This upscale restaurant has been serving flawless food paired with impeccable service since 1990. It’s a perfect choice for a memorable dinner.
Geronimo, housed in a historic adobe circa 1796, sits at the upper end of Canyon Road, Santa Fe’s famous gallery street. The chic eatery isn’t named for the famous Apache leader as many people think, but for Geronimo Lopez, the house’s original owner. You’ll recognize the restaurant from its distinctive front porch.
Tellicherry-rubbed Elk Tenderloin and a cozy fire at Geronimo — Photo courtesy of Geronimo
Once in the door, Geronimo diners are greeted by a dramatic fireplace topped with a distinctive flower arrangement that brings Georgia O’Keeffe to mind. The historic building is divided into three dining rooms, each with its own personality. There's also an intimate bar.
The front room has the feel of a sophisticated supper club. Celebrating a special occasion? Request one of the corner banquets here. While it’s the busiest room because everyone passes through, these tables feel special.
The Courtyard Room, a former outdoor patio, is the smallest but most spacious. On a winter's night, request to be seated by one of the back room's two kiva fireplaces. Tables here are a little closer together, giving it the feel of an upscale bistro.
Sneak a peek at your fellow diners, lots of A-list celebrities have been spotted here. In summer, the front porch offers great people-watching opportunities, too, especially on Friday nights when the street is packed with idle strollers as well as people attending gallery openings.
Fireplace in front dining room — Photo courtesy of Geronimo
The menu changes seasonally. Geronimo favorites – such as the Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Sashimi & Tartare appetizer – and entrees such as the Telicherry Rubbed Elk Tenderloin and the mesquite grilled Maine lobster tails are always on the menu.
Game fans will love the elk, Executive Chef Eric DiStefano's signature dish. Don't eat meat? There’s also always a vegetarian tasting menu available. In addition, there are often specials on offer.
Service at Geronimo, Santa Fe’s only Four-Star, Four-Diamond restaurant, is attentive, yet unobtrusive. The staff is knowledgable about both food and wine. They can offer great advice to undecided diners as well as suggest the perfect wine pairings. For the last two years, Geronimo has earned a spot on Open Table’s list of Top 100 Best Restaurants in America.
Geronimo restaurant in Santa Fe — Photo courtesy of Steve Collins
To experience Geronimo fully, order three courses. If you’re not a big eater, share an appetizer and dessert and order your own entrée. Portions are ample but not overwhelming.
Want to dine more casually? Head for the bar and graze the menu with its lighter fare. As you decide what to order, enjoy their signature Norteño Margarita, a concoction featuring Hatch green chile-infused silver coin tequila shaken with fresh lime and orange liqueur. If you prefer wine, there's an extensive list.
Looking for an elegant and memorable dinner in Santa Fe? Geronimo is the place to go. In season, make your reservations well in advance. The word has long been out on this one!