Maize

4.5
251 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican / Southwestern
Combining centuries-old traditions with modern cooking techniques, Maize evokes the soul of Santa Fe
regional cuisine. A spacious patio, cozy bar and inviting dining room offer three distinct settings for your enjoyment. Signature cocktails, a varied and well-priced wine list, and exciting fare combined with
attentive service provide our guests with all the elements for a delightful evening.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Lunch
Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
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Phone number
(505) 780-5125
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Christian Rodriguez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grant Ave
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Parking details
20 onsite parking spaces, with 10 more down the block.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 251 People Are Saying
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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great team providing great service with terrific food.

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L
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Maize needs noise baffles on its ceiling when it is crowded, you can't carry on a conversation.

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CM
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service! We will be back! We love Mark, the bartender!

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s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amaizing If I were to return to Santa Fe I would definitely return. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu.

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Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals at one of the best-designed and best-looking restaurants that we have ever been to.

The service was superb, the ambiance was excellent, and the food was exquisite.

This week, we dined at Bouche, which was excellent. Maize is even better, partly because of the beautiful design of the restaurant, the spaciousness, and the décor.

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K
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was innovative and showcased southwestern flavors, giving new takes on some traditional thing such as pobleno relleno. Service was superb. The wine list is extensive and well marched for the entrees. Only the noise level posed a challenge to having conversation without yelling

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love great food, then you have to visit this place...it’s amazing. We shared a number of the appetizers so that we could enjoy all of the different flavors...by far, one of the best dinners we have ever had!!!

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C
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, as well as food, always excellent. Has quickly become one of my Santa Fe favorites--Where else can you dine, the server over hears that someone is having a birthday, and a cake appears!!

Just the best-

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New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Festive and welcoming

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SP
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente service. Great food. Great ambiance. Had a great time.

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BW
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, delicious food, and our waiter had a great sense of humor.

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B
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine, ambiance, staff all was perfect!!! We have been there three times and it's always 5 star!!!!

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Excellent food, terrible service. Glasses remain empty and dirty dishes in front of you. The food is truly spectacular.

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c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Carefully prepared, visually stunning, yummy dishes. Nice ambiance. Server ws excellent but supporting staff seemed to be a bit disjointed.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We found this out of the blue, but by far the BEST food experience. Have the duck tamale/duck. I was worried that it would be too rich, but by far my dish was top 5 of the best food I've ever had. I'm hispanic, and this duck tamale was better than (gasp!) my grandma's! Our simple date was most memorable! Thank you, Open Table for making our reservation very easy!!!

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DA
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vibe is relaxed and friendly. An excellent award wining pastry chef created one of the best cheese cakes I ever had a pleasure of eating! Every course was a delight! Warm and friendly staff take good care of you in this pleasingly designed restaurant.

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Denver
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised by the energy and creativity that went into the menu and food prep. Kudos on decor. Excellent staff. Will be going back for more.

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KD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was quite good-definitely influenced by the local culture. Heavy on seafood and limited wine menu. Loved the artwork and the ambience in the inside portion of the restaurant. I just thought it was a little pricey for what it was, but I would still go there again. Very nice find for a traveler just passing through!

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N
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Creative, beautiful and delicious.

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K
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I had dinner with friends to celebrate two birthdays. The restaurant has a very elegant but
warm, cozy feel to it. Our meals were both delicious & very healthy. ( I loved my Willow Basket) & the Dreamcatcher desert was very tasty & creative. The service was excellent. We will be back & will recommend it to friends.

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a
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Two of us hared the strip steak, which came with delicious green Chile potatoes and grilled asparagus. Those potatoes alone were worth the trip. We each also had a dessert; Tres Leches Cheesecake for me and the chocolate dessert for my husband. Both were good.

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R
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I greatly enjoyed our dinner at Maize. Excellent creative food, well presented. Service was excellent, cordial and professional. Very attractive dining room. In all a great experience and we look forward to returning soon.

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

Relaxing meal in Santa Fe square. Maize has it all - great food, staff, ambiance, and location. Get a reservation and walk there from any downtown hotel. I'll be back!

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San Diego
126 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After the wonderful lunch at the Compound and a nap I arrived a little early for my reservation, the places was slamming so the young lady at the hostess station directed me to the bar to wait for my table.

Since I was already seated I just let the table reservation go and ordered food and drink right there in the bar. I started with Three Sisters Soup: chilled corn bisque with grilled zucchini, served with black bean bread. Another great cold soup this week, refreshing and delicious.

For my entree I chose the Poblano Relleno with carrot-piñon mole, nogado sauce and corn foam. This was as beautiful as it was full of incredible flavor and texture.

I had the most incredible wine, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from Austin Hope of Paso Robles, it went down like butta.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing experience. Nice place but somewhat indifferent staff. Food was not up to par...appetizer ceviche was OK, crusted trout and duck tamale entrees were not good as both meals were dry and overdone. It was as if they sat too long in the kitchen . Maybe they did since the couple next to us was served their meal before we received ours despite having ordered before them. We weren’t asked about our meal, paid and left. Like I said...indifferent. Not my kind of place.

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P
Washington DC
188 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit to Maize and we enjoyed it very much. Got a glimpse of the main dining room on the way in--this is used for dinner only. Very nice place! We had lunch on the patio, which is so nice this time of year in Santa Fe. The atmosphere was great. Service was attentive. We enjoyed margaritas and a very good smoked tomato salsa/guacamole with house-made chips appetizer. The chips are very thick and crispy. Interesting texture. Next, my wife got a whopper of a burger that was loaded with great accouterments: caramelized onions, New Mexican green chiles (of course), cheese, etc. She also had a side of yucca fries, which she loved. I had the soft tacos: grilled shrimp plus slaw, etc. in one and roasted lamb shank plus a chipotle aioli and other accouterments for the other. Really good. Overall, this was a lovely experience. We'll definitely return on our next visit to Santa Fe.

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D
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable, totally delicious, and unique meal. And exceptional service from the hostess and server, both attentive, knowledgeable, and beautiful! Thank you.

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RE
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Very creative menu. Good service. Good selection of craft beer on tap.

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M
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant . Interesting well crafted food. Waiter was ok, but not as knowledgeable of menu and libation list as he should have been. Definitely worth a try.

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AZ
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our last night in wonderful Santa Fe with dinner at Maize. We are so glad we did! Everything was fabulous! We started with the Blue Corn Blinis, enjoyed the pulled pork tacos, kale and romaine Caesar, the caldo verde, and the tres leches cheesecake. All I can say is WOW! I wished we had found Maize sooner! We would have been back a second time, for sure.

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to visit Maize and we found the food and service to be outstanding. The waiter was empathetic to the need to avoid gluten and dairy and helpful in navigating the menu to accommodate my dietary challenges.

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JH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside and enjoyed a wonderful evening in the quite courtyard area. Highly recommend! Food was great and service even better!

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RL
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dining experience from greeting to dessert.
Kudos to Sara our wait person who was a consummate professional & a pure delight

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FO
Dallas
64 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maize met and exceeded my expectations. We dined outside and it was perfect. The menu is very interesting and the service was very good.

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BD
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Best smoked nachos! Unique and delicious. The bar menu is better than the restaurant menu, so we ate at the restaurant but ordered from the bar menu.

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

Nice atmosphere, excellent food and service. Would definitely go again.

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

Very disappointed. Smallest pour of wine of any restaurant in Santa Fe but high price. Supposed to be trout but my guess is that it was Kokanee salmon and it was overdone and bland. The salad was good. The Tres Leches cheese cake was tasty but not exceptional and the size was tiny. The rice creme brûlée pudding was more like breakfast food than desert. Not sweet enough for a desert. Very good watermelon sorbet. Table mates liked it the cold corn soup. The menu looked great, but the food did not meet expectations raised by the menu. Good, attentive wait staff though didn't seem knowledge about what wine would go with trout.

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DJ
New Mexico
36 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lots of nice vegetarian options were appreciated. Others liked their entrees better than I liked my two appetizers, but it may just have been my choices. Service was excellent and very professional. Felt a little on the pricey side but not out of line with other restaurants in Santa Fe. Liked the food at one of their other restaurants in town a bit better, but we'll be back here to try other choices.

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VG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maize is my new favorite restaurant. Delicious the food was outstanding everyone was very friendly

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Maize at least 6 times and have sampled most regular items on the menu. The food has always been superb, the libations are creative and excellent. The service also has been superb. The only suggestion I could make would be to add a few more moderate priced wines (below $50) to the list.

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