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Jambo Cafe

2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3378
+1 505-473-1269
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Caribbean, African, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3378
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Reviewed 3 days ago

With the Zia Diner gone, Jambo Café is now indisputably our favorite Santa Fe eatery. Santa Fe is really not a place for diversity of ethic food. Although weighted toward meaty dishes with lamb, goat and chicken, there are also a lot of great vegetarian...More

1  Thank Jay D
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place is not great from the outside. It is located in a strip mall, but when you enter you are transported into multiple culinary worlds at once. The food is delicious, and everyone is friendly. There is even a store of imported goods from...More

Thank Jonas F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would have never found this place if it wasn't for Trip Advisor, it's hidden in a small shopping center. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was quick and courteous. The salmon on the salmon salad was cooked to perfection- I never thought...More

2  Thank Herbert S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is an oasis in an otherwise characterless strip mall. Upon entering, I was struck by a plethora of inviting aromas. The ambiance was warm, informal, comfortable, and had a low noise level. An outstanding first course of fried cornmeal plantain crab cakes were...More

4  Thank Richard0304
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting a friend in Santa Fe & this restaurant was recommended to us. The day before we left for home we stopped by for lunch. I had the daily special (a seafood basil curry dish with Mahi, Shrimp & Rock Fish), & my...More

3  Thank ez2plzlll
Reviewed 1 week ago

Twice within a week, this place was inconsistent, as to service. I had a very good Coconut/peanut flavored chicken stew and rice. Excellent! Next visit, I tried something different, Moroccan chicken kabob. It was good, though not as good as the other plate. The C+...More

2  Thank Nuttman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed a business lunch here. The restaurant was busy, but we didn't experience much of a wait to be seated. We enjoyed the jerk chicken sandwiches, and found the service to be good, and the prices reasonable. We'll be back for sure.

3  Thank Signal_CPTs
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch here and I was delightfully surprised. The atmosphere took me out of a shopping mall and into what I imagine Africa could be like. The food, service, ambiance were all stellar. It was busy, but our waiter was attentive without being obnoxious,...More

1  Thank Carolyn A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best meals we experienced on our cross-country trip! Unassuming from the outside— small space in a strip mall— but on the inside you find great decor and wonderful food!! It is African and the food is not only amazing but very reasonably...More

4  Thank Sheryll T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Santa Fe has a great mix of foods. I had high expectations of this place because of previous reviews. I went at lunch time, our service was very slow. I ordered goat soup which was okay. The meat in the soup was fatty, which goat...More

Thank Ashley C
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28 September 2016|
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Response from travelmd46 | Reviewed this property |
Assuming "lunch menu" is a question; yes, they have a lunch menu.
14 September 2016|
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Response from Carol M | Reviewed this property |
You don't need reservations...but don't plan to arrive at 12 noon! Earlier or later is best.
12 July 2016|
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Response from Gary M | Reviewed this property |
The dishes were not heavily seasoned, but all of ours contained sodium. There are links on their website for their menu and to ask jambocafe directly.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 22
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3378
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: +1 505-473-1269
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African and Caribbean dishes and specialties from award-winning Chef Ahmed Obo. Jambo Cafe specializes in new combinations of traditional dishes with a decidedly spicy flair. Winner of many awards, "Best Soup" for the Souperbowl 4 years running and "Best International Cuisine" in the Santa Fe Reporter for 5 years. We serve vegetarian and seafood options alongside our chicken, beef, lamb, and goat dishes. Locating in College Plaza near corner of St. Michaels Drive and Cerrillos Road. Plenty of parking.
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