Coyote Cafe

4.8
2995 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 ICONIC restaurant, established in 1987, Coyote Café is recognized as the restaurant that brought modern southwestern cuisine to the country.

Must-have dishes include Diver Scallops, Southwest Rolled Caesar Salad and the legendary 24-ounce "Cowboy Cut" Ribeye, a nod to our Southwestern legacy. Contemporary favorites also include Peppery Elk Tenderloin, Mesquite Grilled Lobster Tails, Hawaiian Tuna Poke and of course, Green Chile Mac 'n Cheese.

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.

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LE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is easily one of the best if not THE BEST restaurant in Santa Fe. The service was impeccable, with our server Kristin being very knowledgeable about both the food and wine menu. The food was impressively presented and very creative with its flavours. This is a restaurant not to be missed on any visit to Santa Fe. My husband and I will in fact dine there again before leaving town.

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GC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food we’ve ever had. And all staff exceeded any other restaurant!

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All staff came to wish happy birthday to our guest we took, from the host, to servers etc. the food was beautifully presented and the server was most professional yet personable! It had been years since I’ve been but will go more regularly! One of the best places in Santa Fe for fine dining without being pretentious !

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d
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service. The waiter spent a lot of time with us to make sure we truly enjoyed the evening. He was very knowledgeable of wine and cuisine. One of my best gastronomic experiences ever! Highly recommend!

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LM
New Mexico
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of five had a wonderful meal. The staff is very attentive and makes you feel special!

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was with a group and the staff could not have been more friendly, accommodating and helpful. The food was fantastic - the best we had while visiting Santa Fe.

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New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good,but filet mignon was medium instead of medium rare.
Service was good, but it was little too noisy.

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RM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I eat there for special occasion and we had family from Colorado that we wanted to treat. Our dinner was awesome we had a great time the staff was excellent from the hostess, waiters, support folks and especially Paul MONTOYA the manager made our experience extra special ensuring we had a great time. This is definitely our go to place in Santa Fe even with all the choices you can’t go wrong at Coyote.
Richard Martinez

Coyote Cafe
Responded a day ago

Richard, Im glad you had a wonderful evening at coyote, We take alot of pride in the service so its nice when its recognized. Ill make sure Paul reads your review as well. Thank you for supporting us!! Quinn / Owner

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KS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To bad there aren't 10 Stars.
We had a wonderful evening. The food was superb, the waiter (Nate) was extraordinary, and the Maitre de (Paul) went out his way to make our evening special. We go to Santa Fe on a regular basis and will be dining here again soon. These two individuals should be highly commended for their professionalism.

Coyote Cafe
Responded a day ago

Keith 10 Stars! WOW, I could not agree more about Natru & Paul so thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We all here really appreciate your support. Quinn / Owner

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Coyote Cafe this past weekend. I must say it was likely the best dining experience we have ever had, period. Every entree we ordered was fantastic. The service by Kristin and her team was better than excellent, and the atmosphere was perfect. We HIGHLY recommend Coyote Cafe. Make a reservation, because this is likely the best place in town.

Coyote Cafe
Responded a day ago

Kevin, Thank you so much for the compliments, I agree Kristin is fantastic, so thank you for recognizing her and the staff. Quinn / Owner

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D
Los Angeles
153 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Iconic place. Exceptional service. Our waiter Ben was very knowledgeable about wines. And the other wait staff was some of the best I have seen. Menu is good, but I miss a couple of the Mark Miller dishes. Rooftop cantina is a blast.

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TS
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, and presentation was excellent, but the portions were a little on the small side, as were the cocktails. We were celebrating an anniversary and noted this on our reservation. We were greeted with complimentary glasses of champagne, and multiple staff members wished us a happy anniversary. The service was some of the best we have ever experienced, and Nate did an excellent job as our waiter for the evening!

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D
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Joe, our waiter, could not have been more wonderful. Due to a computer glitch our steak order was not placed into the system; they quickly corrected that and served us complementary appetizers while the two diners who placed the steak order waited for their entrees. He also provided complementary sparkling red wine after our meal, and made sure we felt taken care of without being hovered over. While it was not a quiet restaurant we were easily able to hear one another, and all of our meals were delicious.

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PR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and dinner. Thanks Ben.
Enjoyed the wine you recommended and attention to our table. Elk tenderloin was wonderful.

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S
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After 13 years, we again visited Santa Fe and the wonderful Coyote Cafe. The service was outstanding and the food was incredible. It's a winner!

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JT
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I loved the ambiance and food flavors. True Southwest flare. You can eat here if you have gluten issues. The service was top notch.
👍🏻👍🏻 Two thumbs up!!!

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e
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best restaurant we went to during our week in Santa Fe. It’s beautiful, the food is fabulous as are the cocktails and our waiter Paris was amazing! Don’t miss

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S
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Coyote Cafe on May 14. We were seated at the chefs counter per our request. It was a great place to sit. We enjoyed watching the chefs prepare and plate the wonderful food they prepared. We had the crab cake appetizer, lobster stuffed squash blossoms sent to us by the chef. My husband had the sea bass which he will order again. It was great and I had the elk which was terrific. All food was well prepared and very tasty. We will be dining at Coyote Cafe every time we visit Santa Fe.

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RD
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was very helpful. He described the various meals including some sauces we had never heard of. It was a great experience for my wife's birthday.

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EF
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother's Day

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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day was the occasion. They have great cocktails and a lovely atmosphere.

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VR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was decidedly mediocre, and generally felt like the kitchen was trying too hard to make it fancy. This was disappointing given the extremely high price point.

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S
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding.

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DL
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quinn and the entire staff are outstanding. The food is amazing from beginning to end.

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TS
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar seating as always. Best seats in the house. Entire staff very friendly and helpful. Food always done exactly as ordered. Both the duck and the elk were perfectly cooked. Mac and cheese as always - perfecto. Will always be on my agenda when in Santa Fe.

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Jackson Hole
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We absolutely loved the food and the service. We are not as impressed with the new decor since our last visit.

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JG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautifully decorated which just added to the dining experience. The food and presentation were wonderful, but our server, Carlos, made the evening for us. He was friendly, knowledgeable of the wines and overall had a great personality. Thank you for a memorable evening at Coyote Cafe while we were visiting Santa Fe.

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OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coyote Café nevers disappoints. I love everything about this restaurant.

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KL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience was wonderful and the food was excellent

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JW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great culinary theatre seated and the Chef’s Bar. Food artfully prepared and graciously presented.

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New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Coyote Cafe has been our “must do” Santa Fe restaurant for years - they’ve never disappointed us, sadly until this time. While the food was still great, the service - while very friendly - was also very slow. It took 45 minutes between placing our order and getting our salad. Not good.

To their credit, they apologized profusely and comped us

Coyote Cafe
Responded on May 9, 2019

"anonymous" Thank you for supporting us over the years, Im disheartened to read about your recent experience. I did speak to the manager on duty that evening and he filled me in about the long wait time as well. I hope we didnt loose your trust when deciding to go out. If i can do anything please let me know. Quinn / Owner

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors and presentation. Our waiter knew his wines from around the world. Service was impeccable. We ate indoors in a very nice setting that was quiet. Their rooftop outdoor space is crowded and noisy but fun. Pricey.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had seats at the bar facing the cooking line. Fabulous. The food was innovative and delicious, however, the service provided by our waiter was the best way part of the experience. Highly recommend.

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Denver
89 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A thoroughly wonderful evening! Service was attentive and friendly. Our meals were delicious. We will keep returning on every Santa Fe trip.

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DC
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Much better dining experience this time. I like the changes that have taken place. Our waiter was phenomenal--Thank You, DrJ

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Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, lively environment. Food and service were excellent.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service and food was out of this world! We began with perfectly made Manhattans. We shared a number of small plates. The first was a compliment from chef of halibut cheeks with a lovely white wine to accompany which was delicious. We then had burrata followed by squash blossoms, followed by extraordinary crab cakes and then pork tacos. The finish was a mind blowing side of spicymac and cheese! All was perfectly accompanied with a hearty zinfandel. Desserts were incredible. A banana cream pie came compliment of the manager and a chocolate exploding bomb was perfect. Thank you Coyote Cafe for the perfect evening.

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PW
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service. Food was delicious and well presented.. Tables a bit close together.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have ever had. Hands down and Nate and the crew were an awesome team waiting on us. The owner Quinn their also in the mix getting his hands dirty and ensuring all are having a good experience. It was 6 stars.

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M
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again - outstanding.
Everything was wonderful - service, food, vibe - all terrific as usual.
Even Quinn was working the room as hard as the rest of them.
Thanks for another great evening.
Dan

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