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Santacafe, Santa Fe, NM
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Santacafe

4.8
4.8
3386 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
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 33 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • 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

What 3,386 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 Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Good for business meals

  • New Mexico

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for brunch

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Romantic

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

3,386 Reviews
  1. FoodDobber

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I visit Santa Fe several times a year and have eaten at most of the super restaurants. SantaCafe took me completely by surprise, it provided one of the best meals I've eaten anywhere in the world. Every dish was superb from goat's cheese, spinach and walnut salad, through the amazing pork loin with red cabbage and apple on a bed of sweet potato with lime and chili. Which was one of the best things I've ever tasted. The lemon cake with Yuzu marmalade was also stunning and totally delicious. I'll now make sure to make at least one reservation at SantaCafe on all future visits.

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  2. BethR

    New Mexico

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first experience at the SantaCafe and we were not disappointed.  The food, service and atmosphere was amazing! We will be back! Cheers

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  3. MissB822

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious fare. We were lucky enough to get the Restaurant Week menu and enjoyed every bit of it. Lovely service, gracious surroundings, and great drink menu.

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  4. AshlynP

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a wonderful experience at Santacafe! The food, the service and the decor are lovely.

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  5. PaulC

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were impeccable. We had not been there in a few years but we will definitely return soon.

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  6. gabriellef

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food! Everything we had was delicious and service was great. In a cute little spot- great find.

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  7. AsherS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Emily, she treated us like members of the royal family (Diana, not Camilla). Our evening was so very special & we were so glad we visited the restaurant. We will recommend it to others!

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  8. Claude

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Santa Cafe is one of my favorite places to have dinner. On this occasion, my dinner parter didn't show up because of confusion about the date, but I had dinner anyway. Very good.

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  9. Lynn

    New Mexico

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Santacafé has been a Santa Fe institution for decades under several different owners and chefs. With the exception of a brief period or two, it has always been excellent in every way. The tradition continues. For dinner, the elk (or was it bison?) carpaccio and a special of hamachi crudo were terrific. The oysters Rockafeller could have used a bit less cheese. For lunch the pasta and branzino were great. The tuna sandwich was also delicious but not as good a concept. I also recommend their sister restaurant (Coyote Cafe), which I walked into several months ago (amazing!) and had a spectacular meal.

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  10. RobN

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had a Valentine's dinner at this fabulous restaurant! Wine (and our waiters suggestion) was excellent, the service was outstanding, and the cote de boeuf for two was exceptional! (And, my lemon cake dessert was a true guilty pleasure!) We'd had brunch here twice but this was our first dinner. As we travel a lot, we can say that Santacafe easily competes with any of the Michelin star restaurants we've tried. Certainly, one of our best dinners ever and we will be back!

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  11. VirgilU

    New Mexico

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We made early reservations at 5PM. When we arrived no one was at the reception desk to great the customers, lots of staff moving around, but no eye contact. When the host arrived he was very pleasant. We were seated right next to a party at a four-top when the rest of the restaurant was virtually empty. A three-course dinner for $100 is a bit pricey, but the choices were good and the food was excellent.

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  12. MichaelB

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience, delicious food and very interesting cocktails. Our server Gisella was very professional and made her best effort to provide a high quality service. We will definitely go back and try dinner next time. Highly recommended! Oh, and the price was good for what you get.

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  13. ASantaFe

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Santacafe! Always a treat! Great prices for the quality and representation of culinary delights. Thanks Santacafe!

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  14. PattiD

    New Mexico

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, we had a pleasant evening. We had attentive service until the main meal was served. After that, it seemed that our waiter was busy elsewhere.

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  15. RyanH

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, our waiter was phenomenal. Fantastic service.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, wonderful cuisine, and great ambiance.

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  17. TX46

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience in Sant Fe. Been there several times. Always enjoyable. Good food and service. Fair prices.

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  18. JensN

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Santacafe is always a great place to eat. The food and service is excellent. Highly recommended.

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  19. MicheleG

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of Santa Fe’s long-time favorites. Great food and staff.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s our favorite spot for girlfriend’s lunches!!!

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  21. CorneliusD

    New Mexico

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and the food is stellar as always. I didn’t see my favorite cocktail in the menu but the bartender made the best whiskey sour with egg whites I’ve had in the last 6 months. I can’t recommend SantaCafe highly enough!

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  22. KarenH

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elegant Restaurant with refined service. My mussels' entree was delicious, perhaps the best I have had. The curry flavoring added to it. I splurged with a delicious, very rich lemon cake. Worth the calories.

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  23. SusanB

    Dallas

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for lunch on this visit. The food was delicious and everyone raved about their entree. Our server, Josh, was friendly and most attentive. He was able to answer our questions on menu items and was always there with refills, etc.

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  24. Betty

    Phoenix

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the second walk in. . . the entire staff is professional. Lunch - we split the apple walnut salad, pork wontons and the pasta of the day - ricotta/pumpkin ravioli. All excellent, as usual. Small rooms help the noise level and make very comfortable, relaxing dining.

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  25. JoshuaC

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Dale knocked it out of the park for dinner! We were celebrating two birthdays and could not have asked for a better meal. The plum martinis are amazing. The bolognese - chefs kiss. The blue cheese crema with the steak frites was delicious. The potato croquettes should be sold in a bag and eaten like popcorn. Such a great meal and looking forward to my return!

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  26. RobinL

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently good. Never a bad meal and always great service. Excellent cocktails.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful fish and pasta. Chocolate cake was special

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  28. LisaB

    New Mexico

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I keep giving this restaurant a chance. It's such a great location and in the past have enjoyed eating outdoors although in the middle of winter not an option. The best item on the menu was a salad. Maggie's pasta which has been on the menu a long time arrived slightly congealed had been perhaps under a heating lamp too long while the kitchen finished a couple of burgers that were coming to the table. I think it's all about timing, poor timing at that. Service was nice and efficient.

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  29. OJinSantaFe

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Whether for lunch or dinner, SantaCafe has never disappointed me or my guests. The rooms are beautiful, the menu is well-executed, the service attentive but never intrusive and you can enjoy a conversation without shouting.

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  30. DanC

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating our anniversary and they made us feel very welcomed and special. They gave us glasses of champagne as a toast and way to start our dinner. The food was amazing with so many flavors to savor and enjoy. Their gift n was top for my husbands gin and tonic. The staff was attentive without being overly so. A special and wonderful evening! Highly recommended Santacafé

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  31. EllenH

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the pork loin and my husband had the lamb. Both delicious but the lamb was outstanding. The room was beautifully appointed. We will be back

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! The service was excellent, food was delicious, and ambiance was charming.

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  33. Bill

    New Mexico

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Santacafe was very busy when we were there but the service was still good. Our regular order of lobster rolls, pork dumplings and French fries was also very tasty, Continues to be one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe.

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  34. cheops

    New Mexico

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I looked forward to returning to SantaCafe. My last experience had been superlative and I was hoping for more of the same. Unfortunately, it was not. My Caesar salad was good. But I ordered the steak frites and that was a disappointment. The chimichurri that was put on top of the steak was very hot and destroyed the taste of the hanger steak (which was beautifully cooked to my specs). Something was poured on top of the fries and left them soggy. If a restaurant labels something that is a known name and then changes the method in which it is done it is no longer the thing that it is named. In this case instead of calling this steak frites they should have called it steak mexicano. Do not ready your audience's taste buds for a dish that it is not.

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  35. Gigi

    Fort Lauderdale

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing time food was great! Has heaters outside

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  36. SusanU

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, professional service, nice atmosphere. Two thumbs up!

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  37. JuliaC

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a beautiful birthday lunch at Santa Café, the food was delicious, & service was perfection! Be sure to try the pasta specials!

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  38. Catness

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is always so good... but we dined on multiple orders of the muscles with a bottle of champagne this time and it was over the top fantastic!

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  39. JasonS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable and attentive service that always complements thoughtful and perfectly executed entrees. Excellent wine selection, cocktails, and dessert options.

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  40. MsRC

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered was top-notch--crispy/tasty calamari, deliciously seasoned Caesar salad, well-presented main courses of steak, Branzino, mussels. A relaxed, spacious, and fine lunch.

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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 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 984-1788.

Santacafe is rated 4.8 stars by 3386 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 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified, American, Cocktail Bar
  • 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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