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Santacafe

4.8
4.8
2614 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
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

8:00 PM


Booked 41 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • 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

  • VALENTINES DAY

    $100.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Santacafe is proud to offer one of the most romantic Valentines Day dinners in the city. We will be offering a special pre fixed Menu for you and your loved ones. You will pick from a selection of appetizers, Entrees and Deserts. In addition to our signature items Chef Dale Kester will be offering special menu selections. Once you book through open table the experience for Food, tax and Gratuity will be taken care of. The only bill you will be presented at dinner will be for any beverages you choose to enjoy. We ask that you respect the experience is for 90 minutes for two guests and 120 minutes for three guests or more. Reservations are final, we hope you choose to enjoy a romantic evening with us.

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What 2,614 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Overall

  • New Mexico

    Best Food

  • New Mexico

    Best Service

  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Food

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Service

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Value

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceeded expectations! Food was wonderful and staff was so friendly and accommodating. It was a special birthday and the staff went out of their way to make it a wonderful experience!
  2. w

    williamb

    New Mexico

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Usually a great experience but have to say the sous vided filet mignon was mushy and chewy very disappointing. Service and cocktails were very good
  3. AR

    AaronR

    El Paso

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent porcini mushroom soup and daily special pasta! Loves the menu and since it was lunch did not have any wine, but snuck a peek at the wine list and are ready to go back for dinner and have some. Everything was Great 👍
  4. M

    Metta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Santa Cafe, while a Santa Fe landmark, missed the mark on several nuances of a perfect dinner out. The overall price is high for the experience. That said, the outdoor brunch in the summer and the bar are amazing! Just underwhelmed by the dinner experience.
  5. CK

    CatherineK

    Atlanta

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Meal! Lovely place and outstanding service. I can’t wait to come back and eat that Scottish Salmon with grapefruit butter sauce - DIVINE. Also that Porcini mushroom soup was outstanding. THank you for a special birthday!
  6. b

    barry

    New Mexico

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant, long a favorite on visits to Santa Fe especially for lunch. Dinner and experience was really terrific. Service was great. It was our anniversary and they began by offering us each a complementary glass of champagne. The found us a table all by ourselves in a small dining room. Appetizer and main courses were outstanding by any measure. Enjoyed conversation with host, tasting wines, etc. Couldn't have been nicer.
  7. KW

    KWS1

    New Mexico

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Santa Cafe is just a gem. The staff are so wonderful the atmosphere is relaxing and lovely and the food is always delicious and creative.
  8. TN

    TimN

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!
  9. AR

    AlexR

    New Mexico

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love cured salmon bites, Hamachi, pork dumplings & agnolotti
  10. TX

    TX46

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a favorite restaurant for us while in Santa Fe. Food, service and ambiance are marvelous. We've also gone for lunch. Different menu and lower prices than dinner.
  11. ML

    MichaelL

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. It was my mom's 93rd birthday. Food was great and staff was so kind and attentive.
  12. CS

    CarlaS

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Lobster dish was fairly flavorless. Great service, wonderful ambiance but food has gone downhill sadly.
  13. B

    Bill

    New Mexico

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Santacafe continues to be one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. Our favorite server Jennifer did her usual excellent job. Always a very pleasant experience.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and setting for our group!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service! Our new fave in Santa Fe. Excellence at its finest!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    They have a brunch Sunday menu, which was the reason this was booked for a Sunday birthday celebration. Website, OpenTable and reviews mention brunch. Arrived for 11:30 reservations and only lunch available. We were a party of 6 and the only one’s seated in the outdoor tent. Calamari was crispy and good. Mushroom soup, very good. sC Pasta enjoyed by those that ordered it. Lobster rolls not as good as we had in the past. Bloody Mary’s not as anticipated. Service was very good.
  17. FC

    FCtmo

    Denver

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very nice! Service was good - kept moving w/o hurry. Good was exceptional.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated on the patio, which was heated and very comfortable. Perfect for great dinner conversations. Service was fantastic and the food pleased everyone!
  19. JC

    JoeC

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was phenomenal. I had the mushroom soup, which was absolutely outstanding, as was the Cesar salad. My wife had the "BLT" which was not a awe-inspiring as was the soup but still excellent. And out friend had the lobster roll, which she totally loved. Service was excellent, perhaps a bit borderline obsequious
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb as always! (Actually better & better!) special thanks to Sophia, Erica & Leo.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Slow service. A ridiculous kitchen charge.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    This used to be one of my favorites, but is becoming a disappointment. The service is consistently excellent, however the menu has not changed significantly in over a year, and there are never any off the menu specials. At last visit, the cod did not seem fresh and the “Miso sauce” was thick and syrupy.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very pleasant lunch experience. Jen our wait person was friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable. The food was very good from the appetizers to the entrees. The ambiance was lovely without being overdone or pretentious. The nose level was fairly muted so hearing the conversation, at our table, was not a challenge as it is in some restaurants. Overall a very enjoyable.
  24. SM

    SeamusM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming ambiance, professional and friendly greeting at the door . Super menu and wine list and friendly informed wait staff …. Including assistant waiter who delivered our food !! Only problem??? The toilet was out of service and awaiting a plumber’s arrival !!🤪🤪🤪
  25. j

    jackie

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food and service were quite fine, but the noise level in the room seemed much higher than usual and staff contributed to it.
  26. JH

    JudyHogan

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We have been eating here since 1992 with never a complaint. The service last night poor, very slow. We sat for appx 30 minutes before we were able to order. Our food was just ok, not the normal high standard. It is and always be one of our fav places to go.
  27. TN

    TimN

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic!!!
  28. MA

    MavA

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and drinks. Overall on the pricey side, but that's to be expected.
  29. D

    Dave

    San Antonio

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our dinner and drinks. Our service was awesome!
  30. p

    paintslinger

    New Mexico

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was stellar as well as the food❤️❤️👍🏾😘👩🏽‍🎨
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, excellent food, but the service was absolutely top notch! We really enjoyed our whole dining experience here.
  32. B

    Bill

    New Mexico

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Santacafe was very good as always. In addition to a very good meal, our favorite waitress, Jennifer, served us. She is always very efficient and friendly. We look forward to our next visit.
  33. D

    David

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner to start 2023! We'll definitely be back.
  34. KS

    KristinSchlegel719

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazingly delicious restaurant! Love the atmosphere and Jen was a fantastic server. Will definitely be back.
  35. FD

    FooDie

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding cooking, great service. Calamari, Branzino just fantastic.
  36. M

    Melissa

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service, and the history they readily shared about the building were outstanding. Someone knows what they’re doing in running this place. Everyone was extremely engaged around out satisfaction. We’ll be back!
  37. BS

    BruceS

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service is terrific. Johnny our server was excellent!
  38. B

    Brett

    Dallas

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    On the positive side, we enjoy the food and atmosphere. Our service both yesterday and in November was uneven (understaffed?). During lunch, we had to ask for drink refills and our sever seemed to abandon us until he delivered the check.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve dinner celebration. Excellent on all levels, AAAA+, Leaps and bounds above last years New Year’s Eve dinner at Santa Cafe! Kudos to the chef/kitchen/staff! Thanks for a delightful evening…..
  40. j

    j12551

    New England

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Excellent food and service. We went for NYE and it was all executed very well. Thank you Santa Cafe

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 2614 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 41 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

    Unspecified, American, Cocktail Bar

  • 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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