrific! The Plaza Cafe Southside is known for their desserts. I’ve never ordered any but this time we had to. My wife ordered the coconut cream pie for us to share. One day in the future I will drop by and just order that for a meal. Our lunch was huge success, our guests enjoyed it, we will be returning much more frequently. Terrific place.

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JoelD
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We have been to the Plaza Cafe Southside many times. This time it was a busy weekend in Santa Fe. We reserved a table to make sure we would not have to wait long with 2 kids. When I arrived the hostess skipped me several times to ask others arriving after me to assist them. Once another patron agreed with me that I had been in line it was only a short wait to be seated.

The staff seemed a bit overwhelmed and rushed which earned them several trips back to the kitchen to get things after not listening to requests, but the food was great as always. Considering the timing we expected a few glitches and were glad to eat.

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patandvic
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant atmosphere. Fairly reasonable pricing for Santa Fe. Rich, tasty food.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The house happy hours margarita was bad, the enchiladas awful, the beans pretty good and the rice passable. My friend on the other hand enjoyed the chili and his glass of Cabernet.

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vipOzark
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent and reasonably priced. They warn about the heat of their chile, but it wasn’t very hot...I’ll give it a medium.

The food is as good, if not better than the original on the plaza, but without the crowds. Definitely worth checking out if you don’t mind a short drive out of downtown.

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AmiH
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We've been traveling for 3 weeks and I have to say that this spot was disappointing . We have spent much less to have more food that tastes better. I was really looking forward to the homemade guacamole and this was one of the reasons why I made reservations in advance for this location, but they were out by 7:30pm. Thought it was pricey for what we got (small portions) and didn't love that they add 20% for gratuity when 5 or more people are dining. I got the steak enchiladas with green chile,my husband got the beef burrito and my teen daughter the fish tacos,and the rest kids meals. I would give my meal a 6, my husband gave his a 5, the fish tacos did get an 8. The margaritas did the job, but didn't taste very good. The staff was friendly so that was a plus and though the selection of baked goods left was small (the menu features over 20 desserts)we did enjoy the quad leches cupcake we took back to our hotel.

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vipLisaF
New Mexico
61 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a tasty, substantial breakfast at a very fair price. The menu offers something for everyone.

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Plaza Cafe Southside does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Plaza Cafe Southside also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 424-0755.

Plaza Cafe Southside is rated 4.6 stars by 165 OpenTable diners.

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