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Coyote Cafe
Coyote Cafe

Coyote Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://coyotecafe.com
  • Phone: (505) 983-1615
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Eric DiStefano
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact us for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Justin Weiss (505) 983-1615

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ortiz Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Coyote Cafe
Coyote Cafe continues to be Santa Fe's most famous and celebrated restaurant, feted by critics and return visitors alike. We are celebrating our 25th year! Joining Coyote Cafe as Executive Chef/Owner is world renowned chef Eric Distefano (also of Geronimo) Chef DiStefano brings with him his contemporary global style of cooking that has French Asian influences accompanied with Coyote Cafe's known Southwestern Style. Must-have dishes include Griddled Buttermilk Corn Cakes with Chipotle Prawns and the legendary grilled 24 ounce "Cowboy Cut" Dry Aged Rib eye. Distefano brings along his signature dish, Peppery Elk Tenderloin, a definite favorite! Try the Miso Crusted Sea Bass, Jalapeno Beef Tartare and Five Spice Rotisserie Rock Hen with Green Chile "Mac 'n Cheese". An Award Winning Wine List is complemented by a full bar which includes unique signature cocktails. During Summer Our Rooftop Cantina serves New Mexican specialties and cocktails in a casual outdoor rooftop settingContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Eat at Coyote a couple of times a year. This was one of the best meals to come out of the kitchen . Service as always was great.Jordan Weiss made the experience exceptional."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was good, nice wine list but overall found it very pricey. Over two hundred twenty dollars for two people and we did not order an expensive wine or have multiple drinks."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were not terribly hungry and decided to order 'starters' one at a time. Our waiter was delightful and helpful and also gave us the luxury of pacing our evening. The wild mushroom dishes were extraordinary and I sopped up every morsel of those morels. We enjoyed the unusual presentation of Cesar salad but would probably opt for a different choice next time. The restaurant is showing signs of being a bit tired and could use some updating. But the food was terrific."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food presentation and taste were terrific! Service excellent! A very busy restaurant but knows how to handle it. Atmosphere is bright and airy."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was magnificent and worth the price. My husband and I will return."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everyone at the table was in awe of the presentation of the cessation and crab salads and savored the Maine lobster and ossa bucco dishes."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The restaurant has great food, athough, it is expensive. The pork Osso Buco was out of this world, and the Caesar salad was like no other Caesar. It was really delicious and could be split. My only complaint is that we felt rushed because they were trying to turn tables. This was disappointing because at that price point, we should have been able to feel relaxed, and we never really did."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Best margarita! Very friendly staff. Had a great evening."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We were so much looking forward to our last meal in Santa Fe. We went upstairs and were met by the Maitre D' who rather than helping us made life difficult by displaying attitude that I have rarely seen. We said we had a reservation, rather than checking his system, he directed upstairs to the cantina. Wromng, & downstairs we marched, and the fun really began. The chap argued whether we had a reservation. I'm a PHD and generally dress appropriately when in public. We waited for 10 minutes until we were finally engaged, nothing was done to ameliorate the situation. Most of the food, portions and freshness were evident. However, my wife's chicken w/o the sauce was tough. It was a Sunday night and there was little energy in the room."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food in a great city! Always eat at coyote cafe when we visit Santa Fe"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "One of the finest restaurants we have been to. The menu is creative. The service is exceptional and the atmosphere is always fun and relaxed. If there is a better bowl of lobster bisque anywhere I would like to know where. The bisque is creamy, with rich flavors and plenty of lobster meat. We both had the fiery hot and sweet prawns which were prepared to perfection. The strawberry chiffon cake with basil ice cream completed the meal well. Would strongly encourage visitors to Santa Fe to dine at the Coyote Cafe."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We have eaten at Coyote Cafe several times in a period of many years. We always enjoy our experience there. This time the service was exceptional. My only complaint was my wedge salad which was overdressed with an oily tasteless dressing. We will definitely always go to Coyote Cafe when we visit Santa Fe"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My experience has been the witness of what I would term a slow malaise over the fine dining scene throughout the country. It has been rare to find atmosphere, food, and service that even meet expectation, must less satisfy the prices charged. July 3rd. Coyote Cafe changes all that. From greeting, to cocktails, to salad and entree everything was executed perfectly. Standing out was flavor profile, watermelon gazpacho was sublime. My last visit here a couple of years ago was not so stellar, cudo's to the staff for a spectacular operation! Don't miss the opportunity to dine here."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The Coyote Cafe served my the best meal I have ever had! I had the Elk Tenderloin and it was so tender and tasty it was out of this world! The folks there knew we were passing through and were new customers. Our waitress brought my wife and I each a lovely glass of Champaign on the house. The service was super with our waitress being very knowledgable and very well spoken with just the right amount of attention. The cornbread was incredible (I don't even like cornbread!!) They made a fresh box of it for us to take home with us. I don't think we could have asked for more. BRAVO!!! p.s. The online reservation system worked perfectly!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Very solid dinning experience all around, attentive service, wonderful food - we had truffles , Caesar salad, the lobster tails and salmon. Nice wine list."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Allways good food and drinks inside and out. Great lunch spot outside not the roof!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was good (the cowboy cut) to very good (the cast iron filet) but not up to par with other Santa Fe fare in my opinion. They have a lovely roof top patio seating area but be aware the patio has a separate menu. After dinner we wished we had eaten on the patio. Though the food was good it was not anything truly spectacular or memorable, especially at $200 for dinner for 2. The service was stellar and the dining area was lovely and quiet but with stiff competition I would not return here the next time I am in Santa Fe."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Coyote cafe is a restaurant everyone must visit in Santa Fe. I am from the east and it is such a treat to experience the flavors of the southwest with this chef. The service was friendly, efficient and professional. We will return on our next visit to Santa Fe"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Fabulous food, knowledgeable servers, unrushed atmosphere with a killer wine list. Oh- and the chef-this was as good a restaurant as I have been in in the past dozen years, and I consider myself an ardent foodie. The starter of diver scallop with fois gras was inspired. Don't miss this place!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The food was pretty good but not great. The chef spent a lot of time worrying about presentation rather than taste. Prices did not justify the meal. On top of that our waiter was rude and acted like he was doing us a favor."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had read several reviews of this establishment and found them to be very accurate. We were there on a quiet Monday night and that probably added to the very relaxed dining experience. The food was excellent, halibut and elk and a super good starter consisting of a variety of wild mushrooms in a sauce over pasta and the service outstanding, again probably helped by the fact that it was a slow night. We had an excellent chance to have a long discussion about port wines and a trip to Porto with our server who was going to be going there so we were able to pass on some great ideas. It was an overall excellent experience and I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Great meal all the way around. The elk was one of the most incredible entrees I have ever had. Service outstanding - attentive without being intrusive. I will go back whenever I am in town. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Booked a table that afternoon. Early seating so fairly quiet. Our server was outstanding. So was the support staff. Our meal was good. We had the lobster bisque and Caesar salad to start. The lobster bits were a mix of good and chewy. The 'twist' of adding chile just didn't work for me. This is such a subtle dish classically and I feel the chile overwhelmed. We agreed the salad was the better choice. Our main courses were also mixed. My wife had the Halibut and it was outstanding. She wished the potatoes had been warm, rather than cold with the salad, but the fish was perfectly prepared. I had the Berkshire Pork Osso Bucco. Meh. The Israeli Couscous and apple salad was wonderful. We shared housemade truffles."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and we selected the Coyote Café from past experience. The menu is always varied and there is something for everyone. The staff was knowledgeable about not only the food courses but also the appropriate wine to accompany dinner. The staff is really on their toes and very attentive without being overbearing. The food and wine was outstanding. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "If you want an incredible meal with a very knowledgeable and personal touch by the staff then please eat there. Everything we have eaten there has been OUTSTANDING. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I ate at the Coyote Cafe to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Great service from the time we arrived to when we left. Our waiter, Carlos and the other servers were attentive when we needed it and gave us space when we didn't. The food was amazing, from the special mushroom pasta appetizer to the Grilled Lobster and Prime Rib entrees. I'm always in search of the best creme brulee, and the Brown Sugar Creme Brulee easily made it into my top 3 ever!!! Complimentary sparkling wine and dessert truffles made the night incredibly special."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Coyote has been a Santa Fe institution that has seen some ups and downs. It is great to see back up in both food and service. While the old standbys are there (Elk, Cowboy Cut and Lobster), so are some new, creative dishes and specials (smoked brisket, surf & turf tartare & great deserts). Special requests were handled with aplomb. Better management has improved service and made it, more knowledgeable and consistent. It is hard to do a good "fine dining" service without being to informal or stiff. The right balance was struck. Reservations were on time and the atmosphere is great and "flexible". Romantic tables in a corner and good places if your dining with a group. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Dined at Coyote Cafe on the last night of our one week vacation in Santa Fe. Interesting menu, great service! Split the morel mushroom and pappardelle appetizer. Delicious!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food is creative and interesting. Service is friendly and excellent"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Such a sad fall for Coyote Cafe. Used to be the best. Now the food is overpriced and pretentious. Oh. And NOT southwestern. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Coyote Cafe has always been a favorite when visiting Santa Fe BUT after the horrible waiter I may have to rethink. The food was excellent, wine list extensive, and I would have enjoyed a leisurely evening enjoying all except for our waiter who was dismissive rude and in attentive. To be fair the manager was gracious and gave us chocolate truffles as well as compensated us for our wine. However, a bad experience such as this can drive customers to the many other excellent dining venues. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "great food, great service, ambiance. Grilled lobster, elk tenderloin, and coyote caesar were top notch"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant with top notch wait staff. I've eaten here several times and the food has always been outstanding. The wait staff is superb. Your glass is always full and the plates are always cleared immediately. This is always the place to eat whenever we are in Santa Fe. It is always a great experience to dine at Coyote Cafe!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Once again Eric, Eduardo, Mario and Benjamin made dining an incredible experience. A freshened menu with some exciting choices such as squash blossoms, halibut and ahi were welcomed! Perfect service and delicious food keeps us coming back to our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Can't say enough good things about this restaurant. Food was excellent, cocktails were heavy handed and the owner is sure to be present. This is a " don't miss ". Don't let the price scare you away, is worth every penny."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I've been going for years and always exceptional service and food. I took some new friends and they were blown away as well (they had to go again the following evening). The chefs working the line make it look easy, especially on the actual wood burning grill. Imaginative and awesome cocktails and desserts as well. In a city full of great restaurants, always a stand-out that sets the bar. I have to go every time I'm in town. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Our waiter was so genuinely welcoming, both to the restaurant and to Santa Fe. When we told him it was the first night of a week long mother-daughter trip, he brought us complimentary sparkling wine from a local winery. Each dish was excellent, and our only wish would have been for bigger stomachs so we could have gotten dessert."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We have visited the Coyote Cafe most years since 1993. It has remained a favorite while visiting Santa Fe and has offered a very consistent high quality dining experience. The staff offers just the right level of attention. In my opinion, the Coyote is a better overall value than Geronimo, which is also a really good restaurant. Try the Elk Tenderloin!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Really good-have been there before-I really like the atmosphere and the food was outstanding-interesting options on the menu, but everyone could probably find something they like. They offer classics with a twist & some nice "nouvelle cuisine." "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was beautifully presented. The atmosphere was Santa Fe chic, but over priced like a lot of Santa Fe restaurants."
    Dined on 5/17/2014