The Compound Restaurant

4.8
3305 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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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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AndrewD
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service has improved considerably. Food was amazing. They made a lunch offering at supper time for my wife and I. We'll definitely be going back next time we're in town.

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vipPriscillaH
Naples
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Mark can cook! Takes the time to come out and talk to his guests. Great menu!!

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RandyR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great dinner with friends. Service was very attentive but food was slow. Tasted great. Wine person extremely knowledgeable. Overall a wonderful evening.

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Responded 9 hours ago

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vipClarkB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the very best of the best that Santa Fe has to offer!

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PatriciaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was fine. We come to expect high prices at this high-profile restaurant but they seem to have gone up even more, recently. The service was awful, languid, slow, and generally uncaring.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
94 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for dinner at the Compound last night .
We sat at my favorite table in the garden.
We ordered a bottle of Gruet and the fabulous onion rings to start.
I had the delicious halibut .
It was perfectly cooked with beautiful snap peas , fava beans and sea beans .
Our daughter had the tuna tartare and the scallops with romesco sauce .
My husband had the little gem salad with the best jammy egg.
He had the duck special with cherry chutney.
We celebrated with a carrot cake dessert for her birthday.
It was a perfect evening at my favorite restaurant.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

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MartyRocket
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend for a romantic weekend getaway to New Mexico, and wanted to dine at a restaurant that reflected the occasion. The Compound offered this to the fullest possible extent. The food was excellent, the service was marvelous, and the ambiance was perfect. Special mentions should go to the bartender (cannot remember his name- sorry!), and our waiter, who I believe was named Daniel. Both were attentive, and nothing was too much trouble for them, but everyone who served us at our table, bringing bread, drinks, and our meals, were all fantastic. We can also confirm that the drinks are wisely paired with the desserts.

Overall, we left The Compound satisfied that everyone there provided us with a special evening for our special weekend. I fully recommend this restaurant to anyone in the Santa Fe area who wants to dine out, and do so with a bit of flair. It was fully worth the price, and we hope to return sooner than later.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Michael is his name and we are so happy to hear you had such an incredible time. Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

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CJinArcadia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

After having made a birthday reservation weeks in advance, reception acted like we were walk-ins. We ended up being seated next to the kitchen entrance - not what I expected for a special birthday luncheon. We did get water promptly, and our waiter showed up for our order after having been seated for twenty minutes. My wife’s drink order arrived after she was finished with her appetizer.

We both started with the ginger carrot soup, and it was delicious. Her salmon was perfectly cooked and the chicken schnitzel was also very good.

So, my rating for the food quality is very good, service not so. The service seemed very dependent on wait staff. At tables very near ours, waiters were engaged. We wondered why other tables were offered ground pepper, but not us?

Overall, we were quite disappointed and will not be dining at The Compound next time in Santa Fe.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review and your loyal patronage. We have faced challenges in staffing as all businesses have since reopening and we are working diligently to exceed guest expectations. We value your feedback and giving us an opportunity to improve for your next visit.

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LeoG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five stars.

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Responded 2 days ago

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic..as always!

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Responded 2 days ago

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vipJerriU
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. It was a birthday dinner. No candles on dessert! Other than that, a wonderful evening.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are happy to add candles upon request. We appreciate your feedback and we look forward to seeing you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable food and service. There seemed to be a very high stress level with some of the staff.

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Responded 2 days ago

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BrendaH
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is absolutely beautiful! The food was incredible, and the staff friendly and delightful.

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Responded 2 days ago

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place we ate in Santa Fe, Cayote Cafe was a close second. But you can’t replace the Compound’s overall food quality and ambiance. Great wine list, comfortable seating. We split the filet of beef with onion rings as our side, delicious but who doesn’t like great onion rings! This will always be on our list in Santa Fe.

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Responded 2 days ago

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vipMarthaH
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived up to all past experiences. Our waiter was the best!!!

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Responded 2 days ago

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Class
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Terrible. Awful Muzak. Bathrooms filthy. Food overpriced and bland. What a huge disappointment.

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KarenM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening, great service, delicious food, beautiful atmosphere.

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Responded 2 days ago

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was knowledgeable and helpful. The drinks were wonderful, the food was perfect, the wine that the sommalier recommended was excellent. Loved the whole experience.

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viplongtimeAustinite
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting with relatives. Easy to find and park. Wonderful meal and excellent service. Lovely location on canyon road.

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Lisa
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite dinner!
Delicious food, excellent service

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Luka
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food overall very expensive for what you got!

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Responded 2 days ago

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ShelliM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Compound is our favorite restaurant....Delicious!!

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DavidZ
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Santa Fe!!

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Responded 2 days ago

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SandraM
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! The food was outstanding and the service was exceptional.

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Responded on June 16, 2021

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vipgridley
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

OK, first, I really love The Compound, having dined there for 46 years. It's had it's ups and downs. But the service is great, and the ambience can't be beat. And I have not been critical of any restaurant I've visited since the pandemic - everyone's just trying to keep their heads above water. But this visit was worrisome. How can a restaurant that irons its tablecloths when tables turn over serve red wine that's hot? The beet salad was overcooked and sparse on grapefruit. The scallops - good - were served with patatas bravas that were soggy. Patatas bravas should be the opposite of soggy. And the chorizo was more like iron shavings. One of my favorite dishes has been the sweetbreads in a sherry sauce. OK, it's fine to retire a dish and change up, though a loss for me. But now the sweetbreads are breaded and meant to be sautéed crisp (good that way too) - not soggy as they were. The sweetbread flesh had collapsed. The texture was that of wet cardboard. And why serve it over so-called risotto, which was an over-saffroned, mushy mess, with a bizarre tomato-cream thing underneath. Really? Then I'm served what I've come to expect: a brilliant dish of halibut on fava beans, white asparagus, and tiny stuffed pasta, in a nuanced butter-wine sauce - wonderful. I hope someone at this establishment is listening.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 16, 2021

Thank you for your review and your loyal patronage. We have faced challenges in staffing as all businesses have since reopening and we are working diligently to exceed guest expectations. We value your feedback and giving us an opportunity to improve for your next visit.

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Yodi
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Worth the price. Reserve early to guarantee eating at your preferred time.

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Responded on June 16, 2021

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vipjoannew
New Mexico
36 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was excellent

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Responded on June 16, 2021

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Primates
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

We've gone to the Compound in past years and always found it a lovely upscale experience. We had reservations and there were nice tables inside-we were seated at the entrance-even with social distancing, we could have had a nicer table. Hostess was not at all welcoming. Food was ok but not great-very basic lobster salad-no frills and brioche stick was average. It was a very hot day and no one offered to refill the water the whole time. Overall nothing worth coming back for

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Responded on June 16, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience4

We have been going to the compound for many years and have always looked forward to it… Today was an exception. Last night when Sophia confirmed our reservation, she was abrupt and unfriendly. When we checked in, the maître d’ was cool and about his work of getting us seated with no acknowledgment. Although most of the wait stuff appeared to be quite friendly, our waiter was also rather brusque and not particularly friendly. The food, was quite good. However, I think we will take a year off permitting the staff to hopefully change and to have a change of attitude.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 16, 2021

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vipAmbianceandfood
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved the Compound for the delicious food, wonderful ambiance, and the drinks and wine selections. While it is on the pricey side, we thought it was worth it, especially enjoying a lovely evening dining outside.

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Responded 2 days ago

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RobertS
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The only negative were the two gentlemen at the door, having reservations for outside seating they tried to seat us inside. Waiting to be seated just before us, a walk-in party of two were given our table. I fully realize that establishments must take care of regular customers, if that’s the case, at least try to show some type of apology. Neither of the hosts ever stopped by our table to inquire how was our dining experience. An unshaded table next to the air conditioning unit and the bus station was not what I envisioned. I will say the service was outstanding along with the food, nor would it stop us from coming back in the near future.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 16, 2021

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and giving us an opportunity to improve on your next visit. If you have a specific table preference please let us know while making your reservation and we will accommodate you.

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TonyM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superlative experience.
Great staff and excellent food.

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Responded on June 16, 2021

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vipLove2eat
New Mexico
67 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL FOOD, COMPETENT and FRIENDLY STAFF, LOVE the building and ALWAYS BOOK THIS RESTAURANT-when we are in town.

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Responded on June 16, 2021

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Bobfromcloseby
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A very nice place to enjoy a high-end meal; the food is very good and ambiance is very nice.

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Responded on June 16, 2021

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vipDesert456
New Mexico
43 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sat on the patio nearest the front door-perfect and secluded for a girls’ catch up lunch.

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Responded on June 16, 2021

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lovely, all of it. Perfection.

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Responded on June 16, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best food we have had at any restaurant in a very long time. If I could give more than 5 stars I would! We had an awesome waiter too!

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Responded on June 16, 2021

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Rich
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers and manager were wonderful. The pastrami is the best this side of NYC.

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Responded on June 16, 2021

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vipMartyF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Prices went up and quality not there!! The famous burger doesn't come with the side of avocado & tomato. The burger is smaller and not as good as past. The other famous food on the menu was the stack salad and now it's off the menu!!!! Don't understand what happened here???

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 16, 2021

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. As we try to make changes to the menu to keep it new it also comes with guests being disappointed that a favorite dish is no longer available. Good new, the stack salad is back by popular demand for the summer menu which should debut in about a week.

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SheilaW
London
30 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, we say outside and that was great too.
I highly recommend The Compound.

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on June 5, 2021

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The Compound Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 3305 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.