With pandemic restrictions lifted, we’ve rarely seen restaurants so full of patrons. And while we hope for positive trends in the future, the 2022 SFR Restaurant Directory feels like a collective breather. As Santa Feans flock back to the city’s wide array of culinary institutions, take a moment to remember the supply chain issues and staff shortages that’ll be with us for the foreseeable. We all want great food and should remember these places are doing the best they can. Mask when you need to, tip well and enjoy yourself. Should something new come around or if we missed something, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
35° North Coffee • Santa Fe Arcade, 60 E San Francisco St., (505) 983-6138 • A classic espresso bar with a variety of custom roasts, all done in-house, plus pastries and spacious trappings, including a patio overlooking Water Street, make your caffeine intake easy. The specialized Latitude Adjustment brew (coffee blended with organic grass-fed butter, MCT and coconut oil) means that adventurous friend from Portland can feel more included.
315 Restaurant & Wine Bar • 315 Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 986-9190 • Seasonally inspired French cuisine with over 20 options to fill the glass with red or white. Go easy with a charcuterie board (plus wine), roasted butternut squash soup (plus wine) or perhaps a grilled branzino (maybe add some wine). A rotating series of bar specials means light or heavy fare is always on the menu. With wine.
Agapao Coffee & Tea (The Mud Hut) • 105 E Marcy St, Ste. C, (505) 670-5466 • From the little stand on St. Mike’s to new downtown digs—we’re so proud of the house Dave Black and family built. Quality coffee and pastries for those on the downtown go.
AGAVE Restaurant & Lounge • Eldorado Hotel & Spa, 309 W San Francisco St., (505) 995-4530 • Agave, New Mexico’s favorite spiky plant, is just as pleasant in one of Santa Fe’s favorite happy hour spots. Think modern with that timeless Santa Fe style; AGAVE’s drinks are just as rich as their decadent dishes. Don’t miss out on killer appetizers, with dishes ranging from Mexican shrimp cocktail to margherita flatbread.
Amaya Restaurant • Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta, (505) 955-7805 • Lamb chops make the knees weak and the duck breast might knock you out. During some seasonal months, one has the option to dine in an authentic teepee with Native cuisine (with proper reservations, mind you), and the winter months offer warm drinks and a glowing fire.
The Anasazi Restaurant, Bar & Lounge • Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, 113 Washington Ave., (505) 988-3236 • Listed by Wine Enthusiast as one of America’s top 100 wine restaurants, the Anasazi Restaurant offers a Scottish salmon or beef medallions, breakfast options such as Anasazi chilaquiles rojos o verdes (which includes cotija cheese, egg, sour cream and avocado) or a simple yet elegant smoked salmon bagel. Did we also hear they offer private tequila tastings?
Ahmyo Wine Garden • 652 Canyon Road, (505) 428-0090 • Truly the best kept hidden secret on Canyon Road, it isn’t just wine: Sandwiches, build-your-own-picnic items, salad and cake options? Yeah, we’re sold on this one. Pair it with one of their fine wines and you’ve got yourself the best afternoon you’ve had in a long while.
Bang Bite Filling Station • 510 Galisteo St., (505) 469-2345 • Usually located at Santa Fe Brewing Co.’s downtown outpost The Brakeroom, Bang Bite is Santa Fe’s legendary food truck. Go classic with a green chile cheeseburger, or experience the bliss of their Ooh Papi burger (maple bacon jam plus garlic aioli—oof, we just went dizzy) or their OMG pulled pork burger. Pair with a Santa Fe Brewing alcoholic option, and you’re in for a blissful period of consumption.
The Bell Tower Bar • La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco St., (505) 982-5511 • It may be a seasonal spot, but we have a special place in our hearts for institutions that mark closing hours as “sunset.” Sweet rooftop views mixed with magnificent margaritas make for marvelous summer nights. Locals like to take out-of-towners here to make it seem like we’ve got our lives together.
La Boca (Original Location) • 72 W Marcy St., (505) 982-3433 • Chef James Campbell Caruso’s tapas don’t play around. Go for a sautéed shrimp option or a Moroccan carrot hummus plate. Maybe try the Basque-styled tapas for a little variety, and check out a multitude of special events, from music guests to authentic Spanish flamenco performances.
La Boca (Taberna Location) • 125 Lincoln Ave., Ste. 117, (505) 982-3433 • Yes indeed, dear readers—if you can’t get enough of La Boca, you can come back another night (or the same, we withhold judgment here) and check out Chef Caruso’s courtyard setup. We know it’s hard to get too much of that Santa Fe aesthetic, so you might as well go on overdrive here.
Boultawn’s Bakery • 226 N Guadalupe St., (505) 983-9006 • Notable for incredible bagels (a rare find here) Boultawn’s offers treats ranging from a classic Frito pie to pastries, lunch fare like sandwiches, soups and salads—plus in-house ice cream. How many places can say they make the effort to do all that?
The Bull Ring • 150 Washington Ave., Ste. 108, (505) 983-3328 • When a steak wins more awards than you probably will in your lifetime, maybe it’s something worth checking out? SFR’s readers even crowned The Bull Ring as having the best steak in our 2021 Best of Santa Fe poll. Rib eye? New York strip? Thirty-days-plus aged prime strip? They’ve got it.
Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill • 301 Jefferson St., (505) 820-2862 • The self-proclaimed “world’s slowest drive-thru” is just as good outside as inside. This is classic, no-nonsense Mexican food with vegan options mixed in, mind you. Go for a simple, flavor-packed taco or a whole chile-rubbed roasted chicken.
The Burger Stand • 207 W San Francisco St., (505) 395-8210 • Whether Santa Fe’s a true burger town is an argument for another day, but The Burger Stand really makes us think we just might be. A smoke burger with Bloody Maria barbecue sauce is the stuff of legend, while the chicken breast Barnyard Bash burger whispers to you in your dreams. Duck-fat fries, red-chile tajin and sweet potato fries are just some options.
The Burrito Company • 111 Washington Ave., (505) 982-4453 • With four decades of service under its belt, this spot’s classic handheld burritos deliver on-the-go quality. Enchiladas or a calabacitas quesadilla make for a great sit-down meal, too, and you’ll find a multitude of breakfast options.
Café Des Artistes • 130 Lincoln Ave. (505) 820-2535 • Now that it has cozied up in its new Plaza-adjacent location, check out Café Des Artistes’ lunch fare and specialty coffees. And hey, there’s a big selection of pastries and truffles to go along with it. Also, uh, foie gras or BBQ ribs? Man, the options!
Café Pasqual’s • 121 Don Gaspar Ave., (505) 983-9340 • Hear us now and thank us later: Put in a reservation. Not only because there’s always a waitlist, but you’ll soon learn it’s well deserved. This is killer New Mexican food with one of the best Mexican hot chocolates around.
Caffe Greco • 225 Canyon Road, (505) 820-7996 • We can always appreciate some real Greek food in the Fe (we don’t have a whole lot of options), and eating on Canyon Road makes us feel fancy. In short: Gyros, Greek fries, Dolmas and more.
Cake’s Corner Café • 228 Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 989-1904 • Not only will the pastries knock you sideways, but community events ranging from Art and Wine Night to tarot card readings provide a little more of that “yeah, my home is sorta weird but what about it!” vibe. Cakes, soups, coffee and more.
El Callejón • 208 Galisteo St., (505) 983-8378 • Homey in style yet classy in taco culture, expect things like carne asada or al pastor with a wide variety of wine, beer and sprits.
La Casa Sena • 125 E Palace Ave., (505) 988-9232 • Tucked away in a historic courtyard, La Casa Sena is known for its no-nonsense approach to wine (with over 15,000 bottles in its inventory) and a strong emphasis on entertainment. Home also to a revamped Mediterranean menu, plus Club Legato’s jazzy jazz, you’ll have a hard time not enjoying a night at La Casa.
Collected Works Bookstore & Coffee House • 202 Galisteo St., (505) 988-4226 • One of the three Iconik Coffee Roasters’ locations in town, this is the only one where you can also buy a new book. Locals section? Yeah, they’ve got that with a latte on the side.
The Compound • 653 Canyon Road, (505) 982-4353 • James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Mark Kiffin has the goods: A classic fine dining spot designed by Alexander Girard, a menu filled with wonders like Maine lobster tails, slow braised veal osso buco and seared duck breast. It’s a good sounding sizzle at The Compound.
Coyote Café & Rooftop Cantina • 132 W Water St., (505) 983-1615 • The rooftop patio provides a popular summertime retreat while the fireplace-filled interior makes for a winter warm-up. Go for upscale dining inside or cantina treats like duck quesadillas, classic nachos and taco plates that won’t leave your wallets thin. So many cocktails, too.
Del Charro Saloon • 101 W Alameda St., (505) 954-0320 • Shoutout to the place where poor college students and artists can eat quality affordable bar food downtown. Order the house margarita here and receive the shaker, too. Cozy, unpretentious and with a plethora of options, Del Charro is always on the “where should we eat tonight?” list.
Desert Dogs Brewery & Cidery Taproom • 112 W San Francisco St., Ste. 307, (505) 983-0134 • Not only a place with unique brews, but known among the young for events like Hotline B(L)ingo and Geeks Who Drink—plus punk shows! Small but cozy with food options (don’t sleep on their street tacos), Desert Dogs is a newer but hopefully permanent addition to Santa Fe’s growing bar scene.
Door 38 Pizza • 38 Burro Alley, (505) 557-0164 • Detroit-style pizza—meaning it’s block cheese, deep-dish and sauce-on-top—ranging from classic styles to the eclectic. Quick and easy take-out, with a (very) small dining room. But hey, this pizza rocks.
Downtown Subscription • 376 Garcia St., (505) 983-3085 • A curated magazine rack (and SFR box outside) greets guests when you enter Downtown Subscription. Sure, there’s some snack and pastry options from Tesuque Village Market, but having skilled baristas means coffee here is never lacking.
The Dragon Room Lounge • 406 Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 983-7712 • Fancy drinks from a shaker or tap (but not too fancy, ya know?) and a reliable happy hour. Part of the Pink Adobe restaurant complex, the Dragon Room bar allows you to peek and gawk at fine diners and also pretend to be one of them.
Dumpling Tea & Dim Sum • Plaza Galeria, 66 E San Francisco St., Ste. 10, (646) 945-5000 • Self-described as a place serving authentic Chinese food, this is a handmade paradise. Chinese-style dumplings, noodles, soup buns and Dim Sum options await you.
Ecco Espresso & Gelato • 128 E Marcy St., (505) 986-9778 • Known around town for in-house crafted gelato (try the cantaloupe when it’s available) plus great coffee and lunch options, too. Its minimal interior provides a great environment for meeting up with friends on your downtown strolls and grabbing a wrap or sandwich or something.
Estevan Restaurante • Hotel Chimayó, 125 Washington Ave., (505) 930-5363 • If you’ve ever had a French dish followed by a New Mexican dish and thought it would be nice to smash ‘em together, you’ve got a place at Estevan Restaurante. We call that smash fusion, and here you can get one-of-a-kind options like Iberico Bellota loin chops and duck trapped smoked salmon.
El Farol • 808 Canyon Road, (505) 983-9912 • One of Santa Fe’s most iconic restaurants and bars comes with twice-a-week flamenco shows. Spanish tapas and to-order steaks make for a true dinner and show. And yes, there’s a daily happy hour and plenty on the bar menu.
La Fiesta Lounge • La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco St., (505) 982-5511 • One of the many music spots throughout town where you can enjoy a long cocktail menu with both casual and fine dining options. It can get pretty lively some nights, making for a year-round dinner and show options with classic New Mexican dishes.
Fiesta Oaxaca • 135 W Palace Ave., Ste. 101, (505) 982-9525 • If you’re on a search for real mole, Fiesta Oaxaca’s got your back. Here’s some real Mexican food (as opposed to New Mexican food, remember that) in a casual and colorful atmosphere. You’ll find a multitude of vegan options too, FYI.
Five & Dime General Store • 58 E San Francisco St., (505) 992-1800 • Known for that famous Frito pie, the old-school-cool Five & Dime has been featured on travel programs more times than we can count and is a must-stop shop for tourists and nostalgic locals alike.
La Fogata Grill • Plaza Mercado, 112 W San Francisco St., Ste. 101, (505) 983-7302 • Sure, there’s plenty of New Mexican and Latin American bites here—but how many of them have weekend soccer watch parties? You might easily spend longer here than you anticipated, but that’s fine by pretty much everyone. We can vouch for the chile relleno.
The French Pastry Shop & Creperie • La Fonda Hotel, 100 E San Francisco St., (505) 983-6697 • Hard to believe there’s any tourist who doesn’t stop at this pastry shop at least once. Both sweet and savory crepes are on the menu, plus baguette sandwiches and other French options—intricate pastries included. You’re permitted to hum Le Festin when you’re in there.
Geronimo • 724 Canyon Road, (505) 982-1500 • You’ll note how Geronimo takes pride in the history of the establishment and the location: The building is nearly 250 years old, from the days of old Santa Fe. With a seasonally changing menu, each change offers new opportunities for this high-end dining. And yes, please make a reservation.
Henry & the Fish • 217 W San Francisco St., (505) 995-1191 • A growing favorite among white-collar Santa Feans who work downtown, this café provides quality lunch and breakfast options with dang good coffee and house-baked pastries, pies and more.
Holy Spirit Espresso • 225 W San Francisco St., (505) 920-3664 • It’s hard to imagine a time before Holy Spirit Espresso, a grab-and-go classic. Owner Bill Deutsch has become a well-known figure downtown, and you’ll know why after a sip or two: This is quality espresso, without a doubt.
Horno Restaurant • 95 W Marcy St., (505) 303-3469 • Where a gastropub meets fine dining, one can both find affordable options in smaller plates, but splurge options are certainly here. What’s in the secret sauce in the smackdown burger? It’s up to you to find out.
Izmi Sushi • 105 E Marcy St., (505) 424-1311 • For whatever reason, our little high desert oasis isn’t lacking in sushi options. (Thanks, airplanes!) A popular take-out spot, Izmi offers dozens upon dozens of roll options, plus Japanese soups and salads and a killer bento box deal in various formations.
Johnnie’s Cash Store • 420 Camino Don Miguel, (505) 982-9506 • Coming across this little shop all tucked away in an otherwise residential area might be a surprise, but after nearly eight decades, Johnnie’s still offers unforgettable tamales and other simple goods. Frankly, it’s way too easy to become a regular customer.
Julia, A Spirited Restaurant and Bar • La Posada de Santa Fe, 330 E Palace Ave., (505) 954-9670 • New American food in a warm, cozy environment. Also there might be a ghost wandering about—old Julia Staab, who’s been spiritually bouncing around the place since it was her home over a century ago.
La Lecheria • 101 W Marcy St., (505) 205-1595 • Ever craved ice cream flavors like avocado, habanero vanilla, sweet corn or citrus basil? Chef Joel Coleman (of Fire & Hops) takes his unique ice cream combos pretty seriously, and we are thankful for it.
Luminaria Restaurant & Patio • Inn and Spa at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 984-7915 • When a strawberry-jalapeño margarita is on the menu, it gets a mention, regardless of whatever else is on offer. But don’t worry: Luminaria’s got coffee-rubbed New York steak, stuffed calamari and other things to go along with their spirits.
Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant • 31 Burro Alley, (505) 992-0304 • An anchor of tiny downtown Burro Alley, check out the classic Mexican dishes. There’s also a piano cabaret and Thursday night mariachi. You can’t go wrong here unless you really make an effort.
Manolla Café • 223 Canyon Road, (505) 365-2887 • Granola, tartines and other tasty options from owner/nutritionist Manon Pierme.
Market Steer Steakhouse • Hotel St. Francis, 210 Don Gaspar Ave., (505) 992-6354 • Gourmet steaks plus house-crafted sauces. Chef Kathleen Crook knows her stuff, no-question, just reserve ahead for the patio (or COVID-safe bubble tents). It’s also worth noting the drinks here are some of the best in town.
Mille • 451 W Alameda St., (505) 930-5492 • All the rave reviews for this new French bakery and creperie that started in Los Alamos are well-founded. Try the macarons and French toast—and oh, those cakes.
Mucho Gusto • 839 Paseo de Peralta, (505) 955-8402 • Mexican standards make up the menu here. Ever had a stuffed chicken breast called The Bomb? You can cross that off your bucket list, finally. Sometimes you gotta have a break from the opulent downtown environments and sit down in a homey place for a while.
Museum Hill Café • 710 Camino Lejo, (505) 984-8900 • Part of the Museum Hill complex, you can peruse artifacts and then dine across the courtyard. Live jazz on the weekends, plus Wine Wednesdays? Oh yes. The nachos here rank as some of the best in town, and it’s not overpriced museum fare like you see at the major institutions—looking at you, New York City. Your wallet and stomach will thank you.
New York on Catron • 420 Catron St., (505) 982-8900 • Long known as one of the best bagel joints in town, check out this East Coast-style deli with a heck of a family story to boot. Its roots stem from a cold Lower East Side basement, but the Schwartzberg family planted their roots in New Mexico, and you’re reaping all the benefits. Breakfast, lunch and other café options make this a must-stop for locals and out-of-towners alike.
Osteria d’Assisi • 58 S Federal Place, (505) 986-5858 • High-end Italian fare is sometimes just right. It’s hard to find any other place with a 48-hour dough rising process for pizza, and you’ll find fine wines and even a little piano cabaret upstairs.
Palacio Café • 209 E Palace Ave., (505) 989-3505 • Offering both New Mexican and American classics at great prices, stop by Damian and Maria Muñoz’s newly expanded spot for breakfast or lunch and some of the best chile around.
The Pantry Rio • 229 Galisteo St., (505) 989-1919 • It might be one of the newer downtown eateries, but it feels like this location of The Pantry has been with us forever. This third spot doesn’t disappoint in the slightest: Now this classic New Mexican establishment is available in every part of town.
The Pink Adobe • 406 Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 983-7712 • NOLA-inspired dishes blended with the local cuisine. This is a stunning place to dine in the evenings, even if there’s a noticeable lack of pink in the architecture.
Plaza Café • 54 Lincoln Ave., (505) 982-1664 • This classic diner joint is aptly named. Sure, there might be a wait in the summer months, but any place serving quality New Mexican and American food since 1905 deserves our patience. Don’t forget desserts like the famous coconut cream pie.
Palace Prime Santa Fe • 142 West Palace Ave., (505) 919-9935 • Located within the old Palace Restaurant location (their motto being “a Santa Fe Traditional reborn”), here one can enjoy Muscovy Duck Breast, Elk Ragù and house burgers with alcalde chile and aged cheddar. Plus, escargot, sashimi and baked brie as some of many starter options? Oh yes.
La Plazuela Restaurant • La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco St., (505) 995-2334 • Upscale New Mexican items and seasonal dishes served in the sunroom of an ultra-historic hotel.
Raaga-Go • 410 Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 983-5555 • Take-away Indian food magic. Local chef Paddy Rawal’s going on his 11th year running this memorable place. Curry, Korma and even Thai options. Plus, check out Chef Rawal’s to-go sauces for your at-home Indian cuisine concoctions.
Remix Audio Bar • 101 W Marcy St. (505) 803-7949 • It’s a bit hidden away above La Lecheria, but hidden’s where you find the best goods. In this case, remixed espresso drinks like the honey-Golden Stanima blended Staying Alive. Open late, with headphones on offer to stream music from live DJs and/or silent disco.
Rio Chama • 414 Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 955-0765 • Located in Santa Fe’s oldest neighborhood, get a taste of the brunch menu (shaved prime rib Benedict? Dulce de leche French toast?? Good heavens.) Also, fondue is a totally acceptable dinner option.
Rooftop Pizzeria • Santa Fe Arcade, 60 E San Francisco St., Ste. 301, (505) 984-0008 • Actual gourmet pizza in the Italian tradition. Pair it with many wine options and look out on the downtown views.
Santacafé • 231 Washington Ave., (505) 984-1788 • A legendary lunch and dinner stop from the folks who reign over Coyote Café, food options here are upscale versions of dishes you’re already familiar with: mushroom tortellini, pan seared salmon and Vietnamese lobster, among others.
Santarepa Café • 229 Johnson St. Ste. A, (505) 467-8379 • One can get a good education in South American dishes in Santa Fe, especially in a place like Santarepa, where Venezuelan food is the focus thanks to the arepas and empanadas that keep you coming back.
Santa Fe Oxygen & Healing Bar: Apothecary • 133 W San Francisco St., (505) 986-5037 • If you’re asking what the heck an oxygen bar is, you’re not alone, but for some people this is their bread and butter. Healing, organic foods (with a CBD plate of the day), plus small spa treatment options. And yes, you can get some oxygen if you’ve got elevation sickness.
Sassella • 225 Johnson St., (505) 982-6734 • Lombardy native chef Cristian Pontiggia is so good he’s got awards to spare. Sassella serves higher-end Italian with unusual but delightful cocktails. The patio is pretty nice, too.
Sazón • 221 Shelby St., (505) 983-8604 • An excellent selection of moles, “sopa de amor,” mezcal and sophisticated dishes inspired by Mexico City from chef Fernando Olea, who just so happens to be up for a James Beard Award this year.
The Shed • 113½ E Palace Ave., (505) 982-9030 • Famous for its “Shed red chile,” which makes even the most classic New Mexican dishes undeniably delicious, The Shed is a downright institution. If you’re from out of town, you’ll probably get recommendations ad nauseam, and with enchiladas, tacos, burritos and French bread with which to sop up the chile, you should heed them.
The Teahouse • 821 Canyon Road, (505) 992-0972 • Don’t let the number of tea options overwhelm you, just bring any tea fanatic in your life along. A popular patio spot with cushy indoor seating, teas from all over the globe can be your reason for visiting, but brunchy and lunchy items like oatmeal, salads, sandwiches and more ought to seal the deal.
TerraCotta Wine Bistro • 304 Johnson St., (505) 989-1166 • For serious wine drinkers! TerraCotta’s list is huge but carefully curated by co-owners chef Catherine O’Brien and Glenda Griswold. Its opulent environment might betray its startling affordability, but who are we to complain about such a thing?
Thunderbird Bar & Grill • 50 Lincoln Ave., (505) 490-6550 • Casual dining with plentiful American, New Mexican and seafood options. You may have to wait a bit to get a seat on the patio overlooking the Plaza, but we say it’s worth it.
Tia Sophia’s • 210 W San Francisco St., (505) 983-9880 • Reportedly the place that invented breakfast burritos and coined the term “Christmas” when referring to chile (we won’t take a side on that one), this breakfast and lunch spot is truly old Santa Fe and has the fanatic local following to prove it.
Tonic • 103 E Water St., (505) 982-1189 • Craft cocktails with the art deco vibe mean late-night live jazz throughout the week is pretty inevitable. It may be small, but it’s a regular hang these days for locals with an affinity for small spaces with expertly mixed drinks.
Travel Bug Coffee Shop • 839 Paseo de Peralta, (505) 992-0418 • One of the most unique coffee shops in town, Travel Bug is for the traveling tourist, sure, but also the soul with an affinity for travel. Read a travel guide with your espresso, chat with a few blokes about their Indonesian travels and start planning for your next big journey.
Tres Colores • 101 W Marcy St., (505) 490-0296 • The Mexican dishes are killer, and the breakfast burritos are a wise choice for early mornings downtown (or whenever, frankly). Known for a friendly staff and colorful atmosphere, Tres Colores offers simple Mexican fare for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Upper Crust Pizza • 329 Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 982-0000 • Good pizza, we can vouch for ‘em. With weekly rotating musical performers and a generous menu, Upper Crust offers a simple night out on one of Santa Fe’s historic streets.
Il Vicino • 321 W San Francisco St., (505) 986-8700 • Always a popular spot, this wood oven-fired pizzeria offers plentiful Italian dishes like sandwiches and soups, plus drink options (try the root beer, thank us later). It makes for a great night in, too, with easy to-go options.
Andiamo! • 322 Garfield St., (505) 995-9595 • Craving Italian but not craving anything fancy-pantsy? Andiamo!’s got you. Penne, Fettuccine, Puttanesca? Oh yes, this Italian establishment has it all.
Atrisco Café & Bar • DeVargas Center, 193 Paseo de Peralta, (505) 983-7401 • Another location where locals go for that downtown vibe New Mexican food. Don’t let the fact it’s in the DeVargas Center fool you. Too busy at Tomasita’s? Go here. It’s in the family.
Bosque Brewing Co.• 500 Market St. Suite 110A, (505) 557-6672 • One of the state’s most popular home-brewed brands, Bosque’s newest expansion into the Santa Fe Railyard offers traditional and unique tastes for all the drinkers in your caravan.
Boxcar • 530 S Guadalupe St., (505) 988-7222 • Legendary for being one of Santa Fe’s few late night spots (midnight most nights and 1:30 am on live music nights), this joint has always got something going on. Bar food, burgers, sandwiches, cocktails and dozens of beers on tap, Boxcar is where the night owls hang.
Casa Chimayó • 409 W Water St., (505) 428-0391 • Named for the named little village just north of us, chef Guisela de la Cruz and crew offer classic New Mexican dishes, margaritas worth a second glass and plenty of wines.
CrashMurderBusiness • 312 Montezuma Ave., NUMBER TK • Straight up the most insane and yet satisfying coffee shop you’ll find in town. Drinks with such titles as Streak of Tigers (espresso, milk, curry, black pepper, cacao and maple syrup) or the Maelstrom of Axolotls (liquid marine collagen, apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon, aloe-soaked chia seeds and sparkling water—good lord) might sound frightening, but we swear the reviews are so good it’s worth the risk for this unusual pick-me-up place. Also, there’s glitter.
Chili Line Brewery • 204 N Guadalupe St., (505) 982-8474 • Hey, fans who like smoked flavors in anything and everything—why not in your beers? Chili Line Brewery offers such smoked brews, plus pub dishes and pizzas from Pizzeria Da Lino next door.
Chopstix Oriental Food • 238 N Guadalupe St., (505) 820-2126 • A long-standing Chinese takeout joint, we’re grateful for Chopstix’s simple options and affordability.
La Choza • 905 Alarid St., (505) 982-0909 • It might technically be little sister to The Shed, but someone informed the tourists and the place has grown. Not to worry, though, because the wait here is just as worth it as it is down by the Plaza. New Mexican food is king at La Choza, of course, and the sopaipillas are the stuff of legends. Don’t miss out on their red-chile-rimmed margs.
Cowgirl BBQ • 319 S Guadalupe St., (505) 982-2565 • An enduringly popular gathering spot for its barbecue, rotating music nights, karaoke and pool room, Cowgirl can’t really disappoint. And yes—there’s a yak burger on the menu.
Dinner for Two • 106 N Guadalupe St., (505) 820-2075 • With steak and seafood specialities, plus happy hour options from 4 to 6 pm daily, this is fine dining that’s pretty dang fine. Plus wine. Lots of wine. And sometimes DJs!
Dolina • 402 N Guadalupe St., (505) 982-9394 • This Eastern European-inspired eatery from owner Annamaria O’Brien offers home-baked pastries along with plenty of mushroom-inspired breakfast and lunch options.
Dragonfly Tea House • 505 Cerrillos Road (in the CHOMP Food Hall), (505) 944-5873 • Pinwheels, bagel boards, cucumber bites? Plus sandwiches and salads and all those tea options.
Vanessie • 427 W Water St., (505) 984-1193 • Known for insanely talented pianists every night of the week, add some wine and cocktails (we won’t judge you if it’s at the same time) with entree offerings and ride the train to happy piano town. It’s relaxing.
Fire & Hops • 222 N Guadalupe St., (505) 954-1635 • Your friendly neighborhood gastropub offers small plates and large, ranging from ribs to ramen. And oh yes, drinks galore, including draught beers.
Iconik Coffee Roasters ‘Lupe • 314 S Guadalupe St., (505) 428-0996 • We’re starting to lose count of how many Iconik locations there are now, but the newest Guadalupe Street outpost offers strong traditional brews, smoothies and breakfast bites.
Jinja Bar & Bistro • 510 N Guadalupe St., (505) 982-4321 • Are you here for the food or the tiki drinks? We won’t dig too deep, but pairing Pan-Asian cuisine with mini umbrella-laden cocktails makes for a delightful aesthetic. Great take-out and dine-in options await.
Joseph’s Culinary Pub • 428 Agua Fría St., (505) 982-1272 • Chicken liver mousse on the list tonight? How about confit duck pad Thai-style or banana lamb curry? Great service in an intimate setting.
Kohnami • 313 S Guadalupe St., (505) 984-2002 • One of the more popular sushi locations in town, stop by for rolls and a wide variety of hot items from the kitchen, plus ramen and more.
Ohori’s, Luna Location • 505 Cerrillos Road, (505) 982-9692 • This daily roaster is a longtime local institution (and we can attest it has caffeinated the SFR offices so so much) with plenty on the espresso menu, plus tons of coffee-related merch to take home.
Opuntia Cafe • 1607 Alcaldesa St., (505) 780-5796 • Tea and coffee in a space so green you’ll wonder if it’s Santa Fe or Brasilia. But don’t panic, dear reader—you’re in the Santa Fe Railyard. We suggest stopping by Farmers Market mornings so you can look off their balcony and people watch. Classic teas pair with unique blends of rolled Taiwanese oolong and pineapple coconut.
Paloma • 401 S Guadalupe St., (505) 467-8624 • Paloma may be small, but the flavors pack a punch. This is fine upscale Mexican-inspired dining, and pastry chef Jessica Brewer’s evolving dessert menu ranks among the city’s favorites.
Pizza Etc. • DeVargas Center, 556 N Guadalupe St., (505) 986-1500 • As the name suggests, this place is straight to-the-point. All locally produced (with gluten-free and vegan options), the Baray and Araiza families’ keep serving quality pizza that you should really consider before missing out.
Pizzeria & Trattoria da Lino • 204 N Guadalupe St., Ste. B, (505) 982-8474 • Right beside Chili Line Brewery, try pizza baked in a wood-fired brick oven, plus other classic options.
Sabor Peruano • DeVargas Center, 163 Paseo de Peralta, (505) 358-3829 • Did you know Peruvian cuisine is readily available in town? Try the papa rellena (a Peruvian stuffed potato) or classic empanadas.
Santa Fe Bar & Grill • DeVargas Center, 187 Paseo de Peralta, (505) 982-3033 • It may shock you, but this location has both a bar and a grill. A large, popular Santa Fe eatery that won’t harm the wallet, expect prompt service with good results—and a bar.
Second Street Brewery (Railyard) • 1607 Paseo de Peralta, Ste. 10, (505) 989-3278 • Of the three Second Street locations in town—at least until the original closes April 9, each seems more popular than the last. It’s nice to live in a town with proper pubs—fish and chips, wings, brews and burgers are king here.
Shake Foundation • 631 Cerrillos Road, (505) 988-8992 • Shoestring fries might be a rarity in Santa Fe, but Shake Foundation fills that void we didn’t even know we had. Known for their adobe mud shakes especially, this is a popular spring and summertime burger joint (it’s all outdoors, just so you know).
Sky Coffee • 1609 Alcaldesa St. • The coffee fanatic in your life will find Sky Coffee’s third-wave offerings heavenly, plus baked goods, a cozy environment for chats or works and a comfortable patio, all literally in the center of the Railyard.
Social Kitchen & Bar • Sage Inn, 725 Cerrillos Road, (505) 982-5952 • Traditional American options and beers on tap with a variety of events throughout the week ranging from karaoke to queer nights.
Taco Fundación • 235 N Guadalupe St., (505) 982-8286 • Guess what? They serve tacos. From the folks who brought you Shake Foundation, Taco Fundación is where you go for real good street tacos (but with a few tables inside this time).
Tomasita’s • 500 S Guadalupe St., (505) 983-5721 • Yes, you did see this place on the Travel Channel a billion. Famous for its unique chile roasts and especially those margs, get yourself here for the honey-butter sopapillas alone. Park under the groovy solar panels.
Violet Crown Cinema • 1606 Alcaldesa St., (505) 216-5678 • If “I’m too busy watching cinema and eating pub food,” is your motto, Violet Crown is your oasis. Pizza, beer and wine plus the art of filmmaking. Or just come for the food—you can do that kind of stuff here.
Whole Hog Café • 320 S Guadalupe St., (505) 474-3375 • Sorry, but any place with six barbecue sauces to choose from means there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes brilliance. It’s top-quality smoked stuff in a town with few options such as this—and they nail the brisket, FYI.
Whoo’s Donuts • 851 Cerrillos Road, Ste. B, (505) 629-1678 • Made-from-scratch donuts, operating until the shelves are empty. That’s the way to do it. You’ll find classic options, of course, but give the red chile bacon toffee or the blue corn blueberry lavender donut the old college try. We promise you can’t get it anywhere else.
Zacatlán Restaurant • 317 Aztec St., (505) 780-5174 • Fine dining Mexican dishes from chef Eduardo Rodriguez in fusion styles. For whatever reason, you’ll find chicken & waffles, too, but we’re thankful for that.
Zaika • 505 Cerrillos Road (in the CHOMP Food Hall), (505) 982-0499• Indian-style wraps, plus classics like curry bowls, but with New Mexican flair from chef Paddy Rawal.
WEST ALAMEDA/AGUA FRÍA
Barrio Brinery • W Alameda St., (505) 699-9812 • Quick, put a list together in your head of everything possible that can be pickled. OK, when you’re done, quadruple that and then do it three more times. You’re roughly in the ballpark of Barrio’s insane pickled offerings.
The Betterday Coffee Shop • Solana Center, 905 W Alameda St. (505) 780-5638 • Where the hipsters gather to discuss beards or whatever else, Betterday’s Stumptown roasts are down-to-earth and can give you a boost or knock your socks off (the hairbender blend? Whew!). Food offerings might be small, but where else can you get a burrito in a jar?
Masa Sushi • Solana Center, 927 W Alameda St., (505) 982-3334 • Noodle options and sushi options. Little places like this have big flavors.
La Montañita Co-op • Solana Center, 913 W Alameda St., (505) 984-2852 • Choose from health-based daily buffets and to-go lunch options. You don’t have to be a member to shop or eat here, but no shame in supporting an organic, farm-to-table grocery store and eatery.
Pho Kim • Solana Center, 919 W Alameda St., (505) 820-6777 • Vietnamese, obviously. Have you tried the bread? It’s out of control. Rice dishes, noodle dishes, pho—fans of south Asian cuisine know what it’s all about.
Piccolino • 2890 Agua Fría St., (505) 471-1480 • The no-fuss Italian offerings are served on checkerboard tablecloths and with big portion sizes. There’s even a drive-thru.
Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery • 2791 Agua Fría St., (505) 303-3808 • Every town needs a place like Tumbleroot: A spacious outdoor patio with food trucks, plus a live venue space inside hosting everything from Metal Mondays to stand-up comedy nights.
Tune-Up Café • 1115 Hickox St., (505) 983-7060 • American-New Mexican-El Salvadorean food, and pretty much everyone’s favorite place. Come for every meal of the day for their various offerings, and there’s rarely a place that nails their daily specials like here. Pizza, too!
Valentina’s • Solana Center, 945 W Alameda St., (505) 988-7165 • A family joint right beside the co-op, come for classic Mexican and New Mexican fare with no worry about fusion or fanciness. Sometimes we need a balance, don’t we?
Bruno’s • 1512 Paseo de Peralta, (505) 690-0966 • Pizza snobs know Neopolitan pizza is the superior kind (fight amongst yourselves), and Bruno’s serves up just that. Go buy a slice or whole pie.
Craft Donuts & Coffee • 502 Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 490-9171 • Donut flavors include s’mores, funnel cake and cincanyonn roll, plus build-your-own donut recipes, which is the stuff of miracles.
Marquez Deli • 513 Camino de los Marquez, Ste. C, (505) 365-2113 • Hosting live events throughout the week, this New York-style deli is both a lunch and brunch spot. And yes, bagels. Bagels until the end of time!
Chicago Dog Express • 600 Cerrillos Road, (505) 984-2798 • Hot dog culture is a serious business, especially the Chicago type. But these bad boys have red and/or green chile. Don’t be weak, get it fully loaded and thank us later.
El Chile Toreado • 807 Early St., (505) 500-0033 • Overwhelmingly a fan favorite by *gestures to the world*, if any burritos change your life it’ll be here. The family secret green sauce may look minty, but it packs a hot punch.
Clafoutis • 333 W Cordova Road, (505) 988-1809 • This much-loved French bakery and atmospheric restaurant is almost like a French sidewalk café, plus here you can pronounce craw-sawnt in peace. Try the bakery case.
Cleopatra Café • Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Road, (505) 820-7381 • This take-out paradise specializes in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, and you can dine in, too, don’t worry. The dolmas are a delight, and that Al Maryam plate? We stan.
Dulce Capital • 1100 Don Diego Ave., (505) 989-9966 • Classic coffee bar, plus plentiful baked goods in this colorful environment. Have you tried the blueberry muffin or lemon meringue tart? If not, you haven’t lived.
Fun Noodle Bar • 514 W Cordova Road, (505) 974-8801 • How fun is this noodle bar? You’ll have to go to see. Find ramen, soups and all sorts of entrees—but hey, this is a noodle bar, you better go and you better have fun; slurp, slurp.
Kakawa Chocolate House • 1050 E Paseo de Peralta, (505) 982-0388 • High-quality chocolate in sipping, shake and hot form, plus more. We could go on, but it’s a paradise.
Kaune’s Neighborhood Market • 511 Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 982-2629 • Don’t be fooled that it’s a grocery store—there’s a salad bar plus plenty of pre-packed lunches and treats from local bakery Angel’s.
Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen • 555 W Cordova Road, (505) 983-7929 • There are over 100 tequila choices here, and you could make it a life goal to try them all (not all in one go). Sample the popular New Mexican dishes while you’re working at that.
Mariscos La Playa • 537 W Cordova Road, (505) 982-2790 • Fish and micheladas on a patio—need we say more?
Modern General • 637 Cerrillos Road, (505) 930-5462• Add some gardening tools to your soup, salads and sandwiches. This cute, rustic-inspired spot is a great lunch spot with an inventive menu courtesy of Erin Wade, who also founded a little place called Vinaigrette out back.
The New Santa Fe Baking Company • 504 W Cordova Road, (505) 557-6435 • This popular spot closed and returned under the eye of longtime employee Filiberto Rodriguez, because how could we live without it? Well, obviously we couldn’t. Breakfast and lunch are never a miss here, and we’re more than grateful for how soft the cookies are. Try the breakfast croissant.
Oasis Ice Cream Shop and Paleteria • Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Road, (505) 365-2073 • Mexican-style popsicles, milkshakes, churros (including churros in milkshakes!) and other ice cream and sweet treat options.
Paper Dosa • 551 W Cordova Road, (505) 930-5521 • Try out southern Indian cuisine for a change. Dosa, so much dosa you can take it home with you (seriously, they offer make-your-own kits). Curry and other Indian favorites are certainly on the menu, but they’ve named the place after their signature dishes for a reason.
Pizza Centro • Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Road, (505) 988-8825 • Anyone can claim New York-style pizza, but we’ll guess most are lying. Not Pizza Centro, one of the Fe’s most popular pizza joints. It’s a small shop with gelato offerings and a focus on take-out, but there’s plenty of seating available, too. Prep ahead, this might become your new go-to cheese bread joint.
Pyramid Café • 505 W Cordova Road, (505) 989-1378 • Greek, North African and even a few Turkish options mixed in there. Moussaka, gyro and kebobs. Surprise tip? Try the fries and the key lime pie.
Radish & Rye • 505 Cerrillos Road, (505) 930-5325 • Known for a superb seasonal menu and unreal bourbon selection, this farm-inspired restaurant might be somewhat upscale, but the flavor alone makes it worth it.
Revolution Bakery • Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Road, (505) 346-2669 • It’s true—every baked good at Revolution is 100% gluten-free, with plenty of vegan and non-GMO options. Try getting your daily bread from their drive-thru, too, which now we think every bakery should consider installing.
Restaurant Martín • 526 Galisteo St., (505) 820-0919 • This always-rotating menu is small because it’s cooked better than any food you’ve ever had in your life. Multi-time James Beard Award-nominee chef Martín Rios is one of Santa Fe’s premier chefs and one of the most humble dudes you’ll ever meet.
Sage Bakehouse • 535 Cerrillos Road, (505) 820-7243 • Bread, glorious bread. You’ll find a few lunch offerings, namely sandwiches and salads plus tartines, but no one in their right mind would come here without planning to consume the carbs.
Saigon Café • 501 W Cordova Rd, (505) 988-4951 • Top-notch Vietnamese cuisine. The environment is cozy and take-out is simple, and fond memories of the soups keep us going on the coldest winter days.
Santa Fe BBQ • 502 Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 603-9051 • Challenge time: Take your snobbiest barbecue friends, whether they be from Texas or Kansas City, and have them try this place. They’ll compare as much as their little hearts can, but they’ll know how top-notch this food truck really is.
New Mexico Hard Cider Taproom • 505 Cerrillos Road, Ste. A, (505) 231-0632 • Local cider with delightful pub options, plus a free pool table, too, if you’re one of those people.
Santafamous Street Eats • Corner of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail, (505) 269-2858 • Known for barbecue street tacos (and even more so for the reasonable prices), there are always vegetarian options at Santafamous, too. Now a cornerstone of the city’s little food truck lot at Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail, you’ve got to try at least once. Maybe twice. Maybe more.
Saveur Bistro • 204 Montezuma Ave., (505) 989-4200 • We love our little bistros, especially the little French spots where we can imagine we just found a tucked-away place down some side street in Paris where weird people hang out sipping coffee drinks and the food is incredible.
Tiny’s Restaurant & Lounge • 1005 St. Francis Drive, (505) 983-9817 • New Mexican and American fare that’s tasty and with generous portions. A regular haunt for live music, pop by and get your dance on for two-step Thursdays, with country and cumbia throughout the week.
Vinaigrette • 709 Don Cubero Alley, (505) 820-9205 • Fancy salads, a number of killer sandwiches and a flourless chocolate cake to die for, Vinaigrette goes beyond traditional soups and salads.
Yin Yang Chinese Restaurant • Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Road, (505) 986-9279 • There was a time during the pandemic we thought we lost them, but we’re still on solid ground. The buffet is closed as of this writing, but the dine-in and takeout options are still going strong. Rest in power, founder King Chen—we’ll forever love your sesame tofu.
TRIANGLE DISTRICT/ST. MICHAEL’S DRIVE
Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café • 1620 St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 988-9688 • A popular meet-up spot for those on the vegetarian and vegan end of the spectrum, this globally inspired eatery and teahouse is stacked with familiar favorites like burritos and avocado toast.
Anthony’s Grill • 1622 St. Michael’s Dr., (505) 560-8889 • As an Asian fusion takeout joint, it’s hard to figure out how they do it so right. Matched with a few options from Southern cuisine, this is stir-fry paradise that’s one of our new favorite options in town.
Back Road Pizza • 1807 Second St., Ste. 1, (505) 955-9055 • Once upon a time it truly was on a back road, but now it’s a cornerstone in the emerging Midtown district. Watch them craft the pizza, go for broke on the pool table upstairs or stretch out on their pebbled patio. Then thank ‘em for the calzones.
Burrito Spot • 1057 Cerrillos Road, (505) 820-0779 • Where the burrito maniacs go, and the same goes for fans of rolled tacos, horchata and—get this—loaded fries that are basically nachos with fries. Gasp!
The Chocolate Maven • 821 W San Mateo Road, (505) 984-1980 • We know you’re here for the desserts, but not so fast—there’s plentiful breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch options. You can also do high tea once a week if you’d like to pretend you’re in a Downton Abbey episode.
Chow’s Asian Bistro • 720 St. Michael’s Drive, Ste. Q, (505) 471-7120 • You’ve been an empty shell of a human if you haven’t tried the coffee chicken at Chow’s. Everything’s great, but that’s got to be at the top of the menu. Another takeout champ for the ages.
Counter Culture Café • 930 Baca St., (505) 995-1105 • What do you mean healthy organic food we can afford? With these inflation rates? But no, dear reader, ‘tis the truth and it comes with vegan, vegetarian and everyday options. And lo and behold, they take cards now!
Felipe’s Tacos • 1711 Llano St., Ste. A/B, (505) 473-9397 • A Santa Fe staple for tacos, burritos and magic quesadillas. You can’t go wrong with simple wrapped or bowled options.
Iconik Coffee Roasters • 1600 Lena St., (505) 428-0996 • Strong coffee for strong palates. And hey, that’s fine. We half come for the coffee and half come for the hipster-esqe post-industrial environment, anyway.
Loyal Hound Pub • 730 St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 471-0440 • A pub that serves chicken and waffles makes for a pretty cozy space. And have you tried the beignets?
Kai Sushi • 720 St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 438-7221 • The pricing is reasonable, the atmosphere is laid back and the rolls are full-to-bursting.
Lotus Dumpling House • 1807 Second St., Ste. 35, (505) 303-3740 • Yup. We got real-deal dumplings right in Midtown. Authentic Chinese bites, plus Chinese burritos? We’re in.
Midtown Bistro • 901 W San Mateo Road, Ste. A, (505) 820-3121 • Get your brunch on (and dinner, but c’mon, we’re huge brunch heads in Santa Fe) at this hidden-away spot to which you’re bound to repeatedly return.
Mucho Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe • 1711 Llano St., Ste. F/G, (505) 473-7703 • Pretty much the heroes of everyday Santa Feans, Mucho’s has been feeding the Midtown workforce for ages now. A free cookie in every bag, plus some of the best sandwiches (and service) you can get in town.
Ohori’s Coffee Roasters • 1098 ½ S St. Francis Drive (access on Pen Road), (505) 982-9692 • It’s all about that dark roast and friendly staff who totally remember their regulars.
Pizzeria Espíritu • 1722 St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 424-8000 • Where else can you get actual deep dish pizzas in our little town? Heads up: They take a little longer to cook, but the Greek pie makes this spot worth it alone.
Ramblin’ Café • 1420 Second St., (505) 989-1272 • These handheld breakfast burritos know no bounds in their quality and popularity, and house-made chips with fresh guacamole are almost always worth it.
Root 66 Café • 1704 Lena St., (505) 780-8249 • Even if we’re not on Route 66 directly, we still can get that care-free attitude like this 100% vegan café offers. Their pop-up bakery is on Fridays, but no worries, there’s tons of vegan baked options throughout the week.
Sagche’s Coffee House • 730 St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 780-5263 • Genuinely a lot of Santa Feans’ happy place. Crepes and Latin American options are a must, plus coffee roasts you can’t get anywhere else and one of the best breakfast sandwiches in town. We love the Sagche brothers and their staff for bringing us the best.
Santa Fe Bite • 1616-A St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 428-0328 • Downright beloved burgers plus dinosaur decor and killer specials throughout the week like fish and chips and fried chicken.
Sunrise Family Restaurant • 1851 St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 820-0643 • Why yes, that is a giant breakfast painted on that old decommissioned satellite dish. Breakfast and lunch in an inexpensive setup, perfect for just about anyone out there, and hash browns on a breakfast burrito.
Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen • 1512 Pacheco St., Bldg. B, (505) 795-7383 • SFR’s neighbors are kicking butt, especially in the breakfast game (but it’s all good). A multitude of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options make up a big chunk of the menu. It is, indeed, sweet—especially that banana cream pie.
CERRILLOS ROAD CORRIDOR
Adelita’s Mexican Restaurant • 3136 Cerrillos Road, (505) 474-4897 • We have no idea what other place regularly serves fried ice cream and mole worth its salt, but this one’s named after La Adelita, the archetype of the Mexican woman who fought against government forces during turbulent times. You’ll get the the same kick-butt attitude in the food.
Alicia’s Tortilleria • 1314 Rufina Circle, (505) 438-9545 • Yeah, it’s a tortilla haven, but the breakfast burritos served within said tortillas are like discovering gold.
Baja Tacos • 2018 Cerrillos Road, (505) 471-8762 • People have sworn by this place since its earliest days, and now that it has taken over that former Wendy’s building, you can treat yourself to four tacos for $5 or a breakfast burrito with crispy hash browns. Yeah, you heard that right, kids. Buckle up.
Café Castro • 2811 Cerrillos Road, (505) 473-5800 • The stuffed sopaipillas don’t kid around, and they’ve got a triple enchilada plate for just $11. I mean, come on?? Yes, PLEASE, smother them in red.
El Comal Restaurant • 3571 Cerrillos Road, (505) 471-3224 • Cerrillos Road might not be the most aesthetically pleasing road, but one can’t deny the stellar Mexican food all up and down the way. El Comal is another reminder of just that—homemade Mexican food, fine as can be.
Crepas-oh • 1382 Vegas Verdes Dr., (505) 257-8775 • Baked goods so pure you’ll know this is a home-grown establishment.
Dr. Field Goods Kitchen • 2860 Cerrillos Road, Ste. A1, (505) 471-0043 • Chef Josh Gerwin has really turned this place from a simple tasty restaurant into a little empire, with a butcher shop, mini-market and even a food truck. Try the skinny burger—which also comes in Impossible form—the pizzas or the regularly rotating specials.
India House • 2501 Cerrillos Road, (505) 471-2651 • Traditional Indian fare that won’t break the bank.
Jambo Café and Jambo Hapa Food Truck • 2010 Cerrillos Road, (505) 473-1269 • Overwhelmingly one of the most popular eateries with locals (they’ve won first place in SFR’s Best of Santa Fe multiple times), these Afro-Caribbean dishes from owner/chef Ahmed Obo are unforgettable.
Java Joe’s • 1248 Siler Road, (505) 930-5763 • The evolving industrial sector of town isn’t powered by oil and gas, but rather by Java Joe’s delightful brews that have garnered a following for years.
Kakawa Chocolate House • 1300 Rufina Circle, Ste. A-4, (505) 930-5460 • No, you aren’t seeing things. Kakawa’s second Santa Fe outlet provides chocolatey goodness, truffles and more to the other end of town.
Lu Lu’s Chinese Cuisine • 3011 Cerrillos Road, (505) 473-1688 • This family-owned take-out spot/buffet is well known around town. And yes, there’s a lot of pandas in random spots all over their menu, and frankly that’s just wonderful.
Uncle DT’s Smokehouse • 3134 Rufina St., (707) 337-5641 • An Americana musician turned barbecue entrepreneur is the life story we didn’t know we needed. Check out Uncle DT’s little location, where you can dine in or take food home, plus find a multitude of bulk-buying options.
Mampuku Ramen • 1965 Cerrillos Road, (505) 772-0169 • We may not have the number of ramen joints that the West Coast has to offer, but the ones we do have are way too good for us. Mampuku is a family-owned establishment that made it through the pandemic, thank God, and it’ll warm you right up with multiple ramen types, apps, desserts and more.
Mariscos Costa Azul • 2875 Cerrillos Road, (505) 473-4594 • The place for seafood is on Cerrillos Road, you can oyster out with a group or by yourself. We won’t judge.
Ortega’s Jerky • 2631 Cerrillos Road, (505) 484-9726 • Get yourself to this little food truck, grab a gallon bag of smoked meats and call it a day. We’ve all been there, y’know, when you need meat by the gallon.
El Paisano Supermarket • 3140 Cerrillos Road, (505) 424-9105 • Yeah, it’s a supermarket, but there’s an old-style lunch counter like the old Woolworth days, only this one’s all about tacos and gorditas and such. Honestly, it’s excellent.
The Pantry • 1820 Cerrillos Road, (505) 986-0022 • Anyone who’s spent more than three minutes in this town has likely fallen for The Pantry at one point or another. This is a can’t-go-wrong place with nearly 80 years in the classic New Mexican game. FYI, things get packed on weekend mornings.
El Parasol • 1833 Cerrillos Road, (505) 995-8015 • Yes, Anthony Bourdain did eat tacos from El Parasol while sitting in the back of a pick-up truck in the parking lot, as all Santa Feans also have.
Pho Ava Vietnamese Restaurant • 2430 Cerrillos Road, (505) 557-6572 • You will get a lot of soup here, and the stir fry rocks. It rocks so hard.
Plant Base Cafe • 1372 Vegas Verdes, (505) 365-2556 • Hey guess what? This is a café that’s plant-based. Would you have guessed? You probably didn’t guess they also serve Mexican, American and Italian meals, making for another option for our vegan friends who are too often overlooked. Veggie wings? Yes, please.
Los Potrillos • 1947 Cerrillos Road, (505) 992-0550 • They’re always busy and they probably like it that way. A Mexican and New Mexican menu that’s perfect for families and couples in the old Pizza Hut space.
Realburger • 2641 1/2 Cerrillos Road, (505) 474-7325 • It’s easy to overlook down there on Cerrillos Road, but these burgers are some of Santa Fe’s best kept secrets. Don’t miss out on the breakfast burritos, plus some of the best events catering.
Red Enchilada • 1310 Osage Ave., (505) 820-6552 • The New Mexican offerings are great, and a steal, but the Central American cuisine is where it’s at, plus just about the best sopaipillas in town. You heard us.
El Rinconcito del Sabor • 2864 Cerrillos Road (outside Big 5 Sporting Goods), (505) 913-1558 • Food truck serving Mexican plates ranging from empanadas to gorditas and menudo.
Rowley Farmhouse Ales • 1405 Maclovia St., (505) 428-0719 • Chemist-brewed beer, which is a very serious thing, too. Check out the popular patio when the weather’s kicking butt and try out some of their speciality ales alongside gastropub fare like a chicken sandwich with pickles. So good.
Second Street Brewery (Rufina Taproom) • 2920 Rufina St., (505) 954-1068 • Second Street’s Midtown digs offer a unique menu (but also familiar favorites, don’t worry) and a whole host of live music shows. Oh, and they’re serving fish and chips there now, so score one for you.
Sopaipilla Café • 2900 Cerrillos Road (in the Days Inn Motel), (505) 474-1478 • This new eatery is growing in popularity, especially with Mexican and New Mexican options. You local? This one’s your jam.
Tokyo Café • 1847 Cerrillos Road, (505) 982-1688 • Drive-thru sushi, but, like, good drive-thru sushi, ya dig?
Tortilla Flats • 3139 Cerrillos Road, (505) 471-8685 • From the folks who brought you Upper Crust Pizza, here’s a Mexican and New Mexican eatery overwhelmingly popular with locals where the smothered dishes are ultra-smothered. Plus, if you’re checking out Meow Wolf, ask about related discounts. The posole is fantastic, too.
Weck’s • 2000 Cerrillos Road, (505) 471-9111 • It’s part of a smallish chain, but it feels so homey and local that diners likely won’t care. Besides, that breakfast sandwich is worth this listing alone.
Wok • 2860 Cerrillos Road, (505) 424-8126 • All sorts of classic Asian takeout at low prices. We’d make a joke about running there, but the food deserves more respect.
Los Amigos • 3904 Rodeo Road, (505) 438-0600 • A New Mexican-American blend where you can get stuffed pancakes. Stuffed pancakes. We’ll just say that again: Stuffed pancakes.
Double Dragon • 3005 S St. Francis Drive, Ste. D3, (505) 989-8880 • A famous late-night eatery (well, they close at 9:30, which is late for Santa Fe) with reliable takeout.
Garbo’s Restaurant • Montecito Santa Fe, 500 Rodeo Road, (505) 428-7777 • Food, retirement community-style. You’ll need reservations, and remember there are likely stricter COVID policies here.
Java Joe’s • Rodeo Plaza, 2801 Rodeo Road, Ste. B8, (505) 474-5282 • Sit-down coffee and drive-thru coffee, all in an industrial atmosphere with fantastic roasts.
Joe’s Dining • Rodeo Plaza, 2801 Rodeo Road, (505) 471-3800 • We don’t know why there’s so many Joe’s in this strip mall, but this one has such a fantastic Sunday brunch and general round-the-clock awesomeness that we don’t care.
Posa’s El Merendero • 1514 Rodeo Road, (505) 471-3800 • Posa’s is not joking around—these are the tamales that you need to try before you do anything else, and an all-red breakfast burrito keeps one sustained for an entire day, no joke.
Tibet Kitchen • 3003 S St. Francis Drive, (505) 982-6796 • Classic Tibetan dishes and a place you can actually get blood sausage and butter tea. There are always rotating specials on the menu, too.
Angel’s Bakery & Cafe • 4350 Airport Road, Ste. 13 • Baked goods beyond compare, breakfast burritos we don’t deserve and probably the best tarts we’ve ever had.
Café Grazie • 3530 Zafarano Drive, Ste. C-3, (505) 471-0108 • Insanely affordable Italian food with a fine dining bent, yet still affordable.
Cleopatra Café • 3482 Zafarano Drive, (505) 474-5644 • Falafel as the day is long, plus real Turkish coffee and sheesh tewook (just order it, for real).
Fast & Real Burritos • 5741 Airport Road, (505) 471-1602 • There is always a line of cars here for good reason. Burritos? Fast. Real as reality, too. So real. So fast.
La Cocina de Doña Clara • 4350 Airport Road, Ste. 4, (505) 473-1081 • An exceedingly popular place with the Southside locals, but it’s welcome to everyone who likes good Mexican food. Notice we’ve got a lot of that here? Thank God.
Los Dogos • 3985 Cerrillos Road, (505) 455-6147 • Juárez-style hot dogs from a late-night food truck. There’s no part of this sentence we don’t like.
Flying Tortilla • 4250 Cerrillos Road, (505) 424-1680 • While the tortillas do not fly, they do fly into our mouths metaphorically, and we like it that way. Find killer breakfast here.
Fusion Tacos • 5984 Airport Road, (505) 501-3677 • We hear from so many people how this food truck is magic, and their catering business even more so. There’s always a crowd around lunch time, so get on it, and don’t sleep on the breakfast burritos.
Hidden Mountain Brewing Co. • 4056 Cerrillos Road, (505) 438-1800 • Formerly Blue Corn Café, this new kid on the block is the newest barbecue venture for the barbecue-curious, and we once had a great piece of salmon over there.
Horseman’s Haven • 4354 Cerrillos Road, (505) 471-5420 • This famous little café pretty much wrote the rules of the chile game. Go here if you like it hot.
El Milagro • 3482 Zafarano Drive, Ste. C, (505) 474-2888 • Burgers that are, without hyperbole, miraculous.
New York Deli Southside • 4056 Cerrillos Road, (505) 424-1200 • Though it’s no longer affiliated with the downtown spot on Catron Street, you’ll find all-day breakfast. You listening?! All day. All day! Bagels for all the land!
Paleteria Oasis #1 • 4641 Airport Road Ste. #2, (505) 780-8544 • All the Mexican ice cream you love, with popsicles and antojitos mexicanos to spare.
The Pantry Dos • 20 White Feather Road, (505) 365-2859 • So many pantries (pantrys?), so little time. Actually, scratch that, we’ll make time for this place and its much-ballyhooed New Mexican menu.
Chapin y Mex • 6417 Airport Road, (505) 467-8289 • Pollo dorado, plato de fruta, tacos al pastor, grande taco salad—if you don’t know what most of that is, time to go in and try.
Monkey’s Food Truck • 4360 Rodeo Road (in the Harley Davidson parking lot), (505) 670-8351 • Tortas, burritos, tacos and hamburgers?! Plus motorcycles? We can
El Parasol • 298 Dinosaur Trail, (505) 995-8226 • The Southside location of the famous eatery has an indoor dining space so you and your next-level tacos can feel at peace with each other.
PC’s Restaurant & Lounge • 4220 Airport Road, (505) 473-7164 • A full bar for the full stomachs with real-deal Mexican and New Mexican options that are, sadly, incredibly underrated with the downtown snobs.
Pizza Centro • 3470 Zafarano Drive, Ste. D, (505) 471-6200 • New York-style pizza we can’t live without. Try the Alphabet City pie or, and believe this, dipping your crusts in the balsamic glaze.
La Plancha Latin Grill • 3470 Zafarano Drive, Ste. C, (505) 466-2060 • Despite the fancy-sounding name, this place is pretty casual. Go for their Latin flavors, recently relocated from Eldorado.
Plaza Café Southside • 3466 Zafarano Drive, (505) 424-0755 • It’s like being downtown without all the parking issues. Get classic breakfast options, plus an Impossible burger on the menu and pies you almost won’t believe are real.
Posa’s El Merendero • 3538 Zafarano Drive, Ste. A2, (505) 473-3454 • That’s right: more tamales. You need more. And don’t forget all the other brilliant New Mexican items.
Puerto Peñasco • 4681 Airport Road, Ste. 1, (505) 438-6622 • Mexican-style seafood, straight from the coast and, we hear, glorious fries. People joke, but good fries are a real make-or-break item.
El Queretaño • 4430 Airport Road, (505) 501-5797 • A taco truck worthy of the journey, which is really saying something given how many amazing taco trucks dot the Southside.
The Ranch House • 2571 Cristo’s Road, (505) 424-8900 • Sure, it’s a little ways out, but any drive to this paradise of smoked brisket and ribs is worth it. We’re talking barbecue, friends.
Rebel House Coffee • Santa Fe Place Mall, 4250 Cerrillos Road, (505) 819-1037 • This locally-owned coffee shop is a perfect stop in when you need a lull in your mall activities. Basically, if you’re going all the way into a mall for coffee, you know it must be good.
Refresquería Las Delicias • 4350 Airport Road, Ste. 13, (505) 438-0280 • Mexican ice cream, popsicles, hot dogs and other stuff good for your soul. This sounds extra-good for the looming summer.
Rustica Fresh Italian Kitchen • 2574 Camina Entrada, (505) 780-5279 • Why yes, even on the far end of Cerrillos Road there’s fresh (and dare we say authentic?) Italian food, where options go far beyond pasta. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of pasta.
Santa Fe Capitol Grill • 3462 Zafarano Drive, (505) 471-6800 • Beer on tap and all sorts of American offerings. One of the brunch favorites on this side of town, it’s really a do-no-wrong kind of eatery where you’ll always leave feeling satisfied.
Sweet Santa Fe • 8380 Cerrillos Road, (505) 428-0012 • We can’t even list all their chocolate offerings without running out of digital space. That’s a joke, mind you, but they’ve got a lot of options ranging from classic chocolate to bark to caramel corn, plus coffee and sandwich options for folks out at the Santa Fe Outlet Mall and pies; oh, the pies.
Taquería Argelia • 4720 Airport Road (in the Airport Road Car Wash parking lot), (505) 204-5211 • Tacos and quesadillas, plus a shrimp cocktail like you wouldn’t believe.
Thai Café & Noodle Treats • 3482 Zafarano Drive, (505) 424-1818 • The only Thai restaurant the whole state who were given the Thai Select Award three times from Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce (seriously). The food is from central Thailand and dang, is it rich in flavor.
Tribes Coffeehouse • 3470 Zafarano Drive, Ste. A, (505) 473-3615 • Going on nearly three decades of service, come here for the coffee and even find special entrees like penne pasta and chili cheese fries, with an “i.”
NORTH OF SANTA FE
Arroyo Vino Restaurant & Wine Shop • 218 Camino La Tierra, (505) 983-2100 • Inspired American fare and wine, wine and some wine with a dash of wine. No, but seriously, have you visited the wine shop?
Gabriel’s • 4 Banana Lane, (505) 455-7000 • Guacamole so good and well-known it’s the main image on their website’s homepage. The rumors are true: It’s prepped right at your table.
Izanami • 21 Ten Thousand Waves Way, Ste. #2, (505) 982-9304 • Japanese-inspired dishes, made with local variations (they grow some of the food across the street). A perfect post-spa vibe, or just a vibe whenever you want. And before you ask, sushi isn’t always on the menu.
El Nido • 1577 Bishops Lodge Road, Tesuque, (505) 954-1272 • Open fire dining where you can see the dishes made before your eyes and stop a spell at the extensive bar. Try dinner on your way to the Santa Fe Opera.
Rancho de Chimayó • 300 Juan Medina Road, Chimayó, (505) 351-4444 • Five decades in, the restaurant in this small town is actually a James Beard-nominated powerhouse from a famous chile-producing town.
Red Sage • Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, (505) 819-2056 • Classic American and New Mexican between your gambling successes and failures.
Terra Restaurant • Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, 198 Hwy. 592, (505) 946-5800 • Half the reason you come here might be the views and aesthetic of the dining room alone, but fine dining American cuisine is always a draw too, and that’s not even getting into pastry chef Rebecca Freeman’s menu.
Tesuque Village Market • 138 Tesuque Village Road, (505) 988-8848 • Where the Tesuque kids hang, and by kids we mean local residents. Killer pizza and regional dishes.
SOUTH OF SANTA FE
Arable • 7 Avenida Vista Grande, Ste. B6, (505) 303-3816 • Farm-to-table remains the speciality, but you’ll now find spirits. Reward yourself for eating healthy.
Beer Creek Brewing Co. • 3810 Hwy. 14, (505) 471-9271 • Beer and pizza. It’s all we need, and if you have the wherewithal to visit the original location just outside town, so shall ye have.
The Bourbon Grill • 104 Old Las Vegas Hwy., (505) 984-8000 • Santa Fe-styled steaks with all the chile that entails, but there are so many shrimp options, too. How do you fry an avocado? Find out here.
Black Bird Saloon • 28 Main Street, Cerrillos, (505) 438-1821 • This Wild West-styled rest point is newly re-opened for all the small-town meal burritos/burgers/steaks magic you didn’t know you needed.
Blue Heron Restaurant • Ojo Santa Fe, 242 Los Pinos Road, (505) 780-8145 • After a hot soak, you know you need some fine dining, especially when the presentation is this good. Half the tables have a great view of the lake.
Café Fina • 624 Old Las Vegas Hwy., (505) 466-3886 • A brunch and dinner spot forever on the minds of local Santa Feans who’ve ventured in. That chicken parm is fantastic, friends, just know brunch is an in-house affair while dinner runs by take-out only for now.
Harry’s Roadhouse • 96B Old Las Vegas Hwy., (505) 989-4629 • Everyone loves this place, no question. Try the lemon ricotta pancakes during the day and back patio dinner magic, like ribs or a Buddha bowl, by night. Also: Pie.
The Hollar • 2849 Hwy. 14, Madrid, (505) 471-4821 • Southern food and barbecue from chef and owner Josh Novak. There’s a long list of regular music acts too, making it a perfect good-weather getaway.
Java Junction • 2855 Hwy. 14, Madrid, (505) 438-2772 • Local coffee, local pastries and that local hippie vibe that makes Madrid Madrid.
The Mine Shaft Tavern • 2846 Hwy. 14, Madrid, (505) 473-0743 • The impressive live music lineup is worth the journey alone, and if you’re a brave soul, go for the mad chile burger. We’ll send thoughts and prayers to your stomach if you’re a chile n00b.
Pecos Trail Café • Pecos Trail Inn, 2239 Old Pecos Trail, (505) 982-9444 • New Mexican items, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Le Pommier • La Tienda Shopping Center, 7 Caliente Road, Eldorado, (505) 466-3235 • French cuisine from the skilled hand of chef Alain Jorand make the trek to Eldorado worth it, even if you usually feel like that’s too far.
Santa Fe Brewing Co. • 35 Fire Place, (505) 424-3333 • It’s the same brews you know and love from owner Brian Lock and crew, and the expanded digs at the main campus still impress.
Upper Crust Pizza • 5 Colina Drive, Eldorado, (505) 471-1111 • Yep, the downtown Pizza joint’s sister location is still thriving. Isn’t that nice?