Gabriel's - Santa Fe

4.3
751 reviews
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Mexican / Southwestern
Five minutes north of the Opera on Hwy 285, savor the cuisine of the Southwest and Old Mexico at the eatery Zagat labels "one of America's top restaurants, a true Mexican classic, rated excellent in all categories." Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with a spectacular mountain view. Inside, the thick adobe walls and kiva fireplaces create a cozy, romantic atmosphere. Featuring guacamole made fresh at your table, renowned margaritas, authentic Mexican cuisine and handmade corn tortillas. Lunch and dinner served daily.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant. Food, service always excellent. Keep up the goid work!

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RB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

For authentic New Mexican food at a reasonable price, this is the place. It was a bit of a drive but worth it. We all felt like we ate too much, but it was nice to try and experience!

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've never even heard of this place,and I've been by there so many times..one of my friends from Santa fe recommended we go there,but we live in south Albuquerque wich is quite a drive just to go out for a new experience,anyway my wife,son,and I decided tomake d trip....Woooow..its all worth it,my wife was amazed,d food is incredible ,service was extraordinary..everyone treated us with with do respect...we're from cuauhtemoc chihuahua, and really enjoyed our dinner,we're telling lots of people about Gabriel's and great experience we had...a big applause to everyone there..we'll see you again....Raul -505-203-3931

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A
Houston
68 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Average Mexican food. Very noisy. Not worth a drive from Santa Fe.

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TL
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food we ordered had no chili taste and the food did not meet my expectations. I expected more of a southwest flavor but found that the dishes were quite bland.

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W
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Gabriel's food is always great. However, on this visit they first tried to seat us directly in front of the Ladie's room. They quickly reseated us, but the noise level really prohibited conversation. In warmer weather on the Patio it is much more relaxing.

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BF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gabriel's is my tried and true. It's not all fussy and while it's always busy it never feels frantic. It just feels authentic and I think in at least 20 years I had only one mishap which was we had reservations for a larger group (I think it was maybe 8) and they didn't seem to have us down. But we opted to put tables together in the bar and it was wonderful as always. I've been back 2-3 times since then and it has been perfect. It is moderately priced but has the feel of a fine restaurant in Old Mexico for special nights.

The tableside guac is to die for. The main dishes are good - not too hot and not too bland. They never rush you and the service is unobtrusive but enough. Sometimes I hear people sneer about Gabriel's in favor of some of Santa Fe's wildly expensive and highly over-rated and sometimes snooty newer establishments. I love Gabriel's and remain loyal for special occasions or just because. I'm looking forward to another summer of dinners on the patio before the opera!

Inside, my tip is the tables in the bar. The larger rooms can be noisier because it's usually full. Opt for a corner in the bar - quiet, intimate, and wonderful between the fireplace and the window.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Gabriel’s is always a nice experience.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This night was a work function for some people from/outside of NM.
1. It was so easy and convenient to reserve on open table
2. it was so easy to leave notes to the restaurant
3. they were so accommodating for out group of 10
4. the split the checks without any problems
5. considering our group, the food all came out correct and still hot
6. they didn't rush us to leave or rush us to check out
7. they were attentive the whole night
8. best part, one person had a birthday and they did a great job of helping celebrate

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DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good classic mexican, posole, guac, carnitas.

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AR
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was underwhelming. Nothing was ‘bad’ but nothing was ‘good’ either. Staff was working hard and attentive.

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RM
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very well run. Great service and food. A bit dated, but overall nice experience.

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r
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It took ten minutes for anyone to come to our table. We had no water or waiter even in the room. We had a back room that was very sterile and more or less neglected at times.

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ER
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is fresh and delicious. I ordered a vegetarian Mexican plate that was very tasty. The magarita's are amazing! Wait staff was very attentive and even sang Las Mananitas to my fiance to celebrate his birthday. FUN!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was great and our server Pedro was very attentive.

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PK
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reservations recommended. Gets crowded. Ribs were amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been all over the country and much of the world, and I love food. My mariscos fajitas dinner was in the top 10 of any meal I’ve ever had anywhere. Seriously. I just ate the rest of it for supper — cold. It was that good. And we didn’t even get to see Cormac McCarthy. Maybe next time.

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FD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Food tasted like a Mexican food from the east coast

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fast friendly service food is fresh and hot. Get the guac

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic guacamole!

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MK
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

No reason to make a reservation, ours was for 7:00 pm seated at 7:30, walk-in were seated before us. Great chips and salsa, my enchiladas were good, my wife fajitas poor quality. Good waiter, but help sweeping us large amount of trash into our dining area during dinner, unacceptable!

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JO
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best trained staff I’ve ever seen. Thoroughly professional and polite. Great food on a distinct menu.

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CK
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Enchiladas and refried beans were great. Guacamole made tableside was good. Waiter was slow

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I am a Native New Mexican and this has been one of my family's favorite local places for decades. The night we went was the worst I have ever had there. The service was rushed, the food was way below expectations. The guac is always great, but was so rushed and like an assembly line. They were not busy, that night, but we felt rushed to order, to eat, and to leave. The worst part was that the red chile, my personal favorite was thin and runny with no flavor. It was clear with bits of red in it. I had my favorite, a Relleno, Christmas. It was mushy. Almost inedible. There was no heat, no spice. What happened? This is a place we go to for birthdays, before the opera, or to bring out of town guests, to brag on the beauty of the area and the amazing food. Now, I might send people for only guac and margaritas, but skip the food. Please, Gabriel's! Go back to what makes you great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Valentine’s Day

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JM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in Sante Fe. We always go here when we come to town.

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JO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved that we walked in and out on one of the busiest days Valentines Day! The flow of the customers were just going in and out very organized!! Food and Service were
excellent!!

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PH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reserved a table for 2 on Valentines and were able to get one at 7pm! We were seated promptly and quickly had a pitcher of margaritas. The Shrimp and steak fajitas were very good as was the table side quac.

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WO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to Gabriel’s every time we are in Santa Fe-a must do for our family. Our experience is always outstanding.

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TH
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience for Valentine’s Day night out had reservations and were placed by table next to kiva with fire going, really enjoyed the ambiance. Waite staff very professional and efficient. Food and drinks were excellent.

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Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love eating at Gabriels. The noise level was because there were birthday celebrations going on throughout the restaurant. Awesome food and service!!!

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P
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food had no flavor, service was poor and disappointing. When our checks were brought to the table, our server asked if we were interested in dessert. Our payment booklet was picked up but not returned. I then asked our server for my change, got a weird look from him and received my change after about 10 minutes, which happened to be the last time he came to our table. We had to ask for refills on our water from an employee that was clearing a table next to ours. For as many times as we have dined at Gabriel’s, this is by far the worst experience we have EVER encountered.

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DV
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think Gabriel's is one of Santa Fe's great eating establishments. The food is wonderful. The fireplaces make a cold winter's night cozy. Great servers. I mean GREAT wait staff. We always have fun at Gabriel's. Best guacamole around, awesome prickly pear margarita. I have loved every meal I have ordered there. I highly recommend Gabriel's!

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KS
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and perfectly prepared and presented. Lovely restaurant.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration for my husband, party of 4. Excellent as always!!

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BP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Our table was forgotten about for about 30 minutes- but other than that it was great. Food Is always awesome here. The side table guacamole is expensive for only two avocados but it’s great!

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have enjoyed Gabriel’s for many years. It’s not the fanciest meal, it’s good solid New Mexican fare, well done. I dream about the Guacamole Cart every time I drive past G’s, the cart is a must. The outdoor seating is very nice, the margaritas are spritely and the service is super friendly. I recommend Gabriel’s.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t have picked a better place to have a New Year’s Eve dinner! Happy 2019!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service! The guacamole was some of the best!

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C
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Not as advertised! And don’t bother making a reservation because they don’t honor them! Because I spoke up they stuck my party way in the back with very little attention! The food was ‘so-so’ and all of my guests were very unimpressed. My wife’s salad was very soggy she threw more than half the lettuce away. My plate was not that good- I had the combination taco, enchilada & tamale. You would think they would have gotten at least one of the three right????
I would pass this place by!

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