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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Andiamo

    $ | Railyard District | Italian

    A longtime locals' favorite, Andiamo scores high marks for its friendly staff, consistently good northern Italian food, and comfortable dining...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Coyote Cafe

    $$$$ | The Plaza | American

    A Santa Fe hot spot since it opened in 1987, this pioneer of contemporary Southwestern cuisine has experienced some ups and downs over the years...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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