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Fans of this long-acclaimed member of Santa Fe's culinary vanguard most appreciate it as a destination for lunch or afternoon happy hour on the inviting shaded patio, which is one of the prettiest and quietest outdoor venues in Downtown Santa Fe. This minimalist, elegant restaurant two blocks north of the Plaza in the historic Padre Gallegos House focuses on seasonally driven, inventive cuisine, which might include grilled pomegranate-marinated Colorado lamb chops with roasted red potatoes and Swiss chard; or citrus-crusted pan-seared wild Alaskan halibut with Israeli couscous, baby bok choy, and orange-cilantro beurre blanc. Sunday brunch is also highly regarded.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 231 Washington Ave., The Plaza, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | Map It
  • Phone: 505/984–1788
  • Website:
  • Location: The Plaza

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 12-04-2013

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    Santacafé Review

    Locals have gotten wise....Not the restaurant it once was.... AVOID!!!! The hostess was dismissive to us and unfortunately i think has set the current standard for a once excellent restaurant. Santacafe used to be a special experience; now it is very stressful and mediocre. Never again...from a long time local.

    by lowthorpe, 7/24/10
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    A Perfect Evening

    Not only one of Santa Fe's best restaurants (probably in the top 3 - 4) but easily one of the best restauarants in the Southwest. Creative cooking, excellent services, thougtful preps, solid wine list. I fortunately eat at highly rated restaurants frequently (due to my job which has me travel extensively) - clearly the Santacafe is one of the best around.

    by donrchap, 10/1/07
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    OK food; horrible service

    We arrived 15 minutes late for our reservation, but were seated within a few minutes. But then we sat for 20 minutes with no indication that anyone would serve us; no water, no bread, nothing, even 3 or 4 waitstaff people walked by our table repeatedly, ignoring us, and serving others who had come in after us. We said: Maybe they're punishing us for being late. Finally, I asked the hostess if anyone had been assigned to our table. She asked someone else. About five minutes later, a waiter appeared and we were served water. Ten minutes after that, our drink order arrived. About a half hour later we got our food. Our server mostly ignored us after that, until he asked if we wanted dessert. We got the bill and left. Of all the places we dined in Santa Fe, this was the worst for service. We will never return!

    by when, 7/31/07

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