Restaurant Martin

4.6
3240 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 3240 people are saying
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Jack
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very nice evening out. Food (Duck & Salmon) was beautifully prepared. Wine selection was extensive with a wide choice in taste and cost. The service was superb.

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BillyW
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It doesn't get any better than this!
My new favorite place for great dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely unbelievable from start to finish!

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SFFred
New Mexico
72 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect restaurant to come back to with friends from out of town. We all enjoyed the excellent food and service. Greg was a super waiter and we thoroughly enjoyed every one of the several appetizers, entrees, and desserts that we had.

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Andrea
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host was accommodating, the server was knowledgeable, friendly, and very attentive. He took special care our youngest diner and made her feel special. The food was delicious and beautifully presented with generous portions. Chef Martin and his lovely wife Jennifer continue to deliver one of the best dining experiences in Santa Fe. It’s no wonder he’s been recognized by the James Beard Foundation so many times!

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MaryJS
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner. Food was delicious and the service was great.

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Mike
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was, undoubtably the worst dining experience we have had as long as we can remember. The server was not attentive, and when we tried to get his attention he ignored us and disappeared into the kitchen for 10 minutes. The prix fixe price included a mandatory 20% tip. The tenderloin was overcooked, dry, and bland. The ambiance is totally devoid of any personality. I have seen better in a truck stop. To add to our misery, a bus person ran by the table and hit the empty chair at our table and knocked it into my knee. Later this "lady" taunted us every time she went by the table. When we asked for the manager, she came out and was argumentative when I sent my entree back. I did not eat it or the dessert. We were still billed over $300. Don't waste your time or money.

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BrentR
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I've eaten in a long time. You won't be dissapointed.

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Missy
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We dined at Restaurant Martin for Thanksgiving with their prix fixe menu. First of all, the tables are so close together you are dining with the strangers next to you. One can hear every word of every conversation around you, a personal pet peave. The menu choices and flavors of the food were outstanding however. The reason I gave the food category fewer stars was my dressing and mashed potatoes arrived cold. I mentioned it to the waitress right away and after several attempts did get new sides but I was finished with my turkey. No compensation was made. The service was some of the worst we’ve experienced, with everything from difficulty getting new silverware that had been removed, to having coffee delivered well before the dessert so there was none to enjoy; refills were never offered. I realize the challenge of finding excellent staff these days but it’s unfortunate nonetheless.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

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vipinternettie
New Mexico
99 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always special . Beautiful presentation, exquisite tastes. Excellent service. This was Thanksgiving dinner and they were busy but nothing was out of place. You would never have known the kitchen was no doubt slammed. Love this place!

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DanielD
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special thanksgiving meal. Couldn't have been better. Good range of entrees. Service excellently paced. Enjoyed ourselves for over two hours. Not rushed!Thanks toMartin's for being open.

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Dsrtgrl
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience at Restaurant Martin. The food is exceptional and the staff are friendly.

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keebler
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Thanksgiving dining experience. On point staff and an amazing grand mingling of flavors from start to finish. Our taste buds we're on a joyous overloaded adventure. We're out of towners, but we'll be back...

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vipRandyM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We had heard marvelous things about this restaurant for a couple years, so it was a clear choice for our Thanksgiving dinner. The food was good, but all courses were served very fast and we felt rushed. Server lacked the warmth and energy we had hoped for and what we enjoy from the other fine dining options in Santa Fe. Granted it was Thanksgiving, but I don’t think he smiled once. When the bill came, we were charged $9 for bread, which was unexpected. Ive never paid for bread at the other top restaurants in town. Overall, our dining experience was fine at best; it did not live up to all the hype we had heard for so long - maybe it was because it was Thanksgiving?!

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KCM1
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was, in a word, amazing. We both agree that the meal was the very best Thanksgiving dinner we’ve ever had. Every food item was so tasty and with the right texture. Example the Brussels sprouts were yummy and had a bit of snap to them. John’s salmon was prepared to perfection at medium rare and the bisque fantastic.

We have dined at Restaurant Martin only once before and had a great meal then, but this recent experience licks it in. We will return each time we’re in Santa Fe.

Thank you to the entire staff for making our Thanksgiving dinner so wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was just what I wanted on this Thanksgiving Day 2021, service by Gabe was superb. Memorable!

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vipBigTasty
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food and atmosphere was good but our server had an attitude and it impacted our overall experience. We paid A LOT for this meal and actually regret it due to him.

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FeGalNM
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Martin combines the most interesting flavors for your enjoyment. The food is wonderful. And there is always a little delightful flavor that you weren’t expecting but completely delighted you! The service was superb. I always enjoy the great dining experience at Restaurant Martin !

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vipLindaG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is excellent. Hostess friendly and helpful. Waiter was knowledgeable and friendly, good suggestions and knew the menu well. Food is always so beautifully presented; they’re like works of art. Dessert is fun. Something different and creative. We love coming here.

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steveS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service…what’s not to like?

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vipEdB0
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very creative and yet well controlled and coordinated. Most impressive. As a local resident, I consider this one of the most sophisticated restaurants in town.

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vipGordon
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience…great food and atmosphere… highly recommend

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viptrow1
New Mexico
82 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The chef’s creativity is incredible.

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KatL
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the creative food at Restaurant Martin. Everything was exquisitely prepared.
There is no comparison!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The food and service were great. But we found the dining room small, uninteresting, and the tables so close together and so many people squeezed in that it felt claustrophobic…

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ImJustSayin
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We love to dine when in Santa Fe but have to say this was not a restaurant we are likely to return to...there are too many others more deserving. We found the atmosphere lacked any real ambiance, subpar art, stodgy clientel, and mediocre staff. The entrees were good but certainly nothing exceptional; the scallop appetizer sounded wonderful but was overly rich with just two tiny scallops for $20. Hard to believe this was a James Beard recipient in 2017. Overall disappointing.

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LocalDinerZero
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IIf your viewing tastes run more to Chef's Table than Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives then Restaurant Martin will let you experience that type of fine dining on an elevated level. While the ambience of the restaurant is not that of a pretentious setting the food is at a level that rivals the best. The seating is comfortable, the decor a relaxing mix of contemporary art in a southwestern setting and the service is attentive without being obtrusive.

The entrées are what might be described as "solid" food - salmon, beef tenderloin, duck breast, pork chops - but the amazingly creative recipes and excellent preparation makes one wonder how it is that what should be rather familiar tastes could have such subtlety and incredible depth, yet never seem like they are trying to be showy or different just to be different. The flavors unfold with each bite, and the pairings of side dishes always surprise and delight. These are meals to be slowly savored as they reveal the kind of nuance that only a chef possessing both a high level of creativity paired with the ability to perfectly prepare each dish can achieve.

The desserts are not to be skipped, and are wonders in and of themselves. An extensive wine list rounds out the experience and beer and mixed drinks are available as well, ably hand crafted from liquors provided by local distiller Santa Fe Spirits.

Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a meal at Restaurant Martin, I guarantee you will be back.

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vipJaleenE
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Arrived at the restaurant on time and seated by a door near the kitchen (there were plenty of other open tables for two). Table was so wobbly, when my husband sat down and looked at the menu, his wine glass and silver ware slid right onto the floor. We asked to be moved to another table - we were moved next door - right by the kitchen again. This restaurant was loud, and while the food was good, the experience was way below my expectations. We won't be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Unbelievable service and meals. The ambiance was a little less than had hope for a special occasion.

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LawrenceB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent
Service excellent
Would definitely go again.

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vipdocfrance
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb in every way--food, service, ambience. Everything was perfect! Our new fave info SF.

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Foodie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has a cozy ambience & friendly & efficient staff. The food was amazing & proportions just right.
I would definitely return & recommend this French cuisine to anyone. The menu was unique but not far out.

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JayB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

No t as good as my last visit - Would not order what I had (Special) again. Not again for awhile. Much lost to the pandemic!

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vipAwesomeWineGlassGame
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

TLDR: Don't book if you have children and you're not an old.

My husband and I were married here. I requested on a table in the covered patio as we had our toddler with us. I also noted it was my birthday.

A few weeks prior I had visited with my parents and brought my son and it was delightful. This last visit was not. The restaurant was empty when we arrived. Again, we have the tot so we eat early. Pro tip, if you don't like kids, don't go out for dinner at 5 PM. Anyway the hostess brought us to a table in the back right next to the kitchen. It was a very large booth and the seats were uncomfortable. We asked to move to one of the many empty 4 tops nearby. She said we could only sit in a table in another dark corner in the back. At this point I was surprised they didn't seat us in the back ally next to a dumpster.

I should pause here and mention that Restaurant Martin provides highchairs. If a restaurant provides highchairs, I take that to mean well-behaved children are welcome. Sassella does not have any highchairs. Even tho they will say you can bring your own highchair, it's pretty clear they would rather you didn't. That's fine, I get it. I was child-free too for a long time.

Anyway, the table they moved us to had a big wobble. The bread and water person said they would bring a shim but they never did. We had to ask the server. The shim came off halfway through dinner anyway. Imagine paying $45 for a main and having a wobbly table.

Our food was OK. The pork chop was dry and a little tough but the scallops were really nice. They had changed up the menu some from when I was there with my septuagenarian parents and this visit. Why do I bring up my parents age? When I was visiting with my folks, our service was markedly better. And of course at our wedding when we spent tens of thousands of dollars, the service was better. But we didn't have a kid then lol.

Also, not a single mention of my birthday.

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murraeh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jennifer and her dining room staff went out of their way to accommodate us. We requested to eat outside due to a medical condition and the temperature prevented this. Jennifer went out of her way to seat us in an isolated area. It was my wife's birthday and Martin's is out favorite restaurant. The food was outstanding, and again, the service was stellar.

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vipfoodie2015
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Halloween and the servers were all in costume. What fun. Food was wonderful as was the service. we hadn't been in a year and Martin is still producing delicious meals.

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rudym
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Not a place to go if claustrophobic, very small rooms , one window . The one is closed with a shade
Good food important , this restaurant has that but , the ambiance is the other half in excellent dining experience This place has none.

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Foodie
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal in a beautiful relaxing environment. The service was spot on. The wait staff knowledgeable about wines, dessert was excellent. Special was Halibut and it was perfectly cooked.

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Msannchovy
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Restaurant Martin last night. We were outside on the patio with ample heaters for the hearty diners who wanted to enjoy outside dining as long as possible. Our server, Zach was personable, very efficient, and professional. My husband started with the Caesar Salad which he enjoyed. Then we both had the Scottish Salmon, which was perfectly cooked. The dish had a variety of tastes which complemented each other beautifully. Finally we split an absolutely fabulous molten bittersweet chocolate cake with toasted cinnamon ice cream. This was not our first time here, and we have never been disappointed. There has always been great combinations of tastes and excellent service on a charming patio.

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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 3240 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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