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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed my lunch today which consisted of the "jerk chicken sandwich" and I substituted the soup of the day which was the coconut shrimp/artichoke soup. Both were excellent but the soup was outstanding. Friendly and helpful staff. Nothing fancy but the food is excellent!

1 Thank bandman15
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A fusion of Caribbean and African food done so well- from Curried crab cakes to Jerk chicken- it will make your eyes roll in the back of your head! Try the Tropical iced tea- and also the Scotch bonnet pepper sauce on the table is a must try on any dish you pick! Many wonderful fish dishes as well- always... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Most of my friends who live in Santa Fe love this place and with good reason. The food is tasty and very different from the standard New Mexican fare - lots of wonderful juxtapositions of flavors - plantains with cinnamon and spicy pineapple sauce; there's organic and gluten free options and great spins on the desserts - I loved the... More 

2 Thank utopia929
Hasselt, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you enjoy trying new types of cuisine, I absolutely recommend dinner at Jambo's Café. This reasonably priced restaurant is located outside the downtown area, so parking is no problem at all. Since we had no experience at all and choices were hard to make, we followed the advice of the waiter and had a plate with 3 different dishes... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The beef kabobs were very tasty. I sampled the coconut shrimp with white rice too. Both were quite good.

1 Thank Carleen B
Pensacola, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Jerk chicken was delicious as were other vegetarian dishes and soups. A delightful dining experience.

2 Thank Dan H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe the service would have been better if I'd gotten a table. The bartender seemed to regard me as an annoyance. The lamb stew was tasty. I paid my bill and got out.

Thank Kevin Y
La Verne, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

y husband and I went on a Monday night. Surprisingly we were asked if we had reservations. It was still busy. Even after we sat down the place filled up and when we left at 7 p.m. it was full. My husband had the “turf” of grilled beef, but spiced very tastefully, and I had the “surf” of mahi mahi... More 

1 Thank Pandamonium1362
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perhaps Jambo is a victim of its own success. We have enjoyed their extraordinary cuisine for several years now, but the food is not up to the high standards they had previously set. The Moroccan Lamb stew, my favorite is still good, but the overall experience is not really pleasant. The atmosphere is crowded and noisy, the service inattentive and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a party of six and read other reviews on this restaurant which were all stellar. We got there after 1 PM and they were busy, so we had to wait maybe 5 minutes for our table.

1 Thank Steve S

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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
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, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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?