New Mexico

Restaurants in New Mexico

Restaurants in New Mexico offer a delightful range of cuisine choices. Authentic New Mexican cuisine combines Spanish, Native American, Mexican, and Mediterranean fare to create a style that is truly distinct. New Mexico restaurant diners can expect an abundance of hot and fresh Hatch green chiles, the state’s pride and joy.

In Santa Fe, dine at Tomasita’s, one of the best restaurants in New Mexico. The restaurant is located near the New Mexico rail runner train and offers up dishes such as chiles rellenos and New Mexican pinto beans. Don’t forget to order a margarita; the giant cocktails are dangerously boozy. Looking to tame that sweet tooth? The annual Pie Festival in Pie Town, New Mexico takes place the second Saturday of September. Enter your pie in the festival’s pie contest, watch the crowning of the Pie Queen or just enjoy a bite (or two, or three) of the delicious dessert at the Pie Town Cafe. After taking in the beauty of Carlsbad Caverns, grab a cold beer and hearty food at Red Chimney Pit Bar-B-Q. This New Mexico restaurant is sure to satisfy the appetite of any carnivore with its selection of brisket, pork ribs and fried catfish.

All of the gluten-free meals at Verde Juice, a beautifully stark new space just around the corner from Yoga Source, are liquid, made from organic produce as locally sourced as possible, and served in recyclable glass jars.

Stop by this rustic café for super-fresh fare like huevos rancheros made with free-range eggs served by a friendly wait staff.

For a quick and satisfying bite, stop by this unassuming gem, where all of the food is house-made, from the smoothies and brownies to the Panini and green chile-topped pizza.

This restaurant at the Rancho de San Juan hotel presents sublime Continental cuisine (try the duck-confit timbales with crispy polenta) in an intimate, unrushed setting.

Located amidst the galleries of Canyon Road, Geronimo is housed in the 1756 adobe Borrego House. The white walls and tablecloths and brown leather chairs are accented by an adobe fireplace, moose antlers, and Mission-style icons behind the bar.

Part roadhouse, part specialty grocer, the market is located just north of the center, in the neighborhood of Tesuque. Refuel with an oven-fired pizza after a hike on the Winsor Trail.

This traditional restaurant serves classics like chiles rellenos in an old hacienda.

For a lofty post-balloon-ride meal, dine at the High Finance Restaurant and Tavern, which serves southwestern-spiced seafood and chops high atop Sandia Peak (reachable via the 2.7-mile-long Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway).

At Isaac’s Table, inside the adobe Ellis Store Country Inn, chef Jinny Vigil turns out creative regional dishes like rack of New Mexico lamb with seasonal organic vegetables.

Chef Zeke Lambert’s contemporary regional dishes are often inventive; try the calabacita (pumpkin) and feta cheese tamales, drizzled in Chimayo red chile sauce, honey clove-poached apple, and black beans.

A favorite of Robert Redford, Maria's is an authentic Mexican joint that concocts some 100 margarita variations. Buy a copy of its Great Margaritas Book to duplicate your favorites at home.