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
This was our first visit to Santa Fe and ...
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 ...
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 no ...
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 decorate ...
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 ha ...
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 t ...
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 wi ...
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 concer ...
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 ...
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.
Our filet mignons were very, very rare i ...
Our filet mignons were very, very rare instead of medium rare. They had to be sent back and then we had to wait while the other party members ate. That colored the night. The guacamole was excellent and sever very good.
I was a little disappointed to be seated ...
I was a little disappointed to be seated at the entrance but really wasn't a problem. Great people watching spot. Our food was prompt and very tasty. I had the salmon and my husband had chili rellenos. Personable wait staff.
Outstanding...always great...chef is cre ...
Outstanding...always great...chef is creative and has been a consistent presence for this restaurant for years! In many years, he has never missed in creating a wonderful experience. Staff is well-trained and attentive. Beautiful surroundings.
We had reservations for Thanksgiving din ...
We had reservations for Thanksgiving dinner not realizing that the main buffet was only from 11-3. It had ice sculptures and looked great--wish we would have known. The dinner plate we had was certainly good and filled the need for our Thanksgiving meal. We also had breakfast a couple of times which was very good.
We were not very pleased with our dining ...
We were not very pleased with our dining at La Fonda. Restaurant is very pretty but not warm and inviting. The bar makes awesome martinis that makes the evening better. Sorry we were not raving about this restaurant. There are so many to choose from that puts this one on our do not repeat list.
The staff was very accommodating to our ...
The staff was very accommodating to our group of ten. They bWe had a party of ten and were well taken care of. The background noise in the restaurant is very quiet so I was able to easily converse and hear the person across the table from me. This is really unusual at least in my experience with restaurants. The food was fine. And the space is gorgeous. A true delight.
The food was very good and wines are rea ...
The food was very good and wines are reasonably priced. We were having dinner with a friend we see only once a year or so and the environment was perfect for lots of conversation. The only negative was my pork chop had to be sent back as it was quite under-cooked; when it came back out it was perfect.
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