A favorite among locals, Cafe Pasqual's serves the best in authentic Mexican cuisine. Step inside and you immediately get the feel of a traditional ... More
A favorite among locals, Cafe Pasqual's serves the best in authentic Mexican cuisine. Step inside and you immediately get the feel of a traditional Mexican home. It seats about fifty people at a time, so grab your favorite magazine and get in line. The food is based more along the lines of old Mexican flavors and less on the New Mexican wave. Cafe Pasqual's is neatly decorated with original pieces of art by Leovigildo Martinez. Feast on the MM'S Papas Fritas, Corned Beef Hash and Pasqual's Favorite. Come for breakfast, brunch or dinner!
Everything about Pasqual's menu is amazingly different, but delicious Southwest. Though packed, the hostess made a way to fit us in without reservations and the service was warm and homey. The place is tiny, but that only adds to the atmosphere--there is no doubt you are in Santa Fe. We get through Santa Fe from time to time and make it a point to try to get in, but this time we had our 45th anniversary dinner there--it was very memorable.
Great breakfasts! Dinners are good too, but pricey and portions are small. If you want to enjoy the good food & a better value, go at breakfast or lunch time. Portions then are ample and most choices are $15 or under. I enjoy the community table in the center, it sometimes feels like you are in the center of a whirlwind of service, but you get an opportunity to talk to others, locals or those who are in town for a visit, so it's fun unless you're specifically looking for a romantic & quiet experience for two. For that you would have to take one of the smaller tables!
This restaurant is less than a block from the Hotel St. Francis, where we stayed. We never passed by when there was not a line to get a table, and sometimes even a crowd spilling outside. We got the impression that the popularity has gone to Café Pasqual’s head. We ate here for lunch on a Friday and sat at the community table in the center of the dining room to avoid a wait. The service seemed disorganized if not indifferent. Although we were seated first, two other couples had their drink and meal orders taken before our drink order was taken, just because they seemed to be the easiest for the server to reach. The cramped dining room contains as many tables as physically possible and we suffered the effects. Servers and fellow diners constantly jostled the backs of our chairs as they tried to squeeze through and I had to sit straddling a large table leg. It was nearly impossible to extricate myself from the table.
Down-home as Café Pascual’s cuisine may be, cheap it is not. I struggled to find a glass of wine on the list for under $10, and lunch for two, with one glass of wine, totaled $34. Also, Café Pascual’s does not serve sodas. My husband attempted to get a Coke, but was offered green tea as the most similar alternative. Back to the food: my meal was a messy feast of a free-range chicken breast sandwich on grilled cornbread with sautéed onions and searing jalapeno rounds, with a heap of crispy garlic fries. My husband ordered a breakfast dish (available all day) of scrambled eggs with breakfast potatoes and bacon. He seemed satisfied with the food, but was so distracted by the jostling and painfully high prices that he had trouble relaxing during the meal. To enjoy this restaurant, you need to be prepared to wait for a table, wait for service, and pay the good old Santa Fe premium.
Delicious food, wonderful ambiance, very small interior not much elbow room!
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 11/12/06
small space inside, food great, long lines for table availabilty,great wine list will definitely return, breakfast wonderful if you can arrive before 10 am. The seating at the large oval table with other diners was wonderul - talking with other guests was an unusual experience and we enjoyed ti.
the food was absolutely outstanding. service was great, and prompt, which is much appreciated after a 45 min wait. yum, my husband and I are planning another trip to Santa Fe just so we can eat here again. May I reccomend the quesadilla?!
Surly staff and a menu so over-priced as to be laughable. I'd eaten at Cafe Pasqual's since the year they opened, but no more.
Why pay such prices to be treated like cattle and have to eat in such a cramped, noisy venue.
There are many excellent restaurants in Santa Fe. When spending a relative large price for many of them it's a shame to pay for average food, crowded tables and way over-priced food. This description fits Cafe Pasqual's. There are many far better choices than standing in the street for average, at best, dining fare.
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