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Coyote Cafe

2209 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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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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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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
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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
What 2209 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Barto (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We wanted to try the restaurant, as opposed to the Cantina, for dinner. We chose the Restaurant Week Menu. The food and the service were excellent but the tables are a bit close together and the noise level was NOT conducive to conversation. I am not sure if I would go back another time though our food was very good.

vipOpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

After this visit, Coyote Cafe is now our #1 restaurant in Santa Fe. My Osso Buco was magnificent as was the butternut squash soup. The service was amazing! Our server from 3 months ago stopped by to say hello! The best combination of knowledge, clear communication, there when needed and no interruptions at the wrong time. Great table clearing and serving - both team activities. The space has just been re-done and I have to say it was fresh and different but didn't in any way damage the ambience. Price was fixed because it was Restaurant Week...$45 for 3 courses. Bravo!

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Excellent! Restaurant week!!! Yahoo! Had to return the steak,,, very tough! Difficult to cut and had no flavor, very disappointed! However, waiter replaced this with Osso Bucco which was very good! Appreciate immediate attention to please! Thank you!

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

FANTASTIC!!!! We had a mini-reunion during Santa Fe Restaurant Week. We sat at the counter and it was a blast. Always superb food. The staff is superlative.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
1.0  Dined 5 days ago

This was one of the worst restaurant experiences I've had in a while. I'm not sure where to start.
The lighting in the restaurant is horrible. Whoever designed gray/blue walls with a red main lighting fixture, Chihuly or not, needs their eyes checked. It is harsh on the eyes. We almost walked out and should have. Dinner was $180.00 for two of us and we wanted a romantic dinner, but this place was loud and anything but romantic. In my open table reservation I asked to be seated in a romantic spot and we were sat at the smallest table for two in the center of the restaurant by the windows. The food was not good and my scallops were cold. Again, I should have sent it all back and walked out at that point. The wine list was not nearly as good as other Santa Fe restaurants and seemed to be expensive just because it could be. And the cheap glasses of wine cost as much as a whole bottle retail and while I understand this from a business standpoint, the by the glass options could be much better. All in all, I felt like I was at a Wolfgang Puck restaurant at an airport. The whole experience seemed very dated and 1980's - even down to the horribly designed and heavy menu's. You have a great staff, but it is time to update the "ambiance" and the menu.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Every time I come to Santa Fe the first, and sometimes only place, I go is coyote Café !

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the dining room was completely remodeled. After talking to the owner and the very knowledgeable staff about the remodel, it is clear this legendary spot will continue to evolve and flourish.

The remodel was accompanied by some changes to the menu ...which were totally awesome! over the last two days/nights I’ve been there three times. (Lunch at the cantina-Also remodeled and open in winter...nice!

keep up the amazing work and see you again soon for my/our next visit.

vipOpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Delicious and innovative. A Santa Fe classic that improves every year!

Tequila77 (El Paso)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Our dinners were perfect. We were 2 couples . My friend and i both had our Birthdays the day we were there and as soon as we were seated the waiter brought us 4 complimentary glasses of champagne. We ordered a really good bottle of Pinot Noir and they brought us a little skillet of fabulous cornbread, then a shot of blackbean tortilla soup. My husband and I ordered the elk tenderloin which was so tender and tasty. Our friends had the duck confit and the eggplant dish. They both raved about their meals. The service was excellent . Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. We all had some leftovers which they boxed up for us. When we walked over to the plaza we saw some homeless people on the sidewalk and gave them our boxes. They seemed to be so grateful. A gourmet dinner. That was like our dessert.

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago


viptrow1 (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely outstanding! Coyote Cafe just reopened a few days ago after an extensive remodel of both the restaurant and the rooftop bar, and Quinn made an already great place spectacular. The service has always been phenomenal and the food innovative and delicious, and the update to the “physical plant” just makes Coyote even better. Best elk tenderloin in town, and the innovation that goes into every dish makes everything special. Their take on a Caesar salad is a great example of this. Great place for special occasions with out of town guests, as this a great example of why Santa Fe is such a wonderful restaurant town.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

It was so good we went back the next night and tried all new items! I left a review and don’t normally do them but it was amazing...

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We visited as part of our extended anniversary celebration in Sante Fe. Everything was extraordinary. The owner, Quinn, is unusually attentive and the service is impeccable. The level of attention is accompanied by a warm, yet not overly familiar, style. Our server, Paris, was knowledgable, warm, funny and made the evening quite special.

The recently redone decor is elegant and spacious. How many restaurants have a Chihuly chandelier? This was does, and it is worth the price just to eat by its glow.

The food is exquisitely prepared and presented. My elk (who knew?) was superb, with great wine pairing recommendations.

I could go on, but it is fair to claim world class status for the Coyote Cafe. It's not for bargain hunters, but if I pay these prices, I want this kind of experience.

vipRicoman (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

New look to the space is sharp and contemporary. The service is amazing as always. The menu has flexed some to incorporate more Mexican influence in the appetizers specifically (chicharron, taquitos and tostadas). Many of the standards are on the menu still. A frequent spot on our dining list.

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

Hickmeister (New Mexico)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!