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Cafe Pasqual's

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

The food, most of which has a definite south-of-the-border flavor, is worth every penny of the high prices. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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

Geronimo

French 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Southwest tradition and 21C innovation merge in this Territorial-style adobe, built in 1748 by Spanish farmer Geronimo Lopez — Michelin Guide

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

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

This restaurant’s high-backed leather chairs, white linen tablecloths, and crackling fire add extra elegance and import to anniversaries and other celebratory events. — Travel + Leisure

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

La Choza

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

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

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

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

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

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 — Lonely Planet

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The Shed

Mexican 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Superconvenient to the Plaza and with a fun ambience. The food, however, is seriously overrated, aiming straight for the perceived middle-of-the-road tourist palate. There's a nice patio. — Lonely Planet

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

Coyote Cafe

Mexican 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Menu offerings include fiery hot-and-sweet Mexican white prawns with crisp almond rice cakes; a peppery elk tenderloin; and the rotisserie rock hen with herbs de Provence. — Fodor's

The atmosphere blends warm colors and creative lighting to make for a memorable meal. The waitstaff is efficient and friendly. The menu changes seasonally. — Frommer's

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

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

The Compound Restaurant

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

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

Designed by architect Alexander Girard, the Compound possesses an enticing mix of simple elegance and flashes of bright modernistic color. Make sure to look overhead, where whitewashed... — Gayot

Chef-owner Mark Kiffin has perfected his summer menu, from the first course of San Danielle prosciutto and green-strawberry salad to the main course of roasted rack of lamb. — Travel + Leisure

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

Il Piatto Italian Farmhouse Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

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Anasazi Restaurant

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

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

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

Refined dining in a rustic Southwestern setting. — Gayot

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

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Santacafe

Seafood 87 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

Lunch is a deal, the wine list flawless and the dining room historical. In short, perfection. — Lonely Planet

With a breezy courtyard patio and four interior dining rooms with fireplaces and low-slung ceilings, this 19th-century adobe is an ideal spot in both the height of summer and the dark of... — Travel + Leisure

Eclectic "classics" a la crispy calamari with 4 chile lime dipping sauce, shrimp and spinach Dumplings with tahini sauce and the homemade pasta of the day. — Afar Magazine

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

La Casa Sena

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

Today the central patio welcomes overflow diners from the fine restaurant, which serves hearty dishes such as green chile hanger steak. — Michelin Guide

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

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

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

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

The food is excellent, too. I can’t stop ordering the chiles rellenos; the stuffed peppers are surprisingly light for being fried. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

No matter—Maria's is a Santa Fe standard, with creaking wood floors and dependable New Mexican comfort food like blue corn enchiladas. What the house is really known for, though, is the margaritas. — Frommer's

Creaky wood floors and dark-wood vigas set the scene for reliable, if predictable, traditional New Mexican cuisine. — Fodor's

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

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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Harry's Roadhouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tune Up Cafe

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

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

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

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

This always-packed, always-unpretentious neighborhood café...has perfected a sweeter, mellower green chile that still has a spicy kick of an aftertaste. — Travel + Leisure

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

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Bouche Bistro

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

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

Choose a cozy table by the fireplace and try the consistently stellar renditions of calf's liver Dijonnaise, tenderloin steak tartare with a fresh farm egg, sautéed sweetbreads, and truffle frites. — 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

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Clafoutis French Bakery & Restaurant

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

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

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

The crowd-pleasing Clafoutis is a great spot for reasonably priced breakfast, brunch (delicious pastries, crepes and quiches) and lunch dishes. — Afar Magazine

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

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315 Restaurant & Wine Bar

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

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

Chef-owner Louis Moskow uses traditional techniques to prepare contemporary French bistro fare using organic vegetables and locally raised meats. — Fodor's

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

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TIA Sophia's

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

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

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

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

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

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

Horseman's Haven Cafe

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

A standout for some of the spiciest and tastiest Northern New Mexican fare in town, including superb green chile-bacon-cheeseburgers, blue-corn tacos packed with beef or chicken, huevos rancheros. — Fodor's

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 beam with pride. — 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

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

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La Boca

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

It's all about creative, contemporary tapas and small plates at the small, popular storefront of La Boca. — Afar Magazine

A hopping tapas spot straight from Spain. — Gayot

Lively and popular, this downtown tapas restaurant focuses on flavorful, creative small plates, such as cured tuna with fried quail eggs, or smoky grilled artichokes with orange zest. — Michelin Guide

Stop in for half-price tapas every day from three to five and order everything on the menu, which includes Pincho de Puerco and a fried egg with chorizo rioja and potatoes. — Travel + Leisure

Local chef James Campbell Caruso opened this new restaurant downtown to introduce Santa Fe to tapas, and the place is buzzing. — Concierge

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