The Compound Restaurant

4.7
3362 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
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JeaneR
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!! I go every year if possible for my birthday lunch lobster salad!! Oh yum! U won’t b disappointed!

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RosalieS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at The Compound. Service was great and Javi did an excellent job. Food was top notch., albeit a bit pricey, but about what we expected. We will definitely come back when we are in town again.

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vip2cents
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Recommend requesting patio and view of beautiful garden. Lovely evening. Nice menu, good service, good food. Inside seemed noisier and less relaxed.

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LocalSantaFeDiner
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Walked to our nearest local restaurant for lunch. There is something rather staid and pompous about this place. The food is well prepared, the service attentive. But unless you are a hundred years old you do rather feel as if you have broken into a well-heeled retirement center. My tuna poke salad was well prepared if you like lots of kale, shelled edamame, and brown rice with a scant half cup of fresh tuna. My husband had the pastrami sandwich which was also good, but tiny. So value for money? Forget it at the Compound...and book ahead because this place is popular with the out of town one percenters.

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OKCNate
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Neat location. Lots of locals/regulars. Chef came out and personally greeted whom I'm assuming were regulars. Also, I think a sommelier was walking around greeting people as well, again likely locals. Side note, we were from out of town on an anniversary trip. The wait staff was VERY professional and well dressed.

Crowd was older (I'm 37), not ageism just stating a fact! The part of the restaurant we were in was very cozy and warm. HUGE wine menu, good cocktails. The menu is diverse enough to satisfy any taste. They brought out our dessert plate with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate which was a nice touch.

Main complaint. We ordered our food, I the lobster tails and pasta my wife the tenderloin, and it came out in literally 5-7 minutes. Definitely no more than 10 minutes. We were very puzzled by this?! So, we were in and out of there rather quickly despite wanting to make it a special evening being that it was our anniversary. Food was very good and the plating was beautiful, but confused as to why and even HOW they got it out so fast.

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MelanyeW
Mississippi
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our very favorite Santa Fe restaurants! The service and food here never disappoint. The menu has so many wonderful selections! Hard to decide what to order every time we go. Our server has excellent knowledge of the menu and wines to compliment each dish.

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vipBarer
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were seated next to the kitchen. It was noisy

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vipClarkB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Compound NEVER disappoints whether it be lunch or dinner. Always on point!

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vipPaws
Austin
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinning experience! Great Sommelier!

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JonathanT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, wonderful service, wonderful food.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The menu was limited and the entrees sounded heavy for summer. My friend loved her corn soup. Patio not as pretty as it was before COVID. Inside dining looked very elegant.

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Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and the new summer menu will be fully rolled out next week. More summer flavors for you to try the next time you are in!

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sfos
New Mexico
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is always excellent as is service. A bit pricey especially the wine offered.

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kaykren
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Compound was just as wonderful as I remembered!

We enjoyed our meal and the ambience but they were overshadowed by the remarkable service. Our waitress was phenomenal. She made great recommendations and helped us customize our meals so that we got just what we wanted. Don't pass up the corn soup. It wasn't just an appetizer – it was an experience!

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vipBeautyGuy
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had a reservation for 3 months and when we arrived we were placed upstairs in a claustrophobic room with no musicology tables set and a wobbly table…..it was a situation that should never of happened

The Compound Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. We do encourage our guests to request a specific area or even a favorite table if you have a preference. Please feel free to let us know where you would like to be seated for your next reservation.

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DebiB
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal in all aspects!

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Marie
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter that served us was great and also the supporting staff.

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vipNewMexicoLiz
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience, as always. Delicious, well-executed short(er) menu!

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vipAlaned
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional

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vipAggieMom
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect was exceptional. Service outstanding and food excellent.

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vipJship297
New Mexico
69 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want consistency and professionalism, look no further. My wife and enjoy dining at the compound. Food is excellent, service is excellent.

The ambiance of the compound is breathtaking

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place for an elegant date. Excellent service and amazing food.

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JimVDN
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The Compound is much improved from past visits. But, I wonder why we always get stuck in that claustrophobic back room?????

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on July 20, 2021

Thank you for your review. When making reservations we encourage our guests to request the area of the restaurant they prefer, even if that is a specific table! So, please let us know the next time you make your reservation where you would like to dine. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

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vipBobM
Miami
73 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a superb experience at The Compound. The food was excellent and reasonably priced and the service was great. I had a pastrami sandwich that was possibly the best I ever had. We ate outside, which added to our experience. If you are in Santa Fe, treat yourself to a meal at The Compound.

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Responded on July 20, 2021

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Birthdaygirl1227
Tulsa
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the menu, staff, dining room, and ambiance.

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GeraldV
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an anniversary dinner at the Compound. The service is always attentive but we never feel rushed. The food is outstanding and Christine helps us to find an appropriate wine pairing for our dinner choices.

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Marjomor
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch indoors. The room was classic and comfortable. The service was great and most importantly the food was delicious.

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cmac
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch on the patio. Food was as good as always. Somehow we can't get past the schnitzel. Our waiter was fabulous!

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on July 20, 2021

No one can, the schnitzel is divine! Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

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JannS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Superior and knowledgeable service. You can always count on Mark to make your dining experience memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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Responded on July 20, 2021

Happy Birthday! Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

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OpenTableDiner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We finally made it to the Compound to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Our waitress and her assistant were amazing and lovely (some of the best service we’ve had in New Mexico) — very attentive, kind and thoughtful. The food was also exceptional. Overall, it was a wonderful experience except for one thing: the sommelier. We didn’t order wine, but we witnessed the sommelier have a complete meltdown and throw a tantrum in front of not only us, but several other tables that were also celebrating. Evidently there was a wine listed on the wine list that was no longer available and this was a “huge embarrassment” to her, which she made known to the entire room. Not only did we witness her talk down to several waiters and throw her hand up in their faces, but we also saw her aggressively toss the wine list at one of the hostesses. While this slight typo may have been frustrating to her, the real embarrassment was how she treated her staff. There is never an excuse to treat anyone the way that she did and it was truly horrifying to witness in the middle of our celebration dinner.

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Responded on July 20, 2021

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TeresaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend reservations. We had lunch reservations and were seated immediately. Very pretty restaurant with great service. Both my husband and I ordered the house made pastrami sandwich. It is slightly smoky, melts in your mouth, with a perfect sauce on delicious bread. Perfection. We substituted fries for chips for one order and crispy onion rings for the other. The fries are exactly what you want - crispy and the outside with soft potato goodness on the inside. The onion rings offer the lightest crisp batter outside with a perfectly cooked soft red onion inside. The carrot cake was divine. Will definitely come back for dinner the next time we are in Santa Fe.

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chino
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just coming back for a good meal previously experienced

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Patticakes
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could frequent The Compound once a week I would. This restaurant is truly a gem. Five stars and more.

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JoanieH
Austin
72 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!!!!!

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vipBarbaraS
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding restaurant. We were visiting Santa Fe and I happened to book lunch reservations. The menu had some variety, the drinks were terrific, the service was perfect, and the ambiance was wonderful. I highly recommend.

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Responded on July 20, 2021

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MichelleS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and the service was attentive

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Cindy
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love this restaurant. The service this time could have been more attentive and friendly but lunch on the patio was wonderful!

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Responded on July 20, 2021

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vipPollyA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My friend in town visiting after 18 months. Perfect and civilized splurge luncheon with wine. Everything was just lovely:

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on July 20, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You could not ask for a better experience everything was great

The Compound Restaurant
Responded on July 8, 2021

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The Compound Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 3362 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.