Restaurant Martin

4.6
2564 reviews
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Contemporary American
Restaurant Martin is the embodiment of a of a 20-year dream to create the perfect balance of refined and comfortable. Chef Martin Rios, and his wife, Jennifer, envisioned a certain ambiance where people from the community as well as Santa Fe’s many visitors could enjoy Chef Rios’ award-winning progressive American cuisine. This family-owned restaurant caters not only to tourists, but to a large and loyal local clientele.

Chef Rios has been repeatedly honored for his innovative and pleasing combinations of flavors, colors and presentation. His unique style emphasizes fresh, local produce and organic meats and poultry, and reflects not only Southwestern and Asian influences but also his classic training in French technique. His list of accolades include the following:

Finalist in 2015 and 2017 for the James Beard “Best Chef of the Southwest” Award
Semi-finalist for the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 James Beard “Best Chef of the Southwest” Award
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very relaxing. Beautiful presentation.

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

Great chef and food is always good. It’s hard to beat the service in Santa Fe and I love dining at night on the back patio—so pretty!

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always with very good service. Pea soup is my favorite.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The tuna tartare, pork cheeks and the grouper special were excellent but the vegetarian tasting dish was disappointing, as though the Chef was not deeply committed to providing vegetarian food at the same standard as the rest of the offerings.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside patio was beautiful. Wonderful meal and great service.

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DB
Dallas
43 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal great service

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SR
Sacramento
134 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Martín provided the best food and experience of our 3 evenings in Santa Fe. Great service and the outdoor patio was an excellent place for dinner.

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JI
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance outdoors, complex delicious flavors in food and excellent service. Great evening to end our trip to Santa Fe.

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The small plates are good; however, beware of the shishito peppers. I never found one that wasn’t extremely hot! I sat on the patio, which was very nice and my waitress was good as well. The polenta cake was excellent.

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LN
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service. Romantic setting. Lovely view of garden from annex pavilion. Highly recommend

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JM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just had a lovely evening at Restaurant Martin with our guests from LA. Everything was perfect from the chef's tasting to the salmon to the wine selection. It was so pleasant to be in a setting where you could actually talk without competing background music/noise. Outstanding service, we'll be back.

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New Mexico
73 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chef Martin Rios continues to offer delectable food, especially the daily specials. We had a corvina that was incredible in taste and presentation.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Salmon and house special we excellent along with our server

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Dallas
169 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This had to be one of our best meals ever and that is saying a lot. We made a last minute reservation and were not able to dine outside but we had excellent service inside and the must amazing and delicious food. The lobster appetizer, the fish special, the vegetarian tasting dinner and the s’mores dessert. We had the opportunity briefly meet Chef Martin who was gracious and welcoming and we will definitely be back next visit to Santa Fe! A perfect dinner for our last night of vacation. Thank you.

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Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service was excellent but there was little to no air conditioning which made it very uncomfortable.

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was horrible . Hostess was sweet and a delight but there was no one inside . All the guests were on the patio and our server was bad about checking up and balancing the tables. Took forever to get drinks and he forgot several including soda for a teenager and and after lunch aperitif, I’ve always had a great time and experience here but this time food was so so and service bad

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AH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

I was excited to be going to Restaurant Martin as I know the restaurant has a fabulous reputation. I eat only vegan food and have had wonderful vegan meals at many of the best restaurants in Santa Fe, including Sazon and Joseph's Table. Those restaurants really make an effort to have something available that is delicious and creative. Restaurant Martin, however, was a complete disappointment. I paid $28 for a "vegetarian tasting plate" that was made up of four small bowls. One had sautéed spinach, one had 5 slices of steamed and then sautéed beets, one had 5 small chunks of steamed and then sautéed butternut squash and one had small chunks of watermelon and pineapple.
Given that many people are trying to eat less meat because of their health or concerns about climate change, I was stunned to find such a boring, bland and uncreative approach to a vegan meal. Also stunned by the price.
I think the chef here might want to look at some of the creative ways other chefs in town are offering meat and dairy free meals.
I was not going to post this publicaly as I didn't want to shame the chef - however I couldn't find any email on their website so I could send this privately.

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FT
Miami
60 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had eaten here several years ago and enjoyed it. This time our meals were a little blah, and so we were somewhat disappointed. Nice courtyard dining and the service was good.

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GG
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the corvina fish

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J
New Mexico
42 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always, always fabulous.

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our “go to” place for a wonderful fine dining experience. Our visits provide Chef Martin the challenges of some significant dietary restrictions. The willingness of he and his team to deal with this and Chef’s creativity in coming up with amazing dishes is unequaled.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance! Can’t wait to eat there again!

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Amarillo
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Like most restaurants in Santa Fe, overpriced and fair food. Restaurant Martin came with high reviews but we found the steak to be a notch above Golden Coral. The Tuna was tough and lobster appetizer had very little in it. Lobster was over cooked and tough as well. By far not the worst place in Santa Fe and William offered the best service in the whole town.

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New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service from August and Jordan. Expensive less than tender steak. Good tuna. Yummy dessert.

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j
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Martin is extremely creative in his combination of ingredients -all very local and seasonal. Our group is returning tonight to eat at Restaurant Martin again.

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W
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Food was o.k. but expensive. Otherwise everything else was poor or average at best. Not recommended

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Martin is a genius in the kitchen. The food was excellent as was the service.

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NB
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Julian was an excellent server. Chef’s special, grouper, was outstanding. Chicken did exceptional. Dessert (lemon honeycomb...) extraordinary. All because of distinctive combinations of ingredients and flavors. Sonoma Chardonnay fine. Patio/garden dining relaxed. Recommended for a splurge.

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NB
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Martin is always at the top of my list for elegant, delicious food served with style, in a pleasant, quiet ambiance. Four of us dined on the outdoor patio and it was a delight to indulge in delicious duck breast and grouper and notice the sun shift from bright early evening to dusk. An outstanding dining experience that we hope to repeat again soon .

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Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is clearly the centerpiece restaurant Martin. It is ingeniously designed and served impeccably. With each dish having so many interesting aspects to it it, you will also have lively dinner conversation about the meal. For example the creation of the night when I was there had seared grouper joined by two meaty oysters reclining on a pancake of leeks and cauliflower. It was so intriguing not to mention delicious!

The ambience is superb as well. We particularly enjoyed dining al fresco.

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RR
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose the place based on what we read online. It was true to it's descriptions. I did find the deconstructions very nice as in the Caesar salad and the banana split. The salmon entree was a little heavy and too many mushrooms for my taste. The presentations are lovely. Service was very good. We sat outside and enjoyed the weather and ambience.

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J
New Mexico
42 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The patio in the back is beautiful. The service is elegant,
But both of us found the dressings on our different salads a little too acidic.
However, we didn’t mention it to the very attentive server. This was unusual. It is usually perfect in all foods!
Love this restaurant.

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JW
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and inventive food. Good service.

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S
New Mexico
121 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When is is at its best, this restaurant is the finest restaurant in Santa Fe. The food can be, as it was on this visit, spectacular. The service is pleasant an helpful, and the garden setting is lovely in the warm weather. For creativity in its food preparation, it far exceeds anything else in town.

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MG
Tulsa
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice change of pace in Santa Fe. Upscale menu. Everything was beautifully prepared and presented . The chilled pea soup was perfect. The grouper chefs selection of the day delicious. The only thing is the interior is a little bland. Most diners sat on the patio when we dined.

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MC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch on the patio was as wonderful as usual. Our server, Luis, recommended our wine to go with our food and it was the perfect choice. I have a food allergy so Luis was able to tell me what items to avoid. We had a very enjoyable lunch on the patio on a beautiful summer day.

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M
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group really enjoyed Restaurant Martin- we sat outside on the patio, under the shade of several trees. It was very pleasant. One person ordered some wine, which she thought had a funny taste. The wait staff immediately took it away; Mary Lynne then ordered a different wine ( a Pinot) which was fine and the wait staff also brought a taste of the previous wine from a different bottle of the same name. They were trying to please.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food! Best food during our Santa Fe trip!

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DT
New Mexico
36 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely wonderful meal. Lobster appetizer was followed by a tuna entrée and grouper entrée, both beautifully prepared. Dessert and coffee were excellent. Dinner in the patio on a lovely evening made it even more special for Father's Day.

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