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About Restaurant Martin

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

526 Galisteo
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Tue–Sun 5:30 am–9:30 am
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm

Cross Street:
Paseo de Peralta

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 820-0919

Website:
http://www.restaurantmartin.com/

Catering:
We can build menus at a variety of price points to meet customer needs and requests. Our highly skilled kitchen staff can accommodate groups and menus of any sort.

Parking Details:
Approximately twenty parking spots on property and a multi-level public parking structure four doors down.

Public Transit:
The Railrunner from Albuquerque stops a few short blocks from our front door and Santa Fe's public bus system runs right past our restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Martin Rios

Private Party Facilities:
With the addition of our Annex we are now able to accommodate larger parties in a private setting. Beautiful bay doors open up onto our patio for private all weather accommodations.

Private Party Contact:
Jennifer or Rosario: (505) 820-0919

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Banquets, weddings, birthdays, anniversary, and large gatherings all welcome.

Restaurant Martin Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (46)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Special Occasion (38)
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Good for Anniversaries (37)
Good for a Date (34)
Romantic (27)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Notable Wine List (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Cozy (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Great for Brunch (10)
Business Meals (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Authentic (8)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Organic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a reservation for 6:15 Sunday night and were seated by 6:20 due to others waiting just inside the doorway, where they also stored some of their wine, so things got tight when the wine steward had to open the door of the cooler into the crowd waiting. The host was very pleasant and showed us to a table in the building out back of the house. We were there for the prix fixe menu for Restaurant Week, so ordering was easy. We had to wait until 7:15 for our apps, so sipped our beverages and chowed down on their very good bread. The apps were fantastic--we both got the house-made ravilolo. Half an hour later, we go our entrees, which were also delicious. I had the roasted chicken and my date had the beef and both were cooked to perfection and well seasoned. Desert was a chocolate truffle cake--kind of like a volcano cake, but smaller, and cinnamon ice cream, all delicious. We peeked into the kitchen on our way our and Martin was there with his staff. We enjoyed the food immensely, but the slow service was a problem.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

We moved permanently to Santa Fe nine months ago after coming here on vacation most of the past nine years. Once we got here we created a list of restaurants that we wanted to try. Restaurant Week Santa Fe gave us an opportunity to have dinner at Restaurant Martin. We’re very happy with our decision. Everything from the ambience to the service to the food was very good. My wife had the salmon for dinner and I had the chicken: our comments were the same - the food seemed to melt in our mouths. My only quibble is the limited amount of parking on the restaurant property but the restaurant does have an agreement with another organization to use their parking lot around the corner after 5:00 p.m. which we used. That said, we have found another top-shelf restaurant along with Geronimo to choose from in Santa Fe.

We will return to select from Restaurant Martin’s non-Restaurant Week menu.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

Went during restaurant week. Food was a bit bland. For example, my Caesar salad was uninspired. Lettuce was crispy, cheese tasty but ‘croutons’ were just toasted bread without flavor and dressing was too creamy (think ranch dressing!) and boring. No zing or bright citrus flavor. Desserts were similarly uninspired- not worth the calories or money. Not sure I’d go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was outstanding! Amazing tastes! Portions were small but adequate. We were celebrating our friends' wedding and it was perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Organic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 4 days ago

Incredibly good food served in very creative ways. Also very creatively & colorfully plated.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

We have been to Restaurant Martin previously and we were really looking forward to returning. We were not disappointed. The service and attention were excellent and the food and presention were outstanding. It is one of perhaps 3 restaurants in Santa Fe that we will always return to.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined 6 days ago

As always, in a city of many great dining options, Restaurant Martin comes out on top. We have dined there many times every year, and indeed followed Martin Rios from restaurant to restaurant before he had his own place, and never failed to be thrilled at the experience of eating his cooking. As good as it gets.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 14, 2018

What a perfect place for Valentines dinner. We love having special occasions at Restaurant Martin!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Butternut squash/Apple bisque was exquisite. Entrees beautifully plated and tasty, but the carrots and turnips were only an inch long after I cut the tops off; pretty but would have liked more edible parts. Great restaurant but be prepared for very high prices.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Restaurant Martin was excellent--we especially loved the molten chocolate cake dessert and the lamb chops.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Absolutely fabulous... everything is top notch
Heidi is fantastic

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

They need a valet -- had to park around the corner, 2 blocks in 30 degree weather -- also they had one server, one busser, and one maitre d' to serve the restaurant --the waitress was amazing given the fact she had at least 9 tables to wait on - also given the high level of food and price, no table cloths ?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We came here for anniversary dinner, during the Super Bowl.

Absolutely a GEM. The food was awesome along with the service.

A must the lump crab and lobster appetizer! For main course we had the evenings special of scallops, and ended with the chocolate textile dessert.
I must say I ordered an Irish coffee and upon presentation it was a little disappointing BUT, looks deceive. This was the best Irish coffee I have had.

I cannot fail to mention the candle in the dessert and the Happy Anniversary wishes!!!
The little things that are so awesome!

If your in Santa Fe make sure you come to Restaurant Martin!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It was our last night in SANTA Fe
We asked for a nice location
The restaurant was not populated
We sat near the changing station and down the hallway from the bathroom
So we had bathroom traffic
Waitress was lovely

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Really nice place and we will go back. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 for food is that my spouse’s rack of lamb was unevenly cooked. Not fatal, but not perfect. Other than that, excellent service and nice menu. Nice wine selection with well priced options as well.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Nothing spectacular. Way too pricy for what you get. Waitress did not even know much about the dishes when we asked her questions. She said she had not tried them. We were there for a birthday celebration. They don't even bring out dessert for the birthday girl. The flavors on the chicken sandwich had a weird sweet cinnamon flavors added to it. Did not like. The AHI poke salad was ok but kind of plain. The bills was very pricy for not being satisfied. Waitress was not very friendly. Wine prices were ridiculous.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

My date was with my wife for her birthday! While there is a large selection of very good restaurants in Santa Fe we have picked this one for special occasions. The food is what we like to refer to as haute cuisine, cooking by a very serious chef who is well aware of the ingredients he is putting together so everything tastes special.
The portions are not American size but medium size with plenty of food but not overwhelming.
It is not cheap but not over the top either and most important you get what you pay for - a pleasant atmosphere where you can talk quietly with your date and enjoy special food catered by a very cordial and attentive staff.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 24, 2018

very enjoyable and delicious, a bit pricey-but worth it.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Apple, leek parsnip bisque was best soup I ever had. Prawn polenta excellent. The chef really pays attention to details. Presentations are beautiful. Quiet place for lunch

For dessert had a little serving of ice cream which was excellent. Very tasty and small portion was just right to accompany coffee after a big lunch.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 21, 2018

A meal at Restaurant Martin is always at the top of our list of things to do when we visit Santa Fe (from Denver). The cuisine is always innovative without being "precious" and has a freshness of ingredients that you don't always find. We highly recommend Restaurant Martin for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wow! Our recent experience at Restaurant Martin was delightful. Their food is exquisitely tasteful and beautifully presented. The service was exceptional. We look forward to our next meal there. Kudos!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

food was excellent but overpriced! Table was noisy due to children and the parents trying to engage them at 9:00pm New Years eve. Service was very slow, had to leave before being served our dessert.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve dinner. Prix Fixe five course menu. Each plate (except vegetarian tasting plate) was a work of art consisting of meticulously selected and arranged ingredients that highlighted complementary flavors and textures. Great wine selections. Service felt a bit chaotic but worked with a range of staff monitoring your table as they pass and identifying and addressing any needs. Vegetarian option for main course was "vegetarian tasting plate." Items on the plate lacked creativity, flavor, and presentation of other dishes. If you're a vegetarian, your money could be better spent elsewhere unless and until the chef decides to apply his craft and art to non-meat options.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a wonderful experience, exceptional service, unique and flavorful menu

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food at brunch was as good as the food at dinner but the prices are lower. Brunch is a nice alternative at less than half the price.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vegan, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was my second time dining at Restaurant Martin and it was just great! It's a beautiful restaurant inside and the first time I came here, I dined on the patio and it was so comfortable and enjoyable. The food is excellent and the service is professional and personable. What more could you ask for? We live in Albuquerque and it is so worth going up to Santa Fe. I will be dining here again and again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Loved the food and service was excellent. We are from Texas and can’t wait to come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a lovely dinner at Restaurant Martin for my birthday. Portions are not large, but the cuisine was creative, presented beautifully, and each flavor was delicious. They were fully booked that evening, but our service was good and attentive. We shared the beet salad (small but delicious), both had the seared tuna (excellent), and ended with the molten chocolate cake (fantastic!). An expensive dinner, but worth it. Looking forward to trying their lunch menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Chef Rios always offers creative, delicious, beautifully presented food. One of the few times all of our guests left restaurant with everyone delighted with what they had ordered instead of the usual. " I should have ordered the . . . ." Wonderful cuisine!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food is great and the presentation also; however ,the service was not good. Warm bread and then no knifes to butter them with. It’s these small details which make you think of you will go back again. The chef needs to know and make corrections.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always feel eating at Martin’s is a major treat for special occasions. Food is a journey to education in food,
new flavors and new foods. Creativity is amazing. Love Martin and Jennifer. Such a special place to eat and be. Love the ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Tapas, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Martin is a lovely restaurant with very good food. Our server Jesse did a great job even though he was extremely busy. The food was good but my chicken was a little dry. My husband's tenderloin/short rib was excellent. Dessert was a very imaginatively presented creme brûlée, which was very good.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was really tasty! However, the rice was undercooked- crispy. We were hoping for a quite dinner. However, a lady two tables over was saturating the place with her loud voice.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 28, 2017

A fun birthday lunch with excellent entrees and desserts. Seared ahi with soba noodles a big hit. All three desserts commendable. Pleasant service, fair pricing, serene atmosphere. Parking can be a challenge.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Been visiting and eating in Santa Fe for almost 40 years. I would say the meal at Restaurant Martin was the best meal I've ever had in the town, and almost anywhere. We will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was delicious and very creatively crafted. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We chose this restaurant because we'd been there before. It was quiet and had good food. This time, however, the evening of 12/25, not so much. We arrived promptly at 7:00, as did 3 other couples. We all had to wait about 10 min. Then, to our amazement, we were seated in a glass room (converted garage) on their patio that had concrete floors and could not have been any more noisy. There was a party of 8 to our right and one of 7 to our left. It was awful. I was incredibly disappointed. It was $95 a person for 3 courses, excluding wine, taxes and gratuity. My 1st course of hamachi crudo was wonderful, as were my lamb chops. My husbands beef tenderloin (grass-fed), although cooked to rare like he likes it, was tough and tasteless. His beet salad was pretty ordinary. The rum baba for dessert was also tasteless and dry. The only bright spot was our server, Heidi. She was knowledgeable, pleasant, and the bright spot of the meal. We will not be going back. On the other hand, our dinner the night before at La Casa Sena was outstanding all the way around. BTW, we have eaten at highly rated restaurant around the world, as well as excellent casual ones, so, we what we're talking about.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We love Restaurant Martin! We visited Christmas Day in the late afternoon. The food was outstanding as usual. Very creative and beautiful! We were a little underwhelmed in total by some service issues.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We chose Restaurant Martin for our Christmas dinner because of the menu selection. It was heavy on local seasonal vegetables, varied choices and creatively presented. I do not eat gluten or meat and although there was nothing on the menu that stated gluten free, there were plenty of choices and I was satisfied. The service was professional and friendly without being stuffy. We will definitely return for another special occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went to Martin's for Christmas brunch. It was a rather pricey prix fixe. All of the food was great with the exception of my desert. I am gluten sensitive, and all the listed deserts had gluten in one form or another. They were able to give me three sorbets as an alternative. It was good but not special.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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