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“Saved by the ambience”
Review of Museum Hill Cafe

Museum Hill Cafe
Ranked #115 of 559 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Price range: $8 - $12
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Northfield, Minnesota
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94 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Saved by the ambience”
Reviewed June 27, 2014

We went there on a Friday night for happy hour. We ordered a bottle of champagne which the well meaning server had great difficulty in opening, thus spilling about half a glass into the ice bucket. There were half a dozen tables and seemingly one server who , though good natured, seemed harried and would disappear for what seemed to be long amounts of time. There's quite a limited menu. I ended up with a grilled chicken salad which was tasty enough although at least one of the pieces of chicken were raw in the middle.
They had an absolutely outstanding pistachio cardamom pie, the likes of which I've never tasted. I'm still thinking about it.
We were seated on a gorgeous outdoor patio, which, though small,offered mountains views and access to a gentle breeze. They were advertising music, which consisted of one guy with a guitar who left his beer and chatting buddy about once every half hour to play one song. Despite the very mediocre service and average food (save the pie!), the peaceful , beautiful setting made it worthwhile.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Tourmalinequeen
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Denver, Colorado
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212 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Peaceful setting, beautiful view and great food”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had the most wonderful lunch prior to our afternoon stroll among the museums. The food is innovative and delicious, great service and on the day we were there our dining experience was complimented by a live flamenco guitarist. Wonderful peaceful ambience. Highly recommend.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank LAJ7
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Scenic and popular”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a great location if you are visiting the museums and lunch time approaches. The draw here is the outdoor seating and the views. Food is plentiful but pretty much average. Service is somewhat slow. The menu is large and offers selections not generally found elsewhere. You are tempted to remain there longer if weather permits.

Santa Fe offers better restaurants for food quality but not the views. We recommend this Cafe for outdoor casual dining.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Travelaide_13
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Tucson Arizona
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599 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,051 helpful votes
“We ate here three times in one week !”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

We ate here when we visited both Museums on this plaza, and then, again, made arrangements to meet with friends for lunch (without visiting a Museum). Twice, we sat outside, and that, definitely is more special. The third time, it was too windy, so we were forced indoors. Inside, it is much more noisy, in fact, a bit too much for our liking.

The first time, we tried their "Brasil Food Popular" menu ($18.00 for one person, $33.00 for two. If you want to pair that with wine, it is an additional $10.00 each.) We loved the creativity and the presentation. This menu was inspired by the current exhibit at the International Folk Art Museum. Mostly everything on that menu was unfamiliar to us, but we loved sampling it. The portions are larger than samples, but small enough not to fill you up right away. There are seven items on that menu, and you get them all. For dessert there is a choice, and I just loved the "Mate Ice Cream".

The other two times, I had the "Mushroom Taquitos", and my husband had the "Steak Sandwich". As you can tell, we repeated that order, as we found it so tasty the first time. I love anything with mushrooms, and theses taquitos were packed with them. So delicious. My husband raved about his steak. We had a glass of wine to go along with the lunch, and those run about $9.00 each.

Service was casual and not hurried. But then, the setting just invites you to sit there, relax and not rush away. So pleasant sitting outside, like a vacation.

  • Visited June 2014
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6 Thank NYU62
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Tucson, Arizona
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114 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Beautiful Views, Great Service, Wonderful Food”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

The next time you're in Santa Fe, you might want to visit Museum Hill where you'll find an amazing museum of Indian artifacts dating back to 800 AD. In the spacious courtyard of the museum you'll find the Museum Hill Cafe. The views of Santa Fe and beyond are spectacular, the service is excellent, and the food is truly outstanding. My companion and I sat for several hours drinking iced coffee, eating, and talking about what we had seen in the museum. Santa Fe is a magical place. If you want to feel the magic, I can't recommend the museums on the hill or the Museum Hill Cafe more highly..

  • Visited May 2014
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5 Thank Morley G
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