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The Famous Plaza Cafe

) #19 of 403 Restaurants in Santa Fe €€ - €€€ American, , Cafe
54 Lincoln Ave, On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2004
+1 505-982-1664
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
07:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Southwestern, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
54 Lincoln Ave, On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2004
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Reviewed yesterday

We enjoy this cafe and love the variety of choices. The staff is pleasant and attentive. This place gets busy and doesn't appear to take reservations. We saw some groups of 10+ leave since it's not a large place to accommodate them.

Thank Marian W
Reviewed yesterday

The Plaza Cafe was so good we went back a second time - and that is saying a lot when traveling. Breakfast's huevos rancheros was excellent (order Christmas-style) and pancakes where huge. For dinner, believe it or not, the meatloaf was remarkable. Unique flavor. Wait...More

Thank LWoolsey
Reviewed 3 days ago

Right at the center of the plaza. But inside a little too noisy and touristy. May be all the extra hype about this place set the expectations way too high. Serves tourist version of SW cuisine. had calamari-underseasoned and limp; fajitas- so so; huevos ranchero-...More

Thank roadhotel
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you want/need to eat right on the Plaza in Santa Fe, this is an excellent choice. The waitstaff is terrific. Everything we tried off the menu was outstanding. The food is cooked to order and everything tasted fresh and delicious.

Thank Darryl L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came for lunch, even better than I recall. I had a delightful chopped salad with yummy dressing and an added serving of green chile, which had a perfect amount of heat. The staff are all so friendly and attentive, I always enjoy meals here! Also...More

Thank KWS63
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had lunch at the Plaza Cafe and it was very good. The place is busy and a bit noisy, but the food was good and the service was prompt and friendly. I did have to search for our waiter to get a drink refill,...More

2  Thank Tim C
Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

It's so great to hear the meal was right up your alley, Tim -- thanks for stopping by for a bite! I really appreciate knowing the service was impressive as well, though I'm sorry you had to wait on a refill. I'll keep that in...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Ordered Turkey Club Grande. Told waitress we wanted to share. First of all, the club was not cut in four pieces! How strange?? Ordered it before at this place--always came on two plates with 2 quarter sandwiches and half the frys each. Where was the...More

Thank kande1970
Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

I'm sorry to hear that our Turkey Club Grande wasn't to your liking this time. Our team is always happy to accommodate any special requests, and I apologize if it wasn't served the way you'd expected. It sounds like you've had some great experiences dining...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a long hunt through the plaza area for hats, we almost turned away from this crowded place, but were quite surprised when the hostess said "Only 2? Sure, cone on in!" Staff was actually quite quick for a packed house with lots of families,...More

2  Thank christine s
Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I'm glad you decided to go ahead and give us a try, Christine! I'm glad our commitment to using only the freshest ingredients was so apparent in your salad and Frito pie, and I'll be sure to let our team know what a great job...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had lunch here and it was great. The variety of food is such that there is something for everyone. We only had to wait 5 minutes.More

1  Thank Laura L
Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I'm so glad the meal was perfectly tasty for both you and your husband, Laura -- thank you for the kind words! It's great to hear the selection and service were impressive as well, and I hope we'll see you back before long for another...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This place had really good reviews but seemed pretty average to me. Seating is pretty tight and the servers were practically running to keep up.More

Thank Allison R
Daniel R, Owner at The Famous Plaza Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I'm sorry to hear we didn't make more of an impression, Allison -- I have to say that's really unlike us. I'll be sure to keep an eye on the service to make sure it's running smoothly, though I wish I had a better idea...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
HI! does the Plaza Café deliver to hotels along the Plaza?
22 May 2017|
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Response from Therese S | Reviewed this property |
I do not know. I would suggest you contact the staff at the cafe.
Ginger G
Breakfast all day?
16 November 2016|
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Response from Char S | Reviewed this property |
There are a few breakfast items available all day -- I believe the Traditional Breakfast being one of them which was my favorite -- two eggs, sausages/bacon, toast and hash browns (have them made crispy) --too die for!!!
What exactly is the pumpkin chorizo pozole? I've seen it mentioned a few times
4 November 2015|
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Response from baldfellow | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know what that is. Baldfellow
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
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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