Santacafé

Asian | Eclectic | New American | New Mexican | Southwestern
Memorable
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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. Continue reading

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.

Dishes to try
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
The chilies atop Santacafe's fine and fancy green chile cheeseburger pack massive amounts of flavor and significant heat. The chips in the background are perfumed with rosemary. The ketchup is from-scratch.
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.
autumn harvest meal
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 | 10 hr 12 min total driving
12 stops | 6 hr 45 min total driving
5 stops | 14 min total driving
15 stops | 6 hr 24 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
Yes
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
No
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