Sofrita + Santeria: Q&A with the Restaurant Owner

Most people in Fountain Hills know and love Sofrita, the Spanish restaurant that has been a popular tapas and sangria spot for the past four years. You see the straw umbrellas on the patio and you know a brief vacation awaits you. Sofrita sets a relaxed but cheerful mood with an eclectic music mix, dim lighting and beautiful décor. Carolyn, the owner, has created a restaurant where people love to get together and celebrate life over delicious food and drink. In Carolyn’s words, “the last four years have been a wonderful adventure!”

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Sofrita’s Menu

Sofrita serves brunch, lunch, dinner, desserts and drinks. They have a great happy hour every day from 3-6 pm including $1 mini tacos, draft beer and $4 mini margaritas. The majority of conversations I have had with people about Sofrita always tend to start with their amazing bruschetta and end up in how delicious their sangria is. Sofrita offers a wide variety of mouthwatering sangrias and delectable bruschetta that are sure to please everyone’s palate.

Different Bruchettas Sofrita

We asked Carolyn a few questions about Sofrita’s menu items, see her responses below:

What is your most popular menu item?

We have a variety of popular dishes depending upon our lunch, tapas or breakfast menu. I would say it’s our ropa vieja a very traditional dish with our delicious sofrita sauce. Also, our bruschetta is very noteworthy with the array of selection and how wonderful it is to share with others. Both of these items were written about at one point in local newspapers.


Tell us about any new menu items we need to check out?

We are very excited about our quinoa salad and fish tacos which are both gluten free. They are both unique and have been so well received.

Tacos Sofrita

Everyone in Fountain Hills raves about your sangria, can you tell us about what makes them so special?

Our sangria has been a signature drink since we opened. The love and uniqueness that goes in each drink is what seems to draw such attention to our sangria. We provide such an array of selection while also having our popular “skinny sangrias”. Each drink is provided with a great selection of fresh fruit and captures the magic of a Caribbean drink.

Sofrita Patrons Outside

Last, the question we ask everyone – what do you ‘Heart’ about Fountain Hills?

Fountain Hills is a unique town that offers a sense of community and deep family values that is at the core of Sofrita’s mission to be a place of gathering for friends and family. Sofrita is a place set for enjoying tapas and drinks while creating everlasting memories.


Did you know Sofrita caters? We were pretty excited to find this out. Sofrita offers a wide selection of catering items to fit unique catering events of every budget. Options range from picking up a mini bruschetta tray of 25 mini bruschetta for $30 to having Sofrita host a dining reception. You can even mix in items from their Italian catering menu. Sofrita can create a special menu just for you to cover the different type of item selections you may want.

Santeria – New Location

If you follow Sofrita on Facebook, you know they have purchased the location next door and are in the middle of renovations for a brand new addition to the Sofrita family – Santeria! This new location will offer the availability of private parties and cocktail receptions. There will be specialty events and an array of new programs which will be added. During the day Santeria will have special hours devoted to being a unique gift shop of crosses, vintage religious items and jewelry. Carolyn stated it perfectly when she said, “Santeria will be a magical addition to Sofrita.”

Upcoming Event: Mom’s Night Out

October 7th from 6-9 pm, join I Heart Fountain Hills and other moms around Fountain Hills for a fun evening to make friends and enjoy happy hour pricing on food and drinks. We are so excited to experience this event at Santeria, right next door to Sofrita. View the Sofrita’s Mom’s Night Out Photo Gallery from the last event. We had so much fun making new friends and catching up with old ones. Please visit the Facebook invite for the upcoming Sofrita’s Mom’s Night Out event and share with your friends. We can’t wait to see you!

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This post has been sponsored by Sofrita.

To learn more about Sofrita visit their website or Facebook page. Like their Facebook page to stay up to date on specials and events.

16848 East Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 – 480.816.5316
www.sofrita.comSofrita on Facebook –  Santeria on Facebook


We would love to hear from you! Please tell us what is your favorite thing to order at Sofrita?




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