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Plaza Café

54 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, NM - (505) 982-1664
Santa Fe's oldest restaurant has a broad, friendly menu of classic diner fare, New Mexican food, and Greek specialties. The sopaipillas are especially good and the garlic-infused quesadilla is memorable.
90% Approval Rating (22 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
sopaipillas
Bacon
quesadilla
Huevos Rancheros
red chile
Chilaquiles
green chile
Carnitos Platon
Blue Corn Pinon Pancakes

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Opened in 1918, The Plaza is the oldest restaurant in Santa Fe, but it seems not to be impressed by itself as a piece of history or an example of classic counter culture. It is an easy-going kind of café, one of the last vestiges of the Santa Fe Plaza as a town ..."   [Read More]
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Anne Ritchings - Photos (8)
February 01, 2008
"The Plaza Cafe is Santa Fe's oldest restaurant and one of its best for consistent, beautifully prepared, traditional New Mexican dishes. One of the "must eats" here is the carnitos Platon. This is slow-stewed pork which has been steeped in a citrus and beer ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

54 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, NM
(505) 982-1664

http://www.thefamousplazacafe.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
The Plaza's breakfast version of the original Frito pie is not to be missed.
"The Plaza's breakfast version of the original Frito pie is not to be missed."
Anne Ritchings





What makes this chopped salad New Mexican is its inclusion of corn, green chilies, pine nuts, and apples ... and a brilliant cumin-lemon vinaigrette.
"What makes this chopped salad New Mexican is its inclusion of corn, green chilies, pine nuts, and apples ... and a brilliant cumin-lemon vinaigrette."
Michael Stern


Fried eggs never had it so good.  This red chile is the perfect blend of smoke, heat and deep, rich chile flavor.
"Fried eggs never had it so good. This red chile is the perfect blend of smoke, heat and deep, rich chile flavor."
Anne Ritchings


Here is true gourmet guacamole, served in the old town lunchroom. The high level of the Plaza’s food is one reason Santa Fe is an eater’s paradise.
"Here is true gourmet guacamole, served in the old town lunchroom. The high level of the Plaza’s food is one reason Santa Fe is an eater’s paradise."
Michael Stern


You can get your sopaipilla stuffed with The Plaza’s excellent red or green chile, and that’s fine. But it’s essential to savor one of these hot from the fry kettle and absolutely plain, or maybe with a drizzle of honey. It may be the best sopaipilla in the West.
"You can get your sopaipilla stuffed with The Plaza’s excellent red or green chile, and that’s fine. But it’s essential to savor one of these hot from the fry kettle and absolutely plain, or maybe with a drizzle of honey. It may be the best sopaipilla in the West."
Michael Stern


A close-up view of the Plaza's superb quesadilla, filled with tender shreds of pork and big, soft hunks of roasted garlic.
"A close-up view of the Plaza's superb quesadilla, filled with tender shreds of pork and big, soft hunks of roasted garlic."
Michael Stern


These are delectable and hearty with a lovely dense and chewy texture.
"These are delectable and hearty with a lovely dense and chewy texture."
Anne Ritchings


The pork in this dish is ultra-tender.
"The pork in this dish is ultra-tender."
Anne Ritchings


The attractive menu cover entices you to peruse what's inside.
"The attractive menu cover entices you to peruse what's inside."
Anne Ritchings


A stunning piece of useful art on the Plaza’s back wall: an accurate map of New Mexico, bordered in neon.
"A stunning piece of useful art on the Plaza’s back wall: an accurate map of New Mexico, bordered in neon."
Michael Stern


Checked floor, steel-banded tables, and stamped-tin ceiling all express a sincere sense of history. This is a restaurant that values its blue-plate past.
"Checked floor, steel-banded tables, and stamped-tin ceiling all express a sincere sense of history. This is a restaurant that values its blue-plate past."
Michael Stern


The dining room is spacious, with enough room between tables that you don't feel crowded.
"The dining room is spacious, with enough room between tables that you don't feel crowded."
Anne Ritchings


When you look inside, you will see happy and satisfied diners.
"When you look inside, you will see happy and satisfied diners."
Anne Ritchings


Most of the businesses around the Santa Fe Plaza are relatively new. The Plaza, since 1918, is the city's oldest restaurant. It’s a favorite of locals and visiting connoisseurs of good café cooking; and we have little doubt it will be around for its 100th birthday.
"Most of the businesses around the Santa Fe Plaza are relatively new. The Plaza, since 1918, is the city's oldest restaurant. It’s a favorite of locals and visiting connoisseurs of good café cooking; and we have little doubt it will be around for its 100th birthday."
Michael Stern


At peak seasons, there can be a wait to get in.  Fortunately, the restaurant provides benches for those in line.
"At peak seasons, there can be a wait to get in. Fortunately, the restaurant provides benches for those in line."
Anne Ritchings



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