Coyote Cafe

4.9
4011 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.

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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHBDiner
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience in comfortable, well organized setting with attentive service and perfected balanced dishes prepared expertly using superb ingredients. We enjoyed three courses: starters (cold poached lobster tail, chili white prawns), main (elk tenderloin, filet) and desserts (creme brûlée, key lime tart). The Gruner Veltliner selected for the first course paired perfectly with the lobster tail and very well with the prawns. The Merrie Edwards Pinot proved to be a perfect choice for the elk while the ABC Pinot paired well with the filet. The Coyote Cafe epitomizes the best of American cuisine in a setting that could only be in Santa Fe. Highly recommended.

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vipRickU
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food

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CorinneK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience all around. We ate at the counter and it was mesmerizing watching the talented line prepare food. This was a culinary highlight of our trip to Santa Fe.

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Chip
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

For those who avoid meat, the eggplant was delicious.

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AdrianaM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot! Food was worth every penny and staff was extremely nice and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Absolutely outstanding wait person. Look forward to returning. I had the Elk Tenderloin and my wife had the Sea Bass. Both were excellent. I look forward to trying some of the other items on the menu.

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AllisonI
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every part of the meal was excellent! Highly recommend the Elk and the creme brulee. The cocktails were equally magnificent! My server (Anette) was amazing! If your in Santa Fe I would be sure to make a dinner reservation!

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vipSantiago
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at the Coyote Cafe. The food and service were fantastic.

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PamP
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here again after having a wonderful time earlier in the year. The service here cannot be matched by any other restaurant in town that we have tried. And with other restaurants finding it hard to hire enough staff right now, this is saying a lot. We had a larger group and everyone was taken care of exceptionally well. Love the lively atmosphere and food and drink presentation. Always a favorite place when we visit.

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vipShellyB
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annette our server was absolutely wonderful!!! She made the evening wonderful. All the additional helpers were great too. Food was beyond outstanding. We enjoyed it so much after not dining there for the pandemic period. Love Coyote Cafe! Thank goodness we live here and can enjoy it over and over again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service. The decor could be spruced up.

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vipSallyC
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great drinks, fun ambiance, and outstanding service.

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BrianJ
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience. Excellent food and impeccable service. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The whole experience was delightful. I think the shrimp appetizer may have been the best appetizer I’ve ever had. The flavors were perfectly balanced and seasoned as was all of the other food we ordered. The wait staff were attentive and we can’t wait to go back again.

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Funtimes
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant atmosphere. Exquisite service. Mouth-watering food with lovely presentation. Absolutely delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great Birthday celebration! Was treated with bubbly to toast with! Great service and food!

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vipDbra
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, well run restaurant on all levels!

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vipNYTraveler
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veteran wait staff provided excellent service at a time when the post-Covid surge in demand seems to be overwhelming many restaurants. Creative plating and delicious food in a very spacious dining room were highlights for the evening. Restaurant entry is on the ground floor but dining room is up a flight of stairs. Overall service was very attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. A strong recommendation if you are in Santa Fe.

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vipThomasC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and quality food. Don’t miss this restaurant while you are in Santa Fe

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vipmic4gdfd
Phoenix
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food - service Scott was great - facility really active. Really enjoyed!!

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AnnH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Carlis was a fantastic guide for an amazing celebration!
He was polite, attentive and ensured we got the best!

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GregoryJ
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Coyote is still near the top of the SF list after three decades. The current post-pandemic menu is excellent, though the Main courses tend heavily to big meat dishes (the lamb rack was extraordinary) We tried the eggplant ravioli to lighten things up, but the dish was actually a pile of circular pasta layered with mushrooms and WAY too much kale (admission: any kale at all is too much kale for me). Initial service and starters went quickly, but had to wait a while for the mains. The squash blossoms and the shrimp starters both were 5 star. Tourists have a big impact on the ambience: I could do with fewer guys in shorts and dirty shirts and fewer tables of loud groups, but that's me. They have a bar but no cocktail menu (we didn't see one). Excellent but expensive wine list--but you can get half bottles. Oh, and the second floor entry hall is crowded with folks going to and from the Cantina upstairs. It could use its own entry.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around!!

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vipSandiB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, Coyote Cafe is excellent! We had an AMAZING server, Nate. We ordered 5 appetizers between the two of us. The dishes sounded so enticing with unique flavors.
Nate was so educated on each dish and brought wine pairings that complimented the chefs' creations. We were in heaven! I've dined at numerous fine establishments across the globe, but Coyote Cafe is just about the BEST! I will never forget the combinations of flavors, wine and the attention of Nate, our server. Thank you for surpassing our wildest expectations! If you visit Santa Fe and don't eat here, you'll miss out on a superb culinary experience.

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HannahM
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No body does it like Coyote! This is where my husband took me after he proposed and we celebrated our wedding anniversary there. The staff remembered us and sat us at the same table and were treated like VIP all night long. The food was insanely good. Going to the Coyote is not just a meal it’s a whole experience. Amazing!

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Jeff
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Mexican shrimp & grit cake appetizer, along with the Elk & Pork chop entrees, everything was perfectly done & service was top shelf.

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Pinkie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a very enjoyable dinner. The burrata appetizer was outstanding. My only complaint was that the pasta in the lobster dish was pretty stuck together, a solid mass. The flavor, however, was excellent.

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jackieblum
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food was beyond first class. It was a pleasure to be there. Everyone who worked there was professional and went over and beyond.

Thank you Coyote Cafe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the most wonderful server!

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vipKeoni
Hawaii
34 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Started with squash flower tempura. My wife and I settled on the filet, delicious. Banana cream pie for dessert. Well deserving of their 5 stars.

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TaksimC
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben immediately offered us an amazing complimentary cocktail which was very sweet! Every employee was super hospitable and friendly. We had the best night of our life! Paris our server was on point with every entree description. Thank you guys!!

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vipRedMoose
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent start to finish!!!

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RohnG
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! From our first moments onward Coyote Cafe lived to and surpassed previous experiences there. We had the innovate Caesar salad and then onto our main courses of Lobster and noodles and elk medallions. Each was perfectly prepared and presented. We are celebrating our anniversary. Thank to our server Carlos and Coyote cafe the celebration could not have been better

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Bidi
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations—impeccable service and fantastic preparations. Cocktails sublime. Perfect for a celebration.

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room4dessert
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coyote Cafe is a wonderful dining experience. The food is fantastic! Squash blossom appetizer and Salty Señorita margaritas are a must. Lamb chops perfectly cooked and tender are deliciously complemented by a rich and complex mole. Scott and his team took excellent care of us - warm, attentive and deft service. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Very knowledgeable servers. Our son was out visiting from the East Coast and he thought the food was superb.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Great waitstaff and front desk staff. Food from appetizers to desserts was exceptional- one of Santa Fe’s very best!

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vipBill
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent and served in a timely manner. Our waitress was very good and attentive. The restaurant was crowded and it was easy to see why. This was one of the two best meals my wife and I have enjoyed post-pandemic. Definitely looking to our next meal at Coyote.

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vipRelax
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute we were greeted until the time we left; everything was perfect! Food; atmosphere; drinks and service(thank you Graciela) A+

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Coyote Cafe is rated 4.9 stars by 4011 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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