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“Needed a fix of cuban food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Babaluu's Cocina Cubana - CLOSED

Babaluu's Cocina Cubana
Highway 14, High End Catering, Cuban Pig Roasts, Santa Fe, NM
+1 505-382-2078
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Price range: $50 - $300
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban, Jamaican, Latin
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner
Description: Hello from Mary and Chef Amaury, the owners of Babaluu’s. We closed our restaurant in Santa Fe 10/26/13. Thanks to our fans for the loyal support. We love everyone that touched our hearts and lives the last 2 years. We had many wonderful FUN and DELICIOUS times at 3810 Highway 14. We look forward to many more Babaluu Adventures. We will continue off site Cuban Pig Roasts, Catered Lunch and Dinner Parties, Private Chef Parties, Cooking Classes, Weddings, Film Wrap Parties and Cuban style Theme Parties. Our projects: Fusion Food Line and opening a Cuban restaurant/deli/bakery in 2014/2015. 1st reason we left location; difficult heating and A/C issues; owners wanted to sell building as is and not make those improvements. Summertime was a struggle to open lunch & early dinner because of the heat. Wintertime was so cold inside hard to open many days. No matter how many a/c’s or heaters we had running, we could not operate a successful restaurant under those conditions. The patio roof continued to leak so it was hard to book reservations there too. The patio was spectacular with a view. We loved our funky Babaluu’s. With proper improvements, we would have stayed, perfect location for us. Great parking, fantastic view, dance floor, great for parties we loved many things about 3810 Highway 14. We outgrew it, we needed better conditions. 2nd reason: A popular publication Local Flavor did us wrong. The Balloon Fiesta edition 10/1/13 said we had closed our doors. They never authorized it with us. It was untrue! We lost thousands of $$$. We were going to close the restaurant after the holidays anyway but decided to close sooner than later; business went way down, customers cancelled parties and reservations, many called us wondering was it true, we heard you closed? We also found out many other media NM businesses read that and printed it too. It was a mess! We had to make a difficult decision, it was a no win situation, it wasn’t profitable for us to continue staying there.Good news though…Babaluu’s is still here and strong! Contact Mary, the Cuban’s wife for a quote on a party or event. We come as a group, the Private Chef, his wife, Mary & our professional team.Interested in exploring investment opportunities with Babaluu’s Cocina Cubana? Our Babaluu Enterprise is developing and looking for spots in Central California, Northern Arizona, New York and Santa Fe. Look us up on Facebook
Dillon, Colorado
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“Needed a fix of cuban food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

two of us for a romantic get away ...food was awesome but people and service
even better. Cute place and away from the city... nice ambience. Looking forward to
going back ASAP

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
“Fantastic Food and Atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Four of us went to Babaluu's on Friday night. Food was absolutely great, served beautifully, delicious flavors and wonderful staff. Retro Cuban music and fun relaxed atmosphere make it a real getaway and treat. Delicacies and large portions make it a memorable satisfying meal. I would come back again and again. Time stood still for us, we had such a great time, we were surprised when we looked at our watches. A must for a nice meal out.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“The Caribbean has come to Santa Fe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Four of us went there last nite. What a find! We had no reservation and arrived there at 6pm - and the place was all booked up. The owners wife jumped thru several flaming hoops to get us accommodated within 15 minutes. The food was to die for: ceviche, calamari's, the pork, the mahi mahi...fabulous. It's a cute place with bright colors; someone takes great care to make this a comfortable dining experience. And then a Cuban guitar trio showed up (Victor - a Santa Fe original) and got the place hopping! Its out of town a bit but worth the drive.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Fe
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“A Change of Pace in Santa Fe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Went there with another couple for lunch on a recent Sunday. 20 miles from our house, so a drive. Greeted by the chef's wife and seated at a comfortable table. Restaurant was almost full. Started with empanadas which were terrific. Then shared a ceviche which was delicious. I had the cubano sandwich - pork with a great sauce and the jamaican salad. My wife had the red snapper which I tasted and it was very good. My sandwich was excellent.
It's a funky place with lots of "Cuban" decorations.
We will return soon.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great Food, Cozy Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I've eaten at Babluus twice. Once as a couple and the second time with another couple. The place gets packed on the weekends. I would recommend reservations. This is not a great spot for children.
The food was great and the wait staff were friendly and attentive. There was live music the night we went and it was a party atmosphere.
I'd say definitely go. Relax with a nice glass of wine and enjoy an incredible meal. This is not fast food, so slow down and enjoy the experience.
My GPS had a hard time with the address. Use NM 14 and your GPS should get you there just fine.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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