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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (59)
Special Occasion (59)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
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Fit for Foodies (46)
Good for a Date (46)
Romantic (37)
Notable Wine List (36)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Authentic (23)
Worth the Drive (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Hot Spot (19)
Fun (18)
Local Ingredients (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
People Watching (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Business Meals (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Casual (14)
Comfort Food (10)
Cozy (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Seasonal (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Spicy (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

We had not been to the Coyote for several years, and now I don't know why the grilled lobster was spectacular, both in presentation and flavor. The elk was beautiful and tasty. And the deserts were over the top good. Coyote Cafe combines fine dining with a fun atmosphere. It's nice to be able to enjoy a fabulous meal at a place that doesn't take themselves to seriously.

Go there right now!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

We were excited to try the “new & improved” Coyote since it has been one of our local favorites for special occasions, or even just date night. The new remodel was a disappointing attempt at SW modern - a little cold and generic. And even though it is still much of the same staff, the service was extra slow and the food was just ‘okay’.

Needless to say we still want to love our favorite place for a great drink and steak, but it was a lackluster experience overall. Coyote has great owners and potential. Surely next time will be much better!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

Good grief, the food here is excellent! I’d forgotten how good the chef is and how delicious the meals are. The new remodel is very nice with beautiful Chihuly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

Newly remodeled restraunt in downtown Santa Fe, that exceeded all expectations. Amazing and friendly customer service. Equisite menu.

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·Dined 4 days ago

the website was misleading and was way overpriced the servers would not allow us to enjoy ourselves there

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent menu and food. Service excellent .

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Coyote Cafe always delivers great food and impeccable service. It’s menu is diverse and delicious, and it’s a comfortable yet “fancy” night out on the town. We enjoy sitting at the chef’s counter and watching the meal prep. It’s like your own private food network show :)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Cozy, People Watching
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful restaurant! Will definitely return often.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We are locals to the food scene in Santa Fe and were very disappointed after the refresh that just took place. Service and the wait staff was at the same high level of quality and service, but the management and kitchen regretfully fell down completely. It took over 30 minutes to get our firsts out and the main took another 55 minutes to arrive and the rabbit arrived overcooked. We did not continue to desert since the we were over 2 hours for two courses and had lost patience. Our waiter was totally responsive and after 30 minutes waiting for the entrees began to escalate and communicate on what became a 55 minutes delay between courses. What is disappointing is management did not attempt to come over or communicate what the issues were at anytime during our dinner. We will try again, but short term regretfully the restaurant is not in our top 5 anymore for my business clients and friends that come into town.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent-as always!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent food as always very good. If you can have Federico, as your waiter you will be very pleased. He is OUTSTANDING.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always unforgettably delicious...everytime consistantly delicious

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I found out after I arrived that Coyote had been closed for renovations for several weeks, and the night I dined was their grand reopening. The decor was stunning, the service was impeccable, and their house-made cornbread, mesquite grilled lobster tail dish, and asparagus were all absolutely perfect. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent wait staff that was conversational friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant was set to close soon so the wine list was apparently limited but nevertheless comprehensive. Not a cheap night out but certainly worth the expense.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic! Our 19 year old daughter said "she felt so taken care of" by our waitress.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 31, 2017

As always Coyote Cafe is outstanding. Impecable service, great food and perfect ambiance for any ocacion and even with kids. Last night we spent New Years eve and our table of 10 was the last one to leave and we were attended to the last minute as gracefully as we were when we arrived. Been going there for years and always taking friends and family, it is highly recomended.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The worst meal I’ve ever had in Santa Fe. The food was cold and tasteless. This was my recommendation for our group. I was throughly embarrassed.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great place, went for Nee Years Eve with the family! We had a great server, picky eaters but she made it work with great suggestions and even going to management to get off the menu items! Watch out for the hostess .. think she may bite!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

As expected another wonderful night at our favorite restaurant, Coyote Cafe. Nicole was incredible! Recommend this spot always for a date night or just nice dinner out!

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful service and accommodations for gathering of friends. Had a great evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The problem for Coyote Cafe is folks (like me) who dined there when Mark Miller was large and in charge expect that same level of attention to all aspect of the dining experience and it's just not there. It's not bad but at their current price point it's a bit of a disappointment. The beef tartar appetizer at $24 was not worth $24. The price point of $40 plus for 99% of the entrees is off the mark. Service is very good. The physical plant is very nice. I admit to being a tough grader - they are trying and it's a strong A minus/B plus but it's just not as good as it once was.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We've been to Coyote Cafe 20 years ago and were quite amazed that the food and service remained excellent. Their cocktails are excellent and the food outstanding. The service professional and friendly - striking just the right note. Great for special occasions as well as just a good night out.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fun visit with a Bay Area friend - she loved the good food and service!

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 28, 2017

A Santa Fe favorite of ours. Always on our list when we visit. Pricey but worth it. Bar upstairs is great.

Tags: Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Climb up one flight from the sidewalk to this lively, sexy, energetic restaurant and bar. The menu was super creative, yet offered something wonderful and tasty for the vegetarian, the pescatarian, the no-carber, the carnivore, etc. in our group. And a very good time was had by all.
We were greeted warmly and the service was attentive and gracious throughout the meal, even though the place was packed on a holiday week.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

It had been a long time since I visited Coyote Cafe and they have only become a better restaurant in that time. While I find the seating to be cramped and the space hard to move around, I cannot detract a single thing from the experience of what matters: the food and drink. We started with their version of Manhattans, and a seasonal vodka martini with cranberries. The drinks were fantastic. The wine list was very broad. I judge their markup to be a bit more than most other fine dining restaurants, which is frustrating. But we cannot complain about their options. We settled on a nice Cote du Rhone. Two of us had the deconstructed raviolis, one person had the seafood and another had the tenderloins. Each of us LOVED our meals. I'd rate the food itself to be the finest meal I've had in the last couple of months and I eat out weekly. The service was a bit overly-attentive but absolutely friendly and knowledgable of the menu. I know that Santa Fe has many great dining options. I also know Coyote Cafe has been around a while and might be overlooked because of that. But please, do not make that mistake. Coyote Cafe remains the highlight of my last two trips to New Mexico. My compliments to the chef.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food was tasty, but not fine dining by any stretch. The restaurant was very crowded/cramped. The hostess was extremely rude; however, the server was very polite, friendly and efficient. The overall ambience did not match the price point.

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 (London)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This wonderful restaurant has been on top of the game for the past two seasons. The service is always perfection, the food imaginative and excellent, and the space is lovely. The ownership/
management team is superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Wonderful food served in a beautiful presentation would highly recommend

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas! Great experience all around.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent as always. Christmas Eve tradition for us. Enjoy it every time. Usually don’t like price fix menu, but Coyote’s selection is excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service was fabulous.
Food was terrific...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Having worked in this industry I understand that Christmas dinner is tough. To start with we were seated at a table for 2 that Did not allow us to sit across from each other. My husband was seated at the “wide” side of the 2 top and I had to sit at the narrow end of the table. This put my chair in the runway for all the wait staff and other guests. I also needed to sit at an angle as both of our legs were unable to fit under the table with this configuration. Uncomfortable at the least. We were told that it would be a wait to try for another table. They never should have considered this a spot for a 2 top. The halibut cheeks where over done and dry as was the elk, despite having it medium rare as suggested by the kitchen. lobster was very flavorful and not over cooked. Desserts very good. This dinner was a set menu at $100.00 a person and was a very poor experience. waiter did a good job, but can not overcome such a poor seating arrangement and over cooked food. . Waste off money.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner for my family from out of town, and it was spectacular! The food is creative and delicious, with multiple options, and the wine list fits all tastes. But the thing that separates Coyote from all of the rest is the staff— from the owner to the guys bussing tables. They all make you feel like you are family and they are so happy to have you in their restaurant. Santa Fe has many wonderful restaurants, and my wife and I have a dozen or so we love to visit, but if we really want to have a memorable dining experience, we come to Coyote Cafe.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The entrees were very eye appealing and good flavor. The lobster dish had great lobster taste but pasta was very disappointing. Red velvet dessert was a very small cake that did not taste or resemble red velvet cake.
We enjoyed our evening and the service was excellent 😊.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

More expensive than expected but service was very good and food was delicious

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent cuisine and great service!
Santa Fe gourmet cuisine!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went there for Christmas Eve, not realizing they had a prix fixe three-course menu for the evening. It was rather shocking to sit down and look at the menu and learn it was $100/pp. The food was good but definitely not worth the price. That didn't even include a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverages as they then charged $4.50 for the cup of coffee my husband had with dessert. The price was such a turn-off that we wouldn't go back.

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