Santa Fe Cafe

4.6
1384 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southwest
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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Plantation Center
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Entertainment
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Santa fe many times. Every time we come to Hilton Head we make sure
to go there a couple of times. I love the food and especially recommend the painted dessert soup!

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Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and service at Santa Fe...

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O
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good Tex-mex food. Nice atmosphere.

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d
Charleston
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good except the hot bacon dressing. It had a strange mesquite taste and was thick like a sauce. Would go back but would not order that again.

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AO
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always make it a point to eat here every time we visit HHI and it never disappoints! The food is not only delicious but beautiful too!!

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AH
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Prices are on the high side, but the food and ambiance make it worth it. I could have been a happy camper from the guacamole appetizer alone!

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KH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great option if you're looking for some Tex-Mex food. Delicious food and a nice change of pace. We really enjoyed it!

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d
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Variety of food is outstanding. Very friendly staff. Our group had the scallops dish and lamb chops. Both were very very good. Don’t miss this place

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VM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Waitress. Beautiful surroundings. Loud, possibly drunk, nearby diners. Food goodsnd brought quickly. We’d go back!

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican dinner ever, a bit pricier than a normal Mexican restaurant but well worth it!

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D
Pinehurst
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall our visit to Sante Fe Cafe was a good experience. The Red Fish that my wife and son had was great. I unfortunately ordered the wrong thing. While the Ribeye burrito may be one of their most popular dishes, the fish was the better choice. I was originally given the wrong order which was the regular beef burrito and I believe it was actually better than the ribeye. We had Churros for dessert with coconut ice cream which.... a great way to end the meal!

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T
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here and enjoyed it very much. Great service, and food recommendations. We’ll be back.

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prompt, courteous service and able to accommodate a special request. Great flavor and freshness of all ordered items from an adequate selection. Highly recommend and will return....

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JE
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful flavors.
My only regret is that I did not try the painted desert soup.
Everyone who hears that we ate there raves about it. My mistake for not trying it

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere - I will definitely return. Overall a great experience

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great flavor fish was outstanding! Pork tenderloin was tender and flavorful. Oyster appetizer was great not over breaded.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, service and atmosphere!!

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A
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had squab and tacos. Both were quite good. One of my favorite restaurants

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AE
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Main items were good but sides left a lot to be desired.

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JM
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was the first time we've eaten upstairs at this nicely decorated restaurant (but indoors, not outside, too cold for us). The meal prices, at first glance, seem high; however, when you consider the freshness of the ingredients, the great seasoning of the dishes and the portion size they were appropriate. In fact, we took the left overs of my wife's fajita dinner and they were enough to fill two delicious omelets the next day. We were enjoying the quiet; however, as the evening progressed so did the noise level.

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C
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Painted Desert soup is reason enough, but the Blackened Redfish and Margaritas are outstanding too. Love the upscale ambiance of this local favorite southwest/Mexican restaurant. Nice for a date night or night out with great friends. When it’s warm, outside upstairs is lovely!

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L
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorites restaurant!

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BA
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , service, and atmosphere. There is an outside bar and seating area upstairs where they play live music several nights per week. You can enjoy a nice cocktail by the fire as well.

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D
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had to give only 4 stars because one in our party was not satisfied. The chimichanga & burrito we're huge, however the amount of chicken for the fajitas was minimal...a small airline chicken breast sliced had maybe enough meat for 2 tiny taco size fajitas (smaller than a taco if that's possible)😕

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BR
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Santa Fe is one of our favorites on the island. Food is always excellent!! We’ve been going to Santa Fe over 25 years and highly recommend you visit!!

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KW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu is not a traditional Mexican food menu, but the rood as good. A bit pricey, but the service was good.

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B
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We made a reservation and was seated immediately upon arrival. Ask for 4 different drinks that they could not prepare. Our meals came out piece meal 1 by 1 -- about 10mins to deliver all four entrees. Food was good. There were dead flies on window sill - was kind of gross. Did not mention because did not want to ruin the evening.

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G
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grouper is the best anywhere in Hilton Head!

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BL
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was crowded at 7:00, possibly because of early theater diners. Although our server was excellent, we waited over an hour to be served after ordering. Dinner was excellent! Probably need to be a bit cautious when choosing a time. We would definitely return.

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C
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Food was good. Noise level very high and restaurant very busy. For a VIP OpenTable customer I was given a terrible table. The table was immediately next to the front door and right next to the check in station. Not what I have been lead to expect from my OpenTable reservations. Very disappointing and I will think twice before using this restaurant again.

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JR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance, best service and healthy quality food.

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BB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was disappointed in the way the chicken fajitas were prepared. There was very little taste to the chicken and the fixings were not the usual that I am used to. I love Mexican food so maybe I’m a little picky.

My husband enjoyed his food choices, though.

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GC
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! And the blackened red fish is to die for. Wonderful staff and wonderful food. Wish they would open up in Asheville...I’d be there every week!

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MS
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy dining out at Santa Fe Cafe. Our server today was Alex who provided top notch service. Love the food and ambience. Service is always great.

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SD
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Santa Fe for many years! Always have a great time. Food is consistently delicious. My favorites are the Painted Desert Soup, Grouper and of course the guac. My husband loves the Rib eye Burrito. The Bentley Margaritas are wonderful. Service is friendly. Especially love sitting at the Chef's bar and chatting with Chef Dave! Fun!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Santa Fe NEVER disappoints. Beautiful delicious food!!!

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JE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food at a fair price. Upstairs bar is fun. It is outside along with seating.

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j
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was excellent with a beautiful presentation. The server was very good and made excellent suggestions. The atmosphere was pleasant

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Santa Fe Cafe is mine and my husband's favorite restaurant. We recommend it any chance we get.

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JU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the rooftop music and vibe!

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