Liu Liu Liu
Partners Cameron Markham and Elizabeth Blankstein are now bringing their many years of experience running some of California’s famed Michelin environments to the city different for dinner, wine and beer.
With a sign only on the top of the window, hidden in a strip mall beside a barber shop, Liu Liu Liu is sure to pleasantly surprise you.
Walk ins are always welcome but Reservations must be held with a Credit Card and a $25 per person cancellation fee will be charged if the reservation is cancelled or decreased less than 24 hours in advance.
We are a NO TIPPING Restaurant.
An 18% Service Charge is added to each check to provide our Employees a Livable Wage.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
popcorn fried | perigord truffle | white pepper | basil
pickled mustard greens | purple rice
tomato | chèvre | rosemary | fennel | red wine
The kale salad was delicious. The lamb dumplings had little lamb and was so heavy with garlic, that they were inedible. When we mentioned this to the server, he said nothing, did not offer a replacement , and still charged us the full price. The artichoke appetizer would also have been better without the overwhelming garlic in the sauce. The restaurant does not live up to its marketing, not even a little.
What an awesome place to eat. Reminiscent of secret upscale restaurants in New York, Liu Liu Liu serves food and ambiance in a place you would never expect it. It’s nestled between a barber shop and a driving school, but you completely forget the details of where you are once you enter the place. The music is incredibly eclectic, and the menu is as well. It appeared to be ran by just one server and one cook, which is incredible considering the quality of both the service and the food. We had the dry aged bison steak, as well as the lamb pasta, which were both amazing, but the real showstopper was one of the appetizers - the artichoke soaked in a very unique broth. It came with these radishes also soaked in the broth, which offered a flavor I’ve never tasted before. To be honest, out of the 7 dishes we tried, all of them contained a (delicious) flavor I’ve never tasted before. If you want high-end cooking that’s innovative - as well as a place that isn’t in a snobby white table cloth environment - this is the place to go in Santa Fe. I will be returning frequently.
One of the best meals I’ve ever has. I got the liver mousse, swordfish and flan.
The cream cheese flan was absolutely amazing. The staff was super engaging even though they were busy and a bit overwhelmed but everyone was friendly and attentive.
My unbiased review of Liu Lui Lui ...
I was nervous about the limited yet curated food options... have no fear, you will be so happy when the food finally arrives ... no water, no wine, no service for 30 minutes + even after we ordered it was another 15 mins...at this point I had a devining rod in play to find moisture....I digress;)
It's Saturday and I made reservations... the seating inside and out totaled 8 small tables.
The music was not as distracting as the lack of attention to service... and before you all go off on me cuz of covid .. there is 0 management... it's a circus drama environment with a nursing home vibe.
The intention is there but the execution is not.
We sampled 3 dishes ... the hummus, the popcorn chicken, and the swordfish. The hummus was so tahini forward, to me it was like peanut butter... Don't get me wrong.. I love peanut butter when paired with a reserve grape reduction...Welch comes to mind..
The chicken nuggets were in a bowl with fried basil.. really interesting flavors topped of with white truffles but was it $42 worth of chicken or was I just craving the $5 popcorn chicken from Chick-fil-A .... do yourself a favor and get the chicken with the Mac and cheese and the Chick-fil-A sauce combine it in a bowl and shake it until you thighs quiver.... you'll thank me later.
Back to the review... the swordfish was not palatable... it was fishy and chewy and we sent it back.
We asked for more wine, more water but it was as if we were asking for a Jesus like miracle....interestingly enough there was a puddle out front and I walked on top of it as we were leaving.. I'm guessing it's because I was void of food and starving..
They charge an 18% gratuity... on the entire tab so up sell!!!!
We literally would have had 3 more glasses of wine to ease the pain of it all but our glasses sat dry and empty like the promise of good sex after menopause.
I hope the best for this restauran cuz is a cool vibe but they need to manage the staff
We arrived at the restaurant and were pleased to see that all but one table were filled. Good sign we had made the right choice. We had reserved the bar seating as it overlooked the kitchen and enjoyed watching the chefs at work. As each of our dishes were prepared they were presented to us by the chef with an explanation. It was a wonderful experience. We had 3 different pairings of wine and Welch spring water. We were pleased with a three hour dinner and not being rushed out for another seating. A grand evening.
The food was amazing and I will be going back soon. So many dishes that were delish and flavorful. The cucumbers, artichoke, lamb, pork and popcorn chicken were all dishes that we enjoyed and I would order again.
Great experience... food super interesting and delicious! LOVED the playlist!
Horribly pretentious and overpriced. Cheap sad decor. Just because you painted it black doesn’t make it cool. Especially when you are trying to serve 4 oz of over cooked tough goat for $66. Ridiculous.
The food was amazing and the service from the chefs was a delight, we really appreciated the attention to detail with the food and chefs explanation.
Unfortunately, The ambiance is really off and ruins the experience and we are some that go out for the entire dining experience.
It’s listed as a speak easy but that is not what it is at all, we sat outside in a tent with no decor and uncomfortable seats and sitting situation where the staff couldn’t serve us or get to us. It was very uncomfortable.
They told us it was family style because they only serve one dish at a time but it’s not really set up for family style or sharing we should have just ordered our own plates, but I think they discouraged it due to not being able to serve you at once and we were a party of 6.
The music is also really hard to follow and disrupts the energy throughout the night and we were not happy with any of the wine selections.
I will return once more as just a party of 2 to see if that is a better experience.
I really wanted to like this place, I hope they figure out the overall ambiance and what they want this place to be or maybe find a new location, because they have some really fun and different food options.
A very different and exciting dining experience where the dishes, location and the venue are in conflict with one another. Whereas some dishes were absolutely fabulous, some others were excessively salty, perhaps due to liberal use of soy sauce. Expensive experience overall, for what was offered.
Fantastic food and refreshing change of pace for this Santa Fe lover. We love you guys and will be back soon!
We had a terrific and memorable dinner at Liu Liu Liu. We highly recommend and we would go back happily. It’s cool and hip inside, but the service is attentive and helpful. The liver mousse is smooth and decadent and nicely balanced with the gelee and honey. The baby kale salad is complex, yet harmonious. The swordfish was perfectly cooked with tasty sauce and accompaniments. The lamb bucatini is very good, but not a show stopper like the other three dishes.
This is a great restaurant for people who enjoy interesting food and drink.
It is a bit tricky to find the restaurant in the large shopping plaza. It is in a small strip mall behind the gas station, next to the driving school.
As transfers from California, we do miss the variety of Asian cuisines that simply are not found in Santa Fe. Liu Liu Liu is truly a one-of-a- kind dining experience no matter where you hail from. The preparations are intricate and interesting, flavors rich and deep. It is by no means a source of traditional Asian food - more a special night out - and a pricey one - but definitely worth it.
They offer unique water, soft drink and beer/wine menus, each with carefully curated offerings. The food menu was eclectic and enticing, served family-style. We ordered two appetizers and two entrees for two, and it was just the right amount of food. Don't miss the Lamb Buccatini.
We're not fans of loud music, preferring to converse over dinner, so we sat outside next to a heat lamp on the funny little Astroturfed patio surrounded by a fake picket fence. I did find myself humming to Huey Lewis in spite of myself.
The server was very welcoming and attentive, and some of the courses were brought, and described in detail, by the chef.
It wasn't anything like the $5 rice plates we wax nostalgic about, but a lovely splurge and fun, unique experience.
Wonderful inventive food.. the young owner/chef was just delightful. Service was impeccable and so was the food! I loved the eclectic musical selections! Will return
First and foremost, the concept of not have a sign because the place is a hidden gem, is pretension and a real annoyance. Second, the food is ultra spicy and nowhere on the menu or other public resources does it state that; so literally, I couldn’t eat anything we ordered—mind you, the menu didn’t even give a clue to their “heat”. Portions are nice and the concept of the restaurant is admirable. But, specializing in special waters, abs outrageously priced wines is limiting. Truly I love the concept of a true “dining experience” but don’t make every dish so spicy that those that are sensitive to that type of food are left with no selections. Disappointing. Oh, almost forgot, the music is played so loud that you can’t have any discourse with a date, or friends. Truly annoying. Next table asked to turn it down and they were flat out refused! “It’s part of the dining experience.” Again, very pretension all around.
The food is certainly good, creative and unique for Santa Fe. Presentation is top-notch. My only complaint is the music. Sopme weird combo of Japanese disco, rap and God knows what else. This is a small, intimate place . Ditch the music!
This was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had. From the service and setting to the thoughtfully curated menu and the amazing food, everything was amazing.
I had read many reviews of the restaurant before going and I'm glad I did. While I appreciated the story of the owner being a water "sommelier", I politely asked for Santa Fe tap water and passed on the $20 bottle being offered on the menu. The restaurant is small but surprisingly chic for being located in a strip center. The menu is creative and unique. My two starters were good, and my entree of popcorn chicken with black truffles shaved table-side was delicious. They have some pretty pricey wines but don't force you to buy an entire bottle. Overall, it was an expensive dinner, but I'm glad Santa Fe has this as a dining option. The other handful of local "fine-dining" eateries are stuffy to me, and cater to the well-heeled old guard. This is a hipper restaurant that I would expect to find in LA or NY. It's small staff are friendly and it's clear their hearts are really in the business.
My wife, daughter and I had a wonderful time at Liu Liu Liu Saturday evening. We had three appetizers: cucumber salad, artichoke, and hummus; three main dishes: bean curd, minced pork, and swordfish; and the two desserts: cream cheese flan, and the chocolate dessert. It was a bit much, we probably would have been better off with one less course, but the food was all delicious. They also have an excellent selection of drinks. The two owners did a lot of our service, and were very informative and charming. The price was at the high end for Santa Fe, but worth it.
What an amazing little restaurant. It’s a gem in Santa Fe. Very unique, creative, elegant. Would highly recommend.
Super delicious and interesting food. Incredible wine. Great service. There is nowhere else in Santa Fe like it. If you enjoy the more adventurous side of fine dining, you're gonna love it.
Food was delicious. We ordered too much
We were on the patio. It got so dark we could not see the food. The artichoke was undercooked. The swordfish was overcooked. Very disappointing.
No sign to entry, located in confusing area, have to pay for water, decor missed the mark, music was too loud for conversation
Great Waiter, style of one dish at a time, not our style. Portions not made for sharing.
A must in the city different!
A dining experience that was so amazing! Perfect birthday dinner!
Simply terrific. Best meal in years. A bit hard to find. Between barber and driving school.
After a little bit of circling around to find the unmarked 'secret' location which is apparently intended as part of the mystique we were welcomed very warmly by Edgar the host and shown to our outdoor table. The ambiance is basic but obviously that's part of the intended effect - we learned that the owners came from LA and the style of the restaurant clearly reflected that. Service was outstanding with the very engaging Swan as the star of the show - his vocabulary of descriptive terms for food and drink flavours and textures is rivalled only by his enthusiasm and general joi de vivre.
The dishes were creative and delicious with rare and exotic ingredients and taste combinations. The swordfish dish was frankly the best preparation of that fish I've ever had - succulent and tender with excellent accoutrements. The beef soup was unique and full of homemade Taiwanese mystery. Much of the rest of the menu was not obviously Taiwanese in nature but one could detect subtle influences throughout. It's much more of a well executed eclectic experiment in western / asian haute fusion cuisine.
Definitely explore the drinks menu - we tried the Vietnamese birds nest drink (apparently contains real swallow nest and is considered a medicinal tonic in Asia). It was quite delicious and very exotic. The selection of mineral waters is also well worth exploring. I was very happy to find my favourite Spanish sparkling water - Vichy Catalan - which I've never before encountered outside of Spain.
As for the ambiance it was a unusual to find such a fine restaurant in a strip mall and it was unfortunate that the nightly street sweeping truck was constantly driving in circles beside us as we dined but in fact we easily overlooked this as the food and service was more than compensatory.
Overall it was a lot of fun and very different from a typical formulaic restaurant both in the food and the service. You won't find anything else quite like it in Santa Fe.
Wonderful, creative menu in a creative space. The owners are trying to be different and succeeding! They have some wonderful takes on cuisine and the entire dining experience as a whole. Not to be missed!
The Good: food was tasty with interesting hard to find vegetables
The Bad: the cost per calorie is extreme! A tofu plate with boiled cubes of tofu and a few string beans, which cost the restaurant all of $2-$3 is sold for $24! I appreciate the cook and wait staff need to be paid, but this is extreme markup. Left restaurant poorer and hungry
The Ugly: the outside seating area is next to a Drivers Ed facility, meaning teens gathering before their classes and loudly socializing thereafter. As parents, friends drop off/pick up, bright car lights bathe your dining table. (did not see the inside so cannot comment on the ambience there)
It was negative from beginning to end.
What a wonderful experience! Food was excellent (try the Beef Noodle soup), service was excellent, and the whole experience was excellent. It's a very different restaurant than what is normal for Santa Fe which is also really nice.
Unique date night place.
This food was original, unique, flavorful! I appreciated the thoughtfulness put into the preparation and presentation.
Food was good but vibe overall was a bit pretentious. Would not return.
A great hidden gem. Dive up curb appeal not so great but don’t let that discourage you from dining here. You won’t regret it and they are very attentive with their service.
What a GREAT addition to SF dining // One of the top 10 places in town and, for the price, a bargain // Ask for Swan as your waiter, meet Elizabeth, the owner and ENJOY // Best with parties of 4-6 to try as much as possible // Wine list really pairs up to the remarkable food // A DO NOT MISS //
A tiny restaurant with an eclectic menu. A staff who are not only knowledgeable, attentive and enthusiastic led to a pleasant evening.
The music is loud but we liked the playlist on our evening there. The wine list fine and, a good thing, every bottle is offered by the glass.
Since is was our first time, we over ordered with two appetizers, cucumbers and liver mousse, and two entrees, minced pork and lamb bucatini.
In retrospect, since all courses are shareable, we would have be happy with two appetizers and one main. BTW, each of courses arrived separately and were well timed.
We loved the appetizers, but were somewhat ambivalent about the mains. We will go back to try different items.
A note: the rack of goat is listed as $66, $18.50 per small chop seems a little much.
I’ve hesitated to review this restaurant because it’s difficult to do. There is so much that is great, but there are some odd things that sort of ruined our meal. The first positive is that the food is really good and quite new and interesting. In addition, the chef/owner is a delightful young woman who seems sincerely concerned about the diners’ experience. However, there were a number of negatives. First, the restaurant is really hard to find. It’s buried in a shopping center, and there is no sign. Second, although they try hard, the service is choppy. A lot of time is spent explaining the service model, one dish at a time, yet we ended up with dishes stacked up on our table, and my husband tried three times to get a second beer. The biggest problem for us, though, was the table side cooking. The table next to us ordered a bison steak which was barbecued at their table. It filled the small outdoor area with dense wood smoke for at least 20 minutes. It drove me away from our table. We were unable to finish our meal because of the smoke.
You can order delivery directly from Liu Liu Liu using the Order Online button. Liu Liu Liu also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 428-0589.
Liu Liu Liu is rated 4.3 stars by 136 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.