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231 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1986 (Downtown)
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Ranked #94 of 463 restaurants in Santa Fe
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown
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362 reviews from our community

69% Recommend
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English first
Houston, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The patio is pleasant, and our waiter was attentive and friendly, but the food is just average. With all the excellent food offerings in Santa Fe, Santacafe does not stand out.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

On a recent visit to Santa Fe, we ate here twice--once for lunch and once for dinner. Both meals were first-rate. The fried calamari appetizer was quite good--primarily because of the light, Asian-influenced dipping sauce. The shrimp tempura appetizer was tasty, but the sauce was a bit cloying. My swordfish was fresh and perfectly cooked. The accompanying red chile risotto... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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163 reviews 163 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We always have the calamari. Who would expect to get the best calamari in the World in Santa Fe? We have had other entres, but if they have the calamari with lime dipping sauce the day we are there, we're going to order it. They have wonderful wines as well.

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Santa Fe
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156 reviews 156 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Horrible service, mediocre food and beautiful garden. High prices and carelees waiters. Insolent host. Nice menu that rarely changes. It's fun to eat in the garden in warm months and this is definitely a place to be seen and show off your latest Native American jewelry. Not for the serious foodie.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a review of a recent lunch. As noted the ambiance is very pleasant. We sat outside and took in the view of the downtown business diners and tourists. Service was efficient and unpretentious. The onion rings were fresh and ample and the ketchup very tasty. The salmon was just ok. The green salad with green goddess dressing, peas... More

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St. Louis
1 review
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

I have been coming to Santacafe for 20 years. In that period of time the restaurant has been average to excellent. Now I would rate it terrible! It took us over two hours to be served our salads and main course. When we complained about the slow service, the waiter arrogantly told us that fine dining took this long. When... More

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Denver, Colorado
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108 reviews 108 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We have eaten at the SantaCafe for many years when we come to Santa Fe for the opera, and I have previously written a very favorable TripAdvisor review of the restaurant. We visited the restaurant again this year, with a reservation for 5:30 p.m. We arrived and the server immediately and strongly suggested the calamari appetizer, which we ordered. The... More

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Sad how a snobbish waiter can dampen a dinner out. My husband is a generous tipper but he cut the tip to less than his basic 20%, which is a big deal for him. It's a nice restaurant and so close to the center of town. I hope to read about improved service soon.

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Comfort, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We felt that we had found our "forever" happy hour location after three visits over several weeks. We loved the outdoor patio area and looked forward to bringing out of state friends! While the "wines by the glass" list was brief, the food selections we had were delicious. The four of us arrived and saw ALL tables except one outside... More

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Venice, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Had lunch in the courtyard. My wife had a salad with lobster. Unfortunately the lobster wan't impeccably fresh. I had a green chili cheeseburger that was very good. Good wine list. Good service in a nice outdoor courtyard.

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