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Santa Fe Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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3201 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-3129
+1 504-948-0077
05:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 05:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 05:00 - 23:00
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We come here almost every Friday night with grandkids, and/or friends. Excellent Margaritas, and food is always fresh and delicious. They usually have specials to offer as well.

Thank Pamela F
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351 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good creative food at reasonable prices. Easy walk from our midtown accommodation. Wonderful service. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Thank EarlFlorida2
Melbourne, Australia
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354 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We were ushered to a perfect table away from the bustle of the main restaurant and our server was very friendly and attentive, but the food that followed was disappointing. Maybe it was later in the evening but the crumbed calamari was inedible, all batter and coating with very little fish to be found, and the Fajitas which we shared... More 

Thank Robert C
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Came here twice during our visit to NOLA. Good and Friendly Service. Good Food and break from NOLA cuisine. Fresh crab-cakes, the Bomb Black Bean dip, and Fresh Table-side Guacamole if requested. The best Fresh Skinny Margaritas by the LITER! Nice outdoor area to people watch and steps away from City Park and/or public transportation.

1 Thank Sexydreaaa
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

On a beautiful day we thought to eat outdoors — like a lot of people. When you are in a group of hungry people there's no turning back even when the signs of poor service and bad food are in visual site, for example: uncleaned tables with uneaten food is not a good sign (omelettes). What else not to order:... More 

Thank sisterdel
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

It's a good venue. Nice outdoor seating. The food is nice but verging average, a little pricey for it's quality and location when it's not Jazz fest - but I guess that's what's keeping them up. Guacamole perfect, no fooling around with that one. And the complimentary salsa was very spicy and tasty. Service was great! Would come back.

Thank Mia E
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

I've been to Santa Fe countless times over the years, even back when it was in the Marigny. It's a classic go to for us. Food is always good and consistent and on comfortable nights the outdoor seating it wonderful. And the neighborhood? Cant beat it. This last visit we had Tuna Tartare with Mango for the first time. I... More 

Thank diggs_c
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22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

... After a lovely morning in City Park. We weren't sure where we'd find places to eat when we stumbled on this lovely little café / restaurant. The food was great and very reasonably priced. The service was attentive and friendly. What's not to like?!? Thoroughly recommend it! (and a walk up / down Esplanade avenue and trip to the... More 

Thank Julie W
Missoula, Montana
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970 reviews
693 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Our meals were all delicious and grilled to perfection including a fresh Taco Salad and Queso with Beef added. Your server will bring complimentary salsa and chips to start your meal - very, very good. Easy to find with both indoor & outdoor seating.

Thank elaine s
New Orleans, Louisiana
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Try as you may, you'd be hard pressed to find a better restaurant for the price in New Orleans. Very nice setting if you sit inside. Oddly, the prices may lead you to think you are getting ordinary Mexican food when in fact you are getting extraordinary Mexican food. Consistently above average food. Not your typical Mexican fare or better... More 

Thank Sid G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$22
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
05:00 - 22:00
05:00 - 22:00
05:00 - 22:00
05:00 - 22:00
05:00 - 23:00
05:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3201 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-3129
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Fairgrounds
  • Neighbourhood: Fairgrounds
  • Phone Number: +1 504-948-0077

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?