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Cafe Pasqual's

Barbecue 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Colorful plates and a vibrant décor distinguish this Santa Fe hot-spot. — Gayot

Tight, cozy, informal, and always bustling, Café Pasquals is the kind of place where you’ll want to take a first date, especially if you think you’ll want to follow it up with a second. — Travel + Leisure

A perennial favorite, this cheerful cubbyhole dishes up Nuevo Latino and occasional Asian specialties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don't be discouraged by lines out front—it's worth... — Fodor's

This casual one-room restaurant has long been a local Santa Fe icon. — Concierge

Needless to say, it's a festive place, though it's also excellent for a romantic dinner. Service is jovial and professional. — Frommer's

La Choza

Mexican 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Heaping platters of shredded-pork and red-chile tamales, ground-beef-stuffed sopaipillas, blue-corn chicken burritos, and soul-satisfying green chile—all packing plenty of fire and flavor. — Travel + Leisure

La Choza, the sister restaurant of The Shed (a bustling, touristy locale), is the locals' destination for good New Mexican eats off the beaten path. — Gayot

Blue-corn burritos, a festive interior and an extensive margarita list make La Choza a perennial (and colorful) favorite among Santa Fe's discerning diners. Of the many New Mexican... — Lonely Planet

The patio is delightful in summer. Service is friendly and efficient. The menu offers enchiladas, tacos, and burritos. — Frommer's

The off-the-beaten-path and less expensive sister to the Shed, La Choza serves supertasty, supertraditional New Mexican fare. — Fodor's

Geronimo

French 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The restaurant is renowned for both its cuisine and its highly refined service. — Fodor's

Housed in a 1756 adobe, Geronimo is among the finest and most romantic restaurants in town. — Lonely Planet

For 22 years, the venerable Geronimo, situated in a 1756 adobe, has been serving a bevy of culinary delights. — Afar Magazine

Southwest tradition and 21C innovation merge in this Territorial-style adobe, built in 1748 by Spanish farmer Geronimo Lopez. In the sophisticated and romantic space, chef Eric DiStefano... — Michelin Guide

Housed in a restored 250-year-old landmark adobe building, Geronimo offers robust Southwestern-spiked global fusion fare in a stunning and cozy space. — Forbes Travel Guide

Coyote Cafe

Mexican 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Serious foodies return year after year for stellar interpretations of New Mexico cuisine. — Lonely Planet

At Eric DiStefano'™s Coyote Café, you can choose between swanky dining indoors and a casual culinary experience on the rooftop. Inside, you can see and hear the mesquite crackling away on... — Gayot

Noted chef Eric DiStefano operates this long-running pioneer of contemporary Southwestern cuisine, although results here have always been a bit more uneven than at his other restaurant,... — Fodor's

Lunch, especially at the rooftop Cantina upstairs, is a better deal. — Rough Guide

The upstairs, outdoor cantina of the famed Coyote Cafe is a perfect spot to perch and obtain a birdeyes view of the bustle of the Santa Fe streets. — Afar Magazine

The Compound Restaurant

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The elegant, grown-up Compound on Santa Fe's Canyon Road caters to devoted locals and tourists alike with a Southwest and Mediterranean focus. — Afar Magazine

One of the best weddings I’ve been to in Santa Fe was held on this property’s Garden Patio, an intimate space filled with a multitude of flowers with an Italian marble fountain as the... — Travel + Leisure

A longtime foodie favorite, featuring the contemporary American creations of much-lauded chef and owner Mark Kiffin. — Lonely Planet

Chef Mark Kiffin has transformed this gracious, folk-art-filled old restaurant into one of the state's culinary darlings. — Fodor's

Traditional regional ingredients brought to the area by the Spanish are joined by Mediterranean influences to create dishes like braised veal osso bucco and pancetta-wrapped monkfish. — Frommer's

The Shed

Mexican 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The dishes are based on the traditional cooking of the Pueblo and Hispanic peoples and are covered with potent red chile. — Gayot

In a 1692 adobe hacienda with brightly colored walls and a pretty courtyard, the Shed is deservedly famous for its smoky chile, just-hefty-enough blue corn tortillas, and classic recipes. — Afar Magazine

Whenever I want a delicious silver coin margarita, and to meet people who aren’t from Santa Fe, I head to the Shed on Palace Avenue and order said margarita and the Chicken Enchilada Verde. — Travel + Leisure

The long lines, even at lunch, are proof enough that this local institution half a block from the plaza is something special. — Frommer's

The lines at lunch attest to the status of this Downtown New Mexican eatery. — Fodor's

Il Piatto Italian Farmhouse Kitchen

Italian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This classy but welcoming Italian place, on the sleepier blocks north of the Plaza, is a good spot for a romantic dinner, while its light zestful flavors are showcased on the good-value prix-fixe lunch menu ($17). — Lonely Planet

Matt Yohalem's intimate neighborhood trattoria is a lively gathering spot for pre-opera-goers and post-gallery-hoppers. Windows overlook busy Marcy Street, a block from the Plaza, and... — Travel + Leisure

Chef Matt Yohalem continues to charm the legions of local fans and lucky visitors who dine at his place with creative pasta dishes. — Fodor's

Large front windows make this Italian farmhouse eatery a block north of the plaza a sunny favorite for lunch. — Frommer's

Il Piatto is a popular destination for diners looking for authentic Italian cuisine near the Plaza. Pasta dishes include the plump pumpkin ravioli served with toasted pine nuts. — Gayot

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Anasazi Restaurant

Mexican 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Martin Rios has lived in New Mexico most of his life, but he eschews chiles and spices for his flavors and sauce reductions. — Concierge

Refined dining in a rustic Southwestern setting. — Gayot

This ranks as one of Santa Fe's more interesting dining experiences. — Frommer's

There’s not a lot of indoor space in this bar, which is a large part of its appeal. — Travel + Leisure

Argentine chef Juan Bochenski balances a Latin and European sensibility in his approach to the kitchen at this romantic restaurant. — Fodor's

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El Farol

Mexican 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is the place to head for local ambience and flavors of Spain, Santa Fe, and Mexico. — Frommer's

Depending on the day of the week, you can also partake in trivia challenges, tap your feet to bluesy tunes, or shake your hips to salsa beats on the warped wooden floor. — Gayot

On a recent June night while the portal was crowded with diners, we found a dark corner in the back of this Santa Fe landmark bar. An open door let in the evening breeze and framed the... — Afar Magazine

Although El Farol serves excellent steaks, most people come to sample the extensive list of tapas (three for $25). — Lonely Planet

This Canyon Road institution is at its best at the height of summer when you can grab a small table outside and watch half the city walk by. — Travel + Leisure

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Santacafe

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fans most appreciate it as a destination for lunch or afternoon happy hour on the inviting shaded patio. — Fodor's

This is where my mother and I go to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions because the place exudes unique charm, both in its food and ambiance. — Frommer's

Since 1983, Santacafé has long been a culinary destination for the chic lunch set (Tom Ford is a fan) who opt for eclectic "classics" a la crispy calamari with 4 chile lime dipping sauce,... — Afar Magazine

The restaurant features contemporary Southwestern fare with the occasional Asian twist, like cactus and shiitake mushroom spring rolls with a spicy ponzu sauce. — Gayot

Opened in 1983, Santacafé became famous for infusing American dishes with Southwestern influences in an era when regional cuisine was still a new idea. Happily, it hasn't sold out and... — Concierge

La Casa Sena

Mexican 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Several downtown restaurants have outdoor seating but this is the prettiest, in the flower-filled garden of an old adobe that also has a snug interior. — Lonely Planet

During the warm months, this restaurant has the best patio in town. The cuisine might be described as northern New Mexican with a continental flair. — Frommer's

An early Santa Fe merchant, Don Juan Sena was as prolific in love as he was in business. He built his hacienda, now Sena Plaza, in the 1830s, and expanded it to 33 rooms to house his wife... — Michelin Guide

While rooted in Southwestern flavors, the cuisine at La Casa Sena stretches well beyond the four corners. Among the seafood dishes, we recommend the pan-seared salmon with a spiced mocha... — Gayot

In the height of summer this restaurant’s outdoor patio, with its twinkling lights and towering trees, feels like the location for a blockbuster Hollywood romance film. — Travel + Leisure

Maria's New Mexican Kitchen

Barbecue 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

tart (or end) your meal with a margarita; alternatively, if you are concerned about high-altitude drinking you can luy the proprietor's book (foreword by Robert Redford) and learn about... — DK Eyewitness

Rich or poor, tourist or local, young or old, everybody eventually goes to Maria's. — Gayot

Maria's was opened back in 1952, which explains its somewhat odd location just off the busy intersection of Cordova Road and St. Francis Drive. No matter—Maria's is a Santa Fe ... — Frommer's

A bit of a dive a mile and a half from Santa Fe’s tourist center, Maria’s has been a local favorite since 1952. — Afar Magazine

I admit that I love this funky, 62-year-old institution on Cordova Road the most because of its impossibly long margarita menu, which includes more than 100 selections, made only from... — Travel + Leisure

Tune Up Cafe

Mexican 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A longtime cook at the venerable Café Pasqual’s, chef Jesus Rivera now operates this friendly funky and cheerful rustic storefront serving delicious breakfast of Huevos El Salvadoreños... — Afar Magazine

At any time of day, this neighborhood café satisfies diners with a wide range of selections and New Mexican and El Salvadoran specialties. Hearty morning choices include the Tune-Up... — Gayot

The chef, from El Salvador, adds his own twists to classic New Mexican and American brunch favorites. — Lonely Planet

This cozy locals' favorite has colorful walls and wood details, booths, a few tables, and a community table. — Fodor's

This small, no-frills spot is a local favorite that serves Latin American dishes and a whole lot more. — Frommer's

Harry's Roadhouse

Mexican 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The varied menu of contemporary diner favorites, pizzas, New Mexican fare, and bountiful salads is supplemented by a long list of daily specials. — Fodor's

Whatever images the word "roadhouse" might conjure up in one's mind, it's probably not the palace of purple and teal you'll find at Harry's Roadhouse. This sunny restaurant is a favorite... — Gayot

Harry's Roadhouse, another favorite haunt of locals and visitors is conveniently open seven days a week. — Afar Magazine

This casual longtime favorite on the southern edge of town feels like a rambling cottage with its various rooms and patio garden. — Lonely Planet

It’s tough to stick to the red- or green-chile New Mexico party line at this south-of-town café, because Harry’s eclectic menu includes flavors that stray far from the pepper plant. — Travel + Leisure

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Clafoutis French Bakery & Restaurant

French 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Undeniably French, this bustling café serves authentic, delicious food. — Fodor's

A cheery Gallic bakery that serves light-as-air baguettes, rich French onion soup, flaky-crusted quiches, and breakfast crepes that melt in your mouth? Yes, please. — Frommer's

As Oscar Wilde once quipped, the only way to get rid of temptation is to give in, and that pretty much sums up the approach you should take at this super bon French pâtisserie. — Lonely Planet

High-elevation baking might not always (ahem) rise to the occasion...but at Clafoutis, the French family that owns and cooks at this bakery/restaurant has acclimated perfectly to the... — Afar Magazine

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315 Restaurant & Wine Bar

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The elegant atmosphere provides a perfect setting for a romantic meal, and during warm months the patio is a popular place to people-watch. — Frommer's

As if it were on a thoroughfare in Paris rather than on Old Santa Fe Trail, 315 has a Continental, white-tablecloth sophistication, but the offbeat wall art and unfussy ambience gives it... — Fodor's

Cozy and romantic—whether in the white linen tent or the Provençal-themed dining room—315 worships at the seasonal ingredients altar, perhaps more so than any other place in town. — Concierge

For appetizers, consider the hearty charcuterie plate, featuring duck prosciutto and ham cured by chef Louis Moskow himself, or the basil-wrapped shrimp. — Gayot

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TIA Sophia's

Mexican 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Spicy, very inexpensive Mexican diner west of the plaza that’s a huge hit with lunching locals. Daily except Mon 7am–2pm. — Rough Guide

Local artists and visiting celebrities outnumber tourists at this longstanding and always packed Santa Fe favorite. — Lonely Planet

If you want to see how real Santa Fe locals look and eat, go to this friendly downtown restaurant, now in its third decade. — Frommer's

This well-traversed diner-style landmark caters to locals and visitors (open for breakfast and lunch only ). — Afar Magazine

Open for breakfast and lunch, this downtown family-owned restaurant has a regular clientele that is almost as loyal as its waitstaff, some of whom have been working here for more than 20 years. — Travel + Leisure

Bouche Bistro

French 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Talented chef-owner Charles Dale (who previously cooked at Rancho Encantado's Terra, Daniel Boulud's Le Cirque, and at his own James Beard–lauded Renaissance restaurant in Aspen) opened... — Fodor's

French native chef Charles Dale light-filled 40-seat bistro Bouche serves farm-to-table food in a mod, casual space. — Afar Magazine

This is one of my favorite Santa Fe restaurants. Tucked into a little nook along the Santa Fe River, it could easily go unnoticed, but it already has a strong following of locals who... — Frommer's

This place follows the credo (one that came relatively late to these parts) of everything local and seasonal. Owner and chef Brian Knox changes the menu every few days to keep up with the supply. — Concierge

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Horseman's Haven Cafe

Mexican 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hands down, this diner has the hottest green chile in town – faint-hearts, order it on the side. — Lonely Planet

On a busy commercial strip on the southern end of town, this no-frills restaurant that shares a parking lot with a gas station makes a green chile so hot that it makes native New Mexicans... — Travel + Leisure

he breakfast burritos, sided with home fries and smothered with earthy red chile, green chile or both, are legendary; we also suggest the green chile cheeseburger. — Gayot

Tucked behind the Giant gas station, this no-frills diner-style restaurant close to the many chain hotels along lower Cerrillos Road has long been a standout for some of the spiciest and... — Fodor's

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Shohko Cafe

Barbecue 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Ordering raw fish this far from the ocean is always a bit of a gamble, but Santa Fe's favorite sushi restaurant is a sure thing. The atmosphere here combines Asian minimalism with ... — Frommer's

Shohko and her family run this first-rate Japanese restaurant that's known for the freshest, best-prepared sushi and sashimi in town. — Fodor's

Miles away from any stretch of ocean, sushi in the desert is a perplexing concept --- but Shohko Café is a seaworthy restaurant. The fish, offset by rice and whimsical garnishes, is the... — Gayot

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