Santa Fe Restaurants

Eating out is a major pastime in Santa Fe and it's well worth coming here with a mind to join in on the fun. Restaurants with high-profile chefs stand beside low-key joints, many offering unique and intriguing variations on regional and international cuisine. You'll find restaurants full of locals and tourists alike all over the Downtown and surrounding areas. Although Santa Fe does have some high-end restaurants where dinner for two can exceed $200, the city also has plenty of reasonably priced dining options.

Waits for tables are very common during the busy summer season, so it's a good idea to call ahead even when reservations aren't accepted, if only to get a sense of the waiting time. Reservations for dinner at the better restaurants are a must in summer and on weekends the rest of the year.

So-called Santa Fe–style cuisine has so many influences that the term has become virtually meaningless, especially with many of the city’s top eateries embracing a more international approach to cuisine, albeit all the while sourcing more and more from local farms and ranches. At many top spots in town, you’ll detect Latin American, Mediterranean, and East Asian influences. Yet plenty of traditional, old-style Santa Fe restaurants still serve authentic New Mexican fare, which combines both Native American and Hispanic traditions and is quite different from Americanized as well as regional Mexican cooking.

Santa Fe's culinary reputation continues to grow not just in terms of restaurants but also in businesses that produce or sell specialty foods and beverages, from fine chocolates and local honeys and jams to increasingly acclaimed New Mexico wines, beers, and spirits. Don't miss Santa Fe Farmers' Market, one of the best in the Southwest.

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  • 1. Cafe Pasqual's

    $$$ | The Plaza

    This cheerful cubbyhole is owned by James Beard Award–winning chef and cookbook author Katharine Kagel, who champions organic, local ingredients, and whose expert kitchen staff...

    This cheerful cubbyhole is owned by James Beard Award–winning chef and cookbook author Katharine Kagel, who champions organic, local ingredients, and whose expert kitchen staff produces mouthwatering breakfast and lunch specialties like huevos motuleños (eggs in a tangy tomatillo salsa with black beans and fried bananas) and mahi-mahi tostadas. Dinner offerings range from chicken enchiladas to warm Thai noodle salad. The café's shop offers souvenirs such as cookbooks, aprons, and baseball caps, and there's an art gallery next door selling bronzes, ceramics, glassware, and more. Don't be surprised by the lines out front—it is on every tourist list for a reason (reservations are available for dinner only and strongly recommended).

    121 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-983–9340

    Known For

    • Smoked trout on potato pancakes
    • Colorful folk art and murals
    • Long waits without reservations (only available for dinner)
  • 2. Coyote Cafe

    $$$$ | The Plaza

    A Santa Fe hot spot since it opened in 1987, this pioneer of contemporary Southwestern cuisine has been renovated and modernized over the last decade...

    A Santa Fe hot spot since it opened in 1987, this pioneer of contemporary Southwestern cuisine has been renovated and modernized over the last decade under the guidance of owner Quinn Stephenson. Today, the restaurant serves some of the most consistently perfectly executed cuisine in the city, led by a professional and knowledgeable culinary team. The wine list is one of the most impressive in town, and the cocktails are creative. The adjacent Coyote Cantina sits on the rooftop space and offers a lively social scene with more casual fare. On the ground floor sits the private dining room called the Den, which is available for special-occasion rentals.

    132 W. Water St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-983–1615

    Known For

    • Consistently excellent food and staff
    • Impressive wine list
    • Creative cocktails

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch
  • 3. Geronimo

    $$$$ | East Side and Canyon Road

    This bastion of sophisticated contemporary cuisine occupies the historic Borrego House, built in 1756 by Geronimo Lopez, a massive-walled Canyon Road adobe with intimate white...

    This bastion of sophisticated contemporary cuisine occupies the historic Borrego House, built in 1756 by Geronimo Lopez, a massive-walled Canyon Road adobe with intimate white dining rooms, beamed ceilings, wood floors, fireplaces, and cushioned bancos (banquettes). It's a popular destination for a special meal, perhaps local rack of lamb with roasted leeks and a Merlot–natural jus reduction or mesquite grilled Maine lobster tails with a creamy garlic chile sauce. Desserts are artful and rich and the wine list is extensive. The restaurant is known for both its cuisine and its highly refined service, along with steep prices to match. In summer you can dine under the front portal; in winter the bar with fireplace has a sexier, less formal vibe.

    724 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-982–1500

    Known For

    • Sophisticated contemporary fare
    • Beautiful 18th-century Canyon Road adobe setting
    • Cozy bar

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch
  • 4. Horno

    $$ | The Plaza

    Since its 2021 opening, this family-owned and -run restaurant has quickly become one of Santa Fe's favorite dining spots, thanks to chef David Sellers's reputation...

    Since its 2021 opening, this family-owned and -run restaurant has quickly become one of Santa Fe's favorite dining spots, thanks to chef David Sellers's reputation for great food and his goal of ensuring that Horno remains attainable for locals. Unlike the sticker shock many downtown eateries impose, Horno has a seasonal, rotating menu of delectable street food dishes with global influences at decent prices. It is also one of the few spots open on Monday year-round, making it the go-to hang-out spot when most other restaurants are closed. Sellers was also crowned winner of the popular annual TACO WARS competition in both 2019 and 2023.

    95 West Marcy St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-303--3469

    Known For

    • Interesting and varied wine list
    • Convivial atmosphere
    • Constantly changing menu

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No lunch
  • 5. La Boca and Taberna

    $$$ | The Plaza

    An eight-time James Beard nominee, chef/owner James Campbell Caruso is known for his authentic yet creatively updated Spanish tapas, which are served at both his...

    An eight-time James Beard nominee, chef/owner James Campbell Caruso is known for his authentic yet creatively updated Spanish tapas, which are served at both his intimate dining room called La Boca, and the more lively, bustling Spanish pub located directly behind it and aptly named Taberna. La Boca has a more leisurely and romantic vibe and its big windows look out onto fashionable Marcy Street, while Taberna offers a livelier, communal atmosphere featuring live music and ample seating, spilling out into a cloistered courtyard. A full meal in either spot can also include authentic paella, and both areas are similarly priced, though the main restaurant is a tad more expensive. In both, you'll find a long list of fine Spanish wines and sherries. La Boca Bodega is another addition where guests can buy olive oils, spices, chorizo, and more. It also features a coffee bar that serves bocadillos (sandwiches), pastries, and charcuterie boards. 

    72 W. Marcy St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-982–3433

    Known For

    • Fine Spanish meats and cheeses
    • Extensive selection of authentic Spanish tapas
    • Nice variety of Spanish sherries

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.
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  • 6. Paloma

    $$ | Railyard District

    A fun go-to for happy hour or an intimate dinner, this bright and bustling modern take on a Mexican cantina offers an impressive mezcal-focused cocktail...

    A fun go-to for happy hour or an intimate dinner, this bright and bustling modern take on a Mexican cantina offers an impressive mezcal-focused cocktail program, plenty of shareable small plates, and seasonal entrées such as squash blossom enmoladas and a perfectly roasted half chicken with grilled chard, charro beans, and a classic mole poblano sauce. Street tacos—crispy Baja-style sea bass, cauliflower with marcona almonds, or lamb barbacoa with smoky adobo sauce—are another specialty, as is the remolacha salad of hibiscus beets, citrus, seasonal fruits, and frisee. You'll also find well-prepared versions of Mexican and Tex-Mex classics, from nachos to tortilla soup to fajitas. Cocktails here are equally impressive and the bar offers an extensive selection of mezcals, tequilas, and sotols.

    401 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-467–8624

    Known For

    • Street-food-style tacos
    • Craft cocktails
    • Mexican and Tex-Mex classics

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch
  • 7. Sage Bakehouse

    $ | Railyard District

    This artisanal bakery produces some of the best bread you'll ever taste along with delectable pastries, panini, tartines, quiches, soups, and salads. While many items...

    This artisanal bakery produces some of the best bread you'll ever taste along with delectable pastries, panini, tartines, quiches, soups, and salads. While many items are made to grab n' go, taking the time to enjoy a fresh-made meal in the small café is a nice break from a busy day.

    535 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-820–7243

    Known For

    • Artisanal bread and baked goods
    • Seasonal soups, panini, and tartines
    • Charming ambience

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No dinner
  • 8. Santacafé

    $$$$ | The Plaza

    Owner Quinn Stephenson (who also owns fine dining institution Coyote Cafe) now runs this long-acclaimed member of Santa Fe's culinary vanguard with a lighter menu...

    Owner Quinn Stephenson (who also owns fine dining institution Coyote Cafe) now runs this long-acclaimed member of Santa Fe's culinary vanguard with a lighter menu focused on fresh, fusion cuisine, and it remains one of Santa Fe's must-eat destinations. The minimalist, elegant restaurant is located two blocks north of the Plaza in the historic Padre Gallegos House and offers inventive dishes from chef Dale Kester. The playful bronze animal sculptures found both indoors and out add an earthy-yet-ethereal atmosphere. The inviting shaded patio is pretty, quiet, and the place to see-and-be-seen during warm weather while the private dining room seats about 12 and can be rented out for special occasions.

    231 Washington Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-984–1788

    Known For

    • One of the city's dining institutions
    • Fantastic patio popular with locals and visitors alike
    • Creative cocktails and impressive wine list

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch Sun.
  • 9. Sassella

    $$$$ | The Plaza

    Chef Cristian Pontiggia's enthusiasm and desire for perfection are both evident via the artfully presented dishes served here. The native of Lombardy, Italy, presents elegant...

    Chef Cristian Pontiggia's enthusiasm and desire for perfection are both evident via the artfully presented dishes served here. The native of Lombardy, Italy, presents elegant food with some whimsical molecular gastronomy flare, and he has racked up multiple awards from the international Chaine de Rotisseurs Society. Guests can treat themselves to an eight-course prix-fixe degustation menu, which includes a smattering of house-made pastas, seafood, meat, cheeses, and dessert (wine pairing is an additional fee). The restaurant also has a full bar with Italian-inspired cocktails, and be sure to check out the on-site deli offering all kinds of wonderful Italian cured meats and cheeses to take home.

    225 Johnson St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-982–6734

    Known For

    • Wide selection of amari
    • Sous-vide wild boar with asparagus and black truffle demi-glace
    • Special tasting menus and wine dinners

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Sun. No lunch Tues. and Wed.
  • 10. The Shed

    $ | The Plaza

    Expect to wait in line at this downtown eatery that's been family operated since 1953, serving flavorful New Mexican food and popular margaritas. Even if...

    Expect to wait in line at this downtown eatery that's been family operated since 1953, serving flavorful New Mexican food and popular margaritas. Even if you're a devoted green chile fan, definitely try the locally grown red chile the place is famous for; it is rich and earthy, with a bit of spice. Other specialties include red chile enchiladas, green chile stew with potatoes and pork, and charbroiled Shedburgers. The large selection of soups and salads will appeal to all visitors, and be sure to save room for their famous mocha cake. The rambling, low-doored, and atmospheric adobe dating from 1692 is decorated with folk art, and they have kept prices remarkably fair considering the iconic location. 

    113½ E. Palace Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-982–9030

    Known For

    • Red-chile enchiladas and posole
    • Mocha cake
    • Historic adobe setting dating from 1692

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 11. Tia Sophia's

    $ | The Plaza

    This family-run downtown joint has been in operation since 1974, serving some of the area's best New Mexican breakfasts and lunches. Order anything and expect...

    This family-run downtown joint has been in operation since 1974, serving some of the area's best New Mexican breakfasts and lunches. Order anything and expect a true taste of local tradition, including perfectly flaky, light sopaipilla; Tia's delicious burritos stuffed with homemade chorizo disappear fast on Saturday so get there early. Mammoth chile-smothered breakfast burritos will hold you over for hours on the powdery ski slopes during winter. Be aware that the red and green chiles are spicy and you're expected to understand this elemental fact of local cuisine.

    210 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-983–9880

    Known For

    • Huge breakfast burritos
    • Popularity with locals
    • Traditional New Mexican cuisine, down to the fiery chiles

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner
  • 12. Whoo's Donuts

    $ | Railyard District

    With a near-fanatical following for its traditional and creative doughnuts, Whoo's offers mouth-watering flavors that incorporate outside-of-the-box combinations and local flare. For those preferring savory...

    With a near-fanatical following for its traditional and creative doughnuts, Whoo's offers mouth-watering flavors that incorporate outside-of-the-box combinations and local flare. For those preferring savory over sweet, try the delicious handheld breakfast burritos. A selection of organic coffee and tea is also available.

    851 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505, USA
    505-629–1678

    Known For

    • Green chile apple fritters
    • Blue corn blueberry doughnuts with lavender icing
    • Organic coffee and tea

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner
  • 13. Zacatlán

    $$$$ | Railyard District

    Chef Eduardo Rodriguez led some of Santa Fe’s most famous kitchens for nearly 25 years before opening his own eatery, naming it after the north-central...

    Chef Eduardo Rodriguez led some of Santa Fe’s most famous kitchens for nearly 25 years before opening his own eatery, naming it after the north-central Mexican region of his birth. The culinary marriage between the southwestern United States and Mexico shows up in dishes like mole negro chilaquiles (eggs, Chihuahuan cheese, black beans, chicken, and mole sauce) for brunch and whole fried snapper with crab saffron risotto, calabacitas (sautéed zucchini), and salsa Veracruz for dinner. Sweets include flan de elote and churros, and the patio is charming for brunch in warm weather.

    317 Aztec St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505, USA
    505-780–5174

    Known For

    • Southwest meets Mexico flavors
    • Intimate atmosphere
    • Fresh, creative cuisine

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch Mon.–Wed.
  • 14. 35 North Coffee

    $ | The Plaza

    There are plenty of spots near the Plaza for grabbing a latte, but this coffeehouse stands out for brewing exceptional house-roasted, single-origin coffees from Guatamala,...

    There are plenty of spots near the Plaza for grabbing a latte, but this coffeehouse stands out for brewing exceptional house-roasted, single-origin coffees from Guatamala, Kenya, Sumatra, and other java hot spots around the world. You can order a pour-over made with beans of your choosing, or sample the house-made chai, nitro cold brew, and "latitude adjustment" (coffee blended with organic grass-fed butter, MCT oil, and coconut oil). The airy café with exposed-brick walls is in the back of Arcade retail complex on the south side of the Plaza and serves delicious baked goods, too, from sweet treats such as freshly made beignets to lox-and-cream cheese breakfast croissants.

    60 E. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-983–6138

    Known For

    • High-grade single-origin coffees
    • House-made chai
    • Breakfast croissants

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner
  • 15. Andiamo!

    $$ | Railyard District

    A longtime locals' favorite, Andiamo! scores high marks for its friendly staff, consistently good northern Italian food, and comfortable dining room. Produce from the farmers'...

    A longtime locals' favorite, Andiamo! scores high marks for its friendly staff, consistently good northern Italian food, and comfortable dining room. Produce from the farmers' market down the street adds to the seasonal surprises of this intimate restaurant set inside a sweet cottage in the Railyard District. Start with the addictively delectable crispy polenta with rosemary and Gorgonzola sauce and consider such hearty entrées as crispy duck leg confit with grilled polenta, dried figs, and sautéed spinach or linguine with spicy grilled shrimp and olives in a shallot, garlic, and tomato sauce. There's a super wine list with varied prices. Save room for the tiramisu or chocolate pots de crème.

    322 Garfield St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-995–9595

    Known For

    • Crispy duck leg confit with polenta
    • Great pizzas
    • Charming cottage setting

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch
  • 16. Atrisco Café & Bar

    $ | The Plaza

    Run by the family behind Tia Sophia's and Tomasita's, this casual New Mexican restaurant is where locals go to avoid the crowds at other Downtown...

    Run by the family behind Tia Sophia's and Tomasita's, this casual New Mexican restaurant is where locals go to avoid the crowds at other Downtown eateries. Located inside DeVargas shopping center (just five minutes north of the Plaza), Atrisco offers authentic dishes the way Santa Feans like them—smothered in red or green chile (or both, referred to as "Christmas" style). The stuffed sopaipillas are highly recommended, and the meat loaf with jalapeño mashed potatoes will please the "meat-and-tater" crowd looking for hearty fare at slightly less than Plaza-adjacent prices.

    193 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-983–7401

    Known For

    • Lamb-stuffed sopaipillas
    • Excellent margaritas
    • Weekend breakfasts
  • 17. Blake's Lotaburger

    $ | The Plaza

    This old-school, regional fast-food chain serves tasty breakfast burritos and juicy burgers. Perfect for a quick bite with the kids, don't forget to get a...

    This old-school, regional fast-food chain serves tasty breakfast burritos and juicy burgers. Perfect for a quick bite with the kids, don't forget to get a healthy helping of green chile on your burger.

    404 N. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-983–4915

    Known For

    • Green chile cheeseburgers
    • Thick milkshakes
    • Local family favorite
  • 18. Cowgirl BBQ

    $ | Railyard District | American

    A rollicking, popular bar and grill with several rooms overflowing with Old West memorabilia, Cowgirl has reasonably priced Southwestern, Tex...

    A rollicking, popular bar and grill with several rooms overflowing with Old West memorabilia, Cowgirl has reasonably priced Southwestern, Tex-Mex, barbecue, and Southern fare. Highlights include barbecue, buffalo burgers, chiles rellenos, and salmon tacos with tomatillo salsa. If you catch one of the nightly music acts—usually rock or blues—you're likely to leave smiling. When the weather is good, grab a seat on the spacious patio out front, order a delicious margarita and some green-chile cheese fries, and settle in for great people-watching. The attached pool hall has a loaded jukebox to keep toes tapping. Alas, service can be spotty.

    319 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-982–2565

    Known For

    • Mesquite-barbecue baby back ribs
    • Nice selection of beers on tap
    • Live music
  • 19. Dolina Cafe & Bakery

    $ | The Plaza

    Slovakian transplant Annamaria O’Brien's bustling bakery and brunch spot is as bright and crisp as her food. The menu borrows a bit from the chef's...

    Slovakian transplant Annamaria O’Brien's bustling bakery and brunch spot is as bright and crisp as her food. The menu borrows a bit from the chef's Eastern European roots with favorites such as paprikash, langos, and goulash, but also features regional American dishes like cornmeal waffles with buttermilk fried chicken and a surprising bone broth "morning soup." The quiche of the day is always delicious. Nearly everything served at Dolina was either grown on the Dolina farm or sourced as locally as possible. After your meal, be sure to peruse the goodies in the bakery case—tarts, pastries, and tvaroh (a ricotta-like fresh cheese) await, best accompanied by a macchiato or Mexican mocha. Make sure you wear your walking shoes as it's nearly impossible to find a parking spot in Dolina's tiny lot.

    402 N. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-982–9394

    Known For

    • Eastern European pastries
    • Eclectic and hearty breakfast-brunch fare
    • Farm-fresh local ingredients

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues. No dinner
  • 20. Downtown Subscription

    $ | East Side and Canyon Road | Café

    Locals congregate in the courtyard or on the front portal of Downtown Subscription, a block east of Canyon Road. A great, friendly spot to people...

    Locals congregate in the courtyard or on the front portal of Downtown Subscription, a block east of Canyon Road. A great, friendly spot to people-watch, this café-newsstand sells coffees, snacks, and pastries, plus one of the largest assortments of newspapers and magazines in town. It has lovely outdoor spaces to sit and sip during warm weather.

    376 Garcia St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA
    505-983–3085

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