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El Nido, Santa Fe, NM

El Nido

4.7
4.7
2088 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 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

What 2,088 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Good for groups

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Neighborhood gem

2,088 Reviews
  1. Diner

    New Mexico

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very nice evening at El Nido. Service, food and ambiance were all great. Just wish they had more reasonably priced options on the wine list.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great food, staff and overall experience! The sushi was excellent and I’d definitely go back to try the rest of the menu. Parking is limited so go early.

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  3. SandraM

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always…the best service. Delicious, fresh food, great wine list. A Santa Fe favorite!

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  4. Kathy

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our large family group went to El Nido during restaurant week. What a lovely evening we had. Good food, nice ambiance and good service. Cocktails were excellent and it was Wine Wednesday so we had a great bottle of wine for 1/2 price. The appetizers were particularly excellent. We had the artichokes and some of us had the pear and arugula salad. Highly recommend.

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  5. JillW

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Innovative, delicious food. We appreciated the fish and vegetarian offerings. Fabulous desert and started too. Good service.

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  6. bluebird

    Baltimore

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening with terrific food and great service.

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  7. Daniel

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very good staff and service was top-notch; they had our baby seat ready to go before we got there. The food was well done and delicious.

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  8. Robbo

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such an awesome meal! We declined the prix fix menu and instead did our own sampling for 5 of us: short-rib ragu with tagliatelle, green-chile burger, Mac and cheese, Brussels sprouts, spinach gnocchi, sweet-potato hash, beet salad, pizza. Plus dessert. What a feast! Lena was a fab server, and Carlos greeted us at door. This place is a treasure.

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  9. Tiwi

    New Mexico

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Sat at bar for 5 minutes while the tenders mixed drinks. Busy. The salad was really good. The artichoke was pickled., that’s all you could taste. The chicken was ok, breast was dry. Veggies were good. Poblano tasted just delightful. Like a pepper should. Dessert was really delicious. Chocolate cake and ice cream. Flan was perfect. Sur charge $3 for a Large Ice cube in drink. Wow! Dining out is just pricey these days

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  10. Paul

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Restaurant Week menu with the usual cozy ambience and great service. Love this place!

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  11. SFtravelers

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was good. The artichoke appetizer was the only item we ordered that was outstanding. The other other items, were good, but better at other restaurants we frequent.

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  12. Kiki

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us spent a very pleasant evening dining at El Nido the day after Valentine's Day. The food and wine were excellent, and we had a booth in the bar, which has a nice atmosphere. The servers were great.

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  13. Scott

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Couldn't have been better on all levels. I've patronized this restaurant through several iterations. This was the best meal I have had there since 1973.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic aside from my MR request on the fillet came out of the kitchen MW. I didn’t send it back.

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  15. ChefPancho

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall was OK, I was there for Valentine’s Day and the menu was fixed, the filet was outstanding the rest was ok. Not much creativity from the menu , service was poor for the money we paid. Not sure if I will go back. The frizzed salad with poached egg and duck confit was a total scam! Poached egg was a hard boiled egg, the frizzed was mix greens, the duck… not sure was there!

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  16. JillH

    New Mexico

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great Valentine’s Day dinner. Food was excellent and our server, JP, was fabulous.

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  17. MarkP

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service was spot on. Highly recommend.

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  18. JohnB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing and unique menu incorporating Mexican, Southwest, French and American cuisine. The food was fantastic, especially the stuffed artichoke hearts and Burnt Basque Cheesecake! Extensive wine list, including two vintages of Royal Tokai. The service was friendly and attentive. A must for any visitor to Santa Fe!

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  19. danc

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. We’re locals and take advantage of quiet times during the off and shoulder seasons to dine.

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  20. Matthew

    Denver

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were expecting an overall much better experience at this restaurant. The cocktails were glorious and exceeded our expectations, and the service was impeccable. The food was variable, however. The grilled salmon was very bland and flavorless, but it was thankfully not overcooked. The other food was generally quite good, and the steak was delicious. I forgot to ask if the mac & cheese could be prepared without the chiles, so that was on me. But for heaven's sake, can we maybe *not* put them in everything?!! The restaurant was practically empty, and yet it was still egregiously loud. Overall, I don't feel like we got anything close to our money's worth out of this experience.

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  21. lamichael64

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I found the food to be tasty, but some of the portions - like the Short Rib Ragu Pasta entree, to be very small.

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  22. RossH

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    High price and just ok for fine dining. Stuffed poblano was outstanding. Duck cooked medium rare, as it should be, but was only ok and somewhat stringy. Sweet potato hash was excellent.

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  23. BreuklynGrrrl

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cozy yet spacious, welcoming vibe makes this slightly out-it-town spot feel like a country getaway. Tasty menu with a variety of preparations; meat heavy but options for pescatarians. Good wine list, attentive service.

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  24. RandyR

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was surprised that it wasn't more crowded, though it was after 7:30 on a Wednesday evening.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Flank steak @ $55 was tough and fatty at one end. Sushi was great! It appears El Nido is struggling.

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  26. DonD

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience. Excellent food, service and ambiance.

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  27. SrgnFsh

    New Mexico

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Reception was great. The ambience was somewhat "cold" (but better in the booths in the bar). The service was good. The food quality was good to great. Overall, a 3-4 star rating.

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  28. Emma

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The whole branzino is delicious. I also recommend the stuffed artichokes as a starter.

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  29. LawrenceF

    Boise

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In an area with so many great restaurants, this one has become our favorite. Gorgeous setting, creative menu, superb food, attentive staff. We hope the sushi annex catches on, as it, too, is of the highest quality.

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  30. RobinL

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dinner started with an excellent Dark & Stormy and ended with an amazing Tres Leches. Everything between was also delicious.

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  31. DorothyM

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitperson was low-energy and inattentive. We did not have proper setups--two of us didn't have forks, and he seemed positively put out when he had to fetch them. We are very fond of El Nido, but they've got to get their service back up to the level it once was. The poor service made for a rather disappointing dining experience.

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  32. WandaV

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Hadn't been in about 2 years. Atmosphere was cozy - we ate in a nice booth int he bar, loved it. Dining rooms were almost full when we left. Service was good and all4 of us liked our food. We all agreed , we'd be back soon!

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  33. minkminkinshield

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place! It is right around the corner from us, so we go there all the time. It is so charming, and the staff and service are excellent. Fun fact: it was a former brothel! People love sitting in a booth, but I also love the "private room" with just a few tables and a fireplace. The other night, I had the beat salad, which was absolutely yummy. Ask for extra feta cheese. I also love the linguini with muscles. My friend had the burger. It was huge, and she ate every bite! Said it was delicious. My husband swears by it, too. Also, the menu changes fairly regularly, which is another reason I love El Nido. And the cocktails are superb. We love sitting at the bar.

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  34. LizE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and atmosphere was excellent! Unfortunately, 3 of our 4 diners experienced gastrointestinal issues shortly after diner. Sadly, we probably will not return.

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  35. LisaSantaFe

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding is the word that comes to mind. Enjoyed a birthday celebration on a quiet Tuesday evening. Service was impeccable and attentive but not annoying. Each of us ordered a different entree and everyone was very pleased from the duck, to bison Ragu, even diver scallops- each dish was well prepared and arrived beautifully plated. Will definitely return!

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  36. ARCfromSFe

    New Mexico

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful evening at El Nido last night. Food and wine were both terrific, and the service from Leslie a delight! We look forward to going back soon!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed my birthday dinner very much. NY strip cooked perfectly and the cowboy Mac and cheese was delicious. Sat in a booth in a bar and all tables were taken, even at the bar. Service was very good and seemed cohesive. Will be back soon!

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  38. rebeccahg

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, drinks and service. All in a lovely setting.

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  39. JeffW

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service all for a reasonable price

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  40. Josefinep

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are going back! It was great - better than many fancy Santa Fe restaurants.

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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 2088 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 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 Tue–Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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