Santa Fe Restaurants

The Taste of Santa Fe…

A regional saying opines “Gusto con gusto siempre es gusto” which translates as “Pleasure with taste is always a pleasure!” And with as many restaurants as art galleries – more than 200 – Santa Fe has justly earned its international reputation as a “must” in dining destinations. The Inn’s location puts it within easy walking distance of many of the best restaurants in Santa Fe, offering a range of cuisine and price levels to suit your mood and your wallet. The Inn’s staff offers honest guidance in your selection, whether it be Southwestern, New Mexican, Continental, Asian, or eclectic American, and we are happy to help you decide on the ambiance to match, romantic or “happening,” casual or elegant. To assist you in choosing a dining experience, we have listed some local favorites, which are organized by the primary focus of their cuisine:

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Unusual or New
American Fare
Asian/East Indian
New Mexican
Vegan/Vegetarian Fare
Southwest Contemporary

Unusual or New

Bouche Bistro http://www.bouchebistro.com/451 West Alameda505-982-6297

Charles Dale, formerly of Terra, has resurfaced with his own sweet bistro in the space that used to house Aqua Santa. Soupe a l'oignon, salade mesclun, we think the word "bistro" tells you what you need to know!

Jambo Cafe http://www.jambocafe.net/2010 Cerrillos Road505-473-1269

This year’s winner – last year’s, too – of the annual Santa Fe SouperBowl, this innocuous spot in a Cerrillos Road strip mall is consistently ranked high on TripAdvisor with good reason. African influences and hearty soups sell out daily, and it’s a local’s favorites!

American Fare

Zia Diner http://www.ziadiner.com/326 South Guadalupe505-988-7008

For comfort food with flair and classic desserts, this bright and spacious diner hits the spot. Try a comfy booth or the breezy patio for a satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner. Three squares, seven days a week, see ya at the Zia!

Vanessie http://www.vanessiesantafe.com/434 West San Francisco Street505-982-9966

Classic American dishes are the main attraction here, with large portions of fresh vegetables accompanying well-prepared favorites like steak, rack of lamb, and fresh grilled salmon. After dinner, the piano bar swings!

Santa Fe Street Bar and Grill http://www.santafebargrill.com/187 Paseo de Peralta at the DeVargas Mall505-982-3033

Sister venue of the San Francisco Street Bar & Grill, the mall location should not get in the way. Pub classics, a variety of beers on tap and a happy atmosphere make this a favorite of locals.

San Francisco Street Bar and Grill http://www.sanfranbargrill.com/50 East San Francisco Street505-982-2044

This downtown pub on the Plaza offers a nice selection of brews, a classic burger and a variety of salad selections, all at affordable prices, so you can splurge on another night in Santa Fe.

Rio Chama Steakhouse http://www.riochamasteakhouse.com/414 Old Santa Fe Trail505-955-0765

A clubby, upscale atmosphere and a classy menu enhanced by Southwestern flourishes set this one apart from your average steakhouse, and the bar menu is one of the best in town with a classy copper bar at which to linger.

La Casa Sena http://www.lacasasena.com/125 East Palace Avenue505-988-9232

This warmly elegant restaurant in a historic compound is known for its exciting wine list and a flourish of local flavor on the menu of classics. In warmer weather, opt for outdoor seting in one of the city’s lushest patios. For more casual dining, the adjacent Casa Sena Cantina offers lighter dishes delivered by singing waiters!

Dinner for Two 106 North Guadalupe505-820-2075

It really IS dinner for two, with a four-course tasting menu too! Moderately priced and family-operated, this warm and welcoming spot also invites larger parties to sample an extensive wine list over a leisurely dinner.

The Bullring http://www.santafebullring.com/150 Washington505-983-3328

This classic downtown steakhouse serves most items a la carte, and they’re definitely big enough to share. Don’t let the odd location, tucked behind a bank building, fool you – you won’t leave this place hungry!

Asian/East Indian

Shohko Cafe http://www.shohkocafe.com/321 Johnson Street505-982-9708

Years of consistency yield a serene Asian oasis, offering perfectly prepared tempura, sushi and other Japanese classics, with the chefs-owners always close at hand to ensure quality and satisfaction.

Lan’s Vietnamese Cuisine 2430 Cerrillos Rd505-986-1636

You’ll have to drive to get there, but you’ll be really glad you did! Fresh and affordable, this kitchen turns out some of the tastiest Asian food in Santa Fe, just as good for a tailgate take-out as it is in the restaurant.

India Palace http://www.indiapalace.com/227 Don Gasper (within the city parking lot)505-986-58598

This tiny spot exists for the days when you want spicy food but you don’t want Mexican. Tucker behind the city parking lot on Water Street, the luncheon buffet is always popular.


Bouche Bistro http://www.bouchebistro.com/451 West Alameda505-982-6297

Charles Dale, formerly of Terra, has resurfaced with his own sweet bistro in the space that used to house Aqua Santa. Soupe a l'oignon, salade mesclun, we think the word "bistro" tells you what you need to know!

315 Restaurant and Wine Bar http://www.315santafe.com/315 Old Santa Fe Trail505-986-9190

Provencal cuisine paired with terrific wine is always a winner, and this place serves them in a warmly congenial setting with a patio designed for lingering. Check out the wine bar for an extensive list of wines by the glass and daily specials.

Ristra http://www.ristrarestaurant.com/548 Agua Fria505-982-8608

The Southwest goes to Paris via this elegantly minimal restaurant featuring continental classics with just a hint of chile to liven things up. Choose the sleek dining room, the tranquil patio or the lively bar for a different experience each time.

French Pastry Shop East San Francisco Street in La Fonda Hotel505-983-6697

Still in the same La Fonda Hotel spot where they first opened years ago, this simple cafe is an easy daytime choice for a bowl of soupe a l’oignon, a quick cappucino or chocolate croissant to pick you up for an afternoon on the Santa Fe Plaza.

Clafoutis 402 North Guadalupe505-988-1809

A brunch or lunch delight, with fresh and delicious country salads, excellent sandwichs and a vast selection of pastries, which amply make up for the parking challenge. Breakfast and lunch only.

Swiss Bakery & Cafe http://www.swissbakerysantafe.com/401 South Guadalupe505-988-1111

Yes, a real bakery, real croissants! Serving a civilized breakfast and lunch, you can have crepes all day!


Rooftop Pizzeria 60 E San Francisco St # 301505-984-0008

You just might score a rooftop table overlooking a slice of Santa Fe, but either way, the slice you’re eating will be delicious! Artisanal pizza choices, salads and microbrew selections make this a pleasant option for casual dining downtown.

Pranzo Italian Grill http://www.pranzosantafe.com/540 Montezuma Street505-984-2645

One of the few establishments in town that stays open past 10 p.m., this moderately priced mainstay features an award-winning wine list, an extensive menu of Italian favorites and gourmet thin-crust pizza.

Osteria d’Assisi http://www.osteriadassisi.net/58 South Federal Place505-986-5858

One of Santa Fe’s most authentic Italian kitchens and a fine wine list draw regulars to this casually elegant spot, where freshly made pasta and stone-baked pizzas top the list of favorites.

Il Piatto http://www.ilpiattosantafe.com/95 West Marcy Street505-984-1091

Well-priced, creative Italian dishes in a lively setting are the highlight at this trattoria-style restaurant, located right in the heart of downtown, making it simple to stroll down to the Plaza after dinner.

Cafe Cafe http://www.cafecafesantafe.com/500 Sandoval Street505-466-1391

The modest exterior and simple decor belie the complexity of flavors emerging from the kitchen; the inventive Italian-style menu also features pizzas and salads, with additions from the new owners. Ask for specific directions so you don’t pass it by!

New Mexican

Tomasita’s 500 South Guadalupe505-983-5721

Housed in a former train depot, this popular spot serves plentiful and wallet-friendly New Mexican dishes to the crowds of locals and travelers who line up for their chile fix. No reservations, but the line moves along quickly, and so does the kitchen!

Tia Sophia 210 West San Francisco Street505-983-5721

Start the day like a local! Join the downtown business people for breakfast burritos, or sample chiles rellenos and other New Mexican fare at lunch at this old-time hangout.

The Shed http://www.sfshed.com/113½ East Palace505-982-9030

The quintessential Santa Fe eatery occupies a centuries-old building and serves up classic chile-infused New Mexican fare. Wash it down with a pitcher of sangria, and you’ll think you’re back in the days when New Mexico was the northern capital of New Spain.

The Pink Adobe http://www.thepinkadobe.com/406 Old Santa Fe Trail505-983-7712

After a brief interlude, “The Pink” is back, thanks to original owners, the Hoback Family! This old-time hangout with classic decor serves up New Mexican fare and popular signature dishes created by founder, Rosalea Murphy, with a lively bar scene in the adjacent Dragon Room.

Mucho Gusto 839 Paseo de Peralta505-955-8402

Tucked away next door to the Inn, this casual, family-owned spot serves up classic cuisine from Old Mexico. along with the best of New Mexican fare.

Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen http://www.marias-santafe.com/555 West Cordova Road505-983-7929

Known mainly for their unbelievably extensive margarita menu, northern New Mexico dishes help make this casual eatery a local favorite. It can be noisy, but it’s always fun!

La Choza http://www.sfshed.com/lachoza.htm905 Alarid Street505-982-0909

Sister property to the Shed, the out of the way location should not deter! Fresh, flavorful New Mexican fare makes this a repeat destination for local diners who want to be seated quick and enjoy their burritos!

Guadalupe Cafe 422 Old Santa Fe Trail505-982-9762

This popular hangout serves up authentic New Mexican fare as well as less-fiery cuisine in a charming adobe with patio seating in season. No reservations accepted, so go early to avoid a wait.

Bumblebee’s Baja Grill 301 Jefferson St505-820-2862

If you’re tired of eating it New Mexican-style, try it Mexican-style, with soft corn tortillas making for a great fish taco and some mighty big burritos. With two locations, Bumblebee Bob’s “bee-stro” is as popular with locals as it is with visitors!

Atrisco http://www.atriscocafe.com/93 Paseo de Peralta505-983-7401

Don’t let the mall location faze you, these folks know their chile! Another branch of the Tomasita’s/Tia Sophia’s/Diego’s familia is back in business at the DeVargas Mall, serving up fresh and tasty New Mexico specialties, with lighter-size platos available. And their long-standing connection to the Farmers’ Market makes this a real farm-to-table meal!


La Boca http://labocasf.com/72 West Marcy Street505-982-3433

The newest entry in the tapas derby, this one adds in touches of the Middle East to spice up its creative, ever-changing menu. The small tables and lively buzz are part of the convivial vibe, so save that intimate tete-a-tete for later, and go for the fun.

El Meson http://www.elmeson-santafe.com/213 Washington Avenue505-983-6756

Another exciting tapas restaurant, this congenial spot would be as at home in Madrid as it is in downtown Santa Fe. Wash down the tapas and paella with a Spanish wine or an oloroso sherry, or drop by their Chispa bar for live music and a nitecap.

El Farol http://www.elfarolsf.com/808 Canyon Road505-983-9912

Santa Fe’s oldest bar and restaurant, this historic spot on Canyon Road offers the some of the best people-watching in town, a happening bar with live music and a sophisticated menu of tapas and other Spanish specialties. This one’s a must!

Vegan/Vegetarian Fare

Treehouse Pastry Shop and Cafe http://www.treehousepastry.com/1600 Lena Street505-474-5543

Not just vegan and veg, the Treehouse also offers breakfast and lunch with gluten-free baked goods to satisfy the sweet tooth and still be diet-conscious!

317 Aztec 317 Aztec Street505-820-0150

Ensconced in the location of the old Aztec Cafe, this new spot offers vegan and vegetarian treats and gluten-free choices for those who eat alternatively, as well as coffee, tea and pastries.

Body Cafe http://www.bodyofsantafe.com/333 Cordova Road505-986-0362

Not really new to Santa Fe, just to our list! For vegans and vegetarians, and meat-eaters who want to eat with them, this is the spot. Fresh and unique cuiine that doesn’t make you feel like you are eating sawdust, and the most delectable chocolate truffles to end a meal. This is one of Santa Fe locals’ special spots!

Jambo Cafe http://www.jambocafe.net/2010 Cerrillos Road505-473-1269

This year’s winner – last year’s, too – of the annual Santa Fe SouperBowl, this innocuous spot in a Cerrillos Road strip mall is consistently ranked high on TripAdvisor with good reason. African influences and hearty soups sell out daily, and it’s a local’s favorites!

Southwest Contemporary

Santacafe http://www.santacafe.com/231 Washington Avenue505-984-1788

One of the earliest proponents of fusion fare, this pan-Asian-cum-Southwestern favorite occupies a historic building with a central courtyard for al fresco dining in clement seasons.

Restaurant Martin http://www.restaurantmartinsantafe.com/526 Galisteo Street505-820-0919

Martin Rios is back! This James Beard award-winner is finally back in the kitchen at his new location to bring his mouth-watering and tummy-warming fare to his fans. Look to see fresh seasonal ingredients in sophisticated presentations, lunch and dinner with brunch on weekends.

The Old House http://www.eldoradohotel.com/restaurants309 West San Francisco Street505-995-4530

No need to avoid hotel fare at this venerable spot, and the award-winning wine list and haute cuisine with a Southwestern accent distinguish it admirably.

Geronimo http://www.geronimorestaurant.com/724 Canyon Road505-982-1500

Housed in a historic building and considered one of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants, Geronimo gets consistent raves for its tasteful decor, professional service and outstanding menu of Continental cuisine updated with Asian influences and Southwestern flair.

Galisteo Bistro and Wine Bar http://www.galisteobistro.com/227 Galisteo Street505-982-3700

In a nutshell, Galisteo Bistro is a chef-owned operation where the food is made by hand, with the owners on the floor each night assuring that the food is good and their guests are happy. Featuring hearty home cooking in the blended spirits of Italy, Spain, New Orleans, and the New England coast, you’ll find a good rendition of the cuisine of several cultures and regions.

Coyote Cafe http://www.coyotecafe.com/131 West Water Street505-983-1615

This is the place that first put upscale Southwestern cuisine on the map, and it’s still a winner! For a lighter meal in a lively atmosphere, try the open-air, rooftop Coyote Cantina next door, but note that the Cantina does not take reservations.

The Compound http://www.compoundrestaurant.com/653 Canyon Road505-982-4353

One of Santa Fe’s original fine dining choices, the Compound offers fresh seasonal choices by a James Beard award-winning chef, a dining room wisely maintained in the original design by Alexander Girard, creator of the Folk Art Museum, and the best parking on Canyon Road.

Cafe Pasqual’s http://www.pasquals.com/121 Don Gaspar505-983-9340

The menu of organic and sustainably grown dishes spiced with Asian and Latin American flavors is one of the most imaginative in town. The decor is festive and the fun is contagious – and if you ask to be seated at the community table, you’re sure to meet some interesting dinner companions. Cafe Pasqual was the only New Mexico restaurant recently named on a list of “Restaurants Worth the Money” in the October 2009 issue of Gourmet Magazine.

The Palace Restaurant & Saloon http://www.palacesantafe.com/142 West Palace Avenue505-428-0690

Hardly new to Santa Fe, we're glad the Palace is back! With a beautiful face-lift, this downtown institution has returned to the fold. Though not easy for vegetarians and vegans, the kitchen turns out ample portions of delicious classics, with live music on the weekends.