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Taos Restaurants

Trading Post Cafe

Updated 12/04/2013

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Local hipsters outnumber tourists at this casual spot serving mostly modern Italian fare with regional accents. Intelligent and attentive service along with well-presented contemporary Southwestern art make any meal a pleasure. For starters try the signature noodle soup or minestrone with smoked ham before moving on to an oven-roasted duck with seasonal vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes or any of the traditional pasta dishes, such as penne Arrabbiata (with spicy Italian

sausage). Superb desserts include a coconut-cream pie and rich strawberry shortcake. Parking is just around the back, off NM 518.

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4179 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, 87557, USA

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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun.–Mon.

Updated 12/04/2013


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May 25, 2012

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This has been my favorite eating place in Taos for years. The Italian menu is complete--we've haven't been able to eat our way through the whole thing. Given the choice, we prefer to sit at the bar and watch the cooking and check out each dish. When traveling to Santa Fe from Colorado, we always take the route through Taos so we can have a meal here, not to mention shopping the art in town. We can park our RV in the back parking lot for the evening,

which makes it easy to stop for the night.

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Sep 28, 2006

Good Choice!

This upscale restaurant is wonderful. Interesting Nouvelle Cuisine (w/ some NM) good service. Everythying is quality. Go for Lunch to save some $.

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Feb 26, 2005

Cowgirl Chic Dining With a Flare

We have a rental home in Taos and would never thinking of stoppin by without dining at the Trading Post. The food ranks a 4 or slightley better and when considered in view of the size of the portions (beware or be really hungry) the pricing is exceedingly reasonable, in a town where dining is frequently not. On our last visit I dared to order an appetizer, a chantrelle tart; You would be arrested in San Francisco for offereing anyone a dish half

that size. The service is never less than warm, friendly and informative. Seven years ago we dined there one evening, the first week in October when we made the offer on our house, and my wife mentioned it to our waitress during the course of the evenings conversation. Two months later when we returned to collect the keys for our home, we dined there again. We had a different server on this occasion, but during dessert, our waitress from two months back walked over and said, "Does this mean you got the house?" That sums up the Trading Post for us.

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