Vinaigrette - Santa Fe

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299 reviews
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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."
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DJ
New Mexico
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place for tons of vegetarian and vegan options. The desserts are also reliably great -- especially the carrot cake! Service is in line with the casual style of the place. Sometimes I just wish a server would be willing to write stuff down -- there's no shame in notating an order, at least in my opinion. We weren't offered bread or asked it we wanted it, didn't realize that till later. If they could find a way to do one of those "tented door" options at their side door, it'd be a whole lot more pleasant on cold winter nights/days. Right now every time someone opens the door, there's a big draft inside. Inside ambiance is very casual (some benches, some chairs) so as long as you aren't expecting cushions and tablecloths, you'll be fine. We've been here maybe a dozen times and will always return.

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h
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my go to place for healthy, affordable, creative & contemporary dining in SF

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GM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I was extremely disappointed with the salad choices. The waiter highly recommended a salad that was one of the higher priced offerings. It was supposed to have many interesting ingredients, but, when it arrived, it was 99 % greens. I resent paying that much for ordinary greens!

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MB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved Vinaigrette! The menu is very healthy and the menu unique. Our food was excellent as was the service in a cozy and casual setting. We will be returning soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

A great place for dinner if you are looking for the lighter fare of soup & salad. A bit pricey so be prepared.

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F
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent - however, as stated by others, several items not available. Service was pleasant and attentive.

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P
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Consistently good - food and quality, low key ambiance. Service not quite as good as usual -- minor things, such as not refilling water glasses and asking for bread and butter but getting bread and oil, but this makes a difference when we had invited out of town guests to join us.

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MH
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant for having a lighter meal. We had been attending a conference in Santa Fe and eating a lot of delicious New Mexican food, which can be heavy.
We went to Vinaigrette today for a change, because we wanted something lighter. We loved it! Their salads were huge and delicious, soups were very tasty and sandwiches were fantastic too. Definitely a place that I would like to come back to.

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CP
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Food was fabulous! Service was outstanding too! 5 star!!

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JW
Berlin
85 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a casual meal for lunch or dinner. The soups and salads are home made and delicious. The salads are huge with a mix of fresh ingredients and just the right amount of dressing. The mushroom soup was super with tons of mushrooms. Service is always good.

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BM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had a great meal and the variety of salads was great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a healthy choice.

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OT
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food, quality and presentation were outstanding. From the atmosphere to the perfect noise level it was a wonderful evening to spend with locally sourced menu ingredients mixed to make our meal spectacular. We're excited to learn of another location in Austin, TX just a few miles up the road from our home. Thank you for a great evening.

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Pittsburgh
36 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After eating at many local restaurants on our recent trip to Sante Fe, we were looking for something a bit lighter. Our innkeeper recommended Vinaigrette. What an excellent choice!! Great selections from which to choose. I had the grilled romaine with scallops and my husband had a turkey sandwich with side salad. Both were very good. Would recommend.

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MB
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Here’s the thing. We arrived early and were told to sit anywhere. We told the hostess we had a reservation and I gave her my name.

We had an okay dinner with a waitress a bit too cool to chat. Then after leaving I got a scolding email from Open Table telling me how rude it was to not show up for a reservation.

Excuse me. What happened to the customer is always right or at least presumed to be right. I’m going to now delete the app. I’ll call for my own reservations and find more welcoming spots.

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L
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Vinaigrette was wonderful as usual. I had house guests, one from DC and one from Seattle, and we ended up going there twice. They were very impressed, especially with the extensive selection. I tried one of the daily specialties with Kale and I found the black beans in it a little too starchy. The second time I tried the Arugula Duck and it was fabulous. I particularly loved the mushroom stew. The staff was careful to address my allergies. The ginger/turmeric drink was very satisfying.

My only complaint is with their benches at some of the tables. I find them uncomfortable. Luckily we were able to get tables with chairs both times. Unfortunately it was too cold to use their patio which I find charming.

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l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best salads in Santa Fe. Outstanding patio seating. Carrot cake is phenomenal!!

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DB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Waitress never checked on us after meal was served. My dining partner ordered a Tuna Melt and received a chicken sandwich. We could never get our waitress's attention. We had tickets to the theatre and arrived at 6:30PM, had to leave by 7:40PM. I ended up going into the restaurant and asking another wait staff person to allow us to pay the bill. This hasn't happened there before, but it will be a long time before I would consider going there again. They need to improve their service.

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Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the restaurant so much that we returned for a second time during our five day vacation in Santa Fe.

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PC
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great selection of salads and sandwiches. If you want a break from heavy meals this is the place to go. Something for everyone. Beer and wine only. Delish!

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OT
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, this is great place to have a fantastic healthy meal.

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GM
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. Will return again and again. Always prompt friendly service, fresh and delicious food prepared with care, which not just tastes good but feels good too!

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WB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the cuisine, service and ambience at Vinaigrette was wonderful. I never travel through Santa Fe without a stop at this restaurant.

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EI
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I've been coming to this place since it opened. Recently both my companion's dish and mine suffered greatly from overcooked meat. I suppose the chicken might have been forgivable but the so-called "seared" tuna was actually well-done and very dry (yuk). We asked the server, who was quite concerned, if there was a new cook in the kitchen, to which he replied that there was not. He made amends, but considering that the restaurant was not half full, we couldn't see why this should happen. I would be reluctant to return.

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OT
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great salads! Never had a salad there that I did not like! Salacho is the best, freshest farm-to-table version of a taco salad you’ll ever eat. My husband likes the nutty pear-fessor. Iced tea is nice and strong, too.

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G
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The taco like salad with ground beef had way too much cumin, even caesar dressing could not kill the taste.

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EI
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a delightful time - food was up to the usual Vinnie standard but most importantly, the service was actually good. I also felt confident that my gluten free needs would be addressed responsibly. We had stopped coming owing to spotty service. This was a refreshing and welcome change.

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CM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can always count on Vinaigrette for great food and service!

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OT
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love all the salads! Tea also nice and strong! Patio nice.

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b
New Mexico
48 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is not usually a dinner choice for us, but sitting out on the patio made for a delightful meal. Servers are always VERY friendly and efficient! I would like to see another Chardonnay or two on the wine list.

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FC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Santa Fe very crowd! Healthy food. New food I am tired old fashioned restaurants. I went that restaurant 3 times last weekend. I will return back again. Highly recommend of this restaurant! Healthy food!

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S
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

😘 Delicious.

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P
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We’ve eaten there many times and consistently have a wonderful meal and time. This time we went to celebrate a birthday on a beautiful evening where we could sit outside. Great ambiance as always.The only thing wrong, not discovered until later with leftovers, was a salad with bacon (had asked the waiter to leave it out and double the cheese). The vegetarian who had ordered this meal hadn’t eaten much of it and didn’t realize there were bacon bits in there, so it hadn’t ruined her evening.

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JL
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable and consistently excellent salads. I was disappointed that bread was not being served for the evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Lackluster service and on a rare night in an almost empty restaurant the patron behind me yelled frequently as if everyone in and outside of the restaurant needed to know his drunken stupid thoughts. It made hearing my date’s thoughts almost impossible. Staff might have thought to have a word with the guy to reclaim some of the ambiance I was hoping might come with the experience. Major fail!

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We've been to Vinaigrette several times. This, our most recent time there was disappointing and did not live up to our prior experiences. Several signature items on the menu were not available including their wonderful mushroom stew and one of the specials of the day, curry cauliflower. Service was slow and the server while very kind and engaged, seemed to disappear for gaps of time. He was however very apologetic about the food running out and tried hard to make other recommendations. It was difficult to tell if the delay in the food was due to the server or to a slow kitchen though others who came in after us were served a lot sooner.
The food, once it arrived was delicious though and this one "shaky" experience would not deter us from returning there the next time with visit Santa Fe.

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JM
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our group had the pleasurable experience we’ve come to expect. Prompt, courteous, knowledgeable wait staff; comfortable outdoor patio; excellent food from a unique menu choice.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vinaigrette is a tad hard to find but, once you do, the ambiance lets you relax, breathe and enjoy the amazing salads which I think are the best you'll find in town. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. The weather was beautiful during our (my wife and I) stay so we ate outside under a canopy of tree leaves and little string lights. The service was great and all-in-all our experience was so good we came back a second night during our stay in Santa Fe.

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MH
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our mostly vegetarian dinner. The food was excellent - delicious and creative but not too fussy. The patio was pretty and quiet. The service was just attentive enough. The menus should have been cleaned before we got them though.

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b
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Salad is always good, though arugula was a bit tough this time. Proteins are always weak and terribly over cooked!

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l
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Two negatives: They no longer take reservations for patio seating and the food tasted like it had been cooked the day before and reheated. Very disappointed. (Also, on a Tuesday evening, when they were not packed, service was unusually slow.)

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