Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark

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82 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Located on the heart of Main Street Newark, Delaware, this casual yet stylish restaurant has been awarded with The Best of Delaware award as the Best Mexican Restaurant- Upstate 2011. Patrons choose from outdoor dining on the wrap around patio or the tropical indoor dinning. It also features a brand new bar with more than 100 different tequila options, including home infused tequilas with fresh fruit and Mexican spices. Also, Santa Fe specializes in margaritas and Mojitos which have been awarded as the best locally. Start off with freshly made guacamole tableside, move onto spiced crab quesadillas or our Chile Ancho rubbed Ribeye steak with chipotle butter. End the night with our homemade Flan or our signature crepas filled with coffee ice cream and strawberry salsa. Ask a local where to find the best Mexican food at a reasonable price, and you're likely to be pointed towards Santa Fe Mexican Grill.
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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I went for Mother’s Day with my daughter and her boyfriend. Guacamole was not made fresh and they just put some round scoops from the kitchen into the mortar and pestle bowl and it wasn’t very good. Baja fish tacos or fried and dry. Our server was not friendly and seem like she didn’t want to be there. I come to Newark often but won’t be back.

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CK
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I like the food and the service. But it was busy so I didn’t like where we were seated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Margaritas

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

GOT THERE, SEATED, AND TOOK ABOUT 10 MINS BEFORE A WAITRESS CAME OVER TO TAKE ORDER. TOOK ANOTHER 15 MINS BEFORE DRINKS ARRIVED. WAS TOLD THAT THE KITCHEN WAS BACKED UP AND THAT IS WHY OUR APPETIZER (NACHOS) STILL WASN'T READY. AFTER 45 MORE MINS AND STILL NO APPETIZER, WE LEFT. ON WAY OUT, SPOKE TO WAITRESS WHO STILL BLAMED KITCHEN. LET HER KNOW THAT IT WAS UNACCEPTABLE TO BE SEATED FOR 1 HOUR PLUS AND NO APPETIZER SERVED. WE WILL NEVER GO BACK! ALSO NO MANAGER WAS VISIBLE ON SIGHT, YET ALONE COME TO OUR TABLE TO EXPRESS REGRET OVER THE DELAY IN GETTING OUR APPETIZER/ENTREE.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waiter never came to our table. No one ever acknowledged us. Left after waiting 20 minutes.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

After waiting for 35 minutes for a table, my friends and I were told there were still 3 parties to be seated ahead of us as well as reservations. There was no one else there waiting, and we could see three open tables. I went on OpenTable and saw a 6:45 reservation, so I booked it. Around 635, I went up to check in with the hostesses (still three open tables clean and set with silverware) and was told there were no tables available yet since they were not expecting another reservation. We waited another 10 minutes for a table and no one was seated in that time. We stared at the empty tables while being told there was nothing available to then finally be sat at 6:45 in one of those tables. Once we finally were sat the food and service was good as usual, but we were very turned off by how rude the hostesses were towards us.

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

Walked into Santa Fe, the noise level was absolutely crazy, but that is the bar side. We were seated in the restaurant side...much quieter. Our waitress was amazing, very attentive. The food was delicious. I ordered the chicken fajitas, OUTSTANDING! I can't wait to go back.

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AH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food is not good that food is not Mexican at all I definitely didn’t like it.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good value and nice Mexican menu selections

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AG
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here as we were over in Delaware shopping. Great atmosphere and very nice staff. Food was excellent and a good value.

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JC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been eating at Santa Fe since it first opened. Food is consistently good and the frozen margaritas are always a hit!

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C
Toledo
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Absolute best margaritas in DE!! Don’t change a thing!! Also crab nachos are delicious! Get them every time. Just wish there was more consistency with the nachos. The location that was in Wilmington was pretty consistent with the crab, cheese, and sauce ratio.

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was really good - we all enjoyed our meals and service was great.

Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 23, 2018

Thank you for the review! Glas you enjoyed your meal!

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CW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Our server was nice, very sweet. The food was ok, nothing that would have me rushing to be back again.

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DJ
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Good value. Food was slow coming, cool but tasty. Good for a young crowd.

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SS
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Very noisy, so a bit hard to communicate. Chips and salsa excellent. Margarita seemed to have almost no alcohol. Order beer instead!

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JC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very busy for a Tuesday night. The bar was REALLY backed up. Took 15 - 20 minutes to get a drink.

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in after a Lacrosse tournament. Upon entering, I didnt think much but we were pleasantly surprised!! The service was outstanding and so was the food. The food took a bit long to come out but worth the wait for the quality and flavor of it. We all loved it. Would definitely go back if we are in the area.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were good. Would recommend.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate outdoors, which was very nice. The waiter was super attentive without being overbearing, and he was very informative when we asked questions about the menu.
The drinks are huge, delicious, and reasonably priced.
They also have a lot of vegan and vegetarian offerings.
Overall, great place, great food, I’d return any time 👍🏼

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RO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The noise level was through the roof. We could not carry on a conversation at our table. The poor waitress had to lean to take orders and follow up questions required the same. This detracted from the dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Amazing guacamole!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Long wait for drinks, had to reorder drinks 3 times because the bar kept running out of ingredients. Food order wrong for two ppl in party. Meals delivered to table with cold side dishes. Very disappointing for my first visit, will not return nor recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Took 2 hours to get food

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J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Try food was over cooked. The place was empty but it took a long time

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TL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First time here and overall really enjoyed it! The drinks were great and the food was even better. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend for her birthday the wait staff was very helpful the environment was friendly and clean! Top Notch service and food I would go back to eat there any time for any occasion!

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PA
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service is good, staff is friendly, but food was somewhat tasteless.

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BY
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victoria was outstanding! Once she heard it was my birthday she served us a free dessert! Yummy

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OT
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Miss the Union Street location. Somehow Newark did not seem quite as good.

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LT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing! Fast and courteous service!

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K
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great drinks. Very good atmosphere for relaxing with friends.

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ML
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The location was ok, food was mediocre, and service less than expected. We made a reservation on open table and we were seated beside the busy kitchen door even though more desirable tables were empty. My water glass went empty and numerous wait staff continued to walk by it without notice even though they were not busy.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. Brought folks from Mexico there and they said it was authentic cuisine. Waiter was super friendly, super busy with everyone else, yet managed to attend to all of our needs. Huge portions.Fantastic place all around.

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JM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Mexican food in the mid-Atlantic region Not your typical Tex-Mex options but rather authentic Mexican cuisine.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

They don't accept same day reservations, even though they have the option on open table

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j
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fish tacos were pretty good.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. We were all very pleased with our first visit. We will definitely return.

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BT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food but very very good service. College crowd mostly. Nice place to try.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service, tried to call and make a reservation and wa sinformed that I couldn't make one by calling, only by using the online service. finally made a reservation for 6:45 online and wasn't seated until 7:30 Felt like I was being jerked around and that making a reservation should not be so difficult especially when it was pointless to make the reservation. Will definitely pick a different restaurant next time

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