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About Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark

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.

190 E Main St.
Newark, DE 19711
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm,
Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
North Chapel

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(302) 369-2500

Website:
http://www.santafemexicangrill.net/

Catering:
Catering options are available.

Parking Details:
Parking available in the back of the building.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.5

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4.1

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4.2

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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

Tags: Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Food was amazing! Fast and courteous service!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 18, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Fish tacos were pretty good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 28, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 10, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 3, 2017

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Ally was our wonderful server. Had a couple hiccups with my cranky order - not a big problem. Nice assists from other staff members when the entrees came out.

Kudos to Matt the manager for a good staff, friendly atmosphere and a good meal.

Sat at high tops in the bar, no real good place for coats as the chairs had no backs. The high tops themselves are in need of replacements, we met Matt when he came around to shim the tables.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2016

We went for Sunday brunch. The breakfast burritos were tasty with fresh ingredients.
I would go back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Santa Fe has consistently good food. A suggestion is to upgrade the decor to compete with other good options on Main St

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Went for Parent's Weekend at UDel. We had reservations for four people. Our table was ready when we arrived - only draw back was being seated in the back, near the kitchen - hoped for better with making reservations weeks in advance. Our server was nice and food was good. Fun main street location.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Servers were great and very attentive. Food was just ok (chips, salsa/guacamole best part of meal). Restaurant could be cleaner/tidier...things like brooms and signage were left out in the hall/dining area. Ambiance could be improved in the back room section (maybe lower the lights for dinner), and it was very noisy in this back room section as well.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2016

Neither the food nor the service was very good. Happy hour prices on margaritas brought them in plastic cups, tacky. Chimichurro burrito had an unrecognizable orange tinted cream drizzled on top. Entrees come with nothing, simply a burrito on a plate. Chips & salsa were good, only highlight of the meal. Server continually forgot to bring requested items - e.g. glasses of water. Server distributed food/drinks incorrectly resulting in a bunch of switching cups & plates around the table which is annoying.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Guac is a must here. Love the Sangarita too!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2016

First time eating dinner at this restaurant, and it was really great! We will definitely go back. Lots of great items on the menu, our selections were fantastic, and the service was world class. Thanks for the great dining experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 2, 2016

This place is always jammed - now I know why. Great drinks, fresh, flavorful food (including my favorite Carnitas), and sitting outside on a gorgeous Saturday night made for s bead perfect meal. Salsa that comes with the free chips is home made and has a kick - very tasty. Margaritas are fresh and tasty - went down easy on a warm day. We will definitely be back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 3, 2016

Santa Fe always has good food and the drinks are delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Stopped in on a Friday night with friends and enjoyed margaritas and dinner. Drinks came quick and we all enjoyed our meals. The service is always friendly and quick. The manager stopped by to check in on us. Overall great night.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Santa Fe has been my favorite Mexican restaurant for years now. Nothing beats their golden chimichangas on a day when you just want to indulge! I have taken many friends here and everyone loves the food, ALWAYS! Their margaritas are great too and the servers are always friendly. Save some room for dessert coz they have the most amazing Nutella crepes(I always get coffee ice cream in mine). And if you go here for the first time, they bring you a complimentary appetizer! Yummmmmmmm

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2015

The most creative and sure-fire mexican we've had in years....fresh fish, nachos to die for with an amazing white sauce, and of course a golden margarita topped it all off. Parents weekend expected a rush but fit the bill for this foodie family!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2015

Love the food. Terrific, friendly bartenders!! They even brought us a comp dessert as we celebrated a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2015

The food was really good! I don't like beans but the black beans are really really good and have nice kick. The cheese dip has a nice smoky flavor that went nicely with the beans and flat bread. My kids loved the fries but didn't care for the tacos. They thought they were too dry and not spicy enough (Note they eat their tacos plan w/ just cheese). I had the enchiladas , they were not the best I ever had but in the top 10. The verde sauce was not as spicy as I'm use too. My husband had the burrito, he said it was the best he ever had.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2015

We went here for Mother's Day brunch and had a wonderful time. Mom enjoyed her $1 mimosa - a Mother's day special. Our server was outstanding. Food was fresh, delicious and a great value. We look forward to returning.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 9, 2015

It wasn't a great experience for a first time visit. A plate of nachos supreme cost $14 for a decent amount, but meat was extra, sour cream (a tiny bit) was extra. Mostly chips, little else. Our food arrived before our drinks, long wait, not that crowded, no excuse. Friendly server? No. Barely spoke. Overall: Cheap ingredients, too high prices. Many other Mexican restaurants give you good food, larger portions for less money. Chains seem to overprice. Won't waste time or money going back. Much more to offer elsewhere.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2015

Definitely try the queso and wings for an appetizer. the food was delicious. Service was top notch for a main street college town. If you're visitng UDel, stop here to eat.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 27, 2015

Probably the best chimichanga I've ever had. Will go back to try a margarita!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2014

Good food, good service. A little noisy but overall a very enjoyable experience. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2014

The food, ambiance and décor were most satisfactory, but the thing that made the dining experience stand out as extraordinary, was our server, EMILY. She was never without a smile; she was a big help with our selection of food; throughout the meal she attended to empty water glasses without our even noticing her comings and goings. She made sure our every need was taken care of - always with a smile on her face. You can have the best food in the world, but if the server is unpleasant, the meal is worthless. Our dining experience was a joy. THANK YOU, EMILY.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 16, 2014

Definitely recommend making a reservation because we had a 30 minute wait when we didn't have one, and when we did have one we got seated immediately. The food is really good. Some of the best Tex-Mex we've found. The service is pretty good. We had one waitress who took time to explain items on the menu and make suggestions. But be prepared to deal with a crowd of college students. It appears to be a popular University of Delaware hangout. We've often encountered large, loud groups of students who are there to have a good time.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 6, 2014

Seems to be a hot spot for college kids. It was very busy, on a tuesday night. Two dollar tacos were dry, the meat and the tortilla's. Soda was flat, they barely give you any sour cream or cheese that we asked for on a side and then for tacos they charge .49 cents for a tablespoon of sour cream. The cornbread was soggy and nasty. The service was slow, it took them 10 minutes to notice we were there to take our orders. 15 mins to get our drinks. And then they screwed up our bill. It was just really bad, and it was my fiance's birthday so needless to say, we won't be going back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 28, 2014

The good thing was that we were seated right away. It was very crowded for Happy Hour in the bar, so we were seated in the dining room. We ordered the Queso as an appetizer. It was cold and very runny when delivered by the manager. Sent it back. It was warmer, still very runny, but not hot. I do like the salsa and chips. Then we waited another 20 min or so for our entres. The entres were okay. I had the chicken Chimichanga and my husband had the seafood Enchilada. Nothing special. The wait service was okay, the waitress wasn't overly friendly, and it was hard to get her attention when needed. What should have been an hour dinner, if that, took almost two hours.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2013

Saw this place get high ratings. It's in the University DE area. See lots of people there all the time. The outdoor area is nice. Met friends there and ordered drinks that were all great & tasty. The appetizers were good too, but when we ordered our main entrees, they were not great. My friend ordered 'baked salmon' that obviously was fried (maybe even deep friend). I ordered the fish tacos that I typically get all the time. These were the worst I had ever ordered in any restaurant... I think they have great drinks & apps for picking but would not go again for a sit down dinner.... Pluses: Décor was nice inside and out, good for kids, very big place, nice staff.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 5, 2013

The food was just OK, but the margaritas were great! The only thing that took away from the margaritas was that when they ran out of clean glasses, they started serving them in seemingly smaller plastic cups. Also, the items on the Happy Hour food menu were very limited. The ground beef is oily, and we would like to see a chicken option for non-vegetarians who don't eat red meat. Overall, I highly recommend the frozen margaritas, but would recommend eating before or after going to Santa Fe for drinks.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 22, 2013

Great happy hour specials and delicious food. The best place to sit outside with a margarita on a nice day!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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