El Nido

4.7
1263 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
El Nido is pleased to announce our re-opening on April 14, 2021. We look forward to welcoming you!
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

  • Chef Masa Hattori Omakse Experience

    $95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    The price for the Omakse experience is $95 per person. Tax and gratuity not included. Enjoy Masa Hattori Omakase Plate: Omakase means “I leave it up to you”, placing full trust in the chef to create a superior, authentic dining experience. Every plate at Su is made using variety of highest grade fish and seasonal vegetables. Our fresh fish will include but not limited to Sashimi and Sushi. These Items change weekly and may include beef, pork or vegetarian selection. Please call restaurant for any food allergies, we can accommodate vegetarian diets. Please also enjoy our selection of sake Japanese inspired cocktails and beer.
What 1263 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMarK
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was standard fare for the price. Service was uneven.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to El Nido and could not have had a more pleasant dining experience from the very first moment we arrived. The hostess was very welcoming and sat us immediately; luckily next to some regulars that we later had a great conversation with. When I asked the hostess about how to make reservations at their sister restaurant, Su, she took care of me right away and booked us.
Our waiter was extremely attentive and helpful. When I told him that I thought they had a Mezcal flight but didn’t see it on the cocktail list, he offered that the bartender would be happy to work something up for me. Then when I told him that I was thinking of having oysters as my appetizer, he asked me to hang on so that he could go to the kitchen to hold the last six for me. Terrific.
My wife had the Caesar Salad (delicious croutons and real anchovy fillets) and the Carbonara pasta as her main. I had the salmon over gnocchis. Everything was delicious. Our only criticism was that my salmon was late coming out but the staff was so apologetic that we didn’t even notice. That, and I shared with our waiter that the poached eggs on the carbonara dish could have been runnier.
But without a doubt, one of the top meals we’ve had in Santa Fe. We plan on being regulars.

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Adobe
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was very average for the price. the service was good, but actually a little overly attentive and a bit intrusive. the outdoor patio where we dined was a good space, but the décor out there was bland. The hostess came by at least twice to see how everything was going. We all felt that was a little over the top as well. Too much concern, however well intended, and not a enough "let the diners dine and visit".

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ByronT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The appetizers and desserts were incredible. Our entrees were uniformly very good. I will definitely dine there again, especially to try their new suchi wing of the restaurant.

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SethG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good selection of food, spirits and wine at good prices too! Will visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent meal beautiful ambience. This is my third visit and I’ve never been disappointed. Will be returning on our next trip to Santa Fe.

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HilaryR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We absolutely loved it and certainly want to return!

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Shar
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The service is great and the ambiance is nice but the food was nothing special.

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vipTony
New Mexico
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Jeanine and her team knocked it out of the ball park! From our super tasty appetizers (chick peas) to our varied main dishes was a great experience. The food, the drinks and the staff are like a well oiled machine and allow you to enjoy a great experience!

It is fast moving to the top of our list of go to’s in Santa Fe!

Do yourself a favor, make a reservation and enjoy!

KJ
KateJ
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful - we were never rushed. Food as always, exceptional. Perfect for pre-opera. But make a reservation!!

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AnnaA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best steak I have ever eaten! It was prepared perfectly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful grilled artichokes and fig and prosciutto pizza,
charming staff, happy place and time.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Menu needs more pasta and less steak.
How about encaladas? Is NM.

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vipDebra
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely server. I felt bad because neither me nor my dining companion were very hungry so we didn’t have a big bill. But the server was so polite and accommodating.

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vipluv2dine
Austin
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never been to El Nido and decided to give it a try. Dear friends weere visiting us and they had never been to Tesuque. It was an adventure. All of us loved the food, cocktails, and atmosphere. Everything was brilliant and also relaxing in the cordial atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal. Jed was a personable an attentive waiter. Nice relaxed atmosphere on the patio.

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TanoRoad
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Nice staff and ambience but under staffed. No follow up after bring served. Trout was small, over cooked and dry served with 2 asparagus spears for $29 was a disappointment. Desert was good but also a very small portion.

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JohnL
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I've dined at this restaurant several times over the past two months. I like the location and unique atmosphere with a friendly staff. The food is tasty and an enjoyable experience.

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LoisR
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Perfect meals. Staff standing at kitchen door gabbing not appreciated.

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JaciB
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Santa Fe! Atmosphere is warm and friendly, service is impeccable, drinks are top notch, our most favorite place!! Thank you El Nido!

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Rylen
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was sublime, particularly the appetizers and dessert! So don’t skip them, just say yes!

Truly what dining out should be.

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Patrick
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, wait staff are always good. Wish they had a wider array of less expensive wines. The linguine and clams was more on the appetizer size than entree size for $25. Tasty but overpriced in my opinion. I hope that they work on their menu. And wine list. I still love the place.

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vipSallieW
New Mexico
44 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The trout was fresh and delicious. It was my first time, but I will go back.

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zimmiepoodle
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Before opera—fabulous dinner & service.

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vipcttwin
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so excited to return to this restaurant after a 2 year hiatus. The dinner, service & ambiance was
as good as we remembered.

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vipSpencerP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal!

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vipMRCol
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How have I missed this place? I had Limoncello Chicken, my husband had trout snd my daughter had a pizza!
Don’t forget to order the fried chickpea appetizer.
All were excellent. Waitstaff good too… Jed had a great sense of humor.

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vip2picky
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The baked oysters with green chile are a must try!!

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CheriS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of towner

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Roger
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Nido is one of the most unique settings for a restaurant in a city with many great choices.
We love the lovely, quaint atmosphere going back to the '20s but updated with a bright open interior.
The menu is sophisticated without being pretentious.
-can't wait to try the new sushi bar as Santa Fe lacks quality sushi!

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texaswino
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The artichoke appetizer was the best bite of the night. The pizza was good but not great. Pretty sure they were short staffed. Service was slow but attentive.

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AnnM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening and very good food and service.
Interesting wine list, too.

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SusanBG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

It was very noisy... hard to hear each other and our waiter.

Food was delicious but quantities were skimpy.

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vipDoris
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner before the Opera. We sat on the back patio and it was comfortable and quiet.

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vipWendy
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at El Nido. Food and service are excellent. The only comment I would make is they need more reasonably priced wines, like Chardonnay. It’s hard to justify spending over $60 for a Chardonnay. But everything else is awesome

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vipDebra
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Food and very pleasant atmosphere. All around … a delightful meal and I will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opera. Meal was great!!

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vipnolaeats
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food good. The trout and salmon were basic but tasty. The dessert was the stand out for us. We had chocolate cheesecake and lemon tart.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect. From the wait staff to the last morsel of food. We were on the outside patio, had the perfect level of noise and temperature. The food itself was the usual impeccably great meal that we know El Nido for

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JohnL
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff, service and culinary WOW factor!

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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 1263 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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