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. Joseph's Culinary Pub

    $$$ | Railyard District | Modern American

    Chef-restauranteur Joseph Wrede has garnered countless accolades since the 1990s at various restaurants in Taos and then Santa Fe, and his current...Read More

  • 2. La Choza

    $ | Railyard District | American

    The off-the-beaten-path and less expensive sister to the Shed, La Choza (which means "the shed" in Spanish), serves supertasty, supertraditional...Read More

  • 3. Radish & Rye

    $$$ | Railyard District | Modern American

    Set in an intimate old house on the edge of the Railyard District with both a large and lively bar area and a more formal dining room, this...Read More

  • 4. Andiamo

    $ | Railyard District | Italian

    A longtime locals' favorite, Andiamo scores high marks for its friendly staff, consistently good northern Italian food, and comfortable dining...Read More

  • 5. 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...Read More

  • 6. Paloma

    $$ | Railyard District | Mexican

    A fun go-to for happy hour, weekend brunch, or dinner with a few friends, this bright and bustling modern take on a Mexican cantina offers plenty...Read More

  • 7. State Capital Kitchen

    $$$$ | Railyard District | Modern American

    The dangling Edison bulbs, abstract art, brick walls, and decided lack of Southwestern trappings are an immediate clue that this intimate, high...Read More

  • 8. Vinaigrette

    $$ | Old Santa Fe Trail and South Capitol | American

    A novel and noble alternative to the many Santa Fe restaurants that favor filling (and often fattening) dishes, Vinaigrette is all about the...Read More

  • 9. Whoo's Donuts

    $ | Railyard District | Café

    Begun by Jeff and Kari Keenan, the talents behind the terrific artisan shop ChocolateSmith, which is next door and also well worth investigating...Read More

  • 10. El Tesoro

    $ | Railyard District | Latin American

    One of the Railyard District's better-kept secrets, this small café occupies a spot in the high-ceilinged center of the Sanbusco Center, steps...Read More

  • 11. Flying Star Cafe

    $$ | Railyard District | Café

    The lone Santa Fe outpost of the popular Albuquerque minichain occupies a spacious, high-ceilinged modern building in the heart of the Railyard...Read More

  • 12. Raaga

    $$ | Railyard District | Indian

    In a town with some surprisingly good Indian restaurants, this intimate spot in a cozy Railyard District bungalow earns kudos for the modern...Read More

  • 13. Zia Diner

    $ | Railyard District | American

    In a renovated coal warehouse from the 1880s, this quirky diner with a low-key, art-deco-style interior serves comfort food with a twist (green...Read More

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