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Santacafe, Santa Fe, NM

Santacafe

4.8
4.8
1992 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 54 times today

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

Popular dishes

Menu

STARTERS

  • Cured Salmon$18.00

    Pommes Paillasson | Creme Fraiche | Caviar

    • Summer Rolls$14.00

      Mint | Cilantro | Basil | Rice Noodles | Fresh Vegetables | Tahini Ponzu

      • Golden Beet Soup$15.00

        Mint Crème Fraîche | Parsley & Hazelnut Powder | Pickled Beet

        • Farm Greens$12.00

          Watermelon Radish | SC Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette

          • Caesar Salad$14.00

            Horseradish | SC Crouton

            • Farro & Feta Salad$18.00

              Cucumber | Frisée | Cherry Tomato | Oregano Vinaigrette

              • Crispy Calamari$15.00

                Four Chile Lime Sauce | Tartar Sauce

                • Maine Lobster Rolls

                  Baked Bread | Farm Greens | Tartar & Tarragon Butter

                  • Market Price
                • Duroc Pork Dumplings$16.00

                  Ginger | Napa Cabbage | Sesame Tahini Ponzu

                  MAIN

                  • Steamed Mussels$22.00

                    Coconut | Lemongrass | Roasted Fresno Chiles

                    • Branzino$26.00

                      Zucchini Noodles | Lemon Caper Butter Sauce | Pequillo Coulis

                      • SC Club Sandwich$16.00

                        Roasted Turkey | Apple Wood Smoked Bacon | Lettuce | Tomato | Avocado Aioli

                        • Maggie's Pasta$18.00

                          (Making SC Pasta for 25 Years)

                          • Enchiladas$16.00

                            Green Chile | Chicken | Cilantro Rice

                            • Christmas Cheddar Burger$18.00

                              Hatch Green Chile| Red Chile Aioli | Parmesan Fries

                              Last updated: April 7, 2022

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                              What 1,992 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

                                Great for Lunch

                              • New Mexico

                                Outdoor Dining

                              • New Mexico

                                Most Booked

                              • Santa Fe / Mountains

                                Best Overall

                              • Santa Fe / Mountains

                                Best Service

                              • Santa Fe / Mountains

                                Best Ambiance

                              • Santa Fe / Mountains

                                Great for Lunch

                              • Santa Fe / Mountains

                                Outdoor Dining

                              • Santa Fe / Mountains

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                              1. f

                                foodie4sure

                                New England

                                73 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                73 reviews

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall3food4service3ambience4

                                We usually love SantaCafe, but last night we sat for far too long without attention. No water, no menus. Once drinks came the server didn't return to take our order. We had to flag her down. The two fish dishes we ordered were flavored perfectly but the lobster was undercooked. Again, it was hard to get anyone's attn. so we made do. The cornbread could be the best I have ever tasted though. I'm still dreaming about it! Love the outdoor setting under then tents. The addition of seat cushions would make it perfect. It may have just been an off night. I have probably eaten there all 30 times I have visited Santa Fe, and don't plan to stop. Great menu. Maybe they are just understaffed as so many eating establishments are. As the restaurant emptied out the service became much better.

                              2. SC

                                SherriC

                                Boise

                                9 reviews

                                5.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent food, even better service!

                              3. PB

                                PaulaB

                                San Antonio

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Our waitress was extremely professional, knowledgable & friendly. Our food was outstanding...we eat at your restaurant every time we come to Santa Fe & will continue to do so!

                              4. a

                                annae

                                Denver

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                Siri comfortable outdoor seating with benches service was great and the soup presentation was amazing thank you

                              5. M

                                Mangia

                                Phoenix

                                33 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                33 reviews

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall4food2service5ambience5

                                Server was spot on and attentive. We shared three appetizers and portions were generous. Food was tasty but not as good as expected based on ratings.

                              6. GH

                                GenaH

                                San Francisco

                                8 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Beautiful restaurant and delicious food. Great service. Erica was friendly and attentive with good recommendations.

                              7. A

                                Andy

                                Atlanta

                                5 reviews

                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent experience!

                              8. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Chicago

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Loved the small cozy and quiet room we had for dining. Our waiter was so knowledgeable and the food and cocktails were delicious.

                              9. MB

                                MBrewer

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Superb service, great food in a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere!

                              10. B

                                Betsy

                                Atlanta

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Took my friend there for her birthday. It was absolutely lovely and free birthday desserts to boot!

                              11. TH

                                ThomasH

                                Mexico City

                                5 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful mussels as always! Courteous & efficient service, too!

                              12. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Dallas

                                1 review

                                vip
                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 3 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Santacafe is a favorite!

                              13. M

                                Mark

                                Dallas

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined 3 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent experience. Very attentive staff and excellent food. Highly recommend.

                              14. S

                                Sally

                                Charleston

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Absolutely delicious, lovely ambiance and the service provided by Edgar and all the support staff was superb. It’s a must stop for us in Santa Fe!

                              15. GF

                                GFNMD

                                Chicago

                                65 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                65 reviews

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Second time at Santacafe within 5 days, this time bought a larger group. Given a relatively private room, with attentive, friendly and professional staff. He accommodated the various tastes and appetites. Vietnamese lobster was a very delicious hit, as was the ratatouille while the smaller plates were great choices (beet soup, caesar salad, calamari. Everyone enjoyed there cocktails and glasses of wine, while the non-alcoholics were treated to wonder mocktails. All in all, everyone was happy and I got a lot of praise. Thank you Santacafe!

                              16. CN

                                CobyN

                                Dallas

                                8 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We had an excellent dinner at SantacaFe'. The new spring cocktail and dinner menu are amazing, especially the Lamb Carpaccio. It is the best dish I've had in a while. The patio is lovely and perfect for late spring dining. The service was impeccable, and the extra touches made the night even more special for us and our out-of-town guests. Amazing!

                              17. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Los Angeles

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined 5 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We had a wonderful dinner with great food, prepared perfectly. Wait staff were superb, attentive and gracious. A shout out to Abby who was there for us at every turn of the evening. Thanks,

                              18. TA

                                ThomasA

                                New Mexico

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 5 days ago

                                overall4food2service4ambience5

                                Friends took me for a birthday dinner. They loved their meals but my vegetarian entree was dull and unsatisfying. Fine dining in Santa Fe for vegetarians is so often disappointing- usually 1 choice and not a very interesting one at that.

                              19. C

                                Chacha

                                Dallas

                                5 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined 5 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Just a lovely late afternoon lunch

                              20. EH

                                ElizabethH

                                New Mexico

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined 6 days ago

                                overall5food4service4ambience4

                                The outdoor courtyard is a great place for a business lunch.

                              21. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Minneapolis

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent from start to finish!

                              22. L

                                Lorena

                                New Mexico

                                30 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                30 reviews

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                Came for Sunday lunch before the symphony. Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Lunch entree menu is a bit limited, but we all found something we liked. And eating off of the appetizer menu was an option too.

                              23. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New Mexico

                                7 reviews

                                4.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                We had a wonderful time. The service was right on and the champagne welcome drink was such a nice touch. We were also treated to small lobster rolls that were the vest we have ever had.

                              24. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Los Angeles

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 15, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Very good serve. Excellent bar and wonderful chef and menu. The best in Santa Fe

                              25. MC

                                MichaelC

                                Washington DC

                                4 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Always pleasant environment with friendly people and good food.

                              26. JC

                                JClax

                                Denver

                                15 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                15 reviews

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We were introduced by friends to Santacafe. Everything was top drawer. This will be a must stop forward when visiting Santa Fe!

                              27. AL

                                AudreyL

                                Seattle

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                Food was delicious and staff were friendly and considerate of our requests.

                              28. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New Mexico

                                8 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The food was sooooo Delicious and the service was excellent!

                              29. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New Mexico

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Santa cafe is my absolute favorite restaurant in downtown Santa Fe!

                              30. R

                                Rosie

                                San Diego

                                7 reviews

                                5.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent food service and ambiance. We loved every minute and bite.

                              31. RM

                                RandyM

                                Houston

                                6 reviews

                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great experience. Excellent service and ambiance. Food was excellent. Ate on the patio. Great weather.

                              32. T

                                Tilliemom

                                Denver

                                5 reviews

                                3.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall3food3service2ambience4

                                The waitstaff was wonderful but our reservation was 6:30 and our food arrived at 8;10. One of our party said the food was always good but her food was not this time. Maybe just a bad night. Maybe a trend

                              33. b

                                burrphil

                                San Francisco

                                60 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                60 reviews

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Our evening was to honor a very special occasion with the builder, architect and financial manager of our new Santa Fe home being built currently on SF's East Side. Neema was our extraordinary head waiter: eloquent, superior in manner and always available. I could go on about the flawless cuisine but I would be writing for the next 7 hours. From several lovely starters and salads to elegant fish entrees, pasta dishes and filet mignon platters, everything was as wonderful and presentation simply as gorgeous as all of us present could have dreamt. After the desserts, which included an excellent panna cotta, lemon cake and a chocolate torte, we were sated beyond explanation! May I also add that the staff of waiters helping Neema were terrific and friendly and we especially appreciated being seated alone in a lovely dining area where we could hear so easily! We could not have asked for a finer evening. PS - Neema also made a point of serving us a Heitz Cabernet that was resoundingly popular around the table. Many thanks to all of you!!!

                              34. R

                                Robert

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                Nice menu with Best Caesar salad Love the bread Great service Beautiful courtyard

                              35. TL

                                TeeLo

                                New York Area

                                14 reviews

                                5.0

                                14 reviews

                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great experience from start to finish. Edgar is a rock star!

                              36. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Denver

                                2 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Outstanding meal and great service. I had the lamb which was out of this world and my husband had the eggplant. Both were fantastic. The beet soup was wonderful too.

                              37. SM

                                SuzanneM

                                Denver

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Our party of 3 had a wonderful time. The setting outside was exquisite, the food amazing and the service wonderful. Our Server was very knowledgable with the wines. Which was fabulous by the way. My favorite place to eat in Santa Fe.

                              38. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I think my waiter was the best waiter I’ve ever had.

                              39. KP

                                KatinaP

                                Houston

                                29 reviews

                                5.0

                                29 reviews

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I was reported as a No Show on Open Table because we didn’t like the two top table so we ate at the bar. My husband paid the tab. His last name is McDannald. Zac served us. Our ticket of $164.72, #1048600. We greeted Nima, our prior server. We are frequent diners. Please correct this. Thanks! Katina Pontikes PS The experience of dining was excellent.

                              40. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New Mexico

                                7 reviews

                                5.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The wait staff was attentive, cheerful, and charming. The food was beautiful to look at and equally delicious.

                              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 1992 OpenTable diners.

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                              Booked 54 times today
                              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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