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