Estevan

4.3
654 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We are a New Mexico COVID-19 certified business.

Estevan Restauranté is a fine dining establishment based around a relaxed New Mexican atmosphere. All of our produce is sourced daily from the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market with any poultry, meat, or fish brought in from free roaming, grass fed, or wild caught farms. Our menu, tailored made by Executive Chef Estevan Garcia, is traditional Northern New Mexican cuisine tastefully altered with a French twist, honoring tradition while embracing innovation.
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glutenluvr
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We arrived at 7:15. We were advised kitchen closes at 8:20 after we enjoyed a glass of wine and appetizers. Wished we knew about kitchen closing when we made our reservation. We felt rushed when entrees arrived before we finished our salads. No coffee was offered with desserts and the hot lava cake dessert was not available due to kitchen closing. We were last to leave at 9 pm and had to find someone to pay our bill as our server was leaving. She was efficient, warm and attentive, however, while she served our table. Definitely make earlier reservations if you want a leisurely dinner. Table server knew we were celebrating an 80th bd and there was nothing done to acknowledge the event we were celebrating…like a candle in the dessert at least. The container given for the left over lamb stew entree (good) was not water tight- an inappropriate container with cardboard lid that seals with aluminum foil - and leaked. All of the above aside, the food was good and well prepared but no dish was rave worthy. Definitely skip the Romaine salad with poached egg unless you like cold & watery poached egg. Desserts were uninspired but well executed. In short, if you want a pleasant evening and a good enough dinner, the balcony patio at Estevan will be perfect. Estevan greeted us graciously on arrival and as we were leaving. There is nothing stuffy or pretentious about the place. Despite the minor shortcomings, we would go back albeit with reduced expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place with good ambiance. Food was innovative and delicious. No cocktail service was drawback for us. Bring your wallet, very pricey.

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vipmadge
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very pleasant experience which was perfect after a day of running around. staff was very friendly and took great care of us. thank you

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vipqtpi
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Location was great. Steak was good. Veggies tasted reheated. Overpriced

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vipDeniseA
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Estevan's use of French technique with local NM flavors is masterful and unique. He wowed us again with the wonderful lamb steak special! Leaner than a lamb chop and served with a peppercorn sauce with a nice background of NM chile heat. The ravioli are lovely for a starter. The chocolate lava cake is a standout compared to the usual version of this popular dessert.

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vipPatB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Read many reviews of this restaurant, difficult to understand how some people’s experience was unpleasant and others wonderful. We were late for our reservation as walking directions were poor but warmly greeted when we arrived. Our waiter was at the table as we were seated and took our drink order immediately. They arrived within a very few minutes, took our food order and it also arrived promptly. We ordered the house salad, lamb chops and chicken and all were delicious.
Water and drinks refilled without having to ask.
Ambiance was also lovely, cozy and although a mostly full house, quiet enough for conversation at our table. We would certainly recommend this restaurant and would dine there again if we were still in town.

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GiGi
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended by Great Sand Dune,CO. Worker . He had only good things to say and we feel the same.
Our stylish waiter was wonderful, very knowledgeable and customer friendly.
Our meals(4 people) were delicious!(kudos to the Chef)
Atmosphere and decor had slot of ambience.
Thank you!!

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little restaurant with an upscale menu and strong wine selection. Had a nice, romantic dinner there and thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

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vipJimW
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new #1 go-to favorite restaurant whenever we visit Santa Fe..... Chef Estevan's menu and ambiance are top flight, and Aram was an incredible host. do not miss this experience when you are in Santa Fe.

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KarenM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently gracious service, well prepared and flavorful food and a relaxing and classic Santa Fe environment. Estavan has a way of blending his southwest culinary palate with unique saucing that enhance local products. A wonderful place to dine.

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ChrisS
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambiance and menu.
Be warned that they only serve beer and wine

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vipDebbie
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was so good we ate two dinners there on a three day vacation. We go to Santa Fe once a year and this is our favorite restaurant. Everything is local and fresh.

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vipJimW
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. It will be our go-to dinner date place whenever we’re in Santa Fe

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Cobra
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I was disappointed I couldn’t get any drink heavier than beer or wine or a margarita. I needed something to cleanse the palate and start the meal.

The appetizer was a tomato salad. The tomatoes were soft and drenched in some kind of Italian dressing when all it needed was a pinch of salt to bring up the taste of the tomatoes. The Italian dressing or whatever it was over-powered it and could not taste the tomato

I ordered the chicken meal only because I liked the two sides that were with it. I wanted to steak but did not like its sides.

The mixed rice and mixed seasonal vegetables were served separately and nice and hot; I was thankful they weren’t served in the lemon sauce. Although I asked about one of the vegetables and one of the servers did not know what it was.I got the pressed chicken breaded and fried and drowned in some lemon sauce. It was almost like a schnitzel but drowning in the sauce and the old saying is valid here, a little goes a long way.

The desert, Tres Leches Cake, was really good and decaf coffee served was fresh.

Watching the wait staff it seems there were too many of them As only one person actually waited and took orders everyone brought food.

Overall I don’t think I will return.

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I dine at fine restaurants often, as I’m a chef myself, so I always like to see what culinary delights great destinations have to offer.

Even though the ambience was good, and the restaurant itself was quaint and cozy, the prices seemed a little too high for what we got.

First off, we waited 10 minutes to be attended to by our server after we were seated (it was only half full in the dining room as we made a post dinner rush reservation). I did this on purpose so we would receive attentive service, even though we are low maintenance diners.

I ordered a dish on the menu they apparently didn’t even have but was still listed, and we were not told they were out of it ahead of time, so I settled for one of the specials offered that night that was closest to what I was looking for.

We understand we were dining at Santa Fe’s plaza and expected that prices were going be a little bit higher but the food was only fair . Portion size was not adequate for what the dish cost, (I cost dishes for a living) comparable to other places that are similar.
We got the Calamari appetizer and it was 18 dollars!!!! For four THIN strips of calamari in what was basically just lemon juice.

We then received our main courses, which were a pasta dish and the special, arctic Char. The char had a small side of veggies, some of which were undercooked, and a small size of orzo pasta. My girlfriend’s pasta came on a plate which had a decent size chip on it, obviously a bad sign. My beer was $12 and her margarita was $14! It was served in a wine glass with a tiny bit of little salt on rim and no additional garnish. Very mediocre.

We were going to get dessert but after our experience, we decided to go to Baskin Robbins, which DIDN’T disappoint and might have been the highlight of our eating experience that night.

I wouldn’t go back or recommend this place if you care about where your hard earned money goes. Way too many executional errors for what they were advertising themselves to be.

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vipRichardV
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service

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vipSusan
New Mexico
29 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food, the service and the setting were excellent. I ate Rainbow Trout, which is a dish hard to find at most restaurants. Next time, weather permitting, I would sit outside if possible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem. The outdoor seating is like sitting in your garden. The attention to service is outstanding. I had enchiladas; they were light with sides of beans, salad snd zucchini cooked to perfection. My husband had red snapper with orzo and fresh vegetables which he said was wonderful. So there is a wide range of offerings.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t bother. The food was not at all good and very over-priced. We had steak, the chicken, the lamb stew and the guacamole. All was sub-par. Could not even eat the potatoes and the vegetables as they were undercooked.

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viprick
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We are friends from Ohio and Alaska and we met here during SWAIA Indian Market, when all restaurants were busy and many were short-staffed. However, we were totally ignored despite being seated close to where the owner was standing. No one said, “I am your server and will be right with you”. In fact, the people at
the table beside us, who came in after us, had drinks and appetizers before we were even acknowledged. It was at least 30 minutes before we got a drink and we were never asked if we wanted a second one. The food was fine, but rather small portions for the price. The restaurant does not serve cocktails, which disappointed us. All in all, not the Santa Fe dining experience we were hoping for.

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vipJoeC
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The restaurant did not meet my expectations that were based on previous diners’ reviews. The location is great - very central. The ambience was nice and felt comfortable and cozy. The service was good as well. The breakdown was in the food. The appetizers were fairly good - the guacamole was good but somewhat plain, and the red cabbage salad was very good - served warm with blue cheese and bacon mixed in. For the entrees, I had the ‘Red Bird Chicken Paillard’. The chicken was pounded flat like milanesa, but was overcooked and a little rubbery and served with a garlicky lemon sauce poured over it. My daughter had ‘Estevan’s Enchilada’ which was billed as being ‘filled with cheese’. She opted to not add chicken and expected a good enchilada without the added meat. Unfortunately, there was minimal cheese filling and she did not enjoy the red chile sauce. She was unable to finish her meal. She did say the zucchini (calabacitas) was good, though.

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DanaB
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Loved the ambience in small quaint atmosphere. Service was good as well. Operator/owner was there and engaging with customers and staff.

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vipBetsy
Atlanta
61 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our terrace table. I had the trout and it was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef stopped by at our table and we had a nice conversation about the restaurant, life in the big city growing up and the tribulations of the last year and half. The food was spectacular best meal of our trip....

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service & great food.

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WolfM
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Disappointed overall. Will not be returning, nothing impressed us aside from the menu descriptions. All downhill after that. Service was OK, liked the server a lot, when he was available. Probably short staffed.

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vipalan
Houston
50 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This was the first time beck in quiet awhile and was very impressed. The service was very good considering it was a Saturday night and crowded

Every one seemed to enjoy their dinner very much. We were not rushed. My only complaint is the rainbow trout that I ordered had quiet a few bones. but very tasty presentation.
We will be back.

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CPTr
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food was great!
Waitstaff was not very experienced. While they meant well I think - they were a little off-putting. Service very rushed. Don't think I would go back except for maybe takeout. It was very pricey....food worth it - ambiance not so much - don't like to eat a $300 meal in 30 minutes.

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vipChrisB
Scot. Islands
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A very nice experience. We hadn't been there for a couple of years, but are eager to return soon. We were greeted at the entry by Estevan himself, given our choice of tables, though the room is rather small and crowded. Our server, Bianey, was outstanding, and we would highly recommend asking for her by name. The food was delicious, my wife's steak was one of the most flavorful she'd had, and my arctic char (a special that evening), was superb, done just right and with a subtle sauce that allowed the natural flavor of the fish to shine.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While visiting town my wife and I were able to get an early reservation. So glad we did! Great food! Excellent service (even better than Geronimo’s). Appetizers were excellent and unique. The caprese salad was very very good. Entrees were also very good. The dessert ice cream was some of the best I’ve ever had, and I LOVE ice cream. Chef was attentive to the restaurant floor and cordial.

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VenusB
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The best Pozole Rojo, sopopllias and flan. Not too impressed with the fish. Great overall. Would go back for these dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best flan I’ve ever had!

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J1243
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was good but not blow your socks off great. For the prices they charge, there are many other restaurants I would choose instead of returning.

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vipFoodieWan
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a world of Geronimo and Coyote Cafe, an easy place to miss. DON'T! A wonderful surprise with great food.

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RyanE
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This restaurant was Terrible. Ambiance was good, we sat on the balcony and it was nice until all the motorcycles decided to start reviving their engines to show off, but strangely it was a tow truck that was so loud it mad Everybody Mad. But that wasn’t the worst part, that was left to the food ~ Yuk. I ordered the quail, it was over cooked and stuck to my teeth, and the vegetables were so under cooked It was raw even the potatoes. So I was hungry a half hour later. The Worst part was the waiter saw I was putting the un-eatable food on a side plate, and I noticed the waiter saw it, but never asked how the food was, Strange. Then I heard the waiter the same waiter behind me ask those patrons if they liked their meal and Purposely Ignored me, never asked me why I wasn’t eating my food, or ask to replace it with eatable food. I gave him a $2.00 dollar tip ~ that says it all…. I told the driver at from my hotel to Never recommend this restaurant- he Thanked me for that info…

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food was subpar and overpriced
Service was slow

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vipFoodie
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For us, Estevan ranks among the top of the list in the very competitive Santa Fe fine dining scene. We dined in a cozy booth that was near the outdoor dining balcony. Our server was outstanding...knowledgable, friendly, attentive, and efficient. The star of our dinner of course was the outstanding food. The menu already met our dietary needs but the fresh, local ingredients with complex and delightful flavor sealed the deal. A must for our next Santa Fe visit.

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Texkendall
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine and service.
It was great to see the chief in the dining room

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SheilaM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Give your self a treat and put Estevans on your schedule. So sweet and quaint. Food is yummy!

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Estevan offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 930-5363.

Estevan is rated 4.3 stars by 654 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.