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“A Santa Fe gem: Authentic, local, creative”
Review of Tune Up Cafe

Tune Up Cafe
Ranked #40 of 610 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We were searching for authentic New Mexican food (as we've never been) and wanted something special and elevated with a local/organic slant. As we strolled the rest of the Railyard area, we couldn't help but be disappointed at the mediocrity of some of the other restaurants we walked by. We wanted fresh, bold flavors and a chance to try creative twists on such a dynamic cuisine. We found all that and more at Tune Up.

A little off the beaten path, you can tell this is a place for locals. Our server was knowledgable and passionate about how their ingredients were sourced, and helped us make spot-on menu decisions. We ended up trying the veggie pupusa, and two of their nightly specials - the squash blossom quesadilla and the lamb barbacoa tacos. Coupled with their uniquely spicy sauces, all of the dishes were flavor creations that were memorable and craveable.

Since it was my birthday dinner, we topped it off with a slice of their carrot cake at our servers on-point recommendation. He was right - it was hands-down the best carrot cake we'd ever had.

A few other nuggets for your reviewing pleasure: The place has a great on-tap beer selection. Don't expect "true" margaritas as they don't currently have a liquor license, but the hibiscus wine Rita sounded pretty dynamite. Also, if dining al fresco is your thing you will find the patio to be well lit and charming, a great ambiance to enjoy the local flavors. We will most certainly be back :).

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

It's tasty place for lunch. It can be crowded but seating is usually available. Be sure to check the specials.

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Reviewed 21 August 2016

Loved the atmosphere and the crowd of people associated with Tune-Up Cafe. The food was even better! I've only been in Santa Fe 2 weeks and this by far is the best food I've had so far! It can get confusing because it's a self-serve type place, and traffic is pretty heavy. But once seated it all good.

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2  Thank Hawaiian555
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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Couldn't find any restaurant around the Plaza on the Saturday of Indian Market so went to this neighborhood hideaway based upon reviews. We loved it. It may have been an old filling station. It's cozy and charming with amazing food. I had chile rellenos, my husband, the green chicken enchilada and my daughter had veggie tamale and for dessert we shared the to die for tres leeches cake with cream and fruit. I only hesitate in giving it more attention in that once the words out, it will be impossible to get a seat

1  Thank kamaainanomo
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Went for Saturday lunch. Ordered the papusas. There were very good. Place was packed. You order at the counter and they bring it to your table. I would definitely go back.

2  Thank Kerry M
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