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. 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. Counter Culture

    $ | South Side | Café

    It's taken a few years for this low-key, slightly off-the-beaten-path café that's well regarded by locals to catch on with tourists, but Counter...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Iconik Coffee Roasters

    $ | South Side | Café

    First and foremost a lively coffeehouse that turns out expertly prepared pour-overs, lattes, cold brews, and other delicious espresso drinks...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. The Teahouse

    $ | East Side and Canyon Road | Café

    A delightful spot toward the end of gallery row at the intersection of Canyon Road and East Palace Avenue, The Teahouse has several bright dining...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

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