Best Contemporary American Restaurants in Santa Fe

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Best Contemporary American Restaurants in Santa Fe

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GeronimoGeronimo
5227 reviews
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Fusion / Eclectic | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

From the time we arrived it was all wonderful. Romantic & beautiful .......& the Sea Bass & the Elk Tenderloin were excellent! The German Chocolate dessert was like no other & also excellent. The service was excellent as well. 10 stars from us! More

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SazonSazon
1746 reviews
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Latin American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Particularly liked the idea of the mole samples to start the meal and the chef offering different main courses paired with the different moles. We had lamb with the “New Mexican mole”. More

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Coyote CafeCoyote Cafe
2808 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

We consider Coyote Cafe a Santa Fe favorite. That it held a fundraiser for the animal shelter raises my esteem even further. More

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Arroyo VinoArroyo Vino
747 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

From taking your coat at the door to having the host greet you at your table, the service was excellent. Large selection of wine by the bottle and art by local artists displayed throughout the dining room. More

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Radish & RyeRadish & Rye
1025 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Amazing flavors and plating. The Chef and servers are on point....The price tag however is unfortunately a game changer. Table for two with appetizers,main and dessert, pre-fix on NYE with a $70 half bottle of 17' Stags Leap ran $380.00. Had we not dined locally at both Geranimo and The Compund two nights earlier for a fraction of the cost I wouldnt have felt the sting. Just too much for 2 people enjoying a prefix More

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The Bull RingThe Bull Ring
644 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Definitely one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. Would recommend, on the higher end but well worth the price. Actually went back in the same week with a business trip and had the salmon and was also very good. More

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The Compound RestaurantThe Compound Restaurant
2245 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

The Compound serves the best food we’ve eaten in New Mexico. More

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Joseph's Culinary PubJoseph's Culinary Pub
585 reviews
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Continental | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Great food, great wine, great service in a lovely cozy setting. More

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MaizeMaize
293 reviews
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Mexican / Southwestern | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

We shall keep coming back. Regional food prepared well. The atmosphere is lovely and well done in homage to the name, Maize. A perfect place for a special evening or a simple supper. More

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Midtown BistroMidtown Bistro
450 reviews
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American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

We love this restaurant - it's Santa Fe's best hidden gem! More

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EstevanEstevan
339 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Exceptional as always!! one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Fe!!! Love the real fireplace while dining! More

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Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe)Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe)
1201 reviews
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French | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Great experience for our 38th anniversary. Greeted with at taste of bubbly. Started with a dozen oysters - two varieties. Moved on to the 63 degree salad and delicious fresh baked bread (don't do much bread these days so this was a huge treat.) Shared the large lobster ravioli entree and ended with a creme brûlée. Probably the best lobster ravioli and creme brûlée we have had. John gave us impeccable service and was fun to visit with. Kudos to former Austinite Jennifer Day and hubby for investing in such a great place. More

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Trattoria A ManoTrattoria A Mano
383 reviews
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Italian | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Food quality is exceptional. All of the pasta dishes ....wow. You will not be disappointed. The service is really good too. Comparing to Geronimo where the service is out of this world (hence 4 stars not 5). Great small restaurant atmosphere. More

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IzanamiIzanami
861 reviews
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Japanese | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Our neighborhood in Las Dos has voted Izanami one of the top five restaurants along with having THE BEST STAFF IN SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO! More

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El NidoEl Nido
667 reviews
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Contemporary Italian | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

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Absolutely fantastic dining experience! From our greeting with the hostess, the New Mexico 75 cocktail, Melissa our positive and delightful server, the melt in your mouth filet mignon, the slide off the bone lamb shank, and the incredible nest and tiramisu desserts!!! Everything was PERFECT! Thank you... More

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Plaza Cafe SouthsidePlaza Cafe Southside
106 reviews
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Mexican / Southwestern | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

The food is always great and the service attentive and efficient. We will return. More

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Restaurant MartinRestaurant Martin
2423 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Amazing restaurant! We are here twice during our vacation to Santa Fe. Both times were great! Knowledgeable and kind staff, delicious food, and great ambiance. More

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EloisaEloisa
825 reviews
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Southwest | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Great food; best scallops I have had in a long time. Attentive but not intrusive wait staff. More

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Market Steer SteakhouseMarket Steer Steakhouse
77 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Go there just for the bread pudding - amazing - if nothing else. More

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Dinner for TwoDinner for Two
1682 reviews
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Steak | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

I'm certain we'll return again and again. There were a few rough spots in the service, perhaps precipitated by a party of 20 needing constant attention. (Shouldn't restaurants bring in extra staff for these large groups?) Fried chicken: cheapest entree on the menu and the best fried chicken I've ever eaten. Great food and great value! More

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El MesonEl Meson
568 reviews
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Spanish | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Meticulously prepared tapas, wonderful service and great live music. More

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Vinaigrette - Santa FeVinaigrette - Santa Fe
298 reviews
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Organic | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

my go to place for healthy, affordable, creative & contemporary dining in SF More

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L'OlivierL'Olivier
794 reviews
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French | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

We had a lovely meal. It was part of the slow season in Santa Fe and we enjoyed the extra interaction with the staff and owner. More

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Santa Fe Oxygen & Healing Bar - APOTHECARYSanta Fe Oxygen & Healing Bar - APOTHECARY
9 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

I ate there once before and had the Curry Stew which was excellent. This time I ordered the pizza and I was not crazy about it. My friend had a special dish made of Salmon and special sauce and that was delicious. More

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Chez MamouChez Mamou
335 reviews
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French | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

All three of us celebrating our bthdays More

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The Blue Heron @ Sunrise Springs ResortThe Blue Heron @ Sunrise Springs Resort
187 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Outstanding food. Our wait staff was very kind but we received the wrong food, waited so long for cream for the coffee that the coffee had to be sent back and a new cup (the steam and heat from it indicated microwaved....bad form) provided. Our guest ate the food delivered and enjoyed it because waiting again was not a great idea. Our wait staff told us that the kitchen was yelling at her. For what? And did we need to know that? I think more help may be needed for a stunning menu with fair prices and excellent quality. More

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La Plazuela at La Fonda on the PlazaLa Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza
1604 reviews
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Southwest | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Excellent guacamole, rellenos, and enchiladas. Portions were huge. Would have appreciated knowing about half portions before ordering More

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TerraCotta Wine BistroTerraCotta Wine Bistro
1136 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

We never miss the chance to visit when we are in Santa Fe. Always friendly staff, great food and service, cozy and inviting ambience. More

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Gabriel's - Santa FeGabriel's - Santa Fe
718 reviews
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Mexican / Southwestern | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

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

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El FarolEl Farol
1218 reviews
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Spanish | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

We thoroughly enjoyed both the amazing food and the amazing flamenco dancers. Do not miss it! More

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Anasazi RestaurantAnasazi Restaurant
1056 reviews
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Southwest | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Food was really good, place is very nice and cozy, service was excellent More

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Andiamo! A Neighborhood TrattoriaAndiamo! A Neighborhood Trattoria
2058 reviews
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Italian | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Love this neighborhood restaurant. We go there quite often. Always a great experience. More

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Osteria D' AssisiOsteria D' Assisi
1292 reviews
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Italian | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

We ate early and were not bothered to rush. Good food and good service. More

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315 Restaurant & Wine Bar315 Restaurant & Wine Bar
1013 reviews
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French | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Wonderful food and great half price bottles of wine on Tueadays More

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La Casa SenaLa Casa Sena
1691 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Quiet, convenient, excellent service, excellent food and wine. More

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Amaya at Hotel Santa FeAmaya at Hotel Santa Fe
92 reviews
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American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

I love the atmosphere of this restaurant in the winter with the cozy fireplace and the Christmas light. The food is wholesome native American, the elk is well prepared in a traditional native way. More

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Terra @ Four Seasons Resort Rancho EncantadoTerra @ Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
539 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Off the charts excellence. Dining was extraordinary, service warm but professional. The beef tenderloin with root veggies was a culinary delight comparable to any of the finest restaurants on the planet. More

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Santacafe - Santa FeSantacafe - Santa Fe
1160 reviews
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American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Love this place! Always a warm welcome. Delicious Creative food More

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Il PiattoIl Piatto
1623 reviews
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Italian | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Much to my surprise Il Piatto delivered a delicious meal. It was a great improvement over the meal I had a couple of years ago. The prix fixe menu is a very good value. I had grilled calamari with fennel salad and branzino with sautéed arugula. Both we excellent. Not a fishy morsel to be found in either dish. Desserts were on the simple side, . With a formidable chocolate mousse and panda cotta as two of the choices. More

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Luminaria Restaurant & PatioLuminaria Restaurant & Patio
1278 reviews
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American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

With all the awesome dining choices in this town, the competition is tough. Luminaria, though, really stands out. Incredible food and service from beginning to end in a beautiful environment. Our only regret is not trying it sooner. More

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Bourbon GrillBourbon Grill
54 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

I took a friend here for dinner on his birthday, December 19th. I had done the same thing last year. Food was very good, even though the spinach appetizer arrived barely warm. I have to say that I was disappointed that there were next to no holiday decorations--just some tucked in a corner. Last year the dining room was tastefully appointed with garlands and white lights. It felt festive and lovely. Please, let's not take political correctness to an extreme. It should NOT be the case that: if not everyone can, or wants to, celebrate Christmas, then no one should. Bring back some nice, tasteful decorations. We were looking forward to that as much as the meal. So, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. More

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Red Sage RestaurantRed Sage Restaurant
356 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Exceptional food, close to home, outstanding service! Relaxing environment, great wine selection. More

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Julia – A Spirited Restaurant & BarJulia – A Spirited Restaurant & Bar
241 reviews
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American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Had a great breakfast at Julia's - we stayed at the La Posada de Santa Fe, so it was an easy morning option before a day of exploring in Santa Fe. The waitstaff were attentive, the menu options were good, and our food was tasty - we had the Eggs & Avocado, and the Classic Breakfast. The green chili sauce was tasty as well. More

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AgaveAgave
584 reviews
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Lounge | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

The food and service were great. We did have a problem with front of house. Two people joined us unexpectedly at our 5 p.m. reservation. Although the restaurant was deserted at that hour -- only three or four tables -- the staff would not seat us immediately at a four top table, and wanted us in a booth, which does not fit me. When we pointed to a table next to the booth, we were told we could not have that. That table remained empty the entire time we were at dinner. So I was squeezed uncomfortably into a booth. More

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Cottonwood KitchenCottonwood Kitchen
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Featuring an inspired menu and welcoming environment, with an exhibition kitchen, ample lounge and bar area overlooking the casino floor, and a 75-seat outdoor patio – Cottonwood Kitchen is sure to impress.

Its open concept and variety of seating options make it easy to transition from playing your favorite slots or table game, to enjoying your favorite meal or drink. And our staff is dedicated to ensuring your every need is met.

Experience another level of dining by reserving your spot today.More

The BeestroThe Beestro
6 reviews
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French | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

A flawless new years meal. Staff and food were flawless. More

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VanessieVanessie
288 reviews
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Continental | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

We hadn’t been to Vanessie’s in quite a few years and were pleasantly surprised. Service attentive and the new menu appealing. From the lamb chops to sole to beef ribs with pasta— everyone enjoyed their entree. Beet salads were great! We had the pot de creme and even though I wouldn’t classify it as a classic it was excellent. More

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Red Lobster - Santa FeRed Lobster - Santa Fe
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Seafood | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Red Lobster welcomes you by offering PRIORITY SEATING to reduce your wait time in the restaurant, so you can spend more time doing the things you love. Or, come enjoy a drink at our bar and a Tasting Plate while you wait. Red Lobster is the world's largest and most loved seafood restaurant company, offering high quality, freshly-prepared seafood, sourced in a way that is traceable, sustainable and responsible. We offer lunch and dinner daily, featuring classics like our Ultimate Feast®, Garlic Shrimp Scampi and Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, and feature limited time flavors and preparations during events like Lobsterfest®, Crabfest® and Endless Shrimp®. And, who can resist our famous warm and cheesy Cheddar Bay Biscuits®? To learn more visit www.redlobster.comMore

Santa Fe Diners' Choice Winners

Santa Fe's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
GeronimoGeronimo
5227 reviews
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Fusion / Eclectic | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

From the time we arrived it was all wonderful. Romantic & beautiful .......& the Sea Bass & the Elk Tenderloin were excellent! The German Chocolate dessert was like no other & also excellent. The service was excellent as well. 10 stars from us! More

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Arroyo VinoArroyo Vino
747 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

From taking your coat at the door to having the host greet you at your table, the service was excellent. Large selection of wine by the bottle and art by local artists displayed throughout the dining room. More

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Coyote CafeCoyote Cafe
2808 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

We consider Coyote Cafe a Santa Fe favorite. That it held a fundraiser for the animal shelter raises my esteem even further. More

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SazonSazon
1746 reviews
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Latin American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Particularly liked the idea of the mole samples to start the meal and the chef offering different main courses paired with the different moles. We had lamb with the “New Mexican mole”. More

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The Bull RingThe Bull Ring
644 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Definitely one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. Would recommend, on the higher end but well worth the price. Actually went back in the same week with a business trip and had the salmon and was also very good. More

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Radish & RyeRadish & Rye
1025 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Amazing flavors and plating. The Chef and servers are on point....The price tag however is unfortunately a game changer. Table for two with appetizers,main and dessert, pre-fix on NYE with a $70 half bottle of 17' Stags Leap ran $380.00. Had we not dined locally at both Geranimo and The Compund two nights earlier for a fraction of the cost I wouldnt have felt the sting. Just too much for 2 people enjoying a prefix More

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Trattoria A ManoTrattoria A Mano
383 reviews
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Italian | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Food quality is exceptional. All of the pasta dishes ....wow. You will not be disappointed. The service is really good too. Comparing to Geronimo where the service is out of this world (hence 4 stars not 5). Great small restaurant atmosphere. More

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The Compound RestaurantThe Compound Restaurant
2245 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

The Compound serves the best food we’ve eaten in New Mexico. More

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Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe)Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe)
1201 reviews
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French | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Great experience for our 38th anniversary. Greeted with at taste of bubbly. Started with a dozen oysters - two varieties. Moved on to the 63 degree salad and delicious fresh baked bread (don't do much bread these days so this was a huge treat.) Shared the large lobster ravioli entree and ended with a creme brûlée. Probably the best lobster ravioli and creme brûlée we have had. John gave us impeccable service and was fun to visit with. Kudos to former Austinite Jennifer Day and hubby for investing in such a great place. More

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IzanamiIzanami
861 reviews
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Japanese | Santa Fe, Santa Fe / Mountains

Our neighborhood in Las Dos has voted Izanami one of the top five restaurants along with having THE BEST STAFF IN SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO! More

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