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. 35 North Coffee

    $ | The Plaza | Café

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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Bumble Bee's Baja Grill

    $ | West of the Plaza | Mexican

    A bright, vibrantly colored restaurant with closely spaced tables, piñatas, and ceiling fans whirling overhead, Bumble Bee's (the nickname of...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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...Read More

  • 6. Dr. Field Goods

    $ | South Side | Eclectic

    Ardent foodies regularly trek 4 miles south along traffic-choked Cerrillos Road to experience one of the more memorable farm-to-table dining...Read More

  • 7. Ecco Gelato and Espresso

    $ | The Plaza | Café

    This airy, contemporary café across from the Downtown public library has large plate-glass windows, and brushed-metal tables inside and out...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Jambo

    $ | South Side | African

    Ahmed Obo, the Kenyan-born owner who's been in Santa Fe for years, applies great skill and enthusiasm to the Afro-Caribbean food he loves at...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Mariscos la Playa

    $ | Old Santa Fe Trail and South Capitol | Mexican

    Yes, even in landlocked Santa Fe it's possible to find incredibly fresh and well-prepared seafood served in big portions. This cheery, colorful...Read More

  • 12. Plaza Café

    $ | The Plaza | American

    Run with homespun care by the Razatos family since 1947, this café has been a fixture on the Plaza since 1905. The decor—red leather banquettes...Read More

  • 13. Rooftop Pizzeria

    $ | The Plaza | Pizza

    For sophisticated pizza, head to this slick indoor-outdoor restaurant on the upper level of Santa Fe Arcade. The kitchen here scores high marks...Read More

  • 14. Sabor Peruano

    $ | West of the Plaza | Peruvian

    Among the more unlikely locales for a exceptionally good Peruvian lunch or early dinner, this lively eatery decorated with colorful Andes textiles...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Sushi Land East

    $$ | The Plaza | Japanese

    Walk into this tiny chef-owned restaurant, and you'll be leaving the Southwest far behind you. A former chef from Shohko prepares masterful...Read More

  • 17. Sweet Lily Bakery

    $ | The Plaza | Bakery

    Feathery cakes and luscious pies, along with an impressive selection of gluten-free scones, cupcakes, and other sweet treats, are what this...Read More

  • 18. Taco Fundación

    $ | West of the Plaza | Mexican

    Tasty and affordable regional Mexican-style tacos, with soft corn tortillas, are the name of the game at this hip fast-food joint where you...Read More

  • 19. Tecolote Café

    $ | South Side | American

    The mantra at this celebrated bakery and breakfast joint is "no toast," and you won't miss it. Since 1980, the bellies of locals and tourists...Read More

  • 20. The Pantry

    $ | South Side | American

    Since 1948, this beloved, family-owned greasy spoon with a familiar blue neon sign has been pleasing budget-minded locals and visitors with...Read More

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