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. 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. Fire & Hops

    $ | West of the Plaza | Eclectic

    Tucked inside a cozy and modest house on busy Guadalupe Street, Fire & Hops turns out some of the most flavorful and affordable food in...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Joseph's Culinary Pub

    $$$ | Railyard District | Modern 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

  • 5. La Boca and Taberna

    $$$ | The Plaza | Spanish

    A beacon of superbly crafted, authentic yet creatively updated Mediterranean—and especially Spanish—cuisine, La Boca comprises two distinct...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. Paper Dosa

    $ | Old Santa Fe Trail and South Capitol | Indian

    Begun as a catering business that threw occasional pop-up dinners, Paper Dosa became so beloved for its boldly flavored southern Indian cuisine...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Bouche

    $$$ | West of the Plaza | French

    Talented chef-owner Charles Dale (who previously cooked at Rancho Encantado's Terra, Daniel Boulud's Le Cirque, and at his own James Beard–lauded...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. El Mesón & Chispa Tapas Bar

    $$$ | The Plaza | Spanish

    This place is as fun for having drinks and late-night tapas or catching live music (from tango nights to Sephardic music) as for enjoying a...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Ranch House

    $ | South Side | Barbecue

    Given New Mexico's deep ties to its easterly neighbor, the Lone Star State, it's hardly surprising that the region has some top-notch barbecue...Read More

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