Gabriel's - Santa Fe
Gabriel's - Santa Fe

Gabriel's - Santa Fe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gabrielsofsantafe.com/
  • Phone: 5054557000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner:
    Winter: Sunday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 9:30pm
    Summer: Sunday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Saul Valtierra Padilla
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Gabriel's is perfectly suited to accomodate groups from 10 to 100 in both private and semi-private dining rooms. Please contact us for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Claire Gabriel 5054557000

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Exit 176, Hwy 285
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Gabriel's - Santa Fe
Five minutes north of the Opera on Hwy 285, savor the cuisine of the Southwest and Old Mexico at the eatery Zagat labels "one of America's top restaurants, a true Mexican classic, rated excellent in all categories." Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with a spectacular mountain view. Inside, the thick adobe walls and kiva fireplaces create a cozy, romantic atmosphere. Featuring guacamole made fresh at your table, renowned margaritas, authentic Mexican cuisine and handmade corn tortillas. Lunch and dinner served daily.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Gabriel's - Santa Fe reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (65)good for groups (36)scenic view (24)special occasion (22)kid-friendly (22)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (18)fit for foodies (12)romantic (10)great for brunch (7)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Unimpressive
    JimandJenniferVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Feels, tastes and looks like a chain Mexican restaurant that could be in Fargo, ND. Food was bland and overpriced. (example they want to charge $13 for table side guacamole which they pressure everyone to get and ask you like they are asking if you would like water). Service was like an assembly line and they weren't busy. In 45 min I didn't get a single water refill or ask for a second drink to anyone at the table. Growing up in the southwest I expected more with all the reviews from local Santa Fe residents. If this is what Santa Fe food is then I would say don't bother.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still Good
    Kuda
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Each time my colleagues and I come to Santa Fe we hit our usual hot spots. This is one of them. The food is delicious (although their fajita portions are heavier on veg and lighter on meat) and the restaurant is beautiful. The staff is attentive and very polite. I look forward to returning with my colleagues when we return to the area!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Support for Gabriel's
    jackiedeeVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    After the hammering that Gabriel's took in the Pasatiempo...I decided to have lunch on the patio. As per usual, the guacamole cart was good. Whomever wrote the article complained about the amount of jalepanos used...all they had to do was ask for more. Some people can just get in a tizzy over every thing. I had the soft carne asada tacos and my friend had the ribs....which she really likes precisely because they are not so smokey nor overly sweet and gooey. Now had the article criticized the service, I might have understood somewhat. The waiters tend to forget about bringing boxes for left-overs and the check fairly consistently. I like Gabriel's and I thought the review was unfair and inaccurate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The second time was not a charm!
    SKIPVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We've dined at Gabriel's two nights in a row. We were so impressed and enjoyed our dinner so much there on Oct 4th that we decided to go back the following evening. What a difference it was though - especially in terms of greeting and service. The Sunday night crew that we faced there last night wasn't hospitable at all, they rushed our dinner and got us out in about 40 minutes. Although we ordered the same dishes, our dinner was hardly enjoyable the second night. Even the food wasn't prepared as well. How unfortunate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair
    PM60VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I was expecting more.....Service, food and ambiance just ok. Margaritas disappointing. On a positive note, the menu was fairly priced
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Bash
    Localat60
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We like going to Gabriel's, this night was particularly noise and very busy. But we enjoyed the ravening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful and Tasty
    Delightmytongue
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I had been to Gabriel's once before with friends, and wanted to take my daughter there when she visited us. We ate outside, with the beautiful scenery and the night air gorgeous. The food was above air, and found it all we wished. The food was better than most Mexican food. The service was prompt and friendly. It is a wonderful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt Like a Chain Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband just returned home from a long weekend in Santa Fe to celebrate our anniversary. We had every meal in a restaurant and in every single one we had terrible service. Gabriel's was no exception. If I closed my eyes, I'd have sworn I was at a large chain restaurant for the early bird special. Our waiter was very attentive at first but never cleared an empty glass. I ordered the quarter mesquite chicken which had so much potential, but it was just overcooked and dry AND we never saw our waiter again. At this point we were just anxious to get out of there and had to ask another waiter for our check. My advice? Skip it. Not worth the drive if you're staying in Santa Fe where there are so many better more intimate restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very good traditional Mexican food. Reasonably priced. All drinks and food made from scratch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable favorite
    Barto
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I love Gabriels for dinners with local friends and for my out-of-town visitors. The table-side guacamole is especially impressive and made to taste and order. They are very accomodating to requests and the food is served very quickly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    GreenChileLover
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We make an effort to eat at Gabriel's every time we are visiting Santa Fe! We started going 15 years ago when we heard about the freshly made-at-table guacamole, and we are never disappointed. While the guacamole is excellent, we think that everything we ordered was delicious. Our group of 5 started with a pitcher of margaritas, and our table was served with tasty corn chips with a delightful coarse crunch. Our Server was very attentive yet not bothersome. Three of us had the Taos Combination, one had Soft Tacos Al Carbon and the last had Rellanos de Santa Fe. Every bite was delicious! We decided that after 5 days of eating in the Santa Fe area, Gabriel's was the best experience. Loved making reservation online too
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Guacamole prepared at table-side is excellent and large! One of the best New Mexican cuisine restaurants in an area with many good choices. The neighboring Buffalo Thunder resort and casino is really well done but you can easily skip it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Chimachick
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Everything was wonderful considering we went on such a busy weekend. The best Margarita's in town!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of Fun
    JJ34
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We normally dine at Gabriel's once during each trip to Santa Fe. The food is good, the atmosphere as well. I recommend the Patio. Margaritas are great; the table side guacamole is a "happening." If you don't have a great evening at Gabriel's you need help!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food!
    KAB6VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    From the guacamole made table side, the chile relanos to the sopapillas, everything was delicious! The service was excellent! I highly recommend Gabriel's!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient Mexican For Opera Goers
    topocurls
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wanted a place to go before the opera that served Mexican/Southwestern food. Food was good but nothing great. Had lots of vegetarian options which was helpful since we had a vegetarian in our group. Best part: just ten minutes from the opera!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Reunion
    LoveLaughter
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Via Open Table we were able to easily make a reservation for a party of 9, and the restaurant had us in its books, and the table was ready when we arrived just at the beginning of the dinner rush. Very nice, no rushing us, and the food was enjoyed by everyone in our party.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dick
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had to get waiter's attention to get drinks refilled. Good food, but not exceptional. The guacamole prepared at your table is worth the trip. Don't miss it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always return
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We didn't have reservations for this busy time in Santa Fe but we went on Open Table and were able to secure a time. The food was good and the service was good. We will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Lunch
    SFChicaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We have been to Gabriel's many, many times. Each time we say, "We should just come for margaritas and guac!" Well, this time we did! Margaritas and guacamole prepared table side--2X's! With the salsa, it was a great lunch!Patio was beautiful as always. Lots of fun!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highlight is the Guacamole Cart
    jackiedeeVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Second time in two days that I went back to Gabe's. Service can be a little uneven. Usually right on top of initial chips and salsa and water service. Can take a while for Margaritas, beer and Sangria/Wine. Table has always been ready when I reserved with Open Table. The Ribs are really great...dry rubbed not gooey or sweet. Fall of the bone. Love fajitas, soft carne asada tacos. Don't think the hard tacos are very good....look similar to fast food stuff. Overall, this is one of my favs....especially when I need a guac fix.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • can't beat the Guac!!
    jackiedeeVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Love the guac cart....the fajitas are large enough for two people to split. I seem to have a problem ordering the fajitas without green bell pepper. I like red and yellow peppers....just can't stand green. anyway I ended up with just onions and green pepper. They corrected mistake. My friend likes the burrito smothered in green. The beans are really good....but, the can do without the rice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PdaspitVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have not dined here for several years. The outside patio as well as inside is always busy. The table side guacamole is always fun. If you like it hot tell the preparer to add extra peppers to a smaller serving for one. Typical mexican food fare. It is better in Santa Fe. I would stop here if I was going on a drive north of here-Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch, Chama. Very convenient to stop here on way back to SF. I was not impressed with the burrito. The atmosphere is nice
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Operanight
    JAHIL
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent only failure was the Caesar Salad needed more flavor. Service was terrific and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining
    LosAlamosdiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I enjoyed dinner yesterday. We ate outside and the atmosphere was great. Service was on the slow side.. but the restaurant was packed. My fish tacos was A LOT of food.. but the soft shell was totally soggy.. had to use a fork and knife to eat the tacos.. I ordered guacamole on the side (not the one on the appetizer..) and it was delicious! I loved their chips and salsa.. Margarita was someone salty.. never had a salty margarita before.. Over a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our second visit . . great Mexican/Southwest menu and very good margaritas . .only disappointment : my chicken enchiladas were barely lukewarm . . very surprising.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Texan2
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was wonderful, service was very slow. We had a large family group (11 including a toddler) and food service took over 45 minutes to be served.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Santa Fe Must
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I had friends visiting from Rhode Island and after a day of hiking in Bandelier we were hungry and ready for some relaxation and great food and as well, Gabriel's delivered.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafoodlover
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We often dine here and tonight was particularly special. We enjoyed an evening on the patio with wonderful atmosphere, great food and excellent service. Thank you, Gabriels!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ya gotta try it
    eatsacrossamerica
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I'm from Texas. everytime I am anywhere near Santa Fe, Gabriel's is a must stop for me. Especially love the table side guacamole. Great Food, Service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant!
    Writer443
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This place has terrific New Mexican traditional food. Their guacamole that they make right at the table for you is outstanding. The servers and all of the staff are very nice. I recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always worth the ride
    CliveVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is a good...very good Mexican spot. I go to many local places in town, and sometimes forget just how good it is here. Its a short ride, go at happy hour or sunset. Great presentations, portions and quality
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Franchino
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Gabriel's is one of the best restaurant in the country for the southwestern cuisine.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't live up to the hype
    LinnVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Restaurant was OK. The margarita taste like it was made from a mix. The table side guacamole was worth returning for. Other than that - eh.
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  • As always…great dinner
    SFChicaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    As we were leaving Gabriel's with some friends that had never been before, my comment was--"It's so consistently good" Gabriel's is just a easy go-to restaurant. Great guacamole made at the table, wonderful mole, fish tacos that are really good(except the 2nd taco tortilla gets soggy and they fall apart, but you eat with a fork instead of your fingers) and really good crab enchiladas. Always consistent. What more can you ask?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Table side guacamole was fantastic and the patio at sunset was beautiful. I try to get here every time I am in the Santa Fe area and will continue to do the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guard your credit card
    exnewyorker
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Good food, nice place, but watch out for your credit card. I left my credit card at the restaurant, and 4 hours later, the card was compromised and false charges were appearing on the card. The bank notified us and cancelled the card. I called the restaurant and told the manager, who swore that this would never happen at her place. She said that she would call the bank to investigate and get back to me. I am still waiting for that call. So......be careful if you are using your credit card at this place. I cannot say with 100% that if was compromised at Gabriels, but does it not sound suspicious to you, that I left my card there (the restaurant confirmed that they have it) , and 4 hours later it is being fraudulently.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth exiting off the highway
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Delicious guacamole, made right at your table. Loved the tomatillo sauce on my enchiladas verdes. This menu and flavor is more Mexican than New Mexican, a nice break from food routine. Attentive and friendly wait staff, though our waiter seemed in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, ordinary food
    Centaur
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We were seated & served quickly --pleasant but efficient as expected fro a major destination for before-the-opera dining ... ambiance was good but food --given the expectations based on other's reviews, was disappointingly ordinary, as though "dumbed down" for tourists
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ore Opera Dining
    WillymyVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went to Gabriel's for a pre opera dinner and were not disappointed. We arrive about ten minutes before our reservation and were seated right away. The must have is the table side guacamole. It is so creamy and delicious. When we left about an hour later they were waiting out the door. Reservations a must and probably the earlier the better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 71 reviews are from the Gabriel's - Santa Fe reviews archive.