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Sassella's Bar - Sassella, Santa Fe, NM

Sassella

4.7
4.7
1333 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The name “Sassella” comes from a hamlet of 60 residents known for its vineyards near where Chef Cristian Pontiggia grew up.

In addition to working at two Michelin Star restaurants in Europe, Lombardy native Chef Cristian Pontiggia has received several awards from La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society. The Italian government recognizes him as a Master Chef, and he holds a culinary degree that certifies him as a Doctor of Enogastronomy.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–8:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 982-6734

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Cristian Pontiggia

  • Catering

    Please Contact: Izabella Conforti - General Manager bella@sassellasantafe.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please Contact: Izabella Conforti - General Manager bella@sassellasantafe.com

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Cross street

    North Guadalupe Street

  • Parking details

    Lot behind Sassella (marked spots ONLY) | Metered Parking on Griffin St, E Palace Ave, W San Francisco St | Parking Garage 216 W San Francisco | Sandoval St. Parking at Sassella is very limited. We encourage you to carpool or use rideshares.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,333 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Mexico

    Best Overall

  • New Mexico

    Best Food

  • New Mexico

    Notable Wine List

  • New Mexico

    Italian

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Food

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Romantic

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Italian food this year. The chef is an artist.
  2. w

    williamw

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good value, attentive service and good, to very good food
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fresh and beautifully prepared. The service was attentive and courteous. I will eat here again for sure. Save room for dessert!
  4. S

    Seagull

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was creative & delicious. We had the chef come to our table to tell him how wonderful the food was. The service was very attentive. Our new favorite restaurant in Santa Fe!
  5. PB

    PamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Throughly enjoyed outside. Look forward to another meal.
  6. H

    Havi

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best presentation of food and flavor in Santa Fe...
  7. c

    chrism

    Toledo

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    our waiter was stellar. the porch was wonderful. this food was creative and michelin-star pretty. the lamb dish was excellent not sure about the aioli dots - orange was bland green was very light minty. cocktails were great. yellowfin tuna was fun wrapped in a super slivered cucumber slice. dots, again, were flat. not sure i’d have had so much heavy tamari/soy although that sauce was great with bread. caprese was great but no basil to speak of perhaps intentional? loved the pickled onions. mushroom carbonara was very good. we’d double the mushrooms. lot of parm slices maybe too many. the parm foam was fun. the egg was excellent but no direction from the waiter to mix it in - this felt deconstructed without any warning (?). we also felt spaghetti was the wrong noodle - maybe pepperadella? i realize that’s a fat hearty noodle but it carries lots of sauce. having written all that - we really had a great time!
  8. DS

    DianeS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal. Food was great. Would definitely would return.
  9. GM

    GMLG

    Portland

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and great food.
  10. KR

    KRISTENK

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The patio to dine is lovely. The service was very attentive and we appreciated them allowing us to visit with our family for so long after the meal. Food was good. It was less Italian than we expected but was an overall decent meal.
  11. s

    sharons

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food is quite good and inventive, however for an upscale restaurant they should invest in their table service. They are largely untrained kids who stack dishes one on top of the other. Remove tablecloth while people are just getting up to leave. Should take a lesson from Geronimo.
  12. c

    csg505

    New Mexico

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a santa fe treasure ~ imaginative and creative cuisine!
  13. c

    cathyo

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server is wonderful and we were fortunate enough to have her when we had dinner with you or previous time. Thanks again and we look forward to having you be one of our favorite restaurant in Santa cindy
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good time good food and good service. Very inventive and interesting menu.
  15. DA

    DeborahA

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our absolute favorite special occasion restaurant. Service is perfectly attentive yet discreet. Food exquisite and creative. Wine list is sophisticated and the recommended bottle matched our food perfectly. Will continue to return!
  16. DC

    DianaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a delightful dining experience. The cesare salad is unconventionally presented and so delicious. I tried the wild boar scallopini and it was truly out of this world. Buttery flavor and tender enough to cut with a fork. Beautiful setting. It's a must as a dining destination. Highly recommended.
  17. JG

    JudithG

    Orange County

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed all immensely from the suggested pear carpaccio, the fabulous Caesar with lobster, and the over the top caramel dessert. Beautiful presentations! I ate for three! Service was impeccable. Good to see Matt.
  18. JH

    JohnH

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was wonderful except there was a young baby probably less than one year-old there who screamed and hollered a lot and they were sitting right in the middle of the room. That part was disturbing. The restaurant of this caliber should not allow young babies that age or at least have a out-of-the-way place to seat them
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice service, ambiance and cuisine
  20. SF

    SFvisitor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went to Sassella to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary, and we had a wonderful time. The service was professional and efficient. Arturo, our server, was friendly, helpful, and readily answered our questions about the menu. The food was delicious, and my wife particularly loved the chocolate dessert. Water service was frequent, one thing that is sometimes forgotten or overlooked. As we were departing the restaurant, it was raining, and one of the employees gave us an umbrella for our use and walked us to our car.
  21. BS

    BrianS

    Portland

    132 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Our third and last try here as the last two very disappointing. The Boar scaloppini had excellent sauce but the meat itself was under seasoned and mostly without taste. The server had a very pleasant personality but was mostly absent.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    They seated us near a large (LOUD) group, and we could not enjoy any ambiance We had to ask three times for more bread. We were there over 2 hours. Not a positive experience for an expensive evening. Likely will not return to Sassella.
  23. A

    Andrea

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is high gourmet. The presentations are artistic and the food creative. We had risotto with lobster . The entire tail and rice cooked perfectly. The boar scallopini were delicious as well. The bass was good but a bit dry. Wine selection sophisticated and very extensive. Our server was a pleasure. The outdoor space was plain and rather industrial looking. It needs trees and plants. The only real negative is that Sassella is very expensive. But, we highly recommend you dine with them.
  24. F

    Food

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very elegant atmosphere and friendly as well as prompt service. Tartar was to die for as was the Lamb. Prices are on the higher end but trust me when I say it was well worth it….my wife was very pleased so mission accomplished Sassella!!! We are returning customers!
  25. D

    Dancer

    Jacksonville

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Unfortunately, we were sat at a table right next to the service area. Although there was a sliding door, it was constantly opening and closing. But even worse, there was a party of six sitting above us that were very loud and obnoxious. My husband finally went up to their table to address the lack of consideration. After they finally left, one of the wait staff came by to thank us, as their hands were tied. Too bad for a high end restaurant that customers can’t respect other diners
  26. CD

    CoronadoDiner

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sasella is a casually elegant restaurant next to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum with a large patio and lovely indoor dining areas. It’s interesting how often two women, as we were, are seated by the kitchen. However, with several open nearby tables, when we asked , they graciously moved us. We both had the sea bass which was outstanding. The server recommended a perfect wine to complement the entree. Highly recommend.
  27. LM

    LyndaM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal with great service. If we ever get back to Santa Fe it will be at the top of the list!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The spacious patio allows for easy conversation and a feeling of elegance. Expert service without a whiff of pretentiousness. And then there’s the food. This chef turns out creative and delicious twists on traditional dishes, as well as innovative new dishes. The wine list is diverse, offering glasses and bottles from around the world at all price points. Yes, definitely 5 stars for us.
  29. WM

    WolfM

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My guests and I all rave about our meal, and total experience. Everyone was very pleasant and friendly. Thank you for the complimentary drink for the Birthday that was being Celebrated! She was especially touched saying this was the BEST birthday dinner she has ever had! Thank you all for Everything!
  30. SS

    ShapeShifter

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sassella did not disappoint - sll the food was heavenly and served very professionally by Will. Thanks for a memorable dinner!
  31. AL

    AngelicaL

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience, great food and service.
  32. SH

    SHARONA

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a lovely meal at Sassella! The food was delicious and the restaurant was charming.
  33. M

    Marty

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal and a great place to bring an out of town guest that wanted to sample fine dining in Santa Fe. Our server was a wonderful lady named Lilianna. My friend having experienced fine dining around the world commented on how Lilianna was an example of the kind of service that you expect with fine dining. She was informative about the dishes and the wines as well that perfect blend of attentive and leave you alone. The food was wonderful and other guest commented about this as well. I can highly recommend Sasella and will be going back for a celebration lunch with my children. They do a wonderful lunch.
  34. CC

    CCCentennial

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We visited Sassella for an anniversary dinner. We sat on the patio which was nice, but it was a bit too cool by the time we were done eating. There were heaters scattered around but none were actually in use. It was also a bit too dark by the time we were done eating. Fortunately, we had an adjustable light on our table. :) The food was excellent. My husband and I both loved everything we ordered. The pacing was too slow. I assume that they want the diners to have a relaxed evening, but there was too much time between courses. Overall, though, a nice evening.
  35. JR

    JimR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don’t miss the salted caramel butterscotch pudding.
  36. k

    karlenea

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely everything was primo! We had four vegetarian Italians who left very happy after the gracious Chef came out to welcome us and prepare a delicious vegan meal for us:) We couldn’t have been more happy. GRATZIE MILLE
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food with friendly yet, professional service. One of Santa Fe’s gems.
  38. TG

    TennisGolfLady

    New Mexico

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did a gin flight which was outstanding. The lobster risotto was terrific and they have the best Caesar salad in town. Also, the mushroom cappuccino appetizer was delicious. A marvelous evening.
  39. MB

    MarkB

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I chose a pre-Opera dinner here at Sassella from a myriad of fine dining options in Santa Fe. As we are residents were sometimes reluctant to try a new experience due to our go-to choices being so polished like El Nido and Osteria D' Assisi. The executive chef Cristian Pontiggia and his fabulous team set a really high bar to beat. The wait staff is courteous, kind, and respectful. Candice who served us knew the wine menu by heart and selected appropriate wines for my wife and I to enjoy. The appetizers through main course are all served with enthusiasm and even more enjoyable to slowly digest. The spacing between tables is just right for privacy and noise level. The Italian music lightly in the background is perfect for ambiance. The patio is magical this time of year of late summer into fall. My wife highly recommend you to delight yourselves with a magical experience at Sassella. This is now our favorite Italian restaurant in Santa Fe managed by an Italian Chef!!!
  40. w

    williamb

    New Mexico

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4 of us dined for lunch (pear carpaccio, bolognese, and meatballs). All were outstanding. Service was great. Only downer was the price of Scotch $40! with other restaurants charging in the $18-20 range. Lost a sale on that one (probably would have ordered two at $20.

FAQs

Sassella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 982-6734.

Sassella is rated 4.7 stars by 1333 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Sassella

225 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Guadalupe Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–8:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Lot behind Sassella (marked spots ONLY) | Metered Parking on Griffin St, E Palace Ave, W San Francisco St | Parking Garage 216 W San Francisco | Sandoval St. Parking at Sassella is very limited. We encourage you to carpool or use rideshares.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Cristian Pontiggia

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (505) 982-6734

  • Catering

    Please Contact: Izabella Conforti - General Manager bella@sassellasantafe.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please Contact: Izabella Conforti - General Manager bella@sassellasantafe.com

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