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Santa Fe Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Southwestern, Mexican, Gluten Free Options
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807 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head, SC 29928-3414
+1 843-785-3838
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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329 reviews
322 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Never disappoints. The sampler platter is overpriced for what you get, it is all delicious. The spicy shrimp, steak burrito and the chimichanga were all great. Had some rambunctious kids, but wait staff was awesome and very accommodating

Thank kjm55
Manchester, Vermont
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here by myself and sat by the kitchen bar (aside from the wait staff, who were great) this was the coolest thing about this restaurant - sitting front row to the kitchen. Would have been better if the chef had some personality. Ordered their 'signature dish' the parmesan grouper. It was very tasty but my kids do a better... More 

Thank Dr_JCO
Ramsey, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Santa Fe Cafe is an amazing restaurant! If this restaurant was in Manhattan it would be the best Mexican restaurant in the whole city!!!! It's not cheap, but in this case you truly get what you pay for. Five stars!!!!!!!!!!!

1 Thank HotwaxNYC
Aiken, South Carolina
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217 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After a delightful dinner at The Studio, we were in the mood for some dessert, after dinner drinks and music---outside. Santa Fe provided all three on their rooftop bar. This was a quick stop for Mexican coffee, churros and sopapillas and excellent guitar music. We love this place and always make it a destination stop while in Hilton Head

1 Thank Anthony L
Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being from California, I have come to realize that good Mexican cuisine does not really exist on the east coast. I've also spent time in Santa Fe and did not find anything that resembles it on the menu here. OK but not authentic.

Thank bisu2016
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Desiree provided great service and an excellent dining experience. She was spot on with her recommendations. We highly recommend the Grouper and the Pistachio Cheesecake. Will come back here on our next trip to a Hilton Head.

2 Thank Karin C
Nashville, Indiana
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friends and I had a reservation to sit in the outside rooftop dining room. There was a great smoky mesquite smell when we arrived. The Cadillac Margaritas were wonderful. The Guacamole appetizer was a great start. I had a plate with a Chile Relleno, mushroom enchilada and corn tamale. Delicious! Our waitress was a lot of fun and kept... More 

1 Thank Kaytee F
Akron, OH
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I ate lunch here, and really enjoyed both the food and the restaurant overall. We had a very pleasant server - chatted about how they had fared through the recent visit of Hurricane Matthew. Lunch was very tasty, and the atmosphere quite relaxing. We definitely plan to return next time we are in Hilton Head!

1 Thank Ohio-traveler565
augusta, georgia
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant used to be the must restaurant for south of the border gourmet cuisine. However I went there with friends for a birthday celebration and the food was uninspiring and bland, not what it used to be. I am not interested in returning

2 Thank rudidot
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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65 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I acquired a taste for authentic Southwestern food in Arizona so I was looking forward to this experience due to enthusiastic recommendations from locals. The restaurant was attractive and the wait staff was capable. While creative in appearance, the food was so bland, the chimichanga did not impress with the combination filling, the meat did not have a fresh taste.... 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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Southwestern, Mexican, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 807 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head, SC 29928-3414
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Hilton Head
  • Phone Number: +1 843-785-3838
We bring the very best of Southwestern culture and cuisine home to the Lowcountry. Our menu has been an Islanders" preferred dining spot for over 20 years and with dishes like our famous grouper, to our bone-in cowboy cut black angus ribeye, our outrageous chimichanga to even lobster fajitas, we're sure to have a new favorite waiting for you. From the sounds of the live Ranchero guitar player to the smells rising from our mesquite grill, Santa Fe Cafe is a much welcomed reprieve for the senses. Even when you're outside underneath the stars on our Rooftop Cantina, we've got you covered.

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