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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:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • 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 & 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
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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "We were one of just two groups at the restaurant when we arrived. Appetizers and wine came on a timely basis. After the app, the entrées to 45 minutes and then they served one of us the wrong entrée and claimed we may have ordered wrong. After another wait, we received the correct entrée. The manager said he'd comp the entrée and then did not. At these prices, mediocre service hurts the work of the great chef. The food was delicious! The management needs a better attitude and recovery level."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "Four of us had dinner after the Bistro has new menu and new owner. Excellent meal with options for meat, seafood as well as vegetarian. All done in an interesting and tasty way. Great presentation and service. Good wine and beer selections. We will return."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "The noise level was so high ,we could not engage in a converstion with our guests withour raising our voice. Though enough servers we could not get the attention of anyone for menu, check, dessert list.. food was mediocre .But tornedos were good. Cheese cake and chocolate were average. We used to come quite often but service,food and noisy atmosphere will keep us from returning. so loud good for kids."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "Been here many times and the new owner seems to have made the place even better. Service was a bit off this time which I attribute to a very full house. But a full house this time of year (post tourist season) tells you something about the place. Well worth a visit."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "this was sensational--food was wonderful and plentiful. Service was friendly and attentive. The waiter filleted the fish for my wife at the table and gave us a running lesson on how to do it properly--very charming. We loved this place."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "Excellent service and great food. the menu was unusual in that it had fresh alligator and wild boar. I had grilled snapper with rice. The kitchen was part of the dining room which lent a nice ambiance."
    Dined on 9/23/2014
  • "Food was very good. But the restaurant was a little noisy and small. Price's were high."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "We went here on a special occasion at the recommendation of our daughter and we were delighted with the choice. The food was terrific and the service was wonderful - not hovering but attentive. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "Very warm and attentive owner. Interesting and different menu for Santa Fe. Food was good, but for the price not spectacular (eg sauteed vegetables a little overcooked) . Very noisy but nice- looking decor. Waitstaff must have been too busy as he kept not getting back to us."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "This is a supurb place for dinner. The seafood is flown in fresh from Florida so you recognize the red snapper, Florida lobster, etc. A father and son team that is a welcome addition to the foodie side of Santa Fe."
    Dined on 9/18/2014
  • "We have eaten here before several years ago under a different owner, we didn't like it. We heard there was ne ownership - what a difference!! Five star food, service, and overall great. The best in Santa Fe. We had the fresh fish, which was caught in the Keys just one day ago and you could tell, the prawns were huge and delicious. The salads are huge and the tournedos melt you can cut them with a fork. We have eaten at many good restaurants in Santa Fe and by far Galisteo is the best in quality, price, and service. Do not miss out on this foodie haven."
    Dined on 9/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 9/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/3/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Santa Fe - meeting top standards. Incredibly great chef, charming owners. It couldn't be better. A MUST in Santa Fe!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "problem with most restaurants is consistency. we have dined there over 20 times and found each experience rather special."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "First visit, and very impressed with Galisteo Bistro. Will recommend to friends."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Was very happy with this find! Great food and service."
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent cooking; presentation exceptional. Warm friendly atmosphere"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our food was superb and our waiter was very special...knowledgeable, friendly, helpful!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
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