Coyote Cafe

4.8
4712 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
RESERVATIONS ARE FOR THE INDOOR CAFE, WE DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS FOR THE ROOFTOP CANTINA.

Coyote Cafe continues to be Santa Fe's Most ICONIC restaurant, established in 1987, Coyote Café is recognized as the restaurant that brought modern southwestern cuisine to the country.

An Award Winning Wine List - with hard to find selections like Sine Qua Non - is complemented by a full bar which includes unique signature cocktails.

The restaurant is not recommended for children under the age of 10 years old.

Experiences

  • VALENTINES

    $100.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Coyote Cafe will be offering a special pre-fixed Valentines Menu for you and your loved ones. You will pick from a selection of appetizers , Entrees and Dessert. In addition to our signature dishes Chef Dakota Weiss will be adding Special Menu selections for this evening Only. Visit our website to see The Full Valentines Day Menu. The only bill you will be presented will be for any beverages you choose to enjoy. Reservations are final We hope you choose to enjoy your Valentines with us.
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GigiOk
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a stellar experience and fabulous dinner. Service was flawless. I had quail with a huitlacoche bread pudding and my husband had the elk tenderloin. Both were ‘spot on’, particularly the elk. Dessert was Meyer lemon cake with huckleberry sorbet..and lemon marmalade drizzle. There are many exquisite and top notch restaurants in Santa Fe. Coyote Cafe is top tier.

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vipCatfish
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for dinner in Santa Fe! The starters are great and sizable! The mains are incredible and enough for two!

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GlobalEatersPNW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and excellent meal.

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ScottT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant with a wonderful staff. We have eaten in many high end restaurants and this is amongst the best!!!!!

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vipebruss
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visiting SantaFe and my partner and I wanted to have a nice evening out with some great food. We opted for the Coyote Cafe because of its reviews and being within walking distance of our hotel. Our decision paid off many times over!!!
The service was on point.
The staff was kind and helpful.
They were fun and engaging.
The food was amazing!

Carla was our waitress and was beyond charming. She was helpful in providing wonderful descriptions of the food. We never felt rushed by her or any of the staff. Everyone we interacted with was engaging, courteous, conversational, and prompt without hovering. Overall an fantastic service experience!!!

And now to the food. Sooo delicious. The food was amazing!!!There was a delicate dance between the flavors that made my mouth so happy. As an appetizer we tried the oysters. They were succulent with a hint of spice and sweetness. One of the best oysters on the half shell I’ve ever had.
The pumpkin soup was like a piece of pie. Sweet and warm and creamy. The butter salad was divine. The dressing added such a nice layer to the persimmon and avocado with the lettuce.
The entrees were phenomenal. The scallops had this amazing passion fruit butter - it was so intricate and added a nice flavor compliment to the spice on the rice.
My partner had the elk. If you’ve never had elk this is the place to try it. If you have had elk, try it here - there is no comparison. The elk was tender and juicy and perfectly complemented by the sauce. Together they were bursting with flavor.
Lastly we had the toffee pudding, because as Carla suggested, it was a taste of the holidays. It was divine. Warm and moist as a cake should be. The caramel sauce added a simple layer of heaven. The ginger ice cream wasn’t over powering and added a little extra something. It was the perfect end to a fantastic meal.
If you are in Santa Fe, don’t miss this gem! The food is fabulous! The people are wonderful! It’s definitely worth your time and money!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Coyote Cafe!! We always sit at the chef’s counter for dinner and a show! Been going there for years!!

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MeghanM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great, atmosphere was fun and our server was friendly and helpful.

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vipScoJoTx
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked the Coyote Cafe for an early New Year's Eve dinner, and were absolutely blown away by the experience. Even with the limited Prix Fixe menu, there were plenty of choices for all 4 in our party. The Main Lobster with Pappardelle was an especially big hit and we all shared the amazing pasta which accompanied it. The Elk was falling off the bone and had an amazingly subtle sauce. I was a bit tentative ordering the rolled romaine Caesar, but it was a stroke of genius.

The recommendations from our server were perfect for our tastes and made an ideal visiting diner experience. We enjoyed our dinner so much, we made a second reservation for the next night. The regular menu was even better and we had a second exhilarating dinner.

Thank you, Coyote Cafe, for making our visit to Santa Fe a great foodie trip!

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vipmichaelc
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food. World-class service. Robert was our waiter and he was incredible. Whenever we return to Santa Fe, this will be our first stop.

JR
vipJoelRM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always (even as in Before Open Table). JRM

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vipRCdiners
New Mexico
51 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great prix fixes menu for NYE. Service was excellent and the food great as always!

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Salmaguer
El Paso
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what we wanted! Excellent food and service!!

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noah
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was excellent. Would definitely return & recommend to others.

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Franklin
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waiter Carlos was attentive and helpful. Food was unique and delicious. Enjoyed a beautiful, romantic night with my hubby.

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LiaF
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Andy and Brian for making our experience so amazing! The staff was attentive, passionate and knowledgeable about the menu. We started with the pork belly, mussels and hamachi. Absolutely amazing, loved the new twist Chef Dakota has put on the menu! The filet was perfectly cooked and seasoned, my personal favorite was the branzino, with a delicate coconut milk curry sauce. My sister got the lamb with piñon Demi glacé! Finished with sticky pudding and bread pudding. Thank you to my Coyote Cafe family for always making us feel at home, I love y’all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

To begin with, the service from all staff at the restaurant was impeccable, from the busboy to the floor manager to our waiter. We haven’t experienced service this good in awhile, and at this time of COVID, to have staff who are attentive and thoughtful at all levels is even harder to find. But we certainly found it at Coyote Cafe!! They should be commended at the quality of the staff.

The menu, from the drinks to the food, was creative and diverse. Our waiter was spot on with his recommendations. Everything was delicious.

Being visitors to Santa Fe from the East Coast, we feel that Coyote Cafe is equal to anything we have experienced in New York City or Washington, DC.

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vipSandipaD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and delicious menu. Service was amongst the best I have ever experienced. Lively modern decor with interesting artistic touches- red chandelier and paintings

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DonnaW
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spectacular! The food was delicious, and the service was absolutely amazing. Even the hostess was very gracious and accommodating. You can tell these folks love what working here. Kudos to the owner and the management for being good leaders. We sat at the Chef's bar, and it was really amazing to see them work!

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PaulL
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have to say the service was very good here. I wasn’t too happy about the Charges for splitting food and the manager called me and made it right. I really do care about excelling to be the very best restaurant they can be. The food was very good and the atmosphere was very fun. I would definitely recommend it in the future.

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vipjanices
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Unique food and drink options. Staff on ALL levels was exceptional. Attentive, kind, professional. Quiet, relaxed atmosphere. Reservation prompt. No wait.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to the Coyote Cafe for years…and they’ve certainly upped their game! Great service, delicious food, fun people watching. A definite go to place in Santa Fe!

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PDDD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening all around! From the service to the food-fantastic!

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Wowthatiscool
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal here. Our waitress was lovely and the food was delicious. They really know how to make guests feel welcome.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and outstanding service! Get the elk tenderloin and the prawn starter - both were incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We at ate the “Counter” space as a couple because all the tables were booked. That worked out well as we got to watch the food prep and this was great entertainment. Highly recommend the Counter over the Bar or Tables fir a great date night! Amazing food! Great service and a wonderful experience.

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vipSheilaGalvan
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late family Christmas dinner! As always the food and service was top notch! The servers seem to make everyone feel like we’re the only table they are concerned with. The food is plated beautifully and is consistently some of the most delicious food in the city.

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UrsulaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Coyote Cafe! Always fabulous food, great service, wonderful atmosphere, a pure treat when visiting Santa Fe, NM!

JM
JeffreyM
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was the best. Very attentive and informative. The Manhattan Drink called the Gentlemans Vice is the best in town. The scallops we had for dinner were also the best we have had in Santa Fe. The ambience is fun and festive but quiet enough to have a good conversation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. The entire staff was knowledgeable, gracious and on point. The food lived up to the hype and this restaurant could be in any major city from NY to LA. Impressed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The service was wonderful.

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CarsonG
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been having quite a lot of sub-par restaurant experiences lately. This was not one of them. I told my wife just the other day one day we'll go out to eat and I'll be able to tell you "this is what it's supposed to be like". We had that experience at Coyote Cafe. From front to back, everything was absolutely great. The waiter (Robert) felt like an old friend serving us dinner, the food was spectacular, the restaurant was beautiful, it was terrific. The only downside was that we ate so much that we didn't have room for what appeared to be some pretty great desserts. We were visiting Santa Fe from Austin, TX, and had a few higher price point meals that were real let-downs in SF. We should have just come here every night! Thank you, Robert and everyone at Coyote Cafe for making the evening special and renewing my faith in a restaurant. We'll be back!

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RocketManMarcin
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has amazing food. I have traveled around and have eaten at many 5 star Michelin restaurants but this one is really exceptional. Ever bite brings Amazing sensations in your mouth. Simply amazing food. Especially the clams!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. The food is unique and creative. The experience was great and our waiter, Nate, was fantastic!

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DRDT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous food choices & outstanding wine list - even on a holiday prix fixe menu

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas date night

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jimbo
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't bee to Santa fe in a couple of years..duh, but I was so looking forward to a return visit to the Coyote Cafe. for Christmas dinner. I was not disappointed. What a gorgeous delicious meal...every detail of the food was as perfect as I could imagine.

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vipNickname
Phoenix
173 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful Christmas dinner! Beautiful and delicious. Great service.

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal as always, staff was great. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Dinner

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Coyote Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 4712 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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