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
One of our favorite places to eat when w ...
One of our favorite places to eat when we go to Santa Fe. Service is always the best, the food is incredible and the atmosphere gives us a feeling of being pampered.
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
Table side guacamole was fun to watch an ...
Table side guacamole was fun to watch and delicious!
Excellent food & accommodating chef. Ver ...
Excellent food & accommodating chef. Very relaxing atmosphere with high ceilings & fountain.
Food and ambiance is excellent. Still lo ...
Food and ambiance is excellent. Still love it after many trips to Santa Fe. The prickly pear is a thing of beauty! Artwork abounds. Ride the historic elevator to the rooftop bar for a view of the sunset.
Our go-to place whenever we have a speci ...
Our go-to place whenever we have a special occasion to celebrate, or friends in town. The friendly staff, exceptional table-side guacamole, and prime rib on the weekends make this our place of choice.
Would recommend for any occasion. Outsta ...
Would recommend for any occasion. Outstanding in every way
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.
Food was excellent. Waitress was very n ...
Food was excellent. Waitress was very nice and helpful. Loved the ambiance.
The service and good were great. OK atmosphere. But the wine list was extremely overpriced and not that good. Would bring my own wine next time.
Santa Fe Ambiance
Unlike many slick new restaurants in the "City Different," La Plazuela at La Fonda retains the Southwest charm that people come to the city in search of. So many hotels have abandoned fine dining in favor of a limited room-service menu and off-site recommendations from the concierege. La Plazuela continues to offer both ambiance and a delicious menu that encourages hotel guests to eat in without compromising the experience of dining out. Those not staying at La Fonda are able to park free in the hotel garage--a real bonus given the limited parking around the Plaza. As for the staff at La Plazuela, they are welcoming and attentive without seeming to hover. Best of all, you can engage in conversation without yelling over fellow diners and clanging kitchen noises so common in trendy open-kitchen-see-the-chef-at-work restaurants.
This is old school, home style New Mexic ...
This is old school, home style New Mexico cooking just off the main lobby of Hotel La Fonda. I can highly recommend the Chile Rellenos. The squash blossoms were great also but needed a little salt. Get yourself a top shelf margarita, enjoy the complimentary sopapillas with honey after your meal and check out the rooftop bar at sunset while you're there. Great ambience with a casual non pretentious vibe.
Poor service. Just okay food. BAD margs
It took 10 minutes just to be talked to. Once we ordered, another 15 minutes just to get water and about 20 to get our margs, which were warm, sweet and syrupy. We could tell they came from a big vat of generic mix. Food was okay- I had the polenta which was pretty good, the heirloom tomato salad was good and fresh. Over all, I would not go back.
This place is terrible. Cheap Mexican f ...
This place is terrible. Cheap Mexican food and overpriced non Mexican food. Even my margarita was bad. Don't go if you care about what you are eating. Chipotle is better Mexican than this place. Not to mention the whole lobby of the hotel smelled like cheap air freshener.
Ambience at the refurbished La Plazuela ...
Ambience at the refurbished La Plazuela at the Hotel La Fonda is pleasant enough. The food is generally well prepared although I found my pork chop to be a bit tough. Unfortunately, our waiter couldn't seem to get every one's selection timed properly ( we had to remind him about getting all the entrees and deserts served at the same time). We sat for fifteen minutes before being acknowledged. Not the service I would expect for upscale prices.
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and and gr ...
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and and great service in a lovely setting. My husband and I split a nice Caesar salad and we both ordered the sea bass. It was perfectly prepared, delicious, and the presentation was excellent. We also ate breakfast there one morning, and that was terrific as well.
Lovely La Plazuela
Love the setting of this restaurant located in the La Fonda Hotel. It's a gem designed by Mary Colter and I love the hand painted windows done by a local artisan for her. Only problem with our dinner was that the room was cold! We asked for a table out of the "breeze" of the ventilation but it was still cold. Woman at the table next to us was wrapped in a blanket provided by them. So, bring a sweater!
My go-to in Santa Fe with guests
First, drinks upstairs to enjoy the view. Then dinner at La Plazuela. I love the food, the chili rellenos are my favorite in Santa Fe, and the gracious service, the lovely atmosphere, and the overall feeling of the restaurant appeal to me like no other in the city.
Food was authentic New Mexican and fabul ...
Food was authentic New Mexican and fabulous to boot.
Awesome meal! Celebrated our 31st weddin ...
Awesome meal! Celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary! Beautiful setting, delicious meal, impeccable service!
LOvely dinner was spoiled by screaming y ...
LOvely dinner was spoiled by screaming young child. Nobody seemed to want to deal with the disruption. Would have been a great evening but it was ruined by inconsiderate young family.
Fine dining in Santa Fe
We were very satisfied with our dinners in the beautiful dining area of La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe. Service by Marco was outstanding. He was very attentive but not annoying and quite familiar with the wines and the menu and helpful with our selections. We had chili rellenos and enchiladas . The food was well prepared and fantastic. Servings were quite large and we could not quite finish. Our wine went quite well with our meal selection.
Great Atmosphere in Old Santa Fe
We had a lovely dinner at this restaurant, food was good, atmosphere was lovely and the service was excellent ! We had eaten here 2 years ago when traveling through Santa Fe. Would recommend La Plazuela at La Fonda for dinner too!
Great sampling of New Mexico style food
We went there specifically to get New Mexico regional food. It was delicious. The chicken tortilla soup was beautifully and uniquely presented along with being one of the best tasting soups. The Hatch chili rellanos with Christmas sauce (red and green) were also a highlight. The chile sauces were so good and rich tasting. Nice ambiance in the center of the historic hotel. FYI there is validated parking in the hotel parking garage.
Go-to restaurant in Santa Fe
La Plazuela is always amazing, from appetizers to dessert, all with the gorgeous setting inside La Fonda. Our waitress was super and always there right when we needed her. It's always a special treat to eat at this restaurant.
See hotel, avoid restaurant
We took an out-of-town guest to La Fonda's La Plazuela for dinner thinking the ambiance would be inviting and the food good. What a shock. While the ambiance was nice, the food -- we all ordered Northern New Mexican specialties -- was not good at all. In addition, the server was quite surly as soon as we ordered glasses of wine rather than a bottle. The hotel is charming, but I would not recommend this restaurant.
$19 for rellenos that were good, but I have a hard time convincing myself they were $19 good. Wife had salmon, which also was good, but nothing special about the plating or garnish; it was served on a bed of rice with steamed broccoli, which is fine, but again, the price, whatever it was, belied the actual value of the dish--very "unspecial." The service was painfully slow from getting the food (on a Sunday with lower than average crowd) to receiving the second drink--order was taken just before food arrived, and I was nearly finished by the time a bottled beer arrived. Once the check came, however, the server miraculously appeared quite rapidly after the credit card was out. Pretty below average experience. We've always had great service and food at lunchtime, so my recommendation would be ONLY for lunch at this beautiful restaurant.
The food was very good although from time to time is inconsistent. Additionally, the menu does not seem to change except for perhaps twice a year and this restaurant never has any "specials". The service staff is very good.
Very good food!
We were in Santa Fe for the weekend and had dinner and lunch at La Plazuela. Both meals were very tasty and enjoyable. The food is spiced very well and complimented the entrees. Definitely recommend.
Ambiance special except they ruined the bar area with a contemporary (remodel) look. Service ok. Margaritas not quite right and server didn't care. Fajitas perfectly seasoned and cooked just right.
We found the food not to be the best Mexican food
Service was just ok. When we had finished our appetizers, the service box the rest and not to gently place them on our table before we even had our meal. The helpers then tried to clear the table with items we were still going to use. NOT a very nice time for our special occation
Okay, convenient since was stayed at LaFonda.
The only part of the meal that was memorable was the pozole. I had Christmas enchiladas.
This is the second time we dined here and we were just as happy this time. The table side guacamole is very good. We split the Roasted Corn & Green Chile Chowder which is also very good. I had the Filet y Enchiladas, just like I did last time, it is so unbelievably yummy! The filet melt in your mouth tender resting on top of two lovely cheese enchiladas. My husband had the Rellenos de La Fonda and he loved it. We both really enjoyed the posole side that came with both of our dishes--very unique. There is a nice wine selection at reasonable prices--we like ordering a bottle of the Chime Pinot Nior. We made early reservations just a few hours prior to the restaurant opening; however, by about 6pm the place filled up and people were turned away (and this was a week night!).
My wife and I eat here several times a y ...
My wife and I eat here several times a year when we are in SF and always enjoy the meal. The service on this visit was adequate but not remarkable. Food was good as usual. Soups and salads are always excellent. The classic entrees are good choices and my wife is especially fond of the salmon. Wine selections are good. The dining room design is unique, maintaining the ambience of a Harvey historic hotel.
Couldn't Have Been Better!
It Couldn't Have Been Better! We enjoyed a truly wonderful meal at La Pazuela. The southwest style of Mexican food can't be beat and La Pazuela is the best. Plus the service was excellent, making the meal fun and enjoyable.
Santa Fe must !
The wait staff was excellent . I ordered I thought a chicken that was a southwest recipe with chilies etc. the sauce was cranberries with a very small couple of green somethings. The potatoes were excellent but the chicken was dry. A disappointment.
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