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. Arroyo Vino

    $$$ | West of the Plaza | American

    It's worth making the 15-minute trek out to Santa Fe's western mesa to dine at this outstanding bistro–cum–wineshop that's quickly developed...Read More

  • 2. Radish & Rye

    $$$ | Railyard District | American

    Set in an intimate old house on the edge of the Railyard District with both a large and lively bar area and a more formal dining room, this...Read More

  • 3. Sazón

    $$$$ | The Plaza | Mexican

    The realm of Mexico City–born chef Fernando Olea, who's been working his culinary magic at different Santa Fe restaurants since 1991, Sazón...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. El Nido

    $$$ | Tesuque | Italian

    For decades a handsome adobe steak house in the cottonwood-shaded heart of little Tesuque village, El Nido shuttered in 2010 but has been brought...Read More

  • 6. Izanami

    $$$ | North Side | Japanese

    Set in the pine-scented foothills northeast of town, the ethereal boutique resort and spa Ten Thousand Waves has always cultivated a tranquil...Read More

  • 7. Maize

    $$$ | The Plaza | American

    Opened in fall 2017 in a historic redbrick house beside the O'Keeffe Museum, this atmospheric space with warm lighting, beamed ceilings, and...Read More

  • 8. Tesuque Village Market

    $$ | North Side | American

    Nestled in the heart of the artsy, country-chic village of Tesuque (just a 10-minute drive from the Plaza and a couple of miles from the opera...Read More

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