Restaurants in New Mexico

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I love the Agave Lounge precisely because it feels like it doesn’t belong in Santa Fe. With sleek, long leather couches and a fireplace straight out of... Read More

In early 2006, Santa Fe's most celebrated chef, Martin Rios, left his post at the relatively prosaic Eldorado Hotel to take over the kitchen at the... Read More

There’s not a lot of indoor space in this bar, which is a large part of its appeal. When it’s empty you can carry on an interesting conversation with... Read More

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

Steeped in Ayurvedic tradition, and offering an all-vegetarian menu, Annapurna—a Sanskrit word meaning “complete food”—serves gluten-free veggie dishes,... Read More

Located along the Santa Fe River, Contemporary American restaurant Aqua Santa is an unusually small restaurant in which the kitchen and dining room... Read More

There are two reasons to drive all the way to this restaurant nestled in the rolling hills of the luxurious Camino la Tierra neighborhood. First, Chef... Read More

Bodega Prime, a bright, modern breakfast and lunch spot, deli, and retail shop, is the newest project of chef Noela Figueroa. Try a breakfast burger... Read More

Located near Santa Fe Plaza, the Cafe Ecco Espresso and Gelato serves hand-pulled espresso drinks, spicy hot chocolate, deli sandwiches, pastries, and... Read More

This downtown Santa Fe establishment has been around for nearly 40 years, and the organic Mexican and New Mexican cuisine is legendary. Owner and... Read More

Tight, cozy, informal, and always bustling, Café Pasquals is the kind of place where you’ll want to take a first date, especially if you think you’ll... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Located near the Railyard Park on Cerrillos Road, Chicago Dog Express sells authentic Vienna beef hot dogs from their food cart situated under the... Read More

Indigenous and global ingredients come together in preparations like buffalo carpaccio with shaved asiago, and grilled elk chop with caramelized acorn... Read More

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

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

This restaurant is a farm-to-table comfort food haven, and a great place to get both a decadent burger and a lush green salad made with locally farmed... Read More

This Canyon Road institution is at its best at the height of summer when you can grab a small table outside and watch half the city walk by. El Farol... Read More

Spanish chef David Huerta learned most of his recipes from his grandmother. Combine his Andalusian-style tapas with the new bar, where live music,... Read More

Flamenco guitarist Joaquin Gallegos, who El Meson bills as “Passionate, Soulful Flamenco Guitar,” will not disappoint. He along with other local... Read More

With northern New Mexico locations in Santa Fe, Pojoaque, Española, and Los Alamos, El Parasol serves up a terrific menu of red chile-smothered tostadas... Read More

There is no better place in the world to fuel a dawn ski odyssey than El Parasol, which has at least three locations on the way to Taos Ski Valley—one... Read More

A rustic, lodge-style dining room serving sopaipillas and green-chile enchiladas, the Elkhorn Cafe has sunny patio dining during the warmer months. Read More

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... Read More

Located in the luxury resort La Posada de Santa Fe, Fuego restaurant looks like a high-end hacienda, with tall, dark-wood-beamed ceilings, iron... Read More

A tribute to the world-famous artist whose name is almost synonymous with New Mexico, Georgia opened earlier this summer in a century-old brick building... Read More

Geronimo on Canyon Road is a Santa Fe establishment, and arguably the gold standard of Santa Fe fine dining. The elegant and understated restaurant... Read More

This restaurant’s high-backed leather chairs, white linen tablecloths, and crackling fire add extra elegance and import to anniversaries and other... Read More

Get away from the tourist crowd at this convivial roadhouse, where locals meet to tuck into creative, reasonably priced comfort chow. The multi-roomed... Read More

It’s tough to stick to the red- or green-chile New Mexico party line at this south-of-town café, because Harry’s eclectic menu includes flavors that... Read More

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... Read More

On a busy commercial strip on the southern end of town, this no-frills restaurant that shares a parking lot with a gas station makes a green chile so... Read More

Matt Yohalem's intimate neighborhood trattoria is a lively gathering spot for pre-opera-goers and post-gallery-hoppers. Windows overlook busy Marcy... Read More

This recently opened Japanese restaurant with beautiful New Mexican woodwork a few steps from Ten Thousand Waves spa, prides itself on being a true... Read More

I fell in love with this Japanese gastro-pub before any food passed my lips. With beautiful carved wooden beams, Japanese lanterns, private tatami rooms... Read More

Make the trek down Cerrillos Road to Jambo to fall in love with Afro-Caribbean food. Chef Ahmed Obo hails from Lamu, an island just off the coast of... Read More

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more satisfying bar menu in town. I haven’t strayed far from the New Mexico lamb, feta, and green chile burger... Read More

Stop in for half-price tapas every day from three to five and order everything on the menu, which includes Pincho de Puerco and a fried egg with chorizo... Read More

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

In the height of summer this restaurant’s outdoor patio, with its twinkling lights and towering trees, feels like the location for a blockbuster... Read More

It’s no wonder La Choza gets its red right. This neighborhood restaurant, which anchors the southern end of The Railyard, has the same owners as The... Read More

For the most authentic New Mexican food, head to La Choza, the more hidden and locally favored sister restaurant to the popular downtown spot The Shed.... Read More

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

Adjacent to the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the homey La Fonda del Bosque serves New Mexican especiales like stuffed sopapillas (fried, honey... Read More

A popular steakhouse. Read More

Chef Zeke Lambert’s contemporary regional dishes are often inventive; try the calabacita (pumpkin) and feta cheese tamales, drizzled in Chimayo... Read More

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... Read More

The green chile stew at this 62-year-old institution is as legendary as its tequila menu. The lean pork and potatoes nicely cut the spice of the whole,... Read More

I admit that I love this funky, 62-year-old institution on Cordova Road the most because of its impossibly long margarita menu, which includes more than... Read More

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... Read More

After garnering a following with a series of 32 consecutive pop-ups, chef Paulraj Karuppasamy and his wife, Nellie Tischler, opened this brick-and... Read More

The diminutive pie shop is one of the prizes of Pie Town. Read More

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

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

Named for the in-house (friendly) ghost, Rebecca’s at Cloudcroft’s elegant Lodge Resort serves exquisitely prepared Continental fare, like... Read More

If you’re visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park, avoid the iffy eateries in nearby White’s City and continue to the town of Carlsbad,... Read More

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... Read More

Anyone who believes that breads, cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins, and cupcakes can’t taste good without gluten needs to eat here—they’ll be proved... Read More

Just a five-minute walk from the Plaza, Ristra serves French cuisine with Southwestern accents. The Victorian-style adobe house is decorated with earth... Read More

With a breezy courtyard patio and four interior dining rooms with fireplaces and low-slung ceilings, this 19th-century adobe is an ideal spot in both... Read More

Order a burrito bowl and listen as public radio goddess Mary-Charlotte Domandi broadcasts interviews from her table. Read More

Asian- and S.western-inflected restaurant. Santacafe is in the historic home of 19th-century priest and politician José Manuel Gallegos, New... Read More

Since 1991, chef Fernando Olea has been cooking his creative Mexican cuisine for Santa Fe’s sophisticated palates. The menu is intentionally small,... Read More

Rescued and restored in 2005 following years of neglect, the Shaffer Hotel is one of the state’s rare remaining Pueblo–Art Deco structures.... Read More

This tiny, walk-up burger joint is dedicated to the original green chile cheeseburger, one of owner Brian Knox’s childhood favorites, and that’s... Read More

Fresh-baked croissants and other snacks are on hand at this airy new café in one of the Railyard District’s original brick warehouses. Read More

Self-taught pastry chef Melinda Gipson opened this treat shop in a handsome little adobe right next to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. Warning: Not all of... Read More

The sister restaurant of La Boca, Taberna has a cozy, friendly, local’s vibe and serves pinxtos, which are the Basque version of tapas. I always order... Read More

This beautiful bar north of Santa Fe is a long way to drive for a drink, but the crisp air, open-pit fireplaces, and uninterrupted sunset views are well... Read More

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... Read More

Strategically based just a few miles down the road from the start of the Winsor Trail in Tesuque, this restaurant within a wine shop, bakery, and... Read More

One of the best weddings I’ve been to in Santa Fe was held on this property’s Garden Patio, an intimate space filled with a multitude of flowers with an... Read More

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... Read More

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

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 on Palace Avenue... Read More

In addition to smothering their spicy-sweet “Shed Red” over everything from enchiladas to burritos, the chefs at this downtown institution (which has... Read More

It’s a tourist magnet, but not in a bad way. Whenever I want a delicious silver coin margarita, and to meet people who aren’t from Santa Fe, I head to... Read More

What’s not to love about a bar that’s purportedly haunted by the dead wife of the business magnate who once owned this mansion? I have yet to set eyes... Read More

Farmington’s convivial Three Rivers Eatery & Brewery prepares tender steaks, hickory-smoked ribs, and such finely crafted ales as Chaco Nut... Read More

Open for breakfast and lunch, this downtown family-owned restaurant has a regular clientele that is almost as loyal as its waitstaff, some of whom have... Read More

Right next to the New Mexico Rail Runner train depot, Tomasita’s is the natural next stop for hungry tourists. That’s a good thing—because the chefs... Read More

When politicians come to town for a photo op, they gravitate toward Tomasita’s, a cavernous building just a few steps away from where the New Mexico... Read More

Since it’s moved from its original location a few times, this café no longer sits in an actual tree. But this downtown hub still offers a delicious,... Read More

This always-packed, always-unpretentious neighborhood café—owned by a couple who has roots in both El Salvador and Louisiana—has perfected a sweeter,... Read More

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... Read More

For the freshest greens in the desert, visit Erin Wade’s salad wonderland, where a humble handful of locally grown arugula is brightened with goat... Read More

Apart from traditionally baked bread and a few salad dressings (just ask which ones have gluten), everything on the menu at this casual farm-to-table... Read More

At the tony Inn of the Mountain Gods, Wendell’s serves creatively prepared chops (including elk tenderloin) and seafood (like Australian rock... Read More

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

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