El Nido

4.7
1473 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!

Experiences

  • Restaurant Week at El Nido

    $45.00 per person

    Feb 23 - Mar 6, 2022

    Restaurant Week is alive and welcoming at El Nido. Please join us for a scrumptious 3 course dinner. You are certain to appreciate your dining experience as much as the value. Just $45.00 per person. New diners, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience El Nido. Returning guests, we'll have new taste sensations for you to enjoy. Reserve early to secure your table for this delightful El Nido event!
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Food11
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We all enjoyed the service but didn't think the food was exceptional. Staff is great.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful. The service, the food, the drinks, the staff, the experience. Everything was so incredibly wonderful! My best friend and i of 20 years celebrated our thirtieth birthdays tonight and not one moment was less than spectacular. Thank you for a memorable evening.

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ChrisR
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Loved It. Great Ambiance. Superior staff.

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michaelh
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was good. Glad they have reopened. First time back in a year. Will come back again.

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vipSarah
New Mexico
28 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on everything!

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vipSantaFe1
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was our second visit to El Nido. We were greeted by a kind and friendly hostess and seated immediately. I ordered the caprese salad with balsamic on the side. I am acid sensitive, so I am careful to order. The salad was split between my husband and me-which was nice- but mine was covered with balsamic. I couldn’t scrape all of it off, so I ended up giving most of it to my husband. I ordered the pork chop and my husband had the special paella. The bread is toasted in the oven, so I asked the back server if I could have some bread to eat with my pork chop. No bread. I then asked our server for some bread. No bread. The hostess walked by and saw my frustration, and I asked her for bread. When I finished my meal, our server showed up with four pieces of toasted bread. For a restaurant of this quality, I certainly would expect more. Overall the meal was good, but the servers could definitely use some training.

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kenny
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around

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vipLynn
New Mexico
34 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I've eaten at El Nido many times, and the food is consistently very good and often outstanding. A lot of the food is unusual because it is cooked in a wood-fired oven, which makes it super tasty. In these Covid times, El Nido is a great choice because it is spacious and has good air circulation, maybe because of the oven, which is in the front room. The ceiling there is high and the tables are well spaced apart.

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vipAmandaM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff, excellent food, nice ambience

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vipnolaeats
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elk, veal and sea bass were so delicious. Staff are professional and friendly. Definitely will go back.

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vipSnowbird
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner at El Nido! We loved the fried chickpea appetizer. And the linguini with clams was delicious. Very lovely spot outside of Santa Fe - well worth the drive.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Cozy spot convenient to my home. Ambiance and service good. Food was mostly disappointing except for Shrimp Scampi appetizer that was delicious. Pizza entree was tasteless and looked like a small frozen grocery store pizza. Caesar salad had cabbage and SARDINES on it. Steak was ok. Way too expensive for ordinary meal.

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Magnolia
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Little pricy but great svc. Entree was delivered cold but was quickly and graciously replaced with another one.

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vipmic4gdfd
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Jeanine is exceptional at customer service. Our server Nate was outstanding. Food was cooked perfectly. Thanks

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vipMtnGoddess
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went their for New Year's Eve, so it was a set menu and not their regular menu, so I cannot speak for that. But the set menu was excellent and the presentation was wonderful. The noise level was very distracting, the acoustics are not good, but it was New Year's Eve, so I'm sure it was louder than normal. We were also seated at the front of the restaurant and next to the open kitchen. But, overall, we loved El Nido!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good

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HolleyP
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was well presented but a little cold. This could have been due to a large wedding rehearsal party in the restaurant. Ambience was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. It was our first night in Sante Fe. Such a great start to our trip. Thank you.

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JackE
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I love El Nido, great ambiance, best caesar salad in town.

We ate there last night and I discovered the current menu had 0 vegetarian options. I was forced to resort to a tomato and basil pizza!!

For such a good restaurant , it was pretty disappointing.

Please El Nido, update your menu.

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vipBill
Dallas
102 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite Santa Fe restaurant. Tonight we all had the black cod special recommended by Jeanine! It got three 10s from us. You can’t go wrong with this menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely hostess, helpful server, delicious food. We really enjoyed our dinner - the chicken and the trout.

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KimW
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and food. We had an exquisite meal including caviar. Leslie was terrific and just added to the overall excellent experience we had.

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vipLeoF
El Paso
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miguel our waiter was excellent as were all the staff. Starting with the golden caviar excellent, the prime rib was tender and perfectly medium rare everything was done to perfection the atmosphere service and food all rank a 10 on a scale of 10.

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vipDonaldK
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Where was the bread? All in all, a great evening.

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DougK
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food prices too high

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at El Nido is always so charming especially with a beautiful fireplace glowing in the background. We ordered the grilled artichokes to start which were delicious, fillet and empanada entrées that were cooked to perfection and I especially recommend. Finishing off with a dessert of flourless chocolate tort with vanilla bean ice cream.
It’s definitely worth a little drive for so much Ambience and charm.

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Tiwi
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

The restaurant was obviously cold. People, including myself, dined with winter coats on. Asked server if heat was on, he checked and just replied yes. Although the fireplaces were going, there was glass over the one I sat by. No effect.
Burrata was good, though not enough bread and it was served with dinner, not as an appetizer. My chicken was dry. Dark meat too. Had to drink water with it. Veggies were good.
The Carbonara was spectacular. I wanted to just eat that.
My friends are gluten and vegetarian. Not a whole lot of options there. Dessert was ok.

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vipburrphil
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal last night in one of our favorite spots in the Santa Fe area, EL NIDO. The food, expectedly, was lovely and very tasty. We were also served by Carlos, who was attentive, mannerly and professional.
On the other side of our experience, we were asked to remain at the host stand for nearly 5 minutes while the hostess took a call and made a detailed reservation for someone for the following evening. Could this person not have been asked to remain on hold while she seated us first? This may sound picky, but EN is listed and upheld to be a fine dining establishment. I would also like to point out that the front room was unusually cold last night and we needed to dine with our coats on.

Despite the pair of misgivings, we look forward to returning to El Nido and hope that such things can be avoided for other patrons. This is a superb restaurant that has made wonderful progress in the past several years!

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Foodie
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and ambience was terrific. Just know on a cold night, their entry door lets in a lot of cold air as people arrive. We froze the whole time. Drafty…We sat at a table for two close to the fire. We will be regulars but dress accordingly for it’s a small venue.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The SCAMPI ALL AGLIO PICCANTE appetizer with shrimp, chorizo and super flavorful broth was absolutely amazing and the best thing I have eaten in a long while! I would go back just for that!

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Vickyz
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. it all couldn't have gone better.

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Higgmeister
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tony place we may not have even noticed if it were not recommended to us, but great food, service and atmosphere. Staff goes above and beyond to be helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night! The food was delicious and the service was exceptional!

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vipReaganN
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Martinis are always perfect! And I had the pasta carbonara! Beyond perfection !!! Jeanine always welcoming and attentive ❤️ Merry Christmas to Jeanine and her amazing team

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YvonneA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was magnificent, we had a wonderful experience

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food we’ve had so far on our trip!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, the atmosphere welcoming and quiet and the staff was attentive but not overbearing. Definitely will return and recommend it

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OpenTable Diner
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in all aspects, friendly from Nancy bringing you water to Jose washing dishes!! We had the baked artichokes, and burrata appetizer both amazing. For dinner Italian pizza, carbonara-made gluten free, and limoncello chicken, all delicious. Lemon tart for dessert that was fabulous. Ashley at the bar made spectacular made to order drinks. Miguel was friendly and very efficient! Manager Janine, was so welcoming and informative. We will definitely make this a regular dining place. Highly recommend!

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Mudge
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was delicious and very creative. Lovely evening staying warm by their roaring fireplace.

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PaulaG
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good , presentation & service were great! We have been many times and it was wonderful.

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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 4.7 stars by 1473 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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