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El Nido, Santa Fe, NM

El Nido

4.6
4.6
1808 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
SIMPLE INGREDIENTS. HONEST COOKING. UNPARALLELED AMBIANCE. At El Nido we present exceptional ingredients from sources we know and trust. Our menu follows classic cooking with intelligent innovation. Wood-fired pizza, steaks and seafood cooked on the Argentine grill along with homemade pastas are the basis for our food. Our seasonal craft cocktails and Sommelier procured wine list compliment our diverse selections.
With many options we are sure you will find amazing ambiance in this historic building. You can enjoy the relaxed vibe of the Zozobra Bar or dine al fresco on our beautiful covered patio during the temperate Santa Fe summers. In the colder months you can keep warm and enjoy one of three fireplaces in our dining rooms, or dine at our Chef's Counter and view our open flame grilling. Something for everyone. We hope to see you soon, come relax and enjoy the best hospitality and ambiance in Tesuque!

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 954-1272

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Ziggy

  • Private party facilities

    We have multiple areas to host your special occasion or event. From cocktail receptions, to business meetings and weddings. Private rooms available. Call for details (505) 954-1272

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Parking details

    Parking at rear of restaurant in private lot or along the street if full.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentines at Historic El Nido

    $95.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Come enjoy a romantic dinner at historic El Nido and be embraced by the warmth and flavors of our "live fire" cooking! We will be offering a special three course Prix-Fixe Menu for you and your loved ones. You will pick from a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. We ask that you respect the experience is for 90 minutes for two guests and 120 minutes for three guests or more.

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What 1,808 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Neighborhood gem

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Value

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. JB

    JeanB

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great new menu, same warm welcome and outstanding service.
  2. TG

    TanyaG

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to celebrate my birthday, amazing service and friendly staff. We enjoyed sitting at the chefs counter watching all the action!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great evening
  4. W

    Wendy

    New Mexico

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A casual dinner at the bar at El Nido. It did not disappoint, always great food and service.
  5. w

    williamb

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Great new menu
  6. BS

    BrittanyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will definitely be back! It was fine dining but with terrific value.
  7. d

    dwdoty

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at El Nido- great ambiance and food. Enjoyed a delicious margarita to start. Can’t wait to come back!
  8. s

    sherylg

    Fayetteville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So excited about the new menu, lots of great choices! We had the cast iron seared beef tenderloin, amazing! We had the shaved Brussel sprout salad, gnocchi, and trumpet mushrooms all were fabulous. It is always wonderful to see all the friendly staff. Seeing Jeanine, Miguel, Nancy and Max, they always make us feel welcome and make it like we are home!
  9. H

    Harold

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The steak was excellent and well cooked but $55 for a piece of meat with nothing else on the plate seems excessive. We had to pay extra for a potato side! Service was outstanding.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We were seated in a drafty empty room, the busboy was way more attentive and professional then our waitress, we hardly ever seen her and she forgot several things we asked for, returning later without them. The pizza came cold and she assured me they would pick off the arugula before they warmed it back up. I took her to please just have them remake the pizza. I had a friend I was treating so it was embarrassing. Never had a bad experience here like this. The final fresh pizza was amazing but her poor service made this a bad experience.
  11. RK

    RebeccaK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good wine and cocktails. We particularly enjoyed the shaved brussel sprout salad, roasted mushroom, and basque cheesecake. Our mains were good but not as special as the items mentioned.
  12. EG

    ElizabethG

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Nido is perfect for a cozy winter dinner -- they know how to use that wood grill to great result! Nice smaller menu, so they can execute well on their promise of roasted meats, grilled fish, pastas and veggies. Staff is attentive without hovering, cheerful and welcoming. The wine list has something for everyone. We'll be back!
  13. DS

    DianeS

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. The food and cocktails were top level. We had the shaved Brussels sprouts salad and bread basket to start, then the butternut squash cannelloni and lamb pappardelle. The food was delicious. For drinks we had the Oaxaca Old Fashioned, which I wasn't sure about from the menu because I am not a huge mezcal fan, but wow, it was excellent. Highly recommend El Nido, and this will be a regular stop for us when we are in town. We booked on Open table and we were supposed to have a regular table but we received a call a day or so in advance that Open Table doubled booked us and they asked if we would sit at the bar instead, and receive full service. We loved the bar experience.
  14. JF

    JuddF

    Fargo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, ambience and service were all just great and made for a really very special evening. The service was fantastic, our food was superb and the entire vibe of the restaurant was spot on, could not find fault with any of it. Highly recommend as we will be definitely going back!
  15. W

    Wendy

    New Mexico

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent dining experience at El Nido. The new winter menu is very good and the new sides are really good. Our favorite place.
  16. G

    George

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Beautiful surroundings and great service
  17. F

    Foodie

    New Mexico

    79 reviews

    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We very much enjoyed our meal and experience at El Nido last evening. Thanks so much for yet another great meal!
  18. S

    Sawatch

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. The warm olives and bread basket to start was perfect. We all had Caesar salad and the wood fired grilled pizza . Lovely dinner
  20. M

    Missy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    El Nido is lovely. It’s location, in Tesuque is out of the way and charming! The owner, who I spoke with on the phone, could not have been more accommodating. The staff, especially the hostess (Jolene?), were very warm and welcoming and FUN! New Year’s dining experience could have been somewhat better, but it was a set menu, so I wasn’t expecting outstanding dining. For $135 it was nice. It could have been better if they had offered one more selection in each course…I’m not a a fish or beef eater, so settled for pasta. The other “would have been nice” suggestion…one glass of “bubbly” (gratis) for a feeling of celebration. We were seated in the far back room, my mistake for not booking earlier! which wasn’t as cozy as the other dining rooms. I would strongly recommend El Nido for a “regular” dining experience!!
  21. WS

    WilliamS

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food for the NYE dinner was excellent. The restaurant was pretty plain. Service was very good.
  22. Z

    Zora

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service. So kind and accommodating of our kids. Thank you for a lovely evening.
  23. LR

    LuvleeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    New Year's Eve Menu: Every course an ensemble; a symphony of a meal. A pinnacle of food and menu planning rivaled, not equaled, only by San Francisco, Waimea, and Oxfordshire experiences. Recounting every flavor of the meal in reverie, we ended with a strong coffee. Thank you so much for the best meal of our lives!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We were able to sit at the chefs table for our dinner and what an AWESOME option that is. The restaurant is actually fairly quiet but sitting next to the open kitchen we got to see and hear and FEEL the entire process of a top tier staff orchestrating a restaurants meals. The appetisers were amazing especially the tuna carpaccio. Dinner was excellent as well. The meat cooked on the wood grill and in the wood fire oven was beyond flavourful.
  25. LA

    LarryA

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Our dinner at El Nido was comically bad. Our waitress initially misunderstood what one diner wanted and wrote down a different dish. That got corrected, but the correct dish was mis-described by the waitress, and ended up getting returned to the kitchen. She also mis-described the soup as being mostly puree with only a little cream, when in fact it was puree plus a lot of cream. It ended up going to the diner whose main course was mis-described. Then the wine that we ordered was not actually in stock and a different wine was presented, with no explanation. I pointed out that it wasn't the same wine, which seemed to confuse the waitress. She walked around the restaurant holding the bottle for quite a while, and eventually the hostess showed up with that bottle and said she was sorry, the other wine wasn't available but this one was, for one dollar more (both were quite expensive for half bottles of Oregon pinot noir). Okay, we drank that one and it was fine. The diner who rejected the soup because it was too filled with cream (it was his significant other who ended up eating his portion) asked for a side order of gnocchi instead, and this was produced post haste -- and was good! Yay! When the entrees showed up, it turned out that the unhappy dinner whose entree was mis-described couldn't have the gnocchi that she wanted with it because the last portion had been served to her SO! Misery all around. The SO's dinner, canneloni, was okay, and my Wagyu burger was good, except that it had sat around for 5-10 minutes after being cooked, so was only warm. Our fourth diner's pappardelle with lamb ragu was oversized and a bit gooey and tasteless, but the large portion meant that the unhappy diner got something to eat after all. And my Wagyu burger came with an immense portion of French fries which were quite good and enjoyed by the whole table. A comedy all around!
  26. DW

    DonaldW

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    As long timer Tesuque residents, 26 years, we have a long history with El Nido. The early years (Dennis and Don) were great. We have tried several times over the recent years, with mixed results. Friday night was the worst. The noise level was unpleasant and a distraction. We realize some folks equate that with having a good timer. We'd rather visit - unimpeded. The pasta dish I ordered was very dry and without much flavor at all. The ONLY person who asked us about our experience was the receptionist as we reclaimed our coats. You seem to be doing well, judging from the cars in the lot (we drive by every day/night), so obviously what you are offering appeals to many - just not us.
  27. AO

    AndreaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    To say this restaurant is an experience is an understatement. Ask to sit at the Chef's table where you can watch the hustle and bustle of the kitchen and the artistry that goes into making these impeccable plates. The meat station is handled with care and expertise as well as the Sous Chef taking care of plates and manning the wood fired oven. The food is flavorful, service is spot on and the experience rivals some of the best spots in Santa Fe. It's just on the outskirts of town and feels like a wonderful adventure awaiting you just getting there. Highly recommend!
  28. B

    Beth

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love El Nido! Our party tried the lamb, the chicken, the salmon and the cannelloni and all were delicious!! Service was great and they were ready for us when we arrived at the time of our reservation. Fabulous evening... thank you El Nido!
  29. JS

    JulietS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Fun, beautiful spot, good friendly service, enjoyed the fun and cocktails.
  30. Q

    Quesadilla

    Austin

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fabulous. Our server, Jackie, was knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly but not intrusive. We will definitely return.
  31. AC

    AllyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening. Enjoyed every single part of it. Highly recommend.
  32. VK

    ValorieK

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first experience at the restaurant and it was steller. Excellent service, great food, wonderful and welcoming atmosphere.
  33. m

    mickeysue

    New Mexico

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We always have great meals at El Nido and this one wasn’t exception! Great service and great food.
  34. CV

    CliffordV

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another wonderful evening meal at El Nido. Excellent kitchen offerings. Engaging wait staff, Jackie, Bryce, Max, and the manager, Jenny (hope I have that right). My two guests and I became a little bit boisterous in our enjoyments, but, as I had requested, I got a booth in the bar that was quiet for enough conversations; although I wonder if we three guests didn’t get a wee bit too loud for our neighboring guests. Nonetheless, we stayed late, and had great fun. I don’t recommend the Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel, however. Jack Daniels does a better job. Wonderful atmosphere. The acoustics in the main dining room are problematic for most intimate conversations. But I’m 71. The esthetics of the place are always charming. I will be back.
  35. L

    Lynn

    New Mexico

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am a regular at El Nido and went to try their new winter menu. The oysters are back, and the Rockefeller-style baked ones with chile were wonderful. The new shaved Brussel sprout and arugula salad was excellent, reminiscent of the bean salad they had last summer. Also excellent were the roasted butternut squash cannelloni.
  36. RB

    RickyBoy

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    We went to El Nido when they were trying out a new menu. The food was good, however the dishes that came with no sides are poorly presented and they probably need to find some way to make diners more aware of the fact that if they order the roast lamb, branzino, or the other item in the list - if no side is ordered, the dish will come bare on a plate.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this nugget!
  38. a

    anonymous

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful; attentive, friendly and timely. The atmosphere was very nice. The steak was a bit tough and felt like it had stewed a bit in the sauce or juices with a boiled quality. The cocktail was very small for the high price, but tasty.
  39. JW

    JeffW

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pizza, great service. Best neighborhood restaurant.
  40. RG

    RodneyG

    Tulsa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going to this restaurant for the last 12 months and I never had a bad meal. The staff is friendly and helpful. Management does an incredible job keeping customers completely satisfied. The sommelier has a great handle on pairing wine with food and an in-depth knowledge of their cellar.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from El Nido using the Order Online button. El Nido also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 954-1272.

El Nido is rated 4.6 stars by 1808 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for El Nido

1577 Bishop's Lodge Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87506

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking at rear of restaurant in private lot or along the street if full.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Ziggy

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (505) 954-1272

  • Private party facilities

    We have multiple areas to host your special occasion or event. From cocktail receptions, to business meetings and weddings. Private rooms available. Call for details (505) 954-1272

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