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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in New Mexico

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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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4.9
4.9 (11933)
$50 and over
Fusion / Eclectic
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Geronimo has established a reputation as THE place to dine in Santa Fe. Tradition and innovation merge at this Canyon Road legend, where simplicity and understatement reign. New Mexico's only Mobil 4 star and AAA 4 Diamond rated restaurant. Winner of TripAdvisor's Top 10 Restaurants in the United States.
Top review
debfeldvip
Dined 1 day ago
The staff, service, food, and drink were outstanding, the setting lovely and sophisticated, reflecting New Mexican charm with a modern vibe. We were taken aback by the level of everything offered at this gem of a find. A highlight of our trip. Kudos to the inventive chef and kitchen for executing delicious and artistically pleasing offerings. And kudos to the wait staff for making us feel welcome and so well cared for. We will recommend this wonderful restaurant to anyone we know heading to Albuquerque. It measures up to anything we've seen internationally and on the East and West coasts.
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4.9
4.9 (3928)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Restaurant Martin is the embodiment of a of a 20-year dream to create the perfect balance of refined and comfortable. Chef Martin Rios, and his wife, Jennifer, envisioned a certain ambiance where people from the community as well as Santa Fe’s many visitors could enjoy Chef Rios’ award-winning progressive American cuisine. This family-owned restaurant caters not only to tourists, but to a large and loyal local clientele. Chef Rios has been repeatedly honored for his innovative and pleasing combinations of flavors, colors and presentation. His unique style emphasizes fresh, local produce and organic meats and poultry, and reflects not only Southwestern and Asian influences but also his classic training in French technique. His list of accolades include the following: Finalist in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022 for the James Beard “Best Chef of the Southwest” Award Semi-finalist for the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 James Beard “Best Chef of the Southwest” Award.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
This is a bit of a hidden gem in Santa Fe. We had an absolutely phenomenal meal.
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4.8
4.8 (1107)
$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
Janban
Dined 7 days ago
A great 3 course cocktail tasting with delightful food.
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4.8
4.8 (6837)
$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.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Coyote Cafe remains an outstanding restaurant. Service was exceptional.
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4.8
4.8 (5082)
$50 and over
Steak
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Vernon's Speakeasy is the only speakeasy restaurant in New Mexico! We feature exquisite steaks and seafood and American cuisine in a superb dining atmosphere. The culmination of live music, great food and top notch service, as well as the need for "the Password", create an atmosphere and dining experience that surely proves to be one of a kind.
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LauraBvip
Dined 6 days ago
The best steakhouse experience in Albuquerque New Mexico. I was in town on business for two nights and both nights I had dinner at this restaurant. Great customer service and delicious food. 1st night I had the Ribeye and loaded baked potato. 2nd night I had the grilled pork chops with risotto. Both dishes were amazing. I will return again
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4.8
4.8 (4850)
$50 and over
Latin American
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Originally from Mexico City, Chef Fernando Olea, formerly Chef of Epazote, has been enthralling diners in Santa Fe since 1991. Chef Olea creates sophisticated flavors using Old Mexico’s indigenous and culinary traditions alongside ingredients from around the world. His menu is deliberately small, featuring fresh and locally sourced produce and meats when possible.

Nothing evokes the mystery of Mexican cuisine more than mole, a sauce of complex flavors that usually includes toasted and ground spices, seeds, nuts, chocolate and chile. Many mole recipes contain more than thirty ingredients and some recipes have five varieties of chile alone. Chef Olea is delighted to share his moles that include his "New Mexican Mole" that he created to commemorate Santa Fe’s 400 year anniversary in 2009. The large mural in the main dining room, was painted and presented to Chef Olea by Federico Leon De La Vega, a well- known artist from Mexico City.
Top review
JaneSvip
Dined 2 days ago
What a wonderful evening enjoying the flavors of mole. We enjoyed the thoughtful and creative combination of flavors. Cocktails were inspired and the staff very knowledgeable.
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4.7
4.7 (2164)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santa Ana Pueblo
About the restaurant
Prairie Star Restaurant and Wine Bar at Santa Ana Golf Club has offered an unforgettable dining experience since 1986. Housed in a renovated 100 year-old adobe ranch house, the warmth and intimacy of Prairie Star is intoxicating. You may absorb the NM Territorial atmosphere of handmade adobe walls, kiva fireplaces and full viga and latilla ceilings while enjoying awe-inspiring and sweeping views of the golf course and the Sandia Mountains.

Our culinary team masterfully creates stunning Contemporary New American cuisine with global influences and Executive Chef Myles Lucero changes our menu seasonally to reflect the time and freshest ingredients at hand. Each dish is carefully crafted from the finest ingredients, locally sourced when possible, and organic, sustainable and fair trade items preferred.

Prairie Star serves prix fixe menus on major holidays, and you can find details at prairiestarrestaurant.com. We are closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Had the Chefs special offered Wendsday and Thursday. Great value! Service was outstanding. Our waitress went above and beyond.
A photo of Seasons Rotisserie & Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1771)
$31 to $50
American
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Upscale Patio Bar and Restaurant Overlooking Old Town Albuquerque

Seasons Grill in the heart of the Sawmill District in Old Town is a local favorite and a visitor's destination! The concept is driven by one core idea: take the best fresh and seasonal ingredients and prepare them in a casually elegant environment. The open kitchen's wood-burning rotisserie & grill creates an opportunity for signature dishes such as Kobe Ribeye Filet, Grilled Jumbo Sea Scallops and a daily fresh fish to be more than a meal, but an experience.

We have a great Happy Hour Wednesday thru Friday on the Rooftop, including food and drink specials. Dine on the second story balcony or inside with open breezes!

Seasons has an extensive award-winning wine list, a full bar and several private dining options for up to 100 people. For more information please visit us at seasonsabq.com or call 505-766-5100
Top review
NicholeS
Dined 6 days ago
Great food, drinks, and service. Portions were small, but very tasty.
A photo of Savoy Bar and Grill Albuquerque restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1302)
$30 and under
Californian
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Classic and contemporary California Wine Country in the Northeast Heights: Welcome to Savoy, a sun-filled, unpretentious but sophisticated, wine-friendly restaurant!

Natural light from a wall of South facing windows reflects off buttery walls, warming the wood and stone of the main dining room. Our open kitchen piques your appetite with its scents & sounds and the energy of our chefs. A comforting atmosphere greets you in the Lounge before you’re drawn into the lush, vine-covered atrium to the West. From there, step onto the shaded patio and relax by the firepits as you take in a view of the Sandia Mountains. In the warmer months, enjoy our live music series, as well! **Please note, the music series is temporarily postponed due to pandemic restrictions

The private Napa and Tasting rooms are equally inviting and suitable for hosting parties of up to 45. Click here for more information on booking a party at Savoy!
Top review
eatsoutoftenvip
Dined 5 days ago
Food was delicious as always. Our favorite waiter had the bartender make a special drink for our daughter! The staff go above and beyond for their customers! Thank you!
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4.6
4.6 (2063)
$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
janarabvip
Dined 5 days ago
Beginning to end the food,service and wine choices are terrific! I would recommend the restaurant anytime. Bravo
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