12 Incredible Restaurants in Santa Fe, NM You Need to Try

12 Incredible Restaurants in Santa Fe, NM You Need to Try

Santa Fe, the city that nestles in the heart of New Mexico, is not just a paradise for art lovers, but also a delectable culinary heaven.

A city where the rich tapestry of culture is mirrored in its gastronomy, it's a place that has managed to captivate my palate and heart, equally.

As I walk through the city streets, the aroma of fiery chiles roasting over open flames, the creaks of old wooden floors in centuries-old adobe buildings, and the sight of colorful margaritas lining the bars, invokes a sense of belonging in me.

Join me as we embark on a journey to explore the eclectic and tantalizing food scene of Santa Fe, New Mexico and discover the city's best-kept secrets that only the locals know about.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the following individuals for their invaluable contributions to this article: Katalina Hooper, John Gregory, Fiona Bishop, Jessie Warren, William Bowers, Adrian Wicks and Rodney Quinlan.

A Local's Favorite: Geronimo Restaurant

Nestled in a historic adobe home from 1756, Geronimo's minimalist yet elegant decor sets the perfect tone for a truly unique dining experience. The staff are always warm and welcoming, making you feel like part of the family with their friendly, gracious service.

Geronimo’s eclectic New American fare never fails to impress, from the beautifully seared tuna and sashimi to the succulent Elk Tenderloin and the delicate Meyer Lemon Crepe. Each vegetarian tasting menu dish is a feast for the taste buds.

The cocktails are crafted to perfection based on your preferences. Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or simply a night out, Geronimo promises a memorable fine dining experience.

Geronimo · 724 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501
★★★★★ · Restaurant

A Night at Joseph's Culinary Pub

Joseph's Culinary Pub serves elevated New American fare in a refined farmhouse filled with eclectic art. Walking in, you're enveloped in warmth and tantalized by the aroma of duck fat fries and polenta.

The pozole is a hearty revelation and the wine selection extensive and impressive. They accommodate special dietary needs with care and knowledge. The lamb burger and garlic aioli with the duck fat fries are phenomenal.

Young and cheerful staff lend a pleasant vibe. For delectable fare in a relaxed, elegant setting, Joseph’s is a treasure.

Joseph’s Culinary Pub · 428 Agua Fria St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
★★★★★ · New American restaurant

A Gourmet Escape at Sazón

Sazón transports you to a world of complex Latin American flavors. Frida Kahlo paintings adorn the dimly lit walls and the Shrimp Enchiladas tantalize your palate.

The Lomo De Puerco, a flavorful pork loin with mole, is a must-try, along with the perfect tuna for seafood lovers. Specialty cocktails like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera offer unique, refreshing twists.

Chef Fernando Olea greets each customer in his signature ten-gallon hat. Indulge in a culinary adventure, from delectable Mole sauces to the Dulce Sinfonia dessert. Every moment at Sazón is a gourmet escape.

Sazón · 221 Shelby St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
★★★★★ · Mexican restaurant

A Night Out at Izanami Restaurant

Izanami, nestled within Ten Thousand Waves resort, whisks you away to Japan with stunning views and a tranquil izakaya-inspired layout. The sushi is fresh perfection, with each bite a fusion of exquisite flavors.

Their extensive artisanal sake collection and knowledgeable staff help guide your perfect pairing. Mistakes are transformed into opportunities, like complimentary desserts for forgotten dishes. For an upscale Japanese dining experience, Izanami is a slice of Japan in Santa Fe.

Izanami Restaurant · 21 Ten Thousand Waves Way, Santa Fe, NM 87501
★★★★★ · Japanese restaurant

A Homey Breakfast at The Pantry

The Pantry has served classic regional dishes since 1948. Their green chile breakfast burritos are generously filled, with a flavorful explosion. The chile relleno omelet is a winner too. Weekend mornings can get busy but seating is reasonably quick whether at a table or the bar.

Staff like Manuel impress with friendliness and attentiveness. Order the brisket tacos and savor the ample filling. With quality food and a bustling atmosphere, it's clear why The Pantry is a local favorite.

The Pantry · 1820 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505
★★★★★ · American restaurant

An Evening at Radish & Rye

Radish & Rye's welcoming, sophisticated atmosphere is perfect for any occasion. Old-school country music complements the upscale yet relaxed ambiance. The locally sourced New American plates, like fried collard greens, are a feast for the senses.

An expansive bourbon selection complements the diverse drinks menu. Indulge in the bourbon butter cake for dessert. Savor inventive fare in a charming setting at Radish & Rye.

Radish & Rye · 505 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501
★★★★★ · American restaurant

Tia Sophia's: A Timeless Treasure

Tia Sophia’s is a beloved local institution, unchanged by time, serving delicious food for years. The scent of chiles and fresh tortillas wafts down the street daily. Try the breakfast enchiladas, a regional favorite.

Theresa and staff are helpful and enjoyable. Portions are large, flavors authentic and prices fair. Order the Santa Fe plate, loaded nachos or cinnamon honey sopaipilla. Stepping inside this wonderful eatery feels like coming home.

Tia Sophia’s · 210 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
★★★★★ · Mexican restaurant

A Taste of Santa Fe at Café Pasqual's

Café Pasqual's historic adobe charm never ceases to amaze. A community table filled with familiar faces and bustling energy makes everyone feel at home. Share stories over coffee while waiting for organic Mexican fare like the hearty breakfast burrito, perfect avocado toast, and refreshing Hibiscus Margarita.

Occasional long lines are a testament to their exceptional food and service that makes the wait worthwhile. This beloved local gem is a must-visit.

Cafe Pasqual’s · 121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501
★★★★★ · Southwestern restaurant (US)

A Feast for the Senses at La Choza Restaurant

La Choza’s flavorful, onion-free New Mexican fare will have you eager to try everything on their menu. Signature cocktails like the St. Margarita make happy hour a delight.

Friendly staff like Laura handle busy times with grace. Savor chile, divine enchiladas and the “Xmas” red-green chile combo. Cinnamon honey sopaipilla and garlic bread end your meal sweetly. Reasonable mocktails match the real deal. With incredible food and drinks, La Choza is one of Santa Fe’s favorites.

La Choza Restaurant · 905 Alarid St, Santa Fe, NM 87505
★★★★★ · Mexican restaurant

Feasting on the Flavors of Santa Fe at The Ranch House

Adobe-style Ranch House is the spot to satisfy BBQ cravings. Their brisket green chili enchiladas are unforgettable, with creative cocktails that perfectly complement the fare.

Pulled pork plates, wings, and brisket sandwiches hit the spot. Opt for the spicy green chili brisket burrito if you like heat. Their huge nacho plate could feed two. Service is better opposite the bar, and even busy nights flow smoothly. For incredible BBQ in Santa Fe, The Ranch House delivers.

The Ranch House · 2571 Cristo’s Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507
★★★★★ · American restaurant

A Night to Remember at Coyote Cafe & Rooftop Cantina

Coyote Cafe’s soothing Southwestern ambiance and elegant setting make for an extraordinary experience. Despite busy nights, impeccable service makes you feel unrushed. Beautifully presented, exquisite food has flavors that perfectly complement each other.

Inventive cocktails like the salt foam margarita impress. Each visit promises an unforgettable occasion at this hidden gem.

Coyote Cafe & Rooftop Cantina · 132 W Water St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
★★★★★ · Southwestern restaurant (US)

An Evening at Paloma Restaurant, a Local Gem

Paloma’s rustic-chic atmosphere promises a night of culinary adventure. The inviting bar sets the mood for flavorful experiences. Knowledgeable, friendly staff provide spot-on recommendations.

The kitchen staff takes immense pride in dishes like perfected meats and fresh, flavorful fajitas and veggies. Spectacular flan is a showstopper. With stellar tequila and mezcal selection, classic or spicy margaritas hit the spot. Paloma is the place to be for the best local fare in Santa Fe.

Paloma Restaurant · 401 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
★★★★★ · Mexican restaurant

A Night Out at La Plazuela

La Plazuela transports you to an exotic New Mexican escape within the La Fonda hotel. The vibrant garden ambiance promises culinary delights, with rustic yet modern decor and complimentary sopapillas.

Scratch-made sauces and foods showcase their attention to detail. The lamb chops reveled my palate, while adventurous quail breast app wowed. A tad pricey but worth it for the quality and experience. La Plazuela is an elegant getaway for local flavor.

La Plazuela | Santa Fe Restaurant | La Fonda on the Plaza
Savor Santa Fe dining and cuisine at La Fonda’s restaurant La Plazuela, the most intimate in Santa Fe restaurants on the plaza serving regional specialties.


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