Celebrated and storied, Santa Fe’s culinary prowess draws legions of hungry locals and visiting foodies every day to a satisfying selection of generational New Mexican dishes, innovative fine dining and just about everything else in-between.
And now more than ever, their insatiable hunger for innovation has grown beyond Santa Fe’s famously quintessential quandary of ‘Red or Green?’ to a new dining paradise built on farm-to-table sourcing, where dishes rooted in a foundational-fusion of old and new have taken their place in the hearts, minds and stomachs of patrons alike. Whether it’s Carne Adovada Eggrolls at Dr. Field Goods or Chicken and Waffles at The Loyal Hound, diners are finding joy from these new and exciting comfort dishes, paired perfectly with the seemingly endless variety of local wines and Santa Fe craft beer. And make sure to leave room for coffee and dessert because Santa Fe’s dining scene definitely has a sweet tooth.
So get out there and start devouring: visit Tia Sophia’s for a savory breakfast burrito, stroll through The Plaza on your way to The Shed for a pipping-hot lunch plate of green-chile chicken enchiladas and end your day at The Compound on Canyon Road for mindnumbingly delicious cuisine. You’ll experience a satisfying, yet scant fraction of the restaurants, lounges, taquerias, diners and joints that have uniquely positioned Santa Fe among America’s top dining destinations. We’ve put together our list of “Don’t Miss” spots. With so many choices, you may have to extend your stay a bit.
35° North Coffee
Start your day right with java roasted in house! Plus espresso, baked goods & sandwiches.
60 E San Francisco Street
315 Restaurant and Wine Bar
Romantic French eatery featuring seasonal fare, vast wine list & twinkling white lights.
315 Old Santa Fe Trail
Sleek, softly lit venue at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa offering craft cocktails, wine & small plates.
309 W San Francisco Street
Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe
New American cuisine served in an enclosed, light-filled patio with a warm, sophisticated feel.
1501 Paseo De Peralta
Dynamic luxe farm-to-table fare that’s worth the splurge.
218 Camino La Tierra
Blue Corn Cafe/Brewery
Red, green or Christmas? Have a delicious New Mexican dish and a tasty craft beer to wash it down.
133 W Water Street
Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill
Colorful, friendly counter service at this Baja-style Mexican taqueria, with patio seating in summer. A local favorite.
301 Jefferson Street
Tasty new American fare with Bocci court in back. An Eldorado hangout.
624 Old Las Vegas Hwy
One of Santa Fe's most popular dining destinations. There is usually a wait, but you won't be disappointed!
121 Don Gaspar Avenue
French country-style breakfast and lunch with pastries to die for!
333 W Cordova Road
Counter Culture Cafe
A hip joint with tasty scratch made breakfasts and baked goods. Don’t forget the blueberry muffin. Cash only.
930 Baca St #1
Cowgirl Santa Fe
Favorite for locals and visitors, featuring region comfort food, craft beers and live music on the patio.
319 S Guadalupe Street
Coyote Cafe & Rooftop Cantina
Elegant eatery featuring local cuisine with Southwestern flair, cocktails & a rooftop bar.
132 W. Water Street
Dr. Field Goods Kitchen
What isn’t delicious here?!? Get a farm to table lunch and dinner at one of Santa Fe's hot spots.
2860 Cerrillos Road
El Meson Restaurant & Tapas Bar
Spanish hacienda setting features mouth-watering tapas, full entrées & frequent live music.
213 Washington Avenue
El Chile Toreado
Undoubtedly some of the best breakfast burritos and tacos in town according to locals in-the-know.
950 W Cordova Rd
Open 8-3pm daily
Looking for an Italian Steakhouse with Santa Fe flair? Come see the “new old El Nido” where the kitchen is fueled entirely with wood.
1577 Bishops Lodge Rd
A vibrant celebration of New Mexico’s culinary heritage with satisfying, down-to-earth foods.
228 E Palace Avenue
Fire and Hops
Folksy neighborhood nook with a locally sourced menu, craft beer and artisanal ciders.
222 N Guadalupe Street
One of the best. Eclectic global fare & drinks served amid elegant, minimalist decor.
724 Canyon Road
One of Santa Fe’s popular local haunts. Tasty eats & weekend brunch with optional patio seating.
96 Old Las Vegas Hwy
Savory, creative interpretations of Italian classics from Chef Matt Yohalem.
95 W Marcy Street
Feast on sumptuous African-Caribbean fusion dishes at this local fave.
2010 Cerrillos Road
Classic American fare made with local produce is served all day at this easy going, chill diner.
2801 Rodeo Road
Joseph’s of Santa Fe
Chef Joseph Wrede’s masterful, reinvented Southwestern classics are a must-eat.
428 Agua Fría Street
Tapas! Spanish small plates along with Mediterranean & South American wines.
72 W Marcy Street
La Casa Sena
Join Executive Chef Rodriguez for New Mexican cuisine and beyond at this rustic-yet-elegant adobe restaurant.
125 E Palace Avenue
Enjoy some of the best New Mexican dishes in town at this local fave.
905 Alarid Street
New Mexico craft ice cream using simple, local ingredients in creative seasonal flavors. Pints can also be found for sale in stores and restaurants around town.
1708 Lena Street, Suite 101
Enjoy Chef Renée Fox’s amazing comfort paired with an amazing beer selection.
730 St Michaels Dr
Home-style New Mexican food and over 100 varieties of margaritas!
555 W Cordova Road
Rustic-chic American eatery featuring indoor & outdoor dining plus a daily happy hour.
225 Johnson Street
Fine dining with a regional influence in a warm sophisticated atmosphere.
901 W San Mateo Rd
Start your day off right with their delicious house-roasted blends. A Santa Fe favorite.
1098 South St. Francis Drive
Take a trip to Southern India with every delicious bite.
551 W Cordova Road
Native son Martín Rios serves up top-notch dining experience with a fresh, sophisticated atmosphere.
526 Galisteo Street
Rio Chama Steakhouse
Innovative, American cuisine with New Mexican influences, serving the best prime rib, burgers and fondue in town!
414 Old Santa Fe Trail
Savory slices, great drinks with lofty views of downtown for the best in people watching.
60 E San Francisco St #301
Rowley Farmhouse Ales
Independently-owned brewery/gastropub with dynamic flavors on tap, great food and patio dining.
1405 Maclovia Street
Santa Fe Bite
Savory Green Chile Cheeseburgers, fresh tacos, fish and chips, and delicious sandwiches.
311 Old Santa Fe Trail
Upscale Southwestern eatery & bar serving regional fare in 4 dining rooms with a minimalist vibe.
231 Washington Avenue
Refined Mexican food. The bar menu offers a wide selection of adventurous small plates such as grasshopper or huitlacoche taquitos.
221 Shelby Street
State Capital Kitchen
Farm-fresh New American small plates served on carts, dim sum-style, in rustic-chic surrounds.
500 Sandoval Street
Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen
Farm-to-fork brunch & dinner served in a bright dining room with vaulted ceilings & wooden beams.
1512 Pacheco Street, Building B
Tesuque Village Market
Take the short and scenic ride to Tesuque for an enchilada and beer at this funky, eclectic market.
138 Tesuque Village Rd
Where the locals and tourists alike get their morning chile fix for breakfast. Grab a booth in the back & enjoy.
210 W San Francisco Street
Famously serving traditional Northern New Mexican cuisine since 1974.
500 S Guadalupe Street
Another Santa Fe hotspot. Amazing daily specials and delicious standards grace the menu.
1115 Hickox Street
Stroll up Canyon Road and you’ll find yourself amidst a host of world-class teas and savory dishes that amaze. Don’t miss the Italian chicken pot pie.
821 Canyon Road
The Compound Restaurant
Fine Southwestern dining by award-winning chef Mark Kiffin in an cozy adobe home setting.
653 Canyon Road
The Ranch House
BBQ mains, New American fare & creative cocktails are presented in an adobe-style space.
2571 Cristo's Road
Another local ‘go-to’ for classic New Mexican comidas, housed in a circa-1692 hacienda.
113 E Palace Avenue
An mouth-watering line up of signature juices complimented by fresh, lively dishes
851 W San Mateo Road
105 E Marcy Street
505.780.5151 | 505.983.8147
Design-your-own salads, plus soup & sandwiches, served in a modern, colorful space with a wine bar.
709 Don Cubero Alley
Fresh donuts made from scratch daily from many local and organic ingredients.
851 Cerrillos Rd. B
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