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“Love country cafes”
Review of San Marcos Cafe

San Marcos Cafe
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Cerrillos
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: Southwestern
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“Love country cafes”
Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

This is a sweet little cafe about 10 miles out of Santa Fe on route 14 heading towards Madrid. It is part of a larger complex that includes a farm/ranch feed store. The cafe inside is very cute and intimate, with dim lighting and attractive artsy appointments. We were there on a very cold day in January and they had a large potbelly stove in the main room blazing away.

They have both a simple menu with traditional breakfast and a set of specials more like you would find in an arty cafe in downtown Santa Fe. We sampled from both and everything we had was nicely presented, prepared and delicious; some of the best breakfast potatoes in recent memory. Their coffee is adequate but not as strong and good as at a coffeehouse.

The service is also adequate, if a bit I inattentive and impersonal. This is the only area in my experience the that I can see needing improvement--work on a more gregarious engagement with the customer from the time they step in the door to the time they leave.

That said, I look forward to returning to this cute and worthy country cafe. Can't get enough of good eating in the middle of wonderful nowhere!

Thank heyU7
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Cheese Blintzes in New Mexico???”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

YES indeed on the breakfast menu. They were great. Plenty of excellent cheese snuggled in two delicate crapes with plenty of raspberry sauce. As you can see the menu is very eclectic. Ox Tail soup was a special today. Since they are only open for breakfast and lunch, the breakfast menu is always available. By the way, the sign always says OPEN even if they are not. Just part of their funkiness. As others have stated, it is located in the open country on the west side of NM14 all by it self. So if you think that you will never get there from Santa Fe, there it is. Have eaten there many times always great.

  • Visited December 2012
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
538 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Don't miss this place”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is a must stop for breakfast every time we come through Santa Fe. We discovered it about 5 years ago, and have been here many times. Have tried just about everything on the menu, and it's all good. Love it in the winter when the fireplaces are lit- so cozy. Adorable crazy mixed up decor.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank Janet F
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Santa Fe
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A favorite for New Mexicans”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

I took a Dallas lawyer friend here and after lunch he declared, "Now I feel like I am in New Mexico!" This is ranch and farm country about a half hour from the Plaza of Santa Fe. The huevos rancheros are the best and my wife says they make the best omellete around Santa Fe and she loves their beans. It is a fun place for kids as well with the peacocks and turkeys wondering everywhere. TA

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Tom F
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Peyton, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2012

I just LOVE coming to this little cafe that is attached to a "Feed Store" (where they sell feed for livestock, etc), and there are peacocks that roam freely on the grounds. The Red Chile here cannot be beat (almost, except for Tomositas). When we are in town, we ALWAYS eat breakfast here at least once. The inside feels like it would have been a hundred years ago. Not only is the food fabulous, it's just a "comfort" type of place to eat great food and maybe meet new people.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank Catherinefrmcolorado
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