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Jambo Cafe

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2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3378
+1 505-473-1269
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very festive atmosphere, interesting African/Mediterranean fusion food. Stuffed phyllo appetizer was delicious. Mahi Mahi, beef kabobs and Moroccan chicken all great dishes with African spices. Banana baklava dessert was heavenly. Attentive friendly service. African beer and wines. Would definitely eat here again.

Thank AlbuquerqueRush
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely loved this place! It's tucked away in a simple strip mall, but once we were inside it was wonderful! The food was delicious and filling. The service was superb.

Thank Louise L
San Francisco
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48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fortunately we went early for dinner (6pm). People started pouring in - this place is popular! Food was delicious - fried shrimp, jerk chicken, lamb stew - cooked Jamaican style so it's a little spicy. Restaurant is in a nondescript shopping center. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. Courteous, friendly service. Very reasonably priced. What a gem in Santa Fe.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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141 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to this restaurant based on its reviews and it being highlighted on food Chanel . I had never had African food so I ordered a combination . It was excellent . My only complain was I had mad a reservations but they seemed to have no record but luckily there was a table available . It would be worth... More 

Thank Jerry L
Concord, New Hampshire
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our evening at the Jambo Cafe was fantastic! It got packed quickly so make a reservation. The food was devine. We had Coconut Chicken Curry Stew, Chicken Kabobs and lamb stew and a crusted goat cheese salad! OMG all were superb! Take a minute to talk with the owner. What an inspiration! He has also started Jambo Kids Health center... More 

Thank Newfoundmm
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240 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This chef/owner is something special. We were fortunate to have read an article in an Albuquerque publication about this entrepreneur and good Samaritan. The food is incredible and wonderfully seasoned. Love the ambiance here too. This has become an extremely popular place since our visit in Nov. 2014 and continues to seduce its diners. Congratulations!

Thank mushroommarlene
Hays, Kansas
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a casual restaurant with funky decor and great food. The butternut squash soup was rich and full of flavor. The savory stuffed phyllo is delicious, as are the beef kabobs. Server did not koow much about the wine list; she recruited another server who was slightly more helpful. Very reasonable prices.

Thank kansastraveler42
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Yum, yum, yum I say! The Moroccan lambs stew was one of the best stews I've ever had. I would go back, and back, and back, to try all of the items on the menu.

Thank Susanna A
Bernalillo, New Mexico
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91 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First a bit of warning about when we went: Out of the blue on a Sat night- no reservations, probly about 7 pm. Big mistake. You gotta make reservations, and even then I would go at a slighly off time or day. Yet we didn't know and (our party of three) and we flat-foot in, and our charming host airily... More 

Thank MomoBobo
Brush, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place was packed and they just kept coming. There was an incredible variety of nationalities, tourists, and locals. The service was very good. The coconut shrimp was delicious. The combo plate could have fed 2 people. The banana leaf wrapped Mahi Mahi was really overdone, the fish was dry, but the flavors were good. This is a cute little... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $22
Caribbean, African, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3378
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: +1 505-473-1269
African and Caribbean dishes and specialties from award-winning Chef Ahmed Obo. Jambo Cafe specializes in new combinations of traditional dishes with a decidedly spicy flair. Winner of many awards, "Best Soup" for the Souperbowl 4 years running and "Best International Cuisine" in the Santa Fe Reporter for 5 years. We serve vegetarian and seafood options alongside our chicken, beef, lamb, and goat dishes.

Locating in College Plaza near corner of St. Michaels Drive and Cerrillos Road. Plenty of parking.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?