Santacafe

4.7
1168 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santacafe is a Iconic Santa Fe restaurant for nearly 40 years. Located one block north of the downtown Plaza. Serving Lunch and Dinner in a nationally recognized historic building dating back to 1857.

Experiences

  • Paul Hobbs Prix Fixe Wine Dinner

    $175.00 per personPrepaid

    Sep 22, 2021 only

    Santacafe is excited to offer a beautiful wine dinner for Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta featuring Paul Hobbs Vineyards A Prix Fixe meal will be paired with wines from our renowned chef Dale Kester. Seating is EXTREMELY LIMTED and you must book through Open Table. We will be offering two seatings, a early seating at 5:15 and another seating at 7:30pm. We ask that the first seating respects the experience is for two hours. The Prix Fixe DOES NOT INCLUDE gratuity, You will be presented with a $1 check so you can add gratuity and the cancellation Policy is strictly enforced. We hope you choose to join us for this special event.
  • Merry Edwards prix fixe wine dinner

    $175.00 per personPrepaid

    Sep 23, 2021 only

    Santacafe is excited to offer a beautiful wine dinner for Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta featuring Mary Edwards Vineyards A Prix Fixe meal will be paired with wines from our renowned chef Dale Kester. Seating is EXTREMELY LIMTED and you must book through Open Table. We will be offering two seatings, a early seating at 5:15 and another seating at 7:30pm. We ask that the first seating respects the experience is for two hours. The Prix Fixe DOES NOT INCLUDE gratuity, You will be presented with a $1 check to add gratuity after your meal. The cancellation Policy is strictly enforced. We hope you choose to join us for this special event.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1168 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsffoodie
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SantaCafe's black cod was the best entree I've had in years! Outstanding.

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JoniW
New Mexico
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As always, welcoming service, excellent cocktails and delicious food. We love the outside patio. It's beautiful and expansive.

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vipKurt
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic, and the food was wonderful. Santa Cafe has a great atmosphere. It is a superb restaurant. Overall, this restaurant is fantastic. You can't go wrong.

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vipNeunuebel
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An absolutely wonderful lunch. I had the Caesar's salad (woulda like anchovies though, probably could have asked for them) and the lobster pasta dish was to die for.

Really an excellent meal.

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LeeB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch in Santa Fe. The food was great and the service was excellent.

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Chrissy
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and unique. Our server was attentive and friendly. The restaurant is beautiful both inside and out. I highly recommend it!

CB
vipClarkB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time we have been back since the Covid lock down lifted. So nice to be back to a Santa Fe icon and have the perfect lunch on a perfect day which adds up to all things that are magical Santa Fe!

MB
vipMichaelB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful courtyard seating with easy parking if not staying near-by. Fantastic food with a very attentive waitstaff. Plan to start with one of their signature cocktails and be sure to leave room for (or to at least share) a dessert.

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RickyB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely courtyard dining offering excellent food and service. Highly recommend it.

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vipJgg3
Houston
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Highly recommend. Includes menu items differing from typical Santa Fe restaurants.

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vipTraveldiner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal in a relaxing setting. I dined in the patio. Service was fast and frequent. Bianca and Darrel served as a team, were attentive and friendly. The ambience was superb, out on a patio with trees, plants, a fountain and lights.

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vipSarah
London
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places in Santa Fe! Wonderful cocktails, food ALWAYS good, lovely and experienced wait staff. We come here every time we are in Santa Fe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Had a reservation
Arrived on time requesting an outside table.
Told that the approx 12 empty tables were all reserved.
We were taken to a table inside that was in a doorway.
Requested another table and told all if the inside tables were also reserved, approx 12 Empty when we arrived.
Service was slow and enchiladas that the server said were not spicy were very spicy!
Approx 10 empty tables when we left

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Sam2
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent for lunch this day.
A passing storm caused the lights to go out - no one left which is a testament to the chefs, cooks and servers. I saw them working in the dark …
This is my favorite place in Santa Fe.

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vipSuza
Vancouver
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service, food, ambiance very good. Some unusual combinations on the menu, but plenty to choose from. Beet salad could use a few more beets and less shredded lettuce. Bolognese could use more cheese, but the sauce was delicious. Wine arrived with dinner which was a plus. Spacious patio accommodates those who want to eat outside. A lovely place to eat with out of town guests.

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CharlotteR
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They honored our reservation time and seated us right away at a nice table in a relatively quiet room. Service was attentive and pleasant. Food portions were generous and attractively presented. The wine list is good, with options for quality and price, by the glass or by the bottle.

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SherryD
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the calamari; then the pasta and the salmon entrees. All were delicious! Our server was delightful, attentive and efficient. My husband would have preferred a salt
shaker with more than 1 hole. It was my birthday and she graciously brought us each a
small glass of champagne with which to toast. The desserts were also delicious, the cake and the chocolate torte. It was a wonderful and festive experience and we thank you.

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vipJools
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite—fried calamari, Caesar salad, miso marinated black cod with bok choy and salmon on asparagus and squash, flourless chocolate torte with blackberry coulis—was fabulous! (Ken had two Lion’s Tail cocktails, delicious.) The service was wonderful, friendly and professional. We truly enjoyed the evening.

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vipJamesW
Austin
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been multiple times, but first since Covid. It was as good as always.

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vipchompindown
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Superb service by Darin. The scallop shashimi was outstanding and worth it as were the mussels. Cod was good but not worth the high price. Atmosphere was a patio. It’s nice.

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BarbaraR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. A lovely setting. Loved every minute!

MG
vipMichaelG
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visiting with old friends

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SusanP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Earlier in the day my 9 year old great nephew ate some junk food that did not agree with him and it ended up on the brick floors on the patio. The staff was incredibly efficient and helpful and not one of them made up feel that we had royally messed up. Neither did the lovely people sitting at the nearest table. My thanks and gratitude to all of you!! We ended up having a great time and wonderful dinner!

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vipBryanTagas
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What's not to like about the newly revamped (in terms of ownership and style) Santacafe? Great food, excellent service, and a wonderful courtyard in which to enjoy it all. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience!

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vipCBranch
New Mexico
60 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I have been very giving during this pandemic to restaurants but I think Santa Cafe needs to step back and look at its menu choices and actual cooking. I had the Black Cod on a potato cake with Bok Choy. The Black Cod was acceptable but nothing special, the potato cake was gummy and the Bok Choy was inedible…something out of the kitchens of the 1960’s where everything that was a vegetable was boiled to death. Far too expensive for a meal of this quality. My second time here in a couple of weeks and disappointed in the food both times. The service and atmosphere was excellent. Perhaps it is time to go a bit more simple with excellent ingredients and awesome cooking.

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vipRCdiners
New Mexico
44 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good. Restaurant was busy so service a bit slow.

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BradH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santacafe is one of the premier places to eat in Santa Fe, especially out under the big trees in the patio. The food is always top-flight, and the staff very enthusiastic and knowledgable. Great in summertime especially.

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DonaI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The ambiance was perfect but the food was subpar. The fish was made with a watery sauce. The waiter was nice but extremely busy and very anxious. I was quite disturbed because he had two assistants working with him.

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Dinner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience all around.

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vipCoriEr
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just loved this restaurant! There were four of us and everything we had was delicious! The cocktails were all fantastic - especially loved the Midas Touch after dinner! Highly recommend!

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vipChiefK
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dining experience. The food was excellent my wife ordered the Lobster Roll, as an appetizer, and she said it was very good and she is a lobster fanatic. We both had the pasta bolgense and it was wonderful. Service was very good. We will be back!

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BarbaraG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From entering to leaving, a stellar experience. Waitress and table staff were great, food exceptional.

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vipAggieMom
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable Sunday early lunch

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Bluekitty
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambience was quiet and calming. We sat inside as it had started to rain. Our waiter was attentive and personable. We had the mussel appetiser. It was delicious and could have been a meal. We ordered the bolonnaise and the black cod. Both were good. We asked for more sauce for the pasta. The cod tasted as if had been frozen and not fresh. It was good but not excellent. The meal was enjoyable and we would return.

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vipTDLex
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very loud diners in our small dining room. I sometimes wish restaurants had a way to quiet people. Other than that, outstanding.

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vipPatriciaZ
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

our waiter was not very attentive. We had to wait a long timebefore he even came over to the table. bus person was great

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vipTammyB
Dallas
43 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding!!! Haven’t eaten at Santacafe in many years. Delightful. However, as we walked out we realized we were never served our cappuccinos and coffee with dessert. Since we weren’t given an itemized bill, not sure if we paid for them. Put a damper on a great evening. Way too many people waiting for their tables as we left. Felt like they were more interested in numbers than getting the entire experience correct. We will be back but won’t be rushed next time.

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Scottsdalesoph
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average, nothing special

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CDub
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Excellent service. Food was delicious. Plum martini is everything.

FAQs

Santacafe is rated 4.7 stars by 1168 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.