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Dinner for Two
Dinner for Two

Dinner for Two Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dinnerfortwonm.com
  • Phone: (505) 820-2075
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Monday: 4:00PM - 9:00PM,
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Continental, French
  • Executive Chef: Andy Barnes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our catering is always a favorite. We meet your highest expectations and the price point that you require. A wide variety of choices to make all your party members happy.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have three rooms of varying sizes so you can have a private party for twenty or a romantic dinner for two.
  • Private Party Contact: Pam Barnes (505) 820-2075
  • Entertainment: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings we have classical guitar. Our music accompanies dinner & conversation.
  • Special Events & Promotions: New Year's Eve, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Valentine's Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Easter, Mother's Day

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W San Francisco St.
  • Public Transit: Dinner for Two is four blocks from the train station; And on the walking path to the Plaza along Guadalupe and San Fransisco Streets.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 6 spots at the front entrance, as well as a private lot "Jefferson Place" 50 feet west on W. San Fransisco Street.
A word from Dinner for Two
Dinner for Two is a family owned restaurant that has a comfortable, intimate atmosphere for parties large or small. Our local 'regulars' call us "a great value in fine dining". Multi-award winning: including Wine Spectator and "top 10 in southwest" We are happy to host dinners for organizations, or private celebrations from 2 to 60, everything is made in-house so special diets are easily accommodated: allergies, gluten free, etc.
"Excellent Food and Service at a Reasonable Price"
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "We have dined several times at this restaurant and find it reliably delicious. The portions are a bit larger than we like, but that makes for excellent leftovers. My husband selected the prime rib, a beautiful cut and perfectly prepared medium. The house made onion bread was a scrumptious accompaniment. I had the potage, a very flavorful bean and basil stew with fresh mozzarella, and a side of the snap peas. We were too full for dessert but there were several tempting choices that night. Our server, Louise, was superb. She was friendly but also very professional. We got to observe a table side preparation of the house Caesar salad and were amazed at the detailed and labor intensive ritual (looked delicious, too!)"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "A restaurant where someone knows how to cook! Very fresh, beautifully prepared. The best bread I've eaten -- anywhere in the world. All courses are imaginative and outshine the most expensive local restaurants. Wine list has great variety and includes excellent affordable selections. Highly recommended -- a must."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "We have driven past many, many times saying we need to try it. Well finally... Well worth the trip. Friendly service, great food. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "I have eaten many times at Dinner For Two, but this meal was the best I've ever had. We only ordered appetizers, soup, salad and dessert. Every mouthful was a delight to my taste buds. And an added benefit was being able to carry on a conversation with others. Quiet guitar music made for a pleasant dining experience."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Our first time here. Will be a favorite for special occasion and to take guests"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The squash blossom appetizer was perfect and locally grown. Fried chicken app was also yummy. The fish combo was good but not over the top delicious."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This unique, intimate restaurant has so many delicious treats that it is hard to name just a few. I had the cherry soup (cold) that was wonderful. My husband liked the taste of his French Onion soup and thought the presentation was unique The table bread has the lightest crust and texture I have ever experienced. The main course was veal in a marvelous Marsala sauce and my husband had a Filet Mignon which was very flavorful. The restaurant is a family-owned business with Mom seating everyone and making all deserts, Dad makes that delicious bread and the Son is a gourmet, up-and-coming chef. If you are in the area, this is a gem you shouldn't miss. It is small but well worth a visit."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Dinner for Two is our favorite for special occasion dining! This is a friendly and warm restaurant, with a staff that is attentive but not intrusive. Our meal was excellent, as always; the chilled cherry ginger soup was a refreshing opener, and the sorbet a perfect finish to a delectable meal. Love the Caesar salad prepared tableside! The popular Sunday evening special is a plus, offering a three-course gourmet meal for just $19."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Go and enjoy the new 'bar menu'. Not a 'fancy' Plaza place but great heartfelt local cooking. We will be back next week!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "we went to this restaurant on the recommendation of friends because it had a $19 Sunday prefix menu. We left this restaurant marveling at the quality of the food created by Clay the chef and the lovely music, service and atmosphere. Clay was overwhelmed with work the evening we dined there, and still maintained great balance and friendliness to customers. the guitarist was excellent, and responded to our love of the great Ruben Romero with renditions of famous nuevo flamenco songs. This place certainly provides quality for the money, and then some."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This was the second time I have eaten at Dinner for Two. Both times have been incredible. The food never disappoints, this time I had the French crisped chicken breast was wonderful."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The squash blossoms filled with boursin cheese were amazing. The overall food quality was excellent ~ we are sure to return"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Simply Marvelous - Extraordinary from the atmosphere and ambiance to the service and the food, everything was awesome!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Can't judge this restaurant by its shell. Friendly and attentive staff. Great service, wonderful food at reasonable price and only a block from old town . Good knowledge of wine. Great flavora. Will be back"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We had a sublime dining experience in July 2013. Could hardly wait to get back there this year. It was Thursday, Prime Rib night. I love Prime Rib. My husband had Veal Picatta which was good. The wine recommendation was great. I ordered the Prime Rib, Medium Rare. It came out way overcooked, (well done) and was stringy and tough. The waiter took it back and brought me another piece which was medium, but it was still stringy and not at all tender like prime rib should be. The vegetables were perfect. Potato's good too. Based on our experience this year we have crossed Dinner for Two off our list when we are in Santa Fe."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "As Londoners, new to Santa Fe, we were lucky to be recommended to try Dinner for Two by our driver. From the time we arrived to a warm welcome, the service was outstanding and the food matched it. Managing to fit in a second visit during our short stay, we were astonished to find the Sunday Special menu at only $19 - amazing value. Not to be missed!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "How could I have waited so long to try this incredible place! The 3-course $19. Sunday dinner is a steal, but the the regular nightly menu is also quite reasonable. The gifted guitarist on the weekends is an added treat. Great food, great staff, great choice-go!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Four of us celebrated a birthday at Dinner for Two on a Sunday. We'd forgotten that on Sunday evenings they offer a $19 flat rate that includes choice of 2 soups, an entree and dessert. Three of us had a creamy mushroom soup that all agreed was wonderful. One had a cold cherry-ginger soup that was superb. Each of us had a different entree and there were plenty of "ummmm" and "oohhhh" sounds as we thoroughly enjoyed them. To top it off, free live classical guitar musical. We're long-time locals (35 years) and have been eating at Dinner for Two since they opened 13 years ago. It has a classy atmosphere and everything is cooked or baked by the family who owns it. We'll keep going back."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The NM Lamb appetizer is a must! The menu was fresh, tasteful, and mostly locally grown!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Dinner for two was a real surprise for us. Nice ambience, great staff, soothing guitar music, and outstanding food. Very acomodating to a family members' allergies. Highly recommended!!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Chose this place for our 21st anniversary dinner. The individual seating us knew this in advance and asked our preference in seating, and even suggested an out-of-the-way spot that would be quiet and romantic. Then, 15 minutes later, she proceeded to seat a table of four (what happened to "Dinner for Two"?) loud out-of-staters right next to us who proceeded to talk and laugh so loudly that we could hardly concentrate on what we were eating, much less enjoy a quiet conversation. We hurried through our meal and didn't stay for dessert as we had intended since we knew we'd be unable to enjoy it. The restaurant was far from full that night so there was no need for this situation."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We went to Dinner for Two before attending the SFe Opera. We had excellent service (we let the server know we needed to leave by a particular time) but never felt rushed. Our server went out of his way to make sure everything went smoothly. What a great date place!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "A great easy-on-the-wallet option in downtown Santa Fe."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Dear friends that come to Santa Fe often recommend our trying this restaurant. What a treat! The service, food, and ambience were first class. The Caesar salad prepared expertly at our table was the best. We loved the family run affair! it showed. We will recommend and return. Thank you for a lovely evening. K, J, and E from Texas"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This was our first time to try Dinner for Two. It was a Sunday night with a special Sunday night menu. The food was well prepared and very good and such a good bargain. I would highly recommend it. The service was excellent. There was live music, classical Spanish guitar. Overall the experience was excellent."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I took a friend to this restaurant and she had never been there before. She will return again. Great food, great prices too."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We picked out this restaurant from home (Connecticut) and were rewarded beyond our expectations. Perfectly calibrated service, wonderful food and such a cozy atmosphere. The live classical guitar music was an added bonus. Talked to a local regular customer while we were visiting. He said he is a once-a-week customer. I could see, if you like eating out weekly, that it would be hard to not try everything on the menu."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Service was attentive but not intruding. The table service caesar salad was excellent, with fresh ingredients in just the right amount of seasonings. The restaurant practices farm to table to farm: most of the ingredients are locally grown; food waste is sent back to the farm to feed the chickens; used oil is picked up to be processed into biofuels."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "D42 is an unassuming place - you may even miss it if you didn't know it was there. But once inside, everyone made us feel welcome and glad we chose this place for dinner. Our meal started with the homemade hot bread which was scrumptious! We were lucky enough to be there on a day when they were testing a new appetizer of "lamb balls" (aka lamb sliders) and they were really, really tasty - if they show up on the menu, we highly recommend them. The table side Ceasar salad was very good & quite large. We both had the beef tenderloin; it was cooked to perfection and was delicious. The snap peas were so fresh and sweet. We wanted to try the banana fosters but were too stuffed! Fantastic wine list & knowledgable staff. Great find!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "A comfortable and relaxing place for Sunday dinner. Good food well prepared, if not trendy, and a great 3 course prix fix at $19 on Sunday. Always a wine special too for $25. Apparently there are plans to renovate the bar area soon so we look forward to returning!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Even though Dinner for Two is only a few blocks off the main square in Santa Fe the restaurant is mostly frequented by locals which was a plus for us as we like to avoid touristy crowds. The waitress was very pleasant and accommodating. When our 10 year old daughter said with glee that she wanted steak our waitress told us that the chef could make her a small steak if she'd like. It was nice to know that they include children and made us feel more welcome. Everything we ate from the steak, which was cooked perfectly to the veal marsala to my fish and our bananas foster was delicious. Next time I'm trying the duck confit tacos!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our first experience was great - food, service, everything."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "First when we tried to order a bottle of wine, the first two selections on the menu were not available, and there was an excuse of a new wine menu coming soon, so we had to go with a bottle that was much too expensive. When our food finally came, it was lukewarm to cold. My sea bass was overcooked, cold and dry. Things seem to have gone downhill."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "the food is good , the bread is delicious, the service is outstanding"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The service, food and setting we're all terrific. A lovely place to enjoy a delicious meal and spend an evening conversing with good friends. We were completely satisfied and somewhat surprised with the exceptionally good food and tasteful ambience. I will go back again and again!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "It took a few visits. Nowweeftle are comfortable, the seats and bancos are also comfortable. The glassware is really clean! It sparkles! Food is inventive, tasty. We made a reservation before we left."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our recent return to Dinner for Two confirmed that solid cooking remains the strength of this downtown 'locals-secret'. From the delicious fresh bread to the well made 'custom' Caesar salad and the excellent entrees (fried chicken & 'Frenched' chicken breast stuffed w/ sundried tomatoes and Gruyere). The Sunday Dinner for $19 remains a great deal as well. We look forward to the rumored 'update to the kitchen/bar area' and will return soon."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Their Sunday evening dinners are excellent and a really good deal as well."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary at Dinner for Two in Santa Fe. It is a small restaurant but everyone gets individual attention. We shared the crab cake appetizer, the chateaubriand (which is actually made for two people), and a delicious chocolate fudge cake with blackberry ice cream along with a bottle of cabernet sauvignon. Everything was delicious and the service was impeccable. They also do a Caesar salad for two or more and it is prepared tableside as is the chateaubriand. The tableside presentations are really fun and make it even more special. If you are in Santa Fe, do not miss this hidden gem."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything is wonderful and so is the wait staff. The presentation is always lovely, and everything is cooked to perfection. I bring everyone I know here, and they are always surprised when they walk in how beautiful and romantic the restaurant is . . . especially given the modest outside. Don't miss this place!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014