Tecolote Cafe

1203 Cerrillos Rd , Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501


When Bill and Alice Jennison first opened Tecolote Café on June 2nd 1980, they intended to serve the best breakfast in town in a cheerful, at home atmosphere, and at a reasonable price. Now, three decades later, their daughter Katie and son in law Matt still strive for these qualities in loving honor of their beloved parents.

Whether you are greeted by our General Managers, Katie or Matt, or any one of our other crew members, we guarantee that your experience will be enjoyable from start to finish. We are here to please you, so sit back, relax, and enjoy your meal with our family.

Tecolote is Nahuatl (Aztec Indian) for owl. Actually, Bill named the café after the town, and not the bird. When Bill first moved to Northern New Mexico, he was enchanted by that all-but-deserted village along the railroad tracks about ten miles south of Las Vegas.

The owl has represented different things to different people over the millenia. Almost every culture has used the owl in its myths and legends. The owl has been both feared and revered, and even worshiped as a God. Ancient Athenians called him the bird of wisdom. We think owls are beautiful, and we think you made a wise choice in dining with us today!

Bill’s passion still lives on in the food as we continue to retain the legacy that he has build over the past 30 years. We will always remember you, Mr. Bill.