Santo

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Santo is inspired by Chef Hosea Rosenberg’s childhood home, Taos, New Mexico. A full-service restaurant serving his spin on seasonal, modern Northern New Mexican fare; Santo brings to life the vibrant eating and drinking culture of the region with authenticity. Written in collaboration with Chef Arun Moghe, the menu combines classic cuisine - regional spices, chiles and techniques - with a local and all- natural approach to sourcing meats and produce.

Santo features a warm dining room, outdoor patio, lively bar, and an open kitchen. We are able to accommodate parties of up to 8 guests. Please contact the restaurant if you have a larger group. Patio tables are available on a first come first serve basis, but may not be reserved in advance. We will do our best to fulfill requests upon your arrival.
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vipAmusebouche
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We like Santo.
The service is excellent.
The food choices are superb. ON our night there, our entrees had too much salt.

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vipkristir
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santo was delicious ! Everything was very fresh and the food didn’t taste super heavy. I highly recommend the enchiladas !

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dravocado
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad I stopped by here during my short visit in Boulder. Highly recommend!

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vipSKY1
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We love Santo and usually love the service and great food. This particular time the server was off her game and the kitchen was missing a few beats. No posole in the the posole and no carne adovado as ordered? Food delivered to wrong table and no one really asking if food was satisfactory. They did comp the posole but we hope the off day is an exception to this place.

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BryanO
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santo is not inexpensive but you get what you pay for. The food menu is short and to the point. Covers New Mexican cuisine very well. Enjoyed the paella with a fried egg on top. Really well seasoned and tasty. Chips and multiple salsas are fantastic. Enjoyed Tommy margarita as well. Recommend for sure!

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vipPatty
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside, so I can’t speak to the noise level inside, which is generally pretty loud. . Our server was great. Love the food s d the summer drink menu.

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viptobyandoak
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had an awesome meal! I had the corn enchiladas and my husband had tacos. They were amazing! The green rice was really wonderful side as well. Server was super attentive and friendly. The tables are close together so on a Friday evening it was a bit challenging to have a conversation but we'll go back and either opt for outdoor seating or a quieter time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

In the past Santo has been very good....this time “just ok”...to many choices here in Boulder to return

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KaraL
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming to Santo! Great food, great people!

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Paul
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside as inside was loud - chicken enchiladas, guacamole, green salsa with chips. Yum!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had wonderful appetizers and completed our meal with happy hour tacos. Everything was well prepared.

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vipBecki
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Our server Myles was so wonderful! The food is unique and tasty.

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vipWindyB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!!!

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sweetcbb
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As new residents we'd taken off on a Saturday bike exploration with nowhere in particular in mind. Once we had a destination (Wonderland Lake) we headed west. We soon decided to grab a bite to eat & drink before heading home and searched for nearby places. Santo came up and was a close ride toward central Boulder and we were interested in putting directions together from our biking perspective. As it turns out, we'd driven by the plaza Santo is in twice (once by accident) without even knowing. It was meant to be that we landed back there! The food was great, the service was wonderful, the beer was cold and the view (I was facing south) was just what my heart desired! We will definitely be back.

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vipAlexandraL
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Wonderful food. Thoughtful, well seasoned, interesting ingredients. Just love this place. Service does them proud as well—almost as good as at Blackbelly, and they’ve had five years to figure it out.

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Lulu
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is excellent and the food is delicious! They have a great happy hour. The craft cocktails are fantastic. Love it there!

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BryanB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at Santo every chance we get and I've tried most dishes on the menu, including specials. Santo is one of the few restaurants where I've honestly never been disappointed. I certainly have my favorites, and have dishes I like more than others - but even my least favorites were thoroughly enjoyable and I walked away satisfied. Also great value for the quality and service is always outstanding.

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vipAlinaS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Don’t believe the hype. The food is bland, bland, bland. Super disappointing.

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lukeE
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, waiters were kind and attentive. They even gave us free dessert since it was our anniversary!

Only drawback is that the seating was not very private. All seating was in two rooms and there were no full booths.

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JayS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Presentation was fantastic, service was great, but unfortunately food was really lousy. I really like good food, and don’t mind paying for it, but food was just not good. Five of us ate dinner and all five ordered something different from the menu and none were even close to great

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DanH
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative food and great service! Hosea has created the ambiance and flavor of New Mexico for sure.

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Emma
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

While the food was good it was severely overpriced. I love the idea of locally farmed food and I want to support that but even with that in mind it seemed too expensive. The server was a bit more hands off than I was looking for. Would go again, but only if I didn’t have to pay $8 for 3 tablespoons of guacamole.

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JayR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good, not commiserate with the price though. The potatoes that came with the main dishes, taste and texture, made me think they were reheats from the previous night. The queso was amazing.

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KrystalM
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch cocktails, incredible food. This restaurant cares!

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DiegoD
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The place is good, the service too, but the food is WAY too spicy. Unnecesarily spicy on my opinion. If you are not used to that level of spicyness, it becomes hard to eat

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MaryL
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed a birthday dinner at Santo and enjoyed the taste of northern New Mexican cuisine. As native southwesteners, we are familiar with the menu items; the tostaditos were very crisp and tasty, the beans were a bit tough, the lengua taco meat was excellently prepared. The starters left a lot to be desired: the jicama was just a stack of sticks with a small sprinkling of a red powder - the taste was indistinguishable.
The meal was enjoyable and we liked our waiter who was personable and responsive.

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ValF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Terrific cocktails (their mezcal margarita!) and bar program. Wait staff very accommodating and wanted to ensure we had a great evening. Fun, lively scene

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JaniceH
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere, great bartenders, and buzzing energy. Really enjoyed the food!

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vipPaul
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

First time having brunch at Santo after several excellent dinners. Very disappointed. Bloody Nary was served without vodka and had to be corrected. No idea how this happens?? Despite restaurant not being busy food took a long time to get to the table. And when it did it was not worth the wait. Blue corn waffles were soggy, posole arrived lukewarm at best, maple syrup not heated. On the plus side Enchiladas and omelet were both quite good. Overall not worth the wait or price. Overrated brunch. Will stick with dinner only.

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JennyC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We had the worst service. Drinks took over 30 minutes. Staff had an attitude. We won’t be returning.

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IlseG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an Australian visitor who likes good food and knows little about SW American cuisine. We were all delighted.

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JamesS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We came on a Sunday night. The service was outstanding. Very attentive and helpful without being intrusive. We liked the location and setting, with a nice view of the Flatirons. The food was good, overall, but I found the Bluecorn Enchiladas only ok. The seasoning was inconsistent and parts of the bluecorn tortilla were either soggy or alternately crunchy. Seemed like it might have been sitting in a warming oven or under a heat lamp for a while. We will come back.

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vipwrom
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Since I only give 'outstanding" to unique, high-end restaurants this place deserves an excellent rating for its cocktails, appetizers and all four entrees ordered. Service was informative/well explained to any questions that were asked, the server gave us plenty of time to decide, and though the place was bustling we did not feel rushed. Definitely worth a revisit the next time in Boulder.

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vipBerky64
Minneapolis
78 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing Sunday brunch at Santo. The smashed potatoes with tongue were delicious. The fry bread Benedict was outstanding, especially the hollandaise with Christmas chilis!

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MiaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff, delicious food, and unusual but delicious drinks! They probably (unexpectedly) have one of the best burgers in boulder. We also had the half chicken, hanger steak, chips and queso and long ham special. Everything was delicious. We're definitely coming back.

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DBW14
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the enchiladas and they were wonderful. Everyone in our group of 6 was extremely pleased with their dinner.
Excellent experience.

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vipWallegirl
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a really nice evening at Santo - we arrived early so we could have a drink and the bar staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. The food was excellent, the service a bit hit and miss, everyone was very nice but they seemed a bit stretched and it took a while for our food to come. I would go back without hesitation - the menu was really good and I would like to try some of the other dishes.

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JoeM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santo has quickly become our favorite place to eat in Boulder. Previously we'd frequent Mateo, Brasserie, or the Med.

The food is as authentic as New Mexican food can get (and it's really good), the servers are well trained and take great care of you, and the environment is nice and relaxing. With the warmer months coming around, we very much look forward to dining out doors on their large patio which has a great and unique view of the Flatirons.

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vipShannonB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience3

We didn’t get our server for a long time but once we did she was great ... food was ok except for mine I got the ribs and everyone at the table said they had absolutely no flavor ... I love the location and the menu but in general I’m almost always disappointed either by the surly inattentive bar tenders or the slow initial service or the food :((

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Jenny
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional, personable, and attentive server (Brice), vibrant atmosphere, and consistently delicious food. Best veggie burger in Boulder and Livin la Vida Rita is a great cocktail! Mushroom enchiladas were also a hit

FAQs

Santo does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Santo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 442-6100.

Santo is rated 4.6 stars by 554 OpenTable diners.