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Jambo Cafe

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2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3378
+1 505-473-1269
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I like this restaurant. But it was around $60 for 2 people with drinks and it's in a strip mall. Santa Fe restaurants have become way over priced!

Thank Dominic M
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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274 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was different and not the normal menu. Only got three stars as the stables were too close together and we kept being bumped by the serving staff. Plus the food was slow to be served. Too crowded for their own good.

Thank TheGoBird
Little Rock, Arkansas
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While located in a strip mall and decorated without pretense this place provides an exceptional dining experience. The menu is varied and filled with unusual and intriguing items. The service is warm and friendly. The chef/owner's greeting and farewell was warm and thoughtful. A far cry from the chain restaurants. My only regret is that I can't go there more... More 

1 Thank 232TOW_65
Northampton, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We read the reviews on yelp and TA and Jambo measured up. The food was excellent as was the service. We had a delicious dish, of morrocan lamb w sweet potatoes and chick peas. It was enough for 2 . We also ordered the jerk chicken wh came w plantains wh were particularly excellent.Also liked the ambiance and the prices... More 

1 Thank amy c
Seattle, Washington
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143 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate here with my mother for lunch. She ordered the vegetarian sandwich and I ordered the lentil soup with roti. We both thought our meals were delicious and the servings were generous. I would say this was the best roti I have ever had also. I also had the date coconut flourless chocolate cake to go. One of the... More 

Thank dkFiona
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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73 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An outstanding restaurant. It feels so comfortable being there. The African dishes are really comfort food. Don't pass up their lentil,sweet potato soup if it's on special. All the stews are delightful. I'm glad I'm living in Santa Fe now so I can go there often.

1 Thank john b
Florence, Italy
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171 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've come to conclude that stretching Santa Fe restaurants beyond the typical fare leaves me somewhat disappointed. The smell got me in the parking lot... it was AWESOME! The service was first rate... The food - the reason to come - left me a bit short. The hummus plate was tasty, if a little dry and my vegetarian sandwich was...... More 

1 Thank bisbohemian
Helena, Alabama, United States
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54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I spent about a week in Santa Fe and I had lunch here once and we both had dinner once. Both meals were outstanding and the service was excellent. We are from the southern US and we both love New Mexico cuisine with all the chili. It is quite different from what we are accustomed to, however... More 

2 Thank Terri H
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625 reviews
382 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Jambo Cafe is an African/Caribbean restaurant in a large space in a strip mall. My jerked chicken was excellent as was the key lime pie. Be sure to visit the adjacent retail space which has African items for sale. I even found some Piri Piri, an African spice for jerking chicken. I have never seen this for sale since my... More 

2 Thank AngusDad
New Mexico
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited the Jambo Cafe several times over the last two years. It is always a wonderful experience. My favorite so far is the lamb stew.

Thank HappyCoupleNM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$22
Caribbean, African, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3378
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: +1 505-473-1269
African and Caribbean dishes and specialties from award-winning Chef Ahmed Obo. Jambo Cafe specializes in new combinations of traditional dishes with a decidedly spicy flair. Winner of many awards, "Best Soup" for the Souperbowl 4 years running and "Best International Cuisine" in the Santa Fe Reporter for 5 years. We serve vegetarian and seafood options alongside our chicken, beef, lamb, and goat dishes.

Locating in College Plaza near corner of St. Michaels Drive and Cerrillos Road. Plenty of parking.

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