Santa Fe has many restaurants, quite a few of which are rather
good. Aside from New Mexican and ''Southwest'' cooking, cuisines that
are well-represented include Contemporary American, French, Indian,
Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and Spanish -- (Chinese restaurants in
Santa Fe are usually disappointing).
Below is my own, obviously biased, list of recommended restaurants,
freshly updated for 2007. Feedback is welcome!
315, 315 Old
Santa Fe Trl, Phone: (505) 986-9190. French, bistro style, highly
recommended. Small restaurant, reservations a good
Andiamo!, 322 Garfield
St, Phone: (505) 995-9595. Good Italian, tends to be
crowded. Reservations recommended. Moderate plus.
Atomic Grill, 103 E
Water St, Phone: (505) 820-2866. Nice selection of beers. Good place
downtown to hang out for a bit. Open late. Moderate minus.
Bagelmania, 420 Catron
St, Phone: (505) 982-8900. Quite a bit more than bagels. Excellent
Restaurant, Old Las Vegas Hwy, Phone: (505) 983-5319. American, great
burgers. Excellent and cheap.
Bumble Bee's Baja
Grill, 301 Jefferson St, Phone: (505) 820-2862. Tasty, basic, good
Cafe Dominic, 320 S
Guadalupe St., Phone: (505) 982-4743. Southwest/American. A solid
performer for breakfast and lunch. Moderate minus.
Cafe Pasqual's, 121
Don Gaspar Ave, Phone: (505) 983-9340. Southwest/multi-ethnic. Small,
reservations necessary. Unique, one of the best (but
Cafe San Estevan, 428
Agua Fria, Phone: (505) 995-1996. Gourmet-style, light New Mexican and
more. Pretty restaurant, popular. Moderate plus.
Carlos's Gosp'l Cafe,
The Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Rd, Phone: (505) 983-1841. One of the
best for lunch. American, excellent sandwiches. Cheap.
The Compound, 653
Canyon Rd, Phone:(505) 982-4353. One of the two best high-end
restaurants in Santa Fe. Contemporary American. The complete dining
experience plus ultimate desserts, but be prepared to pay for
319 S Guadalupe St, Phone: (505) 982-2565. Best lunch in Santa Fe?
Fresh ingredients, flavorful combinations. A must. Cheap. Now open for
Cowgirl Hall of Fame,
930 Baca St, Phone: (505) 995-1105. Informal and friendly:
Dave's Not Here, 1115
Hickox St, Phone: (505) 983-7060. American/New Mexican, casual, popular
with the locals. Burgers, burritos, chile rellenos,
Dinner for Two --,
106 N Guadalupe St, Phone:(505) 820-2075. Surprisingly affordable for a
formal restaurant. American/seafood. Solid value. Moderate.
376 Garcia St, Phone: (505) 983-3085. Coffeehouse. Large collection of
magazines, quaff an espresso and listen to aspiring screenwriters at
the next table. Try to look cool. Moderate minus.
El Farol, 808 Canyon
Rd, Phone: (505) 983-9912. Spanish tapas, bar. Once one of the rowdiest
bars in SF. Still has character. Moderate plus.
El Meson, 213
Washington Ave, Phone: (505) 983-6756. Spanish (has tapas, paella is
good). Moderate plus.
Geronimo, 724 Canyon
Rd, Phone:(505) 982-1500. The other best full-service restaurant in
Santa Fe. Contemporary American, get reservations and second
3877 Cerrillos Rd, Phone: (505) 424-3544. Authentic Mexican, no
tourists, can't miss. Go for the a la carte tacos. Cheap.
Guadalupe Cafe, 422
Old Santa Fe Trl, Phone: (505) 982-9762. New Mexican, popular, can be
crowded in season, get reservations. The Ancho chiles are
Il Piatto, 95 W Marcy
St, Phone: (505) 984-1091. Italian, informal setting. Moderate.
Il Vicino Wood Oven
Pizza, 325 W San Francisco St, Phone: (505) 986-8700. Pizza, etc. Good
micro-brews in-house (the IPA is excellent). Excellent, but can be
crowded. Moderate minus.
India Palace, 227 Don
Gaspar Ave, Phone: (505) 986-5859. Good North
Jinja Noodle Saloon,
510 North Guadalupe, DeVargas Center Phone:(505) 982-4321. Fast, diverse,
tasty Asian fusion. Slick atmosphere. Excellent deal for
the price. Cheap.
Kasasoba, 455 Agua
Fria, Phone: (505) 984-1969. Japanese noodle house, small,
attractive (can be slow). Moderate.
La Boca, 72 W. Marcy
St, Phone: (505) 982-3433. Tapas. Small, can be crowded. Terrific
options for lunch. Moderate.
La Casa Sena, 25
E. Palace Ave, Phone: (505) 988-9232. Southwestern. Beautiful setting,
excellent all-round, try lunch before splurging on
dinner. Extensive wine list. Expensive (lunch is reasonable,
Maria's New Mexican
Kitchen, 555 W Cordova Rd, Phone: (505) 983-7929. Basic, authentic
home-style New Mexican. Extremely wide selection of margaritas. Can be
crowded, important to get reservations. Moderate minus.
Marisco's La Playa,
537 W Cordova Rd, Phone: (505) 982-2790. Authentic Mexican
seafood. Small, ``formica'' atmosphere, don't be put
Mu Du Noodles, 1494
Cerrillos Rd, Phone: (505) 983-1411. South-east Asian. Excellent
variety and quality. Must try. Moderate.
O'Keefe Cafe, 217
Johnson St, Phone: (505) 992-1065. Contemporary American. Pleasant
ambiance. Moderate plus.
Pranzo Italian Grill,
540 Montezuma Ave, Phone: (505) 984-2645. Italian, very popular, nice
atmosphere, good ingredients. Desserts (and reservations)
Ristra, 548 Agua Fria,
Phone:(505) 982-8608. Elegant, French/contemporary. Expensive.
Sage Bakehouse, 535
Cerrillos Rd, Phone: (505) 820-7243. The best bread in Santa Fe,
period. Also a good breakfast spot (pastries, etc.).
The Shed, 113 1/2 E
Palace Ave, Phone: (505) 982-9030. Downtown, New Mexican. Enchiladas
are great, unfortunately can be crowded. Moderate.