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, Wheelchair Access, Wine
La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza Ratings and Reviews
Tortilla soup, fajitas and crab cakes ar ...
Tortilla soup, fajitas and crab cakes are our staples. There is newer front house staff that now does reservations and seating, we do miss the more familiar staff that we've seen for years and always made it feel like seeing family. But the food is still great, the service always attentive and we always go back.
Disappointing; we expected great food... ...
Disappointing; we expected great food...guamacole great...made table side, but food messy presentation...tamales and enchiladas overly spicy, stringy beef and very odd rice...we were in the cantina....hand painted glass panels very interesting
Had a nice dinner there. Good variety of ...
Had a nice dinner there. Good variety of New Mexican and classic "American" dishes. Pleasant staff. Our wait staff was Stormi and she's always great. Pleasant "patio" atmosphere inside a lovely historic hotel. Really need reservations - they are often fully booked.
All four of us were very disappointed in ...
All four of us were very disappointed in this restaurant. . .We all started with a "house margarita" which was weak in taste and alcohol. . .none of us ordered a second, which is unusual for this group. The food was just so-so. . .we would not return nor would we recommend this restaurant.
The dining experience was nice after we ...
The dining experience was nice after we got past the host. We felt he was upset that we showed up ten minutes before our reservation time. We had been traveling/sight seeing by car all day and had no way to know that the restaurant did not open until our reservation time. We explored the hotel a bit before the the restaurant opened and returned at our reservation time. Our reward for being early was to be seated by the kitchen. The restaurant was about one quarter full throughout our entire time dining. I would have given overall 5 stars had our initial impression been different.
Beautiful setting in historic hotel. Foc ...
Beautiful setting in historic hotel. Focus is tour groups which is reflected in the menu. Actually had a delicious appetizer of perfect heirloom tomatoes. My sea bass entree was very bland and at best ordinary. I took the bottom out of the pepper shaker in order to apply enough taste to the entree. Husband has a delicious squash blossom appetizer but, again, a very ordinary and bland entree. Being seated with the large and loud tour groups was an odd feeling. We understand that tour groups are vital to a hotel's business and respect that the menu must satisfy the "average" person in a group. It was just not right for us.
Food was just ok, think there are better ...
Food was just ok, think there are better choices around. Had a reservation and checked in with host, who told me our table was just about ready. He told me to have seat in the lobby(restaurant in middle of lobby of hotel) and he would come and get me. After a while I went back to ask him what the holdup was and he asked who I was and tried to check me in again. He had forgotten me and gave no apology for his oversight. If it was up to him I would still be waiting for my table. Had the stuffed squash blossom for app and they were swimming in grease. Very disappointing
Great place to dine. Ambiance is quite n ...
Great place to dine. Ambiance is quite nice for Dinner. Food is excellent and a wide choice of items with a Southwestern influence. Good Wine List. Staff are pleasant and knowledgeable.make it a point to dine there when we are in Santa Fe.
Disappointing. The guacamole made table ...
Disappointing. The guacamole made table side was quite good. My husband had enchilada Del Norte with eggs and describe it as okay. I had the fish tacos and found them both dry and extremely fishy. Service was slow and incomplete. When the lights went off, staff did nothing to reassure or explain to the customers. Nothing made it worthwhile to try again.
Visit to Santa Fe - This was on my list ...
Visit to Santa Fe - This was on my list as a restaurant to visit for an evening meal while in Santa Fe. I had eaten there several years ago and found it enjoyable. I was pleased with the meal and the great selection of margaritas. I would go again.
Hotel dining nicely done. Not so upscal ...
Hotel dining nicely done. Not so upscale as to be intimidating. Some people were dressed up and some casual . I had the special that evening, prime rib, it was cooked to order and was delicious. My husbands steak was good too. We didn't feel rushed and enjoyed the restaurant ambience. From there we went to the fifth floor outdoor bar to watch the sunset! All in all a very nice finish to our Santa Fe vacation.
Our first night in Santa Fe and this di ...
Our first night in Santa Fe and this dinner got us off to a great start. The food was delicious and nicely presented. Both the pork chop and lambchops were fine choices, not to mention their outstanding version of tortilla soup. The charming room with painted windows and the attentive service certainly added to the experience.
La Fonda food is always beyond what anyo ...
La Fonda food is always beyond what anyone unfamiliar with them would ever expect. I rate it among the top 2 Restaurants in Santa Fe. The food has never failed to be anything except wonderful. We have been visiting from Seattke since the late 90's. We make it at least every 2 years, 1 is a goal we don't always reach. Often we have dinner at La Fonda 2 times while we are there. It never fails to impress us. We have enjoyed the same woman server several times over the years. She is wonderful. Feels like she's a friend, even the 1st time. I am sure she doesn't recognize us from year to year, be we always remember her. All other interactions with all of the Restaurant staff has been great as well. We always leave happy, and full!
The main dining room is truly a feast fo ...
The main dining room is truly a feast for the eyes. Wonderful colors and the wood is simply stunning. The service we experienced was terrific, including the table-side preparations. Our server was efficient, friendly and professional. The food was outstanding and the presentation was authentic. Fantastic evening!
Atmosphere was beautiful, and food was a ...
Atmosphere was beautiful, and food was adequate but not memorable. We ordered the weekend evening prime rib, and there was nothing wrong with it, but it wasn't particularly tender or particularly well seasoned. The sides (mashed potatoes and snow peas) were not sufficient to accompany the meat. Caesar salad was just okay. All in all, we were a little bit disappointed.
Fantastic Meal! We had a fantastic meal ...
We had a fantastic meal here. Great New Mexican food with excellent service in a beautiful setting. I had perhaps the best Chile relleno I have hired, combined with a lovely Pinot Noir from New Mexico. Would love to return.
This is an old restaurant with great amb ...
This is an old restaurant with great ambiance. Menu is standard fare with southwestern touches. Everything we tried was excellent and service was superb. Very relaxing, would recommend for anyone visiting Santa Fe.
We had out of town guests and wanted a ...
We had out of town guests and wanted a Santa Fe
evening. So we went to the Plaza,
and ended the evening at La Plazuela.
The service was excellent, our meals first rate. We had and steaks and sea bass. Everyone was delighted. Service was delightful.
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