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Date
Thu, 4/26
Time
10:00 PM
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Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark

4.0
60 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Latin American
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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
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Phone number
(302) 369-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Catering options are available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Chapel
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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
What 60 People Are Saying
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
3.6
ambience
3.9
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Took 2 hours to get food

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on October 26, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 4, 2017

Food was amazing! Fast and courteous service!

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on April 18, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Fish tacos were pretty good.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 21, 2016

Guac is a must here. Love the Sangarita too!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on June 3, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 19, 2015

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2015

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

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4.0Dined on November 21, 2014

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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