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Jambo Cafe

2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3378
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Ranked #2 of 463 restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Kingston, New York
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Perfectly handled reservation, hospitable employees, an upbeat vibe and simply prepared, nicely spiced dishes. Simple things done well.

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Playa Del Rey, CA
5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Excellent food / service / ambiance. What a great way to start off our Santa Fe adventure. The staff members were very friendly and extremely helpful when asked about other restaurants that are the local hotspots. Looking forward to another visit during our brief stay in town!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Unique and delicious food. One of a kind cuisine in Santa Fe along with the ambiance. Quick and courteous service. One of the top values and dining experience in Santa Fe.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The food was creatively prepared and tasty, the service attentive and friendly, and the prices reasonable. Some of the best food I've had in ages.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Really really great great food. Excellent flavors. The staff was quite friendly and diligent to help you decide your menu. Special thanks to Jose Luis and the other waiters. By it self Jambo Cafe is enough reason to be back in Santa Fe NM.

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

There is no holding back on flavor, every dish is deliciously seasoned with a variety of spices and clearly prepared with a welcoming heart. The goat dish is rightfully popular and I highly recommend getting the roti (crisp, warm, addictive) instead of the coconut rice (standard). And save room for dessert!

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Calgary, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

So I never expected to travel to Santa Fe, NM and enjoy African cuisine! Amen! And thank you to Diane @ the Hilton Buffalo Thunder spa for the hook up! Do not be deceived by the strip-mall location ! The food is AWESOME ! Make a reservation and order the Goat Stew or Pili Pili Shrimp... Top it off with... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Everyone (including Trip Advisor) was talking about Jambo's Cafe so we had to give it a try. We were not disappointed. Informal atmosphere but great food and friendly service. We went at 5 pm so had no trouble getting reservation but if you go after 5 without a reservation you may not get to experience this jewel. Outside the main... More

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College Station, Texas
Top Contributor
208 reviews 208 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is my second review of Jambo cafe and, as last time, I was not disappointed. The veggie sandwich was very good: Basically reminiscent of a greek salad (well seasoned, that is) with chick peas and artichokes served in a warm pita with sweet potato fries, that was simple but did hit the spot. I love sweets and because last... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We drove across town to this informal, friendly restaurant. It was a pleasure to get away from the Santa Fe rich with their sense of entitlement dining at the restaurants around the Plaza and on Canyon Road. Jambo was almost full. Yet, with only three wait staff, our orders were taken promptly. Shortly after the appetizers arrived with a delicious... More

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