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Jambo Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence

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Certificate of Excellence2014 - 2018 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
US$8-US$22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner

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Menu

$10.95
Fried Cornmeal Plantain Crab Cakes
served over organic field greens, topped with Caribbean spice sauce (GF)
$8.95
Savory Stuffed Phyllo
phyllo pastries filled with spinach, Moroccan black olives, organic feta, roasted red peppers and chickpeas over organic field greens and drizzled with pomegranate sauce.
$8.95
Sweet Smoked Paprika Hummus Plate
served with Moroccan olives, veggies, and pita. (Vegan)
$9.95
Coconut Shrimp
four lightly fried Wild Shrimp served with lime cilantro mango sauce.
About
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 7 years and Best Chef for 4 years. We serve vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and seafood options alongside our chicken, beef, lamb, and goat dishes. All meats are Halal. Located in College Plaza near corner of St. Michaels Drive and Cerrillos Road. Plenty of free parking. Visit our sister store Jambo Imports just two doors down.
PRICE RANGE
US$8-US$22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Caribbean, African, Soups, Moroccan, Seafood, Mediterranean
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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday

My girlfriend picked this spot for our Birthday lunches. I was not looking forward to it, but I sure changed my mind. It was very busy, but we were greeted and seated right away. The service was excellent and the food was YUMMY!! I will...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank BarbaraB2863
Reviewed yesterday

Unique tastes with a varied menu - serving fresh ingredients. There is a wonderful atmosphere and the owner - chef is often seen talking to the customers for immediate feedback and news.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Alexander A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I went in during a weekend for lunch and were seated quickly and had a fantastic experience. From the atmosphere to the amazing food and excellent service we will continue to go back!

Date of visit: November 2018
3  Thank GoPlaces52316882840
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an experience. Nothing in the menu is ordinary, the tastes are all special. We had the chicken kebabs, the chicken curry soup of the day and the savory stuffed phyllo. They were all unique and absolutely delicious. We've been on the road for...More

Date of visit: November 2018
3  Thank TheBlackCondor
Lyric K, Public Relations Manager at Jambo Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit! Glad to have you.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hadn’t been to Jambo in awhile but thoroughly enjoyed lunch yesterday. Such a unique cache of flavors. My wife found her spice-rubbed salmon salad prepared perfectly. I had the delicious harissa spiced lamb sandwich with a mix of cumin- potato and sweet potato fries. The...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank geoguy2017
Lyric K, Public Relations Manager at Jambo Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad you stopped in. . .always glad to have you. Come back soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Back after too many months, had another outstanding lunch at Jambo Cafe. Started with the soup special. The soup's here are always to die for. Today it was a Caribbean Coconut chicken chowder which was outstanding. I tried something new, the Lamb sandwich which was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank AndrewRodney
Lyric K, Public Relations Manager at Jambo Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping by and we're glad your meal was amazing. And thanks for the shout out for Jambo Imports next door. Come back soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jambo - soup was great. This place has won many, many awards for their soup! Combo plate good with goat stew was great. Banana wrapped mahi-mahi delicious. Service good.

Date of visit: November 2018
3  Thank Douglas M
Lyric K, Public Relations Manager at Jambo Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Jambo Cafe before leaving Santa Fe and am so glad I made the time to do so. The food was superb. I ordered the Fried Cornmeal Plaintain Crab Cakes as an appetizer. Oh My God, they were good. Since this was my...More

Date of visit: November 2018
6  Thank cmsims1128
Lyric K, Public Relations Manager at Jambo Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind response to our efforts. We hope to see you again at either location.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great when vegetarian and non-vegetarian company comes. Also nice that it's quiet enough for memorable conversations... There's no place else like it in Santa Fe. Unique curries, great kebobs-- save room for desert.

Date of visit: August 2018
5  Thank NewMexicoJill
Lyric K, Public Relations Manager at Jambo Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kinds words. And yes, also thanks for mentioning ~ we have vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options as well as great food for our omnivore friends.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I love this place. The service is excellent and the food is beyond comparison. If you go there you're in for a real treat.

Date of visit: July 2018
2  Thank Edmundo1012
Lyric K, Public Relations Manager at Jambo Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We love you too! Thank you for your kind words.

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catwiskers
28 September 2016|
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Response from ckhikes | Reviewed this property |
Assuming "lunch menu" is a question; yes, they have a lunch menu.
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BarbaraBarnes
14 September 2016|
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Response from Carol M | Reviewed this property |
You don't need reservations...but don't plan to arrive at 12 noon! Earlier or later is best.
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fallswichita
12 July 2016|
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Response from Gary M | Reviewed this property |
The dishes were not heavily seasoned, but all of ours contained sodium. There are links on their website for their menu and to ask jambocafe directly.
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