About La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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, Wheelchair Access, Wine
La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza Ratings and Reviews
i have eaten here many times and never had a bad meal here. In this case it was my fiance's birthday and i wanted to make it a memorable meal for her. The waitress was excellent . She made sure each course came out hot and cooked to perfection. They even sat us next to a water fountain for additional ambiance . Very well done. i am moving from NM to Az soon. But each time i come back to visit Santa Fe, i will most certainly eat at La Plazuela again.
Ordered medium rare filet minion and received well done. What am I going to do, send it back and wait while my companion eats or lets her food get cold? The last thing I want on Valentines day is an unpleasant experience. The waitress did not bother to ask how things were going until the meal was mostly over. Yes, they did remove the charges for my meal and for the desert without me asking, but the money cannot fix the unpleasant experience on a special occasion. Such a shame for such a beautiful dinning room.
The food itself was fine, but the service was not great. We arrived promptly for a 6:00pm reservation, and waited a good 5 minutes at the entrance to be seated because the Maitre D' had to answer a sudden slew of phone calls. Finally he motioned to a server to seat us. I happen to be wearing a leg brace, but I don't like to stand around feeling ignored under any circumstances.
The servers were polite (bordering on obsequious) but slow, and they needed to be reminded to bring a new napkin and more bread. They all appeared to have too many patrons to take care of.
And the chairs - very heavy and nearly imporssible to slide along the floor in order to "belly up" to the dining table. I practically needed a winch to get back out after dinner.
Always love this restaurant. You can feel the Santa Fe history when dining here. It's beautiful with the fountain and sparkling lights. Great steak and enchilada dish - my husband said it's one of the best he has ever had. Guacamole made at table side is a special touch.
This is my favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. The food is very good and they offer a good selection of vegetarian items. The restaurant is very pretty. Most seating is arranged so that you are not too close to your neighbor. The service is impeccable - they are attentive and so nice - they make you feel welcome. This is also a great place to take visitors so they can get a taste of old world New Mexican charm.
Excellent meal - perfectly cooked filet and tasty cheese enchiladas with Christmas chile, and sides of posole and black beans are well-seasoned. We asked for the plates to be "extra hot" which really melted the cheese in the enchiladas and kept the steak hot, too. Ask for the sopapillas to be brought after your meal, instead of with. Generous dinner serving, with enough to take home leftovers. La Plazuela is always a festive place and we love the ambiance.
Great and prompt service, however quantity of wine is small for the price. In addition, the chef needs some education on how to cook a steak as ordered. Ordered a steak medium, came out very rare almost "blue". in Addition, vegetable were very much under cooked. Maybe they are too much of a hurry to get the meals out they don't properly cook them.
We just got into town and couldn't wait for our first meal in Santa Fe. We come every three or four years and read the glowing reviews for Plazuela ahead of time.
The service was amazing. So fast, in fact, that I felt like the food must've been sitting in chafing dishes in the kitchen. That is the way the salmon tasted, too. It was poached, with a cilantro hollandaise, and the server assured me ahead that it would be moist. It was hard and tasteless. The hollandaise was thin and watery. I thought there must be a mistake-that perhaps they left the sauce off and the liquid on the plate was just from the fish juices. I asked for more sauce and what came out looked like chicken soup and had the same consistency- and with no cilantro!
The salad dressing was a cloying sweet dressing, and my husband's soup (tortilla) was, in two words, boring and bad. His fajita was filled with tough chicken and dry tasting steak. I have not one positive thing to say about this restaurant except that the service was quick. We were so sorry to have wasted one of our three evenings on this place and cannot understand the great reviews. I guess you never know whose review you are reading.
I always enjoy the ambiance, and the meal was very good. I had the salmon and loved it. The waitress and/or water server did not keep up with filling water glasses, and that was what 2 of the 4 of us were drinking that evening. It wasn't a busy night, so that was a little surprising. Still, highly recommend.
We enjoyed our dinner at La Plazuela, but there were a few things I would point out. First of all-- be prepared to pay a lot for drinks that are not what I would call large. The service is friendly and professional, and we were very well taken care of throughout the evening. We started the meal with the Oyster bites- 5 perfectly fried, plump oysters served over bits of crispy bacon and avocado, topped with a spicy remoulade sauce. The presentation was beautiful, and they were delicious! We both ordered the enchiladas and petite filet served with black beans, posole, and guacamole. We actually thought the enchiladas had too much cheese and they certainly did not want to be generous with the chile. Neither plate had much at all. That may be why the enchiladas seemed too cheesy-- not enough chile! The black beans were a little undercooked, but were still tasty. The posole was prepared with just a touch of red chile and several bite-sized pieces of tender pork. We really enjoyed it. The steaks were very tasty, however one of them was not cooked as ordered, was noticeably smaller than the other, and had quite a bit of fat on it. We ended the meal with the flan. The caramel sauce adorning the plate was excellent, as were the few fresh berries. The flan itself was the perfect texture, but rather bland. There was also a delicious cookie on the plate. Again-- the presentation was lovely! Overall, the meal was good, though the entrée was pricey at $32. Had both filets been a better size (especially the smaller, fatty one), it might not have been as noticeable, but as they were-- it seemed too pricey, despite being good. The $12 martinis were also a little expensive for their size, especially the one served on the rocks. (We did order top shelf vodka.) We will return-- for more oysters and to sample other items on the menu!
This was our first visit to Santa Fe and since La Fonda is at the heart of downtown, La
Plazuela lived up to its reputation of being a top notch venue. We had not eaten at a nice restaurant, except for Julia at La Posada (which was very disappointing food wise), but La Plazuela overshadowed that, with excellent cuisine and top notch service. Yes, it's fairly expensive, though not as much as some places, but for ambience in a historic venue, with excellent cuisine, local to the area and with fun and friendly service, it was certainly worth going to. If we make it back to Santa Fe, we will certainly return. Allowing dogs in the restaurant may turn off some diners, so that is a consideration that the management must think about, regardless of pedigree.
The service was great, and the food was amazing. Traditional New Mexican, but at the same time, creative.
The cashew cake, kind of a vegetarian meatloaf, was served with sweet potato polenta, rotated butternut squash quinoa, grilled cauliflower "steaks," steamed broccoli and a roasted tomatoes sauce. Delightful!
On the more traditional side, we tried three dishes.
The roasted green chile-corn chowder was light, with a variety of herbs, and some potato. The potato could have made it heavy, but did not. The chowder was more substantial than a regular green chile stew, but not as creamy and rich as a corn chowder: A great blend.
The rellenos de La Fonda was comprised of two green Hatch chiles, stuffed with Mexican cheeses, beer battered, and fried, then covered with Christmas chile.
The burrito La Plazuela was a simple shredded chicken burrito with a flour tortilla and topped with Christmas chile. Both of these traditional dishes came with posole, beans, and a sopapilla. Each item was cooked expertly, and the sopapillas were still warm when we got to them.
Went on New Year's Eve, food was good not great. Veggies were lukewarm to cool and we felt rushed for dinner. Service was average, long waits between visits from the waiter, but New Year's Eve always seems to be an issue at restaurants. Expect on another night it would be just fine.
The dining room was pretty--all decorated for the holidays. My white wine was fine. One of our party said his margarita was tasteless, the other 2 said their wine & beer were "OK." But none of the 4 of us had a good meal, even though we all had different things. The vegetarian option, a "cashew cake" had no sign or flavor of cashews and the only thing on my plate that was good was the mashed sweet potato -- probably due to sugar. Very disappointing experience.
Outstanding as always. Probably our hands-down favorite place to go in Santa Fe. Located right on the plaza within the historic La Fonda hotel. La Plazuela offers the best of New Mexico, a visually stunning setting, and outstanding service at a reasonable price. Try their table-side guacamole. You'll never want store-bought again. Can't wait to go back.
Had dinner at La Plazuela (which is in the La Fonda Hotel) while visiting Santa Fe, NM. Both the service and the food were very good. Many of the menu items feature local New Mexico flavors. Prices are very reasonable- especially for tourist restaurant. The only criticism (a minor one) would be that the portions are huge! We had enough leftovers to have a very nice lunch on the following day (had a fridge in our hotel room). I'd highly recommend La Plazuela as a very good value.
I went to La Plazuela three years ago with my husband, and the food and service were wonderful. I raved about the food to my closest friends and we were excited to return this Christmas with our 3 adult kids. With no reservation we tried to eat at 6:00, and the host was snooty and laughed in my face telling me we couldn't have a table for 2, much less for 7. So, we left and ate elsewhere. Then we tried again w/2 days' notice on open table and reserved at 5:00, and had to split our party of 7 into 2 tables to even be able to be seated. (unless we chose 9:00) Nothing else was available. Again, it was apparent that the restaurant was VERY BUSY.
However, when we arrived, there were 2 large tables in the restaurant that REMAINED empty the entire time our 2 tables of 3 and 4 were there eating. They clearly could have seated us together.
I tried to convince my party that the food would be worth the aggravation...not... We chose the chile relleno plate, as my hubby and I distinctly remembered the food from 2013. The chips were overcooked and were dark brown. Another 2 minutes in the fryer, and they would have been burned. Also, the basket had at least 50% crumb chips...not even edible unless you had a spoon. :( The rellenos were not fully cooked, as the cheese inside was not melted. I believe they were previously cooked and reheated. The guacamole was excellent. The hominy was wonderful, and our son loved his fajitas. The most noteworthy part of the evening was the sopapilla dessert that came with our plates. They were just as we remembered, so the night ended well. Overall, I was disappointed. We told our kids days prior to our trip that we had the meal of a lifetime waiting for them at La Fonda.
Our waitstaff were polite, and tea and water were continually refilled.
The charm of the hotel saved the meal, as did the sopapillas and honey! I feel the notoriety of the restaurant is superseding the manager's desire to create a welcome atmosphere.
We went to La Plazuela before our concert at the Basilica. We wanted to eat near the plaza so we could walk around and see the beautiful lights. La Plazuela was a perfect venue. We had a very good dinner. The prime rib looked perfect. My relines were excellent and our margaritas were delicious. Service was a little slow but they were slammed with pre concert goers like us. We will go back soon.
La Plazuela is the New Mexico version of the Plaza's Palm Court. Glass doors and windows are hand painted and it's simply beautiful. During Christmas, the center fountain is filled with poinsettias. My favorite place to eat during the holiday season. I think the food is good, but not spectacular. The service is excellent so combined with the ambiance, it more than makes up for any disappointment with the food.
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