Best Santa Fe, NM Restaurants

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    10. Back Road Pizza

    Everybody loves pizza! Santa Feans think Back Road Pizza has some of the best; it's constantly on the annual Best of Santa Fe list. The eatery was featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in 2009....

    Photo courtesy of photo Tricia Ward, courtesy Backroad Pizza
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    9. The Shed

    A Santa Fe best restaurant list wouldn't be complete without a New Mexican eatery. The Shed, on East Palace Avenue half a block from the Plaza, has been dishing up the traditional fare since 1960. Norteno, the local...

    Photo courtesy of Billy Vigil
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    8. Santa Fe Bite

    Green chile cheeseburgers are one of the city's most iconic dishes. Everyone has a favorite. The juicy burgers at Santa Fe Bite (formerly Bobcat Bite) are the hands-down winner for the title of "best". Made from a...

    Photo courtesy of Steve Collins
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    7. Jambo Cafe

    Some places get discovered the moment they open. Santa Fe was hungry for a different experience and Jambo ("hello" in Swahili) provided it. Chef/owner Ahmed Obo, a Kenyon native, has mixed the flavors of his homeland...

    Photo courtesy of Steve Collins
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    6. La Boca

    Like tapas? Head for La Boca, an intimate dining spot offering Spanish small plates infused with Chef/owner James Campbell Caruso's contemporary twists. Fresh, seasonal and local are important here with seasonal menu...

    Photo courtesy of photo Doug Merriam, courtesy La Boca
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    5. 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar

    Where do locals eat? One popular place with resident Santa Feans is 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar. Dine on seasonally-inspired eatery serving fresh and local foods in inspired presentations in French bistro ambiance....

    Photo courtesy of 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar
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    4. Anasazi Restaurant at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

    The Anasazi Restaurant, an elegant, intimately lit haven, sits inside the Four Star/Four Diamond Inn of the Anasazi. Executive Chef Juan Bochenski adds the flavors of his native Argentina to the southwest influenced...

    Photo courtesy of Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
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    3. Terra at Four Seasons Resorts Rancho Encantado

    Want a sunset view with dinner? Terra at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, a 15-minute drive from the Plaza, boasts the best in town. If you time it right you can catch this nightly show. through the windowed...

    Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
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    2. Restaurant Martin

    Chef Martin Rios, owner (with his wife Jennifer) of Restaurant Martin, is as close to a culinary celebrity as you can get in this town. Among his accomplishments are five nominations for a James Beard Award and...

    Photo courtesy of Restaurant Martin
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    1. Geronimo

    Ask folks in Santa Fe what the best restaurant is and you'll almost always hear, "Geronimo." This upscale eatery, set in a historic adobe former home, gets it. The entire dining experience is special from the...

    Photo courtesy of photo Peter Vitale, courtesy Geronimo

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About Santa Fe, NM Restaurants

Santa Fe is a foodies' city. Food finds can range from downright cheap authentic Mexican dives to high-end eateries where fusion reigns. The local, spicy Northern New Mexican cuisine, aka ‘norteño,’ is a must-try. Based on in-state grown chile (the New Mexico State Vegetable), beans, squash and corn, it’s addictive. Start your day with a breakfast burrito at Tia Sophia’s smothered in either red or green chile or opt for “Christmas” and you’ll get both. The Shed is a destination for that authentic lunch or dinner chile fix. For the ultimate in high-end chic, Geronimo or Restaurant Martin. In between, there are tons of excellent casual dining spots such as the popular nose-to-tail Dr. Field Goods, to try. Good international choices abound: French at L’Olivier, Italian at Osteria d’ Assisi, Japanese at Shohko Café and African/Caribbean fusion at Jambo Café are good bets. For a fast lunch, try some street food. Roque’s Carnitas has been cooking up its tortilla-filled handful on the Plaza for over 25 years. Many restaurants have jumped on the farm-to-table bandwagon, incorporating locally grown and produced goodies on their menus in creative ways. No matter what your budget is, you can dine well in Santa Fe.


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