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2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505
+1 505-473-1269
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: African and Caribbean dishes and specialties from award-winning Chef Ahmed...
African and Caribbean dishes and specialties from award-winning Chef Ahmed Obo. Jambo Cafe specializes in new combinations of traditional dishes with a decidedly spicy flair. Winner of many awards, "Best Soup" for the Souperbowl 4 years running and "Best International Cuisine" in the Santa Fe Reporter for 5 years. We serve vegetarian and seafood options alongside our chicken, beef, lamb, and goat dishes. Locating in College Plaza near corner of St. Michaels Drive and Cerrillos Road. Plenty of parking.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic!!

The best meal we ate in Santa Fe!!! Don't let the location sway your decision to eat here. As you pull into the strip mall, you will wonder how good it will be. It is FANTASTIC. The staff is very attentive and quick. Even if there is a wait, tables turn pretty quickly. I was impressed that the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Salida, Colorado
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Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
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Salida, Colorado
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

The best meal we ate in Santa Fe!!! Don't let the location sway your decision to eat here. As you pull into the strip mall, you will wonder how good it will be. It is FANTASTIC. The staff is very attentive and quick. Even if there is a wait, tables turn pretty quickly. I was impressed that the Chef/owner was... More 

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Wonderful flavors combine to make a culinary adventure! We had the homemade hibiscus tea, black bean/sweet potato/curry soup, stuffed phyllos and a house salad. Everything was exemplary! This is a not-to-be-missed place to dine in SF.

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College Station, Texas
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186 restaurant reviews
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I love bold flavors and Jambo Cafe never disappoints. It is truly delicious food. The fish is perfectly cooked and paired with an incredible chutney. As usual, I had 3 slices of the amazing coconut banana cream pie. It is truly the best I have had. Make sure you reserve a table. The place is very busy. Staff are very... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Five of us went to dinner here. Allow f us left here. Our server was not only attentive, but funny. The food was great. I had a Kenyan style kabobs, which came with fresh veggies and a tasty sauce. It was a good meal all around.

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Ballston Spa, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

First time in Santa Fe. Googled restaurants & found this gem of a place! We love trying new foods & loved Caribbean food when we visited Jamaica. We were also excited to try the African options as well. We had 2 apps....The Crab Cakes & the Philo stuffed app. Both were amazing! We shared the combination platter with Curried Chicken,... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

First time in Sante Fe. We always try to find a Triple D restaurant in the area. This one definitely did not disappoint! Go figure. African cuisine in predominantly Mexican cuisine town! Had the cocoanut curried chicken with rice and it was wonderful! The rice was lightly seasoned and perfect. GO EARLY! By the time we left, wait period was... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us by a couple of locals as a place where locals go to get good food. To miss the lines, you have to go early but it is worth a wait if you go later! I wanted to try many things on the menu but settled on the chicken jerk sandwich that came with a... More 

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Tesuque
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The food I've tried is so wonderfully delicious, and reviewers and other diners agree. The decor is very casual but the prices aren't. I'd love to eat here several times a week but my pocketbook limits me to once or twice a month.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you're going for non New-Mexican fare, and want to try something a little exotic and exciting, this is the place!! I love to show our out of town guests one of the hottest places in town. A locals favorite. Complete your experience by visiting Jambo Imports a few doors down.

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The service is impeccable, the food divine and the choices marvelous! The owner/chef is from an island off the coast of Africa. He prepared Moroccan and Caribbean foods that seemed quite authentic. A buddy and I were in Santa Fe for a century bike ride. We were hungry and like good food. Check and check, and more. The staff was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: +1 505-473-1269

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 22
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, African

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

Description

African and Caribbean dishes and specialties from award-winning Chef Ahmed Obo. Jambo Cafe specializes in new combinations of traditional dishes with a decidedly spicy flair. Winner of many awards, "Best Soup" for the Souperbowl 4 years running and "Best International Cuisine" in the Santa Fe Reporter for 5 years. We serve vegetarian and seafood options alongside our chicken, beef, lamb, and goat dishes. Locating in College Plaza near corner of St. Michaels Drive and Cerrillos Road. Plenty of parking.
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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