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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Santa Fe / Mountains

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Santa Fe / Mountains? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Arroyo Vino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1727)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Arroyo Vino serves an ever changing seasonal menu of Contemporary American fare. We source the best seafood, meat and produce from local purveyors and farmers. In addition we have a full bar serving Santa Fe's best craft cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Halibut entree was not flavorful; all other dishes at the table seemed to be appreciated by all. And the inability to split checks? For a restaurant of this quality, it would really benefit your customers to be able to figure out how to do that.
A photo of Joseph's Culinary Pub restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2290)
$31 to $50
Continental
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Chef Joseph Wrede is a Food & Wine Best New Chef, the winner of several AAA Four Diamond Awards, several DiRoNA Awards and has received both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast distinctions. Joseph’s Culinary Pub is a creation of Chef Wrede and his creative and business partners. This is the third incarnation of Wrede’s original Joseph’s Table, conceived in Taos, New Mexico, not quite 20 years ago, for which he is well known and loved within the region and beyond. Joseph’s Culinary Pub is designed to be a platform for Chef Wrede’s unique and uncompromising vision on traditional and contemporary cuisine, both regional and international. Regarding the restaurant as a process much like theater, Wrede envisions the experience of dining in his restaurant as an interactive play between the pub and the public, with his sights aimed at rivaling high art.
Top review
Lolasmamavip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent, what a gem! I had the nightly special, sea bass, so good, exactly what I was looking for.
A photo of Horno Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (43)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Food for the people! Come and enjoy fine food that is not fine dining. We are an upscale gastropub that features seasonal, creative cuisine from around the world. Craft beer, outstanding wines and New Mexico spirits based cocktails. Casual, fun and upbeat atmosphere. Beautiful al fresco dining to enjoy 2023 James Beard nominated chef David Sellers' culinary creations
Top review
Meredithvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great evening start to finish. Brian was our server and was excellent. The food was excellent, plentiful and beautifully presented. This is the second time we've been there this month. Don't miss the Burrata Bruschetta, Grilled Octopus and the Duroc Pork Chop. For dessert, the Pop Tart was delicious and charming. We will be back!
A photo of TerraCotta Wine Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2347)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
TerraCotta Wine Bistro is a smart casual food and wine restaurant located in the historic district of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a charming 19th century adobe building near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Downtown Plaza. Our unique Santa Fe restaurant features globally-inspired food, wine and beer, utilizing local and regional foods. At Terracotta Wine Bistro we pride ourselves on using high quality ingredients, in creative combinations that change seasonally. The ambiance is inviting, informal, up-beat, and just plain fun- great for intimate or large gatherings. Best of all, we are moderately priced.

Our varied menu features both large and smaller portions of daily entrees that encourage guests to sample and share a number of dishes.

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BillJvip
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent service and very good food. Great wine lists.
A photo of El Nido restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2156)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
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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carolynbvip
Dined 3 days ago
We’ll definitely be back on a regular basis! El Nido is an exceptional neighborhood jewel, having been in Tesuque for decades. Very few restaurants have such a good staff, classic ambiance and tasty cuisine.
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4.7
4.7 (389)
$31 to $50
American
Taos
About the restaurant
located in the heart of charming Arroyo Seco, ACEQ restaurant is unique and eclectic. Chef and Owner Elijah Safford takes pride in sourcing the best quality ingredients, eclectic and exciting wines, craft beers and fantastic cocktails. At the young age of 23 Chef Safford has managed to take ACEQ to new heights. Backed by a team of service industry veterans and professionals, ACEQ strives for true quality service and experience. The art and passion that ACEQ represents can be felt the minute you walk through the door.

When you join us, there are a few things you can not miss out on, locally sourced Wangus steaks, the Whisky Basil cocktail and of course the Bison Chile Fries. ACEQ has food for everyone. Any dietary restriction will find something tasty. Don't be afraid to strike a conversation with your server and allow them to guide you through your experience

Reservations are always recommended. We look forward to seeing you soon.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great experience. Wonderful food, great service and extensive wine list in a rural area outside of Taos. Can't say enough about how I love this place. My second time there.
A photo of Zacatlan restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1136)
$31 to $50
Mexican / Southwestern
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
The name Zacatlán surged from the origins of our chef, Eduardo Rodriguez. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico (north-central Mexico), which is defined as "the habitants of the land where grass grows". Zacatlán is the nahuatl translation for "land with an abundance of grass", and that is where our idea of Zacatlán Restaurant began.

Zacatlán Restaurant desires to continue to preserve the traditions for our upcoming generations, while bringing forth new flavors. These new flavors incorporate Southwestern and Mexican influences. We are established near the Santa fe Plaza, right off of Guadalupe Street. We want to unveil a new fusion of food for everyone in Santa Fe and those who visit.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food and service. Expensive but worth it.
A photo of Rustica Fresh Italian Kitchen restaurant
4.4
4.4 (387)
$30 and under
Italian
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Our menu features everyone’s favorite Italian dishes. The pasta is made in-house and all ingredients are carefully sourced. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just want to grab a quick bite to eat, Rustica will satisfy your senses on every level. Come enjoy one of our signature drinks for Happy Hour on our covered and heated patio.
We leave a select amount of tables available for walk-ins each evening.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
New restaurant for us while visiting Santa Fe. Beautiful setting and great service. Our food was delicious and we will return.
A photo of Cafe Grazie restaurant
4.4
4.4 (89)
$30 and under
Italian
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
We invite you to experience the quality and authenticity of our mouth-watering lunches, dinners and desserts, and we look forward to sharing our passion for the cuisine of the Bel Paese with you!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Great cuisine, outstanding service and very reasonable prices!
A photo of Julia ��– A Spirited Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.2
4.2 (393)
$30 and under
American
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
SPIRITED DINING AND DRINKS IN SANTA FE

In 1882, Abraham Staab, a European immigrant who became one of Santa Fe’s most prosperous merchants, built a Victorian mansion on property that now belongs to La Posada. Abraham’s elegant wife, Julia, entertained local society and visiting dignitaries in incomparable style. Legend has it that Julia so loved her home that she has never left it.

Today, we celebrate Julia Staab as our muse and honor her name and legendary hospitality with the opening of Julia, A Spirited Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant features innovative, locally sourced dishes as well as an extensive selection of fine wines and spirits.

Top review
Mimivip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
We recall this spot under prior management as a lively “go to” with some casual entertainment (Spanish guitar or native flute). A bit too quiet and not festive. Food and service was very good.
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