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Coyote Cafe, Santa Fe, NM

Coyote Cafe

4.8
4.8
6730 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest British
With over three decades of experience in fine dining, Coyote Cafe & Cantina continues to be Santa Fe's most famous and celebrated restaurant & rooftop bar. Coyote cafe was instrumental in pioneering the use of regional, native ingredients in creative contemporary dishes, earning it's role as one of Santa Fe's most iconic restaurants.

The Cantina is a local favorite, and tourist destination for exceptional mixology. Voted Santa Fe's Best Cocktail for over 10 years, patrons can expect to be wowed with a variety of unique cocktails paired with inspired twists on traditional New Mexican cuisine.

Nestled at the heart of downtown Santa Fe, Coyote Cafe & Cantina stands as an essential culinary destination for discerning palates exploring the unique flavors of the City Different.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southwest British, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (505) 983-1615
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    COYOTE CAFE , ROOFTOP CANTINA & COYOTE DEN are the perfect places to host your private event! Various menu and bar packages are available.
  • Private party contact
    Elisa Garcia: (505) 983-1615
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Fe
  • Cross street
    Galisteo & Don Gaspar, corner of Ortiz
  • Parking details
    There are public lots available one block east (at Shelby street, past the restaurant)) and one block west (between Sandoval and Galisteo Streets) of Coyote Cafe on West Water Street (before the restaurant - often requires you to enter on San Francisco Street, parallel to to Water Street).<br /><br />Meters are free after 6 p.m.<br />
  • Public transit
    Santa Fe busses make periodic stops nearby. Most hotels run shuttles - check with your concierge.
  • Entertainment
    None currently
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 6,730 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Overall

  • New Mexico

    Best Food

  • New Mexico

    Best Service

  • New Mexico

    Innovative

  • New Mexico

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Food

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Service

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Value

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Innovative

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Hot spot

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Lively

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

6,730 Reviews
  1. TipofStanton

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were great. We were very happy we chose it.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Service spot on! Dishes delicious. Will return!

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  3. igroot

    San Antonio

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we checked in with Kathy as our server we had a great meal experience. Since it was a special night ( my birthday) perhaps I was delighted it went well. Good wine selections at reasonable prices, a celebratory glass of rose made for a good start. Our appetizers - beets tart and unusual but tasty Caesars salad. Different entrees steak scallops and lamb chops. Our serving team was attentive but not overwhelming. Great chocolate dessert. Thanks to Kathy and the Coyote team.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group had a great experience at dinner! Entrees and drinks were good and service was fantastic.

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  5. Marty

    West Palm Beach

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the counter right in front of the chefs and watched them cook our meal. I had Elk. and Robin had scallops, both were outstanding. Highly recommend

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  6. HappyGroup

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff and food were both very good!! Excellent experience!! Also, a plus --- close to our hotel!! We will be back!

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  7. Warren

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous place. The food and drinks are fantastic. All staff members are top notch.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was great watching the chefs cook and talking to the head chef

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  9. JAmes

    Denver

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A little wait to get seated and a very busy area for our two top; but very nice staff — a little harried but professional. Excellent food. Lavender gin martini! Yellowtail and beet salad to start. Scallops and quail for mains. Superbly prepared. Beautifully presented. Somalier/G.M., Expertly served the wine. Dessert - banana c pie was disappointing compared to the starters and mains.

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  10. TanyaM

    Denver

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful experience. Thank you for the delicious tempura vegan option!

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  11. DanH

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great! Service was a little lack luster for the quality of the food. Non attentive, had to wait for service, silverware wasn't quite right. Dessert menu and after drinks were not offered right away.

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  12. nancyb

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went back last night for the second time during our Santa Fe visit this year. Sat at the counter once more so we could watch the chefs. So much fun to see what they do - how they cook & the precision with which they plate the dishes. And the food continues to be flawless. We started (after our wonderful bourbon manhattans) with gorgeous yellowtail crudo & venison carpaccio. So, so good! Entrees were the pork chop & diver scallops! Divine! A plate of 3 decadent chocolate concoctions finished off the meal. Coyote Cafe still remains our favorite restaurant in our beloved Santa Fe.

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  13. JohnC

    Oklahoma City

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This has been one of our favorite spots but the latest visit was disappointing. The food is still good but we were seated at a cramped table, that made it uncomfortable and difficult for the server to get to everyone. The service was inattentive and not great. Overall we’re disappointed. We can only hope this was a bad night and not a trend at this restaurant.

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  14. RichardY

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and tasty food. I wish the wine list was a bit greater.

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  15. RayT

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice service...great food and presentation...very creative fare

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! What a gem of a place! Recommended by our friend in Michigan. Paris our waiter was outstanding and very knowledgeable of all menu choices. Between him and the other wait staff we felt more like “ guests” than customers. They seemed truly interested in our selections and gave us samples of favorites. Greeted w a complimentary Prosecco drink. Fantastic service. The meal was one of the best we’ve ever had. Thank you for a wonderful experience. The Norveño margaritas were the best!! Maureen and Randy from Michigan

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  17. GaryH

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have never been disappointed at Coyote. Some of the most innovative food and presentation we’ve recently experienced. La Senora margarita is a must!

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  18. PattyW

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the best dining experience. David our waiter was wonderful! The food was exceptional, every dish had perfect presentation and was so tasty. We even met the owner Nicole such a wonderful person. A must to dine here if you are in Santa Fe!!!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat. Pork chop was the best I’ve ever had.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing! Great service, food, and worth every penny!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great menu, the meal itself was very good. did not meet expectations. Overall a good experience, although quite pricy.

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  22. nancyb

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the counter where we could watch the chefs prepare the meals for the whole restaurant. These guys are amazing! We wanted to order everything we saw them cook, but settled on entrees of grilled lobster tail with homemade pasta & crispy branzino. Great choices. Totally delicious. The signature cocktails & wines are also yummy! We were too full for dessert!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love sitting at the counter at Coyote . It is so much fun to watch these incredible chefs cook all the dinners. From the glass of GRUET to start from Paris qnd Kathy to the split of our Caesar salad we had a fabulous Start . We couldn’t decide what to order after watching most of the entrees be prepared but I ordered the branzino and my husband ordered the elk. They were both perfect . We had a little baby dessert and a tokay to finish the night . We are always treated like we matter and we love it !

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Felt like royalty at my birthday dinner thanks to Coyote Cafe :)

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  25. KatherineR

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious, amazing variety of flavors. Service was exceptional. Overall great experience.

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  26. Bobonan

    New Mexico

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I celebrated our 46th anniversary tonight. Everything was absolutely fabulous. From the complimentary champagne when we arrived to the complimentary sorbet for dessert (just too full to indulge), it was a wonderful meal. My husband had the rack of lamb and I had the scallops. Fantastic!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service are impeccable. This is a must stop when in Santa Fe.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We tried a little of everything. Scallops, elk, quail, veal, buttercake were all amazing. Bella took excellent care of us!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and amazing food! Will definitely come back again! Paris was our server and he made us feel at home and took such great care of us!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great time. I have been coming to Coyote Cafe since it was built but have not been for many years. We were all blown away by how amazing the food was. Our waitress was fabulous. See knew our every need before even asking. She was the best and probably is asked for by dinners often. Thanks

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  31. Love2eat

    New Mexico

    100 reviews

    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We brought our friends to experience DELICIOUS FOOD and WONDERFUL wine. NEVER DISAPPOINTED…

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was wonderful and made us feel at home. Food was amazing

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  33. ChristiW

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent date night in downtown Santa Fe. Staff was great and friendly. Food was fantastic. Noise level wasn’t an issue until a large group came in and was noisy.

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  34. Meny

    New Mexico

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed another awesome dinner!. Our server was delightful. The dishes were wonderful. We took our daughter and her fiancee with us. My daughter was visiting from Arizona, whom we have not seen for 2 years. It was fun! I had lobster, my son had the fish, and my husband and our guests ordered steak. Great food. The server provided us with champagne and cake for my daughter who was celebrating her birthday. Thank you

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful evening. The wine, food, and amazing attention from our server, Carlos, made the night very memorable. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in Santa Fe.

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  36. pamS

    Montana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal. Branzino and Elk Tenderloin were delicious! Service was outstanding. The atmosphere was lively. Definitely recommend!

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  37. Beth

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My filet mignon was possibly the best I have ever had. The restaurant was quite busy, but even so the service was prompt and attentive. It is $$$

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  38. KimE

    St. Louis

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was absolutely delicious. The staff were incredible - clearly working as a seamless team to make sure we, and all the other patrons, were well taken care of. The scallops were amazing, as was the elk steak. Wonderful! Highly recommend. Make sure to get a reservation as it can get quite busy.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For our party of 6 our sever was outstanding, knowing just when we needed her. Thanks so much!!

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  40. MissAdventure

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was excellent. The only complaint was every time the door opened a rush of cold air came in. Maybe the owners could fix this problem.

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FAQs

Coyote Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 6730 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Coyote Cafe

132 W Water St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Galisteo & Don Gaspar, corner of Ortiz
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Fe
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southwest British, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There are public lots available one block east (at Shelby street, past the restaurant)) and one block west (between Sandoval and Galisteo Streets) of Coyote Cafe on West Water Street (before the restaurant - often requires you to enter on San Francisco Street, parallel to to Water Street).<br /><br />Meters are free after 6 p.m.<br />
  • Public transit
    Santa Fe busses make periodic stops nearby. Most hotels run shuttles - check with your concierge.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    None currently
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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