We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Plaza Cafe Southside

3466 Zafarano Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87507-2631
Improve this listing
Ranked #45 of 463 restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
14 visitor photos
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Write a Review

131 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We had eaten breakfast in the Plaza Cafe in downtown Santa Fe that morning and the experience was so wonderful we decided to check out its counter part near our hotel. It proved to be just as good - terrific food, tasted very home made and terrific staff. They were attentive but not too much. They responded when we needed... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We have been to the original Plaza restaurant and wanted to try this location. The food was good (not super) but the service was horrible. We wanted to sit outside in the patio. We waited for a hostess or anyone who would pay attention and none could be found for almost 5 minutes. We finally gave up and just sat... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

For funky diner decor with a U-shaped bar, friendly service, unbelievably good baked goods plus all the Mexican and American food you'd want for breakfast or lunch, plus local and Mexican beers on draft and a location just steps from a 14-screen Regal Cinema, Plaza South is the spot we locals frequent...and if you download the Perka app, your visits... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
Lenexa, Kansas
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

First meal In Santa Fe and one of the best. Best fish tacos ever. The pies in the front case sounded delicious-flavors like lemon piñon! Perfect for kids. Food was fresh and tasty.

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Douglas, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Under most circumstances, this would be the kind of place I avoid at all costs: it is all too tempting to use a great location to sell grossly overpriced, substandard food. The Plaza Café, though, is offering very good food (all things equal: this is more a diner than a classic restaurant, so don’t expect Salt’inbocca alla Romana or Poularde... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Tucson, AZ
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We really enjoyed the food here. I had a falafel (which was made with quinoa) and humus salad which was fantastic. Absolutely Mediterranean in New Mexico. It was loaded with garlic. My husband had New Mexico's signature dish - Frito pie, which he reported was very good. Service was good too. Good causal place to eat with reasonable prices.

Was this review helpful? Yes 8
5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We were looking for a late evening meal away from the hustle of Old Town. Discovered they serve breakfast late. My wife had a monster omelet (more than she could eat), my daughter and I and grand kids had the best, most unique French Toast ever. Great service and nice clean atmosphere. Wish they had a restaurant in my town.

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
Santa Fe, NM
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

You'll find both New Mexican favorites like tacos and quesadillas plus "all-American" favorites like burgers at the newer south-end location of the famous Plaza Restaurant (on the central Santa Fe plaza). There are also tempting desserts (you'll pass them on display as you enter), shakes and malts, plus a full bar. Especially if you are alone, sit at the colorful... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 9
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by family who'd been to Santa Fe before, so I had high expectations. I ordered the fish and chips. The fish was good; however, the tartar sauce was too spicy and overwhelmed it, and the "malt vinegar" was white vinegar (and personally I don't think anyone who doesn't know the difference should serve fish and chips).... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Walled Lake, MI
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We ate here at least twice during our stay in Santa Fe. They are used to children and family friendly. Best of all the food is tasty and the portions are generous.

Was this review helpful? Yes 6

Travelers who viewed Plaza Cafe Southside also viewed


Been to Plaza Cafe Southside? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Plaza Cafe Southside, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing