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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in New Mexico

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in New Mexico? 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 Blades' Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1765)
$30 and under
International
Placitas
About the restaurant
Chef-owned, Blades' Bistro features innovative international cuisine known for its open kitchen, quality menu offerings, and attentive service in a casual, country setting. Specialties include Grilled Salmon, Chicken Française and Roasted Beets topped with Goat Cheese, Fried Calamari and world class French Onion Soup along with salad courses, daily specials, seasonal entrees, and homemade desserts. The owners are committed to use fresh ingredients and support their Local Farmers whenever possible. Look for exciting Wine Dinners pared with wines from regions from all over the world. Blades' Bistro is a classy blend of classic, whimsical; it is an oasis of sophistication thriving in Placitas. Everything about Blades' Bistro is nicer than you expect, in the best possible way. The dining room is refined and the exhibition kitchen classy. By Andrea Lin For the ABQ Journal
Top review
WendyS
Dined on May 18, 2024
The food, service was excellent. Our company from Florida could not stop raving about everything.
A photo of Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1103)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Albuquerque
About the restaurant

Zinc is a lively three level bistro in Historic Nob Hill. Featuring an open, urban ambiance, Zinc offers casual fine dining on the main level and the loft mezzanine. For those looking for an exciting show, the exhibition bar offers seats right along the open kitchen. The menu focuses on high quality - yet affordable - American bistro fare and utilizes seasonal ingredients, many of which are sourced from local farmers. The Cellar Bar offers the same extensive wine list and premium cocktails as the upstairs, but in a more intimate lounge atmosphere with a lighter menu. Visit www.zincabq.com for menus, pictures, and upcoming events!

Top review
PaulHvip
Dined on May 16, 2024
Food and service were excellent. Mid-week dining had small number of customers, so impossible to know how noisy it might be on weekends. Zinc is now on our favorite restaurants list.
A photo of TerraCotta Wine Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2327)
$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.

Top review
BonnieBvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
Our waitress whose name I failed to get for the second time she has waited on us is simply EXCELLENT!
A photo of Zacatlan restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1073)
$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
Anna
Dined 5 days ago
Delicious food, great ambiance! Our new go-to for special occasions and out of town guests!
A photo of Cafe Grazie restaurant
4.6
4.6 (79)
$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 Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
We celebrated our #37th Anniversary here. Our hostess and server Angela made everything feel special from the glass of wine to our complimentary dessert. Food was yummy and we had a lovely meal in a classy place!
A photo of Midtown Bistro restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1575)
$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.
Top review
StephanieCvip
Dined 6 days ago
Midtown Bistro is consistently good. It’s a beautiful space inside or outside. The service is always good and friendly Relaxed and reasonable Good Santa Fe staple
A photo of Pranzo Italian Grill restaurant
4.4
4.4 (682)
$30 and under
Italian
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
BonnieM
Dined 4 days ago
Nice Italian restaurant in a quiet setting in Santa Fe - good selections on the menu and large enough to share! Great service and value!
A photo of Rustica Fresh Italian Kitchen restaurant
4.4
4.4 (365)
$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
Jennifet8033
Dined 6 days ago
Six of us had a fantastic dinner at rustica last night. I cannot say enough good things about this fabulous restaurant!
A photo of Debajo Tapas y vino restaurant
4.3
4.3 (201)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Local restaurant with Spanish style tapas.
Come and experience it yourself!

Top review
jeffh
Dined on Mar 7, 2024
Great tapas place good selection and great service
A photo of Bourbon Grill restaurant
4.1
4.1 (200)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
The Bourbon Grill, located at the site of the former Steaksmith, is a local favorite: famous for an unbeatable Happy Hour (3pm-6pm every day), mouthwatering desserts, and steaks and seafood with a New Mexico twist. Plus, we offer a bourbon inspired cocktail list and a plethora of world class wines by the glass. Serving dinner nightly, 3pm-close, Chef Ricardo Rodriguez' signature cuisine is not to be missed. Don't forget to ask about our banquet room and private dining options.
BAR SEATING IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVER, WE DO NOT ACCEPT RESERVATIONS IN THE BAR!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
Great place! Love that you can make reservations!!
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