El Nido

4.6
1430 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. Something for everyone. We hope to see you soon, come relax and enjoy the best hospitality and ambiance in Tesuque!
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto Moya enjoyed his 89th birthday.
Great food and drinks.
More than friendly staff and atmosphere.
Will definitely return!!

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vipMike
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy coming back to this neighborhood gem.

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Lori
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was perfect except it was freezing in the bar. Once we alerted the staff they turned up the heat. Next time we will ask to be near the fireplace. Loved the Christmas lights and farolitos.

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FedericoC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a spectacular dinner for four. Every dish was delicious.

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BeckyU
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb and served at a no-pressure pace. Staff was attentive, but not hovering. Beautiful art on the walls and a pinon fire for the perfect ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was lovely. Great food and the service was excellent. Love the atmosphere.

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Hershey
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was excellent. Only issue was our table was last to get started with appetizers even though we arrived and ordered well before two other tables that were served first. After we mentioned this to the manager, the rest of the evening was smooth.

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KateH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and an inviting environment. Highly recommend.

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cbsfnm
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really fine, but the people were the most impressive part of the experience. Although the restaurant was full, everyone spoke clearly and calmly with me and did not act as though they were anxious to move on to the next task. In my fairly extensive restaurant experience in the USA and Europe and even Japan, that is rather uncommon and really enhances the experience greatly. Don't miss it !

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HappyFoodie
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very pleasant Thanksgiving dinner. The food was very good and all the staff very helpful and friendly. The atmosphere in the bar area was especially nice. Plus it seemed very reasonably priced for a 4 course menu.

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JJfromtheBay
New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner! Easy parking, beautiful space, great service! Highly recommend.

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MarinaM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious & the service fabulous. We were impressed by how well the meal was paced. This was our first visit and we hope to return in the future.

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Deena
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Nido provided a wonderful Thanksgiving experience for my friend and I. The fireplace was going, it was warm, the ambiance was friendly, attentive, and the staff was enthusiastic, positive and friendly. We were seated where we requested, against a wall by the fireplace, which made for the privacy we like but enough activity in the room we were in to see other diners also enjoying their experiences. Thank you to the chef for providing a dairy free dish for me (I ordered the Branzino), and the courses were appropriately proportioned and beautifully-presented. Thank you again!

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cbtex
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Nido is a short drive from Santa Fe and well worth it. Restaurant is warm with fireplaces and small and larger rooms. Food (Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu) was well prepared and presented. Mushroom Soup with truffle oil had the texture of silk and absolutely was the best I've had. We were too stuffed and had to take dessert home for later. We started with craft cocktails and they we ample and well-prepared.
Service from the hostess desk to wait staff was impeccable. Even though it was a holiday, service was not rushed and all the staff was friendly and there to please. Call out to Miguel our main server, but others were equally as attentive. We will be back to try their varied food offerings.

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Scott
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb. The waitstaff (all staff actually) were upbeat, and the service was impeccable (better than the Oak Room in NYC) . Excellent wine list. I first went to El Nido in 1973 when it had a small dance floor. It changed hands along the way and then failed. It was closed for a few years after that. When we saw that it was re-opening under new management I held my breath but it has a magnificent new life. Now includes Japanese fare. We went on Thanksgiving, but even that menu was both traditional and diverse. The day-to-day menu leans toward Italian, but there's lots to choose from - including surf and turf!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch. Great professional service. Beautiful atmosphere and drive.

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Annem
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for Thanksgiving at one of our favorite restaurants. Terrific service and menu. Our compliments to the Chef.

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ToniW
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience3

For years El Nido has been our go to special occasion location. We actually drove over an hour just to eat there. Not anymore. First, 90.00 a meal and no bread? While one cocktail was good, I had to send two in a row back that were so incredibly tart, it was like drinking a bottle of lemon juice. Absolutely terrible. Then, when the manager checked in she was not apologetic in the least but instead, was defensive, making excuses, condescending, and not at all pleasant. She first stated the drinks were tart because they use real lemon then, when my companion stated the service was good, food was good but the drinks were just off, she responded “to your tastebuds”… yet we heard others sending drinks back claiming they were too tart. Two of us dined and paid just under 300.00 for ok food, terrible drinks, and a manager who made it all worse. We are done, with that price I expect so much more.

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vipTony
New Mexico
51 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently the best!!! Jeanine and her team always go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable. Food is the best!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We made a reservation, but they rushed us to get out of there because it was one of the last reservations of the night. The wait staff including the chef was hovering over us the entire time. They were out of quite a bit of items on the menu. We couldn’t even finish our bottle of wine because we were rushed so much. Awful experience.

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CarlosS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at El Nido. Pleasantly surprised by the ambiance and service. Seated by an open fire; was a treat. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus was excellent. Hollandaise sauce was perfection. Ordered the trout and fillet with empanadas. Both excellent. Celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday. Complimentary champagne for birthday was a real treat. Birthday candle included with dessert was thoughtful. We will definitely be returning in the future.

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DianeS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in a booth in the bar which was just perfect for conversation. Our waiter was very helpful with recommendations both on the beers on draft and the menu items.
Everything we ordered was delicious- pork chop, chicken, pizza and a pasta. We even split dessert (cheesecake) that was a perfect light ending to a lovely evening.

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JanK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall great experience!

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vipJanet
Dallas
159 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gem of a place! We always love to go here. The food is awesome and the service good. You will not be disappointed!

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RebeccaD
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was excellent and the staff was friendly and efficient.

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vipRickC
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

JD
JanieD
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Highly Recommend!

Food, service and atmosphere were outstanding!

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vipbarry
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was very good I believe the kitchen got a bit overwhelmed by a large party causing quite a delay of our food.

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vipJimmy
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every category! Our server, Carlos, was exceptional!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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JohnI
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of the best meals that we've had in a long time. Braised ribs excellent. Scallops perfectly cooked.

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BruceW
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Sat and ate at the bar by myself. Interaction with the bartender and staff was good. Food was good but was a slow weekday night, so it was fairly quiet. I will return.

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CourtneyH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was good but overpriced for a pizza and wait staff was rude.

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vipAnnS
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Carbonara outstanding! So was osso bucco special. The waiter was very nice it was also nice that the manager/owner came over and said hello after our meal. Only one drawback we would’ve preferred to sit inside we have a service dog but they put us outside and it was a little chilly. Also we requested bread and it took quite a long while to get it and it was just a couple of slices of French bread. It would be nice if they had a bread service otherwise overall it was a lovely nice surprise . we had never been there before

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okbyme
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Glad the previous menu has returned. It is back to its comfortable relaxed deliciousness.

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vipNMFlaneur
New Mexico
94 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Whether it's a four-course dinner with drinks and wine, or just drinks and a single course, this place shines. It's both a neighborhood gem and a destination restaurant.

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RichardK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Just the right amount of items to choose from on the menu. We had a couple of appetizers (Baked Artichokes, yum) and two house specials, Trout and Limoncello Chicken. Both very good. A little pricey, but well worth it. We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miguel was wonderful. El Nido never disappoints!

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SharonB
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I did ask for seating in the bar, or for a lively experience for out-of-town guests, and they did seat us in the bar at a booth, but the door to the patio kept being opened and not shut which was annoying to my guest of honor.

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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 4.6 stars by 1430 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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