El Nido

4.6
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1089 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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  • Wine Down Wednesdays 1/2 Off Wines

    Starting Oct 7, 2020
    Come and enjoy our patio or warm up next to the fires of EL Nido with a nice bottle of wine. We offer 1/2 off bottels of wines from our curated wine list.
What 1089 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing staff and service! Couldn’t have asked for a better dining experience and every dish we ordered was delicious!

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viptrow1
New Mexico
67 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef at El Nido gets more creative every time we visit! The sea bass and fired chicken are unbelievable, and now he’s taken something as simple as a farmers market salad to the next level. Deep fried green tomatoes, pickled carrots, wonderful color in all of the veggies and a perfect citrus vinegar based dressing.

Service is always wonderful, and we really felt safe from a COVID19 perspective, as they go above and beyond what is required. Wonderful evening as always.

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melindab
Cancun
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We really enjoyed the patio, and cocktail selection too.

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vipPatriciaT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the fresh bread and pork belly! Can't wait to go back

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kaylakakez32P
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful! Food was amazing! Service was perfect!

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vipMimC
New Mexico
63 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice meal and the space heaters helped make it comfortable

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Tucker80111
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about El Nido is outstanding. It has become our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. The menu is creative and the food delicious. Not only that, but they make the best flan in the city. Attentive service without being intrusive. There are bigger names in town, but none better.

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Consistently mediocre. It was a Sunday night and we ordered the bread with the special toppings. The bread was stale and costs $10. We told the waiter who informed us that yes, the bread is only baked/delivered twice a week. And Sunday is not the time to get it- so why keep it on the menu and/or charge for it? We keep trying to like this restaurant and went back with guests who had not eaten there. And they won't be eating there again either.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food was excellent. The waiter gave us several great recommendations. For the food wine and service it was a bargain

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JanieC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening - look forward to going back soon. Food was exceptional!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a gem. Food, service and location were all magical. Enjoyed wonderfully crafted cocktails, food and dessert. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Felt very safe, bartender was great. Drinks were good and food was awesome.

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vipCCABQ
New Mexico
28 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an extraordinary dinner with friends at El Nido. Lovely patio dining with great service and food. Craft cocktail menu is quirky & unique. Crab/shrimp appetizer was outstanding, flat bread and scallops were perfectly cooked. Highly recommend this out of the way charming restaurant for a romantic dinner for two or fun and relaxing meal with friends.

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SenttoSiberia
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal. The service was terrific.

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vipNancyE
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First time back since the first of the year. Impressed with the new menu items. Great service. We will be back soon, before they stop serving the fried green tomatoes.

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time. Food and service were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Nido did an outstanding job under current COVID conditions. Excerpt the masks it almost felt normal. They have expanded there patio with tent to accommodate more outside dining.
The service was great and the food is amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
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 on September 20, 2020
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 on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was horrible
Service was horrible
I will never go back

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adisaw
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
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 on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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DennisV
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
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.

OT
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.

OT
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
143 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
14 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
2 reviews
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
10 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
18 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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El Nido offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 954-1272.

El Nido is rated 4.6 stars by 1089 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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