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About Coyote Cafe

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 Foie Gras & Diver Scallop, Futomaki 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.

132 West Water Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, International, Fusion / Eclectic

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

Cross Street:
Galisteo & Don Gaspar, corner of Ortiz

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 983-1615

Website:
http://coyotecafe.com/

Entertainment:
None currently

Catering:
Coyote Cafe is the perfect venue in Santa Fe for events ranging from business dinners to wedding rehearsal dinners and movie launch or wrap-parties. We are walking distance from the Plaza and all of Santa Fe's historic hotels.

Please contact Christopher Fehlinger for menus, pricing and information for your event.

You can view pictures of the space at coyotespace.tumblr.com

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.

Public Transit:
Santa Fe busses make periodic stops nearby. Most hotels run shuttles - check with your concierge.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Coyote Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (64)
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Good for Birthdays (27)
Local Ingredients (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Business Meals (23)
Bar Seating (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Fun (16)
People Watching (15)
Casual (13)
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Cozy (9)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Live in Las Cruces and would drive the 286 miles any day to eat at Coyote Cafe. The service is always superb, the food...par excellence. Came this weekend for anniversary and food was delightful. Sat at the Counter and watched these wonderful chefs from all over the world, cook sublime dishes. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, not pretentious. This is always our ‘go to’ place...whether it’s a drink at the convivial bar or eating in the dining room. After trying everything, I think we will always reserve seats at the counter. Learned several tips for cooking lamb chops and lobster. Overall...a fantastic evening of great wine and food!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

Our 3rd visit but with some trepidation given a new chef. Rest assured, he's brilliant.
Not cheap but a foodie dream. I had the cauliflower soup, which is among my Top 10 dishes of all time. Can't stop thinking about it. The tartare was also exceptional. The bed or arugula bed was perfect. Didn't eat the shishitos but my wife said they were good. The horseradish pancakes were quite mild. Finally, the most original presentation of a caesar salad ever. And well done! I won't spoil it. Give it a try. My wife's elk tenderloin was perfect too.
Services was excellent. Available but not intrusive. Knowledgeable. Articulate.
We do love the ambiance and they're closing for January 2018 to do a makeover. If you too love the ambiance, you've got 3 weeks....
Note for those who haven't been: it's up some stairs. Not sure if they have an elevator, but check first. They also have the Coyote Cantina at the top of the stairs. Careful which way you turn.
No dedicated parking that I know of. Park in the city garage and exit from the rear...the street that CC is on.
Final word: we were in NYC recently and CC stands up to the best we had there (which was Esce, btw), IMHO.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was great and the staff was exceptionally attentive. I was very impressed. Will likely return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Good food and a first, class, knowledgeable staff

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Not only was the food creative and cooked perfectly, but the wait staff attending to our needs and provided extras it seemed, like champagne, a cup of soup and after dinner drinks.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Eduardo did an outstanding job of creating a beautifully designed and delicious meal. The restaurant is tops on our list for Santa Fe. We will recommend this spot to all of our friends! Thanks for a wonderful evening!

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As always, the experience at the Coyote Cafe was impeccable. The food was delicious, Kristin (my server) was spot on with her recommendations and was very attentive. I love this restaurant (this is my fourth visit this year), and they only give me more reasons to want to return. Thank you!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was prepared perfectly, presentation was beautiful and their cocktails are so creative!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Absolutely outstanding. Professional and friendly service. Food is top notch. Try the fancy drinks. This is the place to go for that special outing!

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We had an excellent meal here onWednesday evening. The restaurant was unfortunately (for them) almost empty. The food was very well presented, very well prepared & delicious. Definitely a place to eat in Santa Fe.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Elegant dining room but not pretentious. Outstanding service! Delicious food (can’t say enough good things about the roasted cauliflower soup). Prices in line with other fine dining venues.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Lovely Dinner - all the food was superb. Our server "Paris" made the evening, with outstanding service. A very memorable evening - we will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food, environment, and service was outstanding as usual. Despite this high rating, however, I can still say that the restaurant continues to edge upward, even in the absence of Eric.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Memorable Thanksgiving dinner. Fantastic wait staff. Salty Senorita is a must!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our Thanksgiving feast at the Coyote Cafe. I was mainly a bit disappointed at how slow the kitchen was to prepare my dish (lobster) because they got too overwhelmed with all the turkey orders (we were sitting on barstools and watching them work, so I saw the issue firsthand). I guess that it was good that observing all the activity helped to make the wait time seem shorter. All of the food was terrific, particularly the desserts.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful venue for amazing food, service, and pairing. Always a as special treat for us to see what new entrees are coming off the line; appetizers and desserts are consistently amazing. Never disappointed,

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was most memorable meal I've had in years. Fabulous tomahawk pork chop, moist and with lively seasoning. The elk tenderloin at our table was equally excellent with delicious marrow sautéed with truffles. The butternut squash soup started things off wonderfully, nearly matched by the leek/cauliflower soup. Great flavors all around, without a bit of the fussiness I've experienced a lot of lately.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Everything about it was superb! Especially the ser

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 20, 2017

WE WERE THERE FOR OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY PARIS WAS OUR SERVER,....OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND FOOD...THE ELK WAS WONDERFUL WILL BE BACK AND WILL REQUEST PARIS AS OUT SERVER....

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 20, 2017

This was our first time being disappointed after having dined at Coyote Cafe several times before. It was my husband's choice for his birthday dinner. He ordered lobster tails and was quite pleased with his meal. I ordered sea bass, and it was so rubbery I could not eat it. Our nice server sent the fish back to the kitchen and brought me a delicious complimentary squash soup to enjoy while I waited for my entree. Much to my disappointment, the new serving of fish was also over cooked. We ended up having some delicious desserts paired with complimentary wines. We will return, but I must say," Coyote Cafe - you can do better".

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had the most wonderful anniversary dinner tonight! Ben was our amazing waiter . He was the most attentive and personable waiter we have had in some time. He steered us to great choices- squash soup, elk, lamb chops, and the sea bass. Everything was delicious and beautifully prepared. It was the perfect evening! The other wait staff were also great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great birthday experience!!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great place, great food. Expensive

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic local restaurant - amazing food, extensive wine list, creative cocktails and exceptional service. A highlight is the "open kitchen" concept bar where you can watch the masterful food prep. Although prices are a bit higher than average, they represent a good value considering the food, drinks and service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was howling good. Best service at a restaurant I've ever had. Will be back often.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This is one of those places where you can have a quick meal without spending a lot or, you can do the opposite. We did the opposite. Do the starter. Do a cocktail at the bar. Do sit at the counter and engage with the people working the line. Ask them what is good, tell them what you do and don’t like. It’s worth it. Definitely get dessert.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent food and service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was a great place. The menu and food were excellent. City Different Cocktail was yummy. Loved everything about it. Service was excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great experience dining at coyote cafe. Treated like family from the start. The owner Quin is totally hands on. Greeting guests , taking orders checking on tables. The drinks are awesome, food outstanding and service couldn't be better. Outstanding dining experience! Not to be missed when in santa fe!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Alll was fabulous !!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Wonderful Birthday evening....incredible food and drink and the service and attention we received from Kristin really topped it all off for us. Thank you for making my # 55 so memorable. Ok...now a warning...the Cowboy cut steak is huge, we shared it and still came home with enough for another meal.....NO complaints at all, just kind of humerous how big it was! Absolutely delicious!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food & preparations were very over rated. My burrata salad was a scooped out piece of cheese the size of a half egg stuffed with cottage cheese! Never again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Love, Love, Love this place. The atmosphere is energetic but still good for a date or intimate group. The food is amazing but what really makes this place shine is the INCREDIBLE service! We live a few hours away and have dined here on occasion. Our waiter recognized us from months back and he was the first to say "Hey, have you been here before because you look familiar. I think I've waited on you before". I knew it wasn't just "a line" as he recognized my son and husband as dining but not me... and I wasn't there last time. Great experience!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food here was exceptional. The service was stellar. The atmosphere was fun. I would highly recommend Coyote Cafe. Be sure and make a reservation, the place was packed!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great dinner. Asked waiter to substitute blue for goat cheese. He forgot and took a minute before he could acknowledge it. Oh well, it was almost perfect. He should have taken it off the bill but I did not ask him to do so. Nice restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our first visit to Santa Fe was made perfect by the evening of dining at the Coyote Café.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were staying in Santa Fe and decided to give Coyote Cafe a try. I thought it was only a casual outdoor cantina but it turned out that the main inside dining room was very nice. The wait staff were well dressed in long-sleeved shirts and vests and service was great and attentive. The food was excellent and prepared well. I was upset at myself that I couldn't finish my meal. A doggie bag was out of the question since we were visiting. I would highly recommend this place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Love Coyote Cafe! Service is always great and the food is just awesome

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had a wonderful experience celebrating our anniversary. Got perhaps the best table (a corner booth) in the house and were greeted with complimentary champagne. Service was very attentive and friendly. We had a wonderful Butternut Squash soup and tasty Arugula salad to start. For main course, we had Patagonian Seabass and Colorado Lamb Chops. Both were excellent dishes that I would order again. We skipped dessert only to be surprised with a complimentary Banana Creme Pie with vanilla ice cream! It was an unforgettable evening.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I hardly ever give negative comments, but... I could hardly cut the chunks of duck breast. I was not given a steak knife. My baked potato was room temperature, butter did not melt on it.

The sphere of chocaolate was, as always, spectacular!

We shall return...

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