The Old House Restaurant
The Old House Restaurant

The Old House Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eldoradohotel.com/
  • Phone: 5059954530
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast begins at 6:30am and is served until 11:00am. Lunch begins at 11:30am and is served until 2:00pm. Dinner is served from 5:30pm until 10:00pm. The lounge is open from 2:00pm until 11:00pm and offers a lighter fare menu.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Smith
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: With the experience of hundreds of catering events performed every year, our catering staff can accommodate small groups to grand banquets for hundreds.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sandoval St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet Parking
A word from The Old House Restaurant
Award winning cuisine prepared by our regionally renowned Chef, Anthony Smith. Named by Travel & Leisure food critics as their top choice for fine dining in Santa Fe, the highly acclaimed Old House Restaurant is a consistent favorite among locals and visitors alike. The Old House offers delicious, distinctive cuisine, enhanced by innovative presentation and impeccable service in a cozy, yet elegant atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Old House Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (22)special occasion (20)romantic (16)notable wine list (11)neighborhood gem (7)vibrant bar scene (6)good for groups (4)late-night find (3)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • StateCollegeCajunVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Definitely worth going here the food is great. Locals know about it, but too many tourists.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We traveled to Santa Fe with a group of friends and booked in advance based on Open Table and Trip Advisor recommendations. We were very disappointed in the level of service. The restaurant did not appear to be staffed to support the Labor Day weekend. The restaurant was not overly crowded so the pace of our meal was surprisingly slow. By the end of our meal the support staff appeared more interested in performing closing functions than clearing our table. We explained this to the manager who did offer a bottle of desert wine as an accommodation. The experience was not what we had expected.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • StateCollegeCajunVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    What a great restaurant. We locals go there for great food in a quiet place. A place one should not miss.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not up to usual standards
    sedonacarol
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food and the service were not as good as usual....we stay at the hotel every year in August and always have dinner the first night at The Old House...this year it was a disappointment ....the service was especially off....we waited 1/2 to be served dessert ...really...that is not acceptable....especially since the restaurant was about 1/2 full....the manager did comp the dessert, but something was definitely off....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • XXXXXX
    XXXXVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A VERY ENJOYABLE EVENING ALWAYS EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE NEVER RUSHED
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatamust
    Eatamust
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was outstanding, it had been two years since my last visit and they didn't disappoint. From the appetizer of the wedge salad to the dessert of creme brulle everything was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Was a favorite until now. Fish special (sea bass) not fresh. Returned it and second order not fresh. My flat iron stake way too salty and over spiced.
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  • One of our Santa Fe favorites
    Annbo
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    For upscale dining, we choose The Old House. Both the Agave bar and Old House restaurant serve delicious, creative dishes. For special occasions The Old House is a great choice. We enjoy the bar for casual dining, where we've found one of the best bar menus in Santa Fe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    You will be hard pressed to find finer dining at such reasonable prices than at the Old House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MarineVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    When we come in from Chicago our first nights dinner is always at this restaurant Always. A delight in all ways
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not worth the price
    springerVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    unfortunately typical hotel restaurant food. acceptable but not outstanding. noise from bar detracted from experience. for prices, would expect a 'finer' dining experience. will choose another place next time.
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  • good eats in Santa Fe
    SantaFe
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Had a wonderful cauliflower soup. The bronzed salmon was delicious. My waiter was very attentive and the setting was lovely.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local favorite
    StateCollegeCajunVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We locals like to eat here even though it is in a hotel. The 28 day aged rib eye steak is one of the best steaks you will ever have anyplace. Great fresh fish specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone was invisible
    Notthatfussy
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Poor service. Wait staff ignored us. We had to ask several staff for lemon and straws. Our empty soup bowl sat on the table until our meal arrived. Wait staff did not know the soup of the day. There were three occupied tables!! Our waiter was the manager so our complaints went nowhere.
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  • Always Great
    139cds
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The Old House has always been on our list of places to eat when we visit Santa Fe. This trip, we were disappointed by some of the more glamorous (expensive) names, but the Old House, as always, provided a superb meal with impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • back to basics
    InspiredDiner
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The chef does a good job with treating old favorites, like filet mignon, pork roast, and grilled salmon, with a flavorful twist of interesting and flavorful sides. The Ceaser salad was delicious as were the pork roast and flat iron steak. Another notable dish was the Creme Brulé which arrived perfectly glazed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Choice In Santa Fe
    EatalyVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We are local and dine at many of Santa Fe's better restaurants but do not usually dine at the hotel restaurants. The Old House is the exception as they have a great bar area (and bar food) along with a nice selection of dinner items. The wife and I both had fish and it was flavorful, done to perfection and arrived at our table hot. We also thoroughly enjoyed our small plates that included several Japanese items. Service was spot on, the wine list was good (great selection) and the dinner pace was perfect (something many restaurants struggle with). And for upscale Santa Fe dining, the prices was not bad. All-in-all, highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Reliably good food
    Dustdevil
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We chose the Old House for our pre-Santa Fe Opera dining because of our past experiences here. The food is always excellent, with very good "old reliables" on the menu, as well as a changing array of specials. This night was no different. My wife chose the Trout, one of her favorites, while the rest of us enjoyed the veal special. All were excellently prepared and presented. The waitstaff was aware that we had to leave in time to get to the Opera and provided smooth, but not rushed, service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Night Fried Chicken Dinner
    lookingforagoodlunchVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Chicken was overcooked and very dry. Biscuits were hard as rocks. Margarita's were very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothing exceptional
    tourist
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We chose this restaurant because it was highly rated by AAA and was close to our hotel. The food was OK, but nothing exceptional. With so many other choices in Santa Fe, I would not recommend this restaurant.
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  • Pleasant Experience
    SantaFeFan
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Service was delightful. One entrée was very good, the other was only good as the steak had more gristle than expected. Crème Brule was a bit heavy with the caramelized sugar.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    dandyVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful. The hostess was very friendly. Service was impeccable. Our server explained everything. Loved the pomegranate margarita. Flat iron steak perfectly spiced. Trout was yummy. The red chile pesto sauce was the perfect enhancement.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    NJtiger
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We spent four nights in Santa Fe, eating dinner at different restaurants each night. The Old House was our favorite. Everything was five star: the food, the wine list, the ambience, the service and the location near the Plaza. There is a lot of space between tables so it is very easy to talk. It made for a romantic and memorable evening. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 388 reviews are from the The Old House Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Wonderful!
    NewInCO
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our first visit to Santa Fe, NM and this restaurant, celebrating our wedding anniversary. The menu was limited but had a very nice selection. Everything we had was delicious-fried oysters, cream of mushroom soup & the tortilla soup, NY steak was cooked to perfection and the scallops were also outstanding. I am not a big dessert person....but my husband loves dessert. Not seeing one of his favorites he declined dessert. Our server Jamie-who was wonderful, inquired about what he liked and what he was looking for. And left us saying she just might have the right dessert. She came back with a chocolate lava cake with scoop of ice cream-one of my husbands favorite! The outstanding service made our dinner that much more special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT FOOD.... one small hitch
    PagosaGordo
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This food was outstanding. The only hitch we had was that the menu had a happy hour insert. We were in the restaurant during happy hour. When we ordered off the happy hour menu we were told that the happy hour prices did not apply to us since we were eating in the restaurant and not the bar. I complained and a manager said they would "take care of us." How bizarre (maybe even stupid?) to have a special price insert and not automatically honor it. Just take the insert out of the restaurant menus. ?????
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply wonderful
    Yummy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    4 Visitors from Canada, we booked in advance online - The service was excellent - wonderful, pleasant waitress with a warm, welcoming smile. The menu selection was terrific and the food was better than excellent . A fine example for anyone in the service industry to learn a lesson that this is exactly how patrons should be treated at a restaurant - We highly recommend The Old House and give it a 5 star rating out of 5. Prices are fair and reasonable for Santa Fe. Thank you, for a wonderful, memorable dinner - A truly wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't waste my time there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Three servers were on duty to serve about 7 parties yet many of the tables had not been cleaned. It took a long time to receive our order and then I had to go find someone to help me locate our server after waiting too much time to pay our bill.The service was awful.
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  • Need a new manager
    Randy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food was Outstanding althought there was a mistake on our bill. We showed the server so she took it to the manager, and the manager came back to our table put the bill back down and said I fixed it and walked away. Didnt ask how the food was or the service or even sorry for the mistake.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food & service - overpriced
    evanny86
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    As visitors in town we made a reservation at The Old House on a Friday night at 8:30 at the suggestion of our hotel front desk staff. The place was dead - so night owls if you plan to go after 7 even on a weekend you'll probably be okay without a reservation. The service was great and the menu had a good selection. We sat right by the fireplace and had great attention from the wait staff. Everything is a bit overpriced - i.e. $28 for 3 sea scallops. Although, in a land-locked state maybe that's to be expected. Bonus for us was it was within walking distance of our hotel. Also in walking distance from the plaza. Great for a celebratory night or a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion
    trythemout
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We dined on 4/10/14. For the positives: our meal was excellent, well prepared and the service by Rhonda was outstanding. We were not "rushed" and the meal arrived well staggered to allow us enough time to finish our appetizers before the entree was served. The food was well prepared, a good portion and at the correct temperature. We loathe it when hot food is served on a cold plate, but this restaurant knows how to do it right. Negatives: we arrived 7 minutes early, but the "hostess" would not seat us at our table!. We went to the bar area and ordered drinks while we waited to be brought to our table. The bar service was excellent but the area was extremely noisy. Otherwise the experience was delightful.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for lunch
    Oregonian
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I love this restaurant, have had dinner here many times and was looking forward to trying it for lunch with a friend. Honestly, it wasn't all that good. Everything was as expected except for the food which was predictable and rather marginal. We both had salads and wine--wine was good, salads so-so. I'm not sure I would take a guest there for lunch again. I did enjoy dinner there with my son and his wife on February 4th and it was all outstanding, as usual. I'd like to see lunch just as impressive. Maybe I'll try brunch or maybe not. Sorry.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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  • attached to the elderado hotel
    gusto
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    attached to the elderado hotel in santa fe....surprisingly good, quality food....the lamb chops were prepared as requested....certainly convenient and not overly pricey as most quality restaurants in the city are....well worth it for an evening meal during a stay at the hotel....
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old House SF
    Edzoocator
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We were the only 2 patrons in the restaurant when we ordered, and the server got my entree order wrong. He did not seem to be familiar with the menu, which had recently changed. Had to keep asking for water, which was ignored by the server; when there is a server, back waiter, and dishes delivered by the kitchen - what is the function of the server and back waiter in this scenario? Noise level became loud - all 10 other patrons coming in were seated around us in spite of 30+ vacant tables, none of which appeared to be reserved.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old House remains a favorite
    anitak
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We returned here after a long absence and were delighted the food was just as good as ever. The only disappointment was that because it was a Sunday, the whole menu was not presented...otherwise we had a great meal!
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  • Enjoyable
    Sandygardener
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I thought the ambiance was good, the service a little slow. Enjoyed the mussles, but the trout was little overcooked and dry. The wait staff seemed a little inattentive but possibly there were too few of them. Overall, it was a nice place to enjoy a special night out.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Restaurant
    Eclectic
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Superb service in a comfortable and trendy setting. Appropriate Southwestern decor. Great menu and very tasty food. An A+!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does not disappoint!!
    Getinmybelly
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Service was fantastic as were the drinks, salad, and entrees. My husband had the aged meat, the flavor was balanced and tender. I had the salmon and it had a great slightly sweet and crunchy glaze. We were very pleased with our dinner choice as there are many to choose from in Santa Fe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Dinner
    Scoot
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Great place for locals to hang out - great business atmosphere too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding experience - consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Outstanding experience - consistent with prior excellent visits to the old house. The dry aged prime rib was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    WinenCo
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    It was the most pleasurable and delicious meal that I have had in quite a long time. My ribeye was cooked to perfection. It was a little loud in the restaurant, but there was a conference that was staying at the hotel and I believe the Agave Bar was quite busy. But other than that it was perfect. I would definitely eat there again for restaurant week. That's the only time I can afford it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.