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Santa Fe Cafe

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807 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head, SC 29928-3414
+1 843-785-3838
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

People ask me all the time, "where do the locals go out to eat?" Santa Fe Cafe is a locals favorite, always considered a Top 10 restaurant. We reserved a rooftop table (no elevator) and ate under the stars for my wife's Birthday. There was a Spanish singer playing guitar just for the rooftop diners and those at the rooftop... More 

1 Thank hhlakes
Hilton Head, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned from dinner. We had the chicken fajita ($24) and combo ($19). The chicken was grilled, dry with no taste of any fajita seasoning. It came in bigger pieces rather than thin slices to put in shells. One of the pieces was a chicken wing. The combo was very plain, The chili relieno was heavily breaded with little taste,... More 

1 Thank jdecarlomi2
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195 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to try Santa Fe Cafe for Valentine's. There are two levels to the restaurant, and we were seated in the front room downstairs. Nice wooden table and rustic chairs. The lighting was just the right level. Conversation was easy--not a noisy place. We walked upstairs to see the outside eating area. Very, very nice, and we will request... More 

1 Thank ilovebirdsky
Cancun, Mexico
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The painted soup (corn and roasted pepper) is beautiful and tasty with a great variety of flavors and textures. I also had the Vegetarian combo plate which again was a beautiful and flavorful dish with a sweet tamale, a wild mushroom enchilada and a chile relleno filled with goat cheese. Also a great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

1 Thank jimincancun
Rochester, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent steak fajita. Presentation lovely. Ambiance very nice. Hope I remember this place in 10 years when I retire... haha

1 Thank Sarah L
Kansas City, Missouri
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316 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was with a large group and we tried Santa Fe. I was throughly impressed with the food - especially the Painted Desert soup and the pork tenderloin. We found the three course deal to be a great option. I'll try again.

1 Thank jelmutiger
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with friends on our last night on Hilton Head. It was a Monday in January so we didn't think we needed reservations , I called about 4 and I guess since they open at 5 I didn't get an answer. We arrived and they were full until late. We told our story. The host said he'd try to... More 

1 Thank dennisk634
Bluffton, South Carolina
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

ate during restaurant week so enjoyed the prix fixe special which is very reasonably priced. The service was decent and friendly, though the soup arrived well before our cocktails - speaking of which I recommend you pass on the "Lux Margarita something not quite right in the flavor profile - perhaps the fresh lemon juice/lime juice had spoilt. The soups... More 

1 Thank Jeremy H
New Jersey
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Price was good for the restaurant week menu - $20.17 for 3 courses The Axtec soup was very good. The chimichanga was average. Had bettter elsewhere. Service was excellent. We'll give it another try when back in the summer - seems it would be more noisy and fun.

2 Thank Vida-amorosa
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

We ate at Santa Fe Cafe three times during our vacation. The first time we had a meal downstairs in the main restaurant and the second two visits we ate outside on the terrace. The atmosphere is lovely and there was live music on the terrace which created an authentic and special vibe. The food was good but not too... More 

2 Thank 23betty

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Southwestern, Mexican, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 807 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head, SC 29928-3414
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Hilton Head
  • Phone Number: +1 843-785-3838
We bring the very best of Southwestern culture and cuisine home to the Lowcountry. Our menu has been an Islanders" preferred dining spot for over 20 years and with dishes like our famous grouper, to our bone-in cowboy cut black angus ribeye, our outrageous chimichanga to even lobster fajitas, we're sure to have a new favorite waiting for you. From the sounds of the live Ranchero guitar player to the smells rising from our mesquite grill, Santa Fe Cafe is a much welcomed reprieve for the senses. Even when you're outside underneath the stars on our Rooftop Cantina, we've got you covered.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?