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The Famous Plaza Cafe

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54 Lincoln Ave, On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2004
+1 505-982-1664
07:00 - 21:00
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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ate here my first night. Great location, no wait, but the food was not inspiring. The enchilada with green chile was boring and needed more filling. The desserts looked good, though, and I enjoyed the sopapilla.

Thank patcat35
Austin, Arkansas
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90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This restaurant is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Santa Fe! Since 1905. And the food is EXCELLENT! Had the carne asada street tacos with red and green chile. Perfect heat too. Greek salad was great. The turkey club was made with really high quality turkey. Not packaged turkey. Tasted like it was cut straight off the thanksgiving turkey!! Overall... More 

Thank paul_the_wxguru
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you don't know about this place, shame on you! I ate here in 1998, and it was old then. Quirky updates (cool light shades) don't take away from the nostalgia. Have the Cashew Mole'. Outstanding Cashew Mole' with sour cream floating over shredded chicken, creamy beans and rice. And of course SOPAPILLIA's on the side, honey waiting in the... More 

Thank Majji
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We brought our family visiting from Texas here for lunch. The portions are large, prices are fair, and service excellent. We enjoyed Green Chile meatloaf, Indian tacos, avocado BLTs, and a tortilla burger. Everything was delicious. We look forward to a return visit soon.

Thank Signal_CPTs
Brooklyn, New York
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102 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had 6 adults + an infant in a stroller. We came here for lunch. It was crowded, but they found a table for us with only a 10 minute wait. We really appreciated that they accommodated our group. And the food was really good too. Two people in our party were from another country, so they had some questions... More 

1 Thank Allison W
Dallas, Texas
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Right there at the Plaza, across from the park, perfect spot for a lunch break when you have been shopping around the area. Very extensive menu, great hamburgers, reasonable prices, friendly service. Definitely recommend it. Try some of their traditional New Mexico dishes.

1 Thank David W
Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this review

David, our traditional New Mexico dishes are always a treat, and we're so glad that you enjoy them. It means so much to have your support, and we really hope to serve you again soon. Best, Daniel, Owner More 

Hurst, Texas
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Passing by the Plaza Cafe, we noticed people sitting outside waiting for a table. Thinking this might be a "good sign," we chatted with some of those patiently waiting, and they assured us that it was worth the wait. So, we added our name to the wait list. The wait turned out to be dramatically shorter than estimated and we... More 

2 Thank curmudgeonRob
Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this review

curmudgeonRob, we're so proud that you came in and had a wonderful meal with us! It was our absolute pleasure to introduce you to our "Indian Taco" -- that one is always a big hit. Always get one of both. ;) Best, Daniel, Owner More 

Austin, texas
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249 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped for lunch after reading glowing reviews. My wife ordered Frito Pie and I ordered a piece of the most beautiful Key Lime Pie I have ever seen. The service was quite good, but the food was disgusting! The Frito Pie had a burned taste and was nothing like the Frito Pie that I enjoyed as a youth. The pie,... More 

Thank Jerald M
Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this review

Jerald, thanks for stopping in for lunch. It was a pleasure to host you and your wife. We aren't sure what went wrong with your order, but we're really sorry that it wasn't up to our standards. We will be looking into what could have gone wrong with the Frito Pie. Best, Daniel, Owner More 

Denver, Colorado, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I both absolutely loved this place! The food was so good. We went for breakfast and I would have stayed for a few more meals. Pork posole was fantastic huevos rancheros were great! Husband said it was some of the best bacon he's ever had. Went on a Saturday morning and didn't have to wait. Perfect location... More 

1 Thank Haley L
Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this review

Haley, we're so glad that you and your husband both love our cafe! It's our pleasure to serve you both, and we're so happy that you love our huevos rancheros, bacon, and pork posole -- we hope to serve you all three again soon! Best, Daniel, Owner More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

well we had some time to kill during our exploration so we went for a cup of java and to just sit for ahile to rest our feet

Thank angelhrtduv
Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this review

Angel, thanks for coming to see us for a cup of coffee. Next time order some food -- we'd love to see what you think! Best, Daniel, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, American, Southwestern, Cafe, Diner, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 Lincoln Ave, On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2004
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: +1 505-982-1664
The Plaza Cafe on the Santa Fe Plaza is a historic restaurant that has reopened after a fire in Sep 2010. It is the dining hub on the Plaza. It reopened last week and I would like to write a review of my experience. Joe Shaffer

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