We took some friends from out of state here in July. It was hot, so we were looking forward to cooling down at a late lunch in The Plaza Cafe. Unfortunately, their A/C was down. We gave it a go anyway, and to the restaurant's credit (and, yes traditionally, New Mexicans are this resourceful) they brought in fans and ice to keep their patrons cooler. It helped. I ordered the Indian Taco, and have to say, it was good but not the best I've had -- but, I also have to add, I live in NM and get to experience the real thing first hand. What I REALLY appreciate was that it was traditional and not all "Santa Fe'd up" with exotic whatevers. There's a time and place for Santa Fe gourmet, but that's not what The Plaza Cafe is all about. It's a long-time favorite because it is the real deal (and their location on the Plaza surely helps)..
This location is fantastic. It is located right on the Plaza and in the middle of town. The menu selections are good with breakfast items being offered all day. The service staff was highly efficient. The restaurant is clean and decorations are really appropriate for this historic spot. Quality ofthe food was very good. We tried enchiladas, breakfast burrito, fish sandwich, and turkey burger. We would recommend all of these. Enjoy your stay. You will be delighted.
The Plaza Cafe is an adventure. From the broken plates on the wall as decor to the Southwestern-style overhead lights, it's a 50s diner upscaled with great food at decent prices. We had a small group of six adults and seating was a little tight but it was prompt -- and one of the highlights is the wait staff. They are uniformly polite, happy, and fun! The menu is not overly large, but everyone had something different at our table and it was all delicious. From the "best sangria I've ever had" to the homemade chili con carne, we have nothing but compliments to the chef. The place is always busy, but if you're having lunch, get there before 11:30 am.
Excellent food, exceptional service. A true gem!
I am not sure how many times I have been here; each time it is a treat. Had a late Sunday breakfast today and it was,again, just a top-notch experience. First, the place is so neat dating back decades. Red booths, seats at a counter, tin ceiling tiles--a true old-fashioned diner. Service is always friendly. The young man who served us was very pleasant and attentive. Coffee is excellent with plenty of real half & half. But the best part is, of course, the food. My husband had the breakfast burrito plate with green chili. It was a plateful that included pinto beans and hash browns. He could barely finish it all. I had the special with two perfectly cooked eggs, two link sausages that were plump and delicious and incredible bacon, plus hash browns AND the crowning glory--blue corn, pinion nut pancakes!! Incredible pancakes with real butter and maple syrup. I have never had anything bad here and the prices are quite reasonable. After breakfast, shop the square or enjoy the plaza. This is not a place just for tourists--it has been here since early in the 20th century!
We always visit The Plaza Café every time we visit Santa Fe. In fact, we'll eat several meals here during a 3 day stay. You can go to the more expensive restaurants that have better ambience, but they will not consistently have better food than the Plaza Cafe. Plaza Cafe is great for breakfast, lunch, & a casual dinner. If you want fancy & expensive for a special occasion, go somewhere else. The service here is always quick & courteous. We love this place & it's friendly & casual atmosphere. Our favorites are the blue corn piñon pancakes & the pozole soup.
We came here on a recommendation. A very busy restaurant in the old Plaza. We were greeted and seated fast. Our waiter came introduced himself and got our drink and appetizer order. We had previously looked at the menu online, so we already knew what we would order! We had Calamari with a slight hot taste to it, a quick lite hot and it was gone, very good! My wife got a Margarita and I a tea. For our meal I ordered the Posole bowl ( pork or tripe option) I chose pork because we always eat Tripe menudo at home and my wife got the chicken mole enchilada plate. My Posole came with a the normal sides of onions, cilantro, lemons, with red and green chili. It was very good. I liked the mole chicken enchilada I tasted but my wife was like "its ok". With both our orders came two huge Sopapillas . Oh man you eat these with honey and your in tummy heaven. This place had nice large photos on the wall from the bygone era. Ours had what may have been the owner and supervisor taken back in 1947 at the register. Made me feel like " if the walls could talk history". We enjoyed it there and will come back to try something different. Try it, especially after a long day of shopping and walking around the plaza.
This place is a little diner right off the main plaza and they make great, inexpensive breakfasts. The blue corn pancake is a must if you want something a bit different for breakfast. Everything was good and the service was great. Though located right on the Plaza, it was obviously popular with the locals as well as tourists looking for a good, but inexpensive breakfast. And, I appreciated the waitress warning us that the green sauce, which we usually favor, was especially hot that day and, while my husband was willing to char his tastebuds, I'm was grateful for the less fiery red sauce that particular meal.
I have eaten here for more than 15 years; somehow they still manage to run a real old fashioned family restaurant in a city plaza dominated by overpriced tourist traps. The food is always fresh, the portions are generous, the staff are professionals instead of spoiled kids, and compared to everything else in the center of town, the price is reasonable. The food is not fancy, but the green chile stew is as good as you will get anywhere in town, and I have never eaten anything there that was not tasty and well prepared. Even the salads are outstanding. If you get tired of fake adobe and pretentious menus, the Plaza is a taste of the real Santa Fe.
We just stopped by here for dessert but the food looked amazing. I ordered the butter cake and it was amazing. The staff was very friendly and the prices were good. I would definitely come back here.
Because we'd heard about The Famous Plaza Café, we were eager to try it and it did not disappoint. Very busy, but our wait was brief and the service excellent. Guacamole was fresh and delicious and the chips were the best I've ever eaten! Lots of NM favorites to choose from. Portions are very generous, so consider splitting a meal if you have a lighter appetite. Our waiter was very attentive, despite the busyness of the restaurant. A don't miss when you're in Santa Fe!
I loved this place! The waiters were very eager to help and be of service. The food was good and very filling. I got fish tacos with a side of fries. And they have other tacos and burgers and lots of options. Everything looked good. The wait wasn't too bad. And I love the hours.
Si vous cherchez un lieu pour déguster tranquillement votre petit déjeuner aux couleurs et aux saveurs du Nouveau Mexique, idéalement situé en face du parc La Plaza au cœur de Santa Fe, c'est l'adresse qu'il vous faut ! Décor et ambiance locale
Location: Right on the Santa Fe Plaza. Great retro diner atmosphere that takes you back a step in time. Opened since 1905. Got a kick out of the broken dishes border that lines the upper walls. Food: We asked the waitress what some of the house specials were. She recommended the meatloaf and was spot on! Five stars for the meatloaf! It was deliciously stuffed with vegetables, had an great sauce, dinner roll, side of mashed potatoes and gravy, and broccoli and carrots sauteed to perfection. We also tried their tasty fish and chips.
This cute little cafe has retro decor & good food. I had the carne asada street tacos which were very good. My mother-in-law had the spicy fish & chips which she said were great. It was very warm in the cafe, which was a turn off since it was hot outside. On the other hand, the waitstaff was on top of everything. Will go again!
It was just as the picture. The taste was amazing 😉
Enjoyed the Breakfast Burrito with "Christmas chiles" (red and green, mixed) and Huevos Divorciados (two eggs on corn tortillas topped with chipotle and tomatillo salsa; served with guacamole, sour cream, beans, hash browns, and a flour tortilla). Delicious! Polite server. A fun atmosphere with cheerful decor. Hash browns are very good; you may want to ask for them crispy, as we did.
We stopped by for lunch after hitting museums and poking around on the square. It is very convenient, being right on the square, and quite crowded. My daughter had spaghetti, thumbs up from her, and my wife had Tortilla soup (excellent) and a steak salad (very good). I got nothing because I had a big breakfast, but shared the steak salad, which was large. I'd eat lunch here again for sure.
We stopped a the cafe with a party of 7 people. The staff quickly moved some tables together to accommodate us. The food was delicious. I had the chicken sandwich in a tortilla. My tablemates had the gyros, enchiladas and steak, salad, and burger. The food was very good and the server refilled our waters and drinks on a regular basis. It was a very nice experience.
Don't bother ordering anything that isn't a New Mexican specialty, and then, brace yourself for some really hot food. Really hot. Feel it the next day, hot. It is really good. It is really hot. The service is unusually well organized and pleasant. The sopapillas are soooo good. If you haven't had them, you can't leave New Mexico without trying them, and this place has them the best. They also have excellent deserts of every kind. We love this place.