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Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark Reviews List

Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark

Located on the heart of Main Street Newark, Delaware, this casual yet stylish restaurant has been awarded with The Best of Delaware award as the Best Mexican Restaurant- Upstate 2011. Patrons choose from outdoor dining on the wrap around patio or the tropical indoor dinning. It also features a brand new bar with more than 100 different tequila options, including home infused tequilas with fresh fruit and Mexican spices. Also, Santa Fe specializes in margaritas and Mojitos which have been awarded as the best locally. Start off with freshly made guacamole tableside, move onto spiced crab quesadillas or our Chile Ancho rubbed Ribeye steak with chipotle butter. End the night with our homemade Flan or our signature crepas filled with coffee ice cream and strawberry salsa. Ask a local where to find the best Mexican food at a reasonable price, and you're likely to be pointed towards Santa Fe Mexican Grill.
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37 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(37 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 37 reviews
5 stars
(19)
4 stars
(12)
3 stars
(5)
2 stars
(1)
1 star
(0)
Food 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Noise Level
2.2 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • good for groups(16)
  • great for lunch(11)
  • neighborhood gem(11)
  • vibrant bar scene(8)
  • fit for foodies(7)
  • kid-friendly(7)
Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark Reviews List
Review 1 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2014
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Review 2 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 2/12/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2016
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Review 3 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2002
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Review 4 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/26/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 5 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/16/2016
 2007
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Review 6 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Consistently great meals

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Santa Fe has been my favorite Mexican restaurant for years now. Nothing beats their golden chimichangas on a day when you just want to indulge! I have taken many friends here and everyone loves the food, ALWAYS! Their margaritas are great too and the servers are always friendly. Save some room for dessert coz they have the most amazing Nutella crepes(I always get coffee ice cream in mine). And if you go here for the first time, they bring you a complimentary appetizer! Yummmmmmmm"
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2013
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 7 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 12/30/2015
 2013
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Review 8 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/04/2015
 2013
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Review 9 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 11/20/2015
 2015
Dined on 11/20/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/20/2015
 2015
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 10 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great food - great service!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Love the food. Terrific, friendly bartenders!! They even brought us a comp dessert as we celebrated a special occasion."
Dined on 10/19/2015
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 11 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/30/2015
 2010
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Review 12 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Mexican - for real!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The most creative and sure-fire mexican we've had in years....fresh fish, nachos to die for with an amazing white sauce, and of course a golden margarita topped it all off. Parents weekend expected a rush but fit the bill for this foodie family!"
Dined on 10/23/2015
 2013
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Review 13 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/16/2015
 2011
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Review 14 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great Food

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The food was really good! I don't like beans but the black beans are really really good and have nice kick. The cheese dip has a nice smoky flavor that went nicely with the beans and flat bread. My kids loved the fries but didn't care for the tacos. They thought they were too dry and not spicy enough (Note they eat their tacos plan w/ just cheese). I had the enchiladas , they were not the best I ever had but in the top 10. The verde sauce was not as spicy as I'm use too. My husband had the burrito, he said it was the best he ever had."
Dined on 10/10/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 15 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 9/25/2015
 2013
Dined on 9/25/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/25/2015
 2013
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Review 16 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 8/19/2015
 2011
Dined on 8/19/2015
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/19/2015
 2011
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Review 17 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/27/2015
 2014
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Review 18 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 6/26/2015
 2015
Dined on 6/26/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 6/26/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 19 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 6/06/2015
 2014
Dined on 6/06/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 6/06/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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Review 20 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/05/2015
 2010
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Review 21 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/16/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 22 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great place for family brunch!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We went here for Mother's Day brunch and had a wonderful time. Mom enjoyed her $1 mimosa - a Mother's day special. Our server was outstanding. Food was fresh, delicious and a great value. We look forward to returning."
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2004
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 23 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Not worth the price

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"It wasn't a great experience for a first time visit. A plate of nachos supreme cost $14 for a decent amount, but meat was extra, sour cream (a tiny bit) was extra. Mostly chips, little else. Our food arrived before our drinks, long wait, not that crowded, no excuse. Friendly server? No. Barely spoke. Overall: Cheap ingredients, too high prices. Many other Mexican restaurants give you good food, larger portions for less money. Chains seem to overprice. Won't waste time or money going back. Much more to offer elsewhere."
Dined on 5/09/2015
 2015
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Review 24 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Good food - great service

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Definitely try the queso and wings for an appetizer. the food was delicious. Service was top notch for a main street college town. If you're visitng UDel, stop here to eat."
Dined on 4/11/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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Review 25 for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Delicious

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Probably the best chimichanga I've ever had. Will go back to try a margarita!!"
Dined on 3/27/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark
Based on the average of (12) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
8 out of 9 recommend this product
Food 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Noise Level
2.4 / 3
Energetic