Santa Fe

4.4
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630 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican / Southwestern
Santa Fe has been an Upper West-side staple for over 35 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 York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I've lived in the neighborhood for 30 years and never went here before. The food was good and inexpensive. The service was not great. We had to look around repeatedly for a waiter -- and he forgot to bring the ordered dessert. Noise level was loud. On the other hand, it was inexpensive. The Mexican menu seemed to be very varied - with enough "non-Mexican classic" choices for those of us who watch our weight.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santa Fe is the best!

PB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day!

CJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. Great service!

OB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the cusine, love the ambiance. We've come back again and again, Its a gem

JN
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Mexican food at moderate prices. Good tasty Margaritas in several flavors. Friendly and fun wait staff always looking out for the diners.

Never had a bad meal here it's our default before theatre spot when we are at Lincoln Center

MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable and delicious food. Something for everyone. A favorite of my family and friends.

KA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliable Mexican fare, with moderate pricing, great Margaritas and very good service.

S
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food did not taste quite as fresh but it was good. Service could have been improved. Asked for water and waited at least 5 minutes. Not up to the usual standard.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have been here a couple of times and we specifically went there on this occasion for my birthday to get spicy margaritas! We took a train from Broadway after seeing a show in the snow and rain only to be told after one drink they were out of the Serrano infused tequila. They forgot to make it for a Saturday night. They tried to do what they could to make a similar drink but it wasn’t the same. We were disappointed, especially at $15 a drink.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere for a Saturday evening

BS
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we eat here a lot. the food is simple and yummy. the prices are good and portions are large.

RL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not quite as good as I remember, but still a good meal with friendly service and a cozy atmosphere.

Z
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

normally my experience with santa fe is very good but i went on new years eve and they didn't tell me that kitchen closes a certain time so they rushed us with the food bringing appetizer and mail course at once. thought for the holiday they would have some decorations up to liven us the night. food always good but disappointed they took a sea bass off the menu.

LL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had dinner here before going to the alincoln Center Theater. Food was very good, though the half chicken was a lot of food! Guacamole was excellent, as was the grapefruit margarita. And, the service was fast and attentive; we got out in plenty of time. We were also able to carry on a conversation.

MA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always good food and great service. Reasonable prices An UWS gem

OT
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas family party

SI
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friend and I went to Santa Fe for dinner before the Opera. Service was prompt and attentive. We were early so the noise level was great- we could easily have a conversation. The food was delicious. We would definitely return the next time we go to Lincoln Center.?

s
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I wish the food could be better but this time I noticed uevos Rancheros for the first time - they said that the huevos were so popular they added them to the dinner menu and one of the better dishes I have had - good for a late dinner - not too heavy and reasonably priced like most things on the menu - still delicious margaritas and large at a good price - the service is always extremely pleasant and prompt - the atmosphere is delightful

p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been dining at Santa Fe for years. Always very friendly service. Delicious fresh food...love their guacamole. No matter how busy they are, and that is very, very often, you are never rushed.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always delicious

C
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are excellent. One of my favorite locals.

a
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience5

They were closed when we arrived for our reserved time and we had guests with us. They should not allow reservations to be made if theu are not going to be open.
We were very disappointed !

p
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas too!

NY
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A stalwart. Love this spot for post movie Mexican.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love Santa Fe! Best local of the uws!!

NE
San Antonio
56 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rodney was super! Alex too! Thanks!

BZ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Warm atmosphere, delicious food and killer margaritas. What more could you want?

SW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

best margaritas and the food is delicious. Big portions, you may share!!!!

GG
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a tasty dinner with attentive and friendly service. And the Margaritas are great!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Great food and service. Highly recommended.

N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Felt like our plane was late at a run down airport.
Hadn’t had such a bad experience in a long time.
Not one redeeming factor.

PB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably great food and margaritas!

JK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Steady, consistently good food. Always excellent service.

m
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Come here several times a year. Typically very satisfactory although service this visit was a bit less attentive than usual, but also seemed a bit busier than usual. Service, however, was still good.

MG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santa Fe is one of my go-to places before or after a Lincoln Center event. My friends and I haven't experienced poor service, food, etc. Definitely recommend to others.

NR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and fantastic ambience. Friendly staff. Best margarita in NYC!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful at every level - a neighborhood treasure.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite neighborhood spot to go with friends to talk and catch up. The food is really good— I highly recommend the black bean dip as an appetizer to share— it’s so yummy—and the service is wonderful—friendly and attentive without being at all over bearing. I’ve never felt rushed as I linger over coffee at the end of a meal. The dining room in the back is spacious and pretty and the noise level has generally been very good (which, is to say, not too loud) something that, along with the wonderful service, make it a great place to go with a friend to catch up. In short, I’ve been a big fan of this highly reliable restaurant since I first went to it many years ago and highly recommend it!

WM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

One of my go-to places and has been for 10 years. If you haven’t been you are missing out. Great margaritas and great Mexican food.