TerraCotta Wine Bistro

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1196 reviews
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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.

TerraCotta Happy Hour continues all day long, with over 60 wine by the glass options available for $6 every day until 6pm.
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Jackson Hole
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Small, cozy, tables very close, no real privacy. Food excellent and service very attentive and personalized.

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RT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We throughly enjoyed our evening at Terra Cotta. The wine list is expansive with lots of different prices. Something for everyone. The food was excellent. My husband and I both enjoyed selections from the spring price fixed menu, but plan to go back to enjoy other dishes that looked delicious coming from the kitchen. Our servers were cheerful friendly and helpful in making recommendations. The atmosphere is lively without being busy or noise. I have already recommended TerraCotta to friends!!

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L
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Well-priced and a great ambiance.

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KY
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Where to begin! This is our favorite restaurant in all of SantaFe since we discovered it about 6 years ago. We are not residents, but visit 2-3 times a year. Yet they always recognize us and treat us like regulars. We ALWAYS enjoy great food, friendly staff and cozy, yet upscale, ambiance. It’s absolutely the best value we’ve found in the area.
This time, celebrating our anniversary with them, they outdid themselves! Anniversary greetings from almost every staff member, they remembered our favorite table, served us complimentary champagne, and two of the owners visited with us. Jake, Emily, Glenda and Katherine not only served us delicious food in a lovely place, but made our celebration a totally special experience!

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c
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are constantly delighted with our visits to TerraCotta. The food is always excellent and the wait staff is perfect. I've lived in Santa Fe for many years and TerraCotta is one of the few restaurants that I know I will always enjoy.

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PD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best barbecue I’ve ever had, and I’m from Texas! The sauce was a perfect combination of sweet and tangy; the brisket was thinly sliced, and tender; and the ribs actually fell off the bones. But barbecue is just one choice. The French onion soup was covered in a thick layer of cheeses, and the house salad was full of delicious sweet and savory treats. We were lucky enough to have two servers including one in training. Both were attentive and friendly. This is a quaint little romantic spot with great wine, food, and people.

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GK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I have tried has been amazing! They have a large selection of wines baring from $20~ bottles to more expensive ones. They have the best pot pies I've ever had!

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l
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new Santa Fe “go to “ place.....always just lovely.

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RJ
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always welcoming and delicious! One of out go-to places in Santa Fe.

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WA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful variety to the menu -- we particularly enjoyed the mix of bruschetta to choose from. Service was friendly and efficient and the atmosphere was convivial and relaxed.

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AB
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, wine, and service were great - will definitely be back!

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t
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place was truly a hidden gem. I never would have found it by its location as it is not directly in the heart of town; but rather on a side street. I was browsing the web looking for a place to have dinner at the last minute while walking around town and this happen to pop-up. We were quite happy with our little discovery. Would definitely go there again if we were ever in town.

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BG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Adorable place, they have their own parking since it is tight in the area which was nice. We were seated in the back room at a small table in the corner! A few minutes the Host came back and moved us to a nice table in the big front room. Huge wine list, nicely catagorized by price. Crab cakes and the Chicken Schnitzle were delicious, and the dessert. Our waitress was spot on but not bothersome. Will come back next time were in town.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening, our anniversary dinner couldn’t have been more fun, thanks TerraCotta highly recommend for all occasions.

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MM
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

We were put in a room with a table of 11 people who were practically shouting at each other. It was awful. I couldn’t even talk to the person. next to me.

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L
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very pleasant lunch. Food was very good. Service was attentive but unobtrusive.

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LH
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was not fabulous. I think I was the only one of four who thought mine was great; others weren’t impressed. Nice dining area and good service.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for a nice place with good friends to celebrate that wouldn’t be overly expensive. The food was good and there was a large selection of wine. Service was great and attentive.

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OT
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine selection. Attentive servers. Delicious food!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Very mediocre. Good service and atmosphere

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good choice for a get together with friends, charming and intimate.

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L
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely early dinner. Fabulous wine list.

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ST
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food, wine, and service were outstanding. Terracotta never fails to deliver--it's a go-to place for delicious food, great wine, and a relaxed time. Thank you, Terracotta!

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RR
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

This was a very poor dining experience. The restaurant lost our reservation but fortunately we checked in advance and remedied that situation. Upon arrival they wanted to seat us at the bar but the hostess did make an effort to get a delayed seating at a real table. The salmon and flank steak that we had were poorly prepared though the vegetables were good. We made the mistake of paying in cash because we just wanted to get out of there so both the waitress AND hostess came running after us saying we had not paid even before they checked to see that there was full payment and a tip in the bill wallet. I almost wanted to take the money back to I could retrieve the tip I had reluctantly left. In fairness, our friends were surprised with our experience but then admitted they had not actually been there in a couple of years.

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Y
New Mexico
195 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took some visiting friends to Terracotta which we love. Now we have more fans of the restaurant! Chicken schnitzel was the choice for 3 of us and plates were completely cleaned by each. Others had the steak salad and poached pear salad plus the chicken vegetable soup. Great all around. Key lime pie topped off the meal. Perfect. Service was just right.

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P
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

An extensive and very good wine list and also very good, tasty dishes.
We only had the Bruschetta, some soup and a creme brûlée, mostly excellent.
And we were well taken care of by our waitress and one of the partners.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming, cozy, attentive service, great food. Condusive to leisurely conversation and camaraderie.

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JC
Cancun
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varied menu and great food for the money. Good choices for non meat eaters.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very delicious dinner in the bar.
Great selection of wines by the glass.
Nice live guitar in the dining room.
Very enjoyable dinner.

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I shared the flank steak. It was pretty good, but we absolutely loved the bruschetta choices. We almost wished we went and made a second order for it as our dinner.

Really great wine menu, as the name of the restaurant would suggest, and was just a nice, quiet place to have dinner. Would definitely consider going back.

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and wine. A welcome break from all the wonderful Santa Fe regional food.

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MG
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We were pleased to find this cute little wine-focused restaurant after a hectic evening trying to find a place to eat closer to Santa Fe’s plaza. The ambience is great, and exactly what you’d want and expect from a “bistro.” However, the wines were all pretty expensive (though good) at a minimum of $12 a glass and most quite a bit more than that. Would have been nice to have a decent “house wine” at a more reasonable price. The service was very good and attentive, no complaints there.

The food was the big letdown. We ordered flank steak and the pasta shells dish. While the steak was ordered Medium, it came out very much well done... and luke warm. The bed of potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower on which the meat sat were also cold. And the meat was very tough. The sauce was good but otherwise it was a disappointment. As to the pasta shells, it was just a huge cheesy bowl of pasta with tomato sauce... and was also luke warm. It was the sort of dish one would expect to find in a truck stop cafe: huge, cheesy and starchy but what you’d expect at a truck stop. We expected quite a bit more at this bistro.

We’d go back for the wine and ambience but if we do we’ll be sure to eat somewhere else either before or after.

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BW
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time visit; very pleased with food, service, ambiance, and ability to converse normally.

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CT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travel to Santa Fe several times a year and we make it a point to dine at TerraCotta Winde Bistro on every visit. The staff is always courteous, and they remember us. The food is always excellent (love their French Onion Soup!). The wine list is also excellent with selections covering the full spectrum of wine varieties and prices. Give them a try, you won't be sorry.

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d
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food and wine! Cozy atmosphere and great for a date!

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SR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love what yall do... this open table site causing me woes as i think twice now the note i wrote got deleted by this website but i was praising our server who's name i cant recall but i think helped me and my lady all 3 years we commemorated our anniv with yall...as a marylander i very much appreciate your food, value and atmosphere
while my glad may want to choose a new spot for our 4th anniv, that will mean coming in more often year round i hope
friendly service . not too expensive but good food...nice feel...
and yes as a server in town, i recommend yall to both locals and tourists
thanks for all ya doi wish i could recall the server i mentioned by name but i suck at names... run into her around town a bit too
other folks i know work there it seems
havent perchanced to meet owner chefs yet but anyways per my other note appreciate what yall do
thanks

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AS
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Skip the oysters and the dinning room was so loud we moved to the bar which was much nicer. Great wine and fried chicken!

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N
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service, if we are ever in the area we would definitely go again

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F
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and decor were what you might expect from a small, quality restaurant, but what made the eating experience exceptionally pleasant was the mellow sound of the acoustical guitarist playing and conversing with customers from across the room. Seated on cushions against the walls in the opposite corner, the relaxing calm of the meal was rejuvenating after a long day of sightseeing. An added bonus was an opportunity to have good food that was lacking the Southwest influence of the previous five places we had dined at; when traveling local food is delicious, but sometimes universal staples done well are just what the chef orders.

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PN
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined at TerraCotta during Restaurant Week. We sampled several red wines, all of which were excellent. The service was excellent and not obtrusive or neglectful. The special menu selections were interesting and good. The salad was really wonderful. My entree (pork schnitzel) was a perhaps a little dry but still very tasty. I ate it all! The dessert trifle was great though, by that time, most of us were so full we couldn't finish it. The dining area was comfortable, relaxed, and pleasantly quiet, allowing for good conversation.

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