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Plaza Cafe Southside

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Southwestern, Mexican, American
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3466 Zafarano Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87507
+1 505-424-0755
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
Description: From the moment you enter our doors, you'll be getting high quality service...
From the moment you enter our doors, you'll be getting high quality service the old-fashioned way. At Plaza Cafe Southside our bright and enthusiastic waiters love to see you happy, so we do whatever it takes to make sure you enjoy your visit. In addition to our delicious food, Plaza Cafe Southside is known for our friendliness and efficiency. We guarantee that we'll get your order to you both fast and hot! Plaza Cafe is a family owned and operated business. The Razatos family has kept the traditional cooking methods and flavor combinations of New Mexico and added some recipes from Greece, all the while keeping with the classic American diner experience. Come in and try our delicious food, and see why so many people in Santa Fe call Plaza Cafe Southside their favorite restaurant! We look forward to serving you and your family.
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  • 134
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  • 88
    Very good
  • 29
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  • 10
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Still the best lunch in Santa Fe

OMG, second time there, same mouth-watering deliciousness as the first time (maybe even better!). My husband had the steak & enchiladas and I again had the turkey melt. Not your ordinary boring turkey sandwich.... this masterpiece includes sharp cheddar cheese, arugula, bacon, onion marmalade... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Linda B
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

OMG, second time there, same mouth-watering deliciousness as the first time (maybe even better!). My husband had the steak & enchiladas and I again had the turkey melt. Not your ordinary boring turkey sandwich.... this masterpiece includes sharp cheddar cheese, arugula, bacon, onion marmalade & avocado on green chile bread. Top it off with their sweet potato fries. LOVE.

Helpful?
2 Thank Linda B
Leonardo R, Owner at Plaza Cafe Southside, responded to this review

Mouth-watering deliciousness? Wow, Linda, that's a compliment I don't take lightly -- it's such a treat you've loved the enchiladas and turkey melt this much! Truly, thanks so much for the kind words on the meals -- I hope it won't be long before we get to serve up another sandwich to you! Take care, Leonardo, Owner More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was there for brunch this week after almost an annual hiatus. Service was as good as it gets for a cafe of this sort. We share a huge bowl of one of the finest posoles in town and also the signature french toast. Real special treats - both of them! You cannot go wrong here!

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1 Thank RayMcQ
Leonardo R, Owner at Plaza Cafe Southside, responded to this review

Pozoles are always great to share! Thanks for coming by and leaving your support, too. Hope we're able to see you a few more times this year! Best, Leonardo, Owner More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and live in Santa Fe and frequent a wide variety of restaurants both as a couple and with friends. Southside Cafe is always outstanding. Nice variety of entrees and specials, comfortable seating and plenty of parking. They also make a mean Southside cosmo (cosmopolitan with tequila) and the deserts are first rate. This has settled in to the... More 

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4 Thank dtallulah
Leonardo R, Owner at Plaza Cafe Southside, responded to this review

Yes! I'm pumped we're one of your go-to places in Santa Fe. Thanks for your support! I hope we're able to serve you again soon. Best, Leonardo, Owner More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

decent food but overpriced. There are much better venus in Santa Fe for a great brakfast or lunch.. I have tried their lunches and dinners. Boring and, again, way overpriced.

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Thank 2kidsandkats
Leonardo R, Owner at Plaza Cafe Southside, responded to this review

I'm so sorry to see this here. We only use fresh, high quality ingredients, which unfortunately come at a higher cost, but we like to think that it's all worth it for a truly delicious meal. Hopefully someday you can give us another chance to prove why we're worth the price. Take care, Leonardo, Owner More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We sampled several items in this place, mostly New Mexican cuisine, and they were all good. And the burger was excellent, arguably the best in Santa Fe. A simple place, good for families, reasonably priced. A good choice for an informal lunch or dinner.

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3 Thank Giorgio M
Leonardo R, Owner at Plaza Cafe Southside, responded to this review

Glad to see you loved your burger, Giorgio. Thanks for sharing your support! I hope we have another chance to serve you again soon. Best, Leonardo, Owner More 

Western NJ
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in after shopping for dinner. There is a full bar, friendly service and very good food. I was interested in goat stew but concerned it was too spicy; the waitress brought me a small sample...it was very tasty, not too spicy. I've never had a restaurant give me a sample before, quite considerate. The decor is cool, funky fun.... More 

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3 Thank LuvsDogsNJ
Leonardo R, Owner at Plaza Cafe Southside, responded to this review

I know how important it is to order something that you love, and I'm glad you asked for a sample to make sure you'd like the goat stew! Hope we're able to serve you again if you're even back in Santa Fe. See you around! Best, Leonardo, Owner More 

Dallas, TX
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Tables in the back nicely absorb large noisy families whose two year olds wandering around don't unduly disrupt other diners. Both Mexican (with margaritas) and American (with hot chocolate) foods satisfy every taste. Staff is friendly and accommodating.

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Thank TravelTipLady
Leonardo R, Owner at Plaza Cafe Southside, responded to this review

I try and make sure everyone has something they'll love on the menu, TravelTipLady. Great to see you were a big fan! Hope we're able to serve you again soon. Best, Leonardo, Owner More 

Santa Fe
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

One can have a satisfying, if not inspiring, meal here everytime. Service is pretty good, booths are comfortable and meals are served promptly. It is a very popular spot because you get a decent meal for a reasonable cost

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2 Thank John P
Leonardo R, Owner at Plaza Cafe Southside, responded to this review

I'm going to be sure to share this with our chefs today, John. They'll love that you used the word inspiring! Can't wait to have the chance to serve you again. Best, Leonardo, Owner More 

viajamujer
Level Contributor
60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Great breakfast! Go get Mexican Hot Chocolate! YUM! Fresh salads - very important to us - and they fit the bill Fun Birthday Dinner for Granddaughter with the family. Service is always good to competent, the food comes out quickly. I challenged the bartender by ordering a Negroni and he rose nicely to make a really tasty drink for me.... More 

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3 Thank viajamujer
Leonardo R, Owner at Plaza Cafe Southside, responded to this review

Our bartenders do love a good challenge -- I'm glad you were able to come by so often! I hope we're able to serve you again. See you around! Best, Leonardo, Owner More 

Level Contributor
146 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

This is a gem of a diner with upscale food and many choices. All the other positive reviews of this place are spot on. The wait staff was super friendly and helpful. The restaurant was a great sense of humor and a relaxed feel. But don't let that make you think the food is low brow. It was incredibly tasteful,... More 

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6 Thank Robert M
Leonardo R, Owner at Plaza Cafe Southside, responded to this review

Great food and fun staff -- that's what I like to hear, Robert. Thanks for sharing your support, and I hope we have a chance to serve you again the next time you're in town! Best, Leonardo, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3466 Zafarano Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87507
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: +1 505-424-0755

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Southwestern, Mexican, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

From the moment you enter our doors, you'll be getting high quality service the old-fashioned way. At Plaza Cafe Southside our bright and enthusiastic waiters love to see you happy, so we do whatever it takes to make sure you enjoy your visit. In addition to our delicious food, Plaza Cafe Southside is known for our friendliness and efficiency. We guarantee that we'll get your order to you both fast and hot! Plaza Cafe is a family owned and operated business. The Razatos family has kept the traditional cooking methods and flavor combinations of New Mexico and added some recipes from Greece, all the while keeping with the classic American diner experience. Come in and try our delicious food, and see why so many people in Santa Fe call Plaza Cafe Southside their favorite restaurant! We look forward to serving you and your family.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?