The Compound Restaurant

4.7
2342 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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Wed - Thu 6:00PM - 6:00PM 8:15PM - 9:00PM
Fri 8:15PM - 9:00PM

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Austin
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome all around. Unique, quaint bar, amazing faculty, superb food and service. Can’t wait to vome back!

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here is wonderful, from the atmosphere to the food to the staff. Had a fantastic experience all around!

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

excellent wine selections and food, relaxing ambiance,

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

The hostess was less than helpful when we wanted to get one drink in an otherwise nearly empty bar while waiting for our table. How about empowering the hostess to make sensible decisions instead of following some rigid script? Happily the rest of our evening was great, but this left a bad taste.

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c
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 6 people celebrating a friend’s Birthday. We all ordered different meals and all were very delicious but the Beef Cheeks were out of this world. Just outstanding.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place. I have been going for a long time and it never fails to impress. This summer the outdoor patios will be great.

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Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely setting and delicious food for a special occasion lunch.

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r
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

the architectural detail (designed in the 1960's) carries the day here. the delightful french food of the once-upon-a-time compound has been replaced with mediocre large portions of good enough food. the ambiance is wonderful.

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DK
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service

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KK
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the first hostess hello, to the last hostess goodbye, and all the service and food in between, the best a restaurant can offer, especially for one's 70th birthday celebration!

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CJ
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always it was a delightful lunch at The Compound. Everything is done so well, from the beautiful white tablecloth settings to the service and the food. The Spring Pea soup was fantastic and the beef cheeks over polenta was to die for. The bread plate is also a delight, with seeded crackers as well as focaccia that melts in your mouth. The service was excellent, despite the fact that our waiter accidentally doused my friend with the remainder of the wine in my glass! She was contrite and respectful, and offered to make it right for her. I only wish the restaurant had stood behind their staff member and offered to pay for the drycleaning instead of forcing the server to pay for it.

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DT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Good service, friendly. Just wish more entrees had vegetables.

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JS
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time we dine at the Compound we are delighted with the quality of the food and service. Thank you!

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l
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent as always. well prepared and presented food. top notch service.

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Miami
60 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PHENOMENAL RESTAURANT!!!

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New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have been better. Service food and ambience were all excellent

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and beautiful

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New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

While there are many good things about the Compound as we experienced it recently, the food was less than stellar. We ordered a foil grass with sweetbreads which did not come together very well--very soop-y which made it hard to distinguish the foes gras; the asparagus salad was excellent, the pork scallopini flavors were a bit too intense, though the onion rings and the strawberry rhubarb tart were lovely. Our waitress was great.

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DZ
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent dining expirience. Sommelier was great. Found a great wine for us.

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SG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent service and beautiful menu . Food cooked perfectly and presented beautifully.

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k
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were spectacular! I would highly recommend this restaurant

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DS
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We thought that for how highly rated The Compound was that the menu was boring and the food was generally unexciting. I started with a pea soup that was luke warm and had very little flavor. I finally added some shaved parmesan to that came with my friend's salad to give it some flavor. My friend had a scallop starter as a main which she thought was very good. I had the duck breast that was good but not great. Wouldn't go back. There are better restaurants in Santa Fe, some that probably don't reach this price point.

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PR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch. The pork cutlet was the best.

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San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to return!

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Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was here once before many, many years ago. Was in town and wanted to see if I could recreate the fabulous experience of my prior visit

The answer was yes. Food, atmosphere, service.

One of the best restaurants I have ever had the pleasure

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was just wonderful

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New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Old friends came to visit and we wanted to show them a good time. It was special.

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New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go a lot to the Compound: Their food is perfect, the service is perfect, it's a very beautiful restaurant. We like to go there by ourselves or with friends.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All around, you cannot go wrong at the Compound. This is a higher end, destination restaurant that can serve as both a special occasion and a routine spot for quality good food.

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JB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinner experiences I have ever had. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and kind. The food and wine recommendations were perfect. Thank you Compound for a wonderful experience.

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New Mexico
49 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd never thought of this as a lunch place, but it was excellent...nice portions, and quiet enough for good conversation.

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RT
New Mexico
41 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Think this place is Improving over the years. Always a great place but disappointed at times in past. Lately great every time.

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MF
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely delightful experience. The host, staff, building and overall ambiance make for a remarkable evening.

If you’re in Santa Fe make it a point to dine at Compound. I’ve now done so twice and intend to be there again when back.

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! The food and service were superb.

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FZ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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VM
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is superb! Truly amazing! Every detail is accounted for... wonderful every time!

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KK
New Mexico
47 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For the money and the reputation, this was no where near one of the "better" restaurants in Santa Fe. Food was fine, nothing special.

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Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Excellence in all matters, and the food was divine! Foie gras was large and tender as butter, with sweetbreads and a mushroom sauce that complimented but did not overpower. Duck breast, medium rare, perfection! Christina Bustamonte, sommelier, was most helpful. This place is nothing but first class. It was not my first time and will not be my last.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveled to Santa Fe and was looking for a place with history but wanted to be spoiled. The Compound was the place and if you have the chance to have Alejandro as your waiter your in for a great night!

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