The Compound Restaurant

4.7
2007 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Mark Kiffin, celebrated chef, owner, and author of the Compound Restaurant, has won the James Beard Foundation award as one of America's Best Chefs. The Compound is Santa Fe's premier restaurant with Chef Kiffin's acclaimed seasonal Contemporary American cuisine derived from Santa Fe's rich heritage of regional and Mediterranean influences. 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 is the attentive, highly knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Chef Kiffin's menus focus on the exclusive changes in seasons such as hearty braised dishes in the fall and winter using apples, pears and cider from local harvests, osso bucco and porcini risotto while in spring and summer feature fresh local vegetables and naturally raised organic lamb and delectable strawberries.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Summer Hours: 5:30 - 10:30)
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Phone number
(505) 982-4353
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Kiffin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Paseo de Peralta
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Parking details
There is ample parking behind the restaurant and seasonal valet parking.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The picturesque gardens and elegant dining rooms of this historic place have been the backdrop to many special moments for our guests. Every event is brought to life through detailed planning for events with 10 to 250 guests.

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Wed - Thu 6:00PM - 6:00PM 8:15PM - 9:00PM
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K
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dining experience at The Compound! The food was wonderful but our server and the rest of the staff made the night for me and my friends. It was the perfect finish to our trip. I’m looking forward to returning.

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MC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service all delivered with a smile. We'll be back!

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LC
London
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredibly delicious food in every course. Warm friendly exceptionally good value. A real boon for Santa Fe. Also very conveniently located. A lovely discovery. We will definitely return.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about the compound!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for 4 in the patio was exquisite. Service perfect, not intrusive, yet solicitous. Must be the best place to dine in Santa Fe.

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RB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never seen a more beautiful part of the country. Dinner was amazing. Family vacation with the most beautiful ladies I've ever seen.

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GV
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Compound was, as always, reliably excellent food, an engaging and knowledgeable somallier, with superbly prepared and presented food. Service was a bit pedestrian with a long wait between our first and main courses. Very expensive.

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MC
New Mexico
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having lunch in one of the garden tables by the fountain is one of the highlights of Santa Fe summer!

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o
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bulgarian mushrooms a treat. Waitstaff superb. Didn't have requested winf, but steward provided pleasant alternative.

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LA
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at the Compound for a special lunch with out of town friends. The food was outstanding and the ambiance was wonderful as we were lucky enough to sit in a shady table on the patio. We've been to the Compound many times and it never fails to please.

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P
Phoenix
194 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always everything about this restaurant is excellent.

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SI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we love this restaurant. every time we are in Santa Fe it is our go to place
the food is sensational, great service and attention. the waitperson knew the wine
and could answer any questions.we had lunch there and would have gone back for dinner but we had opera tickets
our next trip we will do a dinner and a lunch
yummy yummy yummy

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. The wait staff were knowledgeable without being pushy. Ambiance was good, rather quiet but it was a beautiful evening after the rain. The chef is excellent-I need a signed cookbook!

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DS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Somewhat of a sterile ambiance - not sure if it is trying to me coastal city chic or strike a local feeling. Michelin prices are not commensurate with food experience. Would do better to stay in a urban city and eat out there, in terms of value.

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EN
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in town, never ceases to amaze me. Could not have been a more wonderful evening. The food was perfection which matches the entire experience.

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NY
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant.. the food was not only delicious but so well placed on the plate! A must to visit while in Santa Fe.. Alex our bartender was incredible.. one of the best!

We will always dine at this restaurant while in Santa Fe!

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w
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only were the food and service flawless...as expected, but the wait staff went out of their way to make certain that my daughter's birthday celebration was very special. After bringing out a dessert plate sporting a chocolate Happy Birthday which was very lovely, someone must have heard my daughter's comment about a candle, so the staff brought out another dessert plate with a candle. Over and above the norm.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice food and ambiance, but nothing distinctive. Expected a higher quality and creative level fir the price.

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BR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent as always. Best restaurant in Santa Fe, Mark Kiffin is a gem. Service was beyond belief.

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CM
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience.

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DD
Hawaii
62 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal of our New Mexico dinners all week visiting from Maui. We really enjoyed the ambiance of the outdoor patio and garden (glad we requested a change from our initial indoor table, which was also lovely). David came around to our table and engaged in delightful enjoyable conversation, and sang the deserved praises of Chef. Perla gave good service and took great photos. Every dish was flawless, and seasonal, tasting like summer: crusty bread, Fried Maryland Soft-Shell with avocado mousse and fresh peas and corn; Corn and Herb souffle (in a quick 11 minutes) with goat cheese and salad; Maine lobster tails with fresh gnocchi excellent, as were Pappardelle pasta with Chanterelle mushrooms (very good, after returning from our recent month in Italy); very good generous side of asparagus with beurre blanc; excellent light tempura-like onion rings of red onion, unlike anything we've had. So much food, we did not have room for the delicious-sounding desserts: homemade ice creams (Earl Grey sounded good) and the Valrhona frozen chocolate with orange blossom ice cream. A wonderful evening, a delightful experience. The perfect way to spend our relaxing Fourth of July holiday on quiet Canyon Road.

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PT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been many times over the years but I can’t remember a better dining experience.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Tuna tartare flavorless, beet and feta salad 98% lettuce and carrots, virtually no feta, few if any and only golden beets, beef over cooked.
Halibut okay, special dessert yummy.
Waiter marvelous. With other $$ restaurants available no reason to spend the dollars in mediocrity.

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NP
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always our evening was very special. The cuisine is always excellent and the service was excellent as usual.

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and beautifully presented. Our server, Alejandro, was wonderful. The patio ambiance was quiet and secluded in the later evening when we had our reservation. The outdoor fireplace and candlelight made for a very romantic atmosphere. I would definitely recommend The Compound for romantic date nights and special occasions.

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CH
Orange County
159 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a bit hesitant to go to this restaurant based solely on the name. We had very different images other than the lovely restaurant it is! We requested a nice table on the terrace and were so happy we did! The evening temps in Santa Fe in June are perfect for dining al fresco!

The friendly sommelier assisted us in finding the perfect, full-bodied Pinot Noir from their extensive wine menu. Her knowledge of a great variety of wines was impressive and her suggestion was just perfect!

We both decided to try the chicken breast. Wow! It was so moist and flavorful! It was unlike any chicken we’ve had in other nice restaurants. Served with a grainy mustard sauce over very fresh kale and green beans, it was amazing! Because we had a late lunch, we couldn’t decide if we wanted an appetizer . Our server suggested a wonderful light butter salad with a champagne vinegarette that he split into two servings and it was just right. Perfectly enjoyed while we waited for our entree.

For dessert we shared a Bakewell Tart. Our server guaranteed we would love it and he was right. A combination of cherry jam, dulce de leche, almonds and ice cream it was decadent! A special “Happy Anniversary” plate with bites of sweets was presented to us in recognition of our special occasion. Service is top notch, ambience on the terrace is preferable to inside in our opinion and the food will leave you satisfied!

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JS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for our 32nd anniversary. The service was exceptional and the food was creative, beautifully presented and very very good. Mark and his staff create a terrific dining experience.

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G
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, food excellent, great ambiance. One of our favorite restaurants to visit.

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OT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with a very special atmosphere!! Christopher did an amazing job waiting on our table. Looking forward to our next trip back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with out of town friends.
Beautiful place. Fantastic service. Great food.
I loved it.

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LG
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic! We had a wonderful meal and even better experience!

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RB
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.

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k
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good, not great but what was really disturbing was the abrupt and rushed service. As soon as we were given menus we were asked what we would like. No time to peruse; luckily we've been there many times, though not recently,so we quickly decided without reading through the menu.
I had notated on the reservations that one of us was gluten free, but no suggestions were made and there is no gluten free "bread or crackers". We were rushed through 3 courses and made it roundtrip back home in much less than an hour. This was not the relaxing lunch we anticipated together, but rushed service so that we assume they could be finished with lunch and go home.

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a
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Words do not describe how far our very favorite Saturday lunch have fallen! We are so, so very disappointed. Beet salad is a mystery. Still searching for beets among the giant carrot chunks. The sweetbreads, an all time favourite were absolutely tasteless, and the salmon was tiny and overdone. What has happened? A $200 lunch for two. Our waiter was a lovely man.

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A
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. A little stuffy but if that’s what you like servers we’re good but gave a little snobbish vibe. I like to chat a bit. Great chef for sure.

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c
Denver
162 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great meal but missed the mark on service, (server didn’t encounter us until we had been seated twenty minutes). Halibut was over salted. Desserts were highlight of the dining experience. Appreciate affordable wine choice, (Susana Balbo). Still great dining experience but disappointed you’re slipping.

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KC
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a treat to eat at The compound. Had a love.y lunch on the back patio with my sister.
Food and service are always outstanding and the ambiance is beautiful.

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MC
New Mexico
28 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the seats in the garden for summer lunches. I always bring guests here during the summer.

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e
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Presentation was delightfully presented . Portions were small

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OT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful setting, chef is fabulous, staff is very accommodating and knowledgeable, they went above and beyond for our anniversary.

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