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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Santa Fe / Mountains

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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
4.9
4.9 (1706)
$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
The whole experience was great. The food, the ambience and the service. We got a seat on the patio and the view was amazing. Every course was very tasty and unique. The service was excellent. We were taken care of by our wonderful server Arturo. Definitely recommend visiting arroyo vino!
A photo of Coyote Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6841)
$30 and under
Southwest
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
With over three decades of experience in fine dining, Coyote Cafe & Cantina continues to be Santa Fe's most famous and celebrated restaurant & rooftop bar. Coyote cafe was instrumental in pioneering the use of regional, native ingredients in creative contemporary dishes, earning it's role as one of Santa Fe's most iconic restaurants.

The Cantina is a local favorite, and tourist destination for exceptional mixology. Voted Santa Fe's Best Cocktail for over 10 years, patrons can expect to be wowed with a variety of unique cocktails paired with inspired twists on traditional New Mexican cuisine.

Nestled at the heart of downtown Santa Fe, Coyote Cafe & Cantina stands as an essential culinary destination for discerning palates exploring the unique flavors of the City Different.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
You can’t go wrong at Coyote Cafe! Food is always excellent. Each kitchen or bar item is a work of art. Above-par service. Great ambiance too. But there’s like love in the air! Ppl working all seem to love what they do & want to make an awesome experience.
A photo of Radish & Rye restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2820)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Join us for one of Santa Fe's most unique dining experiences! We call it farm inspired cuisine with southern sensibilities. There's a reason Edible Magazine has awarded us Best Restaurant, Best Cocktail Program, and Best Chef. We pride ourselves on sourcing, and work with local and regional vendors to bring you the freshest food we can find. Our bar program is focused on American brown spirits with over 175 bourbons, ryes, and American single malts! And we also have an award winning wine list! Come and see why radish & rye is THE "don't miss" destination for tourists and locals alike.
Top review
VickiRvip
Dined 1 day ago
Recommend by a friend and it did not disappoint. Wonderful experience from start to finish. Urban industrial flair, but not cold and impersonal. Attentive and helpful waitstaff with a great sense of humor. Drinks were “top shelf” - if you like whiskey this is THE PLACE TO GO! Reasonably priced wine list. The trout entree was excellent as was the snapper. Yummy desserts, can’t go there. And the bar! Fun for after dinner drinks
A photo of Su Sushi at El Nido restaurant
4.8
4.8 (201)
$31 to $50
Japanese Speciality
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Welcome to Su a beautiful Sushi Bar in the village of Tesuque (opera exit, 8 min from downtown, inside El Nido). Come experience Chef Gaytan's Sushi. We offer amazing fish to include offerings from the Toyosu Fish market in Japan. Chef Gaytan offers a full alacarte menu and Omakase Experience (3 coursed meal 75.00, request meal in reservation notes).
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
I wish there was a window to see beautiful Tesuque.
A photo of La Boca - Santa Fe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5055)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Opened in 2006 by 8 time James Beard Award Nominee, Chef James Campbell Caruso.
La Boca has the feel of a lively European wine bar, featuring an extensive selection of carefully chosen Spanish wines and Sherries. Chef Caruso's Modern Spanish Cuisine is inspired by the exuberance of Spanish cooking combined with fresh, local ingredients. La Boca has been  called "the most influential restaurant in Santa Fe" by the Pasatiempo Magazine and the New York Times describes the menu as "modern re-inventions of classic Spanish cuisine" Knowledgeable and animated staff graciously guide guests to the perfect wine to complement their meals. La Boca also prides itself on being an ambassador of Spanish sherry culture, transporting its guests to Jerez in the crisp cool flavors of Fino, or the deep fig-essence of a Pedro Ximenez.

Join us every Thursday and Friday night for live music on the Taberna main stage!
Top review
Meredithvip
Dined 1 day ago
We ate at the Taberna location and there was a fantastic musical duo playing. Really good, but definitely loud. The food and service were great. Don't miss the artichokes!
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4.7
4.7 (3765)
$30 and under
Steak
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Dinner for Two has been named Best Steakhouse in New Mexico!
Excellent food, great cocktails and a fun dinning environment! We specialize in Prime cuts of beef, Filet Mignon Rib-eye, New York strip as well as table-side presentations like Caesar salad and Chateaubriand and Bananas foster. Please Call To make a reservation for our dog friendly Patio. Multi-award winning: including Wine Spectator and top 10 in southwest and Best Cocktail. Our cocktails are Well made fun and Forward Thinking, With an emphasis on Seasonality. Happy hour is available from 4 -6:00 every day! (Except Holidays). We love to host dinners for Weddings, organizations, or private celebrations from 2 to 90, everything is made in-house so special diets are easily accommodated: allergies, gluten free, etc.
Excellent Food and Service at a Reasonable Price
Parking on any local street meter Sunday park for free at any meter
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
A great experience as always. We love to enjoy our anniversary dinner here.
A photo of SkyFire restaurant
4.7
4.7 (610)
$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.
Top review
smccvip
Dined on May 29, 2024
Our out-of-town guests loved SkyFire. We had cocktails on the terrace and dinner in the dining room. The view was stunning. The food was so very good and David took excellent care of us. The desserts were the perfect ending. We highly recommend this restaurant.
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4.7
4.7 (364)
$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 7 days ago
Aceq is by far the best restaurant in town. The entire staff is always on point. The food and drinks are delicious and very unique. We have never had a bad experience there. Ever!!! Taos can be tough to find good food and a relaxing environment. Aceq is the place..
A photo of Gabriel's - Santa Fe restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2236)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Gabriel's always a great option for New Mexican food in northern New Mexico. I love taking friends visiting the area here and it never disappoints.
A photo of 192 at The Blake restaurant
3.8
3.8 (139)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Taos Ski Valley
About the restaurant
Southwest history and art add charm to this intimate dining and social hub that radiates international flare - rustic European alpine architecture folded into colorful New Mexican design.
After outdoor adventure, this is your space to connect while savoring shareable dishes and inspired wines. Located in The Blake, feed your cultural taste buds by scheduling an art tour and then satisfy your appetite at 192.
Top review
tracyhvip
Dined on Mar 29, 2024
Incredible service and delicious food! The pizza was out of this world. The Cesar Salad was outstanding! Drinks were sooo good. You will not be disappointed!
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