Restaurant Martin

4.5
2362 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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(505) 820-0919
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Martin Rios
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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.
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Private party contact
Jennifer or Rosario: (505) 820-0919
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Paseo de Peralta
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Parking details
Approximately twenty parking spots on property and a multi-level public parking structure four doors down.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Banquets, weddings, birthdays, anniversary, and large gatherings all welcome.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2362 People Are Saying
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MS
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is very good. The service was very attentive and courteous. The food was excellent! Highly recommend.

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j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Just okay, sadly. One dish - the soup - was outstanding. No idea why people rave about the “Mac and cheese” - so little flavor.

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OT
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The overall quality did not live up to the high prices. While some individual offerings were excellent, my duck breast itself was blah...and tough. The apple dessert was over-thought: too much "stuff" going on. Maitre d' and server were were knowledgeable and solicitous. The surroundings were serviceable but very plain. It was an expensive dinner but, overall, didn't feel like it.

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a
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly authentic gorgeous food. Unlike any food anywhere else in Santa Fe.

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KM
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to dine at Restaurant Martin. The service was great and the food was excellent. They have a nice selection of wines and, while we did not visit the bar, it looked very cozy.

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BL
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Martín Rios has been doing a great job as chef. There are several restaurants in Santa Fe that we visit regularly and love, but this has always been our favorite. Saturday night was even better than ever and the conversations among the four of us would be frequently be interrupted by one of us saying how wonderful the new lobster appetizer is or how this months version of the tuna main course is the best ever.

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RG
Italy
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere in a Santa Fe house with excellent cuisine.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

The tuna dish was without taste with an unappetizing presentation. The service was not good. The ambiance was poor.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Service was very slow in spite of few customers. Food was below average.

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MK
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Sorry to say not worth it.
Food was good, but not worth the price!
Service was dismal, waitress was dis-organized, scattered and kept intruding in our private conversations.
Ill not go back!!

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RP
New Mexico
28 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Went there the other night for dinner and had a nice meal. The Caesar salad was excellent, the chicken breast was very good. And the vegetarian dish was OK, but not very inspired. The biggest complaint we had was the service. it took 2 1/2 hours from when we arrived until we left. Had long periods of sitting at the table with out any food in front of us. My suggestion is they need additional servers and/or help in the kitchen.

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KS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I love this restaurant for lunch ! I had the Tuna Poke salad three days before and fell in love it and had to go back for more .Unfortunately the tuna was not nearly as fresh as it was the first time.

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J
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly sophisticated food and flavors. Nothing too overwhelming but the flavors and dishes fit superbly. Absolutely the best chef in Santa Fe and probably much of the Southwest USA. Don't miss your chance to try this cuisine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

One waiter was working all the tables. I suspect he was not happy about it because he appeared visibly rushed and frazzled. Service was very slow and the waiter never apologised for it. He also did not ask us how anything tasted, if we liked our wine, or if we needed anything else. Had to ask for water to be refilled. We actually got up and helped ourselves to dessert menus because they were never brought to us. My $36.00 entre was overcooked and rubbery. I had heard great things about Restaurant Martin and can only guess that we hit an off night due to being short-staffed. It was a great disappointment.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Lack of privacy in seating. On top of another table. Service sluggish. Colorado lamb chops fatty and smoky tasting. Not my thing.

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J
Dallas
91 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our first visit here. This is an expensive restaurant and the service was quite spotty. The did have a big =group in their party room, so maybe the kitchen was overwhelmed. We ordered sides that we had to remind the waiter about. When they came we were finished with our dinner. We sent them back and were not charged. Soup came with no soup spoons, we had to ask. Just thinking this is too nice of a place for the service to be sloppy.

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g
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After 8 years, this was my return visit, and things have gotten even better. Loved the food and the service, with charming ambiance and a splendid wine list. I particularly enjoy the low-level noise due to the small rooms and separation between the tables. The converted house is simply charming, as are the items of wall decor. It was too cold to sit outdoors (as I did in the past) but the patio looked charming and inviting for future warmish evenings. Hopefully, it will not be another 8 years between visits to Santa Fe.

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OT
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and server was best!!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Disappointed. My yellow fin entree was bland. My wife's salmon was very good.

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CA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Main courses accompanied by very tasty vegt medley. Abundant portions. No need for side dishes.

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l
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a lovely dinner for two to celebrate an anniversary, which we alerted the restaurant about. Our server was friendly and great at recommending dishes. We started with the soup of the day a seafood bisque poured over lightly grilled, herbed shrimp. I had the duck breast for dinner that had been basted in a maple-bourbon sauce that was served over a duck confit mixed in with spatzle--stunning presentation and a dish to savor. My spouse had the scallops that were large, juicy and cooked to moist perfection. We shared a dessert of coconut corn cake served with a homemade raspberry ice cream on top. This was food as art that also happened to have flavors that made your tongue want to smile. The only downside was no comment or anything about our anniversary--otherwise, all was perfect.

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WR
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Expensive, but the creativity of Chef Rios is worth it for a special treat. The lamb was outstanding and not fatty at all. Soups are very creative too.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is the birthday, anniversary, guests in town, just because go-to for our family.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Outstanding food, beautifully presented, in a charming setting (especially the heated outdoor courtyard). Seemed under-staffed: the busy server was absent for long periods of time. Recommend the duck, vegetarian sampler, and molten chocolate cake. Look forward to coming back.

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MT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for our anniversary and were very pleased. The food and wine were exvellent and Abigail was attentive and treated us very well. We will be returning.

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FF
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful! We came for dinner couple of days before, and came back for lunch to have that full experience. Love’d it.

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TC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday and had a wonderful evening. The ambience, the food, wine and the service were exceptional. Six stars out of five!

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P
Washington DC
188 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Restaurant Martin and it was excellent. It was a warm and sunny, early autumn afternoon, so we dined on the outdoor patio--in the shade, under cover of a large umbrella. We each had the fish tacos. The fish was tempura-battered and fried for a light, crispy texture. Cabbage slaw, onions, cilantro and crema completed these tasty tacos, which were served with green chile pinto beans on the side. We shared a good bottle of California Chardonnay, but not before--this is a story--trying not one, but two Ramey 2015 Chardonnays. They were (in the words of Jason, the manager) "cooked." I tasted them first, and then Jason confirmed that they were probably exposed to extreme weather in transit from Ramey. Ironically, David Ramey (the legendary winemaker) had been to Restaurant Martin only the day before and had endorsed the 2015 as superior to the 2014. Perhaps, but only if it's kept properly refrigerated! Restaurant Martin is a lovely place and we look forward to future visits.

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RF
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been meaning to have a meal here. Finally had Sunday Brunch and it was everything we had read and been told! Fabulous meal. Amazing Dessert. Wonderful Patio Dining. Relaxed and Friendly. We have already made a reservation to take out of town friends there in two weeks. Love Restaurant Martin!!

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KT
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Some of the best lamb I have ever had. Julian was an exceptional waiter. He took very good care of us.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I wish I had known it was a prix fix menu .. the food was delicious but my guests are not meat eaters and there wasn’t a choice

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for a friend.

Awesome place...parking can be tricky

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MU
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am always leery of restaurants that have their own cookbook and merchandise. This usually means that the bloom is off the rose as they say. However, Restaurant Martin proved it still has mettle. The dinner we had was inventive, delicious and healthy. The service was excellent, not just the delivery itself. But the timing of the courses made for a relaxing meal. This Santa Fe restaurant is still one of the best around. And when the weather is nice, the patio in the back is a wonderfully quiet and beautiful place to enjoy a great meal.

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EM
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here before but this time we had the perfect table outside. YUM

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J
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

This restaurant used to be the best in town. Unfortunately they have over expanded and over committed. Server was very pleasant when he could get to us. But he had too many tables to serve, and this resulted in extremely slow service or rather, no service. For example we asked for a number of things like a dessert menu, never came. Food was equally as poor. Steak and brisket were tough. Sadly, this restaurant is no longer the gem it was.

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m
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Service terrible, food good, ambiance below average

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R
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is becoming an option more and more. We had often chosen other options because they do not have s full bar, but know the food quality and service make up for that limitation.

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OT
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and waitress a delight.

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LM
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent attentive service, lovely, clean, quiet restaurant even when it got busy. Knowledgable wait staff, that did not catch you with a mouth full and ask how everything is at that inopportune moment, meal was scrumptous. Worth every penny, our selections were expensive, but the portions were generous, I wouldn't have changed a thing. Sorry we had to dash out to the theatre, missed dessert..Next time!

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PC
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had several people recommend this restaurant to us so we had to go. The hype certainly did not live up to the dinner. Service was pedestrian. If the waiter had introduced himself at the beginning maybe it would feel more personable. One dish out of four was sublime and that was the tuna tartare. The pork cheek appetizer was a bit of a muddled mess. What were bay scallops doing in there and where were the pork cheeks (I had two small pieces)? Beef tenderloin two ways and duck entrees were good, but not wows. We did not venture into the desserts. For price and history this experience should have been better.

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