Santa Fe, New Mexico is a food Mecca. From white table cloth restaurants to mobile taco stands – you name it and Santa Fe has it and the food isdelizioso.
Because we have a second home in Santa Fe, we are often asked by friends where they should eat when planning a trip to The City Different.
For today, I will include a brief list – but as time passes, I plan to write more in-depth about some of our favorites.My plan is to feature “local” favorites as well as the most well known in town.
If I focused only on fabulous restaurants in Santa Fe for my blog articles, I could probably post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for about 3 years! Fortunately for my thighs, I plan to cover other topics, so in the meantime, here is a brief and extremely inadequate list.
Key: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = reservations recommended, NR = reservations not accepted
My list is not in order of preference except for the first entry –
Harry’s Roadhouse – 96B Old Las Vegas Highway - typically our first stop when hitting town – unique menu featuring New Mexican cuisine with twist! Great baked goods. Daily specials and fab margaritas! Yes, there really is a Harry! Beautiful outdoor dining in season. B, L, D, NR FEATURED ON DIVES, DRIVE INS AND DIVES
Pink Adobe – 406 Old Santa Fe Trail, parking in back – is back on our list. It was family owned and then sold a few years ago (went down hill) and now the family owns it again. Rave reviews since reopening. Santa Fe institution since 1944 – great cookbook available also– nice to have it back! L, D, R
Andiamo! 322 Garfield Street – near Sambusco 505-995-9595 Love it! Nice atmosphere, great menu, impeccable service, consistant. L, D, R
Restaurant Martin – (pronounced Marteen) 526 Galisteo St. – 505-820-0919 We have been to this restaurant several times and have not been disappointed. Nice menu, outdoor dining seasonal. L, D, R
Ristra – 548 Agua Fria Street, 505-982-8608 – a bit hard to locate…tiny sign, entrance doesn’t face the street. Good food, good service, nice atmosphere. L, D, R
Il Piatto 95 W. Marcy St. 505-984-1091 – Italian - Very good. Consistant. L,D,R
Chocolate Maven - Fun and Fabulous! See details and my review with pictures by clicking here. B, L, D NR/R (dinner/depending on season) Also serves Traditional High Tea each afternoon.
Osteria d’Assisi – 58 Federal Place - authentic regional Italian cuisine – delightful, 2 blocks from the Plaza. I once had lunch and dinner there – the same day – does that tell you anything? L, D, R
Gabriel’s – Exit 176 (Cuyamungue Exit) Highway 285 North (5 minutes from Santa Fe Opera) - food of the Southwest and Old Mexico – a must visit for us every time we are in SF – guacamole prepared tableside and killer Silver Coin margaritas! Beautiful outdoor dining in season. L, D, R?
Vinaigrette – 709 Don Cubero Alley – on Cerrillos between Guadalupe and Paseo de Peralta– a bit difficult to find (neatly hidden behind Visions Photo & La Unica Cleaners) but worth the effort - a salad bistro – that sounds ordinary – Vinaigrette is not ordinary – majority of ingredients grown by the owner, outdoor dining in season, L, D, R?
315 Restaurant & Wine Bar – 315 Old Santa Fe Trail – walking distance from Plaza - for a special dining experience – French inspired - some of the best service we have ever had.D, R
Galisteo Bistro – 227 Galisteo Street, 505-982-3700 Easy walk from Plaza, open less than a year – Tapas, pizza, Pasta, classic Bistro fare – super impressed. Robert is the owner - always on site.
Andiamo – 322 Garfield – near Sambusco Market Center – 505-986-9190 A nice walk from Plaza delizioso D, R
Pranzo Italian Grill – 540 Montezuma, Sambusco Market Center, near the Santa Fe Railyard, consistently good L, D, R
Clafoutis – on Guadalupe - next to Blake’s Lota Burger which is 404 Guadalupe (Beware - I don’t recommend Blake’s, Prince got food poisoning there!) – Easy walk from Plaza, French bistro and bakery – one of my favorites.
Gorgeous pastries, baguettes, croissants, crepes, palmiers, if it’s a French pastry or specialty, they make it. A breakfast must! Oh, and you can order a bowl of coffee! *Parking is limited – be patient and careful! Don’t park at the dry cleaners next door – they don’t like that! B, L, NR
Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen – 555 W. Cordova Rd. – known for featuring 125 different margaritas – our friends’ favorite – we can take it or leave it. We’ve had bad service every time we’ve been there. Santa Fe institution. L, D, R
The Ore House – on the Plaza – I haven’t eaten a “real meal” there but it is a fun place to have a beer or margarita after hoofing it around the Plaza for several hours. L, D, R for Dinner only (Closing soon, lost lease, another restaurant going in its place)
Cowgirl BBQ – yes, in Santa Fe. Consistently Best of Santa Fe Winner for Live Entertainment. I haven’t eaten there but want to. Not a lot of “night life” in Santa Fe, so check this out for live entertainment, D, NR
Bobcat Bite – 420 Old Las Vegas Highway – THE BEST HAMBURGER IN THESE PARTS – MAYBE ANYWHERE! Consistently written about in travel and food magazines. 11:00 - 7:15 pm Wed. - Sat., Out of season they are open fewer days – call for up to date schedule – 505.983.5319. Tip: NR – are you kidding? When you arrive write your name on the chalk board outside the front door. Do not go in until you are called. There is no room to stand inside - there are only 5 tables and a chair height bar for about 6 people. This year they added plastic sides to the front porch where you wait. That is a huge improvement over what that had. You may wait in your car if there is no room on the front porch. Don’t miss the Bobcat Bite experience! Say hi to Bonnie and John for us.
Real Food Nation – To read my review with pictures click here. At the intersection of Highway 285 (the highway from Clines Corners to Santa Fe) and Old Las Vegas Highway – a few miles from town but well worth the drive – delicious, delicious food. B, L, D, NR. Family Friendly – indoor play nook and large outdoor play area. Owners have two little boys, so they don’t just tolerate children, they welcome them. Andrew and Blythe are the owners – he is an award winning James Beard chef – specialty pastries, she is a super out front person. One of my new favorites! Even a drive through – rare in SF for such a great place. I will write more about them very soon!
Tune Up Cafe - 1115 Hickox St. - tiny, in a neighborhood, formerly Dave's Not Here! Only in Santa Fe! El Salvadoran - try the pupusas for lunch or the Huevos El Salvadorenos for breakfast for El Salvadoran influenced favorites - 7 am - 10 pm M - Sun. Love it! My first pupusas and I'm hooked! FEATURED ON DINERS, DRIVE INS AND DIVES
Whew, I am pooped and I’ve barely scratched the surface. I will write more details soon.