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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Santacafe

4.8
4.8
3505 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

8:30 PM


Booked 59 times today

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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

What 3,505 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Good for business meals

  • New Mexico

    Great for outdoor dining

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for brunch

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Romantic

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

3,505 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful experience. Met or exceeded all our expectations.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent will always put this place on the calendar for when we come to Santa Fe

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  3. Mikey

    Houston

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great patio table for Sunday brunch. Red Grenache blend wine by the glass very good. Lobster roll with salad and side of fries was perfect. Great Tuna melt on sourdough with delicious salad. Service was exceptional as always. Thank you very much!

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  4. Froggy

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Although lunch pasta is very good; the night gnocchi was mushy , unflavorful, not hot. It was the only vegetarian entree. The omnivores were happy with the calamari and hanger steak and dessert. The entire staff was struggling to keep up, yet tables were still available on Open Table..... Advice: lunch only, especially vegetarians....

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  5. Redholly

    New Mexico

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a lovely dinner with great service. One of our favorites in Santa Fe.

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  6. WaltB

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great place for lunch on the courtyard on a beautiful afternoon.Great food and excellent service

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and food but appetizers were rather small for the price.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the outdoor patio space in this gorgeous weather. Food, ambiance & service are excellent! Even met Maggie who’s been doing the pasta for years. Exceptional dining experience!

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  9. Dzthefoodie

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Highly recommend. The staff and manager were amazing. A beautiful restaurant to sit outside. Celebrating our anniversary week and they gave us special treatment that made our meal even more memorable. Love ❤️

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  10. joeK

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Santacafe is great. We had reservations and were a little early, no problem, they sat us early. All was very good. The waitstaff was great, the food was great and since it was my wife's birthday, they gave us a free desert. All in all, this was a great night.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We entertained a guest from New York City, who was absolutely pleased with everything from the beautiful patio to the service and of course, an outstanding meal.

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  12. Panko

    Baltimore

    322 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    322 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Santacafe and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Nice kickoff to our Santa Fe vacation. We dined outdoors. Lovely. We had pleasant weather and the patio offers a fun experience. First, the maitre d’ greeted us in the adjacent parking lot out back, welcoming us in. Nice gesture. Next, we were greeted by Jorge, who quarterbacked our whole dining experience expertly. We started with martinis with bleu cheese olives. Yum. For a shared appetizer, the pork dumplings with ponzu and tahini sauces were a big hit. Delicious. Jorge then brought us an amuse bouche: a cold celery root soup. Fabulous, and an unexpected pleasure. For entrees, my wife enjoyed a well-prepared and presented branzino filet with zucchini noodles and a red pepper coulis. She loved the dish, although said it wasn’t hot enough. I had a disappointing chicken enchiladas platter that just didn’t seem like it came from the same restaurant as everything else. The chicken was perfect, as was the green chile sauce. The cilantro rice was OK but was “incomplete”. The enchilada(s?) were smothered in melted cheese. That hurt the dish. Jorge finished us off with a glass of a good Porto, another smooth touch. Overall, Santacafe was a good kickoff to our vacay. It’s warm, sophisticated, customer-friendly. The menu is eclectic and well-executed for the most part. We’d return.

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  13. Pickyeater15

    Phoenix

    85 reviews

    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful patio with excellent service coupled with delicious food made this a perfect evening. Calamari starter shared with spouse composed of perfectly tender calamari and two dipping options.. a lighter chile sauce and a tarter sauce (both delicious but I found the chile one different and more enjoyable.). Spouse enjoyed his flank steak and fries noting it took special skill to make a flank steak that tender. My dish was the special of the evening.. crab cake salad with goat cheese. (Perfection). Finished dinner with banana pie variant..tart presentation with a coconut cream topping. Highly recommend eating here and will return

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  14. DeborahL

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful menu in a picture-perfect outdoor dining spot. The food and service were superb!

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  15. texan

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superior service. Very attentive and congenial staff. The setting (we ate outside) was beautiful. Be sure to ask about the rabbit sculpture. The food was good, not spectacular, but good.

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  16. Lovethislife

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lobster roll, outstanding celery soup and delicious refreshing arugula, citrus, goat cheese salad. The home made corn bread was irresistible. Lovely white tablecloths and attentive staff. It was especially impressive that the general manager thanked us as we were walking out. Thank you for an excellent experience

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  17. Foodlover

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely surroundings and ambience; outstanding service; food is good and consistent.

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  18. DanaeF

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another lovely evening in the Santa Cafe courtyard. I’ve been coming here since 1987 and it never disappoints. Service was wonderful and we were invited to linger. No pressure to release the table. Cocktails were delicious. The only small issue I had was food temp. Dumplings were on the cold side and salmon overcooked. Small things on a wonderful night.

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  19. JillS

    New Mexico

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy coming to the Santa Cafe and bring our co pony there. The service is excellent, the ambiance beautiful and the food is excellent.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite place for dining. Had great food, service and fun as always!!

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  21. MartinG

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Complete customer service! Fantastic people and food.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very satisfying evening. Great ambience and delicious food. Service is outstanding.

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  23. GinnaS

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As a vegan I find Maggie’s Pasta consistently delicious. The Asparagus Soup, a cold summer soup was complex and divine. My lunch companion raved over the Pork Spring Rolls. We both thoroughly enjoyed the Lemon Tart dessert with house made Yuzu Marmalade. Santacafé always hits the mark with innovative umami filled menus!

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  24. great

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a beautiful courtyard and great staff till next time

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  25. CarolineH

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat in the patio for Mother’s Day. They were not as busy as I expected. About 1/3 tables empty. Service at first seemed like it would be impeccable, but we were left for long lengths of time unattended to. The Bloody Mary’s came without garnish-not even a stalk of celery-but they were supposed to have okra. No one followed up so we had to find someone inside to request garnish. (Otherwise very tasty). We were told they were out of the okra that was advertised-no apology considering we weren’t told before we received the drinks. We bought a bottle of wine which was set in an ice bucket on the side and we were told they would keep our glasses filled. Repeatedly staff walked by our table and did not refill our glass. Finally I got up and filled the glasses myself. The wait staff left old empty cocktail glasses on the table even after we’d ordered and received a second round of drinks. (Please clear the empty drink glasses out of the way.)Considering the ongoing promise that they would “take care of us” we felt pretty ignored. I could not help but feel it was because tip was included anyway. The food was so so. My branzino was so thin that there was hardly any meat on it. I will say the desserts were great. Our check was over $700, so I think we deserved better service and the food was not equal to the price. The atmosphere is lovely but it’s a little dirty and the bathroom floor was grimy. I fear they are coasting on prior reputation and location. I would like them to do better because there is great potential. I gave 4 stars instead of 3 because I believe they can do better and don’t want to knock them down too much.

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  26. Msanch87

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food! Mom and I shared the steak frites; extremely flavorful!

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  27. SloanN

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful space but disappointing experience for Mother’s Day. Appetizers decent but nothing to write home about and the main dishes—all three of them were average at best. Pick any Breakfast place Café Fina, Harry’s Tia Sophia, ALL are significantly superior for far less money. Would not go back.

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  28. williamb

    New Mexico

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered dumplings and branzino. Both were cooked to perfection. Great venue for Mother's Day.

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  29. StephanieY

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good and location was pretty. Service was mediocre at best. Our server gave tons of attention to the larger table next to us but never even stopped to check on us. He’d walk by and make no eye contact (he walked by a lot). Every time we wanted to ask a question or order, we had to stop him to get something. It was really disappointing. It was Mother’s Day and not the best experience for my mom or my daughter and I.

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  30. 1234

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely brunch celebrating Mother's Day and a birthday. The food was excellent, as Wass the service.

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  31. zimmiepoodle

    New Mexico

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific food— good service. Nice ambience. Didn’t rush us. A little noisy later as restaurant filled.

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  32. AmyW

    Tampa

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for lunch. Chose steak frites, lobster rolls, and citrus salad. Everything was delicious, service was excellent! 

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  33. JennaO

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an incredible experience! Johnny, our server, was incredible. He knew when to be at our table and when to give us space. We ordered far more than a table of two should, and everything we tasted was outstanding. We ended the night with Louis X111 which made a perfect night even more perfect. Excited to go back!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is such a beautiful and stylish restaurant. The food is superb and the service impeccable. Kudos to the chef and the wonderful staff!

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  35. JamesB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very clean and well organized spaces. The two of us had a romantic table by ourselves. All staff were friendly and our server was excellent with questions and recommendations. The food was unique to me and de-licious! Great experience.

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  36. Richard

    Seattle

    59 reviews

    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    One of our go to restaurants in Santa Fe. However, this time, although we had made reservations long in advance, we were seated on the very windy and chilly patio. The heaters did not really help. For the first 30 minutes we were the only people on the patio while other diners were still being seated inside. The waiter suggested that we had not selected inside dining although that option was not offered on Open Table. Sitting outside is great in the summer but not in the windy Spring. Food was excellent as always.

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  37. KCCo

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Santacafe is one of our favorites for lunch or dinner. Service is great, ambience is beautiful and the food is absolutely delicious! We loved the new spring menu….The Spring Burrata Salad with mint & lemon vinaigrette was honestly one of the best salads I have ever tasted. We had a wonderful evening and look forward to the next time.

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  38. Angel45

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was average. The service was just ok. The waiter was not friendly. I think it was because we had kids with us. No kid’s menu.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best places to eat in Santa Fe. Rob, the GM makes sure everyone feels like family.

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  40. susanm

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bartenders were great and made spectacular Vesper martinis with lemon twist tied in a bow! The table service was excellent and special options for dinner accompaniments were happily taken. The dinner from start to finish was a "10"!

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FAQs

Santacafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 984-1788.

Santacafe is rated 4.8 stars by 3505 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 59 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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