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Permanently Closed - Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Wilmington

3.9
95 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Located Wilmington, Delaware, this casual yet stylish restaurant has been awarded with The Best of Delaware award as the Best Mexican Restaurant- Upstate 2011 and 2013 as well as Delaware Online's Reader's Choice 2013 Best Mexican. We feature 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 table side, 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 Tres Leches cake.
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
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm-10:00pm,

Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(302) 425-5200
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Abimael
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Private party facilities
Authentic Mexican cuisine at Santa Fe Mexican Grill is ideal for any meal, sure to treat your guests to a memorable experience. Enjoy your next event in our newly renovated private dining room, La Bodega, equipped to be catered to any event.
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Private party contact
Stephanie Hrycak: (866) 293-4281
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Catering
Santa Fe features a Catering menu with varied options perfect for casual lunches, birthday parties, or wedding parties. Featuring Guacamole Bowls, Fajita Bars, Churrasco Steak and Chipotle Mashed Potatoes. For delivery or pick-up, disposables or rentals available, contact our Catering Manager as soon as possible to plan your next event!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pennsylvania & Union
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Parking details
Free Public Parking
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Special events & promotions
Santa Fe is constantly looking for ways to encourage community involvement and fun. Look out for our Beer Festivals in the Spring and Fall, our annual Pig Roast competition, Tequila and Wine dinners, and, most importantly, the biggest Cinco de Mayo party in Delaware!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.6
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Very nice staff and very good food. We enjoyed everything but the tres leches was the best I've ever had.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2016

Excellent food & knowledgeable, kind server.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2016

2nd visit to Santa Fe Grill & Bar and I had the exact same thing I had the first time because it was soooo good. I had the killer Cancun shrimp tacos and a frozen pineapple margarita. Our waitress was awesome and said she has to have these tacos at least once a week - I am thinking I will be in the same boat. I loved the flavors of the taco - fresh flour tortilla, shrimp, pickled onion, cabbage and BACON - they are not that big but they are full of flavor. I am going to keep swaying my friends to have dinner here with me on our GNO.

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1.0Dined on October 4, 2016

I have eaten here over the last year at least 6 times. Each time has become progressively worse. It is now to the point that I have taken this establishment off my list. The food was horrible. I had crab cakes that looked like they came out of can headed in a microwave then sauce put on it to hide the taste. Menu says handmade not true. My wifes tacos were burnt and instead of a soft taco shell it was cooked to a hard shell. Our grand daughter's meat in her taco l could not identify. If you go each the chips and salsa only they are ok. Real disappointment I wish them luck.

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2016

Visited Santa Fe with a friend. We had been there before and had great experiences. The restaurant was just about empty - it was early on a Tuesday evening. The bar area was busy. We each had their frozen margarita/sangria cocktail -- delicious. The food, however, was not as I had remembered. I ordered a quesadilla. That was ok. The guac and the pico that came with it, however, were absolutely inedible...I took one small taste and my mouth was on fire!! There was way too much jalapeno. The same was true for the salsa on the table. Our server told us that XXXX made the salsa, pico and guac today and that he puts a major amount of jalapeno in it.
I would think that an established restaurant would have an explicit recipe for their products so that it would be consistent regardless of which staff member produced it. If I go there again I will definitely get the frozen margarita/sangria and call it a night.

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2016

I enjoyed the menu the last time we came a year or so ago, so decided to ask friends to come. There was a party in a "private" room which was rather loud and made it difficult to hear. The food was still very good!

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2.0Dined on August 27, 2016

We hadn't been to this restaurant in a while and decided to take my niece and her husband so that they could try the guacamole bowl. To our disappointment, it is no longer made table-side. It was pre-made in the kitchen and a bit on the spicy side. The salsa for the table was also spicy, with no option for anything milder. They have changed the menu since we were there last, and my husband and I were disappointed. I requested the chicken enchiladas with green sauce. There was no sauce that I could see and the chicken was very dry. I had also requested refried beans and got black beans instead. The gentlemen asked for a second round of drinks, while both my niece and myself clearly declined another one. The waitress brought my niece another drink and then acted like she was surprised when we told her that it had not been requested. My niece accepted it as she didn't want to cause an issue for the waitress. There was not even an "I'm sorry for the mix up" from her. My husband and I were disappointed in and will probably not go back again.

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2016

This place was OK - nothing special. Service was really great, but the food was just average.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2016

The food is fabulous, a real cut above the average Southwestern cuisine. The service was very friendly if a bit balky, but the food did arrive hot and they refilled our iced teas and chips a couple of times while we were waiting. It is the new family Tex.Mex.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2016

we all enjoyed our meal, not smothered in cheese, liked that the salsa had a little kick and wasnt bland, was a little loud, but Bibliotecha area was quieter- we were there for paint nite- really fun time

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2016

Outstanding Service and First Rate Management.
Pleasant Atmosphere and Scrumptious Food.
A must visit.

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1.0Dined on July 3, 2016

Normally one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. For whatever reason there were only two waiters for the entire restaurant. The wait staff was definitely hustling but there was no way to keep up with all the customers. Shame on the management/owners. If you can't properly staff on a holiday weekend then close the doors. You should never treat your customers or staff like that, not cool!

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2016

It was a Monday night and business was slow- and service even slower. The food was good but just took forever. The booth seating was very uncomfortable and the restaurant had abit of a smell..not the good kind. Would probably not return.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2016

Local neighborhood hang out when in the mood for Mexican. Food is good, fresh but give yourself some time the staff is slow at times. Overall, good food good value.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2016

The crab nachos were very good, more than sufficient for two. I had the camarones ala diabla and my partner had tilapia fish tacos. We both enjoyed these courses. We had also asked the waiter for Margaritas, straight up with Sauza. They were not on the menu but he brought them without any question. Very good margaritas and the service overall was excellent.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2016

Our waiter disappeared! The hostess, another waiter and I believe the manager helped take care of us. Lots of staff but completely disorganized and it wasn't even busy. 🙁

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2016

We often go to Santa Fe before attending a play at the Playhouse Playhouse at Rodney Square. We feel it's the best Mexican place around. The food is excellent without being greasy and the service has always been very good. We recommend it.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2016

We went for a meal and a movie, saw Goonies (probably for the 100+ time). what a great idea!!

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2016

Flavor are great and fresh and love that this place always goes way beyond standard Americanized Mexican food. But the food never quite seems hot out of the kitchen. However the margaritas and guac are reliably great and I love the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2016

Authentic mexican food is what Santa Fe offers delicious and flavorful nice atmosphere great service. If you like guacamole i recommend the table side guacamole end it with the churros with tequila carmel sauce .Highly recommend Santa Fe.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2016

Great food and reasonable prices. Staff very friendly and attentive.
Staff made great recommendations and the food was great!

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2015

Santa Fe always has consistently tasty food. Nothing to wow a foodie but good. Every time I've ever been though they have staffing issues - typically never enough people and you wait and wait for your server. Usually it's not because they aren't working hard it's that they have too many tables. So plan accordingly.

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2015

The server was very attentive and polite. The food was wonderful. The owner came to the table to introduce himself and ask if we needed anything. Everything was perfect except for the noise level. This was a Thursday evening at 5:30 (prior to Paint Nite), and the bar was packed and very rowdy. The dining room has very few soft surfaces to absorb the noise. Aside from that; it was a great experience. Will definitely go again!!

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

Date night for hubby and I. The food was so delicious! We are still ranting and raving! We cannot wait to go back! We drove over an hour to try it! A must try!! Great service and ambiance!

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

Almost missed it as I passed under the bridge, it was lightly attended when we first arrived. The service was quick and cordial. As we heading to a show downtown, we opted for smaller fare. I chose the Queso Flameado with chorizo and my friend had the Vegetarin Quesedilla plate. Our waitress offered 2 small IPA samples to resolve a question about the choices and chips and salsa were offered. The salsa had a nice kick. The queso was outstanding and my friend ended up leaving with a snack due to the ample portions. The restaurant filled up quickly and overall we had an excellent visit and would heartily recommend this place. I look forward to warmer weather so the chance to enjoy a meal outdoors will be realized.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2015

Great neighboorhood place for a quick bite with always consistently good food, and great wait staff.

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3.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Decent Mexican fare (great guacamole), but the service was poor and the whole place good use some updating and a bit more light. Three of our four entrees were delivered together, one came more than 15 minutes later. And then the server dumped the check and disappeared, never checking to see if we wanted anything else. Coffee, please! Finally tracked down a different server to help.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2015

I love the guacamole bowl and carnitas. I have to stop in 2 or 3 times a month to get my fix at lunch or dinner. My wife and I had dinner outside over Labor Day Weekend. She enjoyed her chicken fajitas, and we both really liked the margaritas we had. I forget the name, but they were made with Milagro tequila and Cointreau. I highly recommend that margarita on the rocks!

Our waiter was Davon, and he was excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

This is a weekly staple in my life. Just about every weekend my girlfriend and I go here for brunch. The management is extremely friendly and the staff is at the point they they know what we want every time. I highly recommend the breakfast burrito.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2015

The shrimp tacos & sangria were delicious. We'll definitely go back and try other menu items. The service was fantastic - very friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2015

The food was fabulous with a special flair. The strawberry margarita (award winning) was a special treat! Dave was superb!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2015

The tableside guacamole is a must! But skip their version of fundido - more like watered cheez whiz than mexican cheeses. Grilled Caesar salad was decent, as were the golden margaritas. Love having non-chain, authentic mexican in the neighborhood! And a lovely outdoor dining area.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2015

Since it was raining when we arrived, I dropped my wife off at the door to park the car. When I walked in a few minutes later, my wife was already seated and a waitress was reviewing the menu with her. Can't top that. Drinks were promptly served, and the food order taken. The food arrived within 10 minutes. It was piping hot and delicious. This is a popular spot, and the dining area was crowded and noisy. Lots of young people and families.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2015

Server Daniella was excellent & the highlight of the evening!!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2015

Nice place to come for a casual dinner of good Mexican food. The margaritas are good - my husband thinks the frozen strawberry margaritas are the best he has even had. Their guacamole is wonderful - if you have enough people in your group who like guacamole (at least 2) get the guacamole bowl that is made table-side.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2015

Great guacamole, Margaritas, mojitos, and desrts. food was a little to spicy though but great service and presentation and ambience.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2015

My hubby and I love Mexican food, so we decided to try it. We were seated quickly but our server was taking awhile to come greet us and get our drink orders. The manager realized this and came right over. We ordered our meals, it took a little longer then expected based on the amt of ppl in there but we weren't in a hurry, so we didn't mind the wait. I ordered fajitas to share w/my older son and they were not very good. In fact, the worst I've ever had. (Tough tortillas, meat that was so tough it was hard to chew, and dried up rice that was all stuck together). My hubby's dinner was DELICIOUS!! In fact I ate off his plate because there was enough for both. I voiced my disappointment and they did everything possible to make it right, which was much appreciated. If you save room for dessert, the tres leche was amazing! We will still go back, because we enjoyed everything but the fajitas!

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2015

Unique Mexican food and good service. Really enjoyed the salsa and chips and our main courses were all very good. I had the chicken mole enchilada and my wife had the chicken alembra and we both enjoyed our meal.

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1.0Dined on January 9, 2015

After we were sat a waitress told us she'd be "right back" to get our drinks. Twenty minutes later and after asking two staff to get our server (while I could see her in the kitchen playing with ketchup), still no response. We ended up getting up and walking out. Too bad because this was our first time.

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2.0Dined on December 4, 2014

Brought out the wrong order..our food was late..waitress and manager were apologetic. With so many Mexican restaurants to choose from we'll skip this one in the future.

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