Where to Eat in Santa Fe

Santa Fe rises out of the New Mexican desert as an oasis for tourists and foodies alike. As of 2010, Santa Fe’s population was 48.7% Hispanic, but you only have to partake in the fine local cuisine to figure that out for yourself. However, that is not to say that fine-dining in Santa Fe is limited to just Hispanic cuisine. With so many options it can be hard to decide where to eat in Santa Fe. Thankfully, we made a list of 10 of the best 4 and 5-star restaurants in Santa Fe that are sure to impress you.

10. El Farol

Ever since 1835, Santa Fe’s oldest restaurant, El Farol, has entertained locals and travelers alike. This is a “must go to” restaurant in Santa Fe. The guests are graced during their meals by musicians and dancers from the National Institute of Flamenco. The New York Times had once said that this eatery has “one of the best bars on earth!” Their menu is made up of traditional Spanish tapas and signature cocktails. Sip on a margarita or on a glass of sangria. Enjoy dining on “Prime Beef Skewers” (“Lanza De Carne”) or on “Acorn-Fed Iberico Ham” (“Jamon Iberico”). They were even awarded TripAdvisor’s coveted “Certificate of Excellence” in 2017. Make this a stop when deciding where to eat in Santa Fe.

  • Rating: 4-star
  • Cuisine type: Spanish, Vegetarian Options, Gluten-Free Options.
  • Pricing: Not available online.
  • Booking: Through their website’s reservations page.
  • Ideal for: Families, couples, small gatherings.
  • Address: 808 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, N.M. 87501.

9. ELOISA

Located inside of Santa Fe’s Drury Plaza Hotel, ELOISA has a “cocina” and staff so fine that you would forever regret missing out on their food. Inspired by his grandmother and “abuelas” everywhere, Chef John Rivera Sedlar has crafted a menu dedicated to authentic New Mexican cuisine. Start off with some “Anasazi Bean Dip” and finish with the “Chicken Chile Con Queso.” It’s impossible to go wrong here. Obviously, those staying in the hotel are quite lucky to have such a fine restaurant in-house, but you don’t need a hotel room to come and enjoy some of Santa Fe’s finest eats here.

  • Rating: 4-star
  • Cuisine type: Contemporary, Southwestern, Vegan Options.
  • Pricing: Starting at $5 per lunch dish and at $7 per dinner dish.
  • Booking: Through their own reservations page.
  • Ideal for: Families, couples, business meetings, gatherings.
  • Address: 228 E. Palace Ave., Santa Fe, N.M. 87501, located inside the Drury Plaza Hotel.

8. The Compound

The Compound restaurant was originally an adobe brick home on Canyon Rd., that is before Will and Barbara Houghton decided to turn it into a restaurant. Now under the ownership of highly acclaimed chef Mark Kiffin, the food centers around the Spanish and indigenous influences on local cuisine. Both lunch and dinner are served here daily, except for Sunday when they only serve dinner. The restaurant’s compound menu is seasonal, and it features signatures like “Wild Mushrooms and Organic Stone Ground Polenta” and “Grimaud Farms Guinea Hen.” For those looking for a fine-dining approach to local food, this is where to eat in Santa Fe.

  • Rating: 4-star
  • Cuisine type: American, Contemporary, Vegetarian-Friendly.
  • Pricing: Starting at $13 per main lunch dish and $26 per main dinner dish.
  • Booking: Make reservations through OpenTable.
  • Ideal for: Foodies, couples.
  • Address: 653 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501.

7. Coyote Cafe

The Coyote Cafe has been serving contemporary Southwestern cuisine to Santa Fe’s finest since 1987. It was celebrity chef Mark Miller who opened the restaurant and started the tradition of using native and regional ingredients in the restaurant’s cuisine. All of the local favorites are on the menu here. Dishes like “Hickory Smoked Duck Breast” and their “Legendary Cowboy Cut Prime Rib” makes this eatery a meat eater’s delight. You can also try one of their signature drinks, like a Watermelon Mojito, or a succulent dessert, such as their Caramel Creme Brulee. Its signature dishes and festive atmosphere makes this the perfect cafe for fine-dining and good eats.

  • Rating: 4-star
  • Cuisine type: American, Contemporary, Southwestern.
  • Pricing: Starting at $28 per signature/main dish.
  • Booking: Through Coyote Cafe’s reservations page.
  • Ideal for: Adults, couples, fine-food lovers.
  • Address: 132 W. Water St., Santa Fe, NM 87501.

6. Anasazi Restaurant

The Anasazi Restaurant is located inside the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, and what better place is there than your hotel when deciding where to eat in Santa Fe? Continuing in the tradition of Santa Fe restaurants, Executive Chef Edgar Beas of the Anasazi Restaurant uses the freshest local and seasonal ingredients he can find in his creations. Influenced by the rich culture and history of Santa Fe, Beas combines old world and contemporary recipes and techniques in his menu. Popular dinner dishes include “Colorado Lamb Chops” and “Dry Aged Prime Striploin.” Those looking for a relaxed and calming fine-dining experience need not look any further than the Anasazi Restaurant.

  • Rating: 4.5-star
  • Cuisine type: Southwestern, Vegetarian-Friendly, Gluten-Free Options.
  • Pricing: Starting at $18 per breakfast set, $19 per lunch entree, and $30 per dinner entree.
  • Booking: Through their website’s reservations page.
  • Ideal for: Couples, fine-food lovers, business groups.
  • Address: 113 Washington Ave., Santa Fe, N.M. 87501, inside the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi.

5. Restaurant Martin

Chef Martin Rios has perfected the casual fine-dining experience at his Restaurant Martin. He has won countless awards for his culinary excellence. Chef Rios has also appeared many times on T.V. He has been featured in shows like “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay” and “Chef Race: U.K. Vs. U.S.” Meat reigns king here at Restaurant Martin. The menu offers meaty American classics like “Prime Black Angus Beef Tenderloin” and “Pan-Seared Salmon.” Whether you come for brunch, lunch, or dinner, you now know where to eat in Santa Fe if meat is your thing. Don’t worry, they have vegetarian options too.

  • Rating: 4.5-star
  • Cuisine type: American, Contemporary, Vegetarian-Friendly.
  • Pricing: Starting at $15 per brunch favorite, $15 per local lunch favorite, $28 per main dish at dinner.
  • Booking: All reservations can be made through OpenTable.
  • Ideal for: Families, couples, business groups.
  • Address: 526 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, N.M. 87501.

4. Radish & Rye

No restaurant in Santa Fe embodies the spirit of the farm to table movement more than Radish & Rye. Chef Dru Ruebush has used his extensive experience in the restaurant business to create something truly unique. The menu offers both small and large dinner plates. Dine on a small plate of “Lamb Pate” or feast on the large plate of “Grilled Ribeye with Duckfat Potatoes.” They also have an extensive wine and bourbon menu. They source all of their produce locally when available, all of their meat is both hormone and antibiotic free, and all of their fish is either wild caught or sustainably farmed.

  • Rating: 4.5-star
  • Cuisine type: American, Contemporary, Gluten-Free Options.
  • Pricing: Starting at $10 for small plates and at $25 for large plates.
  • Booking: Through their website’s reservations page.
  • Ideal for: Meat Lovers, couples, foodies.
  • Address: 548 Agua Fria St., Santa Fe, N.M. 87501.

3. Galisteo Bistro

Galisteo Bistro is owned and operated by husband and wife team Robert and Marge Chickering. After briefly pursuing a bed and breakfast operation in Maine, Robert decided to head back to Santa Fe to open a restaurant that focused on international cuisine. This culinary couple likes to use fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients in their food whenever possible. Signature dishes on the menu include “Braised Lambshanks” and “Crabcakes ala Flamenca.” The atmosphere here is upscale, yet casual. It is a great place to enjoy a craft beer or a glass of wine as their drink menu is fairly large. This is a great place to take a date or to unwind after a long day with an alcoholic beverage.

  • Rating: 4.5-star
  • Cuisine type: American, Contemporary, Vegetarian-Friendly.
  • Pricing: Starting at $10 per tapa and $21 per main dish.
  • Booking: Call the restaurant owners for any reservations or dietary concerns.
  • Ideal for: Couples, business groups, gatherings.
  • Address: 227 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

2. Geronimo

Geronimo is located in Santa Fe’s historic “Borrego House.” The restaurant is named after the home’s builder, Geronimo Lopez, who built the house in 1756. This is the perfect place for a romantic dinner or just anyone looking to experience a piece of old Santa Fe. Chef Sllin Cruz sets the menu, which he changes seasonally. Favorites like “Elk Tenderloin” and “Green Miso Sea Bass” often frequent his menu. Its history and excellent menu selection has earned Geronimo the “AAA Four Diamond Award” and the “Mobil/Forbes 4 Star Award,” and has also earned them the right to be featured on both OpenTable’s “Top 100 Restaurants in the Country” and TripAdvisor’s “Traveler’s Choice” list in 2016.

  • Rating: 4.5-star
  • Cuisine type: American, International, Contemporary.
  • Pricing: Starting at $27 per main dish.
  • Booking: Through their official website.
  • Ideal for: Couples, fine-dining enthusiasts, special events.
  • Address: 724 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501.

1. Sazon

Chef Fernando Olea opened Sazon in 1991, which is his take on both contemporary and traditional Mexican cuisine. His deliberately small menu offers fresh local meats and produce. Chef Olea is famous for his many different mole recipes. One of these, the “New Mexican Mole,” was crafted by Olea in 2009 to honor Santa Fe’s 400th year anniversary. Sazon recently received the “AAA Four Diamond Award.” Sazon is also conveniently located as it is within walking distance from the Santa Fe Plaza and downtown luxury hotels. Additionally, it is at the top of our favorite places where to eat in Santa Fe.

  • Rating: 5-star
  • Cuisine type: Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian-Friendly.
  • Pricing: Starting at $27 per main dish.
  • Booking: Through their website’s reservations page.
  • Ideal for: Families, couples, business meetings, special events.
  • Address: 221 Shelby St., Santa Fe, NM 87501.

Conclusion

There are many fine places where to eat in Santa Fe, but none of them can top Sazon. The Mexican inspired cuisine, the perfect 5 rating on TripAdvisor, and Chef Fernando Olea’s passions for his food and mole sauces make this restaurant number one on our list. This list has covered many of the best restaurants in the area, but we would need many more lists to truly do the foodie town of Santa Fe justice. The list will help you decide which fine dining establishment to choose when you are wondering where to eat in Santa Fe.

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