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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Santa Fe / Mountains

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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!

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4.8
4.8 (4510)
$31 to $50
Creative Japanese
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Izanami serves Japanese Izakaya fare: seasonally inspired small-plates meant for sharing, accompanied by the best sake list in the west. Please note that while we do our best to accommodate your seating, we cannot guarantee requests. We have been chosen by OpenTable diners as one of the 100 best restaurants for outdoor dining in America. Heaters and blankets assure you of a comfortable, safe dining experience year-round; dress warmly for optimal outdoor dining.

*NOTICE* Please expect delays beginning 04/22/24 due to construction on the main road up the mountain. Seek alternative routes to avoid delays. This construction is expected to go until August of 2024. Arigato.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful facility great views. Food was well prepared and delicious.
A photo of The Pink Adobe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (335)
$31 to $50
Mexican / Southwestern
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
The Pink Adobe restaurant stands proudly in the heart of Santa Fe's historic Barrio De Analco neighborhood, which is considered the oldest neighborhood in the US. Founded in 1944 by Rosalea Murphy, an artist and social connector, the restaurant takes its name from the rose-colored adobe plastering on the nearly 400-year-old hacienda that serves as its home. This iconic Santa Fe destination at the heart of ​the Old Santa Fe Trail has been known for its ​fun, vibrant atmosphere and outstanding cuisine. Some of the famous well-known dishes are still existing such as the Steak Dunnigan, French Onion Soup and Hot Apple Pie among with new and innovative creations from our Executive Chef Mario de Leon.
Top review
MarKvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great spot - everything was delicious and sitting on the patio and listening to the band was sublime.
A photo of Santacafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3566)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Old~world elegance meets contemporary cuisine in a venue that boasts one of the best outdoor dining experiences in Santa Fe. Nestled in the charm and elegance of one of Santa Fe's most beloved historical homes, Santacafé has been a restaurant icon for over 40 years. It was bought in 2019 by Santa Fe restauranteur Quinn Stephenson - the driving force behind another Santa Fe legend, Coyote Café. Boasting one of the best outdoor patio dining experiences the City Different has to offer, Santacafé combines the traditions of modern American cooking with exquisitely locally sourced ingredients.
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BrendaJvip
Dined 4 days ago
Always delightful to enjoy lunch outside in the courtyard at Santacafe. Nice selection of appetizers and mains. Very pleasant visit.
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4.7
4.7 (2078)
$31 to $50
Italian
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
The name “Sassella” comes from a hamlet of 60 residents known for its vineyards near where Chef Cristian Pontiggia grew up.

In addition to working at two Michelin Star restaurants in Europe, Lombardy native Chef Cristian Pontiggia has received several awards from La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society. The Italian government recognizes him as a Master Chef, and he holds a culinary degree that certifies him as a Doctor of Enogastronomy.
Top review
DanC
Dined 3 days ago
A delicious spot to celebrate anything or just a great date!!
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4.7
4.7 (615)
$50 and over
Southwest
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Cuisine that celebrates storied, southwestern traditions. SkyFire at Bishop's Lodge invites you to slow down, take in the panoramic views of the Tesuque Valley and experience the diverse, rich ingredients and textures of the Land of Enchantment.
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tinasuem
Dined 4 days ago
We sat on the patio at sunset and it was spectacular. Great ambiance and Millie was terrific, attentive and thorough. Beautiful setting.
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4.6
4.6 (1584)
$30 and under
American
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Midtown bistro, featuring Executive Chef Angel Estrada, offers Santa Fe gourmet fine dining with a Southwest flair.
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KimWvip
Dined 3 days ago
There are so many great restaurants in Santa Fe but I would put Midtown Bistro at the top of the list
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4.5
4.5 (2245)
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Five minutes north of the Opera on Hwy 285, savor the cuisine of the Southwest and Old Mexico at the eatery Zagat labels "one of America's top restaurants, a true Mexican classic, rated excellent in all categories." Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with a spectacular mountain view. Inside, the thick adobe walls and kiva fireplaces create a cozy, romantic atmosphere. Featuring guacamole made fresh at your table, renowned margaritas, authentic Mexican cuisine and handmade corn tortillas. Lunch and dinner served daily.
Top review
Lance
Dined today
A wonderful experience tonight. My wife had the Carne Adovada and I had the Burrito Carne de Asada. Both dishes were delicious and full of flavor. Service was prompt, efficient and friendly. Will definitely return on our next trip to Santa Fe. Oh, and eat outside and enjoy the weather and the views.
A photo of La Casa Sena restaurant
4.4
4.4 (3447)
$31 to $50
Southwest
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
La Casa Sena is located in the heart of Old Santa Fe in the historic Sena Plaza. Featuring an innovative Steak, Seafood, and Southwest cuisine menu, an Award winning wine list and a spectacular and inviting outdoor patio. La Casa Sena is one of Santa Fe's most popular restaurants. Come join us for Live Jazz Wednesday - Friday 6 pm- 9pm & Pianist Kyle Moore on Sunday from 6pm - 9 pm at Club Legato!

Menu created by Chef Randy Tapia
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dooga
Dined 3 days ago
Great atmosphere in the patio. A real gem. Service was very good. Brandon was a well trained waiter. Food was great. Corn chowder was excellent. Enchilada was the best I've had. Overall, a great evening an highly recommended.
A photo of Luminaria Restaurant & Patio restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2237)
$31 to $50
American
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Located at the awarding-winning Inn and Spa at Loretto, Luminaria Restaurant and Patio combines modern sophistication with rustic Southwestern charm.

During the warmer months, dine outdoors on the rustic wood patio adjacent to the world-renowned Loretto Chapel. At twilight, dine al fresco under the stars, transform the high desert into a romantic veranda draped and tented with flowering vines and luxurious flowing fabrics lit by hanging lanterns.
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Tallivip
Dined 4 days ago
Beautiful patio for any meal… Breakfast was fantastic. Solid Bloody Mary, my husband loved the omelette and jam served with the toast. I had the blue corn pancakes, a must-try! Friendly service and perfect setting. We’re going back for dinner tomorrow night!
A photo of Vinaigrette - Santa Fe restaurant
4.2
4.2 (404)
$30 and under
Organic
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Vinaigrette is a chic and green Santa Fe bistro that raises the "salad bar" with bold and delicious entrée salads. Featuring innovative flavor combinations and the option to add savory protein accompaniments like diver scallops, lemon-herb chicken or grilled hanger steak, these tantalizingly hearty yet healthy creations allow for guiltless and delicious eating at the same time. Much of the restaurant’s organic produce is grown on owner Erin Wade's 10-acre Nambe farm, Los Portales, harvested within hours of arriving at Vinaigrette's kitchen. When not grown at the farm, the restaurant strives to source local and organic ingredients. As one local publication put it "Eating well never tasted so good."
Top review
DonA
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
A very good restaurant. We loved the food options and the food we got was excellent. Wanted to go back but our trip was too short.
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