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Santa FE Hotel

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235 N Lake St, Reno, NV 89501
(775) 323-1891
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 12
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
I Really Loved the Food

This place is a truly unique experience. I will admit, it's not for everyone; not quite five stars. The ambiance is VFW hall or church basement. Folding tables covered with oilcloth. Mismatched dinette chairs. Communal seating. Limited menu. But the food is great. Everyone knows a home cook... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 30, 2015
marcolius
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Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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216 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

This place is a truly unique experience. I will admit, it's not for everyone; not quite five stars. The ambiance is VFW hall or church basement. Folding tables covered with oilcloth. Mismatched dinette chairs. Communal seating. Limited menu. But the food is great. Everyone knows a home cook who can prepare simple, classic food with effortless excellence, and that's what... More 

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San Jose, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

WOW, what a terrible restaurant, we should have gone to Louis Basque instead. Our mistake. We used to live in Reno and have gone to many Basque places but never Santa Fe. The soup and first courses were OK but not great. The main courses - lamb shanks and steak - were terrible. The shanks were tough and covered in... More 

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Thank james c
Oakland
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We got here during a Reno Aces ball game, and there was no one in the dining room. It was a Friday night, and we were not early, so we wondered what the problem was. We had a glass of wine in the bar while part of our group parked (difficult with the game and another event on). A local... More 

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Thank Charly T
Sonoma, California
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Decided to have a Basque dinner while in Reno. Good choice! Park in Harrah's lot and exit on Lake and there you are. Family style dinners start serving at 6PM. More food than you normally eat, but darn good. Very, very friendly staff.

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1 Thank bob n
Western US
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a nice place to get family-style Basque food. It's not gourmet food, but definitely stick-to-your-ribs food. I like Saturday nights when you can get both lamb stew and lamb shanks.

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Thank DudePassingThrough
Sonoma, California, United States
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

When they say family style they mean it. You get included with dinner soup, salad, side of beans, main dish, side dish, a bottle of red wine, and dessert Vella Cheese and ice cream. Food was excellent and service was fantastic. We arrived when there was a party of 21 and our waitress never skipped a beat. Bravo girls!! I... More 

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1 Thank Linda B
Sparks, Nevada
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

We try and go for the appetizers before the aces game. We always get the lamb chops, meatball sliders, and French fries. You can't beat the price and the food is awesome!

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2 Thank Abbeysmom1
CT
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105 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

A unique opportunity to have a traditional Basque meal served family style. The Basque are an important part of the local history. The food is plentiful. Come hungry. Be prepared to sit at a table with people you haven't yet met. Appreciate another culture.

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Thank Ctelizabeth
Reno, Nevada
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

My family has frequented the Santa Fe hotel for 3 generations. I cannot think of a better way to embrace Nevada's rich Basque culture than by paying a visit to the Santa Fe. The atmosphere is unique as is the family style food served there. Fill yourself to the brim with delicious soup - then the salad and homemade beans.... More 

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Thank Tom M
San Jose, California
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77 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Very good basque food and of course a lot of it. The restaurant is located behind Harrah's and parking in their garage is convenient and free but there is also limited on street parking in front of the restaurant. Food is served family style but the night we were there we had a table by ourselves. Come hungry because you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 235 N Lake St, Reno, NV 89501
  • Location: United States  >  Nevada (NV)  >  Reno
  • Phone Number: (775) 323-1891

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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