The Compound Restaurant

4.7
3076 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Compound Restaurant is a corner stone of the culinary landscape in Santa Fe renowned for its distinctive style and elegance, recently 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, celebrates 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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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Ok not as wonderful as I remember from several years ago.

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vipTomW
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening - ambiance, service and food!

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vipmlmdream
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The ironic and off putting moment was when I wanted to ensure there was no cheese on my dishes as some restaurants add cheese to seafood dishes anyway, the waiter impatiently replied in a condescending manner that they don’t, and Compound is not any other restaurant. Earlier he also repeatedly stopped me from wanting to leave out sweetbreads from the foie gras dish as it would ruin the experience.

Normally I’d appreciate that kind of input, but his preachy and snobbish tone actually ruined the experience. In hind sight, I should have just stood up and left.

I observed other servers are demonstrating the service standards consistent with such a fine dining establishment. Guess I was just unlucky.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great waiter and wonderful atmosphere!

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GoodFoodABQ
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They've done a great job of maintaining a comfortable and intimate dining experience with outstanding food, even in these weird times of COVID. I look forward to going back once the pandemic is over and being able to enjoy another delicious meal.

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vipNikkiS
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love The Compound! It’s by far one of my favorite restaurants. The food and their service are beyond compare. I’m always so thrilled to dine there!

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vipMike
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome old fashioned and onion rings.

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LauraG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a celebration lunch of my 15th work anniversary. It was truly a blessing to have such a wonderful gift! The Lobster Salad was divine and the chocolate torte was nothing less than incredible! Our server was outstanding -- She was attentive, friendly and so delightfully descriptive with the menu offerings!

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vipChreeB
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am from Houston visiting family. My favorite place to dine in Santa Fe!

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DavidR
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was our first time to dine here and we enjoyed it very much. I was a bit taken aback when our server told us that they were closing early and we needed to place our entire order. We ended up ordering lots of food and drinks and spent a substantial amount of money. I would have thought that during these challenging times it would have made more sense to let us relax and take our time but we sort of feel like we were on a timer. The posted hours for Sunday were 6-9 but the server told us us the Chef was closing at 8. There were other people there so I don’t understand the mentality there. Otherwise, everything was really good and we plan to come back next time we’re here.

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ElizabethM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

I was disappointed where we were seated. A family of three adults were seated in our area. They were loud in speaking foul language. We went to enjoy a quiet nice dinner, but unfortunately we did not. The waitress apologized to us, but as we were leaving she called over the manager who was aware of the situation but he really had nothing to say. I think if he knew he should have addressed the mannerisms to the disruptive family.

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ValerieG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! We celebrated our 35th anniversary with lunch here. Lobster salad and champagne. Perfect in every way!

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vipJship297
New Mexico
61 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable service, quality of the food is outstanding

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Compound is wonderful in every imaginable way. And the burger off the Bar menu is my absolute favorite anywhere.

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Debby
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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PatrickC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time -great food and the service was great-we we’re outside , good air and heat - great service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the chicken. Imagine every incredible smell of Santa Fe infused into a meal
Amazing I
I have eaten here countless times. Always perfect

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TRavisM
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great meal, excellent wine. Covid 19 is my least favorite virus.

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vipLauraO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, attentive service, delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite places. Returning next week

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viprobbie
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only complaint: ordered 2 bottles of a particular wine: only 1 left in the cellar.
Ordered the 2nd on the recommendation of the sommelier - just did not match up to the 1st - oh well....

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner with dear friends.

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vipChrisQ
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another terrific meal at The Compound. The lamb shank was especially good. Their sommelier, Kristina, does an amazing job pairing wine to our meals. Thank you for another great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual The outdoor courtyard was just lovely at lunchtime

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MellH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had my birthday dinner here and couldn't have asked for anything better. The service was amazing and everyone was so nice and made it special. A must try in Santa Fe!

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MichaelR
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I chose The Compound for our anniversary dinner after reading reviews and talking with some locals about the best place for a fantastic dining experience. We were completely satisfied with the broad choices on the menu, the extensive wine list, and the service. Our waiter Armando was extremely attentive, and gave us menu item reviews, along with advice and recommendations on the wine to pair with our 1st and second courses. The desert was just as nice, with special attention to it being our anniversary. This is a place I will ALWAYS dine, when we return to Santa Fe.

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vipStanW
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food and service were great. Reservation made for in restaurant dining, but put on covered patio. Seating was not as comfortable and as temperature dropped it was not comfortable because heater closest to us was shut down because another guest seated before we arrives said she was too hot. They did not turn the heater back on when we requested it.

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vipWilliamB
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great dinner

food was outstanding, good wine

service was outstanding

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vipSfoiah
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outside with no heaters made a brisk evening meal. food was good but pork chop was overcooked. Service was good, although we waited a long time for the main course. Mark up on wine is high. It’s a nice restaurant, always has been one of my favorites but it’s nothing extraordinary.

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vipStephanieG
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible experience! I've been here before but this night was date night on the patio for my husband and I. We were thrilled with the cozy, beautiful seating on the back patio, right at sunset. Everyone we encountered was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and wonderfully easy to talk to. As always, Chef Kiffin created an impeccable menu, filled with decadent delights. We loved each course, each drink, and every minute. Highly recommend - best dinner I've had in months! Gorgeous setting!

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vipCynthiaH
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always delicious and a beautiful night outside. Our server was superb too!!

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JanelleO
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and service. Hard working people. Wait staff was excellent.

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SonnyO85
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Overall not bad. Portions to price point, Portions down and price up compared to other restaurants. Server asked if we wanted a side then forgot it all together. Not gluten free friendly, big let down as one of us has celiac!!! Not a preference as suggested when ordering. What's up with no special. Last thing, table set after was served first. But it the little things like running out of water in my glass, no follow up (how is it) and forgetting items recommendation that ruined our experience.

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DawnR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff always asking if we needed anything. The food was simply amazing, great wine and drink selection.

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vipTexasRick
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautiful place for a Fall lunch in SF.. Kudos to Mark Kiffin andstaff

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Even though we had reservations we were shunted into a very undesirable table. Most tables were kept aside for favorite guests.

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vipmhall
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Would not return ..Beautiful setting..Decent food ,excellent desserts ..Poor group wait staff...

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TexasFoodies
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor space was welcoming and pretty. Recommend the foie gras and lobster bucatini. Bonus they have their own parking lot so you don’t have to hunt for parking!

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Robbie
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful outdoor patio dining in autumn.

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Alan
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor dining

FAQs

The Compound Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 982-4353.

The Compound Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 3076 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.