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5910 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103-5834
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Ranked #1,747 of 3,511 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Mexican, Spanish
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

First visit in many years. I ordered my old fav...green chili enchiladas. Flavor bland, green chilis hard to locate, too much stringy cheese, too many plain beans. The posoli was okay, but I ordered green chili enchiladas that used to cover the plate and be smothered with green chilis. No heartburn tonight due to lack of spices. The chili ale... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My wife and I have been going here since our early dating years in the early 1970's. We made a point to eat there at least once a week for years while we both worked in Seattle. We preferred the Revena store but occasionally frequented the Phinney ridge store. We live in south pierce county now but make it a... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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145 reviews 145 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

We have eaten here for years as we used to live in the neighborhood. Never had a problem getting a table and service is always pleasant. The seafood is always fresh and the chips and salsa are my son's favorite. The chocolate torte for desert is super dense. Good stuff.

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Burlington, Washington
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I wanted to like it. The staff was friendly, it appeared many of the people that were arriving were regulars. But the service just was not very good, seemed to take pretty long to get basic things. Kinda odd too, a mexican restaurant that did not give you chips and salsa???? Really? This is america, that is standard. Had to... More 

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We have eaten here for years as we formerly lived in the neighborhood. We moved away about 5 years ago and still lust after several of the menu staples. This past week we had the chance to return to have dinner at the Santa Fe. I read several less than stellar reviews and was concerned. But, the first bites of... More 

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Austin, Texas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I've eaten here twice in the last month because a friend wanted to go here. Both times the food was heavy, overcooked, contained way too much cheese and was thrown together with no aesthetics whatsoever. I had two different dishes, and both were prepared this way. Even the salad had such a heavy, blue cheese dressing I could not eat... More 

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United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I struggled with this. One star or two. I decided to give it two, mostly because it was once so much better and because the owner, who waited tables 25 years ago for the original owners, knows better. Food is ok. Flavors are often good, but every thing is sort of dropped onto the plate like slop in the big... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Surprised by some of the reviews. We have lived in Santa Fe and visited many times -- quite familiar with the cuisine and we loved our meal. Simple cooking with good use of hot peppers and other spices. We found the use of french bread with the mussels and the eggplant encantado odd -- should be tortillas, but the Huevos... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

I had enjoyed this place some years ago, and remembered the food as being really tasty, way above average. It's been at least 10 years, and I guess things change.... The atmosphere is nice enough, casual, though it seemed really slow for a Saturday evening. We started with some guacamole, hot (spicy) salsa and chips. The guacamole was ok, not... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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84 reviews 84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

First off, I should mention that I was born and raised in Santa Fe – so I’m one of those extremely opinionated reviewers that had a visceral reaction to this café. Anyone not raised in the Southwest should look forward to a better experience simply due that your expectations might not be as high. I was pretty surprised that the... More 

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Additional Information about Santa Fe Cafe

Address: 5910 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103-5834
Phone Number: 206-783-9755
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American, Southwestern, Mexican, Spanish

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