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“A little bit of France in downtown Santa Fe” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chez Mamou French Cafe & Bakery

Chez Mamou French Cafe & Bakery
217 East Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 216-1845
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Ranked #18 of 472 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Cuisines: Bakery, French, Café, Bistro
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“A little bit of France in downtown Santa Fe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Slightly off the beaten track (by a few blocks) but well worth the effort. An excellent patisserie -- for breakfast or lunch -- and a great French menu for dinner, including all the classics. Enjoy!

Visited August 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Norwegian first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“A hidden gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We loved discovering this quaint little bistro. We sat in the alleyway courtyard and took lunch. The menu was Classic French and everything that came out of the kitchen looked delightful! We opted for salads and a bottle of excellent Sauvignon blanc recommended by the very attentive waitress. We wish we had time for another visit!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“A pleasant restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Based on two experiences at this restaurant (3 for my wife), we’d say that Chez Mamou is a good addition to the restaurant scene in Santa Fe, and I expect we’ll be occasional repeat customers for years. However, we can say nothing about the pastries or wines, as we don’t partake of either. The restaurant is well situated in the downtown area, and has a nice ambience. A couple of observations that might be helpful. We called beforehand and asked if there was a special for that night; after checking with the kitchen, our communicant said there was--pasta with mussels. When we asked the waiter if there was a special on, he at first said no, but when we thought otherwise, he checked--only to find that, indeed, what we had originally been told was correct. Give a demerit to kitchen-waitstaff communications. We ordered a bottle of sparkling water, which was plopped down and left unopened on our table. The waiter neglected to pour, although he did pour wine at all the adjacent tables. I guess the tip on water wouldn’t have been sufficient to merit the extra attention. That said, the wait staff was otherwise quite pleasant and attentive. As for the food, it is well-prepared and good. We’ve always had the organic mixed green salad as a starter. While not very big, to be true, it has proven fresh, tasty, and not over-priced. Last night we both had the mussels with pasta--the mussels were cooked exquisitely, the saucing was light and interestingly spiced (very garlicky and mildly hot), and the pasta fine (but not exquisite, such as at Cipriani’s in NYC), although I’d have preferred linguine to their spaghetti. The previous time we had the duck confit pasta, which was quite richly sauced but equally as satisfying. We also shared a side of shishito peppers (mini, sweet-hot, thin-walled green peppers popular in Japan) which I’d advise skipping as, while well enough prepared, the peppers seemed dry and not sufficiently sweet.
Finally, a note on the mussels. I’ve not tried these yet, but wife tried them on her first visit to Chez Mamou. She reports they’re the “best she’s ever had.” Now, that’s some recommendation, given that I’ve taken her to the famous Toby’s for mussels (right on Penn Cove on Whidbey Island, noted source of exquisite mussels), and also in light of her having spent many summers in Paris, noted for mussel cuisine. Certainly I’ll have to return here to try them if they’re anywhere close to being that good. All in all, modestly sized plates with good food at moderate prices.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bay Area, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“A Breakfast Option”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We only took advantage of the breakfasts they offer, and did not try the lunch or dinner menus. The pastries are delicious, and it is lovely to sit outside in the adjacent courtyard.

Visited August 2014
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New York City, New York
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30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Pastries may be somewhat different than you expect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

We had two pastries for dessert one night. One was a fruit "tart", the other was a chocolate confection. The surprising part about them was that the base of each of the pastries was what I would classify as a large cookie. I had expected them to be on a pastry shell base with a creamy filling, but this isn't how they make them here. They're very tasty, but you should know what you're going to be getting.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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