The Blue Heron @ Sunrise Springs Resort

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$31 to $50
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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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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food love the vegan options!

AV
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my eating experiences at the Blue Heron. Executive Chef Rocky Durham creates very hearty, healthy, & happy dishes! I had the please of meeting him & feel he takes the dinning experience at Blue Heron very seriously!

H
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue, great food!

LM
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing find in Santa Fe from someone who lives here! The food is excellent and innovative. The wine list is extensive and the setting is idyllic.

S
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, we arrived a bit early. We were seated immediately. Great. Menu and great value as well. We will return on our next trip through Santa Fe

JM
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food choices, well prepared and well served, in a relaxing environment.

EH
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening in a fabulous setting! The food was delicious, service was attentive and timely. The location can't be beat, truly lovely.

MA
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it! One of the prettiest spots in Santa Fe with great food.

s
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely grounds to stroll. Friendly staff everywhere. Excellent food

G
New Mexico
71 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love lunch outdoors at Sunrise Springs. This visit, we had to wait for a table even though I made reservations for an outside table. The shrimp appetizer and avocado crab salad were the hits of the day. My flatbread came out wrong and by the time I received my order everyone was through eating and I have to say was not worth the wait. Crust was great, toppings were sparse and tasteless. They need to add less expensive wines by the glass to the menu. Only one offer of Chardonnay $17. And one Sparking $15. Ridiculous.

KW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spa and best food ever! Excellent service.

KW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was unbelievable and the service was superb! Will definitely go again!

A
Los Angeles
170 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The mushroom fritters were great. So was the salmon and the soup. Smoothies and huevos rancheros and breakfast burrito were excellent.

The only problems were the fruit flies all over the granola at breakfast and the gnocchi. Kind of gluey and too big of a portion.

Claudio was awesome!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great patio dining! Food was very good.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every part of our experience was exquisite! The environment was so beautiful and was only surpassed by the incredible menu and food.

T
New Mexico
53 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had a lovely afternoon with massage at the Spa. Friend and I went for dinner afterward. split a wonderful beet salad and she loved her ribeye. perfectly cooked. and the scallop dish I had was excellent. relaxing meal with good service. will return again

OT
New Mexico
76 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

While the food offerings from Chef rocky Durham are creative and delicious, the restaurant continues to struggle with service at their outdoor seating area. That is a shame because, especially this time of the year, it is a restful, beautiful place to have lunch with friends.

K
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

It is a beautiful location. A true retreat. The restaurant should have gotten a 5 star from me. But sadly it didn't. The service was slow and lacked customer attention. We arrived for a 5:30 reservation on time and didn't leave until after 7 pm. We do not drink alcohol--only water. The appetizer and salad/soup arrived in a timely manner BUT the entree course was delayed significantly. The wait person never checked in with us to advise why it was taking so long nor was there any apology for the late serving. The entrees were good except for the cauliflower mash. It was gooey, not a good whip like potatoes. For dessert I ordered the apricot gelato which was too tart. My partner ordered the fresh fruit described by the wait person was strawberries and blueberries as served the previous evening. But what was delivered were two slices of watermelon and a few pieces of pineapple. A huge disappointment and the wait person should have come back to advise what fruit was being served. The desserts took time to deliver as well.

It is very unusual for me to give a review which is "bad news" but it was very disappointing.

CR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a spectacular setting, a true treasure for the Santa Fe Area! A sanctuary with wonderful food, service.
Peaceful and beautiful
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DH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal - delicious food beautifully presented, and superb service - including very gracious response to a small misstep in the food prep. Thanks to Lucy and Ben. We look forward to our next opportunity to visit you! (The only downside was a group of very loud women in a very celebratory mood at the next table ... blessed low-level conversational noise level returned when the party broke up.)

E
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farm fresh and delicious! The salad reminded me of the ones I had hand picked from my grandmother’s garden. And the green chili on the cheeseburger was delicious and nice and hot 🔥

HH
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The truffled risotto appetizer mostly tasted like salt, and way too much of it. The pork belly on the noodle entree was cooked until it was hard and carbonized. Overall, I think they want to charge like they serve outstanding food, unfortunately, the food can't live up to the price. Also, took a very long time for our server to come and take our food order.

FR
San Antonio
20 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a Birthday Celebration with friends and we could have not chosen a more delightful, beautiful restaurant, minutes from downtown Santa Fe. Had drinks at the Moon House overlooking beautiful lake and gardens.

DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and inventive vegan options. Wonderful view. Impeccable service.

TC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We had 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts. The resort overall is an excellent place. We were "hot and cold" about The Blue Heron, though. For our taste, the menus were too avant garde. The service was good, as was the ambiance. Food presentation was excellent and quality very good. But the prices were too high. For example, a glass of not-so-special Chardonney was $15.00 - with 20% tip and taxes, that works out to $20.00 or so. Similarly, a side order of bacon at breakfast was $5.00 - $6.50 with taxes and tip - and consisted of 2 small strips of bacon. That works out to $3.25 for a strip of bacon! Too, we had a reservation for 6:00 via Open Table that we wanted to change to 6:30, and Open Table indicated nothing available until 7:15 - but we were at the restaurant from 6:00 until 7:00 and it was not having half full at the busiest of times between those hours. I don't know if that is a flaw in the reservation system or a way of controlling "traffic" flow for the kitchen and staff - but there is no reason whatsoever our request couldn't have been accommodated.

MA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

As vegans were very pleased to find a fine dining menu with vegan options in Santa Fe. Very peaceful and relaxing setting with food equally pleasing. We had the English pea hummus, three sisters, and a vegan green chile cheeseburger. Each dish was excellent and the carrot cake dessert was sinful.

OT
San Antonio
47 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We ate at The Blue Heron for the third time this past week. We'd had lunch there (fun and good), brunch there (fun and sitting outside was lovely) and then, unfortunately, we tried dinner. There were four of us, and none of us enjoyed our meal. First, the service was extremely slow even though most tables were empty when we arrived. Shortly after, the tables became fairly full, and we noted other tables getting their food long before we did, even though we were there first. Our waiter was "professional" but not particularly pleasant and everyone in the restaurant just seemed overwhelmed. My husband asked for french fries that were very crispy. The waiter quipped "all of our fries are very crispy". Well, they weren't even close. They were cooked, but lightly and there was no crisp about it. Only one of us ordered desert, and he didn't eat it. Thought it was terrible. We all sort of snacked around on our food and all of us left food on the plates. Needless to say, we won't be going back.

ES
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Booking with OpenTable showed only 6pm and 8:30pm rez for dinner (rez made 2 weeks in advance)...arriving at 6pm the dining room was almost empty the whole time we were there...2.5 hours+...?? Our waiter never served an appetizer (altho we were not charged), the salmon dinners were over cooked and sent back...returned with raw cooked salmon. The polenta with Chicken dinner was tasteless....when mgr came by to ask how everything was, he never stayed to hear our responses...one person told him adequate, but I don't think he heard or cared. When mentioned to him about OpenTable only showing 6pm or 8:30 pm rez, he didn't seem to care...this was a birthday dinner for our friend...what a disaster...

PD
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent and the ambiance was outstanding. The wait staff were a little clunky but the overall experience was awesome.

JL
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal, good service and vegan options for my daughter

r
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went on the Fourth of July. They were understaffed, which is expected on a holiday. The server did a pretty good job, I think, for what he had to handle. I had the scallops, which were small and overcooked, but my husband enjoyed his meal. The atmosphere was wonderful and the staff did their best.

L
Oklahoma City
135 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was wonderful. Staff needs better training on service. You don’t rush a customer to order and YOU DON’t take away all plates until everyone is finished. Teach your staff this.

OT
New Mexico
77 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting for excellent dining makes for an outing worthwhile.

NK
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just had brunch at the Blue Heron. The setting is lovely with both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the landscaped grounds (including ponds which are unusual in New Mexico). The cuisine is creative, the preparation excellent, the presentation attractive, the portions just right. The service was friendly and professional.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Peaceful atmosphere with beautiful views. My daughter ordered the potato gnocchi with puttanesca sauce. The gnocchi was a little mushy and the sauce was overpowered by the oregano, but the portion was right and we appreciated the attention given to fresh ingredients. I ordered the pan seared scallops— they were cooked well but they were small scallops; I’m used to the scallops being much larger like we get in Alaska and I’m not sure where these came from. The roasted asparagus was flavorful and crisp and I especially appreciated the wasabi aioli. Best of all, our server was fantastic and she was very kind and caring. I would definitely eat here again.

JB
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten here multiple times and will continue to eat here during every visit. Breakfast is fabulous! Lunch is delicious with a glass of wine outside! Dinner is good - being a vegetarian I am limited, but I opted to try the fish since I eat fish only when I expect it to be grand. The salmon was very good. The staff is delightful and attentive and you are never in a rush. The wine selection is good. The salads are fresh. It is all good here! If you visit, do not skip eating in the restaurant or you'll be missing out!

m
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Held a birthday brunch for myself.
Beautiful location
A divine day.

LR
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We continue to visit our nearby neighbor, The Blue Heron at Sunrise Springs. Each time, whether just us or with out of town visitors, we are greeted warmly and welcomed to this calm, serene locale. The food is very good, and in time, it might be outstanding (which is such a high bar, in my opinion). The freshness of the ingredients is evident and the combinations are innovative. The portions are a bit meagre, however - often I feel a need to have had an appetizer to fill up a bit before arriving. As a "local," I wish that there were some items that would invite us to come for wine and cheese or hummus or something more imaginative than I am at the moment. Needing a reason to dine for a special reason means that we do not go over as often. I wonder if the intent is to be a destination only rather than the needed nearby experience we so need here on the fringes of the City Different. The Blue Heron is totally worth the little ride from the downtown area, out to another type of Santa Fe experience, here in our rolling hills and arroyos.

JE
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The meal and service were really good, and the setting is beautiful. The wine list was also good, although prices were slightly on the high side. The resort itself is a serene and peaceful oasis. However, the last few miles before you arrive at Sunrise Spring wind through an area filled with trailer parks, a downer. Those not staying at the resort might not want to drive it late at night.

E
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flat iron steak was tender and done to perfection. The veggies and mashed potatoes were a good complement. Guacamole and chips appetizer was excellent. The arugula Caesar salad with Parmesan crisps was delicious, although it could have used a touch more dressing. Sunrise Springs is a beautiful location. We sat on the patio to have our meal. Servers were attentive and friendly. The prices are higher end but as expected for this caliber of restaurant. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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