Welcome to Santa Fe Cafe

New Mexico next door!

Santa Fe Café is the only place on Hilton Head Island to find authentic Southwestern cuisine, and nothing is more representative of this favorite locals’ eatery than a bowl of painted desert soup. Made from red pepper, corn, Mexican cream, and mole, it’s a feast for the eyes and palate. Regional dishes plus traditional Mexican recipes are the stars of the menu at this vibrant, refined restaurant with a New Mexico look.


New Mexico Rooftop Cantina Experience

Santa Fe Café’s rooftop cantina is the eatery’s most popular spot throughout the year. The cantina’s kiva fireplace makes this a romantic and inviting space for having dinner.

Marshall Sampson and Sean Crosby are the owners of Santa Fe Café, which has been bringing islanders and visitors the flavors of the American Southwest for almost 29 years. Santa Fe Café is proud of its tenured staff including many who have been there for over 10 years.

Every year, they re-fresh the décor. The result is a visually-pleasing atmosphere that welcomes diners inside.


Look Inside Santa Fe Cafe

Featured Dishes

Innovative southwestern cuisine and popular Mexican dishes

painted soup

Painted Dessert Soup

Corn & red pepper soup with Mexican cream and mole


Mesquite Grilled Lamb Chops

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry chipotle sauce & Southwestern vegetables

pork tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Served over smoked habanero BBQ sauce with black beans, topped with sweet potato fries

roasted chicken

Herb-Roasted Free Range Chicken

Jalepeño cornbread stuffing with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and Southwestern vegetables