Dinner in this contemporary, inviting restaurant and wine bar features seasonal small plates that are perfect for sharing, made with fresh ingredients from the two-acre kitchen garden.Pair your meal with excellent wines available by the glass or bottle that you can select in the adjoining wine shop, which carries some 900 bottles from around the world. The seasonal menu changes, but signatures such as Wagyu Flat Iron Steak Frites and Grilled Heritage Pork Chop have put this restaurant on the culinary map.
Open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday, starting at 5:30 pm.
Housed in a historic building, this iconic fine-dining restaurant in Tesuque Village, 10 minutes from downtown Santa Fe, serves innovative cuisine in a handsome setting. The menu offers grilled steaks and seafood, handcrafted pasta and wood-fired pizza, featuring fresh ingredients from local farms. What began as a 1920s roadhouse and then became Tesuque's lively dance hall continues to attract visitors from near and far. You can dine on a lush patio surrounded by greenery, or inside, by a cozy kiva fireplace.
Happy Hour, 4:30-6 p.m.; Dinner 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
El Parasol (Pojoaque)
A local's favorite for some 50 years, this is a place to taste the flavors of northern New Mexico and Mexico. With six locations in three New Mexico counties, El Parasol's beginnings date to 1958, when the young brothers Pedro and Lorenzo Atencio started selling their mother’s beef tacos and red pork tamales under a patio umbrella on the main street in Española, New Mexico. The rest is history, and the family recipes have been published in Gourmet, Bon Appétit and other publications.
Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
30 Cities of Gold Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Serving the cuisine of the Southwest and Old Mexico, this popular restaurant is known for personal attention to service and delicious authentic food. Specialties include fresh guacamole made right at your table, handmade corn tortillas and refreshing margaritas made with freshly squeezed limes and gold tequila. Their spacious garden patio with its fountains, colorful flowers and spectacular view is a diner’s delight on one of Santa Fe's many warm and sunny days and a romantic spot for a dinner beneath the stars.
Open daily for lunch and dinner
Sunday–Thursday: 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday–Saturday: 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
Izanami Restaurant At Ten Thousand Waves
Creative Japanese bar food is served at this izakaya, on the grounds of a Japanese-style mountain spa. Eclectic small plates of locally-sourced meat and produce emphasize seasonality. Guests love the wagyu beef ishiyaki, cooked on a hot stone at your table, and the bento box dinner, with one version for meat-lovers and another for vegetarians. Izanami's amazing selection of artisanal microbrew cold sake elevates your dining experience, along with your seating choice—a private booth, a tatami room or a patio with spectacular valley views.
Rancho de Chimayó
This longtime favorite for traditional New Mexican dishes prepared from family recipes is famous for its signature dishes of spicy guacamole, hand rolled tamales, blue corn enchiladas, carne adovada and chile rellenos. Housed in a restored century-old adobe home, Rancho de Chimayó is a winner of the prestigious James Beard Foundation America's Classic award. Be sure to try the refreshing prickly pear margarita and leave room for a fluffy sopapilla dipped in fresh local honey or a seasonal dessert.
Red Sage At Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
Steaks finished to perfection in a wood-fired oven are a specialty at this progressive New American Grill. You'll also find salads, seafood and other fare, made with local produce from Pojoaque Pueblo's Tewa Farms. The extensive wine list earned the restaurant a Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. Stop by for the daily Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Red Sage is a perfect spot for a romantic night out as well as for drinks and a business dinner.
Dine with the locals at this friendly, family-run restaurant, serving authentic New Mexican cuisine, and some delicious American dishes, since 1980. They are known for their delicious breakfast and New Mexico combination plate. Don't miss the famous whole wheat sopaipillas, made from an original family recipe. Hearty New Mexican vegetarian fare is also on the menu. Visit the Roadrunner Cafe when you're on your way to Bandelier National Monument, El Santuario de Chimayó and other sites north of Santa Fe.
Open daily for breakfast and lunch, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Skyfire At Bishop’s Lodge Auberge Resorts Collection
Savor inspired Southwestern cuisine in a handsome Santa Fe style setting at this exciting new restaurant and bar, part of a state-of-the-art re-envisioning of Bishop's Lodge, an iconic Santa Fe resort. Acclaimed Chef Dean Fearing created the menu concept which spotlights local ingredients. Start your visit with a smoky craft mezcal cocktail at the bar, then enjoy chile oil pairing suggestions with your meal, from the on-site Chile Host.
This friendly gathering place draws locals and visitors alike to savor cuisine inspired by northern New Mexico. The Sopaipilla Factory is renowned for the flavorful fare of the region, from tamales to enchiladas, burritos, carne adovada and many other dishes. Be sure to try the signature sopaipillas, stuffed with meat or vegetables and garnished with sweet corn cake. Refreshing margaritas make the perfect accompaniment. For dessert? More sopaipillas, of course, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar or stuffed with ice cream.
Open Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Terra At Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
New Mexican culinary traditions combined with ultra-fresh local produce and Southwestern influences elevate the cuisine of this fine dining restaurant. Start your day with blue corn pancakes and end it with a perfectly pinon-herb-crusted rack of lamb or green chile bison stew. Dine on the terrace or courtyard and take in majestic views along with creative cuisine that offers an inventive interpretation of classic Southwestern dishes and regional influences. Vegan and vegetarian options are available.
Daily hours: Breakfast 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m.- 2:30p.m.; Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cozy up with a cocktail at The Bar at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. Enjoy a casual dining menu along with a sophisticated selection of martinis and an extensive wine list, either indoors or on the outdoor terrace, taking in magnificent mountain and valley views.
Open daily, 12:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.
Tesuque Village Market
This bustling market has been the hub of Tesuque life since 1989. Enjoy al fresco dining on the patio or take a seat inside and watch the action. The menu includes salads, burgers, pizza and dinner entreés like grilled tilapia and tomatillo shrimp enchiladas. There's a bakery and a full bar as well. For a scenic drive from Santa Fe, take Bishop’s Lodge Road rather than the highway. The market is on the left as you approach the center of the village.
Open daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Celebrated for its healthy, organic comfort food, this farm-to-table phenomenon serves megahits such as Southern shrimp and grits, street tacos, flavorful salads and a juicy green chile cheeseburger. The daily specials are equally delectable, including the famous Reuben, made with house-smoked and cured pastrami. This sweet spot has been featured on the Food Network multiple times. Triple D's Guy Fieri is a big fan of the buffalo poutine. Leave room for the creamy Butterscotch Budino. Check out the adjoining Provisions shop for delectable staples to go.
Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Saturday; Saturday brunch
Beer Creek Brewing Company
This boisterous brewpub is a popular spot, out on the Turquoise Trail in Lone Butte. The killer beer, and outrageous pizza are a perfect combo to enjoy on the sprawling patio or inside, where fireplaces and cozy armchairs create a rustic interior. Try the Bonanza meat-based pizza with green chile and pair it with Coming Soon Pale Ale, a bestseller, or Lizard Queen, an imperial blonde with an 8.4% ABV. Live music and a friendly atmosphere keep folks coming back for more.
Hours: Monday 5-11 p.m.; Tuesday–Friday 11 a.m.-1:30pm for takeout/pickup only;
Tuesday–Friday 1:30-11 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
The Bourbon Grill
When you're ready for surf and turf, head to this traditional steakhouse brandishing a Santa Fe twist. Whether you're hungry for steak, seafood or both, The Bourbon Grill has a menu to satisfy. Start with fried oysters then move on to a Surf & Turf combo, maybe lobster and sirloin. Or park yourself at the bar and sample a selection of the finest bourbons from Kentucky and Tennessee. But leave room for the ridiculously delicious bread pudding.
Monday-Wednesday, 4-9 p.m.; Thursday–Saturday, 4- 10 p.m.; Sun: 4 –9 p.m.
Black Bird Saloon
Got spurs? You'll want to wear 'em, along with your ten-gallon hat, when you stroll through the crooked doors of this rustic restaurant and travel back in time to the Wild West. Housed in a saloon built in the 1880s in the old mining town of Cerrillos, The Black Bird serves up local craft ale on tap and mighty good grub, like the Black Jack Ketchum burger spiked with gun-powder rub. Cozy up to the wood stove in winter or take a summertime seat on the patio.
Thursday, 4-7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Blue Heron Restaurant At Ojo Santa Fe Spa Resort
Celebrate the flavors of the season as well as locally grown ingredients with the vibrant and flavorful cuisine at this renowned spa restaurant. Incorporating ingredients from the resort's farm and from local farmers, Blue Heron's offerings pay tribute to the idea that food is a potent elixir for the body, mind and spirit. Begin the day with avocado toast or huevos rancheros and wind it down with truffle shrimp risotto or buffalo short ribs, as you dine overlooking the spring-fed pond.
Open daily; Lunch: noon-2 p.m.; Dinner: Sunday & Thursday, 6–8 p.m.; Friday–Saturday: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday Brunch: 11a.m.–2 p.m.
This bright and bustling eatery is a great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ricotta pancakes and breakfast burrito will give you a good start on the day. Fina's green chile cheeseburgers are stellar and the salads are generous servings of goodness. The dinner entrees rotate, and every dish is delicious. The bakery churns out quiche, pies, scones and many another treat. Fina is a favorite with locals, out-of-towners and any other diners who happily stumble upon this sweet spot.
Open daily; Breakfast and Lunch; Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.; Dinner: Thursday–Saturday: 5:30–9pm
El Parasol (South)
A local's favorite for some 50 years, this is a place to taste the flavors of northern New Mexico and Mexico. With six locations in three New Mexico counties, El Parasol's beginnings date to 1958, when the young brothers Pedro and Lorenzo Atencio started selling their mother’s beef tacos and red pork tamales under a patio umbrella on the main street in Española, New Mexico. The rest is history, and the family recipes have been printed by Gourmet, Bon Appétit and many others.
Monday –Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-8p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Stop by this popular spot, for breakfast, lunch or dinner—the food is always fantastic. The atmosphere is, too, filled with happy diners, colorful art and friendly servers loaded with plates of New Mexican fare as well as eclectic cuisine. Try the carne asada tacos and gourmet pizzas, but leave room for the world's best desserts. A great gluten-free menu's available, too. Harry's consistently wins Locals “Best of” awards, including “Restaurant of the Year,” “Best Patio,” “Best Desserts,” and “Best Sunday Brunch.”
Open daily, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
When in Madrid, do like the locals do and head to the perfect spot on Main Street to kick back and relax with a fresh-brewed cup of Joe. Choose from espresso, cappuccino, Border mocha, latte, frappuccino, hot chocolate, herbal teas and more, made with locally roasted coffee beans, Italy’s finest Illy espresso and Ghirardelli chocolate. A great selection of freshly baked goods goes well with your beverage, including pastries, pies, brownies and cookies as well as savory breakfast burritos, sandwiches, breads and bagels.
Jezebel Soda Fountain
Get an extra scoop of nostalgia when you order ice cream at Madrid’s original 1920s soda fountain. Saddle up to the bar for a cone or a milkshake in this historic spot, or dig into delicious pies, pastries, cookies and more. Or dine on hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, soft pretzels and curly fries. The deli sandwiches are made fresh and on-site. Step inside for a great big blast from the past, and bring the whole family. There's something for everyone to enjoy.
The Legal Tender Saloon And Eating House
Housed in a building that dates back to 1881, this restaurant has a lot of character, and it fits right in with the old railroad town of Lamy. Steeped in the atmosphere of the Old West, the saloon's long oak bar gleams beneath glowing chandeliers. In the spacious dining room with soaring ceilings, a built-in stage hosts melodrama and music. Classic American fare includes St. Louis style pecan-smoked ribs, poached wild-caught shrimp rolls and other dishes inspired by the Fred Harvey House railroad era.
Dinner Friday-Sunday, 5:30-9:00 pm. Reservations highly recommended.
San Marcos Cafe
Colorful and whimsical, rustic and revered by locals and visitors alike, this locally owned home-style eatery serves breakfast anytime, as well as great burgers, burritos and specials that will keep you coming back. The gloriously gooey cinnamon rolls and biscuits and gravy are favorites, and so is the green chile stew. Heck, everything on the menu is lip-smacking good. Keep an eye out for the peacocks strutting around the property and the movie stars filming nearby who often stop in to dine.
Open daily, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Shugarman’s Little Chocolate Shop
Seek out Madrid's hidden oasis of chocolate for some of the best sweet treats anywhere. Green chile cashew and Thai lemongrass bark are just a few of the delectable confections handcrafted with fair trade and organic ingredients. Known for exotic flavors like Dark Matcha with Strawberry, and Dark Hibiscus Flowers with Lemon and Ginger, this shop may be small, but the flavors are big. Each chocolate gem is “made with a little magic, a lot of love and the finest ingredients.”
Open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fried green tomatoes in New Mexico? You bet, and y'all are going to eat 'em up, coated with cornmeal crust, topped with lavender béchamel and served with cheesy grits. Feel free to add green chile for kicks. A side order of fried pickles is highly recommended. Locals love The Hollar, which blends Southern-style cooking with Madrid's laid-back, friendly vibes. In the summer, the patio is the place to be, especially for Sunday brunch. It's a challenge to leave room for home-baked desserts, but it's so worth it.
Open daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Mine Shaft Tavern
One of the last great American roadhouses, this iconic tavern boasts the longest stand-up bar in New Mexico. It dates to 1946, along with most of the other furnishings, when the Mine Shaft Tavern opened. Built in 1944 as the last of the “company town” structures, little has changed in this unique gathering spot since Madrid's mining heyday. The New Mexico roadhouse cuisine includes green chile cheeseburgers and daily specials along with excellent margaritas and other fitting beverages to enjoy at that long bar.
Sunday–Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Friday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Bar open late
Upper Crust Pizza - Eldorado
Discriminating pizza eaters love this family restaurant, next to the gas station across from Eldorado’s Avenida Grande entrance. Don't be fooled by the location. This is gourmet pizza and includes such regional fare as the New Mex, topped with red chile and chorizo, and the Combo, pairing pepperoni and green chile. The menu also features calzones, sandwiches and salads, along with wine and beer. Live music often serenades diners inside and on the patio, when the weather's right.
Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday–Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.