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.

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.

Tucked between the art galleries of Canyon Road and the historic neighborhood of Acequia Madre, the Downtown Subscription coffeeshop is frequented by locals.

In a homey, vintage storefront in downtown Silver City, Diane's Restaurant serves eclectic comfort-food dishes like soy-sesame roast duck and smothered meatloaf with garlic-mashed potatoes.

White stucco walls, a white wooden ceiling, and bare brick floors provide an unfussy if noisy backdrop for Santa Fe’s best tapas.

Inside Acoma’s light-filled cultural center, Yaak’a Cafe serves hearty regional fare like elk burgers and traditional Acoma lamb stew.

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).

Filled with contemporary artwork (for sale) and generally packed to the gills, Pasqual's is one of those restaurants that locals brave only during off-hours.

Easy to overlook in a strip mall on Cerrillos Road, Cafe Castro's is frequented by locals for their simple New Mexican food. The cafe is decorated in the usual Santa Fe style: terra cotta floors, thick vigas, and Mexican art, including Dia De Los Muertos paintings.

Southwestern comfort foods (chiles rellenos; chimichangas) are the specialties at this cheerful, bustling adobe on Bernalillo’s main drag.

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.

Dine on healthful, sustainable fare (chipotle-honey crab cakes, rack of lamb with jalapeño-mint sauce).