This swanky but low-key restaurant next to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum turns out some delicious and creative fare with generous influences from Basque and French traditions. This is much more than a typical museum café, although the lunches do make a great, if expensive, break following a jaunt through the galleries. Dinner is the main event, however, showcasing such tempting and tasty selections as sweetbreads with shallots and cherry demi-glace; cashew-encrusted mahimahi over garlic-mashed potatoes with a mango–citrus butter sauce; and Colorado lamb chops with red chile–honey glaze and mint-infused couscous. Chef Leo Varos's prix-fixe dinner menu, when offered, is a fantastic deal at around $35. The wine selection is incredibly extensive, with a number of highly prized international offerings. Patios shaded by leafy trees are great dining spots during warm weather. Free, validated parking is available at the Eldorado Hotel.
Jan 14, 2008
Without a doubt the best dining experience we had on our last trip to Santa Fe. Wonderful food, interesting interior and our waiter and the rest of the staff was outstanding. We dined at Geronimo and Inn of the Anasazi later in the same week and neither came close.
Sep 3, 2007
What a delightful place. Too bad the food didn't measure up. On Sunday the wines are all 50% off and the list is very impressive (owner is in the wine trade). Unfortunately, the kitchen can't execute and the menu is poorly conceived; Elk covered with goat cheese and nuts....why mask a great piece of wild game with chevre? Sweetbreads with a cloying/salty sauce. Everything "missed" the mark. The staff were great. If they could get the kitchen
together it would be a great place.