Santa Fe Cafe

4.5
1391 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest

About

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.
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.3
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vipSgriff
Tulsa
73 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! Make a reservation each time we are in HHI. Food is awesome!
One small issue, the table we had was too small.

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JoanWetz
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Great food, great service and very nice atmosphere. 👍🏻

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ThomasW
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding quality and preparation of ingredients. We enjoyed our meals here better than in Santa F, New Mexico .Of course, there was no blackened redfish anywhere in Santa Fe.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yummy guacamole and I got the fish tacos. Excellent choice and excellent margaritas!

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ValerieG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great rooftop bar with guitarist; excellent pre meal experience. Food is delicious. Variety of options and that we have tried have been delicious.

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DonnaC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Service
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOzzie
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good Tex-mex food. Nice atmosphere.

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vipdessertdiva
Charleston
53 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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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AthensOH21
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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AlisonH
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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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KristinH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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dinningout
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipValerieM
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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CathyM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDr54
Pinehurst
24 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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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Tcb56
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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Canadian
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipTiki
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with a variety of good southwestern dishes. The décor was outstanding. Our server was attentive and pleasant and very efficient. The entrees were delicious. We were seated on the second floor which was very nice and quiet. The only problem I have with the restaurant is that I made the reservation on Open Table and they never checked us in, so the points were not credited to our account. I contacted them after we returned home from our vacation and they said they no longer participate with Open Table, but they did at the time. They were supposed to contact someone and then call me back but I never heard from them. Not acceptable for such a nice restaurant.

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vipJanE
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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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ScottB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Barneycsp
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, service and atmosphere!!

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Arnie
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AESJ
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipJeffreyM
Charleston
51 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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vipCindy
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipLinda51
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorites restaurant!

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BrianA
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipDeb74
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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vipBrendaR
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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KatiefromWC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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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Blondie
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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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Gene
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grouper is the best anywhere in Hilton Head!

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BLAT
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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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vipCynthia
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

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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GreatCoz
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Try the blackened red fish! We come here every year and that’s the primo fish entree

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vipJRS1971
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambiance, best service and healthy quality food.

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BrendaB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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GreatCoz
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

FAQs

Santa Fe Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 785-3838.

Santa Fe Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1391 OpenTable diners.