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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Luminaria

    $$$ | The Plaza | American

    The casually sophisticated restaurant at Santa Fe's Inn at Loretto is one of the most inviting dining spaces in town, comprising a contemporary...Read More

  • 5. Midtown Bistro

    $$ | South Side | American

    A couple of miles south of Downtown in a spacious adobe building with pitched ceilings and a charming patio, Midtown Bistro presents creative...Read More

  • 6. State Capital Kitchen

    $$$$ | Railyard District | American

    The dangling Edison bulbs, abstract art, brick walls, and decided lack of Southwestern trappings are an immediate clue that this intimate, high...Read More

  • 7. Terra

    $$$$ | North Side | American

    Among the many reasons guests of the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado often find it difficult to ever leave the gloriously situated property is...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Vanessie

    $$$ | West of the Plaza | Steakhouse

    This classy, lodgelike space with high ceilings and a tremendously popular piano cabaret serves hefty portions of well-prepared chops and seafood...Read More

  • 10. Galisteo Bistro

    $$$ | The Plaza | Eclectic

    Walk into this inviting space a few blocks from the Plaza—with its open kitchen, stacked stone walls, and high ceiling—and you'll likely hope...Read More

  • 11. 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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