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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Horseman's Haven Cafe

    $ | South Side | American

    Tucked behind the Giant gas station, this no-frills diner-style restaurant close to the many chain hotels along lower Cerrillos Road has long...Read More

  • 9. Maria's of Santa Fe

    $ | South Side | American

    Creaky wood floors and dark-wood vigas set the scene for decent traditional New Mexican cuisine, but this rustic restaurant's real claim to...Read More

  • 10. Tecolote Café

    $ | South Side | American

    The mantra at this celebrated bakery and breakfast joint is "no toast," and you won't miss it. Since 1980, the bellies of locals and tourists...Read More

  • 11. Tia Sophia's

    $ | The Plaza | American

    This Downtown joint serves strictly New Mexican breakfasts and lunches (open until 2 pm most days and 1 on Sundays). You're as likely to be...Read More

  • 12. Valentina's

    $ | West of the Plaza | American

    This colorfully decorated locals' spot in a shopping center on the West Side doesn't look like anything special from the outside, but it's one...Read More

  • 13. 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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