Excellent Consistency & Ambiance
In a sea of constantly fluctuating Santa Fe restaurants, Ristra is bedrock for local haute cuisine. The restaurant harbors a cast of regular foodies, some famous, some simply just characters, who keep coming back for the outstanding service, ambience and spot on plates. During my last meal there, the owner cared enough to check-in on me as well as other patrons and my Irish server sparked my interest with an experimental cocktail he'd been working on... This is a local establishment with some soul. Other restaurants in Santa Fe offer fine dining, yet lack the warmth that Ristra easily conveys. The plates (often local fare) arrive in a timely fashion, perfectly cooked... I will surely return.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this restaurant. The
Love this restaurant. The food and service are excellent.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ristra offers a mellow, understated
Ristra offers a mellow, understated setting to complement their delicious, carefully prepared food. The dining room and bar are small and intimate, the garden patio a nice option for warm weather. The chef's expertise reflects a French culinary sensibility: creative flavor parings and refined cooking techniques that result in clean, balanced dishes. Local and seasonal ingredients are highlighted. The vegetarian options are limited but the service was so good that I imagine they would accommodate a diner with special preferences. Ristra offers a fine dining experience that goes beyond the Santa Fe norm.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is excellent
Went to Ristra on a Monday night. We chose to sit at the bar but there really weren't more than 2-3 other groups of people there. The food was excellent, we had the fig and arugula salad, chipotle mussels, and the seabass with celery root. The bartender, Tomas, was great to talk to and very friendly. They have a great bar with cocktails and wine, unfortunately there beer menu is very lacking. They only had 4 beers. This was my first time dining at Ristra and we will definitely be back.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great service.
Great food, great service. I've always loved lunch there, but this was the first time for dinner. Our group of four shared everything and had no complaints.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service, food and atmosphere was great. Will return again.
4/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Waiter was fantastic. Food
Waiter was fantastic. Food was very good. Loved the appetizer selection.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food here was really good.
The food here was really good. The service was a tad slow because there seemed to be only one waiter in the restaurant the night we were there.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
one of the best restaurants
one of the best restaurants in town. excellent food and service. you can't go wrong with this place.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
cozy & Intimate dinner spot
The food was excellent as well as the service. The personalized service provided our group of 4 with a fine dining experience without the formality or stuffiness of a formal atmosphere or formal expectations.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great French food with SW influence
We eat dinner at Ristra at least once a week when we are in Santa Fe and have never been disappointed. Lunch is also very good.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not the usual restaurant
Very friendly wait staff and excellent service tipped the scale to outstanding experience with this lovely restaurant with an exciting and unusual menu. Loved sitting out on the patio and enjoyed all 3 courses which were beautifully plated as well as delicious.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ristra for a taste of Santa Fe
Local ingredients prepared and presented in a French style. Outstanding evening.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
As usual Ristra delivers! We went to celebrate Mom's birthday and our anniversary. Everything was perfect. The Elk is just as I remembered it the last time I had it. It does not matter what you order all is excellent. Job well done!!!
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a beautiful night to dine on their outside patio. Absolutely wonderful food and service. My new favorite restaraunt.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
After reading several very favorable reviews, my wife and I decided to give Ristra a shot for our anniversary. It did not disappoint. The service was fantastic. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and which wines to recommend for our appetizer and entrees. We ordered the mussels as a starter. We are huge fans of mussels and these didn't disappoint. My wife ordered the lamb chops from the regular menu and I ordered the soft shell crabs from the specials. Both were absolutely fantastic. Creme brulee and the chocolate souflee were our dessert selections and made for a phenomenal finish to the meal.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful meal and service!
Great meal! Really enjoyed the fig and arugula salad. The calamari was lightly breaded and very tender. Hubby thought the mussels were okay but prefers a more traditional broth of wine and butter. The strawberry creams rhubarb crepe ala mode was also very good.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and patio dining
My wife and I were in Santa Fe to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and of the three dinners we ate while there this was by far the best...we especially loved the beautiful outdoor patio which was nice and quiet and despite the generally warm conditions was very comfortable due to the nice shade. It was a very memorable experience with wonderful food!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Pleasant Experience
Ristra is always s nice place for lunch. The service was good as always and the food was well prepared. I lie being able to talk with my friends without shouting. It is a very relaxing environment.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Forgot how great this place is...
We took a friend to Ristra for her birthday having not been there in several years. We had an absolutely perfect evening. The staff Samaya and her cohort were fun and professional at the same time. Wine -- exellent. Food -- amazing. My friend and I shared 4 of the appetizers each one better than the next. Started with arugula & fig salad; then tuna tartare that melted in your mouth with a touch of avocado mousse; mussels and squash blossoms made a perfect meal! This restaurant is definitely back on our top 3 favorites in Santa Fe!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small off the plaza but food
Small off the plaza but food is very good and is the service.
6/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
I have always enjoyed going to Ristra and sharing with my out of town guests was a treat. Everyone loved the food and the atmosphere
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent, service
Food was excellent, service rather chaotic (didn't receive our cocktails till after the first course arrived), probably because they were very busy that evening.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Original food, lovely ambience
The food options were great - we had two appetizers and split both an entree and later a dessert. The duck was incredible - the fig and arugula salad with goat cheese, divine. Prices were reasonable for the special meals and the wine list was also accessible!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Presentation & Preparation
The presentation,preparations nod freshness of food was excellent. Stuffed squash blossoms a must to savor. I also had scallops as an appetizer which was more than enough for me for dinner! The waitress was a delight to talk with.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant in Santa Fe
This restaurant is awesome. The food is outstanding and great friendly service. It is located just a short walk off the square area. Loved it and can't wait to go back.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This little out of the way gem started out wonderfully due to the graciousness of the maitre 'd. The waiter had had better days, but the service was fine albeit lacking in personality or warmth. The food was excellent; my only complaint that when the fois gras appetizer special was described deliciously, we didn't find out about the steep price of $27 until the bill came.
There were few diners there on a Saturday night, perhaps owing to the
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and staff. Still a Santa Fe favorite. Elk was fantastic.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I have eaten at Ristra at least 50 times and never been disappointed. The food is always very good; French with a Southwestern accent.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
girls weekend in santa fe. had so much southwest cuisine...needed a special dinner for the last night. ristra was perfect. service was perfect. the stuffed squash blossoms were to die for. everyone loved their choices. so many terrific appetizers u could order 3 and dessert. salmon was big hit too. highly recommend for a great time and beautiful food.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food in a great setting
Ristra has a wonderful covered patio, perfect for outdoor dining. It was a hot day, but it was lovely & cool in the shade. A few other tables were occupied, but it was still quiet enough for good conversation. The lunch menu is nice -- plenty of variety, but not so much that it takes forever to decide. We chose two lunches with plans to share, & a coupon for 25% off. The waiter was helpful as we made our choices, the food was served promptly and was excellent. The waiter & hostess were attentive, but not overbearing. This was our 3rd or 4th meal at Ristra, and we will definitely go again.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Items are menu were new and inventive. My husband had lobster sandwich and it was wonderful I had grilled scollops salad - outstanding! We ate out on patio - very, very pleasant and relaxing. Highly recommend for lunch. We'll go back again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
For us, Ristra is an old favorite
For us, Ristra is an old favorite and it continues to please. The menu is tantalizing and the food
and presentation are superb. We enjoy the ambience and attentive service. Ristra is first rate.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
French With a Twist
We love this place. The bar is terrific; bar menu too. Entrees are interesting, well composed and always always fantastic!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very accommodating for an
Very accommodating for an after dinner appointment. Waitress kept checking in with us. Excellent staff who had our dining experience in mind. Loved it!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
really nice ambience, very laid back yet elegant. our party felt extremely comfortable from the minute we arrived. amazing menu, very nice wine list, suggest they pay some attention to beer selections as well. Inventive menu. some of the best calamari i've had anywhere. Ristra is our new favorite place in the city different.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful French cuisine with a Southwest accent. I have eaten at Ristra at least 50 times and never been disappointed.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Summer Evening
On the busiest night of summer, we snagged a last minute reservation! Then upon arrival had to ask to add to our original number. The owners were lovely and accommodating despite a full house and found a way to take care of us. Ristra has it all: excellent food, great service, a stellar wine list with a lovely outdoor patio or cozy inside dining. From the scallops and mussels we started with to the chocolate soufflé at the finish, this was a stellar meal!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Open table visitors from LA
We stayed at the Hilton which is 0.4 miles away; however the post-dinner walk in the darki back to the hotel can be a little uneasuy in vidw of the neighborhood and characters. The area has a skateboard park and also we were mildly accosted by a street person on our return.
The restaurant setting is very pleasant, the food was excellent and the service was good. Some attention to detail was missing, such as not offering bread platesl. Service was efficient, if a bit businesslike....not a probablem. Pricing was in the high range for this type of Santa Fe restarant.
We will return and recommend the restaruant to othes. It should be noted that Ristra's owner unfornately passed away...the longterm plan and stategy could change.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the food!
We ate outdoors. Table in corner was shaded by vines. Service was prompt & helpful. Tempura squash flower stuffed with boursin appetizer was superb. Elk and filet mignon entrees were tender, well seasoned, and perfectly cooked to order; entree presentation was attractive without being overly fussy. We were celebrating our last night in Santa Fe. Ristra was a perfect venue for that. We would recommend it highly for special occasion dining.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Special Place in Santa Fe
We've dined at Ristra a number of times when we've visited Santa Fe and are never disappointed. The food is always wonderful and we've always dined outdoors. It's a wonderful place to be on a summer evening. The special this time was Elk tenderloin in a wine reduction sauce, accompanied by a sweet potato puree and snow peas. I've had Elk before, but this was the best. It was so tender, it melted in your mouth. The waiter said it tasted like a rich beef and he was right. The sweet potato puree had a very creamy texture and was delicious. It might turn me into a sweet potato fan (usually not one of my favorites) if I can duplicate it at home.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite Santa Fe formal restaurant
I come back here every visit to Santa Fe!
The food is superb, the service warm and friendly, and the restaurant is very comfortable.
It is not southwestern, so when you need a change from Chile Rellanos and Margheritas, this is a great choice.
The fois gras was just about the best I have ever had!
9/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ristra's has been one of our top three favorites since the day it opened! It doesn't matter what mood we are in Ristra's always delivers on every front - Love this place!!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fine night.
This was our second trip to Ristra, and we'll patronize it more often. Had to park off-site, maybe normal for Santa Fe?
Dark street, signage faced only one way, (not our way), Excellent, efficient welcome and seating.
A top restaurant should ALWAYS have a good Champagne by the glass for aperitif, they did not.
Kir Royale is made with French Champagne, not with cheap NM sparkling.
Wine list a little thin, too many boutique wines, few main-liners, especially white. Wine prices were generally 25% above normal. Food was VERY good. Mussels appetizer, great sauce! Halibut entrée, perfectly cooked, good sides, others in group had lamb, salmon. Also good.
Dessert chocolate soufflé, very good, but not cooked to order, so a little too cool and ‘set”
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best duck i have ever had.
Best duck i have ever had. Fabulous food. Great restaurant when in Santa Fe
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
one of our SF favorites
The specials we have tried have always been well prepared, presented and exciting, and our favorites from the regular menu are standards. We find the wine recommendations to be spot on. We bring friends, guests and we select rostra for personal special occasions.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous stuffed squash blossoms
After a week of dinning at Gernimo, Santacafe and CasaSena ,this darling restraraunt was easily our favorite. Quiet. Excellent wine and mixed drinks and fresh, perfectly seasoned entrees. I loved my poplano chille relleno stuffed with wild rice and spaghetti squash, others at the table enjoyed the roasted chicken, pork chop. The stuffed tempura squash blossom with Boursin and a light red sauce was divine. We ended with the finest rhubarb crepe that I have ever had.
This chef knows his ingredients and clearly believes in creating delicate sensual sauces. Run to the Ristra!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Innovative menu, with excellent service. We were a party of 4 with different tastes. All enjoyed the fine food and presentation. Especially the elk.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Got the duck and the bill
Excellent food. I had the scallops for an appetizer, the breast of duck and the frozen nougat for dessert, which the server described as "the underdog of the dessert menu." All were excellent, and my wife particularly liked the mango and raspberry coulis that came with the nougat. Enjoyed the Alsatian Pinot Gris.
It was a Saturday night and the gang around the bar was even getting a little rowdy about nine pm, which I thought was interesting for such an upscale place. No bar fights, just laughter, with one woman alone at the end of the bar by the wall with a glass of wine trying to read a book. Only in Santa Fe.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A most delightful place. We had a most pleasant dinner, food was excellent, service was attentive and courteous, good wine list, and the ambiance was fabulous; a quiet place where one can have a conversation without having to shout across the table....no background music....YEAH. Would go back as long as the current chef is there
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM