Restaurants in New Mexico
Tucked between the art galleries of Canyon Road and the historic neighborhood of Acequia Madre, the Downtown Subscription coffeeshop is frequented by locals.
A rustic, lodge-style dining room serving sopaipillas and green-chile enchiladas, the Elkhorn Cafe has sunny patio dining during the warmer months.
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.
The parking lot of this low-slung, ramshackle spot is almost always full, a testament to its mastery of New Mexico’s culinary sensation: green-chili cheeseburgers. Order two.
At the tony Inn of the Mountain Gods, Wendell’s serves creatively prepared chops (including elk tenderloin) and seafood (like Australian rock lobster).
A further-flung sister restaurant to the pricier, more touristy Shed cantina, La Choza inspires cultish devotion among many Santa Feans.
Rescued and restored in 2005 following years of neglect, the Shaffer Hotel is one of the state’s rare remaining Pueblo–Art Deco structures. Rooms are basic, with claw-foot tubs and Southwest prints.
A small adobe building with sky-blue trim houses Vinaigrette, a farm-to-table salad bistro located off Cerrillos Road. The modern decor includes glossy red chairs, butcher block tables, and a moss-green tiled bar; the outdoor patio is shaded by an old apricot tree.