Mediterranean inspired cuisine, craft cocktails, and an award-winning wine list, located in the beautiful courtyard oasis of historic Sena Plaza.

 

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Welcome To La Casa Sena

Tucked away in a historic building with an enchanting garden courtyard, La Casa Sena feels like a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Santa Fe Plaza. Featuring Mediterranean cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and a spectacular patio we hope to provide a magical experience to locals and visitors alike. By sourcing regional ingredients and creating beautiful dishes, Chef José Rodriguez has a deep appreciation for cultivating a local clientele. “I just want to bring the locals to the table, and give them what they want. I want them to enjoy themselves, and have a great experience.”

Caesar Salad

Romaine hearts, Spanish white anchovy, rustic garlic toast, crispy Pecorino-Romano

Pan Seared Scallops

Israeli couscous, fennel, brussel sprouts, grape tomatoes, apples, rose beurre blanc

Grilled Lamb Rack

Eggplant-date purée, red cabbage, saffron risotto

Testimonials

What People are Saying

“Excellent”

Excellent in all respects–food, wine, service, and atmosphere.

Google Reviewer

Outstanding atmosphere, service and food!

“Took an out of town guest here and was duly impressed. The attention paid to us was just right, the food presentation was only equaled by the flavors, and the roaring fireplace was a beautiful sight.”

Trip Advisor Reviewer

“Delicious food.”

“Delicious food. Lovely presentation. Attentive service without being hovering. The wine was a good size pour! Looking forward to returning.”

OpenTable Reviewer

“Beautiful patio”

So glad we stumbled on this beautiful patio setting while wandering around the old town. Excellent service and good food in a nice setting provided a nice quiet dining experience.

Yelp Reviewer

Hours of Operation

Reopening April 19th

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Sena Plaza

sena plaza summerSena Plaza is one of the oldest surviving houses in Santa Fe. Located just one block from the city’s plaza, and just across the street from The St. Francis Cathedral. La Casa Sena, which means ” the Sena House”, occupies an old hacienda style adobe. The Sena family was one of the oldest and most notable in Santa Fe. The land La Casa Sena was built on, was originally granted to Captain Arias de Quiros by General Diego de Vargas, who reconquered Santa Fe for the Spanish in 1693. The property was then deeded through family to the wife of Juan Sena and then to their son, Major Jose Sena. In 1864, Major Sena married Dona Isabel Cabeza de Baca and on the inherited land built a small adobe home. Major Sena extended the original structure into a thirty-three room hacienda in 1868, long before New Mexico was to become a state.

Even with it’s thirty-three rooms there wasn’t much room to spare. Isabel and the Major had 22 children (although only 11 survived). The Major was a very social man and entertained the dignitaries of the day, such as frontiersman Kit Carson. Even then the house of Sena served the finest cuisine of the region, featuring venison, rabbit, buffalo and the many chiles native to this area. Spanish hospitality included day-long feasts, with sports, games and dancing.

A ballroom on the second floor of the west wing of the house was often filled with song and merriment. This ballroom also temporarily housed the legislature when the original capital burned in 1892. The hacienda included a chicken house, coach house, servants’ quarters, storerooms and two wells, one of which still exists today. The courtyard, now green and beautiful, was then bare earth, all vegetation eaten by the goats that inhabited it. The main dining room of La Casa Sena now stands where the stables once were.

After Major Sena died, the land was divided among the six surviving children, and in 1927 they deeded the land to Senator Bronson Cutting and his two sisters, Martha and Amelia White. Renovations began and a Tea Room was built in the area where the stables had once been. A second floor was added to the east wing and all of the other rooms became stores or offices. One of these offices was used in the 1940’s by the Manhattan Project, which later developed the Atomic Bomb in nearby Los Alamos.

In the early 1980’s, art dealer Gerald Peters bought the historic building and renovated it to its former grandeur, all the while, protecting its architectural integrity. In 1983, La Casa Sena opened in the space once occupied by the Tea Room, and food and song once again filled the old Sena house.