El Nido

4.6
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1071 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and drink. Friendly service. Nice background music—not too loud. The bisque was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. My friend had the Seabass and I had the Huli huli chicken. Green chili mac & cheese was wonderful. We will go back

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SusanS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was horrible
Service was horrible
I will never go back

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adisaw
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Nice setting outside in Covid time. Wait staff were very polite but for some reason our meals took a very long time and some requests were forgotten. Meal was good but not exceptional. It may have been an off night...so we will go back to give them a second try.

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MagicMarker
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average to poor service. Food, average to good. Nice atmosphere. Manager barely adequate.

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DennisV
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. The staff was very attentive and assisted with great ease. In addition, the manager of the restaurant came to our table to chat with us and was extremely pleasant and welcoming. We will visit again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband’s medium rare filet was medium and a bit too charred for his taste.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food wonderful and Our server was great!

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NewlynA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We’ve eaten many times at El Nido and had amazing food. This time was definitely lacking. My pasta was very dry—hardly any sauce. My drink was superb, though (El Nido-Rita), which helped. Service was great but we felt banished to the wastelands as we were seated way at the back outside. Ask for a booth inside!

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LarryG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely dinner on the new back tented area, we were the only 2 in the area.

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vipWendy
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent at El Nido. Awesome food, excellent service, owners who care and half price wine on Wednesday! It’s our go to place for special occasions and just when we want an excellent dinner.

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RayW
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not dined at El Nido in years. We found the dinner (flatbreads) to be delicious. I had a smoked cocktail, while novel, was not as smoky as I expected. The covered patio was lovely and the staff attentive and professional.
Overall we enjoyed the evening and look forward to coming back again.

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vipJanet
Dallas
140 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I juts love this hidden gem. Santa Fe has so many great dining opportunities and this is one of them (Tesuque). We eat here every time we are in town. Love it.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a perfect environment for casual dining.

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PGarcia
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Nido’s back patio is perfect. It’s sheltered from the rain but we got to be outside. The food was fantastic! The cocktails were great. And the staff was attentive but not overly intrusive great place for a birthday gathering.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new chef!!!

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vipScottinDallas
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top restaurant of Santa Fe! This was our first time at El Nido and had the best dinner in years. The service from Katie was outstanding. She was knowledgeable, funny, engaging...perfect. Janine was the manager and was equally as fantastic. 10/10 in my book.

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nolaeats
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kale salad and halibut are exceptional

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vipFoodsnob
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited El Nido for a special occasion - our first night out in a long time due to Covid. We were incredibly impressed - one of the best meals we've had in Santa Fe for a long time. Apparently there is a new chef since March of 2020 - he is incredible. Such wonderful attention to food quality and presentation. My husband had the Beef Wellington and I had the scallops, plus we had an appetizer of charcoal-roasted vegetables with cauliflower curry. Everything was delicious and service was very attentive. The appetizer was so large I could have made it a meal in and of itself. We live nearby, so we plan to return for a weeknight meal as well. There are flatbreads on the menu, as well as a selection of small plates. Staff were Covid-attentive, which we appreciated. What a great experience!

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BarryB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great chef, warm and inviting as you would expect in beautiful Tesuque.

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vipJayW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

For the most part, the food was good. I was personally disappointed in the kale salad...it was in a mound with fruit on top and the kale was so cold that it tasted frozen. We had ordered the bread at the waiter's encouragement, but they ran out. ( we had 7:15 reservations), so we ordered the Cacio e pepe, which was excellent. My new Mexico beef wellington was good...beef was done properly but it wasn't a wellington in the sense that there was no pastry around the beef. It was all on the side. My friends ordered the chicken, which they said was good but had wished for breast meat with the thighs. We also ordered carrot cake...a BIG disappointment. Didn't taste like carrot cake at all and came in a small skillet. Server should have described it for us. It was a big let down.

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vipJimmy
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great experience overall! Everything was superb!! Our complements to the Cheff and all who made it a wonderful evening for my wife and me!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable service. The Seabass was incredible. Crispy crust, tender inside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio at El Nido is truly a beautiful place to enjoy a meal. The food is great and the service is always spot on. Great place for a casual meal or for a special occasion. One of our favorite spots!

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NareP
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are wonderful! Sea bass is so outstanding and the patio is very accommodating during these times. Wed half off wine deals cannot be beat and we all left with ideas about what to try the next time. Will be back soon!

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vipLynn
New Mexico
32 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My companion and I went for drinks, and we ended up sharing the bread service, the farmers salad, and the tomato bisque. The tomato bisque was fantastic. The farmer salad was super interesting and very good. It was composed of beets and onions and maybe carrots that were sous vide, as well as mixed greens, a fried artichoke bottom, and a green tomato. Maybe more. The bread service was only so-so. It was a green chili loaf and a small tart with tomatoes and onions. The jams that were served with it were interesting, but I prefer butter, which was also served. The bread tasted like an unflavorful Italian country loaf that was not well cooked, but I’d order it agIn because I am a bread head.

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vipmic4gdfd
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only exterior patio service due to Covid measures. Food and service and staff attitude excellent!!

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EricA
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Steak was good but a little fatty. My wife loved her chicken. Always love this place.

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vipmangie
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Probably the best piece of sea bass I have ever had! The preparation was perfect along with the risotto it came with. We started the meal with the roasted radishes and beets which were amazing. Going back next week with friends and I can't wait!

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AgnesM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful new flavors, thank you to the chef and the friendly staff.

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BenM
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner. Our waitress was excellent. She too very good care of us as well as thee rest of the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE - Merissa and Jonathan

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vipStacyD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love El Nido! Incredible food, outstanding service and love both the huge patio and charming dining room. Not to be missed when in Santa Fe or Tesuque!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding

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vipmic4gdfd
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and Chef were excellent!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails were absolutely unique! Everything was delicious. We enjoyed meeting the staff...so personable and kind:)

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vipWendy
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Nido was as awesome as ever. The Farmers Salad was so good. Our favorite place, service, food, drinks all excellent.

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vipRobert
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Kai is amazing - from the flatbreads to his specials (last night was Seabass over risotto ), everything is delicious every single time . Great cocktail menu too !

There is an outdoor patio

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vipCCABQ
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful relaxing patio dining. Food was good, service was outstanding.

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vipGolden
New Mexico
78 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Chef is excellent! You must go!

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El Nido offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 954-1272.

El Nido is rated 4.6 stars by 1071 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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