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Santacafe

4.8
4.8
2111 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 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 2,111 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. p

    paintslinger

    New Mexico

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is always superb and knowledgeable
  2. CH

    ChristineH

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fabulous time and delicious meal as always!!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. The staff, food, ambiance. We are celebrating and couldn’t have asked for a better meal or place.
  4. d

    drbv

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting outdoors! Food was delicious! Our server Abigail was very pleasant!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    I REALLY wanted to Love this place. I made a reservation—I like to go early—for 5 PM. When I arrived (not early; exactly at 5) the staff was finishing their wine tasting and I stood awkwardly at the desk for 6 minutes with no acknowledgement. I almost left. They seated me at a great table after a cool, “Sorry we kept you waiting.” I was offered a wine list and later observed other tables drinking cool cocktails and perusing a cocktail list I wasn’t even offered. I was pretty disappointed and next time I’ll ask, but for $100 a person I don’t think I should have to. It kinda put a damper on my meal. Rest of the service was fine. Food was good but not outstanding, except for the Yuzu marmalade on the dessert, which was amazing. Ambience is killer. Note to the restaurant: I recommend you watch the door if you have 5 PM reservations, that you offer ALL the menus to everyone, even solo diners, and put the Yuzu marmalade on everything.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    107 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    107 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We love SantaCafe, particularly for lunch on their patio. This time was no exception. I have only two points that took away from our total experience: 1) when our server brought our calamari appetizer (very good calamari dish) she didn't bring plates for my wife and I to use (we asked for and got them from a different server), and 2) when our server brought our desserts she didn't notice that we needed forks - and I got up and got them from a table that was waiting for new diners to sit at it. Other than those two areas that need to be corrected, we had a wonderful experience and will return.
  7. SS

    SandiS

    Austin

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner in the courtyard - with rain, sunshine, beautiful plantings. Food and service always top notch.
  8. PB

    PatrickB

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an exceptional restaurant with dishes that exhibit much complexity. Highly recommended.
  9. BR

    BethR

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was good, but not impeccable. Santa Fe prices. Disappointed in no modifications such as gluten free. The Caesar salad dressing was heavy; not to my taste. No real reason to return.
  10. P

    Pedro

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    After a drive up from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and a visit with friends, we had the distinct pleasure of arriving for our reserved dinner. We were immediately seated and sat down for a comfortable, delicious meal, complimented by a great glass or red and white wine. We sincerely recommend Santa Cafe for a savory, delightful experience.
  11. DP

    DrPaulinDallas

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The food was impeccable. A very gifted chef with skills for combining flavors. It was a bit too loud which made hearing each other difficult at times. We sat inside as it was raining.
  12. JS

    JillS

    New Mexico

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious dinner expertly served seated under the portal and fairy lights in the rain. The food, service and evening was wonderful!
  13. AE

    AmyE

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Santcafé is a great spot for both lunch and dinner. The menu is diverse and creative, the bar and wine list are terrific, and the setting (both indoors and out) is Santa Fe at its best. We brought our 16 year old nephew this time, as well as a friend who was visiting, and all four of us were very happy with our meals. The service was excellent. Also (yes this matters!) Santacafé has an ample parking lot, which makes it a great choice during the busy tourist season, when parking in town can be difficult. We always have a wonderful time at Santacafé, and we'll be back soon!
  14. j

    johnbagwell

    New Mexico

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  15. ME

    MEGZ

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neema was a fantastic server and as always, the food was amazing
  16. g

    gaea

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days 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!!
  17. BB

    BeckieB

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Better experience
  18. AZ

    AnnaZ

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    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!
  19. PW

    PamelaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    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.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    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.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice, all the way around.
  22. L

    Luv2dine

    Philadelphia

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff and the food was great. Lobster rolls fantastic by the way
  23. SW

    SarahW

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant with excellent food. We’ll be back.
  24. MM

    MargaretM

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    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
  25. AE

    AndrwE

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really wonderful just wonderful the food was great. It’s nice to be able to sit outside.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the bartender Zack and our server was fantastic. I forgot her name. :(
  27. LL

    LiLi

    Cancun

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb as Always!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day lunch
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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.
  31. EW

    EdaloonWallclock

    Salt Lake City

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Good salmon
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seamless but friendly and welcoming staff with an extraordinary menu and delicious cocktails! One of a kind experience!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mothers Birthday
  34. SK

    SueK

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The servers were excellent. Love the cheeseburgers, spring rolls.
  35. PC

    PeterC

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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
  38. c

    cctravel

    Seattle

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 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.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful service!!
  40. 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.

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 2111 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 83 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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