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Santacafe

4.7
4.7
2370 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

11:30 PM


Booked 67 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.

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What 2,370 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 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 Brunch

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    ntpc

    New Mexico

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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".
  3. H

    Harmony

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    kentr

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  5. LT

    LauraT

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  6. ME

    MEGZ

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    SisP

    San Antonio

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic!!!
  10. JM

    JMoore

    E. Tennessee

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    DebS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!!
  12. DS

    DavidS

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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
  13. DG

    DavidG

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    foodrev2

    Querétaro

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    DavidNeunuebel

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love sitting on the patio. Great food and drinks.
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. B

    Bill

    New Mexico

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Santacafe was busy when we were there for lunch. However, our sever Erica took care of us efficiently even though she was servicing a lot of tables. As always, the lobster rolls, pork dumplings and French fries were well prepared and tasty.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun lunch with a big group of friends.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daniel, Angelita and the whole crew were wonderful! A perfect Saturday lunch.
  27. SG

    SylviaG

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    For the price, some of the lunch entrees were skimpy. Food was good and staff were attentive.
  28. LG

    LisaG

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. The wine, cornbread with honey butter, filet plated with creative sauces were delicious. Service and ambiance were excellent!
  29. J

    Judgegordo

    Houston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and delicious.
  30. S

    Sabin

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Santacafe is my favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. The food is delectable. The ambiance is delightful. The service by the staff is wonderful. I always look forward to dining there. And I recommend to my friends....
  31. c

    csg505

    New Mexico

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous outdoor dining... delicious food and excellent service. Treated like we were really welcomed diners! Can not wait to return ~
  32. CM

    CathyM

    New Mexico

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Needed wheelchair access. They were very accommodating and even called ahead to ask details. Food was good and wonderful patio
  33. CH

    ChristelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful outdoor dining space offers an elegant and relaxing setting for a wonderful meal. Highly recommend the Vietnamese lobster!
  34. TK

    TomK

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, excellent presentation and beautiful surroundings
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! This is our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe !
  36. AR

    AlexR

    New Mexico

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love dumplings!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful evening & Cassie is such a delightful & caring person. Enjoyed our evening with much thanks! JoBeth Cash
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  39. UZ

    UrsulaZ

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So so so good! Best Mexican food ever!
  40. DO

    DylanO

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Weather was perfect for lunch on the patio; food was great.

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 2370 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 67 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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