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The Compound Restaurant, Santa Fe, NM

The Compound Restaurant

4.7
4.7
4018 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 67 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 4,018 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Service

  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Notable Wine List

  • New Mexico

    Contemporary American

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Service

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

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  1. P

    Pedro

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the highlight of my summer. Fabulous restauranr
  2. JS

    JosieS

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service by Pedro! Food exquisite!! A must if you are in Santa Fe Thank you!
  3. m

    michaelw

    Denver

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. The food was average. With a new chef on board, I expected better. Not worth the price.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    Power failed. Food was not refined at all. Interior was dirty and needed basic maintenance. Staff seemed overwhelmed.
  5. DD

    DrDaveMaui

    Hawaii

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant whenever we visit Santa Fe from Maui. Great service from Kathy and the team of young runners. Always fun to see the local diners. Every dish was perfect. Fresh Peach Gazpacho with Feta and mint. Local Freshies Heirloom tomatoes with Grilled Sourdough. Corn pudding with goats' milk. Grilled pork chop. Roast Diver Scallops. Peach tart with black pepper ice cream. Always a lovely evening and atmosphere. Met some nice people. Best restaurant on Canyon Road and in Santa Fe.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 1 day agoThank you for your review, DrDave Maui! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  6. P

    Priscilla

    San Antonio

    30 reviews

    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    This was our 5th time to dine at The Compound. Our past experiences here set the bar very high. Therefore, our expectations were high. We were very disappointed with our experience this time. We had a subpar waiter, who spent more time in a storage closet than tending tables. He would duck into the closet and stay in there for extended periods of time. Very odd. We shared a lettuce salad, but it looked like it had come out of a bag. I had more wilted leaves than fresh. My entree was very good, I had the chicken breast. It was prepared perfectly, and was very tasty, so that was great. However, my husband ordered the Cod and at first bite he knew something was off. I tried a bite as well and knew the same. Our waiter had only asked how our entrees were immediately after the plates arrived. He did not reappear or take notice that we had ended up sharing the chicken, and had not eaten the Cod. When he did finally emerge from the storage closet again (picture if the closet included, it was in my line of site), he realized the Cod hadn't been touched. We explained it was "off." He was surprised and obviously not well trained in how to handle the situation. We didn't want them to think we were trying to not pay for our dinner, so we did offer to pay and he left things up in the air. When he returned, he did say, "They made me take the fish off", not a professional reply to an issue. A visit from a GM would have been nice. We skipped dessert and left. We had dined in under an hour. We are so disappointed and let down. Also, just a side note, the silverware was tarnished and mismatched. Details matter! If you aren’t taking care of the details, there is more being overlooked. I know its hard to find good help in these times, however, you must train your people, and our waiter could have used that as well as some supervision. Historically, we've spent a lot of time and money here and thoroughly enjoyed it.
  7. JG

    JamesG

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Especially welcoming ambiance. Inviting menu and extensive wine list. Very much enjoyed the agnolotti with delicious sauce to start and well prepared scallops for main. Impressed with how well my server managed the room as well as my table. All seemed very comfortable with pace and suggestions. Very enjoyable dining experience.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 1 day agoThank you for your review, JamesG. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  8. S

    Sandra

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love to come for lunch or dinner! Onion rings are fabulous! Food is fresh and divine.
  9. R

    Rosey

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We've waited 7 years to go to the highly vaunted Compound, and finally went for our grown daughter's birthday. We were disappointed. The wedge salad was pretty good, as was the heirloom tomato salad. The chicken schnitzel was tough and chewy and drowned in butter - the only highlight was the lemon slice. And the Compound burger was average at best, easily bested by most any burger joint in town; it's only highlight was the grilled onion slice which was delicious. We left feeling deceived by all the hype...
  10. A

    Amanda

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tomatoes omg. Steak was perfect!!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  11. SS

    SherS

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We love The Compound and eat there every time we visit Santa Fe.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  12. ES

    ESF618

    Pittsburgh

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  13. d

    drphillipdibble

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    I got sick and had to leave. My reviews were skewed.better next time.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  14. AR

    ARCfromSFe

    New Mexico

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    It's nice to return to The Compound after the two year Covid hiatus! The food was excellent as was the service from Iris and Pedro. I ding the review because of the decor. Same as two years ago it feels quite tired, particularly in comparison to your competition up Canyon Road. Four simple steps would go a long way and still retain Girard's original design intent. Remove the popcorn ceiling, improve the lighting (those '60s downlights must go!), replace the carpet with a contemporary matte wood floor, and finally replace the tired brown upholstery for colorful Girard fabrics. We will return and hopefully find great food again in an update environment!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  15. TT

    TTSR

    Denver

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fabulous & never disappoints. Love the patio. Food is expensive but excellent for special occasions. Service wonderful.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  16. AB

    ABQMIMI

    New Mexico

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice lunch on the patio. Slow and confused service. Food was good. Lobster salad ok...a couple of pieces of the offering tasted more like lobster than other pieces. Table set on a slope and in partial sun. Request a shaded even table.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  17. LG

    LikeGoodFood

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AWESOME!! Special dinner for 4, we were given a really nice table by the window overlooking the back patio (that's one of 3 patios!), all 4 appetizers (agnolotti, Tuscan salad, prosciutto with melon and clams) perfect, as we're all 4 main courses (beef tenderloin, duck a la plancha, scallops, and another agnolloti) and dessert (California cherry tart and chocolate opera cake). Sommelier Christine was always close at hand and ready to assist with difficult choices from a HUGE wine list. We had a champagne from a small French producer, a southern red Rhone and a Sonoma pinot noir, but there were dozens of other great options we could have pursued. Highly recommended!!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your AWESOME review, LikeGoodFood! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  18. c

    cmac

    Austin

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's always good. Very consistent, delicious, great service, good ambiance. Such a special spot. We are never disappointed with our visits to the Compound and I have been eating there since 1966.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 1 day agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  19. RS

    RobertS

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Traveling in Santa Fe this was on our “must do” dining list. The restaurant lives up to its reputation with impeccable cuisine served in a beautiful space. I am glad we had the chance to try “The Compound”; it deserves its reputation for finest dining. However, the acoustics leave something to be desired, as our corner table for 2 could not help being distracted by the conversation at the adjacent 4-top. Also we found service to be rushed, with our first course arriving literally moments after placing our order, having barely yet sipped our just-delivered cocktails. At a high-end and expensive dinner such as this, we expect things to be paced a bit more slowly in order to fully savor the entire experience.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review, RobertS. We appreciate your feedback and encourage our guests to request their favorite section of the restaurant to dine when making reservations. We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in town!

  20. CH

    CHWD

    West Palm Beach

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As I have commented on a previous review, The Compound is my favorite and in my opinion, the best restaurant in Santa Fe. It is not just the food that is delicious and perfectly prepared and presented, but also the service (Cathy and Pablo are fantastic) is beyond what is standard at a Fine Dining restaurant and the outdoor dining area is beautiful. As I mentioned previously, the dessert chef, Charles, is phenomenal and so talented at such a young age of 21 years old. An added bonus is there is parking, which is not always the case in Santa Fe. The only issue I have found is that the wait to get your table, even with a reservation, can be a little while. But, it is well worth the wait!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review, CHWD! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  21. B

    Brett

    Dallas

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall very nice experience.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  22. NW

    NancyW

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding flavors and menu items….however I only had 3 tangerine pieces in my lobster salad….could be increased. Onion rings were outstanding as was the heirloom tomato salad. Pleasant experience.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  23. TC

    TracyC

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not have been better. Service was on point, food was exceptional.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  24. KW

    KatherineW

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambiance in the bar were outstanding. Michael, the bartender, is top tier.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  25. n

    ntpc

    New Mexico

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group had 4 people: Our choices for main dishes were a - The Cod fish; b- The Duck; c - Pork chops and d- Stuffed chicken breast. As a side dish we had Morel Mushrooms. All of us though the food was excellent. Two of us had cocktails, two of us had wine to start with. Three of us had wine with dinner. After dinner we had coffee and fresh cherry tart. The service was attentive and pleasant. In addition, the restaurant is very beautiful.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review, ntpc. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  26. ND

    NDWTX

    Houston

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish we ordered was delicious, masterfully created from the finest, freshest seafood, produce, etc. Service was impeccable, yet warm & pleasant. We were a little surprised when advised during the restaurant’s confirmation call that we could occupy our table for two hours only. Happily that wasn’t enforced, as we noticed that fewer than half the tables were occupied when we departed. We recommend requesting a table on the much more charming first floor.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  27. JD

    JimD

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Lovely service by exceptionally well trained staff. Our go-to place when we need a respite from life burdens. Not inexpensive but worth every penny.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your delicious review, JimD. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  28. m

    malloryn

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a gorgeous restaurant and it never disappoints. Fresh, beautifully prepared and arranged foods. Has been a favorite for decades.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  29. B

    Buck

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food has recently improved dramatically and the service has declined slightly

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  30. J

    Jotto

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Great service.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  31. G

    Garyk

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was beautifully prepared and delicious. The waiter needed to listen more carefully. He was resistant to getting information on menu items and did not correct himself when he brought an item that not as promised. We find the wait staff needs more training.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to make improvements in staff training. We look forward to seeing you again!

  32. M

    Mjhindallas

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, we loved our evening there. Our waiter,Brian, was excellent. Loved the patio, wonderful spot.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Vacation. Last time we ate there was our 20th wedding anniversary . They did not have cocktails or entrees that were advertised on website - somewhat disappointing .

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. Our summer menus have been updated on our website; however, we are still in transition with our cocktail menu. We look forward to seeing you again!

  34. ML

    MarilynL

    Dallas

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food at the Compound. Never disappointed. Great service !!!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  35. LK

    LukeK

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  36. SC

    SCOTTB

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food great service. outdoor patio is always nice.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  37. JS

    JillS

    New Mexico

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time. Excellent service by Pablo, excellent food, a beautiful patio setting. We could not ask for better!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review, JillS. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  38. J

    Joejohn

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice place for lunch. Would be good if they were to add a new item or 2 to the lunch menu once and a while though.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and want to encourage you to come back as Chef Weston is constantly adding specials and new items to our menu. We look forward to seeing you again!

  39. l

    luvtheplace

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice lunch. Will be bk soon.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  40. CK

    CindyK

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    as always The Compound serves a wonderful meal and the food is always excellent as is the service

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 4 days agoThank 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 4.7 stars by 4018 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 67 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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