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Santacafe, Santa Fe, NM

Santacafe

4.7
4.7
2225 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 91 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 2,225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Great for Lunch

  • New Mexico

    Outdoor Dining

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for Brunch

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Buck

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Much improved food and service. Nice outdoor setting.
  2. DR

    DianeR

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely courtyard setting, terrific service and good meal. Panna cotta was excellent!
  3. SO

    SarahO

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the lobster roll -- it is fantastic! We also had seating on the beautiful patio. All around a perfect lunch/location/restaurant.
  4. AM

    AllenM

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greg did a superb job in making sure we understood our choices and his timing was excellent. We ordered wines by the glass and were impressed by the thoughtful choices..
  5. B

    Brownie

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    The wait staff and food were very good; however we waited nearly an hour between the appetizer and main course with no explanation as to whether or not the kitchen was backed up or the order had been lost. Have no idea what caused the delay and never received an apology.
  6. MM

    MichaelM

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome every time
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Milestone Birthday celebration
  8. SD

    SanDiegoVisitor

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Cafe was busy to the max, but server was calm and effective.
  9. MO

    MaryO

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Server pored the wrong cocktails into our glasses at our table. She seemed confused and took a long time to correct. Not what we would have expected from a Coyote Cafe sister restaurant.
  10. R

    River10

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Thanks best waitress I've ever had- that's saying a lot. Food is great and the overall service is very good it's convenient to where I now live so we will probably go there frequently
  11. D

    Doclinda

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really liked the sauces that came with all the dishes. We split both the crab cake starter and chocolate torte dessert cake and were still quite full at the end. Nice people watching too, obviously quite popular on the patio.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening in the outdoor dining area. The service was first-rate, and the food was excellent and fairly priced. Santacafe demonstrates that it is still possible to serve excellent food at a fair price without using Covid as an excuse for exorbitant price increases as some restaurants have done.
  13. DC

    DCSF

    New Mexico

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a birthday at SantaCafe was a great idea! Our server, Erica was wonderful! The food was outstanding! Ambiance in the courtyard was perfect! This was one of the best meals in Santa Fe in a very long time. We can’t wait to return and bring our friends & family. Thank you for making her birthday lovely!! Best lobster ever!!
  14. B

    Barry

    New York Area

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Santacafe is surely the most beautiful restaurant in Santa Fe (along with the Compound). Its patio is glorious … Santa Fe weather is lovely so sitting outside is perfect. So is the food: calamari that is the best in the US; lemon cake that you want to have daily; and main courses that are inevitably anything but run-of-the-mill. Plus a waitstaff as good as everything else. Go! I always go there many times when I’m in Santa Fe; and I bring friends with me. PS; Brunch is wonderful too.
  15. G

    Gypsyb

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Slow service. Very poor food. Need I say more
  16. AM

    AustinMD

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Rude staff, left table unattended for over 20 minutes. Manager had a smug attitude and immediately defended waitstaff. Made me feel like I worked for them.
  17. TR

    TimothyR

    Switzerland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant venue, very good food and excellent service.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor ambiance is relaxed and lovely. The food was creative and outstanding. Wonderful service.
  19. C

    Clumom

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This patio is one of our favorite Santa Fe spots. Great food, wine, and service, and, if course, excellent people-watching. This is always a highlight for us.
  20. C

    Circe

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Too many flies around the food. Menu said Roast Turkey on Sandwich but it was sliced deli Turkey. Could be better.
  21. AK

    AsenathK

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious brunch!
  22. C

    Christine

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Date night. Love the comfort of interior rooms as well as decor. Squash blossoms out of the world exquisite! Only disappointment was table of loud Texans, causing one table at least to be reseated. We would go again though. PS fresh cornbread a nice touch!
  23. JC

    JamesC

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a joy. Best seafood in town and service is great.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary
  25. g

    gs001

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I loved the food, the service and the ambiance. Erika was our server and provided our party of 5 with extraordinary and excellent service. I look very forward to returning. My guests equally enjoyed the experience but I guess both the chicken and crab cake dish came with a mustard heavy sauce and they didn't seem to care for (i didn't try either). But that could be personal taste. Me? Loved every bite. I enjoyed the tamato and melon salad, a divine dirty martini, we shared the delicious calamari and had the eggplant vegetarian entree. Was fantastic. The outdoor arrangement is beautiful and the "hole" in the ground (near the washrooms) was an interesting talking point.
  26. LG

    LikeGoodFood

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We (a party of 4) had a wonderful meal last night in Santa Cafe's beautiful courtyard. Oysters to start and they were great. Then lamb carpaccio (super finely cut) and squash blossoms (a special) to share which were excellent. All of our main courses (lamb loin, filet mignon, black cod and a special salad with melon and heirloom tomatoes) were shared and much enjoyed. The wine list is chock full of every genre of wine, we opted for the Cline Small Berry Mourvèdre which went well especially with the lamb and filet.
  27. JT

    JanisT

    Raleigh

    144 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing. Christopher is a terrific server. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
  28. CG

    CarolG

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  29. A

    Anne

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Santa Cafe is my favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. The food never disappoints and the service was great, Abigail was friends, checked in with us, was efficient and very respectful and courteous... I had the Vietnamese Lobster over fettuccine. Just the perfect amount of food and very tasty!
  30. DB

    DrBob

    Dallas

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal. Great, imaginative food. Superb service. And the outdoor venue (where I’ve eaten for over 30 years, remains as charming as ever. A special kudo to our server, Neema. He was wonderful.
  31. T

    Truejuls

    Palm Springs

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a good good restaurant. Exceptional in many ways. The ambiance is super. Small rooms with several tables. Beautifully decorated in a calming, elegant decor. The patio is inviting, crisp upscale environment. Beautiful bar! Now for the best part. We were three diners on this occasion. There was not one dish we could not give high marks. The salad was simple but exquisite. Beet soup, also divine. Caesar salad just wonderful. I had the pasta. Squid ink linguini with lobster. Excellent seasoning but an almost never able to find perfect pasta. Sublime. My husband had the enchiladas and thoroughly enjoyed same and then brother had the Lobster roll. Rivals those from New England without question. Service was charming and very attentive. Answered all our questions with knowledge of the dishes. Super!! Highly recommend this lovely and accomplished dining experience.
  32. H

    Hawkeye

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good food; expensive wine list; superb service.
  33. S

    Sue123

    Minneapolis

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything. Welcome exteriors. Beautiful art and small settings. Quiet and well appointed rooms. White table cloth. We met Quinn the owner. We had also been to Coyote and loved that. People lingered. Our well seasoned class act waiter Greg was impressive and swift. Wish we had more restaurants like this where we live. Sue and Tom Stillman
  34. P

    Pamela

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food just isn’t as good as it used to be. Very disappointed
  35. C

    Cook

    Houston

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening and best service.
  36. BS

    BrianS

    Portland

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All 5 of us were thrilled with our meals. Three had the Lobster, one Cod and one vegetarian and everyone raved about the taste of each dish
  37. CC

    CoCoT

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant with excellent service. The ambiance is divine with superior patio dining. Food is great. The heavy rich, meat-driven options were plentiful. They also have several excellent vegetarian options and even one off-the-menu choice that was delicious. Two of our three main dishes were excellent and the third was above average but overall this is not a place to go if you are wanting to eat low cal. The by-the-glass wine offerings were scant, so that was a weak link. The prices are in-line with Santa Fe's fine dining scene, but were higher than was indicated $$$ on OpenTable. We had a great meal that felt very special and we were treated like royalty by the waitstaff. Including dessert and drinks and wiith tax and tip the total bill for three people came to about $425.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Patio dining is beautiful. Beet soup, smoked salmon, and lobster 🦞 roll are amazing. Panacota for dessert. But you really can't go wrong with their food.
  40. T

    Thumper60

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always enjoyable.

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 4.7 stars by 2225 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 91 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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