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Santacafe

4.8
4.8
2095 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar

Old~world elegance meets contemporary cuisine in a venue that boasts one of the best outdoor dining experiences in Santa Fe. Nestled in the charm and elegance of one of Santa Fe’s most beloved historical homes, Santacafé has been a restaurant icon for over 40 years. It was bought in 2019 by Santa Fe restauranteur Quinn Stephenson – the driving force behind another Santa Fe legend, Coyote Café. Boasting one of the best outdoor patio dining experiences the City Different has to offer, Santacafé combines the traditions of modern American cooking with exquisitely locally sourced ingredients.

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Booked 42 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 984-1788

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    DALE KESTER

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Cross street

    231 Washington/Paseo de Peralta

  • Parking details

    Large Parking lot Behind the restaurant open to the public as well as large Bank Lot available next door after 5:30pm. Metered Parking on the street is also available and free after 6pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • E. GUIGAL WINE DINNER

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Sep 22, 2022 only
    SANTACAFE IS VERY EXCITED TO WELCOME E. GUIGAL FROM THE RHONE VALLEY TO CELEBRATE SANTA FE'S WINE AND CHILE FIESTA. ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST WINE PRODUCERS IN ALL OF FRANCE! WE WILL BE OFFERING A 3 COURSE TASTING MENU PREPARED BY CHEF DALE KESTER, WITH WINE PAIRINGS. YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE AND AMUSE BOUCHE AND BEGIN WITH OUR SIGNATURE CORNBREAD. UPON COMPLETION OF YOUR MEAL, YOU WILL BE PRESENTED WITH A CHECK FOR THE BEVERAGES CONSUMED DURING YOUR EVENING BUT OTHERWISE YOUR DINNER WILL BE PAID IN FULL UPON COMPLETION OF THIS RESERVATION, INCLUDING TAX AND A 20% GRATUITY. THIS IS SURE TO BE ONE OF THE BEST EVENTS OF THE FIESTA, WE HOPE YOU CHOOSE TO JOIN US!

Popular dishes

What 2,095 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Service

  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Great for Brunch

  • New Mexico

    Great for Lunch

  • New Mexico

    Outdoor Dining

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Service

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Good for Groups

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

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  1. j

    johnbagwell

    New Mexico

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service.

  2. g

    gaea

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    love this place in every way! My favorite Santa Fe Chef! My only complaint is to say please get Chawar on the menu!!

  3. BB

    BeckieB

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Better experience

  4. AZ

    AnnaZ

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great meal at Santacafe. The staff was friendly and very attentive. We sat on the patio. It was a beautiful night. We loved the calamari, and lobster rolls!

  5. PW

    PamelaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We wanted to take our out of town guests to a nice restaurant for an enjoyable evening. The evening was wonderful. The menu was varied. The food was great! Our waiter, Antonio was fantastic. Thank you, Santa Cafe.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice, all the way around.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding experience. The service was impeccable, and the food was delicious and expertly prepared. Easily at the top of meals while in Santa Fe for a week.

  8. L

    Luv2dine

    Philadelphia

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very friendly staff and the food was great. Lobster rolls fantastic by the way

  9. SW

    SarahW

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely restaurant with excellent food. We’ll be back.

  10. MM

    MargaretM

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Lovely indoor and outdoor seating available - we sat on the covered patio and were very comfortable on a hot day. Food was fabulous. Highly recommend

  11. AE

    AndrwE

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really wonderful just wonderful the food was great. It’s nice to be able to sit outside.

  12. LL

    LiLi

    Cancun

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb as Always!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day lunch

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and wait staff worked incredibly hard to see we were happy and had what we needed. Staff very energetic with a very busy restaurant on Father’s Day. They were awesome and are to be commended. Susan

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Kristen, the GM, ensured that we were well taken care of on a busy Father’s Day lunch. Thank you. The food and atmosphere were wonderful.

  16. EW

    EdaloonWallclock

    Salt Lake City

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Good salmon

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Seamless but friendly and welcoming staff with an extraordinary menu and delicious cocktails! One of a kind experience!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mothers Birthday

  19. SK

    SueK

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The servers were excellent. Love the cheeseburgers, spring rolls.

  20. PC

    PeterC

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The summer rolls were filled with the freshest vegetables and just the right a out of rice noodles. The enchilada with the organic chicken was one of the best I’ve had in Santa Fe. I recommend adding an egg sunny side up or over easy! The Christmas burger was loaded with flavor and had that wonder char-grilled finish.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Had the Shrimp Cocktail, the Pork Dumplings, and Vietnamese Lobster with fettuccine. They were all excellent. Will return again and highly recommend to others.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic meal as usual. Great for Birthday celebrations

  23. c

    cctravel

    Seattle

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food and service here was very good. We had caesar salads, which were very nicely done, especially the anchovies on top, and we split the miso black cod. That was plenty of food and it was all done beautifully. We enjoyed our experience.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and wonderful service!!

  25. AR

    AndrewR

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The Vietnamese Lobster was a delight. The service impeccable.

  26. N

    Nvst1961

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    The atmosphere was nice. We sat at the side Bar. Johnny, the bartender was excellent! Great service, enthusiastic about what Santa Cafe had to offer.

  27. GN

    GeorgeN

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Soup appetizer ha never disappointed. Vietnamese lobster plate was superb!

  28. TW

    TerriW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food, excellent service, lovely drinks -- very nice birthday experience for my brother's first visit to Santa Fe!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb as always! Santacafe has become my new favorite. Our favorites are the cod, orange blossom cocktail, crab cakes, lamb fish, lobster salad, and lemon cake. Service is excellent and the patio is beautiful and relaxing. Love inviting friends who have not been yet.

  30. MJ

    MichaelJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place. We’ve been going for years. Nicole, the owner, couldn’t be more attentive. We love the Josh Tobey sculptures throughout the restaurant.

  31. A

    Arby1

    New Mexico

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Outstanding! We were regulars of the "old" Santacafe, but due to pandemic restrictions, had only been here a couple times since Quinn took over. We think it is better than ever! The 4 of us all loved our appetizers and entrees, which included lamb tartar, beet soup, pork dumplings, lamb loin, salmon and black cod. Our server, Edgar, was knowledgeable and friendly. Only let downs were the more than room temperature Pinot Noir, which we asked to be chilled briefly, and having to ask for water refills several times. Small annoyances in a very nice evening with friends. We'll be back!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Nema is incredible! Super attentive and his recommendations were all spot on! Truly wonderful!

  33. MW

    MarshaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice place. Outdoor seating area is wonderful and food and service are consistently great.

  34. BS

    BrianS

    Portland

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Mama’s pasta dish for this month is delicious. The Salmon appetizer is simply amazing and the Lemon crème cake is the best cake in town

  35. JP

    JamesP

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great outdoor dining, very good food, excellent service.

  36. K

    Kitty

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful patio, delicious gourmet food and good service!

  37. J

    Jeff

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time dining here and will certainly not be the last. This place checks all the boxes: Ambience, great food, amazing service and an extremely enjoyable dining experience! While the dining room is lovely, the real gem is the large garden patio.....one of the nicest outdoor dining areas we've ever experienced. The servers are true professionals and huge part of this experience. We can't wait to get back there!! (we were celebrating my wife's 60th birthday...we were greeted with complimentary champagne and a wonderful desert). Thank Santacafe....we will see you again soon!

  38. C

    Craig

    Central Coast

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are repeat diners to Santacafe. It’s Always excellent. Service great. Food is outstanding. Highly recommend.

  39. JV

    JeffV

    New Mexico

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service! The patio awesome for a summer brunch/lunch!

  40. BJ

    BobJ

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    In addition to the positive attention from the staff, the food was both unique and outstanding. This was one of the best restaurant meals I have had in a long time.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Santacafe is rated 4.8 stars by 2095 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 42 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Santacafe

231 Washington Ave Santa Fe, NM 87501

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    231 Washington/Paseo de Peralta

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Large Parking lot Behind the restaurant open to the public as well as large Bank Lot available next door after 5:30pm. Metered Parking on the street is also available and free after 6pm

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    DALE KESTER

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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