Fodor's Expert Review El Nido

$$$ North Side Italian
For decades a handsome adobe steak house in the cottonwood-shaded heart of little Tesuque village, El Nido shuttered in 2010 but has been brought back to life as a stylish, upscale Italian restaurant specializing in wood-fired grills and pizzas and handmade pastas. Among the latter, few dishes more effectively warm the soul on a New Mexico winter evening than chianti-infused pappardelle pasta with wild boar ragu, rosemary, and Parmesan. From the open-hearth oven, consider grilled branzino with a mild green-chile sauce, or 14-ounce rib-eye steak with black-truffle demi-glace. A fireplace warms the art-filled main dining room, but you can also eat in the lively bar or the serene back patio. Dinners featuring flamenco dance and music are held occasionally. El Nido is hugely popular on summer nights before the nearby Santa Fe Opera—reservations are a good idea at these times.
Italian Sceney Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

1577 Bishop's Lodge Rd.
Santa Fe, New Mexico  87506, USA

505-954–1272

www.elnidosantafe.com

Known For:
  • Popular for pre-opera dinners
  • Pappardelle pasta with wild boar ragu
  • Flamenco dancing and music on certain evenings
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No lunch

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