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Santa Fean Magazine

FEATURED LISTINGS:

Amaya Restaurant
1501 Paseo de Peralta, 505-955-7805
hotelsantafe.com/amaya-restaurant
Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe. Mixing classic technique, contemporary flair, and fresh seasonal ingredients, Chef Walter Dominguez creates innovative dishes sure to please any palate. Amaya highlights local pueblo and Northern New Mexican influences, as well as regional foods from around the U.S. The casual, inviting atmosphere keeps the focus on fine food and conversation, and the restaurant opens onto our patio for seasonal outdoor dining with amazing mountain views.

Anasazi Restaurant & Bar
113 Washington, 505-988-3236
rosewoodhotels.com
New Mexico’s most lauded restaurant and bar celebrates the enduring creative spirit of the region’s Native Americans. Located in the heart of Santa Fe, the Forbes four-star hotel, restaurant, and bar is an elegant expression of Southwestern style. Fusing Southwestern and Argentinean flavors to create a unique dining experience. Live entertainment Saturday evenings with Jesus Bas. Alfresco dining available, spring, summer, and fall, weather permitting. Special patio menu offered with full bar and wine menus. Private dining also available.

Coyote Cafe
132 W Water, 505-983-1615
coyotecafe.com
Coyote Cafe continues to be Santa Fe’s most famous and celebrated restaurant, feted by critics and return visitors alike. Executive chef/owner is world-renowned Eric DiStefano, who brings with him his contemporary global style of cooking that has French-Asian influences accompanied with Coyote Cafe’s known Southwestern style.

Il Piatto Italian Farmhouse Kitchen & Enoteca
95 W Marcy, 505-984-1091
ilpiattosantafe.com
Locally owned Italian trattoria located one block north of the Plaza. Nationally acclaimed and affordable, Il Piatto features local organic produce and house-made pastas. Prix-fixe three-course lunch: $16.95. Three-course late-night dining: $25.14, 9–10:30 pm. Lunch Monday–Saturday 11:30 am–4:30 pm; dinner seven nights a week from 4:30 pm; happy hour daily 4:30–6 pm and 9–10:30 pm, half-priced appetizers and glasses of wine. Wednesdays 50% off select bottles of wine. “Everything is right at Il Piatto, including the price.”—Albuquerque Journal

Plaza Cafe Southside
3466 Zafarano, 505-424-0755
plazacafesouth.com
Enjoy more than 100 years of tradition. Plaza Cafe Southside, the sister restaurant to the famous Plaza Cafe downtown, delights both tourists and locals with delicious, regional diner cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual, friendly, but upscale atmosphere. Huevos rancheros, margaritas, breakfast all day; yummy fresh house-baked goods and the chef’s imaginative specials. Plaza Cafe Southside has something for everyone. If you don’t know the Plaza Cafe Southside, you don’t know Santa Fe! Monday–Thursday 7 am–10 pm; Saturday 8 am–10 pm, Sunday 8 am–9 pm.

The Ranch House
2571 Cristo’s Road, 505-424-8900
theranchhousesantafe.com
Chef Josh Baum and his wife, Ann Gordon, have built a new home for Josh’s famous barbecue. This cozy restaurant on the south side feels as if you stepped into a historic Santa Fe home. There are two dining rooms, two outdoor dining areas, and a full bar with signature cocktails and eight beers on tap. In addition to the same great barbecue, the greatly expanded menu includes new salads and appetizers, plus a grill menu with salmon, steaks, and more! The lunch menu includes daily specials. The Ranch House is located on Cerrillos and Cristo’s Road, near Kohl’s. Open Monday–Thursday 11 am–9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am–10 pm, Sunday 11 am–9 pm; happy hour 4–6 pm.


TASTE OF THE TOWN:

The Compound Restaurant
653 Canyon, 505-982-4353
compoundrestaurant.com
Selected as one of the nation’s finest restaurants and highly regarded for its award-winning seasonal American cuisine, The Compound Restaurant has been a Santa Fe institution since the 1960s. Chef Mark Kiffin, James Beard Award–winning “Best Chef of the Southwest 2005,” has revived this elegant Santa Fe landmark restaurant with a sophisticated menu, an award-winning wine list, and incomparable private dining and special events. Beautiful outdoor patios and private dining available for up to 250 guests. Lunch is served noon–2 pm Monday through Saturday; dinner is served nightly from 6 pm; bar opens 5 pm. Reservations are recommended.

Cowgirl BBQ
319 S Guadalupe, 505-982-2565
cowgirlsantafe.com
Since 1993, the Cowgirl has been serving up great BBQ and exuberant nightlife. A favorite with both visitors and locals, we feature mesquite-smoked BBQ meats, great steaks, and delicious vegetarian options along with a wide array of regional American dishes, ranging from New Mexican specialties to Tex-Mex, Cajun-Creole, and Caribbean. Nightly entertainment features Americana, blues, and touring bands, adding up to the best small club for music on this side of Austin. Check out our new taproom for the best craft beer selection in town! Open seven days a week: 11:30 am–midnight during the week and 11 am on the weekends. Bar open until 1 am Friday and Saturday.

Doc Martin’s at the Historic Taos Inn
125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos
575-758-2233, docmartinsrestaurant.com
Doc Martin’s Restaurant is an acclaimed fine-dining establishment located in a registered historic landmark. Doc’s is a true Taos tradition, earning multiple awards. Executive Chef Zippy White designs cuisine and sources ingredients that respect region and season. With more than 400 wine selections, our world-class wine list has earned Wine Spectator’s “Best Of” Award of Excellence for more than 20 years. The Adobe Bar features free live music nightly. Lunch 11 am–3 pm; dinner 5–9 pm; brunch Saturday and Sunday 7:30 am–2:30 pm.

El Mesón
213 Washington, 505-983-6756
elmeson-santafe.com
A native of Madrid, Spain, chef/owner David Huertas has been delighting customers since 1997 with classic recipes and specialties of his homeland. The paella is classic and legendary—served straight from the flame to your table in black iron pans; the saffron-infused rice is perfectly cooked and heaped with chicken, chorizo, seafood, and more. The house-made sangria is from a generations-old recipe with a splash of brandy. The ¡Chispa! tapas bar offers a fine array of tapas. Full bar includes a distinguished Spanish wine list and special sherries and liqueurs imported from a country full of passion and tradition. Musical entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served Tuesday–Saturday 5–11 pm.

Galisteo Bistro
227 Galisteo, 505-982-3700
galisteobistro.com
Chef-owned with “made by hand,” eclectic, innovative international cuisine, and known for its open kitchen, quality menu offerings, and attentive service in a casual, comfortable downtown setting. Just a short walk to the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, hotels, and museums. “I admire a restaurateur who says, ‘Hey, I want to cook the foods I love,’ like a musician who says, ‘I want to play the music I enjoy.’ He would have made a great conductor; his orchestra of a staff is playing lovely food in perfect harmony. If music be the food of love—long may the Galisteo Bistro play on.”—John Vollertsen, Santa Fean. Wednesday–Sunday 5–9 pm. Introducing in July: lunch Wednesday–Saturday 11 am–2 pm.

La Casa Sena
125 E Palace, 505-988-9232
lacasasena.com
La Casa Sena is located in downtown Santa Fe in the historic Sena Plaza. We feature New American West cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and a spectacular patio. We are committed to using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. La Casa Sena has been one of Santa Fe’s finest and most popular restaurants for more than 30 years. Our bar, La Cantina, is open for lunch and dinner. Let La Cantina’s singing waitstaff entertain you nightly with the best of Broadway, jazz, and much more. Open daily 11 am until close. Our popular wine shop adjacent to the restaurant features a large selection of fine wines and is open Monday–Saturday 11 am–6 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm.

La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza
100 E San Francisco, 505-995-2334
lafondasantafe.com
Experience Old World Santa Fe while dining at La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza. The menu showcases old favorites with New World twists. Our wine list is award-winning, our service is impeccable, and, according to reviewers, you’ll be dining in the “best of Santa Fe style.” La Plazuela hours: breakfast daily 7–11:30 am; lunch Monday–Friday 11:30 am–2 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am–3 pm; dinner daily 5:30–10 pm.

L’Olivier
229 Galisteo St, 505-989-1919
loliviersantafe.com
L’Olivier Restaurant features acclaimed Chef Xavier Grenet’s elegant and refreshing cuisine combining classic French culinary techniques with Southwestern flavors and ingredients. L’Olivier is a welcome addition to the downtown Santa Fe gourmet scene where one enjoys fine dining in a relaxed, vibrant ambience. Lunch Tuesday–Saturday 11:30 am–2 pm; dinner Monday–Thursday 5:30 pm–9:30 pm, Friday–Saturday 5:00 pm–10 pm. Closed Sundays.

Luminaria Restaurant at the Inn and Spa at Loretto
211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 800-727-5531
505-984-7915, innatloretto.com
Wine Spectator award recipient Luminaria Restaurant and Patio continues to be a popular spot for locals and tourists alike by offering casual dining by romantic candlelight in the dining room or alfresco on the tree house feel of the patio. Try the culinary creations of new, award winning, Executive Chef Marc Quinones. Located at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best in 2014. Open for breakfast, lunch dinner and Sunday brunch. Early evening prix-fixe dinner from 5–6:30 pm offering three courses for $30.

Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen
555 W Cordova, 505-983-7929
marias-santafe.com
Maria’s now uses only 100-percent agave tequila in every one of the more than 200 hand-poured, hand-shaken margaritas served—no wonder Maria’s has been chosen “Santa Fe’s Best Margarita” for the 16th consecutive year. Maria’s uses no sugar or mixes—totally pure and natural. A Santa Fe tradition since 1950, Maria’s specializes in authentic, home-style, Northern New Mexico cuisine, plus steaks, burgers, and fajitas. You can watch your flour tortillas being rolled out and cooked by hand. Open daily From 11 am until Close. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Midtown Bistro
901 W San Mateo, Ste A, 505-820-3121
midtownbistrosf.com
Midtown Bistro, located in the “heart” of Santa Fe, and only a short jaunt from the Plaza, features local cuisine with an international flair. Open daily. Guests enjoy dining indoors or on our patio among native flora, which creates a magnificent ambience while dining on an array of fresh meats, seafood, pastas, and much more. Diners can enjoy a wide selection of wine and beer. Lunch Monday–Saturday 11 am–2:30 pm; dinner Monday–Saturday 5–9 pm; Sunday brunch 11 am–3 pm.

NY Deli
420 Catron & Guadalupe, 505-982-8900
4056 Cerrillos, 505-424-1200
newyorkdelisantafe.com
Start spreading the news! For nearly 20 years, New York Deli has been a staple for New Mexicans and tourists alike. For years, New York Deli has consistently been voted as one of the top restaurants in Santa Fe. New York Deli features fresh-baked bagels, a variety of house-made cream cheeses, soups, Nova sandwiches, Reubens, hefty heroes with prime-cut cold cuts, hand-cut gyros, falafels, fresh salads, egg creams, and Dr. Brown’s sodas. We have the largest breakfast menu in Santa Fe, including several varieties of eggs Benedict, fluffy omelets, huevos rancheros, Belgian waffles, chicken fried steak, French toast, pancakes, and all your breakfast favorites. Serving breakfast and lunch all day.

Omira Bar & Grill
1005 S St Francis, 505-780-5483
omiragrill.com
Omira Brazilian steak house is one of the top restaurants in Santa Fe—just ask the critics and our regular customers. We combine culinary delights with style and personal flair to create a unique experience every time you visit us. Omira offers a distinct selection of appetizers, soups, and entrées to satisfy every taste, including a fresh unlimited salad bar and up to eight different cuts of meat from our Churasco Brazilian style grill. Open Tuesday–Sunday, closed on Monday. Lunch 11 am–2:30 pm; dinner 5–9 pm.

Rancho de Chimayó
300 Santa Fe County Road 98 on the scenic “High Road to Taos”
505-984-2100, ranchodechimayo.com
A treasured part of New Mexico’s history and heritage. A timeless tradition. Serving world-renowned traditional and contemporary native New Mexican cuisine in an exceptional setting since 1965. Enjoy outdoor dining or soak up the culture and ambience indoors at this century-old adobe home. Try the Rancho de Chimayó specialty: carne adovada—marinated pork simmered in a spicy, red-chile-caribe sauce. Come cherish the memories and make new ones. Open seven days May–October, 11:30 am–9 pm; open six days November–April, 11:30 am–9 pm, closed Mondays. Breakfast on weekends. Online store is now open!

Rio Chama
414 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505-955-0765
riochamasteakhouse.com
Located just south of the Plaza next to the state capitol building, Rio Chama has been a favorite for locals and visitors for more than 10 years. Chef Tony Blankenship focuses on contemporary American cuisine with Southwestern influences, featuring the finest dry and wet aged steaks, prime rib, wild game, and fresh seafood. Our wine list features more than 800 labels and 20 wines by the glass, earning us the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator. Rio Chama offers a mix of intimate dining spaces, two beautiful patios, and a bustling bar. Our historic, private dining rooms can accommodate from 15 to more than 100 guests, and offer several accommodations. Open daily 11 am–close.

Ristra
548 Agua Fria, 505-982-8608
ristrasantafe.com
Ristra—an elegant, cozy dining room set in an old Victorian-style adobe—has a welcoming atmosphere and serves a French-inspired menu using bold Southwest flavors. It has been a favorite of Santa Fe locals for years. The bar is open late on Friday and Saturday evenings, for good food and drinks after your event out on the town. Dinner is served nightly and offers seasonal lunch and patio dining, a bar menu, cocktails, and has a private room available for groups.

San Q Japanese Sushi & Tapas
31 Burro Alley, 505-992-0304
sanqrestaurant.com
Located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, San Q resides in a quaint adobe building with an interior that fuses concepts from both New Mexican and Japanese design. But the ambience is not the only apsect that illustrates richness; the cuisine presents a delectable array of tapas and sushi that complement the scenic location. Using authentic Hatch chile and rich New Mexican salsa, San Q is inspired by the local culture and boasts avant-garde and enticing cuisine that will send you back for more. Enjoy delectable yellowtail tartar at the sushi bar or fire steak and sake on the patio. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, closed for lunch on Sundays. Reservations welcome. Check Facebook and OpenTable.

Santacafé
231 Washington, 505-984-1788
santacafe.com
Centrally located in Santa Fe’s distinguished Downtown district, this charming Southwestern bistro, situated in the historic Padre Gallegos House, offers our guests the classic Santa Fe backdrop. Step into the pristine experience Santacafé has been consistently providing for more than 25 years. New American cuisine is tweaked in a Southwestern context, and the food is simply and elegantly presented. Frequented by the famous and infamous, the Santacafé patio offers some of the best people watching in town! During high season, our courtyard, protected by a sun canopy, becomes one of the most coveted locales in Santa Fe. Open daily for lunch and dinner. For specials, photos, video walk-through, and menus, please visit our Facebook page: Santacafé Restaurant Bar. Open all holidays.

Second Street Brewery at the Railyard
1607 Paseo de Peralta, Suite 10
505-989-3278, secondstreetbrewery.com
Award winning, hand-crafted artisan beer paired with unforgettable pub fare. Experience our ever-changing beer offerings and creative cuisine in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. Patio dining available and live music on the weekends with no cover charge!

Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen
1512 Pacheco, 505-795-7383
sweetwatersf.com
Centrally located in the Design District of Pacheco Park, Sweetwater serves as an oasis where Santa Feans gather to be nourished and inspired. The global eclectic menu is sustainably and locally sourced when available, with many gluten-free and vegetarian items. New Mexico’s first Wine on Tap system supplies an SIP-certified by-the-glass selection, in addition to craft brews on tap. Breakfast features gourmet coffees and classic items like baked eggs with crème fraîche and herbs, as well as lemon ricotta spelt pancakes made from flour freshly milled on-site. Check out guest chef Kimnath Nou’s Thai Night on Wednesdays or the special $19 fixed-price three-course menu Thursdays–Saturdays.

Terra Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
198 State Road 592, 505-946-5700
fourseasons.com/santafe
Terra, the signature restaurant for Rancho Encantado, a Four Seasons Resort, features majestic views of the surrounding mountains and offers an inventive interpretation of American cuisine. Terra diners enjoy organic, locally sourced ingredients and majestic views of the surrounding desert. For a dining experience that is in perfect harmony with the local lifestyle, Terra’s thoughtful cuisine offers an inventive interpretation of classic Southwestern dishes and regional influences. Open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Breakfast 7–11:30 am (Saturday and Sunday to 11 am); lunch 11:30 am–2:30 pm; dinner 5:30–10 pm; brunch (Saturday and Sunday) 11 am–2:30 pm.

Zia Diner
326 S Guadalupe, 505-988-7008
ziadiner.com
Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the Zia Diner has been serving upscale, down-home comfort food in a Southwestern deco warehouse since 1986! American classics, New Mexican specialties, and international comfort food, along with the best margaritas, local craft beers, and an amazing Happy Hour . . . See ya at the Zia!