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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. The Compound

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

    This gracious, folk-art-filled old restaurant, with stunning decor by famed designer Alexander Girard, is one of the fanciest spots in town...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Fuego

    $$$ | East Side and Canyon Road | American

    An elegant yet comfortable dining room inside the oasis of La Posada resort, Fuego has become a local favorite for reliably good Latin-inspired...Read More

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