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Santacafe, Santa Fe, NM

Santacafe

4.7
4.7
2389 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 46 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

  • THANKSGIVING

    $85.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Nov 24, 2022 only
    Santacafe is excited to offer a special three course pre-fixed thanksgiving meal to you and your loved ones. There will be several options for appetizers, entrees and dessert to choose from, including Thanksgiving favorites. Once you book through open table the experience for food, tax and gratuity will be charged. The only bill that will be presented to you after your meal will be for any beverages you choose to enjoy. We look forward to continuing the tradition at Santacafe.
  • CHRISTMAS DAY

    $100.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    We are excited to offer a Special Three Course Pre Fixed CHRISTMAS DAY Meal to you and your loved ones. There will be several options of appetizers, entrees and deserts to choose from. Once you book through open table the experience for food, tax and gratuity are taken care of so the only bill that will be presented to you after your meal is the beverages you choose to enjoy. We look forward to continuing this CHRISTMAS Tradition at SANTACAFE
  • NEW YEARS EVE

    $125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    We are excited to offer a Special Three Course Pre Fixed NEW YEARS EVE Meal to you and your loved ones. There will be several options of appetizers, entrees and deserts to choose from. Once you book through open table the experience for food, tax and gratuity are taken care of so the only bill that will be presented to you after your meal is the beverages you choose to enjoy. We look forward to continuing this NEW YEARS Tradition at SANTACAFE

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What 2,389 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
  • 4.3Value

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 Lunch

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

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  1. RP

    RobertP

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    We are OLD -so left us waiting while some one else took our table-it made us really too late ..but would certainly go back to sit outside. Very nice waiter.
  2. HM

    HelenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful celebratory lunch here! Food was delicious, staff was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, and ambience was beautiful! Love that patio!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife Birthday
  4. DN

    DuncanN

    Western NC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were very pleasant and service was outstanding. Starters and entrees were terrific. Great menu and wine selections, although a 2nd bottle of our wine selection was not available, unfortunately. We will return again soon with more house guests.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience! Wonderful waitperson (Beyon) and assistant (Luis) and terrific food. My reliable place this August and September—and now October!)
  6. LL

    LynnieLew

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely and perfect!
  7. T

    Trish

    New Mexico

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Chose to eat outside last nite--brrrrr! Even with the heaters, it was a rude reminder of the remnants of summer dining!
  8. RC

    RCdiners

    New Mexico

    57 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Great Service and always wonderful on the patio. Food choice were only average, branzino and a turkey sandwich. Menu also lacked choices in our opinion.
  9. g

    gaea

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we come into Santa Fe from Taos, we have lunch at Santa Cafe! Great space, chef and ambiance without tourists.
  10. AD

    AnneD

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend this place if you love good food on a beautiful patio!
  11. MK

    MarylouK

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classy, delicious and kind, professional staff. Every single time
  12. D

    Dina

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good food, great ambiance, lunch is more affordable than dinners.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Santa Cafe is great spot
  14. Q

    billQ

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic plant based dinner, beautiful patio and welcoming atmosphere. Thank you!
  15. GN

    GNK3

    New Mexico

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful lunch in the courtyard. Smoked Salmon appetizer was excellent, enchiladas were not spicy yet very flavorful, and the service was very good. Spring rolls were fresh and flavorful, and the pasta special was outstanding. Wine selection was a bit depleted, as Wine & Chile the weekend before hit the cellar pretty hard, apparently. Another very enjoyable lunch at Santacafé!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely evening out. Service (Kyle) was attentive and efficient. Food was simply delicious.
  17. d

    dawn

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a very nice lunch yesterday at Santa Cafe. The ambience in the garden was lovely. The food was good and our server (I wish I could tell you her name) was outstanding. She was friendly and professional. She went above and beyond what we expected.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Viet Lobster so salty I couldn’t eat it. Squash blossoms overwhelmed by too much stuffing. Hamachi delicious!!!
  19. n

    ntpc

    New Mexico

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our start cocktails were extremely good (Negroni and Gin and Tonic). One of us had the Salmon and the other had the Black Cod - Both were really delicious. Their corn bread was delicious too. The wine choices were plentiful. We ended up with coffee and the "panna cotta".
  20. H

    Harmony

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I love how Santacafe has evolved. Sitting outside by a Gentle fountain was heaven. Magic place!
  21. k

    kentr

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Food was excellent, service was slow. Our meals weren't served together. Many wines were missing from the wine list, the remaining ones were quite expensive, and it took an exceptionally long time to get wine to the table. Where we were seated was so very dark it was difficult to read the menus.
  22. LT

    LauraT

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    We went At the suggestion of our server at their sister restaurant, Coyote Cafe, which we love. My husband is gluten and dairy free. They didn’t have any g-free bread or crackers for him. We don’t drink wine, so I asked for the cocktail menu which was non descriptive and had no prices, so I ordered a beer from the list. They didn’t have the first 2 I ordered, so the server brought me what they had. The appetizers were delicious. The main courses not so much. My husband ordered the salmon and asked that it be cooked through and without butter. He got an overdone pieces of pink leather. I ordered the lobster tails which were ok, but the pasta was an over sauced glob. There are only 3 deserts on the menu, none that are dairy free. No sorbet. We were very disappointed, and won’t be returning. They have a ways to go to be on a par with the Coyote Cafe.
  23. ME

    MEGZ

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, SantaCafe is our go to place to take friends for a special time with the trifecta - great wine, great food, great service! Thanks!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service - Jen took great care of us.
  25. SP

    SisP

    San Antonio

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The Service was great and we enjoyed our dinner on the patio. We were a big group and they handled everything with ease.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic!!!
  27. JM

    JMoore

    E. Tennessee

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous! The food was excellent, service a bit slow.
  28. DS

    DebS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined on the patio for lunch. Service was wonderful, thank you Juan, and the dish WOW. A charcoal black ravioli stuffed with a red Chile cheese topped with a creamy sauce and a generous portion of lobster. Truly fabulous!!
  29. DS

    DavidS

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant that have been to multiple times before. First time back since 2020. Service excellent but some near misses on food. Hamachi app was excellent, but sauce with is had very little taste. Caesar excellent presentation but very overdressed. Eggplant dish superb, Bolognese was vey heavy, Parpadelle very thick, would be much better if rolled thinner. Sauce very meat centric, little liquid and no creamy flavor. Expresso was thin. Hopefully get back to precovid standards as was one of my favs in Santa Fe
  30. DG

    DavidG

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and many options on the menu.
  31. f

    foodrev2

    Querétaro

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Santacafe never disappoints. Lucky to dine outside on a beautiful Santa Fe fall day. Everything was perfect--food, service, ambiance.
  32. DN

    DavidNeunuebel

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    SantaCafe has the best calamari and the best steamed mussels anywhere. Simply perfect food. The steamed mussels are in a nice slightly Santa Fe spicy broth and there's got to be about 50 of them in the bowl. Just great. Service was a bit slow/spotty though, but it won't keep me away.
  33. CH

    CyndiH

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a great place to eat some good food
  34. LK

    LeeK

    Oklahoma City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, ate outdoors, excellent service. Menu was diverse
  35. K

    Kathleen

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Thank goodness for the manager last Saturday evening; she saved our experience! After a very non responsive waiter situation, i asked to talk to the "manager" which i never do but the service to that point was so poor i didnt really have a choice or we would have just left after the first course. As soon as the manager became aware of the experience we were having she completely stepped in with absolute professionalism and care. The turnabout turned this into a 5 star dining experience all around which is amazing how the food and wine tasted even better when accompanied by a corresponding level of service and execution. It lived up to the excellent reviews i had gotten from locals before we dined there and thank goodness for that. The Vietnamese lobster tails are a must try! I am hopeful the manager and owner see this post so they can understand how a single person can change the dial in the best of ways with a kind and understanding touch.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love sitting on the patio. Great food and drinks.
  37. J

    Juju

    Denver

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was perfect! Food perfect! Experience perfect! Never have been disappointed in any way! Love this place!
  38. S

    Sandra

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great waiter and staff. The atmosphere is very nice - we sat outside. The food was delicious- my husband has the Vietnamese Lobster that was outstanding. I had the chicken Thighs - i would try something different next time. It had a weird flavor profile of chicken, preserved lemons and puree carrots. A bit odd combo
  39. n

    nmcapote

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For my husband’s birthday, and it was made special by many thoughtful gestures, including glasses of champagne once we were seated. Special appetizers were brought out as well, and were beautifully presented and incredibly good! Food and service as always was the best, and this reminded me of why this remains my favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. We’re fortunate to be locals and will be returning many times.
  40. RB

    RickyB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great ambience in the courtyard. Noise level can be a little much when the courtyard is full.

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 2389 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 46 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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