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Santa Fe Cafe

5910 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103-5834
206-783-9755
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Ranked #1,334 of 3,446 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
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English first
Lakewood
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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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140 reviews 140 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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
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85 reviews 85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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