Located just off the Plaza, this restaurant and cantina is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Its charming New ... More
La Casa Sena
Located just off the Plaza, this restaurant and cantina is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Its charming New Mexico-themed atmosphere creates a one-of-a-kind dining experience. La Casa Sena's menu is diverse, offering contemporary meals with Southwestern flare. The trout, which is slow-cooked in a clay pot, is one of the house specialties. Next door to the restaurant, the cantina singers, who double as waiters and waitresses, perform Broadway tunes. The wine list is one of the most extensive in the Southwest. In addition to the main dining hours, the Cellar Lounge is open Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 12-10 p.m.
We are disgusted at their priority of pretension over service. We arrived on time, had called earlier to confirm, and were seated at a table next to the wash bin covered in pollen and bird poop. We asked to move inside after our menus were blown away. Our waiter acted completely put out by our request and sent me to take it up the maitre d to deal with our request. Once inside our previous waiter stopped by every three minutes to see if we had finally made a decision on our order. It took us a bit longer than that to look through the twenty plus page wine list, which boasts an excessive variety of five hundred dollar wines. Once we landed on one of reason (expecting to pay close to two hundred for the meal) he asked for our IDs. My wife often doesn't carry her purse when we are out together. However, with six college and graduate degrees between the two of us, home owners, and married five years, we never guessed he would refuse to serve her wine. But he did, and told some lies about it being New Mexico law to card. The floor manager came over, wouldn't speak directly to my wife, and told me he would not serve wine to "my wife." I asked him if he had carded the sixty- something couple enjoying their wine next to us. The floor manager refused to call the manager to talk with us. Needless to say we left then and there. The worst, most pretentious service we have ever had. Diners beware: gold rolexes required for good service.
La Casa Sena is a wretched sink hole of depravity: the food is tasteless and served in minuscule portions reminiscent of the bad old days of the 1980s, when diners everywhere received three chickpeas on a vast white expanse of plate served by a superior git posing as a waiter, all under the guise of the now-discredited Nouvelle Cuisine movement, a kind of rich world plague designed to further starve the dieting masses. In addition, please note that La Casa Sena is ridiculously expensive, staffed by poorly dressed waiters, and somehow affected with the sort of preciousness that all well-established bores thrive upon. Go at your own peril!
Awfully flavor-free food of the sort which one would expect in Britain. What it's doing in New Mexico is a mystery. Beyond the pedestrian yet pretentious fare was the badly dressed, slovenly gang of waiters. I felt as though we were in the streets or alleyways of Anytown, U.S.A! If this place is representative of Santa Fe, why, the Emperor has no clothes or they're all on mindbenders. Perhaps this is what occurs when a native population gets hijacked by outsiders who have their heads in the clouds.
At that altitude, it is best to keep a clear head and avoid La Casa Sena, because it is a mere mirage.
How about some New Mexican food, instead of the un-tasty offerings at La Casa Sena? I have a feeling that someone named Sena is rolling over in his grave at the thought of
the minimalism here perpetrated by the chef. Why, even a Frito Pie across the Plaza would have been a more authentically satisfying Santa Fe meal. And don't bother for the entertainment--it's character-free too.
I was alone and only had a short time to eat. I happened on this delightful restaurant. It was expensive, but I ordered this appetizer salad with duck that was plenty for a meal and reasonably priced. It was fantastic, too. The waitstaff was attentive and extremely nice. The place was charming and historic. A real Santa Fe experience. I hope to go back when I'm not so rushed for the full experience of the place.