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About Santa Fe Cafe

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.

807 Willliam Hilton Pkwy Ste 700
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southwest, Mexican

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Plantation Center

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 785-3838

Website:
http://santafecafehiltonhead.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Austin Harris

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.

Private Party Contact:
Marshall Sampson: (843) 785-3838

Additional:
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

Santa Fe Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (903)
Great for Outdoor Dining (809)
Neighborhood Gem (800)
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Good for Groups (611)
Special Occasion (530)
Romantic (338)
Hot Spot (333)
Great for Lunch (264)
Kid-friendly (257)
Notable Wine List (142)
Vibrant Bar Scene (140)
Late-night Find (86)
Casual (75)
Good for a Date (69)
Creative Cuisine (60)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Scenic View (40)
Bar Seating (39)
Fun (39)
Authentic (36)
Great for Brunch (35)
Spicy (31)
Live Music (30)
Worth the Drive (28)
Cozy (27)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Business Meals (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Local Ingredients (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Outstanding Value (16)
Tapas (10)
People Watching (9)
Disabled Access (7)
Healthy (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Seasonal (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Great Beer (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
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Organic (1)
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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food4
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service5
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 (Columbus)·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.

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food5
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 (Charleston)·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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Spicy
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Naples)·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

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 (Charleston)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Tapas
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food5
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service4
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Had to send back wine...it 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great service, food and loved the music!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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food5
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 (Atlanta)·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!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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food4
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 (Denver)·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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 8, 2017

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

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food4
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service3
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2017

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

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food4
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 (Savannah)·Dined on June 4, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food5
ambience2
service2
value3

vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great night up. Yummy dinner. Great waiter.

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food5
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 2, 2017

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

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food5
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 2, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Organic
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 (Philadelphia)·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!

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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Caribbean)·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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food3
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service5
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Favorite restaurant on island for many years, always return once or twice each trip... consistently delicious food and great service, fun atmosphere.....can close eyes and pick anything on menu and it's great, but Cowboy Cut Bone-in Ribeye, Grouper, Chimichanga, Beef Burrito, Crab Cakes are favorites. Won't disappoint!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Great dining experience . Lou was a wonderful server. The noise level was moderate. Always fabulous food.

Tags: Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 31, 2017

We visit Santa Fe each time we visit Hilton Head and have never been disappointed.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 31, 2017

We were in Hilton Head on vacation for 4 days, sadly we didn't end up at Santa Fe until the night before we left. We tried it on a whim since the menu looked inviting (and I love Mexican food). Santa Fe had great choices from more 'classic' Mexican dishes to more creative options. Everyone in our group agreed that it was the best meal of the trip...and my 3 year old even ate all his food—HA!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Been dining here for years. Consistently good food served in a fun space.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Hadn't dined at SFC in 5+ years. Decided to go there for dinner our last evening at HH and it was a great choice. Guacamole app terrific as well as main courses. Great service as well.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Food took over an hour to come out. Server did not acknowledge the issue. Ceviche was poor. Salmon was over-breaded and overcooked. Other food was decent. Other tables seated after us were served first. Not sure what the issue was. We won't return.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Nice atmosphere and good food especially the painted desert soup
It was good food. Prices were moderate. Everything tasted very fresh. I would go there again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The queso dip seemed to pretty much be melted Velveeta with some peppers sprinkled on top. The chips that came with it were stale. Salsa was good. I had the pork chop, which was pretty good, although the presentation left something to be desired. REALLY dark in the restaurant, so the presentation wasn't as noticeable until I took a picture. I think it's dark on purpose...

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Food was great as usual. Only problem, they stuck us in a corner table with no room. My brother, dad, and I are all big guys so it was uncomfortable.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We reserved a table at Santa Fe Cafe 3 weeks before the time of our vacation and requested to sit outside because we wanted to hear the live music. When we arrived we were told no tables were available outside and that it's not possible to ask to sit outside on Open Table. There was nothing in the description of the restaurant on Open Table to indicate this, it actually mentioned the outside seating which was the entire reason we wanted to go there. After I complained the host found us 3 seats at the outdoor bar. We saw empty tables when we sat down at the.bar and one of those tables was empty the entire time we were there. The food was good but we wouldn't have gone there had we known they wouldnt give us a table outside

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We arrived early for our reservation and they were able to seat us still. The food, where do I begin, we had the queso which came with chips and salsa, the salsa was homemade and extremely fresh, the queso was a smooth creamy delight. I also ordered the crab cake appetizer and it was delicious, never had any crabcake better. Ordered the chimichanga and it to was absolutely phenomenal. I actually expressed to the server, who also was great, I was upset that their food has ruined all other mexican restaurants for me. No other mexican food will ever taste the same. Superb and highly recommend.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 25, 2017

We had a girl's night out celebrating 2 birthdays. I requested a round table and they provided it. It was a fun time. The food was quite good and there were special desserts for the birthday girls.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 25, 2017

We always enjoy Santa Fe and eat here several times of the year. Most often I would recommends reservations - but they are not required. The service is consistently good. We love their rib eye burrito and order it a lot. This is the only time in years that the steak had a notable amount of fat throughout the burrito. Chips & salsa was good so was the Cadillac margarita & the West End IPA.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Visit Hilton Head annually and this is a must do for our family. Love everything but especially crave the Salad and soups (painted desert soup is delicious and presented beautifully.) Enjoyed the early dining menu during this visit and the redfish entree was the standout: so good I wanted to go back and order it again the next night. Hilton Head dining is expensive, so the early dining menu was a terrific find!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Great meals all around...the four of us had it covered...seafood, steak, tacos and salads...everything was delicious. Our server, Jackie, was attentive, personable and accurate...she made our evening very enjoyable.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I thought the restaurant was very expensive for Mexican food. I've never Bee to a Mexican restaurant where chips and salsa didn't come w the meal.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Spicy
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We had a great meal - loved everything we chose and the service was outstanding.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Santa Fe is a Hilton Head standby with an interesting mix of creative Southwestern fare. The chefs have twists on standard issue New Mexico-style dishes. They also have some creations on their own. Entrees range from tacos and chile poblanos to terrific steaks. Seafood is a big part of the menu, too -- this is Hilton Head after all -- but its served up in unique ways. Dishes can be ginned up to be fairly hot, but by and large no one will be scorched unless they ask for it. The cuisine is more about inventive flavor combos than it is about Scovill units.
Santa Fe is a busy place. The two-story building -- it's set in a shopping center/office park right off the Wm. Hilton Pkwy. -- affords a rooftop bar, which features live music most nights. But it can feel a little crowded and a little busy. The wait staff is constantly buzzing up and down stairs. Bar is fine, and the wine list is okay ... but just okay.
The Santa Fe Cantina is fine restaurant and a neat change of pace in the big, wide (but often quite similar) world of Hilton Head dining.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Went there to celebrate a birthday with adult family, food was good, atmosphere was awesome, service was outstanding!

Tags: Live Music, Fun
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