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Jambo Cafe

2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3378
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Ranked #3 of 455 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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Hobbs, New Mexico
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

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
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Well, not if you don't like spicy. But Otherwise, its really wonderful. My daughter and I ate here on our first night in Santa Fe. After a bit of a wait, we got started with the coconut shrimp and the Phyllo appetizer. My daughter also went for the young coconut drink. For the main course she had the Goat Stew... More

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Newport Beach, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This is a rare find and a popular eatery in Santa Fe for a good reason. The food is delicious! We began our eating adventure with fried cornmeal plantain crab cakes served over organic greens topped with Caribbean spices. The crab cakes were wonderful! My date and I were in the mood for lamb and ordered the lamb stew and... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

We visited Jambo after seeing it featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives and then reading the Trip Advisor raves. The plantains were wonderful as an appetizer and we saved about half the plate for dessert. Beef kabobs were outstanding, even better than the combo plate. Good service and very reasonable prices, too. But get a reservation - this place has... More

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