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
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 fin
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

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. Arroyo Vino

    $$$ | West of the Plaza | American

    It's worth making the 15-minute trek out to Santa Fe's western mesa to dine at this outstanding bistro–cum–wineshop that's quickly developed...Read More

  • 2. Cafe Pasqual's

    $$$ | The Plaza | American

    A perennial favorite, this cheerful cubbyhole dishes up Nuevo Latino and occasional Asian specialties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The...Read More

  • 3. Geronimo

    $$$$ | East Side and Canyon Road | American

    This bastion of dazzling, sophisticated contemporary cuisine occupies the Borrego House, a massive-walled Canyon Road adobe dating from 1756...Read More

  • 4. Inn of the Anasazi

    $$$$ | The Plaza | American

    The expert culinary team at this romantic, intimate 38-seat restaurant with hardwood floors, soft lighting, and Chaco Valley stone–inspired...Read More

  • 5. Joseph's Culinary Pub

    $$$ | Railyard District | 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Radish & Rye

    $$$ | Railyard District | 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

  • 8. Restaurant Martin

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

    Having cooked at some of the best restaurants in town (Geronimo, the Old House, Anasazi), acclaimed James Beard–nominated chef Martin Rios now...Read More

  • 9. The Shed

    $ | The Plaza | American

    The lines at lunch attest to the status of this Downtown eatery that's been family operated since 1953 and that serves some of the most flavorful...Read More

  • 10. Tune-Up Cafe

    $ | West of the Plaza | American

    This cozy locals' favorite has colorful walls and wood details, booths, a few tables, and a community table. The shaded patio out front is a...Read More

  • 11. Atrisco Café & Bar

    $ | West of the Plaza | American

    Run by the family behind Tia Sophia's and Tomasita's, this first-rate, affordable New Mexican restaurant is in a cheerfully decorated space...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Coyote Cafe

    $$$$ | The Plaza | American

    A Santa Fe hot spot since it opened in 1987, this pioneer of contemporary Southwestern cuisine has experienced some ups and downs over the years...Read More

  • 14. Gabriel's

    $ | North Side | American

    This rambling and often very busy restaurant has a great location (convenient for pre-opera and post-high-road tours), a gorgeous setting (the...Read More

  • 15. Horseman's Haven Cafe

    $ | South Side | American

    Tucked behind the Giant gas station, this no-frills diner-style restaurant close to the many chain hotels along lower Cerrillos Road has long...Read More

  • 16. La Casa Sena

    $$$ | The Plaza | American

    The Southwestern-accented and Continental fare served at La Casa Sena is beautifully presented, and the scenery, especially during the warmer...Read More

  • 17. Luminaria

    $$$ | The Plaza | American

    The casually sophisticated restaurant at Santa Fe's Inn at Loretto is one of the most inviting dining spaces in town, comprising a contemporary...Read More

  • 18. Maize

    $$$ | The Plaza | American

    Opened in fall 2017 in a historic redbrick house beside the O'Keeffe Museum, this atmospheric space with warm lighting, beamed ceilings, and...Read More

  • 19. Maria's of Santa Fe

    $ | South Side | American

    Creaky wood floors and dark-wood vigas set the scene for decent traditional New Mexican cuisine, but this rustic restaurant's real claim to...Read More

  • 20. Midtown Bistro

    $$ | South Side | American

    A couple of miles south of Downtown in a spacious adobe building with pitched ceilings and a charming patio, Midtown Bistro presents creative...Read More

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