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The Compound Restaurant, Santa Fe, NM

The Compound Restaurant

4.8
4.8
3900 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 51 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 3,900 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Overall

  • New Mexico

    Best Food

  • New Mexico

    Best Service

  • New Mexico

    Special Occasion

  • New Mexico

    Contemporary American

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Food

  • 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

    Special Occasion

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible service and food. Would highly recommend.
  2. LT

    Luv2Travel

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The day's specials were exceptional: halibut ceviche with chilis and rhubarb, and fresh morel mushrooms. The oyster poorboy was equally outstanding -- which was shocking considering we're so far from any ocean. The polenta with mushrooms was good, but if we had to give up one thing it would be this entree. The place is MUCH larger that expected -- numerous elegant tables indoors, and several seating areas outside -- all lovely covered garden seating. Service was excellent, up until the end when the waiter seemed to disappear. Otherwise, we were very pleased with our entire dining experience, and thought it was worth the money. Reservations are easy to make and definitely worth doing. Plenty of parking in the back. We'll be back before we leave town.
  3. JJ

    JanieceJ

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lunch on the patio at The Compound was so lovely. The food is usually exceptional, but the chard served with the Scottish salmon was overdone and not appealing at all. The salmon was terrific.
  4. B

    Beth

    Austin

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We arrived on time for our reservation but they were not ready for us. Two or three other parties who also had reservations sat before we were sat. Not sure why. Once we got our table, it was in the sun, so they apologized and tried to setup another table while we waited more. The waiter was very friendly, but was very busy! Our side item came out with our appetizer so it sat until our mains arrived. Once we closed out the bill, our card was not in the folio, so we had to find someone to return it to us.
  5. K

    carlaK

    Tampa

    68 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Sorry, was completely underwhelmed. The food was presented nicely but was good but not exceptional. The reservation was made for my birthday dinner. Despite confirming, speaking to the restaurant, there was no mention of my birthday which was quite disappointing. I have had better service and food in restaurants for much less of a price. The atmosphere was nice, server friendly, but that was it. We anticipated far better from a James Beard winner.
  6. N

    Neighbor

    Kansas City

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat on the patio and had the most lovely evening. I had the scallops. We were expecting a different menu though because on line menu was completely different. All was excellent. Highly recommend.
  7. LH

    LesleyH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our third visit to Santa Fe, excellent food and service, one of the best restaurants in town. The outdoor patio at the rear of the restaurant was lovely spot for lunch.
  8. JA

    JoAnnC

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We have gone to the Compound for lobster salad lunch for years. It is always great. This time, though, the portions seemed considerably smaller and therefore not worth the price. The waiter also agreed that there was less lobster now.
  9. DD

    DarylD

    Key West

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The hostess and the server were excellent. The food was very disappointing I had fried oysters and I can't believe the chef used cornmeal to deep fry them they were way too heavy on the breading. I ordered foie gras based on the advice of the server and it was pate it was not regular foie gras and finally the morel mushrooms were obviously reconstituted from freeze dried and I know this because I used them and ordered them myself and I didn't much care for the sauce it should have been in butter and garlic. My husband had the Schnitzel and it was just so-so. The thing that on the menu that was good was the onion rings. We were really disappointed with the cooking I'm not sure if the chef changed or what happened but we were not impressed. We have always loved the compound but a lot of the really good stuff that they used to serve they're not serving anymore and that's why we were disappointed.
  10. KS

    KatherineS

    New Mexico

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The noise level was way too high for any discussion at our table. Unless I could eat outside, I would not go back.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review. Sorry to hear about your experience. We are accepting patio reservations daily, weather permitting. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We love the Compound .It was our anniversary and we look forward to celebrating there . The rain changed our plans to sit outside but we were given a choice where to sit early in the day. We love the small Banco in the front room . The energy was contagious and everyone was having a great night . We started with a glass of Gruet with an order of their fabulous onion rings . It is a tradition. Then I had the cod Veronique and my husband had the pork chop l The pork chop was beautiful cooked and had a great accompaniment of vegetables. I felt the cod was a little too plain . The sauce was nice but the fish was a little spongy . We finished with a scoop of vanilla bean and pineapple sorbet . The wine was very special . Kristina told us about a bottle of white burgundy that was a perfect compliment to our dinner . We had a beautiful an memorable evening .

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

  12. AE

    ArleneE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Food very disappointing for this caliber of restaurant. Was a very special occasion. I would not go back and am local

    The Compound RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for your review, ArleneE. We are sorry to hear about your experience. We would like to use your feedback to make improvements. Can you please elaborate on the dishes you had and why they were disappointing?

  13. c

    cindyf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch was delicious and the service was outstanding

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

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We weren’t very pleased with meal preparation, ordered duck, seemed as if it came out of a can, was not dark and rich like most I’ve had
  15. TS

    ThereseS

    New Mexico

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, ambiance, and cuisine. We loved the new ceviche on the menu! Lobster salad and cucumber soup were also stand-outs. The service is the best in town, the sun-filled rooms and patios make for great people-watching, and the crisp white table linens make you feel pampered. Superb selection of wines (awards from the Wine Spectator.) We are locals and come often.

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

  16. C

    Cindy

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful patio and good food!

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

  17. SO

    SarahO

    Tahoe

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are NEVER disappointed when dining at The Compound. We had another delightful dinner out on the back patio. The sun setting, birds singing and plenty of space between tables allowing each party to have personal conversation It is a must experience dining place in Santa Fe.

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

  18. LN

    LindaN

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great birthday celebration. The food was delicious and love the atmosphere on the patio.

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

  19. LS

    LSUFan

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service…nothing more to say

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

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful evening with Kathy and Kristine! Loved all the food and the WINE! Mmmm. Thanks for recommending the della valpolicella Kristine! It was perfect.

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

  21. RF

    RonF

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service by Iris. Seating in the corner left is great for viewing but uncomfortable because the bench seating is pitched forward and you feel like your sliding out and down.

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

  22. d

    davidh

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch as always. Great service and fantastic food.

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

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Phenomenal wine list

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

  24. JH

    JeffH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful high end restaurant experience. Great service good and ambiance. Expensive but worth it occasionally.

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

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice for all four of us. We had a great lunch.

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

  26. c

    csg505

    New Mexico

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food! i can not wait until i return!

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on June 23, 2022Thank you for your review, csg505. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  27. JH

    JudyHogan

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always it was excellent

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

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was was delicious. Kudos to the chef! We had the ahi tuna appetizer and my husband had the cod and I had the lobster tails.

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

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The butterscotch budino is simply the best dessert I’ve ever had. Excellent food. Great place.

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

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had lunch outdoors Excellent atmosphere. Great food. Great service. It’s second time we go to the compound and it won’t be the last. I have yet to come for dinner.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on June 18, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  31. n

    normarks

    New Mexico

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Compound never fails to deliver and the wait staff is among the best in town. There is nothing like sitting in the garden; it's a private paradise with umbrellas so large and versatile that neither the moving sun nor a short drizzle interrupted our party. Until next visit....

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

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely setting. Mari was our server. She was attentive and took care of us. The food was delicious and presentation was equally appealing. A great dining experience.

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

  33. N

    Native

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Compound is special. Welcoming and attentive service at a very professional level. And the food! Always interesting, perfectly executed. A delight!

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

  34. LB

    LarryB

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a wonderful dining experience on the patio at The Compound. The quality of the food and drink was only outshone by the outstanding level of service from the entire staff. We cannot wait to return.

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

  35. a

    archiefoodie

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Compound is an old Santa Fe institution and while no longer the most trendy place in town it still delivers a very classy dining experience that is perfect for special occasions. We came here for our anniversary and were seated, as requested out on their quiet, tree lined patio. It turned out to be the first day of the monsoon season and it started to sprinkle shortly after our arrival. We were offered the option of coming inside or staying out with an umbrella over our table. We chose the latter and had a wonderful dinner in the light rain with gorgeous sky and rainbows. Service is top notch, professional, knowledgeable, and charming (everyone). Food was excellent tasting and well presented. I had the polenta with wild mushrooms (with morels) and my husband had the lobster pasta, which included two whole tails. Dessert was the lemon buttermilk cake. Wine list is extensive, with nice, diverse choices by the glass. By the glass prices were reasonable and below average by Santa Fe standards for this level of restaurant. Not a cheap date, but good value for a first rate dining experience.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on June 17, 2022Thank you for your review, archiefoodie! What a treat you were able to enjoy your alfresco dining experience with a little much-needed rain. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

  36. JW

    JaneW

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An outstanding experience including ambience cuisine wine service overall most enjoyable experience that I cannot wait to repeat!

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

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Extremely slow service due. Food was not great. I will not return

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on June 23, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. We are sorry to hear of your experience. Unfortunately, there were staffing issues the day of your reservation.. Please know we have addressed the issue and encourage you to give us another opportunity to provide you the exceptional experience the Compound is known for.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Way to expensive Our friends fish was room temperature at best Ordered lemon cake for desert and it was old , very dry and not much taste Great wine Not worth the price

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on June 17, 2022Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear about your experience. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to make improvements.

  39. c

    cctravel

    Seattle

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had lunch in the courtyard, which is a beautiful and peaceful space. The service was attentive and the food was excellently prepared! I had the chilled cucumber soup and the beet salad with lemony goat cheese. The presentation and the flavors of each dish were artful and delicious. My husband enjoyed his substantial grilled pastrami sandwich. Having a delectable lunch in the courtyard was a welcome respite from walking the galleries on Canyon Road in the heat!

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

  40. JR

    JanR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Amazing architecture! Only negatives were: the bread was tasteless and the coffee was terrible.

    The Compound RestaurantResponded on June 17, 2022Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to make improvements. We 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 4.8 stars by 3900 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 51 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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