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TerraCotta Wine Bistro

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931 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Cozy
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday through Saturday: 11:30 AM - 9:00PM
Sunday : 4:00PM - 9:00PM
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Phone number
(505) 989-1166
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Catherine O'Brien
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Private party facilities
We have a private dining that can seat up to 20 guests. The entire restaurant can be booked for private events with sufficient notice.
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Private party contact
Glenda Griswold: (505) 438-2877
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Catering
We are affiliated with Peas ‘n' Pod Catering, Santa Fe's premiere off premise, full service catering company. Peas 'n' Pod has been creating memorable events in Santa Fe since 1996.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Chapelle Street
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Parking details
There are several public parking lots just a block or two stroll from the restaurant. Off street parking around the restaurant is available in the evenings.
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Special events & promotions
Please join our e-mail list to learn about our wine dinners and special events. We are happy to customize wine tastings for large or intimate groups and private parties.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 931 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Absolutely wonderful. Everything we ordered we’d order again !

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

TerraCotta provided a fantastic experience from the moment we arrived! The welcoming people, the comfortable, cozy atmosphere, the attentive service, and the spectacular cuisine combined for a most memorable evening! The stratified and well-curated wine list was exceptional, and was the perfect compliment to the entire experience. I could not recommend TerraCotta more highly!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were looking for a place for an early dinner before an event. We took advantage of Happy Hour wine deals, shared the artichoke and each had a delicious entree. There was plenty leftover for the next day's lunch. The veggies were fantastic.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Bruschettas were excellent; crab dip too salty, blocking the flavor of the crab and the corn, waffle chips too weak to support dipping. Chicken pot pie was sweet and contained only minimal chicken and very diappointing.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

What a disappointment. I highly recommend that you...take a pass. I basically filled up on the bread, which was better than average but still no picnic.

When I arrived, I decided to have a steak. I saw it on the menu. It sounded...ok. So, I asked the bar tender about the steak. Did she recommend it?

"I don't eat meat," was her response. I asked what she did recommend.

She recommended the salmon. She asked how I like it cooked. She recommended chef's preparation, a bit pink on the inside. I was happy with this counsel.

Alas. My salmon was overcooked. It was oozing that white stuff. It was dry. The shell - that's what it seemed like, a shell - was hard. Truth? It was inedible. The polenta 'cake' it came with was a wedge of over-fried (why fry???) corn meal. Dry. Cold. Yuck.

The salad was also old - the lettuce wilted and slimy in parts; the apples soft and mushy and clearly past their prime. I asked about the half-bottles of wine versus glasses; she steered me to the cheap wine selection (I like being frugal, but my question was about the quality of the wine. She didn't know. She had not tasted it, 'but people seem to like it' is what she said).

Really, I was so disappointed in the entire experience that I'm dumbfounded by all the good reviews. Maybe it was an off night.

Or maybe, just maybe, I should have walked on by. Next time, I will. Waste of my money. My time. And worse, I'm still hungry. Boo.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great place. Bruchetta was terrific. So was the Jambalaya. Excellent wine selections.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Absolutely fab! Wonderful food. Lovely wines.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We have dined here two times and both times the experience was outstanding. The food is terrific and the service is polite and professional. Great wine list and fair prices. Such a friendly place...the chef owner visits with patrons making the experience a warmly personal time.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Always a regular when we visit Santa Fe. A really nice neighborhood-type restaurant with very good food and a great wine list. An interesting and moderately priced menu in comparison to many in Santa Fe. Recommended.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Not as good as we have experienced before.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Rude diners at next table

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

They never disappoint . Wonderful wine selection and menu choices.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

. . . our go to place! Staff is always great. Wine is super reasonable. Every dish is thoughtful, abundant, satisfying, and beautifully plated without resorting to gimmicky stacking or sauce art. Last trip everyone ordered a different dish - a feast for the eyes!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Terrific restaurant and wine bar down the street from the Georgia O'Keeffe. Their are several small rooms to choose from but on both occasions we really enjoyed the front bar. The bartender/sommelier Emily was a delight, very warm and knowledgeable about the menu, especially the wines. Parking is limited but it's just minutes away from the plaza.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great menu variety at very reasonable prices. Excellent wine list in various price ranges. Waiters are knowledge about menu ingredients and also about wines and their nuances. Owners are very friendly and attentive. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Ate at Terra Cotta twice during our visit to Santa Fe and enjoyed it both times. Sat at the bar the night we arrived in town as it was busy. Enjoyed chatting with the bartender and she gave us recommendations about things to do while in town. 2nd meal was Easter dinner w/our son and his girl friend. Food and service were both excellent. Recommend it highly. Very good wine list with many by the glass options.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

the back room is noisy; i will request the front room next time. I think a few more vegetarian options would be nice

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Our second visit. Wonderful experience from start to finish. Everything is delicious. Creative. Great wine list. Can’t wait to eat here again.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Native to NM and area local for decades and wanted to try a new place rather than opt for one of the many regular "go to" places in Santa Fe.

Arrived early, with only half the party, but was seated anyway, which is not common in most places anymore. Ordered a "Shared Plate" of Chef Catie's Cheese Board. This was very tasty and had 5 or 6 samples of cheese and 4 to 5 samples of sliced meat and a roasted garlic bulb. I say samples, but there was ample amounts for 4 people as an appetizer.

The main meal was a dinner order of Smoked Beef Brisket (smoked 14 hours) with some of the best Collard Greens this side of the South, Chicken Normandy Pot Pie (made to order) that was hot and simply the best pot pie I've had in years, Pork Schnitzel with yummy red cabbage and roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, and Lamb Kabob with grilled vegetables and Red Pepper Hummas. All very well prepared and ample amounts served.

The only disappointment was the deserts. We had the Key Lime Pie, a Beignet Trio, and the Bananas Foster Waffle Bread Pudding. The Key Lime Pie was a bit flat (think Sara Lee) and the Bananas Foster was dry and had no banana flavor. My son said the Beignets were good, but wished that there were more than three (he could have ordered more????)

The service was most attentive, but not in your face. Seating was a bit cozy, but roomy enough.

Bottom Line: We have added this establishment to our "go to" list and will return again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great little place. The service was friendly and welcoming and the owners were very present throughout the meal making sure that we were well taken care of. The food was hot and cooked to perfection and they have a wonderful wine selection. Will definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This is a small and cosy and elegant place for a good lunch or dinner. They have a delightful choice of wine, a really interesting and original menu and a beautiful dining environment.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

TerraCotta is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. Consistently good food and friendly staff. The chef Katherine is exemplary; her dishes are exquisite. Fish is highly recommended. Salads are fresh and innovative. Deserts are sumptuous. It's a small venue and worth going to, especially on evenings when music is being performed by Pat Malone.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We are traveling through Santa Fe and wanted a special meal not catering to just tourists. TerraCotta was perfect - cozy, jazz guitarist playing softly, excellent food and the owners and service were so friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

This is a delightful restaurant with an excellent wine list and delicious food. The service was superb.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We had two lovely dinners at TerraCotta Wine Bistro this week: one eating entrees, and once eating small plates. Delicious food, large wine list (both bottles and by the glass), helpful and unobtrusive service, relaxing ambience. And all of that at reasonable prices. This would be a great place for an ordinary night out, meeting with friends, or romantic evening. Definitely one of our favorite Santa Fe places.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great spot for a get together with friends. Forgot how fabulous the food is here! And the wine list, excellent. I love restaurants that have owners that come and converse with guests. Makes one feel welcomed. That's what this restaurant is all about.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great service. Interesting art. Fantastic live guitar. Delicious food.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Good food and you get very good size portions. This is one of our favorite places to eat in Santa Fe. Good value for food and when weather is nice good patio to sit out on.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We stumbled upon this restaurant walking back from the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and decided to try it for dinner. It has a nice quiet atmosphere and the waitress was excellent. There is an extensive wine list that includes reasonably priced wines. We had the best appetizer cheese plate. I ordered the filet and it was cooked perfectly. We enjoyed it so much we went back a second time during our one week stay in Santa Fe. I would definitely recommend trying this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Delicious salads and interesting wine list. Were with kids so wished faster service

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Perfect early, light meal for us, following a visit to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. Worked out well to get a glass or two of wine on their $6 before 6PM offering. When my wine selection wasn't on the special list (must be a glass price $11 or less), our server made a good substitution recommendation off the special list. Indeed, it was a good wine. We had lighter fare of onion soup, a house salad, bruschetta (pick 4 different kinds for $16) and a great beet and orange salad. A nearby table was celebrating a family birthday (for adults), while another table had a family dining. So we felt this place worked well for a number of occasions/groups.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Nice, large selection of wines by the glass. Very good food and service. Will happily go back again. The one major issue is extremely limited parking. The restaurant has only a very few designated spaces, no handicapped space, and no other publicly available space within a block or more.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

This is a very elegant, quiet bistro. The wine selection was amazing. We enjoyed the guitar player. The dishes I saw begin delivered to other tables looked outstanding.

The reason for the low rating of our meal is because we ordered a meat and cheese board and the cheeses all felt like they had just come out of the refrigerator. Because of this they had very little flavor.

I would eat here again

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We had made a reservation for 8 but received a text from 2 of our friends who were not able to make it. The servers were wonderful and understanding. They quickly removed 2 place settings so that we would have more room at the table. We ordered the bruschetta and olives to share. My husband and I both ordered the house salad, spinach lasagna, and the bananas foster bread pudding. Our friends had the oysters rockefeller, the salmon, the schnitzel, and the chicken salad. We all shared 2 bottles of the Landmark pinot noir. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wine list. There was a wonderful acoustic guitar player, as well. Everything was outstanding!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Another predictably tasty meal, but not the usual fine service we’ve become accustomed to. Nevertheless, thank you for another memorable evening.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Had a marvelous time, great service, delicious food and a very freindly, relaxed fellow diners. Will happily return very soon.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We are in Santa Fe celebrating a milestone birthday for a family member and Terra Cotta was so kind and accommodating. The food was lovely and the staff were all great.

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1.0Dined on March 2, 2018

There is no parking at the restaurant. We finally found street parking and arrived on time. We had requested patio seating as recommended on the Bring Fido app.
This restaurant does not have a heated patio for patrons with dogs. It apparently has a patio open in the summer. The hostess was very unfriendly and unwelcoming. A smile and explanation could have worked.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We've only recently discovered Terra Cotta, and it already has moved to the top of our go-to list!
Service is excellent, wine list extensive, and the food is fabulous, with generous portions.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Thanks for a wonderful evening and I will return. Curtis

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