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“Family-run, heartwarming meals”
Review of Tecolote Cafe

Tecolote Cafe
Ranked #14 of 610 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$25
Cuisines: American, Southwestern
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Description: Tecolote Cafe was started in 1980 by Bill and Alice Jennison with a desire to feed guests great meals, affordably, with superior service. Mr. Bill and Alice's recipes have been pleasing palettes for 31 years. In May of 2010, sadly, we lost Mr. Bill after a long and accomplished life. Since August 2010, Katherine Adkins (Bill and Alice's daughter) and her husband Matt Adkins have been doing their best to honor Mr. Bill and Ms. Alice's vision in carrying on the family business. Sadly we also lost Ms.Alice in December of 2012. We offer a varied menu focusing primarily on New Mexican breakfast and lunch cuisine, as well as some American favorites.We bake all of our breads in house as well as our muffins and biscuits contained in our bakery basket. A little known secret to our great burgers? Fresh baked Kaiser rolls to vehicle our superb patties and ingredients. Whether you come for breakfast or lunch, we are sure you will be pleased with our delectable choices and our warm, friendly atmosphere. If you aren't, just let us know so we can make your experience everything you hoped for!Katie and I can't wait to see you on your next visit. So, come on in, and remember, we serve "Great breakfast, No toast!", just for you.
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Loved breakfast here, had the corned beef hash and green chile stew. Meals come with a pastry basket that's perfect with the chile. Family run and pleasant!

8  Thank Joan L
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Husband and I have been going to Tecolote for over 20 years and our last visit a week ago was one of the best. That's a high bar to raise and we had noticed on some of our visits during the past year were less than stellar so it was great to go in and have excellent, attentive service, and super delicious food raised back to and beyond the high standards of long ago. The menu rarely changes, thank goodness, and I continue to love the Sheepherder's Breakfast best, and thankfully the traditional green chile cornbread muffins are back in the Bakery Basket! Great job to management and all the staff for raising the bar to excellence. We will be back.

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7  Thank Cynthia I
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

We have been meaning to go here for quite a while, and we are sorry we waited so long! It's a breakfast and lunch only place, but they do both very well. Casual atmosphere, simple layout and design. Service was a tad on the slow side, but the server was very personable. Food is a mix of breakfast standards with a New Mexican twist, hamburgers, and Mexican/New Mexican typical lunch offerings with their in house sauces, which are very good.

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8  Thank Wohlerguy
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Tecolote Cafe has never disappointed us whenever we have stopped in for breakfast. Everything is fresh and fabulous. There is an inexhaustible supply of great choices, which prevents me from selecting any single breakfast feast. And it comes accompanied by a basket of full of fresh scones and other bakery items.

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6  Thank choltz2016
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

We've been coming to this restaurant for over 25 years. The food never gets boring, the quality never goes down. They've expanded over the years, but they are still one of the nest place for breakfast, lunch or brunch in the area. I literally recommend everything on the menu. Sometimes the staff is a little overworked and brusque. But given the consistent excellence of the food at Tecolote, I really can't complain. I never fail to eat there when I'm in Santa Fe.

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9  Thank privateerwa
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