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Sassella, Santa Fe, NM

Sassella

4.8
4.8
1141 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

7:30 PM


Booked 33 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 1,141 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Mexico

    Best Overall

  • New Mexico

    Best Food

  • New Mexico

    Best Service

  • New Mexico

    Special Occasion

  • New Mexico

    Italian

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Food

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Service

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

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  1. s

    susanb

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service was impeccable. Would highly recommend to anyone who loves great food and highly trained staff. Can’t wait to go again.
  2. CW

    ClaudiaW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, stellar service and ambiance, delicious food
  3. DC

    DavidC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was above and beyond. Menu and specialty selections were awesome. Looking forward to returning
  4. BH

    BobbyH

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Sassella. We had read many excellent reviews, and wanted to try it out. We were NOT disappointed! The food was artfully presented and delicious, the service was on point, and the dining room atmosphere was pleasant. We will definitely make a return visit!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere and very attentive wait staff. Appetizer was incredible and the best part of the meal next to the wine. My lobster Risotto was not as hot as I would have liked it. The lobster was excellent. The server graciously took my risotto back and they remade it. It was still a little less warm that I would have liked but the flavor was delicious. My husband had wild bore with perfectly cooked asparagus. This was our third time to the restaurant. We will go back and try a weekend. I am guessing the Chef (who is amazing) was not there mid week.
  6. J

    Julie

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere is lovely, the food outstanding, and the service second to none. I wish I could remember our server’s name because she was exceptional, and I would applaud her. Highlights: * Outstanding, friendly service - when I booked, I requested a table with a bit of privacy and space. Basically, I don’t like feeling like I’m sitting with the next party. They called to share options and chose the perfect table for us. * The pear antipasto was amazing! So many unique flavors come together to create a truly delicious, refreshing dish. * The crème brûlée was the best we’ve ever had, and we have tried it at many restaurants all over the world.
  7. JP

    JuliaP

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    2nd time here. Dined in the bar. Warm, quaint decor. Might like it over the dining area. Everything was very good. Mussel apptz was delicious. Enjoyed the Caesar salad, sea bass had to get 2nd time around, it’s so good.
  8. AD

    AmandaD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delicious anniversary dinner with excellent service. The food was amazing, ambience wonderful and it made for a special celebration. We will be back!
  9. MZ

    MaggieZ

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Same experience as Mindy56. Also our waitress, Candice was attentive, knowledgeable and very friendly. “Sea Bass, mussels and veal liver were amazing. Service was top notch! We could converse and hear each other perfectly”
  10. l

    luv2dine

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We came for a birthday celebration and just loved the food and service. Will definitely come back. The pastas are outstanding!
  11. m

    mindy56

    Dallas

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sea bass & mussels were amazing. Service was top notch! We could converse & hear each other perfectly!
  12. JB

    JohnB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food. Among the best in New Mexico. Extensive wine list, focusing on wines from Italy. Creative cocktail list. Recommend the Vespa Martini even for those who don't drink martinis. Top class servers. Tasteful ambience and décor. A memorable experience. We will return soon.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All great. Will return. Only downside was music on stereo system. Somewhat distracting and terrible cover music.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner at Sassella last evening and it was excellent. The best meal we’ve had in Santa Fe, start to finish, and definitely the best service. We ate on the patio and had drinks in the bar before dinner. I wouldn’t want to eat anywhere else than on the patio. It was lovely: umbrellas, a gazebo, stools for your purse, and a nice breeze. I’m sure the dining room is also lovely, but it was a picture perfect night in Santa Fe and the patio could not have been more enjoyable. I had the prosciutto and melon special for my starter and my husband had a delicious salad with arugula, fresh ricotta, and melon. He had the pasta special which was gnocchi puttanesca with Seabass and I had the lamb. It was probably the best lamb I’ve ever had in my life. My husband had the cannoli for dessert and I had the tiramisu. Definitely the best cannoli I’ve ever eaten. Don’t get me wrong, the tiramisu was delicious, but the cannoli is something special. Our server was AJ. He could not have been nicer or more engaging if he tried. Thank you, Sassella, for making my husband’s birthday a night we will always remember.
  15. SM

    SM505

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is perfect for date night, casual, or celebratory. You can dress up or dress nice casual. The bar has a great vibe and awesome bartenders. The service is great across the board. And of course this place is a Royal Flush with the incredible food and spectacular drinks. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll leave very content!
  16. D

    Desert456

    New Mexico

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were dining with dear friends who had taken care of us after some recent medical issues….it was a payback lunch. Everything was great-especially Candace. She went above taking care of us…and had a complimentary glass of Prosecco to start-she was the best! Thanks, Robin Ward
  17. Y

    Yolie

    New Mexico

    296 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    296 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday experience. Sat in the courtyard and it was lovely for lunch. The White Sea Bass was phenomenal. My husband had his usual—bolognese which is great too. The Affogato was a nice finish. Excellent service.
  18. PC

    PeterC

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The squid ink linguini with Calabrian chili oil, shrimp and arugula was rich in flavors. The sweet marinara with the touch of spice from the chili oil and peppery flavor of the arugula came together beautifully in each twirl of the fork. The shrimp was perfectly done.
  19. AE

    AlissaE

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The settings is a perfect garden patio; quiet, shady, and tables set well apart for a feeing of privacy for each diner. The staff were also perfect: never intrusive, knowledgeable, and smooth. The food preparation was unique (order something with a lemon capsule, really, they make you want to move next door for a constant supply) and the plating was pure art.
  20. MW

    MikeW

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food and service. Mussels were the best I've had, amazing flavor and fresh. New dessert is a keeper... butterscotch pudding with raspberries on the bottom and decadent salted caramel topping. Incredible. They say it's going on the menu... and I hope it is permanent. Our fav restaurant as well as our 10 year old son!
  21. KR

    KayR

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lawrence….I have been to Sassella yesterday and today! Superb! The staff today was exceptional and Candace was amazing! Kay
  22. CG

    CaroleG

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My guest and I had a lovely evening in the bar on a rainy evening. Primo was wonderful pasta, and mains were sea bass and veal. Service was as perfect as it could get.
  23. CC

    CriticalCate

    New Mexico

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful meal. They don't seem to be having any problems with getting enough staff; maybe it's because the staff get to eat the food too. Very attentive service, nice ambience. It's one of our most loved restaurants!
  24. VM

    VandaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    best ever risotto! be sure to treat yourself to a table on the pretty patio
  25. MG

    MirandaG

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious meal and very attentive servers. Every thing was plated beautifully and tasted divine!
  26. L

    Leebo

    Nashville

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice Father’s Day brunch. Can’t wait to go back for dinner.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding food and service, pleasant atmosphere and quiet. A bit pricey, but well worth it. I’ll go back and won’t hesitate to recommend it to friends.
  28. E

    Esweets

    New Mexico

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service from Candace was excellent. We were sad we could not sit outside on their beautiful because of some wind and rain. Inside is very nice but a little loud. We recommend Sassella very highly. Our only concern is that their very extensive wine list is very expensive.
  29. JG

    JulieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious, and this outdoor dining during a welcme light rain was the best yet! Our party of three was amply sheltered by two large umbrellas the staff prepared. Such a nice dining experience.
  30. DL

    DonL

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experienced and kind waitstaff. Great food and attentive support
  31. RO

    RobbyO

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you like great Tuscan Italian food don’t miss Sassella.
  32. EH

    EmzH

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! Delicious wine! Nice servers!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We were very excited about our dinner at Sassella. The ambiance is nice and we really enjoyed elements of the evening. Our server was inattentive and curt. The bus boys were very attentive and one of the waitresses (who we would have loved to have as a server) was very helpful when she saw that we weren’t being helped. The food was good. We had the affettati misti antipasti which was very good. The carbonara seemed to have cream in it as part of the “foamed Parmesan” which ruined it for me, real carbonara doesn’t have cream. We also had a veal special which was yummy and the wild boar which was also quite good. We liked it fine overall but will not make a point to go back.
  34. G

    Gbc111

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe Fabulous food great service and the specials of the day are usually spectacular
  35. PH

    PaulH

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything which comes from the kitchen is perfection. Also, excellent wine and champagne selection.
  36. SF

    SFfoodie

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding experience at Sassella! Birthday celebration for husband, and everything about the meal and service was perfect. We split a "Varro" salad with arugula, housemate ricotta, grapes, cantaloupe, and crispy prosciutto. For entrees, husband had the special pasta which was to die for: pasta in béchamel with speck and peas. I had the mushroom carbonara with three types of parmesan, 65 degree sous vide egg and pancetta, and it was delicious. The service was impeccable, as usual, and the outdoor dining was lovely. Sassella is hands down, our favorite Santa Fe restaurant.
  37. JM

    JdwMaui

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food, knowledgeable staff about wine & food pairings. Best meal of our Santa Fe vacation!
  38. JP

    JuliaP

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    We were stunned with the fabulous flavors of everything served. Starting with a house cocktail to the special blue point oysters. Great bottle of wine. Caesar salad over the top. Lobster cooked perfect, Sea Bass to die for. Only negative. When out dining at a restaurant of this scale. Another table brought a baby. A crying baby. Im a grandmother now. But never would I have brought a baby to a restaurant of this scale. Much less any pain f my grandkids. Not the place. You could see the servers were uncomfortable with the situation. They did have her go out for a while. Mother and child. But back she came with more crying. Finally that ended. Sad to say, really was distracting for most of our meal.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A delightful and delicious evening out on the patio at Sassella started with the salad special of the evening, a wonderful mix of flavors and textures. The lamb with chocolate was heavenly, and dessert was equally wonderful. All of this was served by Candice who provided professional service that attentive without hovering. We also enjoyed an excellent bottle of Brunello. The wine list at Sassella is first rate, especially if you enjoy Italian wines. We'll definitely return the next time we are in Santa Fe, and have already recommended the restaurant to friends.
  40. r

    robertm

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Really enjoyed our meal here. The only hitch in the service was that one of the assistant waiters forgot to bring promised additional olive oil for the bread. Meal and wine were a little pricey, especially the wine, but it was a splurge. We’ll probably return sometime. Thanks!

FAQs

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

Sassella is rated 4.8 stars by 1141 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 33 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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