Santa Fe

4.5
519 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
Santa Fe has been an Upper West-side staple for over 25 years. Featuring Southwestern Classics, Contemporary Mexican Cuisine and the best Margaritas in town, we strive to provide every one of our guests with a comfortable, delicious and friendly dining experience.
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LM
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I went to Santa Fe with two of my girlfriends, and it was a great time. We were able to catch up and talk, while still enjoying a delicious dinner and a margarita!

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AA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Quality has declined since we last visited. Chicken was overdone to extent of mushy texture. Pork in pozole rojo special had no flavor.

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k
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Neighborhood gem. We highly recommend

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LB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!!! Food....exceptional!! Marguerite’s off the hook!!!!

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A
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love Santa Fe, best neighborhood joint..

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good and the choices were excellent.
We enjoyed it very much and we will be back.

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KV
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Mexican restaurant. They have the timing down to a science. We were early for our Saturday reservation but the host gave us a table in about 5 minutes. As soon as we sat down we got water. The server was there before I was done reading the menu and took our drink orders. Chips and salsa appeared soon after. I have to agree with another reviewer in that the margaritas tasted like they were from mix. Expected more for my $14. However the fish tacos and enchiladas were great. I asked for more chips and salsa and they came right away. Excellent service and food. Will definitely come back.

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T
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great casual night out. Bustling, but friendly and quick. Shrimp fajita is my go to dish and has yet to disappoint.

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AB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good spot for a catch up dinner with friends. Food is good, Margaritas and guacamole are outstanding and we felt welcome and relaxed through the meal. Will definitely come back!

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S
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

An excellent venue for a meal with friends. We have taken quite deaf friends there twice, both times with success—they were able to hear what the rest of us said at table and participate in the conversation. The ambiance is quiet and interesting (Southwest art on the walls and shelves) and the food well prepared. And folks love the margaritas!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Double Birthday. Very nicely handled.

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n
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good local place. Fajitas are great. Other dishes are just so so. Margaritas are made with a mix-gross. Waiters were great.

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G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four ladies celebrating our birthdays! We chose Santa Fe because I had eaten lunch there the week before!
One of the great aspects of the space is the noise level! We could hear each other speak and have a fabulous conversation! The sizzling platters are so generous, we shared the chicken and beef platters! Absolutely perfectly cooked and simply delicious!
We are SO glad we chose this restaurant and the ladies are all still talking about our lively dining experience!

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LB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marguerite’s were FABULOUS!!

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BB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant restaurant. A bit expensive for what you get, but given its location, not crazily priced.

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SH
New York Area
306 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great find! Went for early dinner after theater not knowing what to expect for our first visit and we were delightfully surprised! Neighborhood feel with intelligent cuisine.

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was good except the charge of $9 for a virgin version of an alcoholic drink was overpriced

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S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing. Not sure what happened but this used to be a pretty good place to go for decent food and drinks at a decent value. This time, just the opposite. Lackluster margarita and they rushed the food so much that we barely received our very poor guacamole before the main course came. The table was full of food but that was quickly resolved when they got my wife’s order wrong and had to take her plate away. The main courses (chipotle chicken and cheese enchiladas) were bland to say the least. Couldn’t wait to get out of there and not coming back.

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s
New York Area
457 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

always delightful with their fabulous house margarita (although I wish they did not make such a fuss about the glass for the large one straight up since it is offered), and their wonderful fish tacos and steak chimmichurri and churros for the table with the two great sauces.

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L
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood Gem. Food is always really good, great atmosphere, nice vibe. Just tried their flan for the first time. OMG!!! Not really a fan of flan but WOW!!! It was unbelievable!!! It’s not to be missed! Truly incredible!

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SH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although Santa Fe is in my neighborhood, I had not back to it in probably a decade. The last time I was there, it just seemed to be ho-hum, with ok food and a little over-priced for what it was. I'm glad I've revisited it. Food, drinks, ambience and price were all very good. We were six and everyone was happy. The service was a little off (mixed up entrees at the table, one arrived about 5 minutes after the others, and the waiter couldn't handle dividing us into two tabs) but these were very minor issues. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience and we'll be back. Maybe it will once again become a neighborhood go-to.

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DZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Food is terrific, service is great, they honor reservations and I've never had to wait, I've brought friends here and they've loved the restaurant. It's a gem.

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k
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dinner at Santa Fe! We highly recommend this neighborhood gem!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner was excellent. We ordered steak fajitas and chicken fajitas, and a chicken quesadilla. The steak was a bit chewy but the chicken was amazing. We only received enough tortillas to each make one fajita, yet the platter of meat and vegetables was very generous, so we had to request more. We also ordered the homemade guacamole which was delicious, as were the chips and salsa. For dessert we ordered the chocolate cake, a flan, and an order of churros. All of the desserts were fresh and delicious. Great atmosphere, excellent service. Wonderful experience, thank you Santa Fe!

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MS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been my neighborhood favorite for over 25 years. A fabulous, comfortable place for any occasion.

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Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love this restaurant! We just tried it and have found it to be a really great meal and experience. We are looking forward to going back soon! Our server, Ellie, was just wonderful and was so responsive to our requests. She really does great service!

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A
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food and service!

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PB
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Will return

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a 6:15 reservation and they were able to accommodate our group when we arrived at 5:30. The food was very good and even our picky eaters enjoyed their food. We also opted to have a tasty dessert.
Will definitely return to this restaurant in the future.

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F
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I always Bring friends here when I want them to be impressed with my food savviness. The food portions are so large I had to take half my dinner home. It’s very quiet so you can always have a conversation. Great neighborhood restaurant.

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place to meet and enjoy company. attentive service and a very friendly atmosphere

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g
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We were at Santa for the first time in about 20 years last week, and I can see why it has remained a neighborhood favorite for so long. I enjoy Tex/Mex food a lot, but never really expect to find anything out of the ordinary. But all of our dinners were really fabulous. Starting with delicious Guac, I then had their Salmon, and my wife had the trout. Both were out of this world.

Service was friendly, but a bit slow (particularly the 20 minute wait to get our check) but this did not take away from a really great meal.

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O
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly & efficient service, good food, plenty of choices, neat & clean

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R
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant experience. Second time we were at this restaurant and we were pleased.

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BG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and good for conversation. Noise levels are low

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Tex-mex

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! It’s definitely a neighborhood gem with fantastic margs. Highly recommend.

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T
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great fresh food, prompt service. Casual dining experience! Fresh made guac is a must!

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JG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excelent service

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We love Santa Fe, have the tortilla soup, it is amazing!

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