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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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 30, 2020

Ends: January 31, 2119

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-9:00PM
Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:00PM 5:00PM-9:00PM

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VG
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary in Santa Fe which we have done for many years. We have chosen the Compound for many of those dinners. This year there were few restaurants open because of the Coronavirus. This was the last night that any restaurants could be open because of the governor’s orders to only do takeout starting the following day. Even though they were not busy like they normally are they made sure we had a wonderful evening. The food, service, and atmosphere were excellent.

K
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Compound has become my favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. Sophisticated cuisine, wonderful atmosphere and great wait staff

C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet dining . Social distancing observed. Lovely meal

J
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is not a vegan friendly restaurant and one would expect that such a fine dining restaurant would be able to accommodate special diets. I asked for just a dish with vegetables that were being served, nothing special. I was given a large mound of risotto with a few vegetables mixed in. Bland and sort of an after thought, On the other hand, my husband’s dish of filet and lobster was delicious and well-prepared. Salads and dessert were delicious, as well. Service was friendly and professional and prices were what one would expect at a fine dining establishment.

VM
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing evening ever! Thank you to the staff and every detail that was part of our wonderful evening! The meal was perfect, the service provided was and always is world class! We appreciate everything and everyone at The Compound!

SF
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I'm a 28 year resident in Santa Fe and have watched the slow disintegration of this restaurant. The cottage cheese ceiling treatment to cover old vigas and plaster is not only very visually off-putting, destroying the ambience of this historic landmark building, the noise level and horrible acoustics are not helped by this ceiling treatment. There is not a seat or a place in the restaurant to sit comfortably where you are not overhearing other's conversations. My husband and I have tried many seating options over the years, aside from the outdoor patio, the ambience needs a lot of improvement. The menu provides our favorites, the Schnitzel never disappoints. But honestly, the hard surfaces, glaring white of the entire place and noise level will keep us away in the future.
We were very disappointed yesterday. For the money, we can do much better in this town.

n
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Compound always delivers!

M
Phoenix
48 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

There is always a line and wait to sit at sunken bar. Great martinis. The sweetbreads and foie gras is always on the menu and cooked perfectly BUT lacks salt and the sauce is way too heavy and thick. By far the star is the gnocchi. Dont miss it.

RR
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Birthday Dinner ever! The drinks, wine, champagne, appetizers, main course and desserts were OUTSTANDING AND DELICIOUS! We couldn't have DREAMED of anything more. What a MEMORABLE evening. THANK YOU!

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. I started with black mussels with chorizo, had sword fish with roasted tomatoes, olives and raisins with a side of winter squash shredded. All cooked perfectly. Chocolate tort for dessert. Had to take some of the enteee home. It was during restaurant week so value also good. Could speak in a normal voice and be heard! Great service. Beautiful surroundings. We will be back!

SF
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. The restaurant week menu was an outstanding value! My husband had pork Osso buco and I had fish, amazing! Same with chocolate and baklava!

OT
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went during restaurant week with a set menu. Looking forward to going back and trying regular menu. Little loud but surrounded by Adobe you know your in Santa Fe. Great poblano margarita and excellent wine list.

B
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar in all ways. Servers were personable and helpful, and sommelier Kristina was super informed as well as fun. We enjoyed the opportunity to personally compliment Chef Kiffin for fabulous meals.

JB
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I felt that staff was over doting and not genuine and pretentious. The place felt too busy for a fine dining experience.

AT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was beautiful. The menu was lovely - thoughtful and a delight. What a welcome difference to other Restaurant Week menus that offer only the lowest cost items with no flair for building clientele.

DS
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I did date night for restaurant week at the Compound. We had a fantastic experience. The food was wonderful-loved my mussels appetizer and my husband loved his pork osso buco. The service was amazing-perfect level of checking on us without rushing us! Overall excellent experience-we’ll be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Cimpound For restaurant week in Santa Fe. It was our first time there. Food was amazing, service was amazing, and atmosphere was very cozy and comfortable. It is in our number one restaurant in Santa Fe. Loved it.

OT
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Service was poor even though place was not full. Took forever for someone to come and take our order and took forever for food to come and took forever for anyone to come anywhere near us so we could get our check. Already been there for much too long, no time for dessert or coffee.

Food is very good but would be nice to have some variety - menu never changes.

Place is beautiful and food is good but go ready to spend two hours for a salad lunch.

LC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were extremely good, the restaurant is very beautiful and we were very happy with the experience. The only objection I have was the music - not very good. I would prefer classical music or no music.

OT
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

My husband and I had lunch here because of the great reviews. My experience was just okay. The dining room smelled like onion rings as it seems the exhaust system in the kitchen was not working. We both ordered a salad, chicken schnitzel and a side of fries. The salad and fries were served at the same time. I didn’t send the fries back to be served with our meal because I figured they would just sit on the counter and get cold. After we finished the salad and fries, the schnitzel came. We also had dessert because the dessert menu was interesting. The food was excellent. Ambiance (smelly dining room) and mediocre service (had to ask for silverware and drink refills) made this restaurant not so special.

HK
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was superb.

DF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

went for restaurant week the main course I got was a chicken dish.Not impressed large slab of breaded chicken did not really like it. appetizer and desert were very good

M
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious dinner in a classy restaurant -perfect for restaurant week in Santa Fe! Recommend the black mussel appetizer, osso buco, classic chicken schnitzel. The sommelier is wonderfully helpful in selecting wines to match the cuisine.

C
Dallas
51 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal as always. Service was also very good particularly the pacing of the meal. The Compound is one of my go to places and it never disappoints.

PG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

For this “scale” of restaurant we were anticipating quality food and service. The food was great but our waiter was not helpful as far as making recommendations nor was he prompt. We spend a good part of the experience waiting.

TJ
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. The sweetbreads and foie gras dish is the best dish I have had in Santa Fe this year!

M
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed great food (authentically well presented). The ambiance was impressive. Our servers, Freddie and Fernando were hospitable. We will be back!!

KK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of Santa Fe knows The Compound ranks among the very best of the best restaurants in New Mexico. The service is perfection, polite, knowledgeable, conscientious. So many outstanding options for all inclinations. Creative menu, gorgeous presentation, attention to slightest detail. Bravo. We will always return and refer friends to The Compound.

L
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I always like to eat at the Compound. The table we sat at next to the "garden"? door wasn't the best place in the restaurant. It was very cold, the door let the cold in through bad (?) insulation or whatever. I mentioned it to the waiter. Good thing, I was wearing warm clothes, still, I left shivering and was glad to return to my car.

FF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Endive pear salad was delicious. Lovely with the oyster stew: worth the trip itself. Fresh hot bread and butter. Pineapple Upside Down Cake perfect. Wine and coffee completed a most enjoyable meal.
Waiter (Will) was exactly what a server should be. Available when wanted, Offering suggestions upon request. Don’t take my word for it try for yourself

BM
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mussels portion way too much for a starter. Largest mussels ever. Everthing else very good.

KM
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful from the moment I walked in the door. The best Restaurant Week evening I’ve had this year! I’ll definitely be back.

EC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came for restaurant week: the food was great, the service was perfect. We’ll be back!

R
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Taos, but needed to stay overnight in Santa Fe. I enjoyed lunch at The Compound once, and wanted to introduce my husband to it. We were surprised to learn we’d arrived on the first night of Restaurant Week. It was a great value for 3 courses. And delicious. Superb service.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great dinner for restaurant week. Unfortunately the phone at the reception desk rang pretty much all night and was quite loud! Other than that, the meal and service were outstanding!!!

LC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Incredible service. And really lovel surroundings. And the food! Beyond!

S
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kirsten made the entire experience. The food was superb, but her passion for sharing the experience was top notch!

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will, our waiter, was outstanding as were all the other lovely people there.

GN
Oklahoma City
38 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Compound service is always hit and miss, and this visit started with a huge miss, then a solid recovery. The first waiter took our wine order and came back indicating the bottle was not available. We gave an alternate choice, he left for an extensive period of time and then returned with a bottle and indicated he had located first selection. Unfortunately, the bottle he returned with was a 2017 Oregon varietal, although we had ordered a 2010 French bottle. Not even the same continent, and he had absolutely no clue. Luckily, one of his colleagues took over from there, located the correct bottle, and salvaged the meal. Our meals were well prepared and very appealing visually and on the palate. The service improved completely with the staff change, and we enjoyed the day.

Q
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall, a great experience; however, my server did not perform at the level The Compound usually delivers.