Santa Fe

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.

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.

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.

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

The Shed opened in 1953 and has been family-run by three generations; as such, it has become an institution in Santa Fe dining.

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.

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

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.

Located near Santa Fe Plaza, the Cafe Ecco Espresso and Gelato serves hand-pulled espresso drinks, spicy hot chocolate, deli sandwiches, pastries, and Italian-style gelato. The adobe building has a small patio space, while the inside is bright with daubed yellow walls and additional seating.

A large cake jutting from the top of the building marks this popular café in the downtown historic district. Inside, the no-frills space is designed in pastel hues with painted windows, simple wooden tables, and a chalkboard menu.

A further-flung sister restaurant to the pricier, more touristy Shed cantina, La Choza inspires cultish devotion among many Santa Feans.

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