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About The Compound Restaurant
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.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Summer Hours: 5:30 - 10:30)
Paseo de Peralta
$31 to $50
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There is ample parking behind the restaurant and seasonal valet parking.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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.
The Compound Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The bar is always fun. The two bartenders Mike and Alejandro are very engaging, good mixers and fun to talk to. We always meet people at the bar and communicate with them after we leave. The food is also excellent and the bar menu is outstanding. We recommend this to just about anybody. You must make reservations because it is crowded.
This was our first visit. The front of house was less than welcoming. We arrived five minutes before opening and went into the open lobby to be greeted by the hostess who told us to go back outside to wait in the chilly November weather. She allowed others in and proceeded to seat two parties who arrived after we did, despite knowing we had a reservation. Once we were in contact with other staff the experience was better. Our waitress was attentive and cheerful. The food was good and the options were interesting. The experience was a little tainted by the feeling we were perceived as not worthy of the courtesy other guests received.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Compound; my salmon and his filet were perfectly done, and all accompaniments were excellent. I highly recommend the cream of tomato soup with bacon--yum! We were a bit disappointed with the lemon cake, however; it was pretty bland; we should have chosen the flourless chocolate cake. All in all, the experience was great.
They are just outstanding. One of my guests has Parkinson's and they were so very accommodating with us. The food was outstanding and service as lovely as any place I have been. They have always been on the top of my list in Santa Fe and everything was perfect.
The Compound is still one of Santa Fe's top ten restaurants in a beautiful space and well worth a visit. The dining rooms are lovely and weather permitting, the patio is a spectacular place to enjoy a meal. The kitchen continues to share my love of wild mushrooms and regularly integrates them into the menu.
That said, each time I return to The Compound I get the sense that their focus has shifted from an exceptional dining experience to watching margins. The banquets once covered in elegant soft leather are now covered in synthetic cloth. The breads were once notable, but now they just put a couple of slices off a loaf on your plate. The cutlery was once polished and elegant is ordinary. I had a very satisfactory lunch (simple salad and polenta with mushrooms) but was disappointed by a salty chewy duck with doughy potato latke at dinner.
I still recommend The Compound, but don't expect a world class experience. Select one of the "Compound Classics" from the menu and you'll leave very satisfied.
We had Saturday lunch at the Compound. Although hard to decide what to get, I had the salmon entree and my husband had the chicken schnitzel. Both dishes were superb. I ordered the salmon medium rare and it was. The menu is varied and it's one of the few restaurants we've been to where we would have tried every single item. The atmosphere is sleek, comfortable and cozy. Our server was knowledgeable about the selections and his service was attentive. We will recommend the Compound to anyone traveling to Santa Fe.
Been here many times over the years.Well located ,spacious,elegant,well appointed. Menu just
adequate, best entree a steak, cook to order but nothing special. Service pretentious and incompetent. Maybe a bad night, just a Fri night, no special date.Badly missing the professional,knowledgeable waiters, attentive service experienced before.
Overpriced and now overrated
We met a young friend for dinner. We arrived at separate times so the wait staff had to balance our cocktails, and then bring hers later which postponed ordering dinner. We wound up waiting quite a while to order. When the food arrived it was all we could hope for. Delicious. The Chef came out to greet us, which is always special.
Such a lovely evening (yet again) at the Compound. The staff took such good care of our two boys, serving them Martinelli’s in champagne flutes and including them in all the culinary delights of our meal, making it such a special night out for all four of us. The manager is sharp and thoughtful and was speaking to all of us on a first name basis in no time at all, making us feel right at home in one of Santa Fe’s most elegant restaurants.
When I made the reservation I requested outdoor dining. I reiterated that request via email when I confirmed the reservation. When we arrived I was told the outdoor wasn’t available. I feel that could have been communicated prior. We waited over 15 minutes after being seated before being acknowledged. That was after we had to flag the hostess down. Our waiter, although very nice was clearly overwhelmed, not knowledgeable about the menu and very rushed. The room was overly hot. As we were eating our first course, the runner came with our entrees in hand and just stared at us as if we were the ones that needed to clear our plates. All that said, the food was good but service and ambiance extremely lacking. Extremely opposite of our visit in 2016, when service was amazing & food incredible. We had guests with us based on our last year’s experience and were very disappointed and embarrassed to have raved so much prior.
We had a birthday lunch for my husband. This is where we go for birthdays and anniversaries. Always a treat that never disappoints. Food and service are always top notch. We feel comfortable and like the elegant atmosphere. We get a bit dressed up but you don't need to do so.
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