Plaza Cafe Southside

4.6
99 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern, Burgers, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(505) 424-0755
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 99 People Are Saying
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TH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Something for everyone. Definitely recommend

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t
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent, reliable service and quality of food. This is our "Cheers." We go at least once a week. Ask for "Antonio" for especially exceptional service, although all servers are excellent. Must visit before year's end to try their Pumpkin Pozole!

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M
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my high students for lunch after completing a semester of community service to celebrate our work and time together. The staff was very friendly, taking care of our every need, so that I could focus on my students. Great food - complimentary tortilla chips con queso and pico de gallo, lots of selections, and awesome service. How can one go wrong?

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CO
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All Five of us ordered breakfast and lunch and Mexican dishes and they came out fine!

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CM
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently high quality food and service. We love this place. Great for families.

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BJ
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service good food cocktails!

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t
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service. This place has become our "Cheers."

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KG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Far ranging upscale diner food. Excellent turkey melt sandwich with great homemade green chile bread. Even good leftover cold the next day.

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DH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast. Loved it so much Saturday that we went back on Sunday. Got the Chili Relleno Omelet with green sauce which was awesome! Breakfast blue corn enchiladas were great too.

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OT
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

José & Cristian Made this a fun experience. We loved our choices of entrées. New Mexican Burrito, Bowl of New Mexican Chili (steak) Was so delicious that I had to go back to revisit to eat there again. The ambience was fantastic and this restaurant has been around for a very long time, family owned. I love the pictures on the wall, the hubcaps on the wall but my favorite was the big square bar in the middle, everything was so fun, all of the lights created a great ambience. They also had an outdoor patio. I WOULD recommend going for a visit, there are two locations, we’ve been to both but this one is my favorite.

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SC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The funky diner-style decor is fun; the food is always delicious and the service is wonderful. It’s one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.

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AS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Did not have our reservation. Food was poor at best. Located in a shopping mall and hard to find. Would not recommend !!!!

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JL
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, food was great too!

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RM
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

For years this was a "go to" place for food quality, ambience and service. Thsi little birthday visit for six recently was a disaster. Many of us tried "The Impossible Burger", which was fair at best and not a very good value as are most the entrees, since the pricing points seem to increse with every visit. The gyro sandwich was almost non-existent for the price. I mentioned to the hostess that we had a reservation for six and if there was a dessert available for the celebrant. I was advised that a cupcake could be provided, so I order it and it never arrived. Also it took foreever for the waiter to get drink refills and I thought we could never get a check.

We will look elsewhere for these small occasions.

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RK
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Try the Greek fries!

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DP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Really nice outdoor patio area with live music. Get there early enough to get an umbrella table if it is a hot and sunny day. Really tasty food.

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D
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We hit this place before a movie. It is very welcoming, and the food is comforting.

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t
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our "Cheers"! Always, reliable, friendly service combined with delicious, freshly made food. Ask for Antonio for an optimum experience, although the entire staff of servers do a great job.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Made a reservation on open table for two; when we got to the restaurant the greeter could not have cared less about the reservation and when asked if we'd be OK with a high top table, she handed us some menus and said "you can seat yourselves wherever". Early on, someone who turned out to be the manager took a drink order and then proceeded to bring the wrong order then disappeared after plopping them on the table. We brought this to the attention of the bar tender who corrected the error. Then, after 30 minutes without seeing a server, the bar tender came over, apologized for the delay and took our order. While we were waiting for food, another server came over and asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu.... The bar tender brought our orders and proceeded to try to make things right. The same server who asked about desert later came over and asked how everything turned out and I politely asked if there was a manager available, and he replied yes. A short time later, the same person who initially had brought the incorrect drink order showed up at the table, adopting a hands-on-hips semi fighting stance; I explained how the dining experience was potentially really bad but the bar tender had gone out if his way to make it right; he acted as though he really wasn't interested... I cannot honestly recommend this restaurant based on this experience.

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Raleigh
56 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was good but it took forever to get.

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TC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was friendly but the timing was terrible. Our table of 4 ordered margarita cocktails and our main courses arrived 1 minute later. There was now barely enough room to put our glasses down. The Fried Calamari appetizer came half way through the meal after we reminded the waiter that it hadn't arrived. It wasn't worth the wait.
My Crispy Avacado Tacos were very good but the rice and beans sides were nothing special.
The other main dishes were okay but with all the first rate restaurants available in Santa Fe, we could have done better.

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s
New Mexico
57 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yet again, this was excellent. Loved the French Toast!

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G
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We eat here all the time. It is our go-to for a casual meal with our young kids, but we generally only eat breakfast or lunch. The staff are usually very friendly and accommodating. We tried for a family get-together for Mother's day lunch and were not feeling the usual vibe. It was an off-day on a very busy restaurant holiday. We set up a reservation, then called to confirm and were rudely told that they did not take reservations. I assume the restaurant neglected to make that notification on Open-table. We will continue to go to the cafe, but not for special occasions.

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D
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe and decor.
Staff was friendly and attentive.
Food was tasty.
Thanks!

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T
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. Many choices, from Mexican to Mediterranean Greek, very fresh.The chicken enchillads were filled with breast meat.

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DB
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was delicious and outstanding! The girl cleaning the tables was excellent however our waiter was NOT. The service would be my only apprehension of recommending this restaurant but the food was so wonderful and authentic I would recommend it to a friend.

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AE
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in Santa Fe for a vegetarian and a meat-eater to go for a date!

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t
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our "go to" restaurant in Santa Fe. We will move here soon and are already planning on eating here at least once weekly. Reliable food, service, and reasonable prices. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Good food, excellent service. Best coconut cream pie in the world.

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a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, good value, excellent service. Would definitely go back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was vacation for us. Food was good. Somewhat disappointed based on online info and reviews.

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s
New Mexico
57 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We eat here often. I recently went with a friend for an early lunch and the bacon that they serve is probably the best bacon I have ever had. Love this place!

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Not sure how this place has won any awards. Our food was just ok at best. Could tell it was frozen not authentic like all the other restaurants we are used to when we visit Santa Fe. Disappointed

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We took are friends out to this restaurant. It was amazing. My waiter was so amazing.

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been to the Plaza Cafe many times, love it for Breakfast- Blue Corn-Piñon Pancakes!! Lunch and Dinner offer many delicious choices, check out Happy Hour from 3-6 PM 👍

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DM
New Mexico
38 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My family enjoys going to Plaza Cafe Southside for any reason or meal. My daughter loves the hash browns, so orders breakfast for any meal. My husband thinks the brownies are the best he’s ever had (and he is a brownie fanatic), so the meal is secondary to dessert for him. I enjoy PC-S because I’ve never been disappointed with the food or the service. I don’t give it 5 Stars all around only because it can be hard to engage in conversation at the table when the place is jammed - and it’s usually jammed. But it’s worth the noise to have a good meal and free parking in Santa Fe!

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a
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant Week at Plaza Cafe Southside--three courses for $15--bargain--fresh salad, avocado tacos, tres leche cupcake. All the food was tasty and the cupcake was outstanding.
Excellent service--fast refils on coffee and on the take out dessert ordered with meal. A favorite for brunch and for lunch with friends.

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AE
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service! It’s one of our family’s favorite places to go in Santa Fe.

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K
New Mexico
37 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Just like the Plaza Cafe that's really on the Plaza - this place serves yummy New Mexican food that certainly hits that spot. We had the enchiladas mole, and the posole - really delicious. The server was very attentive and we had a great meal and a great time.

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S
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of menu choices. Lively, casual atmosphere and great food.

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