Restaurant Martin

4.6
2520 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the state. I enjoy the food and appreciate the presentation of the food. The chef is creative and does a great job. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Santa Fe.

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JG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no better place to eat than Chef Rios’ restaurant in Santa Fe or in the entire state. He is a true artist. Wonderful food, fantastic restaurant.

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g
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Booth was uncomfortable. No bread or dinner salad offered. Only beer and wine menu for drinks. Chefs creation left me still hungry. My wife’s sirloin was tough.

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VM
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always a joy, the staff, the food, the ambiance. Every bit is perfection. I couldn't resist a cup of the Spring Pea soup with paper thin radishes. It was so light and so flavorful I would have imagined the peas were popping fresh off the vine and into my mouth. My crab cakes were equally delightful, moist and beyond scrumptious. My husband had the chicken sandwich and I couldn't tell you how it was because before I knew it his plate was clean so my presumption is that he thoroughly enjoyed every bite.
Are we coming back, most definitely.

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G
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional evening. The service and food were top notch. We Appreciated the quiet atmosphere and look forward to returning soon.

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t
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Could have been a bad night, as we had dined here 2 years ago and were very pleased with the food. The appetizer was delicious (Tuna Tartar), the wine lovely, and the dessert rich and beautiful (chocolate tower), BUT, the strip loin steak was so tough I had to request a steak knife and even with that it was hard to cut and chew. The taste was wonderful, but I'm sorry, my husband and I both ordered this and I find it hard to believe we received 2 really bad cuts of meat. For this much money I expect something really good. It was only fair.

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TB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had made a reservation and our wait time was minimal. The request I made to sit away from the door was honored. Our server, Jordan, was attentive to detail and very pleasant. The food was very well portioned and beautifully presented. The chef magically orchestrated flavors that were pleasing to the palate. We will definitely return for our next visit.

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JE
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, caring and knowledgeable service and a great way to spend an evening. The food was presented beautifully only surpassed by it's flavor. A feast for your eyes and tastebuds! Our server explained each dish not only precisely, but with enthusiasm! Also recommended a perfect wine pairing. Made for a wonderful dining experience!

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BP
San Antonio
27 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy dinner at Martin’s. The food is spectacular and the service is wonderful.

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j
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We ate at Restaurant Martin last May, and the food was terrible, and service poor. However, we wanted to give this restaurant another try this year. We came on Friday night, May 31. The service was horrible (we waited 18 minutes after we finished eating before anyone ever came to see if we wanted anything else or just a bill). The entrée (chicken with mushrooms) was awful - undercooked, tough, stringy. We will not be back. We found out from our hotel, that several of their guests in recent weeks, had reported the same thing we did - very poor service and food NOT GOOD. I wish they had told us in advance!!!

Jackie Jennings
yak10@att.net

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JB
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant Santa Fe has to offer in any way.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end the experience was wonderful. Starting at the bar, the cocktails were interesting and tasty. The bartender was very innovative and knowledgeable. Moving to the meal, every dish was beautifully presented and tasted incredible. Our waiter, Craig, was helpful and entertaining. We totally enjoyed our experience and will absolutely return the next time we are in Santa Fe.

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LF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came to Restaurant Martin to celebrate a friend getting married. The staff was kind and knowledgeable. It is a small space that made me feel the comfort of eating dinner at a friends house. The food was amazing with bursting flavor and color in every dish. I’m so glad we stumbled upon this. It was a perfect place to enjoy good food with friends. Definitely a hidden gem in Santa Fe. We will return and recommend to others visiting.

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CD
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful presentation of foods that were exceptional in flavor.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional particularly in the accompaniments. Too bad they dont serve martinis

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TM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Restaurant Martin to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary and were very pleased with our choice. Everything was excellent from the service & the ambience to the food and wine. The outdoor patio provides the best ambience when it is available. We will definitely return.

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JE
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff is attentive and friendly. The food is creative and flavorful . Even the simplest dish (like the Cesar salad) was done with the extra touches of care and flavor that make this the kind of restaurant that I would call a special experience

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New Mexico
72 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Outdoor dining is lovely here. The food is very good, as is the service. Good selection of wines to accompany dining.

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JF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as usual. Grateful they gladly accommodated my infant grandson. He did not fuss one bit.

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G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Chef is extremely talented and food is amazing quality and flavors

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JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t recommend this restaurant enough! The food is thoughtful, fresh and perfectly prepared. The host/owner was one of the kindest and most accommodating people we met in Santa Fe. I’d highly recommend this restaurant for the food and the experience.

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DF
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite local lunch spot. So glad they’re open again for lunch. The food is very fresh and well prepared. Service was attentive, professional and friendly. I’ll be back soon.

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LA
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot in Santa Fe. Great value for lunch, dinner is also fabulous. The food is alway exceptional and presented so beautifully. You eat with your eyes!

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New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I find the inside a bit too austere, particularly the wall paintings. Perhaps some new paintings could be considered?

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Martín has created a wondeful culinary experience. His attention to detail is obvious in every delicious bite. I would not be surprised if there are some Michelin stars in his future!

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AB
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

70th birthday celebration!

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KS
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals ever

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LF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious and well prepared. The recipes were complex but the flavors worked well together. Service was attentive and yet relaxed. The pacing was prefect- we never felt rushed.

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s
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch menu had a very nice variety; we had salmon, duck and an omelet - all delicious. The lemon honeycomb desert was fabulous. Good service, great in-town location, parking a bit tight.

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k
London
43 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat there each time we are in Santa Fe. Service and food are always great. Had the special sea bass. Great and split the tuna tarter also good. My wife had the salmon great. Julian was a great waiter with good suggestions.

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food here is completely over-rated. I can’t believe this chef is as highly rated as he is. Dishes were a combination of ingredients that didn’t come together. Mole was bad, bread tasted like it was a week old. Orzo mac and cheese was oily and orzo was overcooked. Blue fin tuna was about as mediocre as it gets. If you’re in Santa Fe, don’t waste your time here, go to Sazon or La Paloma instead.

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Amarillo
20 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband ordered the steak and said it was excellent. I ordered the chicken breast which was good but I don’t particularly care for the “french” cut.
Definitely a 5 star restaurant

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m
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine and service. Luis, our server, was the ultimate professional!!

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B
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We have been here several times but not in a while. Have always had a good experience until this time. Service was dismal. My husband has a sensitivity to onions and garlic; granted it’s very difficult to find something on a menu that doesn’t have one or both. However, we have never had a server tell us, “I don’t think the chef can make modifications at this time”, at least without even asking. When I replied, “would you please ask”, she reluctantly did. Lo and behold, the chef was able to accommodate.

We ordered a bottle of wine and never once did she stop to refill our glasses. After we completed our first course, she passed our table numerous times without stopping to clear our plates.

The food was very tasty but service is paramount to a good dining experience. It will be a while before we return as there are many other restaurants in town with tasty food and excellent service.

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LD
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wine choices were definitely above average. The service was excellent and thoughtful. Our waiter was very patient and knowledgeable
And every dish we ordered was perfect. Of course the spring pea soup is always delicious

I often order the chicken dish which is always tender, juicy and prepAred in a unique way.

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IB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Other than the deconstructed banana cream pie (too deconstructed) the meals (4of us) were wonderful. The duck was incredible.

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w
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My server was very helpful and knowledgeable. Food was outstanding.

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RC
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service were excellent. Atmosphere was lacking. Not much to look at art wise and music non existent. Fairly dull.

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DR
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful evening at Restaurant Martin. From the moment we entered the door, we felt welcomed. The staff is knowledgeable, professional without being stuffy and attentive. The menu is well-chosen - interesting options with something for those who are vegetarians to carnivores. The presentation is beautiful and the food tastes as good as it looks. Our out of town guests were as happy with their evening as we were. Thank you for consistently going beyond.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant. Based on recommendations and the reputation of the chef, we expected outstanding food. We were somewhat disappointed. The chicken, which was described by the waiter as juicy and tender, was over cooked and dry. Despite this, the dish was very flavorful and the risotto was delicious. The duck entree was very good but not outstanding. The ambiance was wonderful.

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