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El Nido, Santa Fe, NM

El Nido

4.7
4.7
1769 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
SIMPLE INGREDIENTS. HONEST COOKING. UNPARALLELED AMBIANCE. At El Nido we present exceptional ingredients from sources we know and trust. Our menu follows classic cooking with intelligent innovation. Wood-fired pizza, steaks and seafood cooked on the Argentine grill along with homemade pastas are the basis for our food. Our seasonal craft cocktails and Sommelier procured wine list compliment our diverse selections.
With many options we are sure you will find amazing ambiance in this historic building. You can enjoy the relaxed vibe of the Zozobra Bar or dine al fresco on our beautiful covered patio during the temperate Santa Fe summers. In the colder months you can keep warm and enjoy one of three fireplaces in our dining rooms, or dine at our Chef's Counter and view our open flame grilling. Something for everyone. We hope to see you soon, come relax and enjoy the best hospitality and ambiance in Tesuque!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 954-1272

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Ziggy

  • Private party facilities

    We have multiple areas to host your special occasion or event. From cocktail receptions, to business meetings and weddings. Private rooms available. Call for details (505) 954-1272

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Parking details

    Parking at rear of restaurant in private lot or along the street if full.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Christmas Eve at Historic El Nido

    $110.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Come and enjoy Christmas Eve at Historic El Nido. Let our fires and traditional holiday flavors warm you and your family this Christmas Eve. We are excited to offer a Special Three Course Pre Fixe Menu for you and your loved ones. There will be several options of appetizers, entrees and desserts to choose from. $110.00 plus tax and gratuity. A credit card will be requested to hold your reservation. We look forward to seeing you!
  • A Sparkling El Nido New Years Eve

    $135.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Come enjoy a New Year's Eve at Historic El Nido. Let our fires and traditional holiday flavors warm you and your family this New Years Eve. We are excited to offer a special Three Course Pre Fixe Menu for you and your loved ones. There will be several options of appetizers, entrees and desserts to choose from. We will be offering additional wine pairing and caviar service. A credit card will be requested to hold your reservation. Please reserve soon to secure your table. We look forward to seeing you!

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What 1,769 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Service

  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Service

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Value

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  1. L

    Lucysmom

    New York Area

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening! Greeted so welcoming by Janine. Had a wonderful server, Miguel. Food was delicious- fabulous flavors and ambience was perfect. Will definitely return; already made reservation.
  2. T

    Tony

    New Mexico

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Nido is absolutely one of our go to for a consistent and amazing experience. The food was excellent and the service was stellar! Truly, if you haven’t been, you must add it to your list of amazing restaurants.
  3. WP

    WilliamP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at El Nido. Easy reservation process and quick seating. Although our reservation was late in the day, all the food choices were still available. Appetizer (crab cake), traditional turkey dinner and chocolate cake were all perfect. It has been years since the last time we ate at El Nido; and we'll be returning!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving Dinner. Checked all the boxes! Felt like dining with one big family.
  5. CM

    CathyM

    New Mexico

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    This was the thanksgiving menu. The service was excellent, as well as, the ambience. The spoof was spotty. The mushroom bisque was excellent. The Turkey dinner was good but not outstanding. Dry dressing and bland potatoes. The lamb shank was tough. They did exchange it and the second was better. The Apple strudel was dry. Oh pin pie was good. Definitely a mixed bag but I would return, just not for thanksgiving. Wonderful service.
  6. SS

    SteveS

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  7. NS

    NancyS

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  8. LL

    LynnL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner looked and tasted terrific. I enjoyed my meal very much
  9. KH

    KevinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been here a half dozen times and it’s always a wonderful experience. Great food
  10. LF

    LaraF

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal! We’ve been coming to SF for 10 years and found El Nido by luck and so glad we did! Miguel was an outstanding server and Jeannine, the GM, went above and beyond sharing the history of the restaurant with us, which we loved! The staff was very attentive and made excellent recommendations! Not pictured the Burrata Caprese and the special Butternut Squash soup - another recommendation that exceeded our expectations! We can’t wait to bring our family over the holidays!
  11. B

    Billy

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place! Had a great dinner at the bar. Returning from FL after 10 years. We like what the new owners and staff have done with the place. Almost nothing that is! Excellent food and presentation…
  12. S

    Strider

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Nido never disappoints. It is a place we always have dinner when we come into town, which is often. The ambience is embracing and the service top notch. We love the food selection and every dish and cocktail is delicious. We like sitting in a booth in the bar area best.
  13. BG

    BeckyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant manager is outstanding. She handled an extremely delicate situation with finesse, calm and positive assurances and delivered beyond what we imagined she could do. Also, the food was delicious and under difficult serving issues, service was excellent. This was the highest quality management and service I have ever witnessed. Strongly recommend this charming and well managed place for a very positive dining experience.
  14. DS

    DeniseS

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service. Everything was perfect!
  15. A

    Aaaa

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is nicely done Service great Beautiful restaurant
  16. L

    Laa88

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived a few minutes late, didn’t matter. We were seated immediately. Our waitress was very nice, friendly, and attentive. Returned several times to make sure everything was ok. The food was outstanding!! We had the bread basket and the burratta caprice to start, excellent. Two of us had steaks, 1 the NY strip the other was the filet and empanada. Cooked perfectly as ordered. One the bison short ribs, and the vegetarian stuffed pablano. All of us were thoroughly impressed with our meals. The cocktails were also superb! This was our first visit, I’m positive we will be returning to El Nido.
  17. s

    scottiecraig

    Phoenix

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food in a charming, welcoming environment. Staff was friendly and efficient, our server, Nick, was always there when we needed him. We split the special salad, shaved Brussels sprouts, big enough for two, then had the trout and the bison short ribs. Both were savory and flavorful, portions were more than adequate but not overly generous. The menu is small, there's not a whole lot of choice. We wished that their menu had included more items appropriate to fall, they were still serving chilled corn soup on a day with snow showers. Great looking bar, drinks and wine are rather expensive. The place is a local institution.
  18. S

    Sandy

    New Orleans

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and food. Thanks for a great dinner.
  19. M

    Matancero

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and wonderful ambience. A Santa Fe treasure.
  20. D

    David

    San Antonio

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Linguine and Clams was amazing. Great service and food was awesome.
  21. JT

    JeanetteT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Thank goodness for GPS! Darkest roads I ever saw. But a reward at the end.
  22. A

    Arby1

    New Mexico

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although Superstar Manager Jeanine was out sick, her team was still firing on all cylinders! Leslie, our server, was as attentive and prompt as always. We tried a couple specials, soup and paella, both were fantastic. We'll be back!
  23. j

    joyceb

    Greensboro

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A charming restaurant, on the outskirts of Santa Fe, was incredible, as was the wait staff. Don’t miss this gem!
  24. TM

    TrishM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    The food wasn’t the best. Overpriced and atmosphere was a dark . Won’t go back !
  25. MM

    MaryM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat to go to El Nido. Atmosphere and food are delightful.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic evening from start to finish. Great cocktails. Paella special was very delicious. Our server Nick was attentive. Finished it off with an Espresso Martini for dessert. So Yummy.
  27. J

    Jimmy

    New Mexico

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. The service and food was as good as ever.
  28. PO

    PlanOgirl

    Dallas

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Entrees were terrible. Worse meal we have eaten in the six years we have lived in Santa Fe. The pasta was clumpy all stuck together and fish entree tasted extremely fishy. The cost of the meal was no where near the quality.
  29. RB

    RickyBoy

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we go to El Nido, we try something new and we have yet to be disappointed. great food...great staff...great building.
  30. VP

    VinceP

    New Mexico

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Appetizers were good, food was good, and service was good. Did not really like the margaritas, but I'll be going back.
  31. CH

    CyndiH

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place to have a good meal
  32. JZ

    JamesZ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb dining experience. Location and space are quintessentially New Mexican.
  33. B

    Biscotti

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. The menu has a wide variety of items from pizza to gourmet, something for everyone's palate. At our table we ordered the limoncello chicken, the stuffed chile relleno, stuffed artichokes, caprese burrata and splurged on the bread basket and chick peas. Each item was outstanding. We enjoyed the bartender's whiskey sour which was like a pisco sour and it was yummy. We would definitely return to El Nido. Our servers were very efficient (Jackie & Sophie) and friendly. Our reservation was ready for us (another plus).
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place not only had great food, but excellent service! It’s gorgeous on the inside and has a very relaxing feel. It’s a super nice atmosphere the staff was so welcoming and nice. I had to bring my young daughter a d they were so nice to her. She loved it! But this is definitely a date night/special occasion place that’s tucked away in a very scenic location. I would highly recommend.
  35. KN

    KarenN

    St. Louis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! The atmosphere was spectacular yet comfortable. Best dining experience so far during our trip to Santa Fe!
  36. BG

    BreuklynGrrrl

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fire roasted yumminess; nice range of apps & entrees (veg, fish, meat) at a few price points; excellent selection of mezcal & tequilas; strong cocktail and wine list. Terrific location just outside of Santa Fe proper ..feels like a destination, but only takes 15 minutes to get there from The Plaza. Attentive, genuinely friendly service. Spacious; great patio if you prefer outdoors. Highly recommended.
  37. K

    Karla

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parking becomes a bit of a problem on busy weekends
  38. SW

    StanW

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambiance. One of our favorite restaurants
  39. P

    Preston

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb was absolutely stunning 😍. We both are every single bite and enjoyed the entire meal from drinks to dessert.
  40. R

    Rainey

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Very poor service as we probably had a new hire as a waitress. Our Spinach order was redone completely and still not to anyone's liking. We ordered steaks for 3 people and they couldn't get the order correct. Two plates were sent back for being undercooked. The rare was not even cooked at all. The medium rare was rare- The well done was medium- This place needs to get their act together or they will loose many local customers like me

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from El Nido using the Order Online button. El Nido also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 954-1272.

El Nido is rated 4.7 stars by 1769 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for El Nido

1577 Bishop's Lodge Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87506

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking at rear of restaurant in private lot or along the street if full.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Ziggy

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (505) 954-1272

  • Private party facilities

    We have multiple areas to host your special occasion or event. From cocktail receptions, to business meetings and weddings. Private rooms available. Call for details (505) 954-1272

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