Gabriel's - Santa Fe

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$30 and under
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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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OT
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my birthday and had a great time, not sure why we don't come more often. The service is great, the food is amaizing and can't stop singing all the great Mexican music in the background.

DJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not worth a drive out of town. Doubt if I would go back even if it were close by; lots of much better options in Santa Fe.

KS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The food was good, but the place where we were seated next to a table of 8 very loud people made it not an enjoyable location for a date night. I had requested in my reservation to be seated on the patio if the weather was okay and the patio wasn't open. Also, I did specify that the occasion was for a date night, but my husband and I had to shout at each other across the table like we were in a bar or at a ball game. There wasn't enough spacing of time between the appetizer and the entree. Not a very enjoyable night for a ticket cost of over $80 for two people.

GK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

They seemed not to know we had a reservation. Never offered a refill on water, my only beverage. Food was yummy. Far too noisy.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ABQ was crazy busy with Balloon Fiesta people. Decided to drive up to Santa Fe to dine at Gabriel’s. Glad we did. Table side guacamole is a must, the Seafood Fajitas wonderful, as well as the Fish Tacos. During our vacation, we have eaten at Gabriel’s 3 times, we like it that much.

BB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks so much, we had dinner at Gabriel’s three times when we were in Santa Fe for a short visit . . . it was always a wonderful experience! Can’t wait to come back!

k
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the setting was beautiful and the service was excellent. Sergio was especially attentive to our party of 4, and the young man who prepared our table-side guacamole was friendly and did a great job. I'm already looking forward to our next visit.

TR
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The woman who greeted us simply stared. No “hello”, no smile, nothing. So I had to greet her instead, and tell her we had a reservation.
The waiter pushed me to get a pricier margarita, instead of the house margarita, which I asked for.

The guacamole at the table was excellent, best part of the meal.

We met at Gabriel’s many years ago with friends before the opera, and it was simply wonderful.
This time, not so much.
You might think about training the greeter.

O
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

It didn’t not seem that any of the wait staff was assigned to our table. We waited for long periods of time for our drinks, our order to be taken, and for the check. I will say the food (once we received it after an hour of sitting around) was delicious, but the poor service dampened whatever appetite I had. I will not be returning.

r
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a fun time!

j
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

This was a big disappointment. While the write up by the restaurant talks about the chef being a James Beard contender that was years ago and the food was simply bland and what you would expect from a chain.

The staff was lovely and it was apparent it was a local favorite...but there is not much in the area as competition.

It was also far out of town and I could not get an Uber back, something to consider if you decide to try the place.

OT
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’d eat at Gabriel’s every night if we could! The variety on the menu is amazing, and my 2 favorites are Enchiladas Verduras and Carnitas. The ambiance is delightful, and we prefer to eat outside with the fountain burbling away.

LB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service, the atmosphere were all wonderful. I am a vegan and my husband is a vegetarian and the menu had a section for vegetarian items. I just had them leave off the dairy on mine and it was great. It was our 37th anniversary celebration and I would recommend Gabriel's to anyone. We will definitely be going back!

e
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic and everyone had a very enjoyable meal. Definitely recommend the guacamole prepared at the table. That's always a favorite.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

We were seated at our reservation time. The waiter brought water but never returned! We were going to order a cocktail and guacamole, but left after 20 minutes. The waiter passed by numerous times and not once said he would be with us in a minute. We all had a good experience last time we dined here but it had been a couple years! Gabriel’s lost 4 customers.

OT
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love to eat at Gabriel’s every time we are in Santa Fe! Food is great and when weather permits we love to eat on the patio! The service has always been exceptional as well. Can’t wait to visit you again.

PS
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience every time!!!

HG
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

So the food was good even though a little pricey, but I asked for a refill on my tea and the kid forgot to bring it. If I go back I am going to bring it up to you right away. Why, I am curious, don't we get sopaipillas with our plate right away? I like 'em and I think it's a great touch.

CM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed sitting on the patio for lunch. The service was attentive and the food good.

OT
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The marinated pork was out of this world! Sauce was tangy, and pork was lean and tender.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our Anniversary and the staff made it very special.

LJ
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites! Great fresh, quality food! Beautiful patio for outdoor dining...feels like being in Old Mexico. Fajitas and tableside guacamole are the best!

m
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was very good but poor service. Server took our order and never came back. I had to chase him and others for drink refills and finally the check.

S
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We heard that it can be long wait so we dined early. About 15 minute drive from downtown Santa Fe, beautiful setting just off the freeway. Good variety of Mexican favorites along with the not to be missed tableside guacamole .
Service was good and friendly.

b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and have been going to Gabriel's for about 15 years every time we are in Santa Fe. We love this place and probably our favorite Mexican restaurant in the Santa Fe area. Outstanding table side made-to-order guacamole. Great food with lots of choices. Outside seating is excellent and even has a good view.

D
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had a long standing reservation. We had four handicapped people in our group. When we arrived on time they refused to get our table ready and left the handicapped people standing in a great deal of pain. They were extremely rude and uncooperative. Do not recommend at all!

AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Queso is some of the best I have ever had. Tamale was exceptional. The chicken with the chicken fajitas was a little bland. Not much flavor. John the waiter was on top of his game. Very helpful and attentive.

GK
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was not the best. No mention was made of our special occasion (anniversary) although I clicked it when I made the reservation.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely place. Nice atmosphere. Food wonderful. Try the Silver Margarita. It’s the best!

TB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, authentic southwestern food, attentive staff and a comfortable atmosphere.

G
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good-service was very slow.

CB
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The table side guacamole is outstanding, and a must! Chimichangas were really good. This is a quaint out of the way place that is a favorite of locals. Good food, generous portions, great value.

J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are visiting from Arizona and Gabriel's was recommended by a Santa Fe friend. It was truly outstanding. Sat outside on the lovely patio, service was great, margaritas terrific and each of the 4 of us had something different and all dishes were outstanding. And the table side guacamole, to die for. Such a delightful way to spend a summer afternoon. Go try this place - you will be delighted!!

L
New Mexico
53 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with girlfriends and EVERYTHING was DELICIOUS and FUN👍

N
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been to Gabriels twice and I enjoy the food but it doesn’t rise to the level of excellent. My chile relents were over cooked and I couldn’t taste the chiles. My previous visit was much better.

5
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 5

Middle of the road food and service. Not worth drive from Santa Fe. Much better restaurants in town. Great ambiance and guacamole made tables side the only pluses.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Gabriel’s is one of our favorite restaurants in the Santa Fe area. I’m not a vegetarian, but I really enjoyed their vegetarian fajitas. We were there on Indian Market weekend, and there was a large crowd of people without reservations, but with reservations we were seated promptly. Service was prompt, and we very much enjoyed our meals. The tableside guacamole preparation is exceptional.

V
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Flies were numerous and persistent; please invest in fly control.
Seafood enchiladas were overcooked; corn tortillas were excellent.

JT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants for authentic New Mexico food. We loved the food and the location is beautiful. When the weather permits, the outside seating is lovely. The drive from Santa Fe isn't too bad and it is well worth it for the excellent food.

RO
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Waited to get seated, no one approached us even though there were plenty of staff all around us. Frustrating.

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