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Galisteo Bistro
Galisteo Bistro

Galisteo Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.galisteobistro.com
  • Phone: (505) 982-3700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:00am-2:00pm
    Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • 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, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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
Galisteo Bistro offers innovative international cuisine famous for our made by hand, quality menu offerings, and attentive service in a casual, downtown setting. Specialties include local and regional meat, poultry, and game, plus incredibly fresh seafood, along with an extensive list of tapas, cheese flights, salad courses, daily specials, seasonal entrees, and homemade desserts. Ingredients are fresh and organic.
“The owners have focused intently on all aspects of the operation. The emphasis here is on good food and conviviality in a welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere.” –Anne Hillerman, Journal Santa Fe
  “I admire a restaurateur who says, Hey, I want to cook the foods I love, like a musician who says, I want to play the music I enjoy. Chef would have made a great conductor; his orchestra of a staff is playing lovely food in perfect harmony. If music be the food of love-long may Galisteo Bistro play on.” –John Vollertsen, Santa Fean
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Diner Reviews
  • "this is just a comment: My first experience was for lunch and it was quite lovely- exceptionally fine food and environment."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I stumbled on this one for my anniversary get-away to Santa Fe. We were both delighted with the food, wine, waitstaff, and general ambiance. The owners are very hands-on and friendly. The duck breast was awesome, Redfish Etouffe really worked, and the scallop ceviche was a nice new expereince. THis was our forst visit, but it will not be our last."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "So I dined at the Galisteo Bistro for the second time bringing my clients!! Boy were they impressed!!! We started off with the squash Flan "Delectable" as well as the BEST Crab Cakes any of us have ever had!! For dinner we all got something different and the Duck was cooked and tasted Amazing!! I personally had the Fillet, which was called some like the Toranado's...well lets just say I only used my Fork, Beautifully seasoned as well. The place was buzzing and everyone seemed so attentive and friendly! This is I think the best place for dinner in Santa Fe!! We love it here and Brant the owner and his Gran Son Allen the head Chef...Yes and he's only 22....Are making a mark on this town for years to come! Thanks for the wonderful times...."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I recently visited the restaurant and found the food and service outstanding. I was served a bottle of wine that was "corked" and the proprietor personally came to our table to offer up several replacement suggestions (evening giving me some tastings of various wines). Very good food and friendly service. We will return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "From appetizers to dessert, the Galisteo Bistro knows its "stuff." The menu is relatively small, which has its pros and cons, but each dish is prepared well and served with pride. We especially want to thank Brant who made our party of 6 feel at home."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Extensive menu and excellent service. We were early diners and it was noisy when we arrived and got worse the later it got."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Galisteo Bistro is not to be missed when in Santa Fe. The ambiance speaks of laid back yet sophisticated French bistro; the cuisine (created by their young Cordon Bleu trained chef) is innovative, delicious and well creatively plated; the wine list is well balanced; and the service is attentive, convivial, and caring. We liked it so much that my wife and I had dinner there twice during our recent one week stay in Santa Fe."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "As soon as I got to the restaurant, I told our server that I experienced nausea. She suggested club soda. I said “ok.” She put a ton of ice in it. When I asked for more, she told me it was $5.00 and DOES NOT include any free refills."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Everytime you hear about new owners you get concerned about a restaurant in turmoil. Surprise, not the case. Terrific dinner with several special items on the menu."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We made reservations for a Saturday evening as they were very busy. The restaurant was so busy when we areived that we had to wait a few minutes for our table. The hostess was very apologetic and offered a nice glass of prosecco. That was a nice surprise. I ordered the beet salad with prociutto and goat cheese followed by a polenta dish smothered in sausage. My sister ordered a salad accompanied by a savory slice of cheesecake and a dish of gnocchi primavera. Everything was delicious, but the stand out was the gnocchi. The sauce was light, and creamy which complemented the slightly sweet gnocchi. The meal was the best that we experienced during our stay in Santa Fe."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Fabulous dinner. Every item we ordered was excellent. This restaurant will be one of the ones on my "be sure to go to' list whenever we are in Santa Fe. Chef is young, but very talented. Cannot recommend more highly"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I booked this reservation based on reviews and I was making a trip to Santa Fe from Denver. When I arrived in Santa Fe, I heard the restaurant was under new ownership. I was worried since I had made the reservation based on reviews from several months ago. When we arrived, Brant the owner, graciously greeted us at the door and we were a bit early and he offered us each a glass of Proseco while we waited (briefly) for our table. The wait staff was prompt and courteous and I ordered the Venison tenderloin and my friend ordered the lamb shank. The tenderloin was very good, and the lamb was terrific. Dinner was delightful and the owners and staff were friendly, gracious and very welcoming. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a less than satisfactory experience at this Bistro. The atmosphere was tense and hyper. Our waiter was curt and unwelcoming. One person in our party of 3 received the wrong entree. We do not recommend this restaurant and will not return. The host never apologized for the mistake in order, nor for the rude service. They need to consider that many people, ourselves included, are long time visitors to Santa."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food at Galisteo Bistro was superb. I had steak and my partner had eggplant parmesan. My steak was done perfectly and my partner's eggplant parmesan was an tasty and very light. But as wonderful as the food was the service was just as great. Our waiter Ben was very knowledgeable about the food and how it was prepared and was able to assist us in selecting a wine that was perfect for both our meals. But in addition to our waiter, Heather who was a server delivered the food expertly and with such a friendly attitude that even though we were only in Santa Fe for four days we went back for a second meal two days later. The food and service were just as good if not better. I heartily recommend Galisteo Bistro!!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Located off the main drag in Santa Fe but well worth going. food presentation excellent. Attentive staff. Beautiful ambiance. A gem."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My recent dining experience at Galisteo Bistro left me completely elated! Starting from the general manager/owner's personal greeting upon arrival to the wait staff the food and finally a personal visit to the table by the young and quite excellent chef, it was a most pleasant dining experience. I would totally recommend the Galisteo to anyone looking for a great place to dine."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I wasn't sure about this place given a few of the recent 2-3 star reviews; but I decided that the overwhelming positive reviews made it worth a shot. All I can say is the negative reviews are WRONG - or written by the competition or those with no palate. From the moment I entered I was greeted warmly ( later I found it was by the owner), my waiter Luis was spectacular, offering bottled water and some of the best fresh homemade bread and olive oil. The chef has this place humming; the venison tartar was spectacular, the seafood dishes fresh and divine in taste and presentation. The place gets busy fast and is not that big, but the energy level, the delectable food and the service is worth it.One of the best restaurants in Santa Fe"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Delightful restaurant all around. First time there. Full of locals. Excellent service, menu and wine list. And best of all the food was great - particularly the Lamb Shank. Restaurant has recently changed hands but the new owners/management are doing a bang up job, with most of the old staff still in place."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "With new owner and chef, the Galisteo Bistro has not lost a beat, and perhaps is better than ever, with a larger menu and expanded wine list at reasonable prices. Definitely, a "go to" place for us"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Galisteo's is under new management since the 1st of June. So I expected maybe a few blips to service or food. However, the owner/chef was extremely attentive as was the waitstaff. The food was great. They are now serving lunch, so we will have to try them again!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We are long time customers of Galisteo Bistro and were a little apprehensive when we arrived for dinner to find the restaurant had changed hands. Many of the staff have remained but ownership has transitioned. Not to worry, Galisteo Bistro is as good as, if not better, than it always was. The new owners have kept much of the same menu while introducing new items as "this evening's specials. The night we dined there were 5 of them and we selected two different fish specials. Both were marvelous. The wine list continues to be broad and attractively priced. Service and timing were both spot on. We will continue to be regular customers and we recommend Galisteo Bistro to all visitors."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was fabulous. Our waiter, Ben, was equally amazing. He was very attentive, friendly and knowledgable. I had the snapper with a veracruz sauce and my s.o. had the seafood stew. Both of our meals were delicious! We then split the "Decadence" for dessert - yum!! The tables are in close proximity to your neighbors, so if you want a more intimate, private setting this may not be the place for you. We will return here on our next visit to Santa Fe!! Make sure to make a reservation for dinner."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The transition in ownership seems to be going well. Same reliable menu with we additions. Your waiter should be Ben. He's excellent for both wine and menu suggestions."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The chef and staff know what they are doing. We had a reservation and were seated immediately, but not before being warmly welcomed. Our meals were beautifully presented and expertly prepared; what a delight to have a chef with such a creative flair. The dishes were tastefully simple without being overly sauced and seasoned just right so as to bring out the natural goodness. The braised lamb was outstanding, and I don't eat lamb too often for fear it will be ruined. So, a big thumbs up to the chef and staff. The service was great. However, the notice level was obstructive to where we could hear the conversations of neighboring tables. I am not sure what could be done for that but otherwise we will return."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Lived Tge place. Service was excellent. Food was a fabulous! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We brought some friends to Galisteo Bistro and we're not disappointed. Chef Keller has things humming already -- Zuppa de Pesce was perfect as were all of the other entrees. Service excellent! A real Santa Fe gem for a reasonable price."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a party of 5 and had such a wonderful time! The waiter was well versed in the food and made an excellent wine recommendation which paired perfectly with my meal. Food presentation was stimulating, combinations of ingredients impeccable, and service perfect. So much that my friends continued to talk of our experience the next day. We dined on octopus, venison, pasta, and chocolate. I don't know if you can order anything and not love the experience."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great lamb shank, squash flan and veggie salad. Nice Napa Chardonnay. Great sauce on Vera Cruz snapper. Convenient right off the SF Plaza."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food and service are outstanding. The range of menu items make it very easy to satisfy most people. The sauces are my way of judging the quality of the dishes and Galisteo has some of the best I have tasted."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was very good and well presented. The new owner was very friendly and hospitable."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is a smallish restaurant where the tables share space with the kitchen. Most of the two tops are very close together, so expect to be part of the neighboring tables conversation whether you want to be or not. Ordinary conversation is difficult when the restaurant is filled at peak dinner hours. So, go early if this is important to you. Solid menu and wine list. Food is good quality, well prepared, and attractively presented. Prices are Santa Fe."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "What a great fid; from the moment we sat down ad were greeted by our server everything was perfect. The wine list is the best in Santa Fe in my opinion and the menu is a refreshing change from the same old same old. We were very pleased to see the international dishes and especially the incredible fresh seafood. An added plus is the owner and chef (his son) support the local and regional farms and ranchers. Not a big place so be sure to make a reservation as this gem will be sold out!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "It happened to be our anniversary. What a great restaurant to celebrate that evening. We were visiting Santa Fe for a week. Would love to return. It is charming with a warm and inviting ambiance. The food and wine were outstanding. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Nice place right near everything in downtown Santa Fe. We were greeted at the door by the new owner, who had only 3 weeks' experience at this site. Arturo did a great job waiting on us. The food was great and service unassuming and attentive. We would definitely return our next trip to the area."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The restaurant was sold and reopened with a new chef within a few days. The food is still terrific and the chef creative. Excited that the quality and variety at this restaurant continues to be at the high end. The lamb was superb - tender, juicy and flavorful. The special pasta was great, and the salads creative. Too full for desserts, but will try some next time!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My husband and I both had the New Zealand venison at Galisteo Bistro when we were in Santa Fe this weekend. As we commented to the chef, we've had some of the best venison in the world while in Germany (a place well known for their preparation of game meats). The tenderness and the preparation of the venison at Galisteo Bistro was every bit as good. And the blackberry/raspberry ice cream pie with pistachios was divine (and not too sweet)."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "After walking by for years, we finally had dinner here. Two of us shared four Tapas, the prosciutto and goat cheese salad, and could have easily gotten by with less. The owner stopped by to visit as did the chef. Our server was quite knowledgeable. A perfect evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My first impression was the warmth I felt when I entered the bistro...the Owner greeted us right away and seems to be very proud of his restaurant. Our waiter Ben was amazing and knows his wine knowledge and made a wonderful suggestion to the extensive wine list! They don't miss a beat in this bistro....this is our second time here and they make you feel like family! The first time it was very busy and we didn't have a reservation. "Which I recommend" so we sat at the window and actually we just loved it! All the food was wonderful and can't wait till our friends come so they too can share our experience. ps...Save room for their wonderful dessert's!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Has not missed a beat. Food and services as good has it's ever been."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were greeted promptly at the door, and our server welcomed us BACK (thanks to Open Table reservations, after a 2 1/2 year gap since our last trip to Santa Fe). Service, food, and ambience were all great. Wine list is a bit pricey, but there are some affordable and unique selections. The chocolate decadence for dessert was amazing! My only critique is that the lighting level could be lowered a bit to create a more intimate atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/7/2014