Restaurants in Santa Fe
Santa Fe restaurants specialize in the spicy and delightful Southwestern cuisine typical of the New Mexico, but travelers will be able to find restaurants in Santa Fe that serve food from all over the world. Diners should be sure to try the many wonderful southwestern dishes available—from steamy tortilla soup to jalapeno cornbread to enchiladas drowning in salse roja and cojita cheese. Not a fan of spicy offerings? There are plenty of options other than Mexican fare. But when in Santa Fe, why not eat like the locals! There are many excellent steak restaurants in Santa Fe. Diners should head to the local favorite Pink Adobe and order the famous Steak Dunigan, a 13oz New York strip that comes heaped with green chilies and mushrooms. Don’t worry about indulging in heavy dinner either, there are plenty of activities to work it off, as Santa Fe is known for an active, outdoorsy lifestyles. Check out the list below for the best restaurants in Santa Fe.
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.
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.
The Shed opened in 1953 and has been family-run by three generations; as such, it has become an institution in Santa Fe dining.
Located along the Santa Fe River, Contemporary American restaurant Aqua Santa is an unusually small restaurant in which the kitchen and dining room occupy one open room.
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.
The convivial restaurant grills the best green-chile cheeseburgers around, plus blue-corn tacos and chicken-fried steaks.
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.
Tucked between the art galleries of Canyon Road and the historic neighborhood of Acequia Madre, the Downtown Subscription coffeeshop is frequented by locals.
Matt Yohalem's intimate neighborhood trattoria is a lively gathering spot for pre-opera-goers and post-gallery-hoppers. Windows overlook busy Marcy Street, a block from the Plaza, and butcher paper covers the tightly spaced tables.
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.
The iconic Pink Adobe restaurant, which is housed in a 400-year-old building and has been going strong since 1944, has one undeniably wonderful thing going for it: the always-packed Dragon Room lounge.
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.