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. 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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

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