Luminaria Restaurant & Patio
Luminaria Restaurant & Patio

Luminaria Restaurant & Patio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.luminariarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5059847915x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday-Saturday: 7:00am-11:00am Sunday Brunch: 7:00am-2:00pm Lunch Daily: 11:30am-2:00pm Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Marc Quiñones
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The intimate Hopi Room and the outdoor Restaurant Patio are available for groups, ideal for special celebrations. For Larger Groups, we offer a number of special event spaces through our banquet department.
  • Private Party Contact: Marilyn Litton 5059847931x
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment Friday and Saturday in the Living Room Bar. During Summer months, live entertainment on the Restaurant Patio.
  • Special Events: Luminaria is the perfect location to host your Wedding and Rehearsal Dinner. We will work with you to customize a memorable dining experience - one that will both inspire and impress your guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alameda
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking
A word from Luminaria Restaurant & Patio
Located at the awarding-winning Inn and Spa at Loretto, Luminaria Restaurant and Patio combines modern sophistication with rustic Southwestern charm.

During the warmer months, dine outdoors on the rustic wood patio adjacent to the world-renowned Loretto Chapel. At twilight, dine al fresco under the stars, transform the high desert into a romantic veranda draped and tented with flowering vines and luxurious flowing fabrics lit by hanging lanterns.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Luminaria Restaurant & Patio reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (100)romantic (75)special occasion (75)fit for foodies (57)great for lunch (37)notable wine list (31)great for brunch (29)scenic view (28)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (13)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Slow kitchen and Slow service
    SfedinerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    As locals, we love the outdoor patio in the summertime, and the food is good. The service, however, is another matter. It usually starts out well, but goes downhill quickly. I do not believe it is entirely the fault of the servers,however. Often the restaurant is simply understaffed. Moreover, there seems to be a breakdown in the kitchen with entirely too much time between ordering and firing. If you order more than one course, you are in for an exasperatingly long wait. This has been a problem with this restaurant for years, and I do not understand why they can't fix it. Go to the Coyote Cafe or Geronimo instead, where the food,service...and timing...is first rate!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of touch with Santa Fe
    NM89VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    For those of us who have lived in Santa Fe, a restaurant that prices all its entrees over $30 suffers from a New York, Dallas or LA syndrome. Yes, the dishes are artistically plated and the outdoor setting alluring. But this is not a place for locals, except those who have money to burn. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So delicious
    YvonneAdrienne
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was fantastic And actually felt like it melted in my mouth. I would definitely recommend the Halibut with lavendar corn pudding, so good. My husband's filet was mignon was so tender and tasty. I cannot describe how delicious all the food was. They have the best blue cornuffins and red chile biscotti's. Dessert did not disappoint and the ambiance was superb. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable which made the overall experience wonderful and memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    SarnoldVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had a great experience eating here the other night. Food was amazing and service was great. The pork belly appetizer was really good and the scallops where made perfectly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Gypsy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food, service, and ambiance were perfect. Out server was Daniel and he was outstanding in every way as well as personable. He made the experience above and beyond just a great dinner with atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely evening, very good food
    SFfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were celebrating a special occasion and wanted to try an upscale restaurant with good food, but not a stuffy environment.The patio at Luminarias looked pretty, however it was a chilly evening and we decided to dine inside.I would have preferred to sit at a cozy, romantic booth, and while there were booths open, they seated us at a table near the entrance.This was the only downside to the evening.The service was impeccable and friendly.Both the waitress and the bartender, were professional but not overbearing or snobbish.The food was delicious, and the prices albeit a bit high, were comparable to other elegant hotel restaurants.Overall, for very good food and excellent service,it was a very good experience.Recommend for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Canada
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were treated like celebrities and really had the most wonderful dinner. A memorable experience and not just a dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we went back!
    lovesthemtns
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had been here before, and were glad we returned with friends. The food was really excellent, and the service was quite good. We had dined on the patio previously, and would do it again in a minute if it had been a bit warmer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Price-quality
    175dine42
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Luminaria, which in Europe would qualify for a Michelin star. However prices are high and the wine list is somewhat overrated ( in dollars). Service impeccable. Will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    LUMINARIA was always a"safe bet" for a pleasant meal and enjoyable outdoor dining. Their "new menu" is quite remarkable. They were a bit short on waitstaff.Our waitperson, Daniel was excellent, but overworked and therefore not as available as we would have liked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious and beautiful
    JennyNM
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a date night at Luminaria, we hadn't tried it before. The patio is beautiful, it is hidden in the alcove between the chapel and the hotel and it is beautifully decorated. Our server, Aimee was FANTASTIC! She worked with us to find something on the menu that would work for our dietary restrictions. The food was amazing - the salmon tartar was especially yummy. The roasted potatoes, corn, and peppers that came a a side to the bison tenderloin were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • carly
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    When in Santa Fe... This restaurant is a MUST if you appreciate qualitative food, top rate local ingredients and above all a chef who is one of the best in the area. Wine list will offer a good array of pairings at a price most restaurants in Santa Fe. charge. Aimee and Stephanie were our servers. Servers can make or break a dining experience. Both of these charming ladies are the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • new food adventure
    calvisitor
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Sous vide rabbit had tender dark but dry breast meat. Molecular fruits delightful. Excellent Manhatten, fois gras, bread, sparkling New Mexico wine. Need more NM wines. Pleasant sunset evening on patio edge.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Haute cuisine in the high desert. Quality comparable to restaurants on either coast but with southwestern hospitality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't care for the menu
    Cupcake
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My husband and I had so many favorite on the old menu. The new one seems to be very meat/poultry oriented. We LOVED the salmon, the Grilled Romaine Salad, and other items. We probably won't return to Luminaria for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New chef, still a great experience
    CSOBE
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Luminaria has a new chef who has just introduced a new menu in the last couple of weeks. While very different from their old menu, the dishes I and my party have tried on two occasions were all delicious, interesting combinations but not overly fussy. The pork belly appetizer is a must!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant afternoon.
    Busch
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    One of my favorite outdoor settings to dine on Santa Fe. Creative menu of interesting dishes. Service was a bit slow. But it was an otherwise lovely time. I'm returning there for dinner tomorrow evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luminaria less glowing
    FoodieJuneVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Luminaria is still one of the most beautiful restaurants we know but, somehow, the quality of the food has gone down. There were three of us. My husband ordered the pork chop and it looked gray and was both tasteless and tough. I had the scallops, probably the best dish among us...the scallops sweet tender, sitting on top of small crab cakes. And our guest had the halibut, which was simply "okay." The food no longer lives up to the very spectacular atmosphere. Still, for a beautiful even, go, sit outside on the patio, and enjoy the ambiance. It's still an excellent lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food average service
    MereVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food is wonderful, however the service is not! Expect to repeat your order several times and it still not come out correctly...even if you order straight off the menu without any changes! Not to mention the hostess is slow to seat people and seems disorganized. However it is still a fabulous restaurant with amazing food and worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Love going to Luminaria with great green chile cheese burger, service and ambience. Portions are generous, food is delicious and service is great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disappointing
    CsTravels
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    After all the hype I expected more. This restaurant is lovely. We sat outdoors in perfect evening weather and the setting couldn't be beat. However, the service, while very polite and highly skilled, was glacial: it took 20 minutes for my glass of wine to arrive. The food was imaginative and tasty, but my halibut was both overcooked and cold, and my husband's duck dish was also a little overcooked and tough. I don't know what was going on in the kitchen or in the management that night, but it didn't meet expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just perfect!
    DPZ16307
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My wife and I dined at this wonderful restaurant on a quick stop in Santa Fe. It was great! The ambience was special, the service was great (Aimee) and the food outstanding. I would highly recommend Luminaria. Be sure to request an outdoor table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food not up to setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 1999VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great outdoor setting, but food only average and some items a bit pretentious. "Brined" duck breast was way too salty. Service was very pleasant. Good place, but not quite up to standards of several Santa Fe restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch on a beautiful patio
    Cupcake
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The salad with ahi tuna was great. I always have a hard time deciding between that salad or the grilled romaine salad with shrimp.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    SFliving
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Sat out on the patio under the big 'tent'. Evening was lovely, the food was exceptional in flavor and presentation. The menu was interesting and the ingredients were fresh and of very good quality. It's one of our favorite restaurants in SF. We are never disappointed and highly recommend to family and friends. We heading back later this week :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luminaria
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Very good food but the service was slow and haphazard. Noise level a bit high. Still Luminaria is a great place for a nice dinner or lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday celebration
    durangodudes
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We were seated out side until hail and rain storm. Amy got right on it to get us a table inside. Quite an experience all around. Cena Pronto was delish. Perfect... thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner
    Abqdnrs
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary dinner at Luminaria and the food was fantastic. We have been coming every year or so and it was much better than last year! The chile rellenos and endive and mache salad were fabulous and used local ingredients. My only suggestion is that you try and make it by 6:30 for the set course meal as its a good price! I think they should offer it later than 6:30 as we have missed it twice. Also try not to be there towards the end of the night. We waited forever for our desert and no waiters were to be found. The manager was very kind and gave us a card for a free item next time we dine. We will definitely be back but this time before 6:3 for the set meal :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sunset ambiance in historic spot
    SeniorSantaFeHedonist
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Very good value and delightful dining experience. Will put this restaurant on my a list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • April1
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    What a lovely, romantic setting to celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary. The hostess scattered rose petals over our table to celebrate with us. Our server, Melissa, was professional and efficient. She brought us a complimentary glass of delicious champagne to start our evening. We selected a half bottle of Dry Creek Cab to enhance my 14 oz luscious New York strip and my husband's short rib. The food was excellent - the wine a perfect accompaniment. The restaurant was very conducive to a romantic evening. we will DEFINTELY choose Luminaria again for special evenings!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice setting; food indistinguished
    Mudskipper1
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Had 2 breakfasts and one dinner. Breakfast is rather expensive (but that is true of most Santa Fe hotel restaurants) -- but not as good as La Posada. For dinner, the ambiance was nice, but food was not distinguished. I had the relleno from the Prix Fixe menu, and it was only OK. It needed to be hotter (temperature), and the flavors were muted. It just seemed a bit tired. My companion had the chicken, which was on the dry side. Service is leisurely. Minor disappointment, overcome, when the waitstaff had to check their watch due to time limits of 5-6:30pm on the Prix Fixe menu -- remove the paper from the menu book if you're too late; don't penalize folks seated a 6:25pm but unable to order until 6:35pm due to slow/limited waitstaff.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    OrindamomVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Even though it rained while we were dining outside, it did not matter and it neither ruined the food nor the atmosphere. The service folks handled it professionally and we landed inside where the decor is elegant but understated. The service understood before we even had to tell them that we were on the way to the Opera. The food was subtle and flavorful and not over abundant--just right in fact. We had blue corn duck confit with a chili sauce that had just the right notes. My friend had the salmon and I had the Chilean Sea bass which was crispy on the outside and cooked perfectly on the inside. We then had goat cheesecake and the bread pudding which suited both our tastes. The amount of food was perfect and we left there hoping to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff attentive & food delicious.
    dinedaloneandlovedit
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Delightful experience! I had thick filet that was incredibly tender. Loved Chef surprise of a crab taste. The wine, food, live music, and service made for an an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ver nice evening
    Charlie
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We went to Luminaria for my wife's birthday. Luminaria gave us a special table, a bit away from all the other tables. There were rose pedals on the table and we were greeted with a (complementary) glass of champagne. The patio is very nice and cozy. The food was very good. The pace was relatively slow, which we like for a special evening out. Be prepared to spend two hours, which is perfect if you have appetizers, a nice bottle and good conversation. Our Lithuanian server Ruta was outstanding. Very discrete and professional. (Not your: "hi, I'm Stacy and I will interrupt your conversations all night...). If you like good food in a nice setting and are not into fast food, this is for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We went for our anniversary dinner. The food and ambiance were very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Prix fixe dining
    Abqann
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Really enjoyed the patio dining. Had the prix fixe dinner menu- overall enjoyable with above-average food for the area. Had the Blue corn crepe with duck confit as an appetizer. Did not taste like duck, tasted more like pork, but overall the concept was good idea.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luminaria lunch
    Cindy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My friends and I enjoyed a lovely lunch on the patio. Food quality was excellent and the ambiance did not disappoint. We will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Meal
    Sharon
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We spent several days visiting Santa Fe and this was by far our favorite meal. Loved sitting outside, enjoying the lovely weather and wonderful guitarist. Service was impeccable. We started with a delightful amuse-bouche - a prawn in cocktail sauce. Then we shared the Grilled Romaine salad, which was incredible. My husband had the salmon and I had the sea bass, both beautifully presented and delicious. We did not have room for dessert, but were happy to enjoy the chocolate truffles our waiter brought us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Romantic Dinner
    Sgunne
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner at Luminaria. It was our last of four nights in Santa Fe and we could not have picked better. The food was truly outstanding and the service was great. We were still celebrating getting married two nights earlier and the restaurant knew and put rose petals on our table and give us champagne. The rack of lamb was prepared perfectly, and the scallop and chorizo appetizer was incredible. The goat cheesecake was out of this world. We really had a great evening from start to finish. All of the staff were very friendly and provided outstanding service. We have eaten at most of the top restaurants in Santa Fe and Luminaria is one of the best. We will go back next time we are in Santa Fe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Father's Day on the patio
    Desertgam
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have never been disappointed at Luminaria. The patio is lovely any season but the live music and perfect Santa Fe weather made this year's Father's Day brunch absolutely perfect. Thank you for once again making our family gathering very special!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate