TerraCotta Wine Bistro

4.5
978 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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 978 People Are Saying
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Can be a great deal or slightly pricey depending on how one orders, but regardless the food is creative, well prepared and very tasty. Combine this with friendly, personalized service and there’s no reason not to go. Additionally, the decor is colorful, charming and has lots of great art covering the walls.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Wine selection is awesome, waitress was fun and attentive, and small dishes were good complement to wine.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

It was a evening with wonderful food, good wine and great service

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We arrived late, just 45 min or so before closing. Our server was nice but a little forgetful. We had to remind her that we ordered drinks and she also forgot that we wanted a 2nd helping of cornbread that never arrived. One of us ordered a petite sirloin steak that should have been medium but came out rare so we sent it back. They brought out a second steak which was still incorrect but close enough to medium for him to eat it. The other steak that was ordered medium rare came out closer to rare but again close enough that it was edible. The salad bar was ok, it was more macaroni salads and bean salads than a true salad bar with lettuce and all the toppings. The manager did stop by and asked about our meal, we brought up the undercooked steaks and she provided us with some feedback regarding they're having trouble with the chef misjudging the doneness of steaks and then not letting them rest long enough either. She did not offer to take anything off the bill regarding either of our steaks not being cooked to order. We attempted to order a dessert that was made to order but the chef had turned the oven off so he could not bake it so we had to order a second choice. It was chocolate cake which was a normal run-of-the-mill chocolate cake the other one of us ordered creme brulee which was not quite cooked all the way through it was very loose under the sugar it should be firmer more like a custard so it wasn't quite right.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Great French onion soup and onion rings. Waitress had good wine recommendations.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

What a great spot! Excellent menu, great vibe, and the wine list is extensive. Early afternoon value on wine by the glass. Gabby at the bar knows her list well and made great recommendations. She paired the wine with our menu selections like the pro she is. Will most certainly go back and send friends.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

The food was outstanding. My only issue was the wine list. We felt very rushed to choose a wine so naturally we looked at the menu on the top of the stack. Our server failed to mention that there is an entire page of by the glass wines that we could have chosen from that was several sheets down.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We found this quaint Wine Bistro on Trip Advisor so we gave it a try. The friendly and professional service by Emily in the bar made for an enjoyable evening. We just wish we found this place earlier in our trip. We loved her suggestions and pairing recommendations. Very good experience overall. The whole crew was on point and working well together.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Nice stop after the museum. The wine list is extensive and the staff well trained to explain and recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

The meal was delicious. My fish was cooked perfectly. The asparagus had beautiful grill marks but was still delightfully crisp. The potatoes were roasted to a perfect tenderness. Everything was perfectly seasoned. This restaurant is a gem.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Terra Cotta never disappoints. We have dined at Terra Cotta since moving to Santa Fe three years ago, and have enjoyed all of our meals.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Very good food in a converted house. Food was delicious. Extensive wine list. Had gluten-free beer. Started off with crab dip and homemade chips. Wife has steak, son had fish and chips. I had one of the specials, bbq. All were good. Dessert was berry pudding.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Perfect dinner with friends. Best Ahi tuna dish I've ever tasted. Excellent service. Friendly and quiet. We love this place.

Extensive wine list, however, they were out of my first choice.

Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The restaurant is simple and lovely in an adobe one-story with a porch and beautiful roses along the front. The service was friendly and efficient. The restaurant is small and very quiet. Delicious and beautifully prepared food. A good number of vegetarian options. We were a party of eight, and everything went smoothly. I will definitely go again!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Was our first night in town and so happy we found this place

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Excellent experience overall, food options and prepation very well done. Staff made us welcome

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2018

The presentation of our meals was less than expected. While the shrimp and sea bass were well cooked, the side dishes were poor. I had asparagus that was obviously days old. It was hard to cut, as the stems had not been trimmed. It was not the bright green color one would expect with fresh asparagus. My husband had shrimp and grits that had very few grits. The wait staff was excellent but I would not go back, especially given the price.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Greta and healthy food in cozy atmosphere. Superb/impressive wine list!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Of all of the restaurants that we dined at during our week long stay in Santa Fe, this was a favorite. A great combination of food, service and ambience.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We had a great experience at this restaurant. Our service was fantastic. Anda our server helped with selecting our wine. It was a great experience beautiful patio seating.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Nice casual atmosphere with a good selection of assorted dishes and wines.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Love it! Going back again tonight with other friends. Service staff are wonderful, food is delicious with a wide range of choices, and ambiance is cozy & comfortable.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The Mother’s Day special scallops were divine. It would be great if they appeared on the regular menu. Nice ambiance, great service, not outrageously priced. Wine list is varied, with nice selection of reasonable wines by the glass. Gracious service!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Excellent. Chef came to our table to welcome us. Very friendly! Felt like she was my personal chef.
Food is amazing! Extensive wine list.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Excellent meal! Incredible service from a very busy staff who obviously work well as a team!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great little restaurant with a well-rounded menu and a stunning selection of reasonably-priced wines BTG.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Wonderful wine list with excellent recommendations from Emily. Very friendly and efficient staff and the food was excellent! The owner/chef even greeted us. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I really had a good time while I was there! My girlfriend and I really liked the food and the service was very good, our server checked in on us a lot but it was perfectly spaced out so I didn’t feel bothered, the one complaint I have is that the server didn’t tell us her name but other than that everything was phenomenal!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Six of us dined at the Terra Cotta Wine Bistro on Friday, May 4. Ahnda was our waitress. She was helpful pairing wines with each of our dinner selections. Everyone loved their wines and their meals. Barramundi, Schnitzel, Pot Pie, Steak were all highly recommended. (Chicken Saltimbocca a little dry) Fun experience. Lovely night!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great place for a group of friends! Noisy, but so were we. Food and wine was delicious. Quaint and cozy.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We stopped on recommendation from friends. My husband had the Normandie pot pie. It was grossly over spiced with sage and drier than expected. He should have sent it back. I had the Australian sea bass. The vegetables were very good but the seabass portion was skimpy and overdone. The ambience was fine and th service was ok. Overpriced. Would not return.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Anniversary dinner

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Fried chicken, grits with cheese, and collard greens with bacon bits. Each was Simply Delicious and everything on the menu is quite reasonably priced particularly when you consider that this lovely restaurant is in Santa Fe across the street from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Food was pretty mediocre, especially for the price. Many more restaurants have much better food for the price.

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2018

The restaurant itself had a quaint pleasant feel, but our wItress wasless than acceptable and actally insulting. Also my steak salad was barely edible. My husbands filet however was delicious. We ordered a bottle of mid to less expensive wine. She did not periodically check to refill our glasses and was pretty scarce throughout the meal. She was actively engaged in conversing with the ne xt table , a
couple she must have known .After our dinner she brought the check rather abruptly and I asked about dessert. She said she didnt think we would want dessert! Huh...does she read minds? Well we ordered and she adjusted the check. The other table I’m sure thought their service was good as they were asked if they would like dessert . I guess her mind reading skills were off that day. Guess we won’t t return. Too bad. It’s a cute place.







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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

This restaurant deserves to be well considered among Santa Fe's better known establishments. We enjoyed an excellent meal with high quality ingredients that were very well prepared. The wine list is almost intimidating - it is a wine bistro, after all!- but the wait staff are very knowledgable and provide superb guidance for selections.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Terra Cotta is one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe!

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Angels Dine Out was what brought us out on a Thursday night - 25% of proceeds from that evening went to Angels. Dinner as usual was good. The only comment is from locals who dine there with some regularity and that is the menu hasn't changed in years. With the exception of some seasonal dishes, it has been the same and is getting un-interesting to us. High quality food, great wine selection and value as well. Definitely recommend. Easy walk from Plaza.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food is always good, reasonably priced, with good sized portions. My jambalaya was excellent. My wife always gets a crabcake on salad--the cake is jumbo and very well done. Some southern cooking roots influence the menu, but there is wide choice of items. The wine bar is managed by a very knowledgeable woman who always stocks interesting wines. Measured, generous pours. The woman who run this place make it welcoming and pleasant. We keep going back.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Fantastic dining experience. The menu is diverse and creative. Our party of three went in all different directions and no one was disappointed! Great wine menu is a treat and service is sincere and professional. Wonderful experience at every visit!

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