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Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark

4.5
4.5
162 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (302) 369-2500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Catering options are available.

  • Neighborhood

    Newark

  • Cross street

    North Chapel

  • Parking details

    Street parking and public paid lots available throughout Downtown Newark. Validation provided for paid lots.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 162 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Great for Lunch

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Mexican

  • Delaware

    Kid Friendly

  • Delaware

    Good for Groups

  • Delaware

    Great for Lunch

  • Delaware

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Delaware

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. GF

    GraceF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience. Food and margs were reasonably priced as well as our server was wonderful
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice place to eat. Table was ready when we arrived.
  3. LH

    LynnH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Mexican food on the east coast. We visit Sante Fe Mexican Grill whenever we are in Newark. Enchiladas are amazing and Queso Blanco is a cheesy indulgence!
  4. ND

    NewarkDweller

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Overall experience was fine. The taco salad was delicious, but quite a small portion size. Seems overpriced. Also, would appreciate more vegan options.
  5. KF

    KathyF

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The chicken quesadillas were a huge hit, as well as the vegetarian fajitas! i really enjoyed the carnitas tacos
  6. T

    Tracey

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food in the heart of Newark. Don't eat too many chips -- even though they are yummy you want to save room for your meal. The food is good!
  7. S

    Sean

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been there twice with my daughter and both times the food and service was excellent.
  8. RS

    RobertS

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Average Tex Mex food.
  9. L

    Lynn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Margaritas are a must have! Nachos are great to split when dininh with a friend.
  10. LE

    LynE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was excellent (friendly, on top of our needs, ahead of the game on refills, helpful, professional and just overall a really sweet person!) This was my first time dining here and I was with my son who had been once before with a friend. There were of course lots of college kids (Friday evening dining) but everyone was under control and just enjoying their food & drinks. Food was delicious and we were served in a timely manner. Will definitely be returning :-)
  11. DC

    DawnC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great and all of our food was delicious! This was our first time at Santa Fe and we'll definitely return!
  12. D

    Demi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been here before and have always enjoyed my time. This last time was to experience their Restaurant Week menu and I am happy I did. Everything we had was delicious, and I'd like to see the Birria tacos on their menu more often. The sweet corn cake ice cream sundae was amazing, as were the sweet corn empanadas and the white chicken chili. Even though they were booked, our server (Lily I believe) was very attentive to our table and very thorough. Definitely recommend!
  13. KM

    KyleM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and attentive service by all. Food was delicious. We had a great time. Thank you!
  14. SS

    StanleyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was great. Service was attentive and not overly intrusive. We were seated near the bar which made it a bit noisy but overall a very good experience.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    waiter was super fun, drinks were great
  16. CG

    ChristinaG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The express lunch is a great deal. Our server was friendly, attentive, and efficient.
  17. HJ

    HeatherJ

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Good service! Awesome food and drinks!
  18. CL

    CynthiaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place! Reservations highly recommended on weekends for dinner. The chimichangas are amazing and worth every calorie!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter Davie was awesome!!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Santa Fe is a good place to visit if you are looking for authentic tacos and a friendly atmosphere to just sit back relax and enjoy food and drinks. I highly recommend visiting if you enjoy tortillas, tacos and beer. Once you're dining is over there is lots to explore on Main Street in Newark if you are new to the town.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time our server was very sweet ! I loved it they were sweet and did an amazing job making everyone feel like home
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    The front desk lady was terribly rude when we arrived. Decided to give it another try so I called to make a reservation and the lady was rude again. Customer service is the issue
  23. GL

    GinaL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The food was good. The nachos were not great, I think they are a no brainer appetizer. There was no cheese on them and literally 5 pieces of chicken. Unfortunately, the service was not so great. I had asked for plates for the appetizers 3 times. I never got my utensils, luckily I was eating tacos, I finally got my husbands fork to eat the rest of my meal. Had to ask for napkins several times and no refills for drinks or checked on us. She only came back with check.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had Amazing service from Nathaniel. We felt welcomed and relaxed! The food is always consistently delicious and the drinks are strong. We will be back!
  25. AP

    AndrewP

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  26. RC

    RexC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Julian did a great job as our server! He was accommodating, friendly, and recommended some great food! The street tacos were amazing!
  27. DB

    DonB

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Great service - very attentive. Santa Fe shrimp and chicken…chicken is extremely salty. Detracts hugely from the dish. That and digging through the sauce to get the tails off the shrimp. Not impressed. Margarita was great (golden margarita I believe).
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I’ve been to Santa Fe twice, ordered to go once since I’ve been in Delaware and they haven’t disappointed me yet. The drinks are good, the food is good and worth the money. They give you so much food which I love compared to other restaurants, this place is great for a laid back Friends get together if you love Mexican food. I recommended trying the crab nachos, crab quesadilla, the hurricane drink, chipotle wing and the Mexican corn omg!!!!
  29. AD

    AnnD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very Good food and service. Always a bit noisy for conversation, but it’s a bar and it’s nice to see people out and about
  30. RL

    RodL

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites! Great food and nice ambience.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal was great. Dylan was a great server. Made the meal that much better. Food was all delicious and the place had great atmosphere
  32. JB

    JustineB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was great and we didn’t wait for a table at all. Waiter disappeared for a little while but otherwise great experience
  33. LD

    LeeD

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very nice servers. Good chips and salsa and a nice margarita. Fajitas were a bit of a mess of different components. OK, but not great. Taco and chimichangas ordered by our friends looked pretty good. I think you could find better Mexican food in town.
  34. MG

    MichelleG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was very friendly, food was delicious, loved the location.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  36. SH

    StephenH

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was very good and they had excellent recommended foods and answered all of our questions
  37. JP

    JPage1006

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    If I had to find something wrong, the straws are too narrow to easily drink the frozen Margherita. Otherwise, the service was awesome and the food was delicious. The portions were good and filled us up.
  38. KP

    KarenP

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was outstanding!! Food and price were good too.
  39. BI

    BaconIsAVegetable

    Philadelphia

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Here celebrating two birthdays and they made the birthday girls feel extra special. Even sang and brought out a special dessert. Our server went above and beyond to help us in any way she could. It was my first tint at this location and will definitely return.
  40. UD

    UDELVisiting

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. Service was great. This was the first time we went there and will be going back.

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 4.5 stars by 162 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark

190 E Main St. Newark, DE 19711

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Chapel

  • Neighborhood

    Newark

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking and public paid lots available throughout Downtown Newark. Validation provided for paid lots.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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