Food & Beverage
2010 Cerrillos Rd
Jambo Cafe has been a Santa Fe staple since 2009 featuring Chef Ahmed Obo's African and Caribbean cuisine—well-spiced and full-flavored comfort food.
Originally from Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya, Chef Ahmed learned to cook when he was a boy in his mother’s kitchen. Upon immigrating to the United States, Chef Ahmed found himself in the kitchen once again and has been cooking professionally for over 20 years. Opening Jambo Café was a long-time dream; since then Chef Ahmed has also opened Jambo Imports, Jambo Kids Foundation and a food truck, Jambo Hapa (hapa means “here” in Swahili), and most recently Jambo Cafe in Albuquerque.
Recognitions include “Best International Cuisine” for 10 years running and “Best Chef” in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in the Santa Fe Reporter’s “Best of Santa Fe.” Most recently, Chef Ahmed took home the "Best of Cream Soup" category at the 2018 Souper Bowl benefiting The Food Depot. Jambo Café was featured on The Food Networks, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2013.