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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in New Mexico

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Updated May 05, 2024

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


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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.
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4.8
4.8 (4471)
$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 on May 20, 2024
Service, food a d view was all excellent. There are few places you really get to have this level of experience. If you get a chance just go!
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4.8
4.8 (3507)
$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.
Top review
PamelaFvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great lobster rolls! Lots of claw meat. Best lobster ever for me.
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4.7
4.7 (2403)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Indigo Crow is located in the Village of Corrales. Owners Don and Regina Raber, along with their staff, have created an amazing place for friends and family to gather and enjoy great food and wine.
At the Crow, we love food. It is our passion to pair great food with exceptional wine for a memorable dining experience. Join us and enjoy this inspired menu with local produce, southwest touches, as well as international flavors.
Enjoy patio dining under our elm trees or cozy up to one of our two fireplaces in the cooler months.
Please call Indigo Crow for Happy Hour reservations from 3-5pm.
If you are unable to make a reservation during business hours online, we may have limited seating. Please call to make your reservation.
505-898-7000

Top review
suzQvip
Dined on May 21, 2024
Excellent food in a charming setting. The new ahi tuna appetizer and the portobello sandwich were excellent, as was the Catalina salad. Servings were generous as were the wine pours. A lovely afternoon!
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4.7
4.7 (605)
$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
CharlesSvip
Dined 7 days ago
Beautiful property, amazing food- great flavors and dishes that show days of TLC to prep. Wouldn’t expect anything less than the best from an Auberge property and this exceeded even those expectations!! 5 stars hands down.
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4.5
4.5 (2228)
$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
joeK
Dined 6 days ago
Gabriel's is a great place for any occasion. The food is good, but the service is even better. It was a little loud however.
A photo of El Pinto restaurant
4.4
4.4 (6997)
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
El Pinto is open for outdoor covered patio dining and indoor seating.

Open daily. Monday through Thursday from 11am-9pm. Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm. Sunday 10:30am-9pm.

Nestled in the cottonwoods, El Pinto was founded with 10 tables in 1962. Twin brothers John and Jim Thomas, carry on the family tradition and have expanded El Pinto into the quintessential "Spot" for healthy and fresh New Mexican cuisine. Experience an authentic Taste of New Mexico.

The Salsa Twins are pairing tradition with innovative healthy nutrition at El Pinto. El Pinto established the first and only Animal Welfare Approved laying hen program on property. 250 hens lay pasture raised eggs for daily use. An onsite green house produces over 5,000 lbs of organically grown greens.

Freshness is throughout El Pinto. El Pinto uses chile from Hatch, NM, pasture raised pork from Kyzer Farms, and local grass fed beef.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
First experience at this restaurant. Was very impressed with the quality of their food, the extent of their menu and the atmosphere. Love this place and would recommend this to anyone looking for great Mexican cuisine.
A photo of Vinaigrette - Santa Fe restaurant
4.3
4.3 (400)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Lovely patio dining experience. The food was fresh and good. Very vegetarian friendly.
A photo of Level 5 - Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.2
4.2 (354)
$31 to $50
American
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Level 5: On the top floor of Hotel Chaco experience a refined, chic, contemporary atmosphere at Level 5. Enjoy Albuquerque nightlife with magnificent panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains, downtown skyline and historic Old Town accompanied by creative culinary options.

Equinox Cafe and Lounge: Located on the main level of Hotel Chaco, adjacent to our serene courtyard and lobby.

Top review
LisaM
Dined 2 days ago
The food is great, and you can't beat the view. The service has always been friendly and professional, too. I've eaten both inside and out on the deck -- if the weather is good, go for the deck!
A photo of Vinaigrette - Albuquerque restaurant
3.9
3.9 (481)
$30 and under
American
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Vinaigrette is a chic and green 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. The restaurant strives to source local and organic ingredients. As one local publication put it "Eating well never tasted so good."
Top review
nxtdoor
Dined on May 12, 2024
Glad to have Vinny as the best option for great vegetarian food with meat options
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