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. 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

  • 2. Harry's Roadhouse

    $ | South Side | Eclectic

    This busy, friendly, art-filled compound 6 miles southeast of Downtown consists of several inviting rooms, from a diner-style space with counter...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Chocolate Maven

    $ | South Side | Café

    Although the name of this cheery bakery suggests sweets, and it does sweets especially well, Chocolate Maven produces impressive savory breakfast...Read More

  • 7. Clafoutis

    $ | Old Santa Fe Trail and South Capitol | Café

    Undeniably French, this bustling café serves authentic, delicious food. Walk through the door of this bright, open space and you'll almost certainly...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Dolina Bakery

    $ | West of the Plaza | Café

    Slovakian transplant Annamaria O’Brien opened this bustling bakery and brunch spot with whitewashed beamed ceilings, tile floors, and angular...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Santa Fe Bite

    $ | Old Santa Fe Trail and South Capitol | Burger

    John and Bonnie Eckre, the former owners of the legendary but now defunct Bobcat Bite burger joint, now serve their juicy green-chile cheeseburgers...Read More

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