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“Breakfast with Peacocks” 4 of 5 stars
Review of San Marcos Cafe

San Marcos Cafe
Highway 14, The Turquoise Trail, Cerrillos, NM
505-471-9298
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Cerrillos
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: Southwestern
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Breakfast with Peacocks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Stopped by for brunch on a weekday and found a lovely quirky place that greeted us with several peacocks and turkeys walking around the front yard. We ate in the side sunroom and we watched the tiny peacocks and a pond with lizards, birds and some metal sculptures.
We had a very good brunch and the menu had lots of things to choose from, along with what was on the daily specials board. The food was well done.
The associated feed store/tack store is worth a trip.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
1 review
“Drive on by.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

Today was the 2nd time we've eaten at the San Marcos and it's no better now than it was 6 years ago. The service was slow, they got my order wrong twice and the huevos rancheros were awful. the red chile is bland & the food is WAY overpriced. Santa Fe has so many good places to eat and this isn't one of them!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Paula, California
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“The San Marcos Cafe is not easy to find, but it is worth looking for.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

The San Marcos Cafe is on the Turquoise Trail a few miles south of its intersection with the extension of 599, south past the prison and across the road from a fire station. The only sign is a sawhorse with a “Cafe Open” sign hanging on it. We drove by it more than once before we figured out where to stop and turn in.

For a great total experience this is one of our favorite restaurants in Northern New Mexico. It is a feed store and animal complex with a restaurant attached. It is great both for kids (our grandkids love it) and adults. The grandkids (and adults) wolf down the pancakes at breakfast then we take a trip around the feed store area and check out the peacocks, turkeys, emus and whatever else abounds.

My personal favorites here are the exquisite cinnamon rolls and the red chile stew. Green chile stew is a New Mexico staple, but red chile stew is difficult to find. The red chile is very flavorful and somewhere between mild and medium in piquancy; the beef is lean and tender and nicely done potatoes and vegetables complete the stew. I eat the red chile stew for breakfast and usually for lunch, though sometimes I will get their green chile cheeseburgers, a sandwich or a special. The cinnamon rolls are as good as any I have had in New Mexico, large, light and flaky with just the right amount of cinnamon. Oh yes, I almost forgot. One of the specialties of the house is a hot apple pie with a bourbon sauce served a’ la mode with vanilla ice cream. There is no apple pie filling in this pie, only sweet apples sliced thinly. Delicious!

We go with neighbors or our family 2-4 times per year, usually for breakfast. They normally order the breakfast burritos, huevos rancheos or one of their chalkboard specials and most frequently they express delight in their repast. The chalkboard specials are always worth checking out because this is where the chef shows of his (or her) stuff.

It is often full so reservations should be considered. We have always had friendly service though sometimes it takes longer than expected between the order and the delivery of the food.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bebop12345
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“Good Food in a Fun Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

This was our third trip to this restaurant. I have to say it was not as good this visit, but we are giving it the benefit of the doubt as we were at the end of the lunch crowd, which means the end of their day. Based on our first 2 visits, this is one of the best places for enchiladas around, and seeing as we live in Santa Fe, that says a lot. We have not succombed to the sweet rolls yet, but from afar they sure look good. The mere size tells me you either need to share, or call it a meal! Everyone seems to love them, too.

Each time we have been, we look at the menu and then order the same thing - beef enchiladas. I get Christmas on the side (red and green chile) while my husband orders his with green. The chile is excellent. They come with garlic bread, beans and rice - all quite good, but I substitute their delicious potatoes and posole. The potatoes are perfectly cooked and the posole is some of the best around. Typically the beef is tender and flavorful, though our last visit we were a little disappointed. The same was true of the garlic bread which is usually perfectly buttered and spiced and perfectly toasted. The last time it seemed they spread the last speck of butter they had on and toasted it for about 5 seconds. We hope this was just an off day (and because they were close to closing) as our other visits everything was perfect. Ask to sit in the room off to the side so you can watch for the peacocks!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“fun stop along the Turquoise Trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

We stopped here for lunch as we were driving up from Alburqueque to Sante Fe. I had a cinnamon roll and some soup. (Roll was kind of dry). Husband is still raving about the vegetarian bean dish he enjoyed.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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