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Tecolote Cafe

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Mexican, American, Southwestern, Hamburgers, Family Fare
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1203 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-0943
505-988-1362
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Description: Tecolote Cafe was started in 1980 by Bill and Alice Jennison with a desire...
Tecolote Cafe was started in 1980 by Bill and Alice Jennison with a desire to feed guests great meals, affordably, with superior service. Mr. Bill and Alice's recipes have been pleasing palettes for 31 years. In May of 2010, sadly, we lost Mr. Bill after a long and accomplished life. Since August 2010, Katherine Adkins (Bill and Alice's daughter) and her husband Matt Adkins have been doing their best to honor Mr. Bills vision in carrying on the family business We offer a varied menu focusing primarily on New Mexican breakfast and lunch cuisine, as well as some American favorites.We bake all of our breads in house as well as our muffins and biscuits contained in our bakery basket. A little known secret to our great burgers? Fresh baked Kaiser rolls to vehicle our superb patties and ingredients. Whether you come for breakfast or lunch, we are sure you will be pleased with our delectable choices and our warm, friendly atmosphere. If you aren't, just let us know so we can make your experience everything you hoped for!Katie and I, or Alice, can't wait to see you on your next visit. So, come on in, and remember, we serve "Great breakfast, No toast!", just for you.
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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
Not Currently in Business

Tecolote used to be great and we look forward to it being great again, but it closed in April 2014 and has not yet reopened. If you go to the location on the map that accompanies these reviews, you will find a vacant lot. New location, currently being renovated, is 1616-A St. Michael’s Drive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Tecolote used to be great and we look forward to it being great again, but it closed in April 2014 and has not yet reopened. If you go to the location on the map that accompanies these reviews, you will find a vacant lot. New location, currently being renovated, is 1616-A St. Michael’s Drive. (note: I said June 2014 for... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Long wait but very worth it. Delicious breakfast and obviously a local favorite. A must every time we visit Santa Fe. Not on the plaza but worth the short drive.

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Whenever I go back to Santa Fe, I have to make it for breakfast at Tecolote. The owl decor, homemade bread basket, and best green chile you can't go wrong. It is currently moving to a new location, I hope it keeps the charm of the original spot and expands so you never have to wait!

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Denver
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Best food ever! We always stopped there on our way to Albuquerque for breakfast or on our way home back to Denver. Always looked forward to stopping there. Unfortunately they had to close due to the landlord evicting them, but they will be back. Make sure that you keep watching for there reopening because you will want to for sure... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Tecolote Cafe is a breakfast Oasis. It doesn't matter much what you pick, it is all fresh, good food made to order. But here are a couple of my favorites. The Atole Pinon Pancakes are a really winner if you are looking for a grain and nut breakfast. Tecolote also provides fresh and fluffy omelettes my favorite is the cheddar... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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436 reviews 436 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
621 helpful votes 621 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Great place for friends, locals and tourists. Egg and meat dishes. Salads on request, with great bakery baskets. Service is attentive, but atmosphere is bland. People are interesting. Come with an appetite and you will not be disappointed. Hopefully they will find new location.

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Santa Fe NM
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68 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The landlord has evicted Tecolote effective 4/30/2014. The last day at the current location is Easter Sunday, April 20th. The owners are looking for a new location and hope to open there in 2 to 3 months. In my opinion, this is a bad move by the landlord. Tecolote has been at this location for a long time, over 30... More 

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South Louisiana
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

What a great breakfast we had at the community table at this little gem! Diners changed out during the course of our meal and each one brought a different experience, giving us new perspectives on things to see & do in Santa Fe and on life in general. The Atole Piñon Pancakes (blue cornmeal and piñon nuts)were delicious, the corned... More 

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Littleton, CO
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

As former residents of Santa Fe, we consider ourselves able to identify excellence and Tecolote is greatness all the way! The parking lot was full but we managed to get a brunch-ish table. We went for lunch but saw amazing breakfasts being delivered and enjoyed around us. We shared a combination plate and each item was exceptional. Service was efficient... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Food was very, very good. Love the pastry/bread basket. The posole was different, not a soup but very tasty hominy. The red and green chili sauces very tasty . Get there early, it's very busy. We went there 2 times for breakfast.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1203 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-0943
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: 505-988-1362

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Southwestern, Hamburgers, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine

Description

Tecolote Cafe was started in 1980 by Bill and Alice Jennison with a desire to feed guests great meals, affordably, with superior service. Mr. Bill and Alice's recipes have been pleasing palettes for 31 years. In May of 2010, sadly, we lost Mr. Bill after a long and accomplished life. Since August 2010, Katherine Adkins (Bill and Alice's daughter) and her husband Matt Adkins have been doing their best to honor Mr. Bills vision in carrying on the family business We offer a varied menu focusing primarily on New Mexican breakfast and lunch cuisine, as well as some American favorites.We bake all of our breads in house as well as our muffins and biscuits contained in our bakery basket. A little known secret to our great burgers? Fresh baked Kaiser rolls to vehicle our superb patties and ingredients. Whether you come for breakfast or lunch, we are sure you will be pleased with our delectable choices and our warm, friendly atmosphere. If you aren't, just let us know so we can make your experience everything you hoped for!Katie and I, or Alice, can't wait to see you on your next visit. So, come on in, and remember, we serve "Great breakfast, No toast!", just for you.

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