Santacafé

Asian | Eclectic | New American | New Mexican | Southwestern
Memorable
One of the best
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Far from your typical Roadfood restaurant, Santacafé is very stylish and darn expensive; but for a splurge in Santa Fe, there’s no place we like better. Opened in 1983, before foodies spoke the term fusion, it offers brilliant southwestern flavors cooked and presented in ways that are occasionally Asian, but also Continental. For example: crunchy smoked pheasant spring rolls served with a dipping sauce of mint and four chilies; pan-seared swordfish with saffron couscous; huge tempura tiger prawns presented in a puddle of sweet-and-sour-and hot red chile coulis. Meals begin with chile-spiked brioche, and can conclude with such luxuries as warm toffee pudding or Tahitian vanilla bean crème brulée. We love the autumn special: an all-vegetable plate that is the very image (and flavor) of a utopian harvest, including all sorts of beans and legumes and the sweetest ear of roasted-in-the-husk corn on the cob.

Service is suave and reassuring; décor in the old adobe restaurant is clean and spare (all the better to focus on the beauty of the food). For us, dining here is always romantic. Indoors is cozy, intimate, elegant; the courtyard is festive. With a loved one or with good friends, a meal at Santacafé is a Santa Fe experience to remember.

What to Eat
Santacafé, Smoked Pheasant Spring Rolls
Smoked Pheasant Spring Rolls
Must-Try
Crisp-skinned spring rolls with chile-mint dipping sauce are one of the dishes that put this restaurant on the culinary map.
Santacafé, Tempura Prawns
Tempura Prawns
Must-Try
We don't normally look for shrimp when we come to New Mexico, but these hefty, crunch-crusted tempura tiger prawns are extraordinary.
Santacafé, Green Chile Cheeseburger
Green Chile Cheeseburger
Must-Try
An aristocratic green chile cheeseburger, enveloped with Asadero cheese and accompanied by rosemary potato chips.
Santacafé, Red Chile Onion Rings
Red Chile Onion Rings
Must-Try
Impossible-to-stop-eating red chile onion rings are fragile wisps of sweetness, heat and luxury crust.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday5:30pm - 10pm
Monday5:30pm - 10pm
Tuesday5:30pm - 10pm
Wednesday5:30pm - 10pm
Thursday5:30pm - 10pm
Friday5:30pm - 10pm
Saturday5:30pm - 10pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
13 stops | 665 MILES | 10 hr 12 min

A visit to New Mexico during the height of chile season takes us from Albuquerque, where the State Fair is underway, north to magical city of Santa Fe, then finally south to the chile-growing country of the Mesilla Valley, where we will be hosted by Dr. Paul Bosland, the world's foremost chile expert.

12 stops | 407 MILES | 6 hr 45 min

The drive along old Route 66 from the Texas Panhandle to the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico is a pageant of natural splendor and unabashed roadside kitsch: garish trading posts juxtaposed with stunning rock mesas, come-hither billboards rising up in turquoise skies, long-abandoned house trailers scattered in measureless fields, and…

5 stops | 2 MILES | 16 min

Santa Fe's bounty of good food merits at least a week of eating ... or two or three weeks, or more. But let's say you have just one day to taste what is known as "The City Different." You'll want breakfast of huevos motulenos or corned beef hash at Pasqual's and late morning sopaipillas or…

15 stops | 373 MILES | 6 hr 37 min

The Royal Road

One of the most delicious American Byways is El Camino Real ("The Royal Road") through New Mexico. In addition to spectacular natural beauty, travelers will encounter all kinds of opportunities to savor one of the nation's most distinctive regional cuisines, much of which is based around the state's two official co-vegetables: the…

Information
Price
$$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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