Restaurant Martin

4.6
3183 Reviews
$31 to $50
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, 2017 and 2018 for the James Beard “Best Chef of the Southwest” Award Semi-finalist for the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 James Beard “Best Chef of the Southwest” Award

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
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
What 3183 people are saying
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vipGray
Las Vegas
39 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We felt like this restaurant was exceptional in almost every category. Our waiter, Zac, was slammed and managed to time the delivery of everything perfectly. We shall return.

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SusieM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delish! We ordered duck and beef tenderloin. Both were cooked to perfection! To top off night had chocolate molten cake. Was the best desert we have had. Service was excellent. Highly recommend!

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vipgs001
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a marvelous time and unforgettable dinner at Rest. Martin. Dinner and dessert were truly sublime. We shared starters and entrees. The vegetarian entrée was the best I have ever had (from a variety, quality, presentation, and taste perspective).
We chose to sit outside though it was quite nippy - Jennifer (the owner) was fabulous in keeping us warm. The patio was perfect, ambiance wonderful, music fabulous. Small touches (lap blankets to the tea kettle to the spatula for dessert) were unique and noteworthy. Celeste was our server and she nailed it. We were even able to meet and thank Chef Martin. Cannot wait to revisit - again and again. Bravo Rest Martin!!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great As Always!!

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vipLaunchgirl
Naples
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. Presentation was beautiful. Don’t forget to try the ginger margarita! Best value in the house.

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AndreaM
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with my father, brother, and daughter! Food and service were wonderful. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous from start to finish!

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Tucson
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Limited menu although the special (tuna) was excellent. Wine was ridiculously overpriced and the pacing was terrible, we were rushed, the food arrived before we had finished our aperitif. Going there was an expensive mistake.

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vipchap621
Tulsa
99 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First post-pandemic trip for group of seven Oklahomans, Michiganders, and Texans. And our fourth or fifth time at Martin over the years. We were seated in a semi-outdoors, covered area, prompt service, full staff, all foody things back to normal. I had the coffee roasted beet salad, which was excellent and unusual. My entree (duck breast) was a little ligamented, (Two others said the same,) but well prepared and delicious. Friendly, knowledgeable service. Good wine list.

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vipAesop
Houston
89 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Creative dishes are severely marred in the execution, mainly due to overcooking: pork chops completely white, "rare" tune with a quarter-inch rind of grey, lamb not at all pink, etc. "Indoor" dining is in a barn-like structure with one side completely open. Noisy, no tablecloths, horrid music. Fine dining it is not.

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vipjoand
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our dinners were very good but the Cote de Rhone wine by the glass and bottle was disappointing.
Service good.

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vipMartyP
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful foodie experience. Great service.

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RichardC
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duck , chicken and steak were all terrific. Presentation lovely. Good wine list. Only disappointments were the ice cream. Just ok and very small portion

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vipBernardD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely time dining Chez Martin. Food is beautifully executed. I particularly enjoyed the oysters delicately tempura-fried and my pork chop was perfectly cooked

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful menu and service. Ambiance not quite up to the price point. Also no cocktails service- only wine and beer.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! A lot of depth and imagination in the cooking.

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viprossmck
Raleigh
251 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant Martin was superb. Great food and service. I highly recommend the duck breast if it's available, and the molten chocolate cake was much better than the cliché that dessert has become in many places. It's not inexpensive, but for a special occasion, it would be worth it. We were out of towners, but if we were local we'd be back.

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vipNancy
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved our first visit to Restaurant Martin. We weee drawn there because of the pork belly bite we had at the Wine and Chili festival as well as friends’ recommendations. The food was delicious and service wonderful.

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LarryM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food pretty good, but kind of an odd beginning… chilly evening, mostly patio seating. We arrived 12 min early for our reservation, tables open, but the hostess said she did not want to overburden the kitchen so we could either walk around the block,or go to the brewpub next door! why not seat us and offer a drink?

Food was good, steak was perfectly medium rare but charred on outside. Same with duck breast. Dessert was excellent.

Not sure we’ll try again.

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Crae8tive
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and wine experience. Great combos of flavors .. intriguing and unique , but without trying too hard . Dessert was a mind blowing chocolate -o-rama ..festival of Yom nom nom!
Love it. Will be back.

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Juliet
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Beet salad was delicious (highly recommend). Beef tenderloin was ordered medium rare but served medium well (disappointing). Ahi tuna and dessert was good.

Wait staff was friendly but inattentive. No one checked on us throughout our meal except to get our dessert order. Patio dining furniture was wobbling and table setting was a plastic place mat.

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JD1957
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service, which has been an issue in other recent reviews, was excellent. Food was ok but not great - Salads were fine if not exceptional. Duck was tasty but the breast was very tough - the leg confit was great. The vegetarian entree sampler was uneven. The potato Napoleon was good. Others less so. In particular the use of barbecue sauce on cauliflower isn’t appealing since it made it taste like meat. Dessert choices limited. We wouldn’t object to going back if friends wanted to go there but wouldn’t make it our first choice for an interesting dinner.

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SusanK
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to eat at Restaurant Martin. I have commemorated a number of occasions there.

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vipgourmay
Houston
436 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great dinner with friends on the patio. So good, we closed the place down with a 1930 reservation. Everyone was very pleased with the food and ambiance, and the service was attentive. We ate at 3 of Santa Fe's top restaurants while we were in town and this one ranks right up there.

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GPSIG
Columbus
34 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here many times. The food Is consistently excellent. The service even with the Covid impact is excellent. We had a corner table on the patio which was a very nice location for our quiet celebration of a friend's BD. Will continue to eat here at least once Everytime we are in Santa Fe

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Very disappointing! I have had lovely meals at Restaurant Martin before, but from the apathetic, uninformed service to the mediocre, poorly prepared food, this one was a let down. I hope they're able to pull it together again in the future.

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vipMarciaB
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by our bed and breakfast hosts. What an amazing meal! Such different combinations of flavors anc textures. Waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. Very good wine list. Will come back next time we’re in Santa Fe.

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JerryM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great dinner. The food was to die for and the service was great too.

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Luv2eat
Amarillo
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was very good. Always attentive.
Was disappointed in the vegetarian option since there was only one to choose from. The duck was great. The presentation was beautiful.

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vipErik
Austin
53 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine and service. Couldn’t have been better!

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66rrrr
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Good took a long time! Facility appeared dated and wasn’t as nice as expected. Wait staff was good.

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Doug
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Restaurant Martín several times. It is always a very pleasant experience in terms of both food and ambiance. He is trying to do interesting food prepared by someone who cares, and he succeeds. This is not always the case at “fine restaurants” in Santa Fe and elsewhere.

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Winkle
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great food. Unfortunately, the ambience and repast were dimmed by the smell of sewage around our table. We saw a large candle with three wicks on the ground by the table so the management is most likely aware of the problem and have tried to mitigate the sewage smell with the candle smell.

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Patron
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great meal. Lovely environment. Lots of outdoor dining.

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VINCE
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food, flavors and service. For a high end restaurant with pretty steep prices we were disappointed that there was a $3/person charge for a couple of slices of bread! Otherwise delightful.

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ViennaDad
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We'd read terrific reviews about the restaurant, but seen a few mediocre ones from other diners' recent visits that claimed things had changed and quality had apparently slipped.

The outdoor eating area where we were seated was beautiful (particularly at night) and the ambiance felt fairly intimate and quiet. The menu options also looked interesting and creative, and our group (who travels together to different locations across the country to taste wine and enjoy great meals) was excited.

Unfortunately, beginning with the first course, service was lackluster. From eye rolls (!) when asking for a fork when the last one had been taken with the last course, to lacksidasical serving and long stretches of no interaction with our server, to the final straw when the bill was unceremoniously tossed on our table with a curt "thanks," we were taken aback with how the staff seemed to be trained (or not).

We tend to be a rather casual bunch but have had a great deal of experience with restaurants of this caliber, so we know what's appropriate to expect. A $500+ meal should not end with an unfriendly tossing of the checks, particularly when there was no issue that would have caused the server to be upset.

The meal itself was also unfortunately uneven. While the appetizers showed great promise, we were let down with the entrees. These included a very underseasoned Sea Bass special with some inedible woody stalks of leek (I believe) that should never have made it to the plate. The pork chops looked great but were dry and riddled with gristle. The deserts did shine though, with lovely homemade sorbets and a delightful molten chocolate cake.

The verdict: This is a place that perhaps once shone but has now lost its luster, and for this price point, we'd recommend visiting elsewhere.

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TracyB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful vegetarian tasking menu with creative combinations and flavors Beautiful courtyard and attentive service. A lovely experience.

JR
vipJeanR
London
46 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and attentive service and every bite was delicious. So many flavors

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a special occasion anniversary dinner, Restaurant Martin matched the best experience at other top restaurants. Our event was recognized from first greeting throughout, quiet outdoor patio seating, excellent service - and of course, top notch cuisine.

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MarMar
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every respect! Had a wonderful memorable dinner for 60th bday with sisters. Thank you!

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Restaurant Martin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 820-0919.

Restaurant Martin is rated 4.6 stars by 3183 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.

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