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Santa Fe Cafe

5910 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103-5834
206-783-9755
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Ranked #1,513 of 3,429 restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $1 - $20
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
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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Shoreline, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

I had been wanting to revisit the Santa Fe Cafe for years, and for some reason - mostly the fact that I travel a lot and therefore don't go out that much when I'm on my home patch - I hadn't been there in at least 15-20 years. Back in the 80s the original Santa Fe Cafe was always one... More

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Beaverton
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

Took the family and had a great time. Everyone enjoyed their food. There was lots of it and it was very good.

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seattle, wa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

We recently took our Groupon and headed out with friends to explore this little restaurant. Charming little place with lovely art on the walls but the best thing was the food. We had a variety of dishes - chili tart, enchiladas, spicy burrito - all were great. Our server was not an expert on the food of New Mexico but... More

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Port Townsend
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

Although Santa Fe Cafe doesn't look like much from the street, it's quite nice inside. Nice colors and interesting art. The food is inspired by New Mexico, but I wouldn't describe it as New Mexican. But, having said that, it was good enough that we'll go back and try something other than the green chile burrito, cheese enchilada, and shredded... More

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