The Compound Restaurant

4.8
3204 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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Safety precautions

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is wonderful and gave us a wonderful welcome back. They are the best.

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Responded 2 hours ago

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vipLocalSantaFean
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience. By far the best service in Santa Fe.

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vipNick
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great light lunch. Excellent service. Nice quiet fancy ambience for a pause between galleries. Had lobster salad and poke. Both quite good. Obviously pricy, but fairly so.

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Responded a day ago

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AnthonyC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was very good. Our waitress was great. Problem was she had 5 tables. 2 - 2 tops, 2 - 4 tops and an 8 top. There's no way to service customers when dealing with so many customers (all drinking, wine, etc...). I shouldn't have a $400 bill for two people when I only see my waitress every 20 minutes. We had to skip dessert because our car was waiting. (Again, not blaming the waitress, her hands were tied). Also, I'm not worried about Covid, however if you are...there was zero distancing between tables. I'd still reccommend hoping this was an isolated staffing error.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. We have faced a few challenges since reopening after the second closure and staffing has been one of them. Moving forward, we should be fully staffed by the start of our patio season in May and encourage you to dine with us again then. We look forward to seeing you again.

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vipMaryL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 25th anniversary. Fantastic restaurant every time we dine there!

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

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

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vipmitch
Denver
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious seasonal food. Professional and kind service

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and exceptional lunch menu. Service was very accommodating to our 7 and 3 year old, providing off menu items for them. Excellent deserts and smooth coffee to finish everything off.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. We love kids too and are so happy your party enjoyed themselves. We look forward to seeing you again!

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vipGabrielleA
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience1

We have had the pleasure of dining regularly at Santa Fe’s best restaurants since moving here in March of 2020. We decided to give The Compound a try this evening as it was apparently one of Santa Fe’s best at one point. Despite billing itself as a fine-dining destination, the experience was sorely lacking. The hostess was abrupt and rude to the elderly women who were seated near us as she admonished them to be finished eating in time for the next reservation. When one of the women at the table reminded the hostess she had been a weekly regular up until the death of her husband, the young hostess simply turned away, as if she hadn’t heard. Two little girls were also seated very near us, both watching cartoons on iPads, at full volume. We discreetly requested the staff ask the party to reduce the volume, and were told that would not be possible, and that we could move tables. We requested our check at that point. No doubt when the restaurant received the James Beard recognition 20 years ago, the service was gracious and the meal was served sans Sponge Bob. There are many fine restaurants in Santa Fe in which exquisite food, excellent service, lovely ambience and a gracious welcome await you. This is not one of them.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our kids for a special birthday night and it was great for ALL of us. Sometimes restaurants like this turn their nose up at kids but they were so kind and accommodating!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu. Excellent food. I prefer vodka cocktails and they only have 2 on the menu. Did not have dessert. Would absolutely go back.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. There will be a new summer cocktail menu with new drinks starting in June. We look forward to seeing you again!

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viprobr
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and incredible food!

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vipSarah
Anchorage
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had read about The Compound 2 years ago and the article always stuck with me. The writer enticed me to think about Marc Kiffin's food like inspiring art and history that surrounded the restaurant. I was so happy to be able to dine there and discover for myself the "gallery" of flavor enhanced by the service of the staff. We enjoyed the impeccable assistance of the sommelier and table service that was professional but not pretentious. There is no dress code so we were comfortable in the clothes we wore all day exploring this amazing city before walking the last few blocks up Canyon Rd to diner.
Thank you for the memories of a "lifetime"meal!

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and Kristina the wine director suggested fantastic wines for us to enjoy with our meal. Our go to restaurant whenever we are in Santa Fe

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

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SteveK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Best service of any restaurant I have ever been to . The quality of the food has gone down hill . Very limited and boring menu . Bland food with little flavor.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. Our menu changes seasonally so there will be a new menu for summer. We look forward to seeing you then!

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vipSeanDougherty
Las Vegas
86 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant earned its stellar reputation from the seating to the service and exceptional food. The lamb chops were exquisite as was the bass. We also had the tuna tartare appetizer which again was exceptional.

The space is also interesting and tastefully decorated.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

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DavidM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our anniversary and they even brought dessert with Happy Anniversary written on plate

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GaryG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was some of the best in Santa Fe. Chef/owner fawned over the table next to us and didn’t even both saying hello to us. Not a great look especially since my wife and I are all about the finest dining scene around the world and consider some of the top chef/owners as friends. We will definitely be back to Santa Fe as we now spend most of our time in Vail but the experience, service and ambience didn’t match up to the excellent food.

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Responded 4 days ago

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vipIanJ
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Disappointed that I booked the Patio and upon arrival was told not yet open and then put at a table the back room!

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Jean
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. Great service, lovely ambiance, wonderful food.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

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calisu
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had an enjoyable evening. Appetizer pasta with fresh peas was especially delicious. Wine was very good and paired well with lamb. Service was excellent.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

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BigJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An elegant experience and the food never disappoints.

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CarolineR
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch as always!

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

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RNAL
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Expensive, but truly enjoyable dining experience. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Comfortable surroundings. Wonderful and different menu items.

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vipjmse
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Compound! The service and the food are excellent and we always enjoy our meals here.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 22, 2021

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. We love what we do and look forward to seeing you again!

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vipdenver399
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tight quarters. The wild mushrooms with polenta was delicious. The tagliatelle was okay. The carrot cake was fair. My husband liked his beef tenderloin. Special place but not James Beard quality as I’ve eaten at some restaurants in Denver. Great service.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 23, 2021

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Edward
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Compound is a must when visiting Santa Fe, we have never had a bad experience and we have been going to the Compound for over 10 years.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 20, 2021

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vipYummynuke96
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to have a nice lunch to celebrate our boys accomplishments. The meal was enjoyable and the waitress was extremely kind and attentive.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 20, 2021

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vipLynnie
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Longtime favorite of ours that never disappoints. Great sommelier who strives to keep the wine list fresh and interesting. Mushroom risotto with black truffle relish is fantastic! Carrot cake legendary.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 20, 2021

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GalvestonJT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service are first class - if you will, world class. I ordered the chicken schnitzel at dinner and although it is a lunch dish, our waiter said "no problem". It was excellent and perfectly cooked. The Atlantic char was divine and spiced to perfection. Excellent salads as first courses. It is not cheap, but greatness is never cheap.
By the way, parking is free outside the restaurant. Drive up and park style. No valet.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 20, 2021

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vipRCaustin
Austin
60 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pastrami ever
Limited lunch menu

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 20, 2021

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CoreyT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience especially for a special occasion. Excellent food, good service, it's pricey of course but worth it. Will return soon.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 16, 2021

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CarolynM
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables were nicely spaced for covid. The chicken schnitzel was very good as was the carrot soup. Service was very attentive.

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Responded on April 16, 2021

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DianeJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

- we informed them on open table and in person that we were celebrating my birthday and they did nothing to help us celebrate
Our waitperson was dismissive - in addition the service was terrible
When we told the server that we were surprised that they did nothing special for my birthday, she sloughed it off and we were charged for dessert
Very poor for a restaurant that is supposedly highly regarded

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for your review and your feedback. We would like to thank you for thinking of us for your celebration and are disappointed to hear it did not meet your expectations of a free dessert. The Compound has always charged for menu items ordered regardless of the celebration especially while we are recovering from the exceptionally hard year we've had to endure during the pandemic. Please know exceptional food and service is our top priority and we hope you will dine with us again.

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vipTheboss
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a very nice meal for a special occasion. Staff was very attentive and the food was magnificent.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 13, 2021

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vipChuck
Dallas
47 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

I have been coming to the Compound since the late 80’s the food and service have always been exceptional. My last visit on 4/10 was no different. My major complaint was the seating. My wife and I were seated at a table so small there wasn’t enough room for the main course without clearing everything except our drinks. I’m troubled that a restaurant of this caliber would think this is acceptable under any circumstance. I asked to be moved and the manager explained they had no other tables. Sadly this will be my last trip to the Compound. There are too many great places in Santa Fe.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for your review and feedback. You may not know we are still operating under government COVID-19 restrictions for social distancing and capacity. This means we are limited in table and seating arrangements and moving guests is unfortunately not an option. We have been through a lot the last year and our guest's support, understanding, and flexibility during these times are truly important to us. For future reference, we do accept reservations with the exact table of your choice.

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ernestor
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around outstanding restaurant. Could strongly recommend. Pricey, but you get what you pay for ...

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 13, 2021

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BobbyG
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Our meal was exceptional and I highly recommend it!

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 13, 2021

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vipBetsyS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was great. The service was excellent but very slow.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 13, 2021

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Augustine
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of 5 plus a well behaved infant grandchild had an amazing culinary experience. The chef personally welcome us.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on April 13, 2021

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FAQs

The Compound Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 982-4353.

The Compound Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 3204 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.