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Tecolote Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Diner, Mexican, Southwestern, Cafe, American, Gluten Free Options
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1616 Saint Michaels Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87505-7705
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an old establishment famous for their bread/muffin baskets. Green chili was excellent. Chocolate milk is made with syrup. Pancakes are huge and thick but fluffy. Carne assada lacks something. Waite staff over the top excellent. Place is 5 times bigger with a lot of atmosphere. Locals seem to like it.

1 Thank Zondra M
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best breakfasts in Santa Fe. Traditional breakfast menu--or New Mexican. All is fresh, fast with generous portions. And definitely get the pastry basket--biscuits and muffins to accompany your coffee! Great green chili (for the omelete) and friendly staff. Great for families.

1 Thank MelissaLu16
Prescott, Arizona
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246 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the morning we were there they were filming for a upcoming food show. after tasting the breakfast I can agree with the network. good portions fast and friendly service and great tastes

2 Thank buyersrmi
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very busy and large restaurant. Lots of vegetarian choices including breakfast links instead of bacon! Their green chili is really tasty but super hot. Staff is friendly.

2 Thank gurufateh k
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent food. Friendly staff. Thank goodness Tecolote has reopened! This is a Santa Fe standard. Don't miss it.

2 Thank Linda S
Grand Prairie, United States
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for breakfast and what a treat it was. Staff very friendly, especially the young lady who never let our coffee cups get even half empty. I wanted to try something different, so got the Sheepherders Breakfast. Very tasty and filling. Couldn't leave without trying the blue corn pinon pancake. First - it is one huge pancake! Loved it... More 

5 Thank Pam F
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely a popular spot - and deservedly so. Everything we tried was delicious, and I'd highly recommend Tecolote Cafe for breakfast on that count. Judging from the items on the menu, I'd have been just as happy to eat there for lunch...

Rochester, NY
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate breakfast here on our last morning in Santa Fe. I wish we had found it earlier because I could eat breakfast here every day! The food was terrific, the breadbasket that came before meal was a really nice touch and the waitress who took care of us was so friendly and warm it made the meal that much... More 

3 Thank MBphotog
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had visited last when it was at the old location, over 5 years ago. I like that the new location is bigger and you don't have to wait an hour to be seated. Staff/service was great. We had an overall good meal here, my boyfriend had the Huevos Yucatecos with a basket (instead of tortillas) and I had the... More 

3 Thank Marithinks
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

This place is well off the beaten path for Santa Fe. Lots of locals eat here. The food for breakfast can be as traditional or adventurous as you might want. They have special sauces for many of their meals. If you're on the south side of town, this is a decent place!

3 Thank Victor G

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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
$10 - $15
Diner, Mexican, Southwestern, Cafe, American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1616 Saint Michaels Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87505-7705
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: 15059881362
Tecolote Cafe was started in 1980 by Bill and Alice Jennison with a desire to feed guests great meals, affordably, with superior service. Mr. Bill and Alice's recipes have been pleasing palettes for 31 years. In May of 2010, sadly, we lost Mr. Bill after a long and accomplished life. Since August 2010, Katherine Adkins (Bill and Alice's daughter) and her husband Matt Adkins have been doing their best to honor Mr. Bill and Ms. Alice's vision in carrying on the family business We offer a varied menu focusing primarily on New Mexican breakfast and lunch cuisine, as well as some American favorites.We bake all of our breads in house as well as our muffins and biscuits contained in our bakery basket. A little known secret to our great burgers? Fresh baked Kaiser rolls to vehicle our superb patties and ingredients. Whether you come for breakfast or lunch, we are sure you will be pleased with our delectable choices and our warm, friendly atmosphere. If you aren't, just let us know so we can make your experience everything you hoped for!Katie and I can't wait to see you on your next visit. So, come on in, and remember, we serve "Great breakfast, No toast!", just for you.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?