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Jambo Cafe

2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3378
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Ranked #3 of 456 restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: African, Caribbean
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Description: In College Plaza near corner of St. Michaels. 505-473-1269
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93% Recommend
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Hartford, Connecticut
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79 reviews 79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This restaurant has earned a well-deserved reputation as the place to go for soup. We tried both selections on the menu: a mildly spicy and tomato soup similar to a bisque, and a rich black bean soup. We were each happy with our choices. The Moroccan chicket kabobs were a real treat with a sprinkling of feta, a sweet chutney... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The food was amazing. I had their soup special which was a coconut lime-guava soup with a house salad. The flavors were unique and I was tempted to lick the bowl! My friend is an avid curry eater and mentioned that the curry was the best he's had yet. I highly recommend this place! The goat stew was bomb dot... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Not something that we expected to find in a Santa Fe strip mall but well worth the visit. Nice, funky atmosphere and tasty, reasonably priced food.

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Hobbs, New Mexico
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We went to this restaurant because it was number 3 on tripadvisor and it really deserves that ranking. We had a great meal there, very tasty food. Staff was very friendly as well. My advise: Call ahead and get a reservation on Saturday nights. Also very fast service.

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Planet, earth
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

In a Santa Fe desert filled with Mexican/New Mexican restaurants serving up variations of the same old thing as well as the ubiquitous chilli's, whether sauces or whole, it's refreshing to experience other ethnic foods or to at least have that option. Now The Jambo Cafe is not necessarily the new kid in town and in fact has been awarded... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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129 reviews 129 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Enjoyed the generous serving of jerk chicken dinner- delicious plantains, rice, kidney beans and a chicken thigh and leg- not quite the same taste as a Jamaican jerk chicken but good. Great bottles of hot sauce on the table from Jamaica and Costa Rico. Interesting menu, had mango, ginger lemonade but was out of it- we were there at 8:15pm... More

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Peachtree City, Georgia, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Offering Jamacan and African dishes, Jambo delivers on taste and atmosphere. Authentic beverages (not the 3001 flavored coke machines). I had Moroccan Lamb Stew with Cous Cous and Mango Chutney. Totally awesome. If you love this type of food you will love Jambo Cafe. If you are a die hard BBQ patron, it's time to live a little. This place... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

All 12 of us in our group enjoyed our entrees off the African/Caribbean menu. There was something for everyone. Fish, mussels, goat, chicken curry, and goat cheese salad! Delicious and different! Good prices, too! Look over the dessert menu too! Mango cobbler with ice cream and coconut banana cream were favorites.

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Pensacola, Florida
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Our second visit and it was just as good as the first(a year ago)--this is located in a strip mall and easy to get to--certainly worth a detour from the Plaza because of its quality. Good service and we had great food. It's nice because the owner walks around and talks to everyone--prices are reasonable especially considering the quality

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Brooklyn, NY
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Don't get me wrong, Santa Fe has a LOT of great restaurants, of many varied cuisines. But I've been coming here for 20 years, and found Jambo to be a total delight. The food was terrific, full of great (big) flavors -- there's nothing wishy-washy about this menu! The service was lovely, the beer icy cold and served with chilled... More

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