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“good option if downtown restaurants crowded”

Plaza Cafe Southside
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Ranked #11 of 577 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: From the moment you enter our doors, you'll be getting high quality service the old-fashioned way. At Plaza Cafe Southside our bright and enthusiastic waiters love to see you happy, so we do whatever it takes to make sure you enjoy your visit. In addition to our delicious food, Plaza Cafe Southside is known for our friendliness and efficiency. We guarantee that we'll get your order to you both fast and hot! Plaza Cafe is a family owned and operated business. The Razatos family has kept the traditional cooking methods and flavor combinations of New Mexico and added some recipes from Greece, all the while keeping with the classic American diner experience. Come in and try our delicious food, and see why so many people in Santa Fe call Plaza Cafe Southside their favorite restaurant! We look forward to serving you and your family.
Reviewed December 29, 2013

When the wait time for two of our favorite downtown restaurants exceeded one hour, we found this southside restaurant on tripadvisor through our cell phone. Thank goodness! It had great service and good food. The 50's homage on décor with old cars and signs was nice, although I prefer northern New Mexico atmosphere. The food was very good, although no blue corn. Make sure to have a cell phone map because it's tucked away behind Lowe's and the Regal Cinemas on south Cerrillos. Not hard to get to, just can't see it from the road.

3  Thank LMom1
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

We ate here at the suggestion of another traveller at our hotel. The food was very good, a New Mexican style of American food. The service was good too. However, I did not like the atmosphere, it was too bright and had a 50's vibe. It didn't seem to go well with the food and the prices. For example, Coffee was about $2.25 and sodas were something like $2.55. There were five of us and our bill came to $123.00. In my hometown I can get food just as good with a better atmosphere for half the price. An 18% gratuity was added automatically. Our ticket said that there were six of us, even though we were only five. I don't know if our waitress did this as a mistake, or as a means to kick in the automatic gratuity. In any case, I paid it because she was nice, but vowed not to return. There are plenty of places in Santa Fe with better food at more reasonable prices. I can't recommend the Plaza Cafe Southside. Next time I will go back to the Blue Corn Cafe. I always have a good experience there.

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1  Thank Luggnutt
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

I'm visiting my family in Santa Fe and they took me here the first day for breakfast. Their Huevos Rancheros with green chili sauce is what I'd recommend- VERY flavorful! The atmosphere is fun, and the waiter was friendly. I would definitely go back!

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6  Thank Hannah H
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

When the Plaza Cafe on the Plaza in Santa Fe closed for a period of time due to a fire in the restaurant we started attending other places. Recently while shopping on the south side of Santa Fe, we decided to stop and have lunch at the Plaza Cafe South Side. The restaurant is across from the Regal movie theaters parking lot in a small food court. We noted that there is outside seating but we were there in the middle of winter and the outside seating was unavailable.
As we entered the restaurant, we were met by a charming hostess standing alongside the dessert case holding some very good looking and good sounding desserts. We were seated immediately and quickly met by our waiter who took our drink orders. We both elected to have sandwiches for lunch. Mine was a hot sandwich with a selected side of french fries and my wife had a cold egg salad sandwich with a selected side of coleslaw.
Our sandwiches were quickly served and we both agreed they were tasty and plentiful.
The waiter continued checking on us to see if we needed anything and followed up with refills of our soft drinks as necessary.
Overall, we enjoyed the service and meal. I do believe because of an extremely high ceiling and a seating capacity of about 300 people, should it be busy, without a doubt it would be noisy. Since there weren't a lot of guests, the wait staff could also be observed playing around by the open kitchen but that didn't effect our service. My only other complaint is the meat in my sandwich was placed in the middle of my sandwich leaving a lot of bread space to the outside. I suspect this is done for presentation as when the sandwich is cut in half, you see a lot of the filling stacked high.
We decided to return later to purchase a dessert. We did, and my wife said, the Apple Chile Pie was very good and she would do it again.

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6  Thank Tom O
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

It had been a long drive and I had to leave early in the morning. I wanted good food, but a casual atmosphere. Fortunately, the clerk at the Silver Saddle (great motel about which I wrote a review) suggested the Plaza Cafe Southside. It was close and fit the bill perfectly. The service was excellent. When I saw the size of the menu I was a bit apprehensive, as often places with a big menu don't seem to make anything very tasty, but I needn't have worried. I had the BEST turkey burger I've ever eaten---meaty and juicy, with bacon and caramelized onions that really made it pop. The house-made French fries were excellent---everything was fresh and yummy. I'd go back often if I lived in Santa Fe, as there were many other items on the menu that were enticing.

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6  Thank utahtexan
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