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Rio Chama, Santa Fe, NM

Rio Chama

4.4
4.4
174 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Rio Chama in Santa Fe, New Mexico is located not far from the Santa Fe Plaza, next to the state capitol. Since 2001, the restaurant has developed a reputation for simple, elegant dishes made with high-quality ingredients. You'll find a relaxing atmosphere offering a mix of intimate dining rooms, inviting patios and one of Santa Fe's most popular bars. It is a Santa Fe tradition that features American cuisine serving the best prime rib, steaks and seafood. We combine excellent food, wine, and spirits with great hospitality and service making Rio Chama perfect for any occasion.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 955-0765

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Ortiz

Popular dishes

What 174 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Steakhouse

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Good for Groups

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  1. SJ

    StevenJ

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food with very please service!! Would definitely return
  2. D

    Dana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great steaks and great wine selection Definitely would come back
  3. LO

    LonnieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steaks were cooked perfectly and the staff was excellent. Highly recommend.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Doug was amazing One of the best concerts we’ve attended Better venue than Dallas How does he do it
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sat on the patio. Weather was great
  6. f

    funfoodie

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time dining here. Filet was good although it was a bit thinner cut than I’m used to. Temperature was a perfect MR, very tender. Sides offered were very mundane. Mashed potatoes were over salted and plain. Service was good, ambiance was good.
  7. KE

    KEBE

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Delicious meal and great service! We hope one day soon they offer the burger in the main dining area. It is seriously the best thing on their menu and maybe the best burger in town.
  8. k

    kathryn

    New Mexico

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    A lovely meal and a lovely setting. Especially recommend the whiskey list, best in Santa Fe
  9. B

    Babs

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were able to get a last-minute reservation with no trouble. Food was excellent. The hostess and waiter were friendly and welcoming. The waiter was very efficient and checked on us multiple times during our meal. We sat in the garden/patio area and it was quiet and serene. I would highly recommend Rio Chama to anyone, and we will visit again next time we are in Santa Fe.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was very good. Our food and drinks were great as well. Definitely worth going back. Reasonable prices for steaks.
  11. S

    Squando

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Chilean Sea Bass and the New York Strip steak were both excellent.
  12. Z

    Zaya

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good but way overpriced. But that's Santa Fe for you
  13. KB

    KliffB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best filet possible. Highly recommend. Pricey, but worth it.
  14. M

    Madamsa

    Naples

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The overall experience was very good. However they don’t get the highest rating since they forgot to bring part of an order which was an add on to a dish.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience2
    To start off when sitting down at our table the table was sticky. I asked the waiter to wipe it down. He did but it was still sticky after! It was our anniversary and my food was amazing, my filet mignon was cooked perfectly but when you’re paying almost 70 dollars for a dry aged steak you expect it to be perfect. My husbands steak was first undercooked(almost mooing)that’s how under cooked it was you could have probably made patte with it. We sent it back then it was overcooked. That was unbelievable. I felt so bad for my husband because this was our first anniversary and it was ruined by this. We ended up sending the steak back and he just ate his sides, which were amazing by the way. So I can’t say it was perfect because it was far from it. Overall I would rate our dinner as 3 stars and especially for the price we are going somewhere else next time. It was disappointing overall.
  16. g

    geobird

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. Great old building with lots of character. Food is good. I love the ahi tuna app and the creamed spinach. Prime rib was delicious. And the best onion rings in town. Isaac, our server, was exceptional. Great service all round. We'll be back.
  17. KV

    KirstenV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited Santa Fe from Albuquerque with our daughter and our dining experience was great! We all enjoyed our meal and the ambiance. Thank you so much!
  18. HQ

    HopeQ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Took my parents for their wedding anniversary and regretted every minute of it. Terrible service. 26 minutes to even be greeted and 18 more minutes to get iced teas and water. Whole food order for the table was incorrect. It was nice to see they had new hires, they definitely need the help but they need to be trained before letting them be on their own. Very costly dinner that was unappealing and I enjoyable. Everyone ate their meals at different times after the tried to get it right. (Still did not receive the meals we had originally ordered. ) The worst part was the manager didn’t even attempt to make it right. Tried for 20 minutes to get our bill right. Asking for us to pay for things we never received during our meal. Will not be going back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we walked in the staff was friendly and helpful. The waiter was knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. And the food was delicious! Our favorite was squash blossoms were amazing!
  20. CW

    ClaudiaW

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    we both ordered the 69 dollar steak which we both thought was pretty bad. was not very flavorful had lots of fat , and came with nothing except the sauce which was pretty good. the staff was great however. i would not eat there again and wouldnot recommend it to anyone. sorry
  21. KF

    KennethF

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The shuttle driver at our hotel recommended this place. It was our last night in Santa Fe and we wanted something special. He said “Anyone who is anybody in Santa Fe goes there.” This did not disappoint. Very nice atmosphere and excellent meals.
  22. BJ

    BarryJ

    Amarillo

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great evening at Rio Chama. Steaks were cooked perfectly and had great flavor. Green chile Mac and cheese was excellent. Nice wine list with reasonable prices. Tomato salad and peach dessert were good. Service was good.
  23. JW

    JamesW

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. I ordered the salmon, very tasty and cooked to perfection. My wife had the 8oz tenderloin. It was cooked perfectly and had great flavor.
  24. SS

    SaraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Do not miss the prime rib! And the dessert chocolate pot - marvelous So
  25. MA

    MikeA

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food but service slow and not very attentive,,,
  26. g

    gracen

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to Rio Chama for birthdays, anniversaries sometimes with friends. Food is always excellent as well is the service. Only thing I would suggest is some light music other than that everything was perfect!
  27. GS

    GlennS

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. A $48 steak should come with a side or two however and not just the steak. Adding a $.75 potato cost an extra $8. I would recommend the place with price cautions.
  28. BJ

    BillJ

    New Mexico

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was very good and the timing between courses was perfect.
  29. E

    Ezdude

    Phoenix

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    To start with their parking lot was totally full and full of pot holes. I had to park elsewhere hoping my vehicle wouldn't be towed. The waiter gave me the menu and said nothing about any specials. I ordered the 12 oz prime rib and thought it was fatty with gristle.
  30. CM

    CathyM

    New Mexico

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food good service and nice atmosphere
  31. KS

    KatherineS

    New Mexico

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    We ate on the larger outdoor patio. Doug Montgomery was playing the piano. Other than his playing and the beautiful weather outdoors, the dining experience was bad. The service was non-attentive. Our reservations were for 6:45 and we were seated on time. Getting drinks took 20 minutes and when they came, my Prosecco was warm. We ordered an appetizer that never came. Water was never refilled. The entrees took 35 minutes to arrive after ordering them. When we inquired about our food, we were told the “kitchen was backed up”, but when my husband’s baked potato came, it was cold. There are too many good places to dine in Santa Fe. Do not go here.
  32. T

    Trish

    New Mexico

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Outside dining offers multiple locations--all are quiet & enjoyable. Ribs (bar menu) are wonderful--ask for the bar menu in the event they just bring the full dinner menu.
  33. T

    Terri

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The service was slow as compared to previous trips which was disappointing as they were certainly not busy. Waited much too long to have waiter come take drink order then waited 10 minutes for him to come back with wine and take our order. Food was good but not wow.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!
  35. WW

    WilliamW

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Wife and I have been to Rio Chama twice recently. The food and service were excellent both times. We are considering going to Santa Fe again in the winter and Rio Chama will see us again.
  36. LA

    LAD22

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Liked the entertainment.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and service was great!!
  38. RJ

    RichardJ

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was predominantly Spanish speaker but so is my wife. He knew English as well, it was our anniversary and he was marvelous we left him a great tip because he was cool and very attentive. The hostess told us Happy Anniversary when we walked in. Manager came by to see how experience was 👌👏👏👏
  39. L

    Longtimesantafeans

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A great place to meet for business or pleasure. Quiet and beautiful decor. Sincere and diligent service, perhaps understaffed as is everywhere. Fabulous steaks
  40. MM

    MartinM

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Doug was great and the food was very good. First time there. We will return.

FAQs

Rio Chama offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 955-0765.

Rio Chama is rated 4.4 stars by 174 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
Google Map for Rio Chama

414 Old Santa Fe Trl, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2770

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Ortiz

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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