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. 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. Joseph's Culinary Pub

    $$$ | Railyard District | American

    Chef-restauranteur Joseph Wrede has garnered countless accolades since the 1990s at various restaurants in Taos and then Santa Fe, and his current...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. 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar

    $$$ | Old Santa Fe Trail and South Capitol | French

    As if it were on a thoroughfare in Paris rather than on Old Santa Fe Trail, 315 has a Continental, white-tablecloth sophistication, but the...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. El Mesón & Chispa Tapas Bar

    $$$ | The Plaza | Spanish

    This place is as fun for having drinks and late-night tapas or catching live music (from tango nights to Sephardic music) as for enjoying a...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Il Piatto

    $$$ | The Plaza | Italian

    This chef-owned neighborhood spot near the Plaza charms its legions of fans with creative pasta dishes like pappardelle with braised duckling...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. La Casa Sena

    $$$ | The Plaza | American

    The Southwestern-accented and Continental fare served at La Casa Sena is beautifully presented, and the scenery, especially during the warmer...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Shohko

    $$$ | The Plaza | Japanese

    Shohko and her family run this first-rate Japanese restaurant that's known for the freshest, best-prepared sushi and sashimi in town, along...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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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