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Coyote Cafe

4.7
2322 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.

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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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
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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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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
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We had a delicious dinner and especially enjoyed our server. He made great recommendations and had a wonderful drink made up for dessert based on a few questions
regarding my taste.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fun, delicious meal, great service. An old classic in Santa Fe!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We had a great time at Coyote Cafe. Our waiter (sorry I didn't get his name) was terrific. Informative on the wine list and made suggestions. Service was impeccable. Food was just unbelievable. Get the chicarones just for the wow factor. Heads turned when it arrived at our table. It was so big, we shared with the table next to us. I had the elk for an entree. Would definitely have it again, cooked to perfection. My friends had the filet and the scallops, also delicious. And then dessert! All in all, just wonderful.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Coyote has my vote for the best restaurant in Santa Fe; it's Geronimos and the Compound with less stuffiness and a more original menu. In addition, the bar seating is outstanding, and Julian is the best bartender in town. The food was incredible, and while not inexpensive, it is extremely well presented and generous in portion. The restaurant does meats, seafood and vegetarian dishes in an outstanding way. And the appetizers are large enough in portion to constitute a meal. - The renovation of the restaurant, and management of the new space, is exceptional. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

What a wonderful experience! Sat at the counter and could observe the chefs and it was great. We could ask him questions, exchange witty remarks and engage in general chit-chat with others at the counter. The food was outstanding. So were the drinks, although the nitrogen martini was a tad gimmicky. Overall, it was a great night.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I love the mesquite grilled lobster!!! Worth the trip. The green Chile Mac and cheese is also great. Otherwise, our meals have been quite good, not fantastic.

Our server was very helpful, but very busy.
We were seated at a very small table next to a wall, not my favorite arrangement. Next time I would specifically request a different table.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This restaurant was outstanding! We were treated wonderfully by our waiter, Paris, and were never made to feel rushed despite the fact that I could tell it was a very busy night. The dessert was the icing on the cake, so to speak.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Got several small plates. All were delicious! Our server was awesome and made good food suggestions. Wine was excellent. Fun evening!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

anniversary

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We love the Coyote Cafe and this was one of our best experiences ever there.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This is a jewel of a restaurant just a short walk off the main square. The chef has done an amazing job of creating fresh southwestern dishes with wonderful depth of flavor. The warm corn muffins with honey in fresh herbs were off the chart good and we could have made a meal out of them. We shared the wild boar ribs for our appetizer and they were so tender and juicy and accompanied with a wonderful fresh fruit salsa. For main courses the scallops and the duck confit with house made green tortillas were delicious. They also went over the top to accommodate one of our group with special dietary needs. The service was excellent and husband and wife owners were there to insure diners were getting and exceptional dinner. If you are in Santa Fe, I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food, service and ambience were amazing!!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Absolute perfection.

Have been coming here off/on for 20+ years and the experience has ebbed and flowed from meh to great. Would argue that it is now delivering the best overall experience since Mark Miller opened it in '87 and is possibly the best upscale dining to be found in Santa Fe.

The wait staff was as well organized and choreographed as a ballet. From refilling our water and wine to presenting all courses in unison, it was as finely tuned a service experience as we've experienced anywhere. Our key server, Kristin, was knowledgeable, personable, and professional.

After ordering drinks and food, a complimentary full serving of boar baby-back ribs was sent to our table – always a delightful surprise. But the reason we received it was even more impressive.

We happened to mention on our last visit (several months back, I might add) that my husband adored the ribs he had at the Coyote Cantina (the sister, casual restaurant from same owners) 20 years ago and that they were still the best ribs he'd ever had. They created a note about that in our diner profile and comped us the ribs based on that story. That level of customized service based on an anecdote shared casually many months ago gives you insight as to the level of experience delivered here.

Key to their excellence is the owner, Quinn Stephenson. Greatness doesn't happen by accident and it's clear that Quinn's restaurant expertise is put to good work here. Equally inspiring is the story of the executive chef, Eduardo Rodriguez, who worked his way up from a line cook to leading the kitchen of what's arguably now the best restaurant in Santa Fe.

Every bite and sip of everything ordered exceeded our expectations – we can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

We went in to celebrate my partner Birthday, the remodeling is beautiful. Nicole, Chef Carlos and our server Carlos was great. The lobster appetizer is an absolute must as well as the seabass entrée.

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Had a disappointing dinner at Coyote Cafe. They seem to be resting on their laurels.

Waiter was more interested in talking to some friends of his vs assisting customer.


Appetizer had too much jalapeño on it and you couldn’t even taste the seafood.

Wake up Coyote Cafe! Just because you have been successful in the past doesn’t mean you can have sub-par food and lousy service.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This was the crowning moment of our Santa Fe 1 year anniversary! Our waiter was professional and courteous. The food was creative and delectable for its price range. We we will definitely be coming back here again!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Waiter was fantastic

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our server was wonderful. I think his name was Harrison. He is from the PNW my home. His dinner recommendations were spot on. I enjoyed the meal very much.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We sat at the counter and watched the chefs prepare the meals. They are wonderful performers and seemed to enjoy telling us what they were making. I would recommend sitting there, although with our backs to the restaurant we almost missed the sail sized fried pork pieces being delivered to tables! The City Different drink was gorgeous and citrus flavored, Tranquilo lived up to it's name and the Salty Señorita's lime foam was everything I wanted a margarita to be. The wait staff were friendly and attentive without hovering excessively. Overall I would come back to Santa Fe just to dine here again.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great dinner and service as always! Sea Bass and Elk were fabulous, cooked to perfection!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The renovations for the restaurant are great, colorful, and well done! The service is spectacular and the food is just outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Amazing birthday celebration for my mom's 80th. The attention to detail by our waiter was unrivaled! The creative food, complimentary cocktails, promptness of service, knowledge of our waiter about the menu all served to make this a memorable evening. Would absolutely come back next time in Santa Fe!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The entire staff was friendly and very professional. They matched the quality of food, which made our evening extra special. Parris, our waiter, was exceptional!!!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Food was delicious and the service was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We were in for a wedding and had a family dinner at Coyote Cafe. We loved every minute of it. The food was delicious and presented beautifully. The ambiance was perfect. The service was delightful. The noise level was fine. All in all it was a perfect evening!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was very good but that’s where it ends. Incredibly loud. Service fair at best. If you don’t want to hear the person you’re with this is the place for you.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

A disappointing experience. The noise level is extraordinary loud to begin with and it wasn't helped by a table of 8 behind us cat-calling, whistling, etc. One one think a restaurant floor manager or waiter would have tried to control this, oh well. Tables on either side had the same comment (they were so close I could hear them). Food was good, not great. Don't put a Beef Cheek Empanada on the menu and put a plate down with two mini 'raviolis' in a swipe of mole. The rolled caesar salad is getting tired as well. All-in-all the noise killed it - maybe it's just a bar scene now.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The mesquite grilled lobster tails were excellent. The owner greeted us and introduced me to some outstanding bourbon cocktails. Good vibes, great food.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Everything you want when you are dining out. Friendly service, delicious food, lively atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had a great experience at Coyote Cafe. One of the party was celebrating his birthday. Carlos the foodserver and support staff were great... knowledgable about the menu and food, vigilant, but unobtrusive service and very friendly and welcoming . Quinn, the owner came by the table several times to check on us. We were very well-taken care of. Thank you for making this an enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Wonderful, high quality and interesting pairing of great ingredients. Went back to the bar and will dine again on this trip.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We were anxious to return to Coyote Cafe, a restaurant that has has an up and down history in Santa Fe and a recent remodel. The bar setting has always been great and while I prefer the old, warmer decor, this restaurant now appears more open and bright. That said, none of the four of us was impressed with the food: over-priced and frankly, mediocre. Sorry, but we locals are unlikely to return.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great staff. Interesting menu. Expected a little more flavor but dessert creme brulee one of the best

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Our entire experience was wonderful. Our cocktails were beautifully crafted and every dish was amazing. Our service was incredible. Parris made our dinner more personalized and he was so professional. We will definitely be back the next time we are in Santa Fe.

We shared every course and they split plates without us asking, which was a nice touch.

Crab and corn enchiladas as an app= A+

Eggplant Ravioli= decadent. Morell mushrooms were the highlight.

Banana cream pie paired with the Sauternes dessert wine. was the perfect finish to our amazing meal.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Nice atmosphere. Poor service. Food quality was good.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had a wonderful experience at the Coyote Cafe. Our food was exceptional. Everything we ordered was outstanding and presented beautifully. Our two servers were so fun, attentive, and very helpful with recommendations, even sharing things to do around the area. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The evening started with a complimentary sparkling wine for 'coming back' to the restaurant - though it had been quite awhile - a total and pleasant surprise. Service was exceptional and the menu items were beyond great. It is one of our most favorite restaurants, with friendly clientele and memorable food choices. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I traveled to Santa Fe with 50 Wisconsin high school orchestra students in 1995 and we had an excellent experience. Tonight I was back in the area with family and wanted to revisit the restaurant to see what might have changed. Wonderful dining experience, excellent/creative dishes, same great attention to detail and to our wishes. Perfect and maybe I’ll be back in another 23 years, if not sooner!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Best food we had in Santa Fe NM

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

My wife and I eat out nightly and we travel several months out of the year. Coyote Cafe is probably the best restaurant we have ever eaten at. Knowledgeable staff, great food, great desserts, great decor.

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