Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark

4.7
116 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipRodL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots. I do miss your hard shell tacos. Any way to bring back the hard shells?

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vipNickG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and value! My guest and I truly enjoyed our evening here after about 5 years since our last visit. Also, the establishment was properly distancing and was very clean. We would highly recommend this to any visiting families, current students, or travelers through the area.

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SueS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was cooked perfectly as usual. My favorite restaurant in Newark!

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SueS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Santa Fe every week. Wings and fajitas are the best around. All the food and drinks are always delicious.

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SallyC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish food , good service, reasonable prices

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I love Santa Fe! Just wish they had told us our reservation was limited to 2 hours beforehand... A manager abruptly told us that our reservation was “up” and we had been making the table after us wait. We had no idea that the tables had a time limit nor we we informed by email, at the hostess stand or by our waiter. I understand having this limit but it needs to be communicated ahead of time. We were trying to drink our margaritas fast and felt very uncomfortable with the way she approached the situation (as if we had been in the wrong when we had no idea). Other than that, food and servers are usually pretty good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food. Always have good service. Wait staff is friendly and work hard to make it a great experience. One of Main Street’s gems.

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Elaneg
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very efficient, and conscientious
Food was great, atmosphere was very nice

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Emily
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great.

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cortb
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, atmosphere, and service! Definitely recommend.

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KathleenM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Sangria tasted like watered down red wine. Enchiladas contained very little cheese And with exception of the red sauce were tasteless. Rice was dried out. Guacamole was good. If you dine here only get the guacamole.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Server was fantastic!

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BeverlyA
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and great customer service. Social distancing is being done along with sanitizer and masks. Felt very comfortable.

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SkipC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After requesting a booth in the rear is the restaurant we were seated promptly and safely. As always our dinners were delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Food was good. Very expensive for fajitas that were mostly vegetables, 22 dollars. This place is right in the heart of U of D so expect very loud atmosphere. Will never go back due to the loud, vulgar and drunk college kids. It’s a shame they ruined dinner for a lot people.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was hard to hear people at your table. Order was not completely correct and we paid for extra item.
My main problem is that we were nit checked in and did nit get credit on our Open Table account

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JasmineD
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious I would def recommend the fish tacos. The drinks were strong and worth the money. I also live how easy it was to make a reservation online for outside . Would def recommend and will be going back

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They have the best margaritas in the area, and there isn't a close second. The food is also very good and consistent.

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always pleased at Santa Fe. From their food to their service!!!

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BawaA
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I forgot the Name of our server but he was excellent!!! Thank you.

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Indigo
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious meal and great service. However, we had a party of 6 next to us in a booth, that was more than energetic, they were loud, and used a lot of profanity.

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vipdebbieh
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed catching up with a friend while munching on nachos and then salads. They seemed to a have steady flow of patrons. We were at a booth near the kitchen door. My only issue was that we left smelling strongly of the food that was cooked while we were there.

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vipDesh
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Really liked the restaurant

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dvykns
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to Santa Fe Saturday evening after a movie. For an easy-in, easy-out restaurant, it's very good. Ambience was very good with tables and the bar all filled. My beef chimichanga was just what I wanted and my wife enjoyed her chicken quesadillas.

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vipTheresaS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food quality seems to be diminishing (as do the portion sizes). The chipotle wings were very good (although served with no plates on which to eat them). The alambre was ok, as were the mole chicken enchiladas. The blackened chicken burrito appeared to be filled with ingredients that were just pulverized to mush. Nothing (rice, chicken, beans, etc.) was discernible inside of it. The burrito came with no sides and was just bland and very dry. The other dishes were served with a side of Mexican rice that was dried up and lacking in any flavor. The menu appears to have gotten smaller at this restaurant, but the quality of the food has not gone up with what should be a more focused service.

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vipwannabeafoodcritc
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food just wasn’t good and the service pleasant but not great. It reminded me of food you would get in the frozen aisle at the supermarket. Even the Mexican food chains are better. Pass on this place!

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vipRodL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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vipzibby
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kristen was very attentive. Our server Zach was excellent! He made sure that the birthday occasion was very special.

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vipJaneC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santa Fe has been a favorite restaurant of ours since it first opened. Food is consistently good and the frozen margaritas are excellent. Prices are very good, portions are good and the staff is always friendly and attentive. Thank you.

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AllisonB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Waitress was great. Was there at a non-busy time so it's difficult to judge what the noise level would be on a Friday or Saturday night. Food was yummy. Brunch menu was fantastic!

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Cmoreverde
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Wait staff was attentive but kitchen and bar were very slow. Food and drinks were good one received.

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AustenM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Didn’t get the full menu basically made reservations for bar snack food

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vipJaneC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

have been going to Santa Fe for years and still enjoy their food. Our waiter was excellent and so are the frozen margaritas. We will be back soon!

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JeffS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Drinks were excellent, food was unique and amazing!!! Would go back again!! Just wish it was not so loud. Music, people talking, nothing to absorb sound had difficulty hearing across the table. Beside it being extremely noisy was a great experience!

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localfriend
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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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CarmenK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Margaritas

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cherylz
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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Courtney
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

FAQs

Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 369-2500.

Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark is rated 4.7 stars by 116 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.