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“Fun Sitting at the Counter” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Famous Plaza Cafe

The Famous Plaza Cafe
54 Lincoln Ave, (On the Plaza), Santa Fe, NM
+1 505-982-1664
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Ranked #54 of 464 restaurants in Santa Fe
Cuisines: Southwestern, Diner
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: The Plaza Cafe on the Santa Fe Plaza is a historic restaurant that has reopened after a fire in Sep 2010. It is the dining hub on the Plaza. It reopened last week and I would like to write a review of my experience. Joe Shaffer
Santa Fe
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Fun Sitting at the Counter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

The food is great - real New Mexican food that rivals the best in town. But my favorite plate is the hummus appetizer. It comes with a small salad, olives, stuffed grape leaves, pita, and always good hummus. If the tables are full - sitting at the counter is fun. Almost always busy - the restaurant is humming with locals and tourist.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Thanks so much for this awesome review! We love having the mix of locals and visitors joining us, so it's great to know you enjoy the atmosphere as well. Stop by next time you're craving that hummus appetizer.

Sincerely,
Daniel, Owner
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
“Tourist spot on the plaza but worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

This is right on the Plaza so it is filled with tourists but back in the day, it was a locals only spot -- the owners have remained true to the menu and their origins and it is well worth a visit. A varied menu that is not all New Mexico chile dishes, which is understandable since the owners are from the Middle East. Reasonably priced and good food from burgers to enchiladas to hummus and pita -- you won't be disappointed

Visited November 2013
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Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
It's great to know you've been a fan of our food for many years! We aim to always stay true to our roots — we love being a spot where locals and tourists can mingle and chat over delicious food. Thank you so much for the review, and I hope you'll be back soon.

Sincerely,
Daniel, Owner
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Central Wisconsin
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57 restaurant reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“SANTA FE SURPRISE!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Arriving in the area at dusk, we found our options for dinner quite limited, as it was raining, and we were past the regular dining hour. As first-time visitors to the area, we had to visit the Plaza, but found most places were closed. The Plaza Café looked like a 50's diner, and stayed open a bit longer than other restaurants in the area. The freshly-prepared Mexican food was exquisite! We "happened" to see the size of the servings being delivered to other tables, and were happy to be allowed to share an order of chicken quesidillas. Likewise, we shared a HUGE dessert, a piece of caramel apple pecan pie which was the best we'd ever eaten. For having a one-shot chance for an evening meal, this was the greatest!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
I'm so glad you guys found us! It's great to hear you were so happy with your quesadilla and pie. Hope the rest of your stay to Santa Fe is just as wonderful, and don't be shy about coming by again!

Best,
Daniel, Owner
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Corrales, New Mexico
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24 restaurant reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Local classic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

What great history the plaza has. We had breakfast here and were seated right away after attempting 2 of the more 'trendy' Santa Fe restaurants for breakfast [wait of 45 minutes]. The food is classic local northern New Mexican and just what we would expect, and enjoy. Chile was wonderfully hot but not overpowering. Service was excellent. If you want a more local and less pretentious meal, go to the plaza.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
We certainly appreciate the recommendation! It's great to know that you view us as a dependable spot for a delicious New Mexican bite. We hope you'll join us for a meal again next time you're in the Plaza.

Best,
Daniel, Owner
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Mnnn chicken fry”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Whether you eat the enchiladas or the chicken fry or a hamburger the food is good and reasonable in price. Add fast service to that and there are three reasons to go to this Santa Fe staple on the Plaza.

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Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thanks for the great review, Mary. I'm delighted that you are such a fan of all that we offer. We hope you'll be back in Santa Fe soon!

Best,
Daniel, Owner
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