Tanti Luce 221

Tanti Luce 221

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.tantiluce221.com/
  • Phone: 5059882355
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch - 7 days a week, 11:30am-3pm
    Happy Hour - 7 days a week, 4-6pm
    Dinner - 7 days a week, 5-9pm, Friday and Saturday 5-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Southwest, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Tom Kerpon
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: Call for information on catering!
  • Private Party Facilities: Our backroom can be reserved for private functions. Call for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Missy 5059882355
  • Entertainment: It's always entertaining at Tanti Luce 221!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Alameda
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: You may park on the street in Santa Fe any time after 6pm. There is also the city municipal lot just one block west of the restaurant on Water Street, or the Cathedral parking lot, one block east on Cathedral Place.
A word from Tanti Luce 221
Tanti Luce 221 features an eclectic European cuisine, with a little southwestern flair, crafted by Chef Tom Kerpon. Situated in a gorgeous 100 year old adobe home in historic Santa Fe New Mexico, Tanti Luce is unique, warm and inviting, with its original kiva fireplaces and stained glass windows. For a more casual affair, try our 221 bar, located in the same beautiful historic building. 221 features a great bar menu, including Spanish-style tapas, sexy cocktails, and a lively atmosphere.
Don't miss The Deck at 221, our brand new 10,000 sq ft outdoor dining space. The Deck at 221 features all your favorites from Tanti Luce 221, in a gorgeous new outdoor setting, with the best views in Santa Fe.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Tanti Luce 221 reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.7
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (8)special occasion (8)neighborhood gem (7)romantic (7)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (5)scenic view (2)good for groups (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Restaurant not open
    nmfoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We couldn't change our reservation on Open Table, we couldn't cancel it, the restaurant phone was no longer connected, Open Table listed the place as "Unavailable" and sure enough, we drove up to find a 'temporarily closed' sign on the door. Open Table did not respond to our customer service requests either. So - we cannot provide a review.
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  • bugsyVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints, which is why we keep going back! Our server was very friendly, the food was excellent, and because most of the diners were on the patio, we had a quiet corner all to ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service Was Lacking
    FrankABQVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The restaurant is a bit pricy and should have been a better experience. Although the restaurant was virtually empty when we arrived we had to wait for service. At best, the waiter was indifferent. The wine list had wines crossed out and the waiter spoke about a single glass or wine. We asked for the single wine glass list. There wasn't one. The petite filets were excellent however. The chef brought out a replacement for one of the guests and he was appreciated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very attentive
    MySantaFeEscape
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday and right away, the staff asked about who was having a birthday. They brought out a dessert with a candle at the end of our meal. Had a great evening with friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Underwhelming
    SantaFeFoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Was disappointed and unfulfilled with the food. Mussel 'special' $10, the sauce was good but skimpy on the quantity mussels and a lot of them had not been debearded. Quail with duck chorizo, mash & spinach $23, would have been better off without the over cooked, dry quail and served as gourmet sausage and mash. Paella $24, so many bad things; too small, the chicken and shrimp wre tough & dry. Chorizo was listed as an item but it was missing, the over all flavor was just blar. My husband is too polite to send it back, but if I received that dish I would have. Cocktail was yummy, but $11. All in all, after tax & tip $85 could have been spent at many other, cheaper places and had far better food, we'll never go back there, or recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has Gone Way Downhill . . .
    gglau
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Was a favorite for us but we learned we need to read current Open Table reviews before going back to a “favorite” place. We knew we were in trouble when the hostess was texting when we arrived and just had to finish her text before acknowledging our party. The first wine list had no red wine listed. The waiter brought another list. Everything was WAY overpriced so when asked about that, he said they had a Mark West Pinot for $35.00. Very limited beer selection. Pork belly was on the menu but, they were out of pork belly. Quail was on the menu but they were out of quail. The Caesar salad arrived without the spicy polenta croutons. When asked if they had a new chef, the waiter admitted that the sous chef was doing all the cooking. Bad.
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  • Senior dining
    Bobfromcloseby
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We found the main dining area perfect for an early, relaxing dinner where we could all easily hear each other. The food, as usual with Tom, was very good. The portions was just the right size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • underwhelming
    yummy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The lobster mac and cheese had absolutely no lobster or even lobster flavor and contained cooked green peppers rather than green chilis in it. It was served in a tiny oval ramekin and on a plate that was so small the ramekin did not sit flat. The green salad was tasteless... I think they forgot the dressing... although nicely presented on the plate. Thr palenta dish was delicious, but the serving also very small. My dining companion left still hungry. I would not return, nor would I recommend this restaurant. It was a huge disappointment. Oh, and Sat. night of 4th July weekend at 8PM there were maybe 5-6 tables occupied, so perhaps I am not the only one having had a poor experience.
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  • Neat atmosphere, small menu
    lovefoodVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food was delicious, although the menu didn't offer as much variety as we would have liked. Drink prices were a shock. Almost $50 for 4 margaritas. But there are lots of interesting places to sit, inside or out, and the service was friendly and fun. We'd like to go back at night and enjoy the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inattentive service
    SunRiseEagleVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was good, not great. The waiter, who has been there forever, was Inattentive and had a surly attitude. I dined here when it first opened and it was great. I afraid the restaurant has lost its MOJO.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ABQ Diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Service was spotty. It was "difficult" to get seated and getting water and a 1st drink. 2nd drink never showed up. Would not order the small plates ever again but would stick with the entree. Our entrees were very good. Their outdoor space at 10,000 square feet is too large for the staff to handle in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and a beautiful patio
    JayneVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful but in summer, the outdoor space is amazing. The outdoor patio with a lovely fountain is surrounded by private cabanas and an upper balcony with great views. The food and drinks are excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    CDD248VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is a very nice restaurant that features patio seating on two levels, with interesting decor, or indoor seating which would be nice for a family, friends, or romantic dinner. Food and drinks were very good. Our waiter was a little bit indifferent and moody, even after we tried being friendly - maybe having a bad day. Would still return there, as we enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss this restaurant!
    luckytodine
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Wow, this place was wonderful. Creative menu, great food and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bugsyVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We dine here frequently; it is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. Both food quality and presentation are exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Somewhat of a disappointment
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    First impressions are impprtant and I must say, before we got our food, the impression wasn't great. We were given a menu that was not updated and several options I was interested in, were not available. Server apologized that two of the menus were incorrect. We were offered bread for the table; we never got it. The petite sirloin was ordered medium well; it came out well done. The lobster, green chili Mac and cheese was more cream than cheesy, the chicken picatta was WAY too salt. It had too many capers. The only thing that was decent was the chocolate cake, but had to be sent back to be remade because it had mango drizzle on it, which I'm allergic too. Server said they ran out of the raspberry and decided to substitute w/o asking.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 174 reviews are from the Tanti Luce 221 reviews archive.
  • Great little spot
    azchar
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Again, we love restaurants that offer Tapas (small plates) in addition to a full menu. We really enjoyed their Caesar Salad, Paella and Red Chile Grilled Portobello Mushroom with grilled romaine. I was disappointed that they didn't have any of their regular menu item short rib raviloi. How can something that is 'housemade' not be available? It was a very pleasant dining experience with an attentive waitress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening out
    JayneVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Every time we have dinner here we enjoy it and are delighted with the creative menu. Everything is perfectly prepared and beautifully presented.in nice weather, the outdoor area is so charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant was a No-show
    ScootVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We made our reservation through Open Table, expecting that the restaurant was in agreement. It appears that the restaurant was either out of business or decided it wanted to close that night. Locked doors. No sign. Lucky for Santa Fe there are lots of open restaurants...just not this one.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The food was okay, but there are better options in Santa Fe.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Santa Fe is full of really great restaurants. Tanti Luce is not one of them.
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  • Okay visit to Tanti
    weenjoyed
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My wife had the special that night which was the crab encrusted rock fish. Her's dish was very good and nice use of mixture of flavors. I had a pork tenderloin dish and the meat lacked flavor for me. I allowed my wife a taste and she agreed. The mashed sweet potatoes and Brussel Sprouts were good. We both felt that perhaps there could have been a few more spices added to the pork. Again, this is a personal preference as my wife is an excellent cook and has a good knowledge of spices etc. We had great drinks. the "221" is an excellent drink. We both recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out of ingredients
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Something isn't right anymore. They were out of ingredients for drinks from the bar (including basil!) Food dishes were good, but I was a bit underwhelmed overall. Last time we dined there, things were much better. Maybe just a bad night?
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  • Good food but poor management
    alwayslucky
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I want to give this restaurant 5 stars, I really do. The location and service are good. It has great ambience. BUT ... We arrived at 7:00. Only one other table was full. Our waiter arrived and began the litany of what WASN'T available that evening. That was about one quarter of the printed menu. When a restaurant is out of simple basics on a slow night, that's poor kitchen management. How can you run out of soup? I could walk into any kitchen and toss together a palatable soup in an hour. How can you advertise a dessert containing three different flavors of sorbet and only have two flavors available? Sorbet is dead easy to make. Who ever is managing that kitchen needs to wake up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tanti Luce 221 is where my
    KatyLeigh
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Tanti Luce 221 is where my husband and I go when we want to treat ourselves and celebrate special occasions. The 221 margarita is, by far, our favorite drink on the menu (and, yes we are margarita snobs), but that is not to say there aren't other fabulous beverages to be had. There is something special for each type of cocktail drinker and the wine list is fantastic. We always get a new appetizer every time we go and we have not been disappointed. Likewise with the entrees. The fillet melts in your mouth, the polenta is incredible, and the catch of the day, whatever that happens to be, is always prepared perfectly. I can't wait to try something new next time. The service is always wonderful and the atmosphere is elegant and romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went on a Thursday night and
    Koark
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Went on a Thursday night and hardly anyone was there. They were out of 3 or 4 of their entrees and there weren't that many to begin with. I was very disappointed with the lack of entree options and the fact we were not told of items they were out of when we first sat down, especially considering the cost of entrees
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We eat there quite often,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We eat there quite often, and it will continue to be one of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite in Santa Fe
    art2dine
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We had great experience! This time discovered buffalo ribs...! Excellent wine selection. Very friendly and ready to accommodate your needs. Thank you!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Delight!
    bugsyVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Since discovering this restaurant a year ago, it is our restaurant of choice for a fine meal. The food is always cooked perfectly, service is attentive but not annoying, and it is quiet enough for good conversation. Five stars from me!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK - Room for improvement
    EricJ
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Food was very good. Service was also very good. Could be a little less "hovering" over us. Kind of quiet for a Tuesday night. Almost cavernous at 6:00 PM. No bread available - big mistake. Kind of expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning
    gglau
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Tanti Luce is consistently excellent--we visit each time we get to Santa Fe. The ambience is wonderful (double-sided fireplace); the service outstanding (the chef is always around to discuss things) and the food is terrific. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • buffalo short ribs
    santafekat
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The buffalo short ribs were literally melting in our mouths.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fritto misto very good. I
    fnj1VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Fritto misto very good. I am sure there are some who like a paella drowned in cumin as opposed to saffron, I was not one of them. Put next to an obviously smoking internal fireplace (nice and warm) but we had to tell the wait person to do something about it (simple fix). STALE tasteless bread (attention to little things missing here). They had a large party and were obviously having difficulty handling the group and everyone else.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hopeful
    Daisy
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    We have dined at Tanti Luce many times but the last couple of times have been a little puzzling. They seem to be out of several items,,,,4 or 5 entrees? It is Restaurant Week and we were the only ones in the dining room. The food was excellent and service was very good but being the only ones in the restaurant was, seemingly, too quiet. Leaves a lot of questions with us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • very nice little spot with good foo
    DBABQVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Nice place just off the beaten path. The buffalo short ribs were quite good, the meat just fell off the bones as it should and the truffle mashed potatoes were superb. My wife had the linguini with clams and they were still in the shells so not from a can - she said it was really good too. We just shared the sorbet sampler after and it also was great for a light dessert. The portions served were just right - not overly large like at some places but enough that we did not leave feeling hungry still. Will probably return here sometime as we did enjoy it very much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect!
    Cgwil75
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Everything I expected and more! Paella was great! Will daydream about filet for some time to come!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was delicious and the portions just right. A special spot - casual but romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food not enough staff
    jjsfVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was pretty good but the staff was definitely not enough for the people and the staff there was passive or not attentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    Duke
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband brought me here for Valentines Day and it was wonderful! He had ordered flowers delivered to the table and they were there when we arrived. The atmosphere was romantic with a table by the fireplace and just right lighting. The service was great and the food and wine even better. He had the catch of the day and I had the quail with duck cilantro sausage and we loved them both and kept sampling the other's. Desert was decadent chocolate cake with melty middle. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect evening and the prices weren't so high so that we feel we could frequent it other than special occasions. Definately recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tanti Luce Review
    Mag9
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We were at the restaurant for our wedding anniversary. The food was excellent; ambience was very good too. We enjoyed everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.