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Placitas Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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221 State Highway 165 Ste D, Placitas, NM 87043-9514
(505) 771-1700
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I recommend the Placitas Cafe for anyone wanting to eat at a local non-chain restaurant. We've eaten at most of the popular restaurants in the Albuquerque area and find the food at the Cafe to be excellent in comparison. We enjoy the unique style of the food and atmosphere in addition to the beauty of the local Sandia Mountains.

Thank Joe B
Franklin, Tennessee
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102 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I are passing through and happened upon this place today at lunchtime. We sat outside in the lovely, warm weather. It is definitely a very casual, quirky atmosphere, but that's fun. The food was excellent. Get the blackbean cakes! We would certainly go back!

Thank tootski
Dublin, Ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've eaten here several times over the past few months when I was visiting family and it feels like home. Everyone is friendly and the food is great!

Thank cushie_dublin
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

The food is good. The atmosphere is kinda quirky. The artwork on the walls is very interesting. In general, the service is poor. It seems as though they know who their customers are (or ought to be) and if you're not one of them, they're not interested in waiting on you. Too bad, because the food really is good.

Thank Albuquerque74
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Quirky local art, fun menu, friendly staff, good food! I had the chicken green chile stew--and it was loaded with charred New Mexico green chiles. Very hot, but very good. My friend had a half order of chicken nachos--still huge. She couldn't eat it all--and took some home for later.

Thank Margaret W
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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55 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Had lunch there and it was great. Very reasonably priced. Big food and it was delicious! The customer service was above excellent. It is a rather small and the seats are close together. Hard to have a conversation. Lots of great folk art in the walls, bought a cross. Everything was respasonably priced. Highly recommend this eatery!

Thank Shirley B
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

Nestled high on the northern slope of the Sandia Mountains the Placitas cafe offers a Cafe atmosphere with tremendous views. The locals like to keep it a secret.

Thank abqlocal505
Savusavu, Fiji
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164 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

I had never been to Placitas before when I met a friend for lunch. It's a cute little cafe with local flare and delicious food. I had the red enchiladas while my friend had the green chile chicken enchiladas. Both were yummy!

Thank TropicSplendor
Placitas, New Mexico
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37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

The place to meet folks in Placitas for breakfast, lunch or dinner. John and Mike are the best for great service and their brand of humor😎 Outdoor seating is available as well, plus live music several times a month.

Thank 44dave56
Placitas, New Mexico
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

Our most recent meal at Placitas Café was very good. I had the Fiesta de Pollo and my husband had the boneless country ribs. Good sized portions, prepared very well at a very reasonable cost. Love the local art displayed on the walls, friendly service.

Thank ebigsis

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Mexican, American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 State Highway 165 Ste D, Placitas, NM 87043-9514
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Placitas
  • Phone Number: (505) 771-1700

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?