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This property has identified as Hispanic/Latinx-owned and LGBTQIA+-owned.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $20
CUISINES
Southwestern, Mexican, American, Cafe
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Sponsored by: Plaza Cafe Southside

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Green Chile Cheeseburger
1. Green Chile Cheeseburger
"Green chile cheeseburger? Possibly my very favorite anywhere."
Ben F
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2. Excellent Desserts
2. Excellent Desserts
" We had the coconut pie, peanut butter pie and caramel apple pie."
Matt H
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3. Friendly Service
3. Friendly Service
"First, let's get to the service: FANTASTIC!"
DOUG H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were touring the shops on the square and decided we would have lunch nearby instead of driving off somewhere. Plaza Cafe was a good choice. Hubby and I both had tacos. Full of flavor and a good choice. We had drinks too; nothing watered...down. Service was excellent! The noise level was really loud, so if you are looking for a peaceful meal this is not the place for you. It's a good place that I would visit again, as long as the wait to get a table isn't too long.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed October 4, 2022

We were looking for a restaurant that was fairly close to the airport and came across the Plaza Cafe Southside. What a lucky surprise! Despite arriving mid-afternoon, the restaurant was fully staffed, and our food was delivered promptly. And oh, the food...my husband got the...Spicy Fish & Chips which he said weren't really spicy--just the sauce which is served on the side. He gobbled every bite and started looking at my Fish Tacos. But I successfully protected my FABULOUS fish tacos. They had the perfect combination of crunch and spice. YUM! Excellent service, a nice, cheerful atmosphere, plenty of parking, and only 10 minutes from the airport. An absolute winner! (The only disappointing aspect of our visit was that we weren't hungrier and so we weren't able to sample their desserts. They LOOKED amazing!)More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Southside is quite similar to the location in the downtown plaza. It is a little larger and is easier to park near it. Prices, service, and food are the same - excellent. Southwesterrn entrees are especially good. My one complaint is that they now serve...a tortilla instead of a sopapilla. The machine broke at least a year ago and has not been repaired. One star penalty!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 25, 2022 via mobile

Came in with my family for dinner the entire dining experience was amazing .turkey plate to died we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner thank you plaza southside …..

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 10, 2022

Crazy busy on a weekend, but we’ll worth the wait! Staff is excellent and food comes out quick and hot! Many times eating there, always seem to gravitate back to the chile rellano omelette! Highly recommended!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed October 22, 2022 via mobile

Absolutely delicious……This place had the best New Mexican food . we ordered the red chili oil salmon and red chicken enchiladas both were a bomb …………..

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed October 1, 2022 via mobile

Good service. Interesting decor. Over priced. I expected more for $14 guac. Had the impossible burger with green Chile. Fries were ok. Most likely would not eat here again.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 14, 2022 via mobile

You may have trouble finding this gem off of Cerillos, but you should not miss the Plaza Cafe Southside. We were expecting an old-school diner with a jukebox and standard diner fare! Boy, were we pleasantly surprised. First of all, it is a large well-lit...dining room with many interesting items of decor. Next, it is colorful and cheery. The waitstaff is very friendly, efficient, and attentive. Our young waiter anticipated our every need. The menu was extensive with many standard options and an extensive list of specials. I had the avocado toast. Don't underestimate this seemingly simple dish! It was a large piece of Texas toast covered in a thick layer of avocado, topped with spring greens, boiled egg, red onion, and a generous sprinkling of feta cheese. It was a fabulous meal. See image. My husband, who is a fish taco aficionado, had the crispy fish tacos. He says they are there best he had ever had. See image. We highly recommend this "out-of-the-ordinary" cafe.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 30, 2022

Plaza South was my favorite go-to restaurant for fabulous tacos. Until yesterday. I was completely taken by surprise when my plate arrived and instead of three recognizable and yummy tacos in a taco holder, it was a mass of tomatoes and shredded lettuce over 2...mounds all of which was covered with a thinned sour cream drizzle. Exceedingly messy. The filling in the "tacos" was a large potato wedge a smidgen of over cooked beef, and no cheese. At least the rice and bean sides were tasty. I asked the waiter if they had a new chef and was told the owner had just decided to change the menu. These were NOT Norteno tacos. I have no idea what they were other than an overpriced potato filler passed off as tacos. I couldn't believe this was $18.25. I am giving this review a 3 instead of a 2 only because the hostess, waiter and server were excellent as the staff usually is. I will be finding a new favorite restaurant for tacos....perhaps even a fast food chain. So very disappointed.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022 via mobile

It was my own fault for ordering a steak at a place like this but it was the worst cut just under 3/4 of an inch lol so forget about cooking to temp. Just get the quesadilla it’s hard to mess those up.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 21, 2022 via mobile

We sat at the bar to eat. The bartender was friendly and attentive. Our food was presented well and tasted good. Restaurant was clean and decorated cute. Great quality food for affordable price

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 29, 2022 via mobile

Great service, excellent food. Ordered the patty melt with Avocado which was delish. Fries were a fine side. Strawberry shake with extra tin was very good; thick and rich. Small draft beer selection covers most beer styles. Good ambiance with interesting wall art. Outdoor seating...available but it was too windy.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 5, 2022 via mobile

Had a great dinner with five other colleagues here after a long day of travel from the East Coast. The food was great with some excellent choices of local and American cuisine in a old fashioned diner setting. I knocked it down a star because...I felt the server could have been more attentive at times our drinks were neglected. However, the sopapillas at the end with honey made up for all faults. Great choice right on the Santa Fe square. I would come back again.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 20, 2022 via mobile

I love old fashioned diners. The Plaza Cafe is just that and right in the plaza. The menu, venue, service and food were at least s good as we hoped for.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed November 25, 2021 via mobile

Came here for dinner while in town for work. Had the short rib which was delicious. Was quick to be seated and served. Nice clean place. Beer was good.

Date of visit: November 2021
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pillcounter
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No, but to score a seat, go an hour and a half before traditional meal times.
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Response from GFKKSS | Reviewed this property |
No though it can be busy at meal times or brunch - not sure if they take reservations but you could call - I’ve never had to wait more than 10 minutes if busy. If you have a large party maybe call first.
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PLAZA CAFE SOUTHSIDE, Santa Fe - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Yes, Plaza Cafe Southside offers takeout services.

Plaza Cafe Southside is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4