*150 Washington Ave.*This steak house is one of Santa Fe's best restaurants. (More
information coming soon.)
* 121 Don Gaspar Ave., corner of Water Street, one block south of the Plaza *
Parking across the street in city parking lot * Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday
brunch * $$$$ * Major credit cards * Beer and wine * Smoke-freeCafé
Pasqual's is a dining tradition for locals and a cheerful haven for visitors.
The cozy atmosphere is typical of Santa Fe charm and ambiance. Mexican tile and
handmade traditional Taos furniture complement the murals painted on the high
walls, and the big community table was recently featured on NBC-TV's "Today" show.
Café Pasqual's presents a unique blending of New Mexican, Mediterranean and Asian
cuisine. An extensive menu of delicious selections offers such marvelous taste
treats as huevos motulenos de Yucatan, cilantro pesto quesadillo, grilled
New Mexico rack of lamb with promegranate glaze, or the plato supremo with
shrimp and chicken. Then the desserts will knock your socks off. Try one of the
many house-made ice creams, such as toasted pinon, Mexican chocolate, lavender
honey or sangria sorbet. Whatever you select and whenever you are there, you'll
love Café Pasqual's. But beware-there can be a wait.
* 1115 Hickox St. (going west on Paseo de Peralta, after it crosses St. Francis,
the street name changes to Hickox-four blocks down, on the right) Lunch and dinner
* $$ * Cash * Beer and wine * Smoke-free * No reservations
it's the excellent fresh quality of the food, the generous portions or the informal,
neighborhood restaurant atmosphere in the single, friendly dining room, Dave's
Not Here has been a popular gathering place almost 20 years. Favorites are homemade
chiles rellenos, blue corn chicken enchiladas, chimichangas, the
big Greek salad and Dave's famous 9-ounce hamburger. Domestic and imported beers
go well, or try the house wine. If you have room, the homemade desserts such as
ice cream pie and mile-high chocolate cake add the finishing touch. The quiet,
neighborhood setting makes Dave's an especially nice place to bring the family,
and children's plates are available.
* 122 Grant Ave. * Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast, and Sunday for brunch *
$$$ * Major credit cards * Smoke-free * Reservations
morning, and every morning, you may join a select group of people for breakfast
at the Grant Corner Inn, an elegant Santa Fe bed-and-breakfast hotel. We offer
the city's finest full gourmet breakfast, featuring a frothy fruit frappe drink,
fresh fruit, cereal, a daily special entrée either savory or sweet, and freshly
baked muffins and breads, all served with considerate attentiveness and friendly
smiles. The entrees change every day, and reflect the cuisine of Holland, Mexico
and other countries. You will delight in our Old World décor of carefully selected
antiques and family heirlooms and be warmed by the homemade flavor and thoughtfulness
that go into all our food. After you have joined us once, you're sure to want
to come back for breakfast at the Grant Corner Inn.
* 905 Alarid St. near Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive intersection * Lunch,
dinner, carry-out * $$ * Major credit cards * Beer and wine * Smoke-free
the people who bring Santa Fe The Shed, which has been serving delighted downtown
diners a wide variety of New Mexican dishes for almost 50 years, La Choza is a
casual restaurant serving Northern New Mexican food at affordable prices. Specialties
include chile verde con papas, posole, chile con carne y frijoles, carne adovada,
posole, guacamole and vegetarian plates. It's located off the beaten path,
in an old ranch house, replete with vigas and brick floors, and has pleasant patio
dining to make a summer meal complete. Offering continuous service, La Choza is
the perfect place to come enjoy a meal at any time. Few diners can resist the
luscious mocha cake for dessert.
* 555 W. Cordova Road, east of St. Francis Drive * Lunch and dinner * $$$ * Most
credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and nonsmoking * Reservations
dining tradition for more than 50 years, Maria's New Mexican Kitchen has maintained
the quality and homemade cooking style of Old Santa Fe. Maria's blue corn enchiladas,
pork or vegetarian tamales, chiles rellenos and Mexican-style ribs are but a few
of the favorites. Maria's beef, chicken, shrimp and vegetarian fajitas have won
numerous awards. You can watch native cooks making your tortilla by hand. Traditional
homemade desserts including flan, natillas, Mexican chocolate mousse and sopa
top off a perfect evening in Maria's old adobe atmosphere. Mexican troubadors
play on weekends, and the best Margaritas in town, each hand-shaken from scratch,
make Maria's a must for authentic New Mexican cuisine and atmosphere. Full-service
bar and extensive wine list.
* 301 Jefferson St., downtown * Lunch and dinner * $$ * Major credit cards * Beer
and wine * Smoke-free * No reservations
Ysabel, chosen by "Good Morning, America" to represent New Mexican cooking, truly
exemplifies the unique taste of Santa Fe. Owner Bell Mondragon personally prepares
the food, and creates unique recipes to satisfy your palate. Maria Ysabel is a
family restaurant, casual and friendly. Favorites include huevos rancheros, chicarron
burrito, a children's menu and American food. On Friday and Saturday nights you
may even be treated to an impromptu musical performance by Bell's singing and
guitar-playing husband Roberto, a former New Mexico lieutenant governor, and the
charming voice of a grandchild, Chaco. Family-style dinners are hearty eight-course
offerings for the healthy appetite. And vegetarian diners will be pleased to find
many selections to choose from. Come to Maria Ysabel, enjoy our patio, and join
* 2434 Cerrillos Road in College Plaza South * Lunch and dinner * $$$ * Most credit
cards * Full bar * Smoking and non-smoking * Reservations
exciting Old Mexico-style cuisine served in an intimate casual atmosphere. Regional
dishes are delicately seasoned with fresh herbs and spices, and cooked to perfection
in zesty sauces. The exhibition cooking area features a mesquite grill and a French
rotisserie. Freshly baked beans and desserts are also featured - especially the
custard rice pudding. Come taste the flavors everyone is talking about-and writing
about, as well: In the words of The New York Times: "the dishes are filled with
flavor, light and vibrant." The Albuquerque Tribune noted that "the service is
just as good as the food." Harper's Bazaar was impressed by the "good food and
stiff drinks." And the Albuquerque Journal could not get over the "magical desserts."
You won't either.
* On the Plaza * Lunch and Dinner * For more information, please call or see website.
Restaurant and Saloon
* 142 West Palace Ave. * Lunch and dinner * Saloon 11 a.m.-2 a.m. * Patio dining
in season * $$$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Nonsmoking dining room * Reservations
Palace Restaurant and Saloon is built on one of Santa Fe's most notorious sites,
the 18th-century gambling house of Dona Tules, patronized by wealthy
Santa Feans, merchants from the East, and U.S. Army officers from Fort Marcy.
Dona Tules saloon has long passed from the scene, but the palace Restaurant, renowned
for its fine cuisine since 1961, has built a tradition of its own. Brothers Lino,
Piedro and Bruno carry on the tradition of fine food at the Palace, just as their
father did as chef at the famous Villa d' Esta in the Lake Como region of northern
Italy. With specials changing daily, the finest Continental cuisine is offered
at the Palace, including fresh seafood, homemade pastas, and veal dishes from
the extensive menu, as well as fine wines from the well-stocked cellar. Dining
is leisurely in this Victorian setting, and service is by an international team.
Rancho de Chimayo
505-984-2100 * State Road 520 (27 miles north of Santa Fe: U.S. Highway
285 to State Road 503 to State Road 520), Chimayo * Lunch and dinner * $$$ * Most
credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and nonsmoking * Reservations
Nestled in the mountains of Northern New Mexico is
the small village of Chimayo, where you will find the popular Restaurante Rancho
de Chimayo. Located in a century-old adobe home with whitewashed walls and hand-stripped
vigas, this restaurant is a Northern New Mexico jewel. Your hosts, the Jaramillo
family, can trace their roots in the area back to the 1700s, to the first Spanish
settlers. The restaurant is located on what was once the home of Hermenegildo
and Trinidad Jaramillo. The menu features native New Mexican cuisine prepared
with locally grown products, from recipes that have been in the family for generations.
Dine indoors or outside on the lush patio. The fame of this restaurant has spread
far and wide, so reservations are strongly recommended. A visit to Rancho de Chimayo
is one you'll long remember. Inquire about rooms at the Hacienda for a special
overnight stay in the area.
Fonda HotelFind the true flavor of Santa Fe-indoors or out-at
La Fonda! Enjoy a wide variety of New Mexican, American and Continental favorites
at reasonable prices, complemented by La Fonda's famous Southwestern charm and
attentive service. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily at La Plazuela,
our enclosed, sky-lit courtyard. Cocktails are served daily in the lounge, and
in the Bell Tower, our fifth-floor patio bar. La Fonda, the Inn at the End of
the Santa Fe Trail, has a proud history of service to travelers and locals alike.
Come see why!
505-982-5511 * 100 East San Francisco Street, on the Plaza * La Plazuela
Dining Room: breakfast, lunch and dinner * La Fiesta: lounge menu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.,
plus later snacks * The Bell Tower: cocktails * (La Terraza and the Bell Tower
open seasonally) * $$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and nonsmoking
* Reservations and walk-ins
Link to La Fonda Hotel & Restaurant
Read The Inn at the End of the Trail
about La Fonda Hotel
Author at La Fonda by Richard McCord
* 808 Canyon Road * Lunch and dinner * $$$ * Major credit cards * Full bar * Smoking
and nonsmoking * Patio * Reservations recommended
Farol has become a Santa Fe favorite for two good reasons: excellent food and
superb entertainment. In the uniquely Santa Fe rustic setting, El Farol features
tapas, the popular appetizer from Spain. The menu headlines more than 30 varieties
of tapas for you to choose from. Select any combination you like, hot or cold,
to create a unique meal at any time. From seafood selections to chicken, meat
and vegetarian, El Farol's tapas will enchant you and draw you back for more.
The setting is pure Santa Fe in the century-old building perched along Canyon
Road. In the bar, you'll find old-world murals painted on the whitewashed walls,
a rough-hewn wooden bar and lots of local color and history. But the real topper
in the bar is the evening entertainment and the dance floor, small though it is.
Whatever your pleasure, in food or entertainment, you'll find it at El Farol.
* 2846 State Highway 14, Madrid, 25 miles south of Santa Fe * Lunch and dinner
* $$ * Major credit cards * Full bar * Smoking * No reservations
visit the old coal-mining village of Madrid is to step back in time, or to step
into another dimension, with the town's current reincarnation as a funky mixture
of history and hip. Whatever brings you, a stop at the Mine Shaft Tavern, with
its 40-foot lodge-pole pine bar, is a must. Whether for lunch or dinner, your
visit will be memorable. Sample the famous extra-lean charcoal-grill hamburgers,
made to order and generous in size. Or perhaps a buffalo steak, in season, will
take you back to the early 1900s. Great sandwiches and homemade soup back up the
daily specials. And the live music on weekends, mixed with the rustic atmosphere,
will make you wonder what era you have slipped into. The Mine Shaft is a truly
unique experience. Don't miss it.
Take U.S. Highway 84/285 north or Bishop's Lodge Road north to Tesuque; five minutes
from the Santa Fe Opera, five miles from the Plaza * Dinner every night * $$$$
* Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and non-smoking
an exceptional dining experience, visit El Nido in the charming village of Tesuque.
A local landmark for more than 60 years, El Nido has as many as seven fresh seafood
selections each night, plus the finest aged beef and prime rib, all served in
an authentic adobe atmosphere enhanced by fireplaces and local artwork. The nightly
specials vary according to season, and all are memorable. The homemade desserts
deserve a spotlight of their own-such as the profiterolles, a luscious combination
of puff pastry filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with El Nido's own chocolate
sauce. So when you feel the urge for the finest dining to be found, just take
the short drive to Tesuque and El Nido.
* 451 W. Alameda St. * Lunch * $ * No credit cards * No alcohol * Smoke-free *
and sandwiches, the tastiest in town-that's the Noon Whistle, Santa Fe's friendly,
informal lunch spot. It serves both hot and cold sandwiches, all made of the freshest
ingredients. The turkey and beef are roasted right on the premises to ensure fine
flavor. Vegetarian soups and sandwiches also are available. Call-in orders are
welcome, or just come in and take a seat in the neighborly lunchroom or on the
* 309 W. San Francisco St., in the Eldorado Hotel * Dinner * $$$$ * Most credit
cards * Full bar * Smoke-free * Reservations
Old House, in Santa Fe's only five-star hotel, offers outstanding food in an atmosphere
of understated elegance. The New Southwestern menu blends elements of Continental,
California and other cuisines into a completely creative selection. The menu changes
weekly, but the favorites include fire-roasted pasilla pepper stuffed with asiago,
mascarponi and goat cheese, served with tomato vinagrette; or medallions of veal
tenderloin with citrus and glazed vegetables. The service is exceptional, as is
the wine list, chosen especially for The Old House, and featuring 30 choices by
to Eldorado Hotel and
Old House Restaurant
House on the Plaza
505-983-8687 * 50 Lincoln
Ave. at San Francisco Street * Lunch and dinner every day * $$$ * Most credit
cards * Full bar * Smoking and non-smoking
of warm adobe, colorful tiles, the smell of pinon, and friendly people serving
you the tastes of the Southwest: ceviche, guacamole, fresh fish, Steak Mexica,
ice-cold beer and dozens of varieties of margaritas. You'll be thinking of the
Ore House. A downtown landmark, right on the Plaza since 1976, this second-floor
restaurant features prime aged beef, an array of seafood specialties, lamb, chicken,
vegetarian dishes and dinners for the kids. Balcony dining overlooking the Plaza
in season. It's the true taste of Santa Fe.
Francisco Street Bar & Grill
* 114 W. San Francisco St., downstairs at Plaza Mercado * Lunch and dinner * $$
* Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking/Nonsmoking * No reservations
San Francisco Street Bar & Grill is a favorite among locals, with its continuous
offerings of well-prepared, quality food in an easy, relaxed atmosphere. The menu
features sandwiches half-pound hamburgers, fresh fish and grilled specialties,
as well as freshly made soups, salads and desserts, all reasonably priced. Stop
in at any time, seven days a week, for a drink, snacks or a great meal, in the
downtown heart of Santa Fe.
505-982-9030 * 13½
E. Palace Ave., half a block from the Plaza * Lunch * $$$ * Most credit cards
* Beer and wine * Smoke-free * No reservations
Shed, located in a historic adobe hacienda dating back to 1692, has become a dining
tradition for locals and visitors alike. The festive atmosphere of its folk-art
style, with decorated walls and windows can brighten up any day. For almost half
a century The Shed has offered a distinctive selection of Northern New Mexico
dishes. You will be greeted by a warm, friendly staff, but be sure to come early,
as the crowds gather quickly outside on almost any day. Don't forget to treat
yourself to one of the delectable desserts, such as mocha cake or raspberry sundae.
* 321 Johnson St., at Guadalupe * Free parking in rear * Lunch and dinner * $$$
* Most credit cards * Beer, wine and sake * Smoke-free * Reservations
Santa Feans and vistitors, Shohko-Café is synonymous with fine Japanese cuisine.
For more than 20 years Shohko has built its reputation, with the freshest possible
food, with absolutely no sugar or preservatives added. The menu features ginger
beef, yakitori, sashimi, and vegetarian and Chinese selections, as well as a special
Southwestern treat, green chile tempura. The sushi bar offers more than 30 artfully
prepared varieties. The atmosphere of Shohko-Café is a blending of East and West,
comfortable and relaxed.
at El Gancho
* Seven miles from the Plaza, out Old Santa Fe Trail on the Old Las Vegas Highway
* Dinner only * $$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoke-free dining room *
restaurant that always ranks at the top for consistency of food and service is
the Steaksmith at El Gancho. For a quarter-century this popular dinner-only establishment
has served more than a million dinners of the finest aged beef and highest-quality
seafood. This is fine dining-with items ranging from 18 tasty appetizers to some
of the most delicious homemade desserts anywhere. Professional service is guaranteed,
and the ambience is bold and beautiful, yet relaxed and comfortable in a Santa
Fe way. An easy 10-minute drive from downtown, El Gancho also offers splendid
views of sunset and mountains. Ask a local. Then go enjoy.
* 2428 Cerrillos Road, in College Plaza South * Lunch and dinner * $ * No credit
cards * No alcohol * Smoke-free * No reservations
the best all-you-can-eat salad bar in Santa Fe, head for Souper Salad. It offers
more than 60 salad items that will both delight your palate and satisfy your hunger.
Fast service in a friendly, family atmosphere is enhanced by antique furniture
and old-fashioned décor. In addition to the salad bar, four homemade soups are
offered daily, plus a variety of special sandwiches. Or you can build your own
baked potato from a selection of eight different toppings-a meal in itself. Fresh-baked
gingerbread and cornbread smothered in honey is provided with all meals. Children's
menu and take-out service are also available. For a 1930s atmosphere, serving
21st-century appetites, visit Souper Salad.
505-988-1362 * 1203
Cerrillos Road * Breakfast and lunch, Tuesday-Sunday * $ * Most credit cards *
Beer and wine * Smoking and non-smoking * No reservations
Tecolote Café has made breakfast Santa Fe's favorite meal, especially for those
who order the Breakfast Burrito, Huevos Rancheros or Shirred Eggs Tecolote. These
and all the other items on the menu are made fresh daily. Lunch is as imaginative
and hearty as breakfast, featuring specials such as Green Chile Stew and Tostada
Compuesta, a corn tortilla fried crisp and heaped with beans, cheese, chile, lettuce,
tomato, more cheese and guacamole. But breakfast is the main attraction. To start
the day like Santa Feans do, Tecolote is where it's at.
* 3139 Cerrillos Road * Breakfast, lunch and dinner * $ * Major credit cards *
Beer and wine * Nonsmoking * Children's menu * Take-out * No reservations
best New Mexican restaurant is Tortilla Flats," said Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
"Inside is a pleasant atmosphere, delightful service and food that is imaginative,
fresh and delicious." If you had the time and the freshest of ingredients, perhaps
you would prepare food the way Tortilla Flats does. But if you don't, how nice
that this well-established Santa Fe restaurant does it for you. All you have to
do is make your choice from the American and native New Mexican cuisine menu-then
enjoy your meal at a place that Santa Feans have learned to call home. Don't forget
to bring the family.
* 329 Old Santa Fe Trail, next to the Oldest Church * Lunch and dinner * $$ *
No credit cards * Beer and wine * No reservations * Free delivery
hard to say what's best about Upper Crust Pizza-the wonderful views or the outstanding
pizza. The front patio has been a favorite Santa Fe spot for almost 20 years;
there is no better place to enjoy a pizza and a cold beer than while watching
the passing parade on the Old Santa Fe Trail downtown. You can also come inside
to the relaxing dining rooms. Or just stay home and call for delivery, within
the nearby area. But above all, don't miss the pizza, which consistently ranks
as Santa Fe's best. The selection is as imaginative as it is delicious. There
is the whole-wheat veggie with sesame seeds and diced tomatoes. Or the Grecian
gourmet with feta and olives. Or the all-time-favorite Combination Supreme. For
discriminating pizza lovers, Upper Crust lives up to its name.
505-988-7008 * 326
South Guadalupe St. * Lunch and dinner, seven days * Summer patio dining * $$
* Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and non-smoking
for flavorful American favorites? Then come to the Zia Diner for a wide range
of choices pleasing to both the palate and the pocketbook. Features include homemade
soups, including vegetarian, and daily specials of pasta, fish and meat. Pizzas
are baked in a wood-burning stove, the soda fountain is fun anytime, and our generous
bar lists 14 different beers and Guinness stout on tap. Two longstanding favorites
are the deep-dish chicken pot pie and the Zia meatloaf-just good, honest eating.
Check out this renovated century-old warehouse in its art-deco finery. Families
welcome. See ya at the Zia!