Coyote Cafe

4.7
2602 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, International, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Cafe Dining Room:
Bar opens at 5:00 pm
7 Nights a Week 5:30pm-Close

Rooftop Cantina
Reservations are not taken for the rooftop Cantina, First Come First Served
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Phone number
(505) 983-1615
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eduardo Rodriguez
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Private party facilities
COYOTE CAFE , ROOFTOP CANTINA & COYOTE DEN are the perfect places to host your private event! Various menu and bar packages are available.
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Private party contact
Elisa Garcia: (866) 736-6552
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Galisteo & Don Gaspar, corner of Ortiz
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Parking details
There are public lots available one block east (at Shelby street, past the restaurant)) and one block west (between Sandoval and Galisteo Streets) of Coyote Cafe on West Water Street (before the restaurant - often requires you to enter on San Francisco Street, parallel to to Water Street).

Meters are free after 6 p.m.
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Public transit
Santa Fe busses make periodic stops nearby. Most hotels run shuttles - check with your concierge.
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Entertainment
None currently
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We are offering a three course menu at $85 per person. A beautiful selection of appetizers, entrees and desert will be offered.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls weekend

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OT
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent diver scallops & special chanterelles side dish in season! Washed down with delish Paul Hobbs pinot by the glass!

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

Nice wine selection. The lobster tails with pappardelle were superb. The waiter was superb. He even gave us a small "bonus" pour of rose wine to finish our meal. (We had experimented with a couple of roses during dinner.) All in all, a superb experience.

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d
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant's appetizers and main course were spot on and very generous in the amount of food. The only drawback was that they forgot the bread twice. Other than that, it is great for a special occasion.

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

Food presentation was fabulous and then we took a bite into heaven. Excellent. Great wine list

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s
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Pork chop was not worth the money. Half the chop was fat. Over priced.

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JB
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and creative food preparation. Every plate a photo op!

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JF
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were exceptional. I highly recommend! It isn’t your run of the meal places-a fine dining experience!

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RY
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I would definitely recommend the Coyote Cafe, we ate there while on vacation in Santa Fe, and was our best meal on the trip. The salad was outstanding , and we had the scallops and the Elk tenderloin which was exceptional.

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New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say?? This is simply the best restaurant I've ever been to. Every time we have friends and family from out of town we bring them here. Chef Eduardo never misses the opportynity to treat us with something special, and his staff is one of the most professional and cool there is. Long Live Coyote Cafe!!

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r
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Coyote Cafe delivers quality, exceptional food, but the price for these is steep. $20+ appetizers and $40+ entrees. The wine list, while comprehensive, also is expensive. On the other hand, the service is truly exceptional, the atmosphere both welcoming and classy, and the bar does an outstanding job. This is not an everyday place, but for special occasions it is ideal. - For a far more casual and lower priced option, try the Coyote Cafe Cantina next door.

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C
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

WE were celebrating our anniversary. It is a beautiful restaurant and the food was very good. Sea bass was perfectly cooked. Dessert menu was not very appealing to us.

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ER
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Lobster grilled over mesquite with papardelle outstanding.
Waiter Ben was top notch.
Great evening.

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SL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun, artistic, sophisticated atmosphere. Beautiful presentation of food and drinks. Even pouring your cocktail is an artful event. The creative combinations of food and drink are super special. Would highly recommend for special occassions.

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Freddy our waiter was the BEST. Treated like royalty for our anniversary dinner!

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b
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This Coyote Cafe completely has lost the cachet of what it was under Mark Miller. It was about half-empty on a Friday evening, and so it obviously is losing popularity. Most of the patrons looked to be tourists. Just another pretentious, overpriced and mediocre Santa Fe restaurant. The food portions were minimal to paltry - $ for 2 bites of a stuffed squash blossom which was advertised as stuffed with lobster but which was pretty much liquid yogurt. The service was overbearing. The wait staff obviously is trained and commanded to continuously fawn over patrons - welcoming them like long relatives, telling personal anecdotes about themselves, constantly thanking us for being there. All of this gives the place an air of desperation.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience ! Excellent service ! And best cocktails in town !!

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a
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Edwardo is amazing. We sat at the counter in front of the grill & oven. We watched a beautiful ballet between Chef Edwardo and his Sous Chef Kyle. Each plate was prepared with confidence and pride as they were delivered to the servers. The evening will be a delight for anyone dining at Coyote Cafe.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Was bad experience .. our cousin's birthday I made reservations also call them will late 5or 10 munits .. they couldn't found my Resavation .. but I did open table !!! Restaurant was 60 % emputy Wednesday night 7pm .. we pick windows side nice view of Plaza .. food was okay .. my doggy bag was trash .. wait long time to get cake no candle !! Other table people got candle so mess .. I feel so bad !! I pick them because top 10 restaurant in Santa Fe .. so sad for special occasions.. so sad.

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AZ
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at the Coyote Cafe! The service and our dinners were fabulous. We highly recommend the elk and the banana cream pie! Loved the presentation of both! Our waiter, Paris, was welcoming and knowledgeable. We look forward to coming back!

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BC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food and ambiance were outstanding. Deserving of it's reputation!

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KR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! Our waiter, Ben, was superb.

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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! We had a party of 10 for a business dinner. The service and food was spectacular.

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D
New Mexico
50 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food and overall menu are excellent. However, this was the first time we had been back in over a year, and we were very disappointed with the level of service. Too bad, otherwise would have been 5 stars overall.
Whoever supervises the busers and waiters better train them better or crack the wip on the current ones.

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C
Tallahassee
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We ordered the elk and it was outstanding. The macaroni and green chili was overpowered by garlic, we couldn’t eat it.
The service was uneven. The hostess was delightful, the server was not consistent. They have a way to go.

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TB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb was superb!

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RG
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food and service.

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SD
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must when visiting Santa Fe. Want to interact? Ask to be seated at the counter. You get a first rate view of food preparation and cooking....it is amazing! The food is heavenly...save room for Creme Brulee...this place is truly a dining experience!!!

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JC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous! If you're in the Santa Fe area and love excellent food and service, Coyote Cafe is a "must" on your list.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening!

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JH
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamb chops were top shelf, mesquite lobster was a little fishy, told my server. She removed it although we ate it. Fabulous service. We will be back.

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New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cold poached lobster app yum!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here years ago when visiting NM and remembered it as great food. Tonight I can recommend the salty señorita, the rolled caesar salad that looks like sushi rolls, the mole empanadas and the banana bread pudding.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have dined at The Coyote Cafe on several occasions over the years. Only on one occasion
was the service and food less than satisfactory. It is a pricey restaurant but the food is excellent.

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T
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambience was wonderful, the service was top notch and the music was not blasting holes in our eardrums as so many places seem to do lately. The food was exquisitely presented, but was a bit on the bland side. One star deduction for that, but in all fairness it could be attributed to the dishes we ordered. Would definitely recommend for a special dinner.

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Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most enjoyable evening sitting at the chef's bar watching Chef Rodriguez and Sous Chef Brien prepare delicious and artistic entrees.

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BD
E. Tennessee
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere! Loved watching the chefs!

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CW
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased! Duck was amazing ! Very unique and different cocktails and an extensive wine list. Table was ready when we got there, we have no complaints

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F
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit within 5 days and it was equally as good.
Our server Carlos was superb and had great recommendations.

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