The Compound Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Compound Restaurant is a corner stone of the culinary landscape in Santa Fe renowned for its distinctive style and elegance, recently 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, celebrates 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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GW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Wait staff were great and knowledgeable.

T
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A remarkable meal! The lobster was terrific as was the blood orange margarita.

EE
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The sommelier was absolutely outstanding. Not only does she know wine inside and out, up and down, she is willing to open bottles in order to find the exact one that pleases your palate. The service staff was outstanding. A bit disappointed in the food. The 'pizazz' that lights up your mouth just wasn't there. One person's dish was undercooked. The accompaniments were skimpy and lacked inspiration.

RM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service with ample and convenient parking.

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very consistently good food and excellent service. Great for business dinners

KS
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Both food and service were very nice for our special occasion evening. I would like to make one suggestion, however. We were seated at a two-top table in the first dining area to the left as you enter the restaurant. Our table abutted a blocked off wooden exterior door which made this location similar to being seated at the dreaded table by a restaurant’s kitchen door. I didn’t ask if another table was available so that is my fault. But here is my suggestion: If a table must abut this wall and door, please clean and/or repaint said wall and door. Over time customers had splashed food and beverage on both which was unsightly and, frankly, a bit disgusting for such an expensive and upscale restaurant. Dining in a corner by a sealed off door with food splatters all over rather took the bloom off an otherwise pleasant evening.

AM
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Compound is a place of casual elegance, which I've enjoyed many times over the years. I am not, however, a fan of Angus beef, which began to be served with the change of ownership several years ago. There is no substitute, in my opinion, for prime beef.

AN
Edmonton
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We arrived at 5:50 pm for our 6:00 pm reservation and were greeted almost immediately (they were still setting up tables etc). We were escorted to our table and after we got settled at the table, our waitress said: Happy Anniversary and we are glad you are dining with us on this special occasion. Water and wine were brought to our table (wine first), while we looked over the menu. For us there were some special plates that we didn't recognize, and our waitress (again) helped us out. We ordered one item off the appetizer menu and then our meals off the regular menu. Our waitress kept our wine glasses topped up regularly, which we enjoyed. Our Food was good. The only thing that was missed was the "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate on a plate with cookies...… one of the pictures shown on their web site. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone even if they aren't celebrating a special event like we were.

TR
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the bar. It was warm & cozy. The food and service were fantastic! Highly recommend.

Z
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A mezcal cocktail began the journey. Parsnip soup followed, then lobster over pasta with a delicate arrabbiata sauce. And of course, desert—any will be great. Hadn’t been in awhile. Still one of the top spots in Santa Fe.

I
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant on Canyon Road. Romantic, great food and a great location.

KC
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great since we’ve been going in 70’s!

s
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The Compound has always been a favorite of ours for the food, ambiance and service. I ordered a chicken dish that was very unappealing and according to the server it was done with the sous vide process and then cooked for the dish. The dish should be taken off the menu until it is rethought and prepared differently. I first thought it wasn't cooked through and then when it was returned to me, it was just hotter. Our server brought me something else. A friend ordered the same thing and had the very same reaction. It was a huge disappointment. Others in our party were pleased with their choices. Our server did her best and was very good.
So of course I'll still recommend our old favorite, but maybe just not right now.

F
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a foodie paradise and service perfect!
Had the beets salad turn incredible duck
Not a dessert person but the apple tartin was beyond special!

s
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food in a nice quite environment. Food always good.

C
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Not the service or attention to detail we expected though.

OT
Orange County
67 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great our server was very attentive. Had beef tenderloin and it melted in your mouth. Pork porterhouse was incredible. Highly recommend.

AQ
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We were visiting Santa Fe from Los Angeles, and I found this restaurant for our 1 year anniversary and based on the reviews, it sounded great. Unfortunately, we felt it wasn't that great. Good things: they did bring us a sip of champagne each and wrote happy anniversary with some desserts at the end. I did enjoy my lamb as it was quite tender. Not So Good Things: the pork dish was undercooked and we had to send it back. The server didn't really know the wine list very well and he seemed a bit razzled each time he came to visit. He also kept taking the wine menu away, even though we still wanted to look. The ambiance felt a bit modern/santa fe like, but it was kind of cold, meaning not as warm as I would have liked. Overall, while we did enjoy our anniversary, it wasn't a favorite as others have mentioned and I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to future visitors.

AJ
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Love the bar, which is where we sat this time.

K
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Compound is still one of the best restaurants in Sante Fe. I have dined here on 3 different occasions over several years and it has not lost its appeal! Love it!

CG
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, atmosphere and food! Highly recommend!

WR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. Friendly, competent and attentive staff. Well prepared, beautifully presented and delicious food. The kitchen accommodates dietary desires and preferences. The best restaurant management team of anywhere that I’ve been. Formidable wine list and bar selections. I am treated like visiting royalty every time I come in.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will be back again!

MS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place and my wife and I had a lovely meal. We had hoped to enjoy the bar but it requires a reservation, a reservation that apparently holds one’s place for an indefinite amount of time.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Two foodie couples traveled to Santa Fe for quick five night get away. We had heard wonderful things about the Compound and arranged a Monday night reservation for dinner. We thought the ambiance was very nice. The cocktails and onion ring appetizer were wonderful and we were looking forward to a great evening. Our server was attentive and helpful with the menu until he was assigned a number of other tables. We ordered a bottle of wine with dinner and some time passed before we had the servers attention again - after another extended period he returned to tell us they did not have the wine-we ordered another bottle - again after watching him serve meals to several other tables - he returned to tell us the second bottle of wine was out of stock. He suggested one in the same price range without showing us the wine list again. By this time, we said OK and the bottle was served. Finally, our food was presented and it looked very good but when we began to eat, we realized it had apparently cooled while we were waiting on the wine. Needless to say, we were disappointed with the quality. The lack of attention by the wait staff was less than impressive, understandable given the number of tables assigned. Doubt we would give it another try.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to celebrate love.

WC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful! Our favourite place! The food and service and the environment.....

t
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing menu, excellent wine list, phenomenal service!!

PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice upscale restaurant. Excellent service, great wine list. Delicious food, prices are in line for this type of restaurant. Sound level was perfect - you could hear your conversation but not your neighboring table’s. And, there was good spacing between the tables. Would definitely go back and recommend to others.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Mushroom soup is amazing.

RR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

NY
New Mexico
40 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent server whose recommendations for both wine and food were perfect. We loved the special treat for our anniversary dessert.

F
Memphis
27 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous dinner!!

S
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I have not been to The Compound in 4 years, a trip to Santa Fe must include a meal at The Compound! The food is always top quality with a lovely presentation each time I visit. The service is casual, yet upscale, the restaurant has managed to stay updated - and aesthetically pleasing to the eye!
My last visit was on a Sunday evening and you would have thought it was a busy Friday or Saturday, the atmosphere lively but cozy at the same time. I highly recommend to anyone planning a trip to Santa Fe and Canyon Road!

ME
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The landmark interiors have been seriously compromised by the redecorating scheme, with its NYC chairs, Wall to Wall carpeting, and yellowed walls.

OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made the reservation because I wanted to visit a restaurant designed by my favorite designer, Alexander Girard, and I was delighted with the decor. For that reason, I hadn’t been as focused on the food quality when I chose the restaurant, but the meal and the service were superb! The seasonal pear and parsnip soup was distinctive and delicious, the entrees (swordfish and the stacked salad with chicken) were fantastic, and the plum cake with black pepper sorbet and the goat cheese cheesecake with pistachio crust and poached pears were amazing.

P
New Mexico
50 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway the best and consistent!

b
Naples
31 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Our first impression as the waiter bypassed our table to seat locals and make sure they were comfortable and had drinks first was not a good one. Most of the diners in this wait persons area were seated at the same time which made for a wait for many of us that would not have been necessary if the management of this restaurant scheduled their reservations better. We were quite surprised to find the drinks and food ordered to be excellent. We are foodies and enjoy a fine dining restaurant atmosphere, but unfortunately didn't find the service to equal the food. Maybe one of the neighboring restaurants could give some lessons on first class service to all of their patrons!

S
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Beware of making a 2:00 lunch reservation. Apparently, the restaurant does not want 2:00 diners. The waiter told us as we were seated that the restaurant closes at 2:00 but the chef was aware we were there so we would be served. The hostess made no mention of a problem. We felt rushed. Overall not a good experience in a restaurant we have been to dozens of times. Open table offered the 2:00 reservation. There were many diners in the restaurant at the time we arrived and others were there when we left at 3:00.

M
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant for fine dining. The atmosphere is lovely and the food delicious. We and our guests from Southern California all enjoyed it. One of our best meals during their stay in Santa Fe.