The Blue Heron @ Sunrise Springs Resort

4.7
192 reviews
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Contemporary American
Dining at Sunrise Springs is a unique experience that may change the way you think and feel about food.
Our Executive Chef, Rocky Durham embraces the idea that food is a potent elixir for the body and mind. We work closely with local farmers to source seasonally available herbs, fruits, and vegetables to create a selection of vibrant and flavorful dishes.
Our in-house guests enjoy breakfast in the Sages Café, a delightful dining space that imbues the warm earth tones of the natural landscape. The serene setting also includes a koi pond that flows from inside the Sages to the outdoor fountain and patio.
Lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch are now open to the public in the newly-restored Blue Heron Restaurant, a historic building overlooking the spring-fed pond.
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AL
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and the food was very flavorful. Just a note to those bringing young children to bring your own booster seat if needed (we called ahead and knew to bring one.)

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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is a vegetarian's delight! Lots of choices, the veggie bowls were delicious. The meat eaters were very happy, too.

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k
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was stellar as expected. We had the vegan special . I wish more restaurants would do something similar.
What I was not comfortable with was the ambient temperature in the room. It was chilly for me. With the contemporary decor (minimal), being chilly, besides, was less than comfortable for me.

We will be returning during the day or when the weather warms up.

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MM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three of us all had the same lunch: green chile cheeseburgers. They were as good as the best in Santa Fe, if a little more expensive than most. My wine was excellent, again a little expensive for this town. The service was perfect.

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C
San Antonio
21 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had some of the best pumpkin ravioli in sage butter sauce here. Also, the house made sodas are really tasty!

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J
New Mexico
29 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Outstanding food. Our wait staff was very kind but we received the wrong food, waited so long for cream for the coffee that the coffee had to be sent back and a new cup (the steam and heat from it indicated microwaved....bad form) provided. Our guest ate the food delivered and enjoyed it because waiting again was not a great idea. Our wait staff told us that the kitchen was yelling at her. For what? And did we need to know that? I think more help may be needed for a stunning menu with fair prices and excellent quality.

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MC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Chef Rocky is superb. Seasonal fresh ingredients. Had breakfast lunch and dinners there and loved all.
Host was wonderful too. Nice waiting room area, wish there was a bar to hang out for evenings when finished with dinner and staying on property.

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LN
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 3

A beautiful evening with excellent food marred by the ego of the chef.

I dined with vegans, but ordered the rib eye myself. The Pinot was excellent and although the room was quite stark, the atmosphere was still festive. Our appetizers, the tamale and brussel spouts, were delicious, the tamale being the star of the two. We shared a salad and was greeted by a very nice gentleman, to whom we gave our rave reviews, however this same person would have to return to our table later to view my main course. The dinners arrived timely and the vegan burger and loaded sweet potato were beautifully plated and delicious.

FIRST my GRILLED FILET OF RIBEYE looked precisely like a filet, no beautiful marbling, simply rich meat. Hardly a complaint however not the same as a ribeye and for some odd reason, was served in a large bowl. SECONDLY it had been nearly sliced in half, no doubt to check the doneness of the meat.
THIRDLY, the blue rare center was actually cool to the touch, so much so that I knew it was absolutely too undercooked for me to enjoy, especially since I had ordered MEDIUM.

After debating over sending it back and inserting this dilemma into our evening, I did ask for the steak to be cooked a wee bit more, only to have it returned to me in two pieces that were butterflied and hammered way past well done and inedible. Flipping a steak back onto the heat for a few moments to get that center warm and medium was my request, instead, the obviously insulted chef chose to school me by destroying my dinner. The mashed potatoes were excellent and the broccolini were undercooked.

Front of house staff were excellent in making sure I left satisfied, however they also told me the chef would come to speak to me and although I did at one point see him on the floor, he avoided me and my eye like a plague.

It was CHRISTMAS EVENING and we had hiked and enjoyed 10,000 Waves and hoped for a good dinner with excellent food however it was marred by the ego of the chef.

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E
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunrise Springs and the Blue Heron are a bit out of the way but my friends and I will definitely come back. We want to try the outdoor dining area. The food was excellent and service very good.

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GH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Chili Cheeseburger! Dining room is very light.

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e
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Much more casual than I anticipated. The food was very good. The service was very friendly but long gaps where no one could be found to order more wine, order dessert and to greet people at the door. Perfect restaurant for spa-goers as opposed to general public based on our experience.

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S
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good wine selections, lovely decor, and very good service. It was fun to find such a super restaurant "off the beaten path" (which it definitely is!) We really felt welcomed by the staff and enjoyed our evening at Blue Heron tremendously.

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HE
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will return for the vegan options! Such a relief to dine in a restaurant that was welcoming to plant-based dining choices and that didn't require us to ask 50 questions. I will come back with more friends, hopefully for brunch and lunch and not just dinner.

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BM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistently very good food and a beautiful location. Before or after your lunch try a tub soak at their Spa. Lunches can be pretty pricey though with most options running between $15-20.

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SB
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely superb Thanksgiving dinner! What a beautiful setting. The food was fantastic from appetizer to dessert and our server was attentive and friendly. Even with every table filled, the noise level was reasonable and the great food and service continued. We will definitely be back. How did we NOT know about this place???

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JT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went for our Anniversary during thanksgiving. It was amazing. We had the special thanksgiving dinner, it was AMAZING. GREAT place to get away and relax

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P
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to chef Rocky Durham. He was very helpful and my husband enjoyed talking to him
about cooking. It was the best turkey dinner we ever had - over the top!
Great flavor and presentation, and the staff was gracious. And of course the setting can't be matched-
there was a full moon rising as we arrived, making the beautiful landscape quiet and calming.
Sunrise Springs is the ultimate New Mexico getaway.
It was a Thanksgiving gift.

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MR
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! The food is worthy of the beautiful views. Both are very nourishing to the body and soul.

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

The staff here is amazing; friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The food is good but not spectacular, presentation is beautiful. The menu needs more variation. We stayed at the Spa for 4 nights and the menu only changed minutely during that time. Lunch and dinner menus are the same.

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OT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A wonderful experience. We had a table overlooking the water, and my companion had a view of the full moon as it rose. She had the paella, I had the butternut squash ravioli, we split a house salad before and pumpkin cheesecake after. Everything was delicious, and after we walked the gardens in the moonlight. The only drawback was with the wine. We ordered a bottle of wine, but their table chillers were lost(?), so they put it back in their fridge and we had to wait on our server when we wanted to refill our glasses.

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BM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant has a stunning setting. Spring fed pond, huge old cottonwoods, gardens, koi pond, spa etc. "Celebrity Chef" Rocky Durham runs a fine kitchen. My only reservation is they don't have much in the way of lunch specials so the midway meal can be a bit pricey. This visit was 4 "mid-priced" entrees including two sandwiches , 2 deserts and on this occasion no alcohol and with a 20% tip it totaled almost $150. But whatever we will certainly be going back.

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ME
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, excellent service, lovely setting - we will be returning soon!

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

My husband and I decided to celebrate our anniversary at the Blue Heron. We are vegetarians and we checked the menu on line to make sure there were vegetarian options. We liked the modern decor and the lovely grounds. We were seated quickly even though we arrived early for our reservation. It was a Tuesday night and there were several open tables. Our server arrived almost immediately with her pad out and asked if we were "ready to order!" We had to explain that we'd like to order a drink and take a little time to review the menu. I'm afraid that really set the tone. The wait staff needs to be trained in the customs of fine dining.
I think $18 for a glass of Kim Crawford 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is just a bit much. It was a generous serving, I'll admit, but please, I could buy a bottle for that price.
We ordered the roasted beet and chèvre appetizer and it was delicious, although I thought the trend of putting wiggly lines of sauce all over a dish was over. They were kind enough to split the dish for us since we told our server we were sharing. Our main courses were the poblano relleno and the tamale and both were very good. Good flavors, good presentation, and the servings were generous. At the end of the meal our server brought our check and then disappeared. There were some interesting non-veg options that looked good. And some veggie bowls for the spa-oriented diners. In general I'd say they need to decide if they are targeting a casual spa clientele and the prices should reflect that. Or if they are targeting fine dining and the service should reflect that.

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L
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Blue Heron is part of there Sunrise Springs Spa Resort and therefore has mostly in house guests. My sisters and I were there for 4 nights and we encountered two main problems: inconsistency of food quality and preparation and the lunch/dinner combined menu which did not change except for one item here and there. The service was good, but also inconsistent. However, the food and beverage manager, Ben, was very receptive to our comments and recommendations. We would go back and hope they have corrected some of the problems mentioned.

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R
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we get me enjoyed the restaurant. food and staff were excellent! we would certainly return. loved everything about sunrise springs.

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l
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Superb food in reasonable portions! Enjoyed all our meals! Thank you

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CH
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was delicious. The location was beautiful (outside by the pond). The main waiter was friendly, attentive and competent. The service staff were not! In removing plates, our utensils were taken and not replaced (twice) prompting us to have to request more; they were unprepared to properly serve the right dish to the person who ordered it thus creating a chaotic changing of plates, etc. In a lesser restaurant this would not be a problem, but I expect more from a Rocky Durham establishment.

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Well what can I say if you are going to charge me for a upscale experience then provide me with one. How is it that when you clear a place setting from a table you take the fork of one of your guests that is actually eating. How also can you tell me that NO BODY noticed that person eating the salad with their bare hands. When I order a rib eye steak I expect to get one not two pieces of meat that don’t even resemble a steak. Fine dining should NOT be about heirs but actually about fine dining. This place is FO and you guys know it. Maybe next time I come there I will not only not have to ask for a fork for my friend eating with her hands but also I might be served a REAL fork and knife when I order a steak. I used the ONLY fork I was given to eat with which was a salad fork but also the food had no specialness @ all. It looked pretty but didn’t taste special.

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G
New Mexico
65 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing outdoor dining. Service was great, food was very good, however light on portions. A bit disappointed the only Chardonnay by the glass was unoaked. A bit high per glass pricing, but so is every other restaura not in SF.

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e
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

its unfortunate but the setting is special for santa fe ... its an oasis in the high desert with a spring ... but the place is run down and its obvious that its not a first class spa . The grounds are not kept up and the staff is nice but not qualified .They seem to lack any kind of management and hire any one . Food is not even edible . I ordered Edamame sent it back because they were overcooked , the shishito peppers had too much oil could not eat the hummus made of peas was as if just blended and that was it , the bread was cold and stale the fish was frozen a couple of years ago and smelled terrible . The only value was the French Burgundy . If they did not have that I would of had gotten up and left without paying .

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WA
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Good food but very small portions. Service pleasant but inattentive

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JT
New Mexico
44 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We actually stumbled on this place just trying to find someplace new in Santa Fe. Searched using Open Table app and it looked interesting. When we got there, we were blown away by the setting. When we realized it was the sister property to Ojo Caliente (where we had just spent three days), we changed our reservation to come here instead of back to Ojo for a winter anniversary get away. Food is outstanding. We look forward to returning in a few months.

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RS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

We stayed at Sunrise Springs Resort & Spa and had most of our meals at The Blue Heron. The food selections were fine, not terribly exciting nor memorable, but the service was mediocre and the indoor dining room is very bland and ordinary. The outdoor terrace is very nice but seating limited...and there are no portable heaters to make it more comfortable in the cooler evenings.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fresh from the on-site greenhouse and gardens, is beautifully prepared, and the menu has choices that would please everyone. The service was quick and friendly. I will definitely return for the beautiful outside or inside dining and the great food. It's a perfect place for special occasions or just a Saturday night treat.

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R
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistent quality. Unique setting overlooking rare natural spring in the greater Santa Fe area. Chef Rocky Durham had been a partner in recently defunct culinary school.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our waitress did not speak fluent English. Many of the dishes we ordered were not what they chould have been. The ceasar salad, for example, was made with arugula....

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s
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very interesting, healthy menu appealing to a wide variety of tastes. Incredibly friendly and competent staff. We loved it.

The table next to us we displeased with the viscosity of their dish and they were responded to with sincere attention and care. Without that incident, not the fault of the establishment IN ANY WAY, as far as we could tell, our evening dining experience would have been perfect.

Breakfast the next morning-outside, peaceful, delicious and healthy!

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LS
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food in a beautiful setting. Every aspect of our brunch was superb!

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HM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started with great service and just got better with the right ambiance, excellent food.

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D
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I very much enjoyed the creative quinoa stuffed pablano peppers, Maryland blue crab salad and vegan burger. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun overlooking the tranquil ponds. What a wonderful place to visit!

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