CLOSED: Body Cafe

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 15 reviews )



333 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 87505

Serves meat, vegan options available. Yoga, massage, and cafe with free Wi-Fi. Features a Tea Lounge where you order at the register and take a number to your table. For waitstaff service ask to be seated in the Soul Room. Dishes start with a vegan base and are gluten-free. Makes baked goods without gluten, some are vegan. Uses organic ingredients. Reported closed Jan 2017.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Non-veg

Reviews (15)

First Review by maynard7

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Body Cafe - Edit

Body Cafe is my favorite restaurant in Santa Fe providing creative, largely organic and local ingredients. My current favorites are the collard green burrito, vegged-out burger and curried potatoes. I agree that I'd prefer Body to be 100% vegan since the owner has been vegan for over 40 years, but it is still a wonderful place to eat.

Pros: great atmosphere, creative dishes, largely organic and locally sourced

Cons: not 100% vegan, inconsistent service

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Great Place - Edit

I think this restaurant is great. Service and selection is consistently good.

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Used to be my fave restaurant ... now not so much - Edit

I am a vegan who has lived in Santa Fe for 15 years. Despite Santa Fe's reputation of being a "new age mecca," our dining scene isn't particularly vegan-friendly. You can get an ovo-lacto vegetarian meal just about anywhere, but organic vegan is more difficult. I used to love Body Cafe, with its calming, Zen-like feel and its focus on freshly prepared, vegetarian food. I ate there at least twice a month. Then things changed ... bison and chicken were added to the menu (pandering to carnivores?) and the quality of the food and table service took a nosedive. My last few visits left me quite disappointed. I haven't been back in over a year, and have found new places to eat in Santa Fe (Thai Vegan, Vinaigrette). If Body Cafe has gotten its old sparkle back, please let me know!

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Dazzle59 24 Feb 2011 - Hi Gio - thanks for your comment. You are right - ever since the change in management last year, Body Cafe has served more animal foods (including lamb). With no veg*n restaurants in Santa Fe, though, Body remains one of the only places that serves organic raw and vegan food. The service can be unpredictable and very slow in the dining room, so I mostly order and pay at the counter and eat in the self-serve dining area. Meals are delivered to your table but you get your own water, tea, coffee etc. My new favorite entree is the Roots and Greens (steamed yams, kale and marinated tempeh with ginger sauce). Best regards - dazzle  

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greenshakti 24 Feb 2011 - Hi Dazzle:) There are two wonderful vegetarian restaurants in Santa Fe... The Tree House, and Annapurna. Both are listed here on HappyCow. If we want to support the vegan ideal, we may want to support those, rather than sending the message to baby-sheep killers that it is ok. Blessings.
PS. your food from Body most likely is contaminated with animal products. The roots & greens was one of my faves too, but I prefer to know that there is no dead flesh in it so I make it @home now!  

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Dazzle59 22 Feb 2013 - Hi greenshakti, thanks for your note. I do agree with what you said and am bothered that there is flesh being served at Body. In fact I am bugged that there is flesh served at Whole Foods, and La Montanita, and the Farmer's Market ... I would give my eyeteeth for an organic vegan restaurant in Santa Fe. Has Annapurna reopened? Not my favorite place (I find it expensive and bland) but will try it again if they are open. I have been to the Tree House, but didn't realize it was totally veg. Blessings and thanks for the info. dazzle  

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Gio 22 Feb 2013 - Hi, in the happy body menu they have had lamb for the last year. They called it "lamburger"  

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diverse menu, nice place - Edit

Most of the food was tasty and the raw food items were really good(for raw food). My favorite thing was the curried potatoes with cashew cream appetizer. The desserts were really good too. I loved having so many vegan options to choose from.

Pros: diverse menu, great desserts, beautiful restaurant

Cons: some of the raw foods were a little iffy(*I'm not

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5 stars! - Edit

The best soups and food I have had out! Great friendly service too.

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Great Place - Edit

I always eat the raw food here. It's super yummy. I highly recommend the raw pizza and raw onion rings. They also have many delicious vegan desserts.

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Great variety of healthy food for the whole family - Edit

BODY's menu is diverse enough for anyone to share a meal. The menu has choices for vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten-free - but also has organic fish and chicken for those wanting meat. All the desserts are gluten-free and the chocolates are delicious! Great atmosphere and reasonable prices!

Pros: diverse menu, delicious food, free wi-fi

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Good Food/Snobish Staff - Edit

A nice spa retreat with small retail shop and restaurant. As a visitor, this appeared to me to be a local haunt among S.F. health-conscious people. The menu was unusual and offered appetizing choices. The waitstaff and cashier all had an air of snobbery. In spite of that, it wasn't a bad meal (vegan soup with chips and salsa).

Pros: Diverse Menu

Cons: Aloof staff

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Exceeded our expectations - Edit

Finding a place to eat vegan is hard enough, but finding raw goodies is even harder. I was looking forward to this and Body Cafe exceeded my expectations. There were so many vegan & raw options, I'm sorry that Happy Cow sees fit to only let me give it 4 stars because there are a couple of chicken & salmon items on the menu. This place really is gift to those of us to have a hard time finding a place dine out.

Granted, the dining room could use some work to enhance the ambiance. The waitstaff was competent, but not particularly inspiring, however she did steer us in the right direction, and ceased the litany of meat based specials once we advised her we were vegan. We did not get any rudeness or attitude as experienced by other reviewers.

My husband and I both had all raw dishes: starting with the "Creme" of carrot & celery soup. It was served in a small warmed bowl and was not cold, so it was a pleasant surprise. I had the enchiladas which had Green cabbage, red bell pepper, corn, red onion, chile Colorado sauce, pine nut sour cream, in a red bell pepper wrap and my husband had the pizza containing zucchini almond crust, sun-dried tomato marinara, olives, pine nut ricotta cheese, basil pesto, with salad.

For dessert, we split the raw vanilla 'cheesecake' (based on nuts) and ordered the additional coconut creme/raspberry sauce. Sublime would be an understatement.

All this came to $42 and change, along with the $8.00 tip made this a pricey lunch for our budget - but well worth it. As we travel to Santa Fe from Taos, every 6-8 weeks for shopping & errands, we will be sure to treat ourselves to this wonderful eatery again.

Pros: Great menu, Beautifully presented, Everything was delicious

Cons: Room needs work, A little pricey for lunch, Has a couple of chicken & salmon items

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was it really vegan? - Edit

we were told that the muffins were vegan and the next day we were told by another server there was buttermilk in it. The food was good, but overpriced. the rice pancakes were very tasty,but they forgot the blueberries and we left hungry.

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Excellent - Edit

Got there tonight just before they closed. I had a delicious "collard green burritto" -- they used a steamed or sauteed collard green instead o the tortilla. Extremely tasty. I'd go back again.

Pros: excellent food, healthy cuisine, good value

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Body Cafe - Edit

This is the best natural foods restaurant in Santa Fe. I have been macrobiotic since 1985, and vegetarian since 1969, and have eaten in restaurants all over the USA.

I recommend this restaurant for all eaters - they also have some meat options. This is my #1 choice for eating out In Santa Fe. I have a Ph.D. in a health-related field, and serve as an expert witness in toxic chemical litigation - so I know about evidence. I think I also have pretty sound taste in food.

Pros: excellent food, healthy cuisine, friendly staff

Cons: portions have been reduced

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Raw Menu Items - Edit

I've eaten many of their raw food dishes and every time i do my stomach gets upset. It is not because i'm not used to the raw foods. I will not take a chance on them again.

Pros: atmosphere, nice owner, clean

Cons: raw food menu

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Expensive food, snotty waitstaff - Edit

But the food is quite good. Try the raw dishes, even if that's not your thing. We would come here every so often and really enjoy the food, but our bill and the lack of service would keep us away for the next while.

Pros: Raw food, Organic

Cons: Over-priced, Snotty waitstaff

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A great healthy choice in Santa Fe - Edit

Although it's not 100% vegetarian, it's probably 95%, and the food is very good and healthy. I warmly recommend this place. They have a huge menu with items in all price ranges. Wraps are $6.50, entrees $8.95 and raw entrees $10.50. I had the raw Pad Thai, which was good, although not really similar to Pad Thai which you would get in Thailand. Open 7 days from 7am to 9pm. The restaurant is located inside the "Body" building on Cordova near the corner of Don Diego Avnue.

Pros: Extensive menu, Mostly vegetarian, Something for everyone

Cons: Parking difficult, Limited table service

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