El Nido

4.5
667 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
SIMPLE INGREDIENTS. HONEST COOKING. FRESH THINKING

OLD. NEW. GOOD.
At El Nido we present exceptional ingredients from farmers we know and trust. This is the point of departure for all our food. Carrying that tradition forward, our menus follow classic Italian cooking with intelligent innovation.
Best-of-season vegetables, wood-fired meats and homemade pastas are the basis of our food and is our reasoned approach to what is succulent and modern.
When you think El Nido, think: elegant, rustic yet refined, honest, delicious food, set in a fine-dining atmosphere without pretense.

Specials

WINE WEDNESDAYS = 1/2 OFF BOTTLES OF WINE!!

Every Wednesday 1/2 Off all bottles of wine at El NIdo!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 10, 2018

Ends: October 11, 2117

Availability: Wed 4:30PM-10:00PM

Wine & Pizza Happy Hour

Enjoy $10 pizzas from our word burning oven and $7 glasses of wine and $5 draft beers 4:30pm - 6pm during the week in the El Nido Bar!!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 8, 2018

Ends: October 9, 2117

Availability: Tue-Fri 4:30PM-6:00PM

What 667 People Are Saying
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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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...

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CH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

First date went great at El Nido. Server, Melissa, was friendly and efficient. Food was well prepared and prompt. Front desk staff was very professional too.

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Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I are regulars at this restaurant for a good reason..it’s a comfortable place with excellent food, good wine list, and very good wait staff. They’re not in your face, yet they don’t treat people like they’re just a number. Friendly, warm atmosphere, no rush kind of place, and makes for a good evening out. Don’t miss it and, yes, it’s well worth the drive.

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T
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spot on from the moment we arrived. Great Service and delicious food.

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T
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! Our servers recommendations were spot on. The food was excellent. A great place for a quiet night to recharge!

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C
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable meal. Wednesday is a good day to go since they have half off bottles of wine and half off pizzas currently. Our shrimp pesto pizza was outstanding, as was the lobster bisque and black sea pasta. Very good service and after dinner amaro was on the house.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great. Service was slow.

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S
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing. I loved my steak and green chile butter oysters.

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SR
New Orleans
37 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go for the pasta and pizzas.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Very good food, had the walnut salad and the butternut squash ravioli. Would go again, service was great.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was friendly & attentive, but a bit slow at times and not up to our expectations. They seemed to be having an off night. There was a snowstorm a night or two before and perhaps less staff?
We returned our mozzarella appetizer to have it heated & it was quite a bit of time until we received it again. The steak meals were very good, however the Chile rellenos dish was like a cheeseball and not really what one might expect. It would have been good to know this in advance of ordering it. The tiramisu was fine, but nothing special.

I don’t think I would return again unless I exhausted other fine dining options in the area. Nothing was particularly memorable about our experience.

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KG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had just about everything on the menu and it's all great!

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BP
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new tradition, I absolutely loved the experience

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BH
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for Christmas Eve dinner, it was a fixed menu as many places were, which is fine. However, ALL of the desserts were boozy which isn’t very mindful of those who do not drink for whatever reason. Ambiance was great, service on point.

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CE
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've dined at El Nido several times over the past year and they always keep us coming back! On 12/24 they offered a lovely fixed menu for $75 per person starting with a choice of Oysters Rockefeller, a salad or a pasta dish. I had oysters, my wife had the pasta, both were excellent. The main course was a choice of prime rib or salmon roulade. My meat was wonderful, medium rare and nicely seasoned.
Unfortunately, my wife's salmon was under-cooked, rare and cool in the center. The salmon was rolled around spinach and ricotta cheese and I think they underestimated the cooking time. The waiter took the salmon back and brought out another one in a few minutes... same problem! They very graciously took my wife's entire meal charge off our bill, which we were not expecting; that was a very classy gesture.
The dessert was wonderful: a big chocolate ball that they pour hot sauce over to melt the chocolate and reveal a scoop of ice cream inside! We'll be back!

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S
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hand been here several times and it’s my top spot in Santa Fe. Lots of good restaurant but this one is a great mix of comfort with refined food. I’m booking for NYE!

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TG
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb atmosphere and staff. They all took time to talk and answer our many questions.

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RK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Making this my new favorite bar! Went for Happy Hour and stayed for a dinner after. Good draught beer selection for $5 during HH. Had a Hot Toddy cocktail after that made with an Italian Amaro and spiced syrup it was recommended and super delicious. Food has been spot on each time I have been, the mozzarella appetizer is amazing and the Buffalo Burger is to die for.

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TW
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come back every time we get to Santa Fe. Great neighborhood gem!

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ES
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great Service!! Cocktails at the bar were excellent. This has become one of our Santa Fe favorites.

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DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an excellent meal here; the food, service, ambience, and decor were all outstanding. I had wagyu beef and my wife had a pasta with bison. We ahread an outstanding beet salad generously supplied with pistachios and an ample, delicious cannoli dessert. Even with 3 glasses of wine the bill was only moderate. I am eager to go back.

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BG
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I went for our Christmas dinner. We've been good friends since elementary school. We picked El Nido because our friend Oscar works there. We were hoping to be seated at one of his tables. We weren't, but we got to visit with him a little while he worked. Also because it had been years for all of us since we went there, we wanted to try someplace new. We all enjoyed our meals very much. Thanks to pi ur super friendly waiter.

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r
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good & local

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S
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately very disappointing meal. Steak was over done and Chile relleno sauce tasted like canned spageetti sauce.

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FD
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love El Nido: the place, the people, the food. All excellent

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TW
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place!

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W
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent wines and sommelier service! Wednesday night has become our go to date for wines and pizzas!

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CJ
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

We have eaten at El Nido several times as we live in Santa Fe and have enjoyed it. We were very disappointed this time on a number of fronts. First, we were seated in the back section of the restaurant next to the manager’s office and the staff kept coming and going through the office door. There was very little ambiance to this room as compared to the rest of the restaurant. Not sure why we had to sit back there as we had made reservations a few days prior. The front room was occupied by a large party but we could have been seated near the bar. My friend ordered the squash ravioli and she could not eat it. Fortunately the waiter was very gracious and we did not have to pay for it. My pasta dish was just average and the tomato sauce did not have much flavor. Our husbands had the pork carnitas which were very delicious.

The most unpleasant thing was a group of 6 sitting next to us got very special attention by the manager and he did not even come over to our table to say hello. And we ordered 2 bottles of wine so we should have at least been acknowledged. With all the choices in Santa Fe, we will likely not be going back to El Nido.

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TV
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Max our server was very attentive and helpful. Handsome server as well. Keep him on your payroll.

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OT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food service wine ambiance!!

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j
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The staff went way out of their way to give good service!

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SF
New Mexico
67 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal with great service this time. Both were missing on our last visit. But I like to keep giving El Nido another chance because I love the ambiance and the menu. They make the best pizza around and their menu is so interesting. I like that. Sometimes we come in for pizza and a glass of wine or beer and sometimes we want some meat and sometimes we want something lighter--just an app. I had the filleto appetizer which was perfect for me as an entree with a salad. Everyone loved their meal and the waiter, Ed gave us the perfect amount of attention. The sommelier and manager, Chris came to our table a couple of times to see how we were. We appreciated that. Plus he gave us a lesson in some wines. Always like talking to someone who knows more than me about wine--which is most people. Good dinner--we will return.

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CM
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal,great service, nice ambiance. Chef even prepared a special dessert for my birthday.

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J
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice evening with great food! The service was excellent with a warm comfortable atmosphere.

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CM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We loved the food and was our second time for thanksgiving at El Nido. Our waiter was so busy and didn’t have the time to stop and engage us. We had to ask for water and refilled our own wine glasses. We love the oysters as well as our main course and the chocolate egg was delicious!

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P
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun dining experience // Chef Cristian is outstanding // Service was spot on // Creative cuisine //

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic restaurant with wonderful service. This is our "go to" place in Santa Fe!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving was amazing - great service great food!

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LC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Went for TG. Second time to El Nido since they re-opened. We booked a party of 6 for 3 couples, but when we arrived, restaurant told us res was only for 2, and they said that often happens with Open Table, getting it wrong; a bit inconvenient on a holiday, but restaurant scrambled to fit us in. Uncomfortably cold and drafty in the back room where stage is, off main dining rooms. We had to ask them multiple times to shut the door to outside. Try to get table in main room where fireplace is, or room with booths and bar. Service was friendly, but waitstaff was busy and overwhelmed and got a few things wrong, bringing bread 40 min after seating, forgetting to bring second glass of wine ordered after 2 reminders, had to cancel it, because we were almost done with meal, when we inquired again after 30 min wait on second glass, also got orders mixed up. All-in-all, food quite good. I would still eat there again at some point, but will try to get into main dining room.

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BF
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner

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