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The Compound Restaurant
The Compound Restaurant

The Compound Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.compoundrestaurant.com
  • Email: susan@compoundrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (505) 982-4353
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Summer Hours: 5:30 - 10:30)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Kiffin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The picturesque gardens and elegant dining rooms of this historic place have been the backdrop to many special moments for our guests. Every event is brought to life through detailed planning for events with 10 to 250 guests. The Private Party & Events Manager can tailor a birthday, wedding reception, bridal shower, anniversary or corporate affair to your individual tastes and specifications. Know for gracious service, an award-winning wine list and incomparable private dining, The Compound Restaurant is dedicated to providing our guests an elegant and altogether unforgettable dining experience.


  • Private Party Contact: Amy Bales (505) 982-4353 x10

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Paseo de Peralta
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is ample parking behind the restaurant and seasonal valet parking.
A word from The Compound Restaurant
Mark Kiffin, celebrated chef, owner, and author of the Compound Restaurant, has won the James Beard Foundation award as one of America's Best Chefs. The Compound is Santa Fe's premier restaurant with Chef Kiffin's acclaimed seasonal Contemporary American cuisine derived from Santa Fe's rich heritage of regional and Mediterranean influences. The New York Times, Gourmet magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Wine Spectator have all selected the Compound as Santa Fe's favorite. Equally impressive is the attentive, highly knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Chef Kiffin's menus focus on the exclusive changes in seasons such as hearty braised dishes in the fall and winter using apples, pears and cider from local harvests, osso bucco and porcini risotto while in spring and summer feature fresh local vegetables and naturally raised organic lamb and delectable strawberries.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "I have no interest in writing a review and think that it is a big imposition. Answering the survey is over an above and to make this a requirement of the survey is ridiculous. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant. Picturesque and serene. The food is excellent and the service is top notch. All around excellent choice in a town of many choices. You won't be sorry."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "If your in Santa Fe and you would like a fine dinning experience, this is it. It is my my go to place for entertaining or a special occasion."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The Compound continues to be at the top of my list for an all around wonderful dining experience. Excellent service, great full bar, inspired chef, charming space. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in a dependably quality experience."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We really enjoyed this place. Service was great, food was great! It was $$ but totally worth every penny. Want to check out the lunch over the summer because the patios look inviting."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Very nice atmosphere in a house type setting. Service was very attentive without being to much. Food was different and great!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The Compound is a gem: a perfect combination of great food and wines, great architecture, lovely setting, friendliest service and just perfect ambience. In an age where new always seems to be better, I love visiting The Compound when I'm in Santa Fe because it's just so damn confident and correct. Timeless all around. Please keep on, keeping on. You are a gem."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "A great evening and meal at The Compound. My wife and I both remarked to each other how amazing each of the courses were. I had the pork tenderloin and she had the monkfish. Each was prepared and presented excellently. The evening was another memorable one."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Nice setting, food good but for the price I expected fabulous and didn't get it."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My wife and I took my parents to an amazing dinner last week. I had the crab cake which was fantastic, best one I've ever had. My wife had the scallops and refused to share more than a bite. Both my parents were floored with the beautiful dining room, our attentive servers and the knowledgable manager Walter, who knows his wines. I will go back to this place again and again because we were looking for someplace special and got what we were looking for. Can't say enough positive things about the food. Really was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We ordered a bottle of Belle Glos, one of my favorite Pinot Noirs and settled in for a night of great service, food and atmosphere. The hostess was friendly and Walter, the Maitre'd was charming and made us feel very welcome. The plating was beautiful, the food was delicious and our server was outstanding. Can't say enough nice things about this wonderful Santa Fe gem!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Dining at The Compound is a wonderful experience. The food is exceptionally well prepared and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We come here from time to time, and find the quality on all levels to be high."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Cuisine was perfectly prepared with depth of flavor and exquisitely presented in an exquisite setting. Service was outstanding and non-intrusive. We felt like guests who were not to be rushed in and out of the restaurant. Thank you for sharing our wonderful anniversary dinner."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant, very consistent. If I had one complaint it would be that they do not have more French and European wines on the list, Santa Feans are well traveled and deserve a better list. That said, it is a very good restaurant and we always enjoy our visits."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were two couples and we all enjoyed this restaurant very much...the only negative was that my husband thought his pork entrees, tho tasty was a little dry; however, I had the same dish and thought it was delicious. The service was impeccable."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "I have eaten at the Compound several times, but not for about 3 years. They've still got it. Sweetbreads and foie gras was rich and flavorful, crab cake was moist, dense, and generous portioned, and the beef cheek was falling-apart tender and delicious. The service tends to be perfect at the compound without being stiff and did not disappoint this time."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The Compound continues to be one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe. The food is exquisite and the service is superb! Every detail is attended to by the wait staff! We've been coming here for over a decade and it is always wonderful and consistent!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We recently moved here and knew The Compound as one of Santa Fe's top restaurants. My husband's birthday falls during SF's Restaurant Week, with a great dinner value, 3 course meal for $40 each. We had cocktails in the bar prior to dinner, great wine with the meal. We were pleased in every way: outstanding food, perfect service, a total top shelf experience. Nice to hear my husband say "Best birthday ever". We will return...great for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "After almost 4 decades of coming to this almost-home restaurant, we still find it sensational! The crab-cakes were to die for -- flavorful and spicy yet delicate, the squash risotto was delicious with poached salmon, and the beef cheek was fork tender. For dessert, chocolate cake and clafoutis (our first) were the perfect ending of a delightful meal. Walter, The Compound Manager, was welcoming and all the wait staff were pleasant yet unobtrusive. It was a wonderful evening under the sun-face in our longtime favorite Santa Fe flagship restaurant. We eagerly look forward to many happy returns!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Always a dining location for us while in Santa Fe! Wait staff knowledgeable & attentive. Hostess warm & welcoming. The menu is varied with seasonal surprises and a sensational twist on the traditional offerings. Always a satisfying experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "It was okay but the service left us a bit wanting. For instance, we ordered the special mushroom dish and side of mac & cheese as appetizers. Well enough. But with four people we would have expected some extra small plates so we could each serve a little on the plate. Instead we used our bread plates. Then, when the server came to bus the appetizer plates she too the used silverware but did not replace it and left the bread plates instead of replacing them. When my dinner came I had no silverware. Then one guest ordered another glass of wine which didn't come until he was finished with his dinner. So it was okay but Germonimos down the street iw much better."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "For such a highly rated restaurant, my wife and I were disappointed. While all of our food was very delicious, we found the prices to be exorbitant and the serving size to be modest to be generous. We enjoyed Valentine's Day dinner at this restaurant and both of us ordered the rack of lamb special. To say that "rack of lamb" was misleading would be an understatement since our dinner consisted of a single lamb chop served over a braised leg of lamb base. While the food was very good, to characterize this menu item as a "rack of lamb" was very misleading. Perhaps a better description would have been a "single lamb chop served over a ..." Tuna tartare was delicious and service was good for a busy holiday dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First time at The Compound. Definitely recommend. We were seated after about 10 minutes and we were about 15 minutes early for our reservation. The hostess and wait staff were lovely and very attentive. The food was wonderful. I recommend the scallops for a first course. I would go back without hesitation. The food was outstanding and eclectic. I saw a lot of mixed reviews tor this restaurant and was a little worried. Our experience was quite different then all of the "not so great" reviews. Go experience it for yourself."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A beautiful place with a warm, cozy atmosphere. We had a cocktail, an appetizer of foie gras, lobster and crab salad, beef medalions, wine, and clafoutis for dessert. All were excellent except for the lobster and crab salad -- the fish was either not fresh or perhaps just bad. The menu lacks imagination -- it's primarily salads, hamburger, pastrami sandwich, salmon -- the usual suspects. Still, we had a good time"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food and service were exceptional!!! Definitely a 5 star restaurant and well worth it."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We return to this restaurant annually and it has never failed to fulfill our expectations. An elegant setting is complemented by attentive, but not intrusive, service. The ingredients chosen by the kitchen continue to reflect local offerings with the highest standards. We applaud the management and staff for its diligence and fine results."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The Compound has remained one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe for many years. It continues to provide outstanding food and service in a very beautiful and well maintained location on Canyon Road. You will not be disappointed. The al fresco dining in the summer is unmatched."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I had eaten at the Compound many years ago and when we moved back here I was eager to see if I had remembered it correctly. I had, it was just as special."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Girls birthday celebration Menu offered enough choices for all our many food issues, likes and dislikes. Service outstanding and accommodating. Great place to have a celebratory lunch"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "The new menu offerings are a welcome change and are excellent indeed!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Fabulous food, fabulous wine, fabulous desserts great environment- loved it! Would definitely eat there again and would definitely recommend it to others! The service was impeccable!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "So overpriced and not worth it. We were seated on New Years next to a family with a child who would y sit down and who made noise the whole time. Ruined our evening. Good was good but again sooooo overpriced!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We chose Santa Fe for Christmas this year and the Compound was suggested to us. Being on Canyon Road we were able to enjoy the Farolito experience on Canyon Road before and after dinner. Dinner was incredible. You would think since it was Christmas Eve the food and service would suffer. Not so. Both our meals were excellent in every way. The service was first rate. And the view at our table was exquisite. We looked out onto a patio covered in snow that was all lit up. So magical and romantic."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The Compound is simply a fabulous restaurant. I've been traveling to Santa Fe, NM for many years but this was my first experience at The Compound. We could not have been more pleased. The food, the service, the ambiance, the wine list...EVERYTHING was wonderful. We were celebrating our anniversary and they made us feel so special. For us, the experience was more of dining event rather than just a meal. We will return."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Our waiter was one of the best we have encountered-ever! The dishes we had were lovingly prepared and so very good. The Compound is one of the very best in Santa Fe."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We have been going to the Compound for years whenever we visit Santa Fe. I think it is resting on it's laurels a bit. The food is fair not great and that was the most noticeable difference. We ate there twice over in 4 nites. Food a little better first nite; but we had a very abrupt and un friendly waiter named Hector. He was almost comical is his abrasive attitude. Walter the Maitre was great. Happily we did not have him as our server the second time. We had Reggie who was great. Food was not good however. Terrible Tartare. Oh well, hopefully notices like this will help get them back on track."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We had had a wonderful lunch during the 2013 Holiday season, but this year, they really fell short. Our waiter was pleasant, but young and inexperienced. Service was incredibly slow and the menu poorly described. The "made to order mushroom soup" was without depth or flavor; certainly not worth the 40 minutes we waited after ordering. The quail was dry and the stuffing was oddly tomato flavored and gooey, while the fig sauce was gummy and overly sweet. My friend (who is Jewish) ordered the scallops, asking fora description before ordering. When they arrived with ham, she was disappointed. The waiter had not mentioned this component. They came back from the kitchen within 5 minutes, but clearly had had simply been replayed. Not appropriate."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Everything was really good except the food was too salty."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We have been to the Compound many times. On this occasion we were seated way in the back near the kitchen, music was blaring loudly (which we asked to turn down, and it thankfully was) and, most irritating of all, another patron nearby was talking the whole time on his cell phone...trying to impress somebody, mainly himself. Be choosy where you are seated at the Compound - front room is best, in my opinion. Also, quite expensive...$100 pp, all-in - food, drink, tax, tip - and it is good, but not just great. Would recommend going to the Compound for lunch - not dinner."
    Dined on 1/1/2014