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“Like a Denny's - But with Very Good Food”
Review of Atrisco Cafe & Bar

Atrisco Cafe & Bar
Ranked #63 of 564 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Southwestern
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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333 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“Like a Denny's - But with Very Good Food”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Atrisco, in a shopping center a little north and west of the Plaza in Santa Fe, is not much to look at. Yes, it's clean, and not a total hole-in-the-wall like a lot of New Mexican places, but it does have a sort of plastic feel of a Denny's. A Denny's with a bar. The place was very busy on a Saturday night, filled with families, oldsters and everyone in between. We were seated after a fairly short wait. The margaritas are decent, if a bit sweet. Service was efficient. As for the food, I tried yet another carne adovada (if my search for the perfect one), and found Atrisco's to be quite good - chunky, spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. My wife tried the stuffed sopapilla with lamb. It's an interesting dish, but probably would have been better had the lamb been cooked in a sauce, giving it more flavor. The sopapillas at Atrisco are made with a bit of whole wheat flour, evidently a concession to health-conscious eating, and are lighter and a bit drier than you often find. Prices are very reasonable overall, although I thought $4.00 for a tiny side of guacamole was a bit high. Service was fine, if not exceptional.

This is obviously a place that's popular with families, so that is something to take into consideration depending on your tolerance to kids. Still, Atrisco is a good alternative to a lot of
the more well-known places in Santa Fe.

  • Visited January 2013
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Bridgewater NJ USA
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“Excellent Mexican food, family friendly, and afforable”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

This family friendly restaurant in the DeVargas Shopping Center was recommended to us by the front desk at our hotel. Weary from our flight from the East Coast coupled with the drive from ABQ, we just wanted a quiet, close place to eat. The restaurant fit that bill. The food was good and was a good value. The ex-owner was working that night and she was a wealth of information about the Mexican dishes and about how to eat them. The flautas are hand made and not the skinny or super hard kind. The "light" platter was certainly a good value since the portion was huge. The jalapeno mashed potatoes were good too. Their veggie mix was a tasty mix prepared nicely. The best tortilla chips ever!. The only glitch we had, was that it closes by 9 and we just made it in on another night just by the skin of our teeth. Good service, friendly staff and good food...this was the start of our New Mexico vacation.

  • Visited December 2012
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7 Thank giftedelaine
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Great New Mexico food in a local mall”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Mall food sounds plastic but not at Atrisco's. The menu offers a variety of south west cuisine for all tastes and palates.....spicy for flavor that makes the food real. The specials on Fajita Tuesday are the best deal in town for taste and price. The stuffed sopapillas and the green chile are memorable. Easy to find in DeVargas Mall, Atrisco's is relief from some of the overly rushed places in Santa Fe. The service is wonderful and makes the meals even better.

Visited December 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Great Northern New Mexican food.”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

This is s great place when home cooking is wanted. Mary Jane is s very nice server. Menudo with Red Chile and burittos are greet.

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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“Local food at its best”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

If you want real New Mexico dishes and real New Mexico food, this is one of the best in Santa Fe. I love their lamb burrito and their red chile. Their sopaipillas contain whole wheat flour but are still light and fluffy.
I am sure everything else is wonderful, but I am addicted to the lamb burrito with red.
And they have a full bar.

Visited November 2012
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