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Santa Fe Cafe

1015 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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We bring the very best of Southwestern culture and cuisine home to the Lowcountry. Our menu has been an Islanders" preferred dining spot for over 20 years and with dishes like our famous grouper, to our bone-in cowboy cut black angus ribeye, our outrageous chimichanga to even lobster fajitas, we're sure to have a new favorite waiting for you. From the sounds of the live Ranchero guitar player to the smells rising from our mesquite grill, Santa Fe Café is a much welcomed reprieve for the senses. Even when you're outside underneath the stars on our Rooftop Cantina, we've got you covered.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Southwest, Mexican
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(843) 785-3838
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Austin Harris
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Private party facilities
We offer our upstairs dinning area for large party private dining which holds thirty to forty people, which is great for rehearsal dinners and other events.
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Private party contact
Marshall Sampson: (843) 785-3838
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Cross street
Plantation Center
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For a truly enchanted evening, dine under the stars in our open-air, climate controlled Rooftop Cantina complete with an oak fire in our Adobe Chiminea and unwind to live music from our Ranchero Guitarista Wednesday through Saturday nights.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDebraW (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 21, 2017

Overall a great restaurant! My daughter and I were not crazy about the breaded halibut special -- which was disappointing -- but everyone else loved their food! The service is great and, while it IS near fine-dining, it is a fun alternative to the stuffier fine dining restaurants on the island.

DPK1 (Columbus)
1.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Not kid friendly. We had reservations and arrived on time. 2 groups our size, who arrived after us, were seated before us. We waited 30 minutes. We were told they were waiting for a particular table to open up. We were then put in a corner. It took 10 minutes until we saw our waitress. The service was simply awful. It was clear the issue was we had kids. The food was really good but we won't be back because of the way we were treated. Our kids are well behaved. This just isn't a family friendly place.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

My 3rd visit over a 10 year period, and it never has disappointed! The woodfired grill and atmospher make the food and experience so enjoyable;) The pork tenderloin with fried sweet potatos is amazing and the Blackened Redfish makes for great sharing! The service was awesome too! Can't wait to visit again... Cheers!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

The food was very good as well as the service. Only problem was sitting at a very small table that could not accommodate all the food that was ordered. Overall though it was a pleasant time.

MARK (Naples)
5.0  Dined on June 15, 2017

The food and service were wonderful. Linda, our waitress took great care of us and always with a smile. The ribeye burrito was out of this world

River2bend (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2017

We were welcomed by a very understanding maitre d' despite our lateness-parking in front of or around the restaurant was at a premium, and the search took at least ten minutes, to a spot on the grass under a tree. Once seated, we were greeted warmly and efficiently. Drinks and dinners soon followed. Although seated near the door, we did not feel that we were in the mainstream. The food was delicious and original. There was certainly enough that both of us could have taken it home, if we weren't attending the theater. Teas were refilled in a timely fashion as well, plates removed and we were made to feel well attended.

CarolP (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

Had to send back had been opened too long. Food was great. Service was very attentive and responsive. Enjoyed the visit and will return when back in the area.

vipdisappointed (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

Food and service was great! The waiter was attentive but not intrusive. We have been many times and will continue to visit.

viplisa (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

Great service, food and loved the music!

Skip (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

A favorite of our family member who has been on the island for over 40 years and tried every new restaurant.....we also like Bistro 17 started by the same person!!!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

Here from Colorado and wanted something southwestern for dinner for 10. Used OpenTable, got a quick reservation and was absolutely impressed with service, food and atmosphere. So impressed, 5 of us went back several nights later - impressed again!

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on June 8, 2017

Good spot, food is always good, service a bit slow tonite

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on June 5, 2017

Shrimp tacos were good. Crab cakes and guacamole were excellent. Good local beers. Very nice time overall.

OpenTable Diner (Savannah)
2.0  Dined on June 4, 2017

Food was great but never got the drink I ordered
Waitress said sorry but offered no remedy

vipPSCa (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

Great night up. Yummy dinner. Great waiter.

vipNeilgoldsmith (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

This place never let's us down, we never miss dinner here with every visit!

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

Excellent menu choices and variety. Friendly service and atmosphere. Grouper that was recommended was outstanding.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

Sone of the best margaritas ive had in all of Hilton Head. The house margarita was amazing. I also had a goat cheese stuffed poblano pepper and a tomale that was absolutely amazing with thier red sauce! I highly recommend this place. To top pff our great experience the roof top live Spanish singer was out of this world. Worth a visit or 10!

JohnathanS (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

First time visiting the Santa Fe Cafe after having several people recommend it. Was glad we took their recommendation.

Food was very good and so was the service. We will add The Santa Fe Cafe to our list of places to eat when we visit.

OpenTable Diner (Caribbean)
5.0  Dined on June 1, 2017

Loved the guitar player on the upper deck, server/bartender Geneve was awesome. They had Tecate beer which was great and only $4. Ceviche was excellent. The steak I had was the special cut and had a lot of fat. It was tender though. Did not like the fried onion strings that came with it