Santa Ana Cafe

1300 Tuyuna Trail
Santa Ana Pueblo, 87004
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Had lunch here today. There are two things to recommend this place: Very nice outdoor seating with nice views (albeit not of the mountain) overlooking the courtyard, traditional pueblo ovens, and kiva pool, and good food. Actually, my thoughts on the food are a little mixed (see below). I started with the Chicken & Mushroom Enchiladas, the best I've had here in New Mexico. It was beautifully plated, piled high on the plate. Kind of hard to tell, but I think there were three corn tortillas filled with mushrooms and chicken, served on a bed of rice with black beans, roasted corn, chopped bell peppers, a drizzle of flavored cream, and green chili (you could also get red or Christmas). Plenty of food, great quality, and well executed. Also came with three different rolls, all good, and two rounds of ice cold butter! Mmmmm! Dessert was more disappointing. I ordered the filled donuts. I don't recall the name on the menu, but they were basically three filled donut holes. One filled with pastry cream, one with jam, and one chocolate. The fillings were a little more complex than that according to the menu, but I couldn't taste it. The biggest problem I had though was that they were not cooked to order. They were obviously made earlier. Maybe not even today. In fact, they were a little cold. Disappointing. Their signature dessert is some kind of peanut butter pie. I'll try that next time.
Located in the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, The Santa Ana Cafe is the most casual dining option. They have a nice breakfast buffet, as well as great menu items. The decor is South West casual and the service is friendly. The prices are higher than the local restaurants, but on the reasonable end of hotel dining. There's a nice view and they welcome families and large groups. Sunday has an expanded buffet and made-to-order omelets.
Having eaten at the Corn Maiden the night before and been terribly disappointed, this place totally delivered for breakfast the next day. The two experiences could not have been different. The food at the Cafe was excellent. It was expertly prepared, fresh and well seasoned. And the service was similarly excellent. The chef even stopped by to check in. If you do one thing at the Tamaya, it should be to skip the Corn Maiden and head to the Cafe.

(505) 867-1234

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Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar

288 Prairie Star Rd
Santa Ana Pueblo, 87004
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Second visit this summer and was more impressed this visit. Greeted by friendly hostess and seated fairly quickly as we did not have a reservation. Place seemed a bit quiet for a Saturday in Aug. but there was a large wedding or event taking place in the large room. We were offered the wine bar or dining room and chose the dining room. My wife had a vodka tonic and me half glass of Malbec. Wine was recommended by our server. It was good. We began with a cheese plate and lobster crab relleno. Both came expeditiously and were delicious. We ended up splitting the the chipotle chicken for our entree and was plenty for two. Throughout the night our server (forgot name) was great at checking on us. For dessert we shared a lemon meringue custard and a cheesecake with coffee. Btw, coffee is spectacular and would love to know what their brew is. Great night at Prairie Star. Great special occasion place but for the fun of it too. Nice to go to casino after a great dinner. See you again soon Prairie Star.
We stopped in here for a glass of wine and some bar food in our travels. Our friends had been here several times in the past and had liked it. Kind of nice surroundings, a good selection of wine by the glass or bottle (and bottles to go by the way, an interesting feature for a wine bar.). The food was so so. I was unimpressed by the calamari in particular and some of the other items tried to be cool but weren't. Nice location for a glass of wine... I have no idea what the meals are like but it would be worth a try.
I've been here for business and leisure. It used to be someone's home and was converted into a restaurant. It's located on the Santa Ana golf course with the Sandias as the back drop. They have three outdoor patios. The views are just amazing. I love the Hyatt Tamaya outdoor bar patio because of the views but their food options are not that great. Prairie is just next door with the same views and more food options. We reserved a wing for a business function. The food and service were good. At this event, we ordered all of their small plates or appetizers. I was not disappointed with any dish. The entrees are good not quite 4 star quality. They have a decent wine and beer selection. I think we order 10 different wines and 50 bottles. It is pricey but worth the experience and views. Yesterday, the service at the wine bar was exceptional. We liked the bartender so much we decided to have our meal there instead of moving to the dining area. I think the service in the dining area can be inconsistent. The food was very good. This visit I tried the halibut cheeks in a light white sauce with bok Choy, kalamata olives and tomatoes. I'm very picky when it comes to fish. I grew up fishing and eating our catch on the beach. The halibut was cooked well but not cleaned well. Part of the blood line was visible. It can be unappetizing to some people. The side was excellent. My husband had salmon with hoisin sauce in couscous, Napa and daikon. He enjoyed his meal. It looked like it needed another dimension of texture and color. Perhaps adding matchstick carrots or red daikon to the couscous? We also had the baked Brie and bruschetta trio. I think we loved the small plates more than the entree. I could have just eaten three plates of the trio and been happy. Next time I'll ask for two kalamata spread with roasted garlic and a goat cheese with proschiotto. My husband ate 75% of our Brie and I ate the rest. Ask for a basket of bread or more toasted bread slices if you are going to order Brie. It only comes with two slices of bread. If you are in the area, try it. You don't have to spend a whole lot. Just have a glass of wine or beer with an appetizer during happy hour and you can enjoy the experience too.

(505) 867-3327

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The Corn Maiden

1300 Tuyuna Trl
Santa Ana Pueblo, 87004
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(505) 771-6060

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