Santa Fe

4.6
705 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican / Southwestern
Santa Fe has been an Upper West-side staple for nearly 40 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.

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently taking reservations for INDOOR dining ONLY. We cannot guarantee any specific tables, especially tables in The Outpost (our outdoor dining are), but we will try our best to accommodate any special requests. Thank you for your understanding and for your patronage!
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vipRenee
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santa Fe is a wonderful neighborhood gem.

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vipMKM11
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Santa Fe has long been a neighborhood favorite of mine--from way back at its old brownstone location. But time and the pandemic haven't been kind to Santa Fe. At this point, the menu feels tired to me, some of the more interesting options have disappeared, and although I love the comfy vibe of the place, some of its fun and luster is harder to find. Still, old habits die hard, and it's not nice to abandon an old friend. So I'll probably keep coming, but encourage Santa Fe to switch up the menu with some specials now and again (as in the Before Times).

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great go to place in the hood

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vipRauchb
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a wonderful neighborhood place. Many of the guests are regulars which adds to the welcoming ambiance. The owner is frequently present and is extremely nice. And, the food is really good, plentiful and well priced. And bears a decent and delicious resemblance to the Mexican food I loved in Southern California.
You can ask to have your delicious Margarita with a "light pour" of tequila - which will enable you to stagger home!!!

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LisaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was attentive. Perfect place if you love Mexican food.

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AlleyF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed dinner at Santa Fe. Will tell all my friends. Was my birthday dinner and was so pleased!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great margarita

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vipMarilynS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service and very comfortable in these Covid times.

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vipJamesNewYorkCity
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food is always good at this Lincoln Center standby.

Tasty Mexican food and lovely desserts and big satisfying drinks.

This visit the place seemed short handed and the staff a little overwhelmed.

I'm sure that will be temporary

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vipwilliamh
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good, as always. A real neighborhood gem. Fine food. Excellent staff and super friendly service. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love to go here, lovely personal service.

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Lothar
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always, Santa Fe is a wonderful place to dine. The menu has changed and seems more limited but what we ordered was excellent; also pricier (although higher prices seem to be typical these days).

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vipWestie
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A neighborhood favorite. Inside back room tables separated by plexiwalls.
Food always good. Many of the waiters have been there for a long time.
Noisy is the one negative.

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Olderfoody
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

There is a reason Santa Fe has been around for so long. Value for money is one, but the consistently good food and welcoming atmosphere are two others. This is a friendly place without attitude that treats its regulars and newcomers alike with respect and professional service. Our recent outing included the best version of their shrimp chipotle I have had. We regularly have lunch there because the tortilla soup is excellent.
It’s a reliable, reasonably priced neighborhood restaurant that does much more than serve good margaritas!

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vipCarmenR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A perfect afternoon or evening spot for a taste of Mexico food with a find selection of margaritas to add zest to a varied selection of Mexican dishes. They have managed to create a warm, friendly atmosphere to welcome diners who are in search of hospitality and good food.

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JBRJR
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Early dinner before the Opera. Not many people so noise level may have been atypical. Great margarita and guacamole. Chicken, fajitas, chimichangas, and salmon all very tasty. Service efficient and attentive. We’ll be back!

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vipLois
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent good food and service

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GailG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were offered a choice of indoor or outdoor dining and chose outdoor. It was very pleasant and we were not crowded in. The server was attentive, the food was very good. I asked to substitute the vegetable of the day (haricot verts) for the mashed potatoes so I could have the spinach that came with the dish along with the green beans; they brought me the mashed potatoes and green beans. The server was right on it, took the potatoes back and brought spinach in a few minutes. Both the vegetables were excellent. They did upcharge me $9.00 for the substitution, which seems excessive. (And the server didn't inform me of the upcharge when I asked to substitute, which would have been nice.) Both meals we got were very good, but a bit overpriced for what seems like a neighborhood place.

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vipNormaR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. A gem! Alex is the best!

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vipFoodfan
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Santa Fe never disappoints. The service is always friendly and efficient. Burritos are huge and very tasty, and the chimichangas are also very good. It’s a great place to go with friends because the of the atmosphere—it always seems filled with happy people.

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CarolL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, courteous wait-service. Great and affordable food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great fish, corn muffins!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was good, but way overpriced. 2/3 of my $30 plate was rice and beans. If this was a $15-20 dish I’d come back 1x a week.

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JeromeC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Margaritas
Food comes out quickly
Host/Manager is very professional and helpful
Very good overall experience

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DP2018
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Very accommodating. Special thanks to the manager. Excellent food.

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d1000roses
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santa Fe is my go to restaurant.

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Kayla
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Santa Fe multiple times, it never fails! Would love to know the alcohol content of their frozen margaritas because WOO- they catch me off guard every time. This is a favorite of mine!

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vipNeilB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliably delicious. I cannot wait to go back.

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vipRenee
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

The Chef was very nasty and gave us a VERY hard time about our Service Dog.

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selftaught
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the outdoor space. You should make it available for reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant

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vipBridgetw
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to Santa Fe in several years. I forgot had great the food was here. Beautiful new art on the walls and new chandeliers. The waiter was very nice and patient and waited for us to talk for 40 minutes before we ordered our dinners. The crispy shrimp tacos with avocado were scrumptious! My husband had the tacos Al carbon also delicious. My friends had the fajitas which were divine. The real shocker was the dessert. I’ve never been a big fan of flan but my friends ordered it and I had a taste. Omg shockingly delicious! Very creamy with a light texture. We had the churros which came with 2 little side dishes, one with melted dark chocolate and the other with milk chocolate. Very satisfying and enjoyable evening. You won’t regret it.

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SandraG
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our family often goes to Santa Fe Sunday night for a lovely dinner. There are two young boys, parents and a set of grandparents and everyone generally enjoys the experience. The food was good. It was served quickly enough for the boys to eat and not disturb other diners and the waitress was pleasant and efficient. All in all, another nice Sunday dinner spent together.

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vipMarilynS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent venue for outdoor dining even with a bit of rain coming down.

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vipupperwestsider
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice dinner

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vipNYCGal
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Santa Fe. The waitstaff was really nice and the food and drinks were excellent.

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vipMaryM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eating at Santa Fe for over 30 years, my favorite go to restaurant. Good service and good food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santa Fe is such a neighborhood gem. My husband and I had our first date here and come back every month to celebrate our love. The food is divine and the drinks pack a punch! We are so happy they are back open!

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SharynF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Coming back next weekend. I don’t even like Asian food very much but this was delightful.

FAQs

Santa Fe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 724-0822.

Santa Fe is rated 4.6 stars by 705 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.