Galisteo Bistro
Galisteo Bistro

Galisteo Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.galisteobistro.com/
  • Phone: 5059823700x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Tomas Allan Keller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: The Galisteo Bistro is happy to host your fine dining experience, weddings, graduations, travel parties, large and small please call
    Customized menus available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Water & Alameda
  • Public Transit: Bus stop at end of the block; Railrunner station nearby.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking nearby; parking garage one block away on Water Street. Municipal parking one block away on Don Gaspar.
A word from Galisteo Bistro
A graduate from Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Tomas Allan Keller creates a tasty assortment of international cuisine, specializing in flown in daily seafood from the East Coast. Everything is fresh, made by hand. Organic, naturally sourced from New Mexico or regional ranchers, farmers, provide a culinary delight not found anywhere else in Santa Fe. Experience casual fine dining at it's best. Extensive wine list.
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Galisteo Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
169 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (114)special occasion (76)neighborhood gem (73)romantic (61)notable wine list (55)hot spot (19)good for groups (9)great for lunch (8)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great disappointment
    Laine
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our Inn had recommended Galisteo Bistro and we let them know they need NOT ever recommend it again. We asked our waiter about two different entree's and ordered the one he said was the best, most tender (slowly cooked for 6 hours supposedly) and most flavorfull. It was the Bison short ribs - and they were AWFUL! They were tough, gristly, extremely fatty, and not good at all. We each ate about 3 bites and sent all the rest of it back. Then our waiter saw what we had left on our plates and came back to tell us they had taken this menu item off of their menu for the night - and they would comp HALF of our entree! That was so cheap! This was an awful entree - and we should NOT have had to pay for any of it! We'll NEVER go back.
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  • Not as good as it was
    SantaFeFoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was prompt and friendly, but food was just good. It wasn't great, like it was previously, nor as I'd expect and demand at those prices. Braised short ribs were under done, sweetbreads salty and veggies cold. The cioppino was quite good and the chef's special olive oil is tasty and very fresh. Overall the food was not so bad, just disappointing.
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  • Really an Italian place
    Look4GreatVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Promotes itself as global, international cuisine, but is really an Italian restaurant, complete with pizza oven. Please note that recommending that the fish served in Santa Fe is from Florida is not notable for freshness or quality (not until the full consequences of the BP oil disaster become known). Avoid any ocean product from the Gulf.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kate
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    the food, service and atmosphere was superb. Our waiter did not blink when we wanted to split an entrée, and was gracious and attentive. The food was fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Simply awesome! This was the best meal and experience on a recent trip to Santa Fe. We will definitely dine again on out next trip to New Mexico.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent waiter, great food
    ConnieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first visit to Galisteo Bistro and we had a thoroughly wonderful experience enhanced quite a bit by a friendly and very professional waiter. He was knowledgeable about the menu, had a nice personality but was not intrusive, and was always on top of our needs. The food choices were interesting and imaginable and very well prepared. I had the cioppino which was full of seafood and nicely spicy and not the usual soupy variety. My sister had the seafood pasta and liked it a lot, my boyfriend had the Tasmania Steelhead and loved it. A beet salad was another winner as was the hot chocolate dessert. We enjoyed the lively atmosphere but appreciated that we could still talk to one another!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Count on it
    ValUVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food and service you can count on.New owners have made the scene better then ever. Watch out for Open Table not showing all times available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's the best!
    Shellysantafe
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have so much company and always find that if we go to Galisteo Bistro its a place everyone loves and remembers. Service is so superior to many other restaurants.
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    romantic
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  • A fantastic find
    Darby
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It's owned by a Grandfather Grandson combination. The Grandfather is the host and does a Fantastic job of making sure that the patron is fully satisfied. The Grandson (a cordon bleu graduate chef) creates some of the most memorable food you will ever have. The menu is all new and the products thereof vary almost every day. The waiters are warm and extremely knowledgeable regarding the wine list and what wines are most desirable for what you are ordering. The food was so tasty and the environment so warm that we had to go back the next night for ou farewell dinner in Santa Fe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great dinner!
    wino4ever
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great meal here:very diverse menu with a small but well-thought and fairly priced wine list. Excellent service and best olive oil EVER. They should seriously sell this stuff. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cantante
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food. Amazing crab cakes. Service a little harried and disorganized. Appeared to be understaffed on this evening. Restaurant was packed. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Best restaurant in Santa Fe - meeting top standards. Incredibly great chef, charming owners. It couldn't be better. A MUST in Santa Fe!
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    notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    carefreegirl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Perfect for a before concert dinner. The fact that there are "small plates" makes it even better. You are not stuffed for the rest of the evening . Parking is the only problem when the town is full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • myrtleVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loved the setting and the ambience. Service was excellent. However, we were dissapointed with the fish entree. The portion was very tiny (they mentioned it was the last piece) and very overcooked. We started out on a high not and left on a much lower note. The only response when we mentioned the overcooked fish was "we will let the chef no". Everything else was very good, avoid the fish.
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  • consistently good after 20 trips
    raym
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    problem with most restaurants is consistency. we have dined there over 20 times and found each experience rather special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    First visit, and very impressed with Galisteo Bistro. Will recommend to friends.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food!
    Disapointed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Was very happy with this find! Great food and service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal and Great Service
    SammycakesVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We walked past the place on our 1st day in Santa Fe and the delicious smell coming out the front door made us stop and look at the menu. We made reservations as we walked away and we were so glad we did. Great menu and wine selection. The lamb shank and savory gorgonzola torte were absolutely incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful evening.
    FoodGuy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Galisteo Bistro is truly a wonderful restaurant. The new owners have maintained the quaility of this fine bistro and taken it to a new level. We were welcomed with champaigne while awaiting our table and were mystified by all the action in the kitchen which is visible to the diners. The Chef's Speical Crabcakes (fresh lump crab with mixed organic field greens, scallop mousse and lemon aioli) are simply out of this world. The bread was served with chef's special olive oil. The bread was warm out of the oven, a hearty loaf just delicious. The Florida Snapper perfectly prepared and pleasantly presented. The Bronzino was unbelievable. The service was fabulous, our waiter was very attentive and personable. The atmosphere was fun and exciting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    MjsmdVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant with a very pleasant staff, anxious to please, but with very mediocre food. Except for the grilled eggplant which was inedible (and appropriately taken off our bill) the other dishes were bland and uninteresting. I am sorry to have to write a negative review because the staff was so accommodating, but good intentions can't make up for the food which was only fair. I understand there is a new owner, and I would give this place another try after he has more time to address the menu.
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  • Superb Dinner Spot
    foodman4
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The Galisteo Bistro popped up on radar by accident, wow what a find. Our group was tired of the same old fare covered in some sort of green or red chile. We had tried the French place and another Italian place and they were just so so; we were in dire need of a treat. The Bistro was just that, the seafood menu was superb - a party of four we had the Bronzino - a delight I had not seen since being in Europe, another tried the scallop dish - four huge scallops beautifully prepared; finally the bison ribs and filet or as they call it tournedos are to die for. A new dessert called the berry soufflé was good but the mud puddle even better! Don't miss this place - no matter what!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A delightful experience
    PupCity
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A friend recommended Galisteo Bistro to me-in fact, his exact words were, "Do not miss Galisteo!" So glad I took his advice. Wonderful food-the night we were there it was a limited/chef's menu which (although limited) was outstanding. The service? Awesome-the owner's girlfriend stopped by and told us all about the restaurant, their fabulous chef, etc. I had the duck-perfectly prepared and beautifull presented. Will definitely return on our next visit to SantaFe.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little intimate place
    trysomethingnew
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Very intimate restaurant with a great vibe. The service was excellent, especially "Holly" who took special care of us. We started with oysters Rockerfeller, served in a ramekin, which very good. I had the duck breast with bread pudding, which was a great pairing and well orchestrated. My partner had the crab cake salad which was also very well done. The berry ice cream pie dessert was very good, but needed some time to warm up for the flavors to come out. Definitely worth a return visit next time we are in Santa Fe.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so much.
    Pickypicky
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    After reading a bunch of reviews on this place we decided to give it a try. The onion tarte we ordered to start had no depth of flavor which never bodes well for the dishes to follow. My husband & I both had the blackened catfish with shrimp & grits, the catfish had tons of seasonings but no real flavor, I did not finish mine, the shrimp & grits were ok but I've had far better. Our friend had the wahoo fish dish which she didn't care for, dessert was good , chocolate something. The wait staff was friendly & attentive & concerned w how we liked the food, we could only tell them the truth & also told them about the fabulous meal we had had the night before at Arroyo Vino, perhaps they can pick their brains. We would not dine here again.
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  • Great food, once again
    Artsy01
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Visited the bistro last week--the first time since Rob and Marge sold the place in May to new owners--and I'm delighted to say that the food we had was top-notch. I ordered the wahoo, which was lightly spiced in an unexpected way (a hint of anise perhaps?) , and both entrees were beautifully presented (my fish was served on top a bed of organic roasted veggies). Delicious! We will continue to visit the bistro whenever we're in Santa Fe, and wish the new owners great success in the future.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Another Great Meal at the Bistro
    EatalyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Been here numerous times and it never fails to impress, we think even more with the new owners. We really enjoy the daily specials menu focus on fish and seafood; unusual for Santa Fe dining. The wine list is compact but broad and fairly priced. Service as always is attentive but not pushy. Timing of courses was near perfect with time for wine and conversation but nothing close to the feeling like you've been forgotten. Highly recommend this restaurant as consistently one of the best in Santa Fe.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Superb
    CRose
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent cooking; presentation exceptional. Warm friendly atmosphere
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very friendly, good food
    Eileenc
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    NIce place but a bit too small for the number of tables, creating a crowded and noisy feel. Food good but has a lot of competitoin in its price range. Very friendly and helpful staff and owner. I do plan to go back after tourist season is over.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Really excelent food!
    dontgohere
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our food was superb and our waiter was very special...knowledgeable, friendly, helpful!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and delicious
    austindiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had the smacafam and it was so delicious. They had a wine on special that night that was sold especially to them from Italy and a perfect accompaniment to our meal. I usually don't finish mr entree but this was too good to leave. Good thing we had a few block walk back to car! The new owner has not missed a beat with this local favorite. Don't miss eating here but suggest reservations.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • new owner
    BernieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Galisteo has an interesting menu, with some good pasta dishes and unusual meat dishes. It would be nice if the wine by the glass were not so expensive--$12-$14 for not particularly distinguished wines. Likewise, their bottles are marked up quite high. A simple California Pinot Noir, for example, that you can buy for $8 on the Web sells for $34. The owners are checking on tables, making sure things go well and diners are happy. A bit of complimentary port was welcome.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPECTACULAR
    raym
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    WENT THERE FOR MY 68 BIRTHDAY. WITH A SON THAT IS A SCHOOLED PROFESSIONAL CHEF RUNNING A 5 STAR RESTURANT, I CAN BE PICKY. WELL, THIS MEAL WAS MEMORABLE. DIANE HAD THE ELK CHOPS WHICH WERE BEAUTIFUL, PERFECTLY COOKED MEDIUM RARE WITH WONDERFUL AJUS, TENDER, FLAVORFUL, COULD NOT BE BETTER. I ORDERED BISON SHORT RIBS. THEY WERE THE BEST SHORT RIBS I HAVE EVER HAD. DIANE AND I SWAPPED TO THE END. EVERYTHING ELSE WITH THE MEAL WAS PERFECT RIGHT THRU THE DESERT. GALISTEO BISTRO HAS BECOME MY FAVORITE SANTA FE RESTURANT IN A TOWN WITH STIFF COMPETITION.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Best in Santa Fe
    foodman4
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Dined with a group of friends; we have been visiting for a week, tired of the same old same old we made reservations and hoped for something different. Boy were delighted, the place was packed but our table was readily available. The bistro is small but energetic and the food SPECTACULAR!! Gnocchi and other fine Italian fare coupled with the BEST seafood in New Mexico. Portions are huge and desserts too. One of the best wine lists in Santa Fe. Glad we found you Galisteo Bistro we will return!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The new owner/chef have made some welcome additions to the menu. The service was excellent. It was very nice to see an old favorite revived.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding dining experience
    LRfoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We have eaten there on several Santa Fe visits. This time was outstanding from all perspectives. The young chief did a great job on the fresh fish special. The host, grandfather of the chief, made the dining experience very special. Look forward to our next visit.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointing
    Elsvw
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We are repeat diners and as before, our meal was excellent. If there is a comment, it would be the fact they had run out of 5 !! of their items on the menu. This place is a gem and not to be missed
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great owner but food inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The new owner goes out of his way to make diners feel welcome. Some of our food was very good but some not so much. The waiter did not attend very carefully. Even when he saw our wine glasses were about empty he didn't come. His deboning of a fish left many bones.
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  • Diane
    Diane
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Just fantastic! We loved the menu, food, and service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • delightful evening
    alwaysthere1VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Because our table was not quite ready when we arrived, the delightful owner and host greeted us with a complimentary glass of champagne! Way to go! The atmosphere is charming, the wine list is comprehensive, and the menu selection was so wonderful that it was difficult to make a selection. The appetizer shrimp with garlic and butter was fabulous!
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris Bistro in Santa Fe
    BorntoTravel
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It reminded me of a Paris Bistro, lively and energetic. The food was great. The oysters are flown so not on the half shell, but served as Shooters and as Oysters Rockefeller. The Shooters were recommended by the the waiter, Luis, and he was right, much better than the Oysters Rockefeller. The Scarlet Red Snapper was fantastic, served at the table and cooked to perfection. One of the diners ordered the Duck and said it was the best he has had at any restaurant in Santa Fe. The Boar ravioli left a little to be desired, the pasta was too tough. The best part of the evening was our waiter, Luis. He is so knowledgeable about the food and especially the wines. He recommended a wine that was unbelievable. Perfect for every dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.