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Santa Fe Cafe

4.6
1072 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southwest
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  • Good for a Date
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.
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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
What 1072 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined a day ago

Asked for outside dining upstairs but they sat us downstairs inside. Went with friends who love the place and at least we were glad to spend time with them.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We always go to Santa Fe on every trip to HHI. The place is hoppin, the food in unique and excellent, and the service is always great. Love to sit and watch the chefs cooking in the open kitchen.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Amazing as always! Love going here! Changed up our food this time and wow best steak I’ve ever had. Melt in your mouth!!! Go here now!! Oh and the margs are pretty awesome too!!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Always wonderful food!!!! Love the atmosphere, only downfall was dirty floors, and chair pads. We will still go back, would just recommend doing a good sweep of the floor, and clean the chair pads often with degreaser or don’t have cloth pads. 😉🍴

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Love is place. Great atmosphere, always great food. Only suggestion would be that upstairs got pretty hot. You could tell right when the A/C came on and it was great! But it would have been better to have never gotten hot at all. Out of our party of 10 5 people could completely tell. But didn't ruin anyones night

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great happy hour.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food/ service/ atmosphere.
Entertainment was amazing- Ray Elias.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The chimichanga was the best I’ve ever tasted. I thought that the blend of ingredients was perfect. The rest of my party enjoyed their entrees. We had a wonderful dining experience.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Central island location with consistently well-prepared fresh food. A southwestern twist, but not overly spicy. Upscale, grilled entrees not usually found in southwestern cousine. We have loved this place for years and are never disappointed.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Fabulous grouper entree’. Highly recommended !

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Went with friends and had a great evening. Great food and reasonable wine prices

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This is the best food on the Island (we are residents and my husband is a Culinary Institute of America grad) and in spite of the annoying ambiance we seem to always encounter, we will always return and recommend the food as being best on the Island but......we have encountered this annoying situation for the 3rd time on Sunday night! I deligently make reservations and on arrival we are told that “your table isn’t available but we have.....upstairs”! We were entertaining out of state guests and I raved for days about this place only to be 1). seated in the first table to the right on top of the steps and not only had to contend all night with people (other guests and wait staff) coming and going and had to move or get up to supply ample room for passing and 2). seated adjacent to a rather large family group with children who were being children loud and distractive!
I feel like our faces are on a plaque as we arrive and it says...these suckers will sit anywhere!
We spend many dollars here and don’t hesitate to order drinks galore and I’m beginning to wonder why!
The wait staff are always amazing but the host stand always greets us in an unusual negative, unfriendly manner as though we are a nuisance to them.
In reference to Sunday night we were not given any other options than the table we were seated at....it completely ruined my evening

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

awesome place i love santa fe... cowboy steak is the best

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was nothing special and staff seemed stressed and disinterested

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I am a local and enjoyed our dinner with family from New York city...great service, exceptional food..!!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Four of us all enjoyed our dinner choices. Great atmosphere and sound level permitted a good conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Always a favorite! Great food, great margaritas, great music, great atmosphere on outside deck! Don’t miss it!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Food was decent, ambiance is nice, especially outdoors on the deck; but beware that this establishment is not baby friendly! Took our 1 year old for an early dinner at 5pm, and they were very obviously annoyed that we brought a baby (attitude about having a stroller, getting a high chair, etc...) even though I did mention it in my reservation that we would have a baby. They made us feel extremely uncomfortable and were unbelievably rude (host, waitress, buster, literally all workers). My advice is to not go here with children! Every single other place on the island was AMAZING towards children except Santa Fe.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great as always. Every year we have to make at least one visit and it does not disappoint

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Use to visit this establishment over a decade ago and finally returned to the island recently. Great memories which were substantiated with excellent food, superb service and a splendid atmosphere. Would recommend for any occasion. Bon Appetit !

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We loved our dinner and had fantastic service. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great soups.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

A welcome change from the mostly-mediocre food on HHI. Great menu - everything looked awesome. We followed the advice of other reviewers and I started with the Painted Desert soup - really creative and tasty. Then my husband had the pork chops verde and I had the ribeye burrito. WOW - both were absolute winners. And a nice wine list. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Santa Fe Cafe is on our "must visit" list every time we are in Hilton Head. We enjoy everything.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Spring Break dinner with family.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Food is pricey and ordinary. I ordered a Grouper for $30.00 because it was recommended by my friend. It was good but not worth $30.00.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Enjoyed dining on the rooftop patio. Was early in the evening (6pm) so not sure how crowded/loud it may get later, but was nice and quiet while we were there. Had shrimp tacos and they were good.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I have been coming to Santa Fe Cafe since they opened many years ago. It is a "can't miss" stop on any trip to Hilton Head. The southwestern offerings are always top notch, but the menu is much broader than just southwest. This is a super solid choice for everything on the menu.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Sat outside... nice rooftop terrace with great mariache singer who played the whole time.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Nice take on southwestern cuisine. Good service. Always busy- Reservations recommended. Menu items a little pricey but no other food similar to this anywhere around so definitely a unique dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Food and adult beverages are amazing. Service is great.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Enjoyed the upstairs patio. Food and service was fantastic. We travel to HHI for spring break every year. This is now a must go restaurant for the future. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We came for the early bird with a large group (kids included). Our waiter was awesome—even had the chef special make “crispy” tacos for my whiny son. The food was outstanding from the salads and soups to the entrees and churros. Love the red sangria and the margaritas as well. We will definitely be back. 😊

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Awesome food. Awesome Service. Dinner special was great. Great presentation of entrees.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My experience was AWESOME! Best food in HHI. I look forward to eating here almost as much as coming to Hilton Head. Black bean soup, Guacamole and Ribeye burrito are my favs. Service is always top notch.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great experience for my husband and I and four teenagers.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

As usual, Santa Fe Restaurant Provided excellent menu choices in a friendly environment. It has been the go to choice for foodies with a taste for Southwestern cuisine on Hilton Head for over fifteen years. It is my wife's favorite restaurant, so we have gone there many times over the years; we have never been disappointed.

James D

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We loved dining on the rooftop! Great food and ambiance on a chilly night! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Live music is amazing. Food is top notch . Rib eye burrito!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent service, ambiance and food! Great for lunch and dinner. Adorable rooftop patio!

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