About La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza
La Plazuela was the hotel’s original 1920s patio and it retains that sunlit Old World charm. Skylights flood the dining room with natural light and handsome carved furnishings, artisanal lighting, and our much-loved hand painted windows create a beautiful, inviting room to gather, to dine and to make memories in. The menu was crafted to showcase old favorites with New World influences and authentic New Mexican cuisine, and our award-winning wine list is exceptional. La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza is Santa Fe’s gathering place. Come dine with us!
Southwest, Mexican / Southwestern, Contemporary Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:30am
Old Santa Fe Trail
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza Ratings and Reviews
I love the ambiance of this restaurant, ...
I love the ambiance of this restaurant, you can feel the quality of service echoed by the art on the walls, the history of the place and of course the food is fantastic and I can always expect the quality to be that way each and every time. We eat there for special occasion as well as 'every day' dining...
No wait to get seated, got a table in th ...
No wait to get seated, got a table in the middle next to the fountain which was great.
Table side Guacamole is a must, absolutely fantastic. Main dish of shrimp and chicken fajitas was not only big but also very tasty.
Our waiter Armando was very attentive and provided a lot of recommendations and help.
Love to come back there again.
Our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. Foo ...
Our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. Food was outstanding, as usual. Service was not so great on this visit. My wife, her sister, and our son ordered the guacamole appetizer which is prepared table-side. The poor fellow was so backed up that our entrées came while he was preparing the appetizer at our table. Fajitas for four plus sides, plus the guacamole and fresh tortilla chips, plus our dinner plates, drinks and other side plates, flowers, etc. did not fit on the table. No one offered to sort things out for us. We were forced to move things ourselves-flowers to an empty table, bread plates to another place and so on. Two of us ordered iced tea, only one came. Had to ask twice for the other one. Unfortunately, all the little and not-so-little things resulted in a rushed, harried dinner experience. It is clear that the restaurant was understaffed this evening. We had an early dinner with only a few tables filled when we arrived. By the time we left the restaurant was filled. I can only imagine the service those people received.
We enjoyed the hotel and service very mu ...
We enjoyed the hotel and service very much but we were very disappointed in the food. I ordered the salmon which was so overcooked that it was hard and dry. I am surprised that it was served like this. We have been here before and the food was much better.
Guacamole prepared tableside... Chilean ...
Guacamole prepared tableside... Chilean sea bass w/cauliflower mash and grilled asparagus... also Alaskan salmon were light and fabulous. Just enough room for chocolate choc-chip gelato and raspberry sorbet. Outstanding professional service. Highly recommend.
We chose to eat here based upon atmosphe ...
We chose to eat here based upon atmosphere, menu selections and popularity. Many other choices nearby, but we were not disappointed. Great New Mx food choices. Reasonable prices overall. Busy place but spacious seating and beautiful décor consistent with SW themes. A fun place and were all satisfied with our choices for entrees. No live music but not needed and available locally. Recommend reservations for prime time.
The restaurant was extremely noisy. Lots ...
The restaurant was extremely noisy. Lots of poorly behaved children. The food was ok. Nothing spectacular. I wish we'd have been able to make reservations at another restaurant. The staff was good but clearly overwhelmed.
Always a beautiful place to celebrate an ...
Always a beautiful place to celebrate an event or just go on a whim. La Plazuela's food is very tasty and my filet and enchiladas serving was so generous we had lunch the next day as well. We were also able to bring in a birthday cake for the two of us celebrating our birthday. The trees with their tiny lights reflecting off the hand-painted window panes helps make La Plazuela a special place in Santa Fe.
Was disappointed. Was expecting a gastro ...
Was disappointed. Was expecting a gastronomical experience from all the hype we had heard. Was really average food. I had steak that was not of good quality. Tough and charred instead of tender attentive preparation. Squash blossoms were under cooked and doughy. Not worth the money spent
Unfortunately, the dining room host woul ...
Unfortunately, the dining room host would not acknowledge that we had made a reservation through Open Table. I was ready to pull out my phone and show the confirmation, but - unnecessary - the dining room was almost empty at 5 pm Friday evening. The place is usually packed with people waiting in the lobby - we picked a good time. We've been going to La Plazuela as a special treat for years. Margie A., the waitress, and the bus boy provided great service. The food is exceptional and the setting is completely unique. The restaurant used to be the open courtyard for an inn that has operated on the site since the 1600's. We love it - I'll just have a printed confirmation in hand next time I go.
La Fonda is such a local landmark that I ...
La Fonda is such a local landmark that I forget how really great the food is! We had a lovely dinner in every respect. I must remember to count on La Fonda as a great place for entertaining out of town guests. My chiles rellenos were just the best in town (and there is plenty of competition in Santa Fe).
There are much better restaurants in San ...
There are much better restaurants in Santa Fe. I was very disappointed in the quality of my dinner -- both the appetizer (soup) and the entree. The taste of the food was less than at an average restaurant. If you want to go to La Fonda for dinner or lunch, I would stay away from this restaurant and try the lounge.
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