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The Compound Restaurant, Santa Fe, NM

The Compound Restaurant

4.6
4.6
4270 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 982-4353

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mark Kiffin

  • Private party facilities

    The picturesque gardens and elegant dining rooms of this historic setting have been the backdrop to many special moments for our guests. “In the heart of Santa Fe's famed art gallery row lies a little-known landmark of modern design. Established in 1966, Compound Restaurant is arguably the most gorgeous setting for private gatherings.

  • Private party contact

    Jane Steele: (844) 690-6783

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Cross street

    Paseo de Peralta

  • Parking details

    There is ample parking behind the restaurant and Holiday valet parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,270 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Contemporary American

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

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  1. JR

    JoanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, The Compound does not disappoint! Fabulous white Burgundy (Kristina was very helpful and knowledgeable!). Osso Buco was delightful and tender.
  2. M

    Mike

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great time. Glad to see the menu expanded from Covid era.
  3. R

    Rdtnm

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Compound is the perfect place for a special lunch.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded todayThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  4. MF

    MartyF

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I have been a fan of The Compound for about but I'm not a fan right now. I was excited about a seasoned chef, Weston Ludeke, joining the establishment. After looking at the lunch menu I just saw the same items as before other than the soup and meatballs. I ordered my hamburger medium rare....the middle was cooked that way but the the rest of the 8 oz hamburger was well done. This burger w/onion rings cost $22 but they took away the avocado salad that used to come with the burger. I was also disappointed that the stacked salad was gone from the menu. Why would any restaurant get rid of one of the most popular items on the menu.....Everyone I know in Santa Fe loved that salad! I am so disappointed and will not be going back there any time soon!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded todayThank you for your taking the time to share. We are saddened to hear you are no longer a fan of our restaurant because you feel the menu hasn't changed enough by the addition of two new lunch items and a new seasonal dinner menu, of which you choose not to try, but yet ordered the classic burger. At the end of the day, it's not that you want new items, but more over, your disappointment lies with the removal of the stack salad. Please note it won't be back and we understand you won't either.

  5. FL

    FoodLover

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe, a must dine every time we come. A lovely restaurant with wonderful food and professional service. Be back next time!!!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  6. j

    joand

    Phoenix

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Compound is always celebrational. We mentioned to our server that the lobster salad is better than ever. The same delicious dressing but the construction of the layered butter lettuce and the red claw meat piled on top was gorgeous.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  7. MS

    MikeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and the service is awesome. My wife loved the onion rings and I really liked the polenta dish

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  8. NS

    NicoleS

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was beyond amazing. Our server was just perfect!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  9. RW

    RichardW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb is an understatement. Service, food, even the sparkling water, was of the highest caliber. Salmon was buttery texture and full of flavor, lamb meatloaf was pink and succulent, mushrooms with polenta was scrumptious, a vegetarian delight. Every detail was attended to with grace. Cannot recommend highly enough!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  10. CS

    CherylS

    Oklahoma City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were incredible!! Best chicken schnitzel we’ve ever had! A true dining pleasure!!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, ended up at the bar amazing environment

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  12. Q

    Quesadilla

    Austin

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love The Compound. It’s our favorite upscale restaurant in Santa Fe.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  13. a

    andres

    New Mexico

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at the Compound is always terrific. The service, ambiance and the meal were outstanding.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  14. T

    Trudezzy

    New Orleans

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The hostess wasn’t a happy person. We were sat in the back room vs the rainbow room, as she said our most popular room and yet. There weee tables available when we left. I had asked to sit in the rainbow room. Not a happy feeling.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to make improvements. We look forward to seeing you again!

  15. MH

    MikeH

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. One of the best steaks, ever. Wine selection is world class. The service from start to finish was superb. Brian, our server, was professional, courteous and welcoming. Just knocked it out of the park. Our first time to the Compound ;we will be regulars.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  16. D

    Dragonsbreath

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious delicious dinner and great service!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  17. DD

    DiscerningDiner

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We have been enjoying this restaurant for about 25 years. After we moved here it became one of our favorites. Yesterday was very disappointing. The chicken schnitzel which was always our favorite lunch was tough and thick like they forgot to pound it. I have to say that they were kind enough to take the charges off the check because we couldn't eat them.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. We are sorry to hear about your experience but happy to hear that we rectified the situation at the time of your visit. After 25 years, we would hope our guests would let us know about their experience and allow us to make it right. Not being charged for an item you disliked seems fair, unlike posting a two-star review after we removed the item from your bill.

  18. D

    Diddy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! Everything was good, all the food was great. One did not like polenta.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  19. ME

    MustEat

    Western NC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! We had the seasonal salad with charred squash slices and pine nuts in a delicate dressing. The tenderloin was served over a uniquely flavored creamed spinach. Every morsel was melt in your mouth delicious. Everything is freshly made including the sour dough bread. Wine selection is notable; we found our favorite Cab. We finished with the autumn sorbet made of apples, pears and cardamom. It was a light and refreshing palette cleanser. Make your reservation!!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  20. c

    cabinmama

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly perfect dining experience — from my very personable and knowledgeable server, to the unbelievably fine vichyssoise, to the not-to-be-missed Gulf shrimp a la Plancha, and to the delicate and refreshing Honeycrisp apple sorbet! I especially want to compliment and thank Lawrence, the general manager, who gave me a wonderful history of the property, the chefs, and the designer Alexander Girard. A real treat!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  21. B

    Barb

    New Mexico

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the staff and the manager! I think the food is great and who wouldn't want to be in a restaurant designed by Alexander Girard with original art! It is my favorite restaurant in Santa Fe for ambiance!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  22. AS

    AnnS

    New Mexico

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner there were five of us, and we asked for a kind of a quiet corner which they allowed us to do. The wine and the food was lovely.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  23. j

    juliete

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a friend's birthday with a small group. Great place to do that!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  24. J

    Jefecito

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Compound is even better than I remembered - we had a spectacular dinner and booked lunch for two days later.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 17, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  25. B

    Bazzi

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, food lacking in taste.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 17, 2022Thank you for your review. Unfortunately it does not provide detailed feedback for us to make improvements. Please share specifics related to the dishes you ordered and include your contact information for our management team.

  26. r

    robbie

    New Mexico

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Exec. Chef, New dishes on the menu: Excellent! Lamb Meatloaf and Pappeardelle Pasta. Always good service, lovely surroundings.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 17, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  27. DA

    DavidA

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Compound is the jewel of Santa Fe. We go every week. The food is consistently excellent, under the guidance and leadership of Mark Kiffin and new executive chef Weston Ludeke. The food is amazing, simple yet sophisticated, using the best ingredients, carefully prepared. The fish is simply the best in Santa Fe. This is one of the few pristine mid-century modern, original, spaces in the country, designed by Alexander Girard. Full of folk art. the space is clean and comfortable. Service is always professional and every detail is well managed, which is not what you find at other spots in Santa Fe, post pandemic. The wine and beverage service, Kristina and Mike, are excellent as well. If you are looking for a spectacular dinner, with great food and excellent service, this is your place.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you for your wonderful review, DavidA! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food seemed dated, under seasoned, service was slow. Difficult to accommodate a gluten sensitive diet. Two of the four meals were served cold.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 19, 2022Thank you for your review. Unfortunately, it does not provide detailed feedback for us to make improvements. Please share specifics related to the dishes you ordered and include your contact information for our management team.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best resturants I have visited. Service, attention to detail all very very good, and the food was outstanding—creative, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious and memorable.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  30. c

    chazandbran

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Compound is a wonderful dining experience after strolling and shopping on Canyon Road. A quiet little hideaway to enjoy a delicious upscale meal. The onion rings are outstanding as a starter. The halibut was great. The staff were very friendly and helpful with making dinner choices.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 16, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  31. PT

    PatT

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always commendable. I go here every time I’m in Santa Fe. Food excellent and waitstaff in credible. Very attentive. Keep up the 5 star quality

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  32. AB

    AliciaB

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had made reservations months in advance and still were seated next to the bustling service area in the back of the restaurant. Also, a normally quiet restaurant, this evening a table of loud obnoxious over served people were sitting nearby The highlight was your wonderful wine director, Kristina.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The reservation for 8 pm was changed to 745 pm based on a phone call from the restaurant requesting the change. We arrived 740 and were seated. The water was delivered and then we sat unattended for 15 minutes. By 8 pm original reservation time, we were asked about drinks, We did not wish any alcohol. After watching servers attending the other tables after 35 mins I mentioned we had not had a server take our order. We were told it would be done shortly and bread was delivered. Finally, at 820 our order was taken. Service was horrible and the servers are obviously trained to ignore the customers
  34. SM

    SarahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there. I loved it. I will return. Over all great experience. Server was very nice. He gave us our space to just enjoy our food And have a great time. Gracias

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Santa Fe! An exquisite experience from start to finish! The atmosphere, the food, the staff are all top notch!!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 11, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  36. S

    Sandra

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Compound is our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe! The food is outstanding, the service is impeccable and we love it!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 11, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a lovely experience. Chicken Schnitzel a guilty pleasure, due to all that butter. Hamburger a tad over cooked; not medium rare as requested, but still delicious. Excellent server!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  38. A

    Aesop

    Houston

    97 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Our last four or five meals at The Compound have been disappointing, mainly due to fish and meat in main courses being overcooked/dried out: halibut like leather, grey pork chop, dry lamb shank, duck breast overcooked at one end and cut into two big hunks instead of sliced across the grain. Perhaps the new chef is responsible? Service is usually excellent. Ambiance is generally pleasant except that it can become very loud. (There is always a cacophony emanating from the bar.) We are going to take a pass for a while.
  39. B

    Bill

    New Mexico

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I had not been to The Compound for several years. After our recent meal, we wished we had been back sooner. My wife had the tuna poke salad and I had the chicken schnitzel and we shared a side of French fries. Everything was excellent. Our server Dakota was both efficient and pleasant. All in all a very nice experience. We look forward to returning soon.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 11, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  40. JB

    JohnB

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Appetizers were inventive with foam and unusual sauce but lack specific flavor profiles (Lobster and Scsllop). Warm Vichyssoise was good. Hash browns undercooked and stringy and distracted rather complimented. Halibut a bit tough on outside with poor crisping. Veggies good

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Compound Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 4270 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for The Compound Restaurant

653 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Paseo de Peralta

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There is ample parking behind the restaurant and Holiday valet parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mark Kiffin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (505) 982-4353

  • Private party facilities

    The picturesque gardens and elegant dining rooms of this historic setting have been the backdrop to many special moments for our guests. “In the heart of Santa Fe's famed art gallery row lies a little-known landmark of modern design. Established in 1966, Compound Restaurant is arguably the most gorgeous setting for private gatherings.

  • Private party contact

    Jane Steele: (844) 690-6783

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