The Compound Restaurant

4.8
3283 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Compound Restaurant is a cornerstone of the culinary landscape in Santa Fe renowned for its distinctive style and elegance, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Owned and operated by Chef Mark Kiffin, winner of the James Beard award for Best Chef of the Southwest 2005, celebrated his 20th anniversary of ownership in 2020. Chef Kiffin’s seasonally Contemporary American menu focuses on Mediterranean influences highlighting available regional ingredients and local sourcing making the restaurant truly farm to table. Such seasonal menus offer hearty braised dishes like Osso Buco with pear in the fall and winter while in spring and summer feature fresh local vegetables such as ripe heirloom tomatoes and peaches along with naturally raised organic lamb and duck. The New York Times, Gourmet magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Wine Spectator have all selected the Compound as Santa Fe's favorite. Equally impressive are the wine program, cozy bar, and attentive staff.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SandraM
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! The food was outstanding and the service was exceptional.

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vipgridley
Denver
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

OK, first, I really love The Compound, having dined there for 46 years. It's had it's ups and downs. But the service is great, and the ambience can't be beat. And I have not been critical of any restaurant I've visited since the pandemic - everyone's just trying to keep their heads above water. But this visit was worrisome. How can a restaurant that irons its tablecloths when tables turn over serve red wine that's hot? The beet salad was overcooked and sparse on grapefruit. The scallops - good - were served with patatas bravas that were soggy. Patatas bravas should be the opposite of soggy. And the chorizo was more like iron shavings. One of my favorite dishes has been the sweetbreads in a sherry sauce. OK, it's fine to retire a dish and change up, though a loss for me. But now the sweetbreads are breaded and meant to be sautéed crisp (good that way too) - not soggy as they were. The sweetbread flesh had collapsed. The texture was that of wet cardboard. And why serve it over so-called risotto, which was an over-saffroned, mushy mess, with a bizarre tomato-cream thing underneath. Really? Then I'm served what I've come to expect: a brilliant dish of halibut on fava beans, white asparagus, and tiny stuffed pasta, in a nuanced butter-wine sauce - wonderful. I hope someone at this establishment is listening.

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Yodi
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Worth the price. Reserve early to guarantee eating at your preferred time.

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vipjoannew
New Mexico
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was excellent

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Primates
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

We've gone to the Compound in past years and always found it a lovely upscale experience. We had reservations and there were nice tables inside-we were seated at the entrance-even with social distancing, we could have had a nicer table. Hostess was not at all welcoming. Food was ok but not great-very basic lobster salad-no frills and brioche stick was average. It was a very hot day and no one offered to refill the water the whole time. Overall nothing worth coming back for

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience4

We have been going to the compound for many years and have always looked forward to it… Today was an exception. Last night when Sophia confirmed our reservation, she was abrupt and unfriendly. When we checked in, the maître d’ was cool and about his work of getting us seated with no acknowledgment. Although most of the wait stuff appeared to be quite friendly, our waiter was also rather brusque and not particularly friendly. The food, was quite good. However, I think we will take a year off permitting the staff to hopefully change and to have a change of attitude.

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RobertS
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The only negative were the two gentlemen at the door, having reservations for outside seating they tried to seat us inside. Waiting to be seated just before us, a walk-in party of two were given our table. I fully realize that establishments must take care of regular customers, if that’s the case, at least try to show some type of apology. Neither of the hosts ever stopped by our table to inquire how was our dining experience. An unshaded table next to the air conditioning unit and the bus station was not what I envisioned. I will say the service was outstanding along with the food, nor would it stop us from coming back in the near future.

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TonyM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superlative experience.
Great staff and excellent food.

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vipLove2eat
New Mexico
67 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL FOOD, COMPETENT and FRIENDLY STAFF, LOVE the building and ALWAYS BOOK THIS RESTAURANT-when we are in town.

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Bobfromcloseby
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A very nice place to enjoy a high-end meal; the food is very good and ambiance is very nice.

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vipDesert456
New Mexico
43 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sat on the patio nearest the front door-perfect and secluded for a girls’ catch up lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lovely, all of it. Perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best food we have had at any restaurant in a very long time. If I could give more than 5 stars I would! We had an awesome waiter too!

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Rich
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers and manager were wonderful. The pastrami is the best this side of NYC.

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vipMartyF
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Prices went up and quality not there!! The famous burger doesn't come with the side of avocado & tomato. The burger is smaller and not as good as past. The other famous food on the menu was the stack salad and now it's off the menu!!!! Don't understand what happened here???

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SheilaW
London
30 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, we say outside and that was great too.
I highly recommend The Compound.

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Responded on June 5, 2021

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StephanV
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Truly special experience from cocktail to aperitif. We often frequent top steakhouses but this may have been the best filet I have ever tasted. The halibut ceviche was unforgettable. Every vegetable and leaf of green was perfectly cooked, seasoned and purposefully placed. The sommelier recommended the perfect wine within our budget and taste and the service was professional and spot on. We were seated early and overheard the chefs instructions to the staff which ended with, “let’s go make people happy. That says it all.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 5, 2021

Happy anniversary! Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

He food and service was outstanding!
We still rave over the chocolate dessert!

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Responded on June 5, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing; as was the food and the margaritas

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Responded on June 5, 2021

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vipKarenC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Beautiful patio setting and service was very prompt and attentive. Highly recommend.

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Responded on June 5, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at The Compound. Marni, our server was delightful. The food....OH! Beautiful presentations and mouth watering taste. We highly recommend The Compound.

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Responded on June 5, 2021

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TimS
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superior service and exceptional food.

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Responded on June 5, 2021

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JeffC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many choices for fine dining in Santa Fe. We chose the Compound for our 25th Anniversary dinner and we were truly impressed and loved the entire evening! The patio is lovely, food and service exceptional. Thank you for making our special evening one to remember.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 5, 2021

Happy 25th Anniversary! Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

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AnniversaryCelebration
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful place. We went there to celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary and were not disappointed. My husband & I had the scallops and the filet. Both were do to perfection. If you haven't tried their Onion Rings as an appetizer, you are missing out. I know, it doesn't sound very elegant, but they are fabulous.

Great place. Loved the outdoor patio dining. Great experience. Glad they are open again.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 5, 2021

Happy anniversary! Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

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AnnM
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 30th anniversary at The Compound. It was truly a a special dinner. We shared the lobster tails and steak. Both were excellent. We will definitely come back.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 2, 2021

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tutone88
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely lunch on the patio. The setting was perfect as was the food.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 2, 2021

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RicannB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening and dinner. We shared a dozen oysters, succulent. My husband had tuna tartar as his main dish and he enjoyed it. I had lamb that was also very very good. Service was great and we somehow got the best table in the restaurant!

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Responded on June 1, 2021

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vipVicki
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This place takes itself way too seriously and does not try very hard to accommodate its patrons. Management definitely has an attitude.

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vipDave
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The patio is magical, as is the food and service. We felt special, which is the way fine dining should be.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 1, 2021

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ntpc
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. After our cocktails, we had a carrot soup. One of us had the salmon and the other has mushrooms with polenta. For dessert we had the called "Carrot Composition" - a carrot cake with some additions. Everything was delicious.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on May 30, 2021

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JoshM
Springfield
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lunch review: beautiful patio, 2 entrees both significantly under seasoned (wife had to ask for salt and she NEVER asks for salt), cocktails were good, service was good but stiff and overly formal. Good experience, but easily the worst of our meals in Santa Fe over our four day stay (and one of the most expensive).

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Responded on June 2, 2021

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vipSuza
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I can't say enough about the excellent food and service. A major problem presented with the general manager who insisted on directing attention to himself throughout our meal by barking orders and directions to the staff in front of our table, and as we were checking in, consciously ignoring us standing there, waiting to be directed to our table, while he spoke to the hostess about an insignificant issue (which could have waited). He was consistently ill-mannered and should not have been a manager of such a wonderful restaurant.

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Responded on May 30, 2021

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TimM
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic excellent dining. Outdoor garden patio is serene and beautiful.

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Responded on May 30, 2021

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LeslieAT02
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat on the north patio and had a lovely evening. The food was delicious except one Plate had a lot of hair on it and had to be sent back to the kitchen. They did comp that man’s meal and drinks which was definitely appreciated. Otherwise, it was a wonderful evening and the food was delicious!

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vipStashu
Seattle
39 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service especially from the wine steward, Christine.

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Responded on May 30, 2021

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CarolynH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is great and so is the food. The ambience is nice, too. Could use a little more light.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 2, 2021

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CarolynS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our food and waiter. Outside patio was perfect. The lobster salad could not have been better. The service was very good and food came at perfect time. Great place for special occasions and anytime.

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Responded on May 30, 2021

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just cannot beat your patios in a beautiful setting.
Excellent service-we always love it..thank you

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Responded on May 30, 2021

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vipAMDCRESTAURANTFINDER
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The food was overpriced even taking into consideration that it is supposed to be a high end restaurant. The dishes lacked some of the key ingredients in sufficient quantities. The food was
blah.

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Responded on May 30, 2021

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Santafetraveler
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner on the terrace. Delicious spring menu, attentive and COVID-considerate service.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on May 30, 2021

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The Compound Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 3283 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.