Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Santa Fe and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at The Shed thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Il Piatto, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Celebrations Village West
Having moved from their Canyon Road location, this renowned eatery now has a renovated space formerly occupied by Bert's La Taqueria. Dine al fresco in the large, walled garden patio or inside amidst plenty of comfortable booths in a light, bright setting with warm colors, wooden furnishings, original art and plenty of plants. Featuring New American and Southwest cuisine, the restaurant is perfect for an early morning breakfast. Also serving lunch and dinner on the weekend. (505-989-8904)

9 French Pastry Shop
Can you believe it? A real French patisserie and café in the heart of Santa Fe! Serving Santa Fe's international community since 1974, this intimate café is where to find fresh, authentic croissants, tarts and crepes bursting with colorful fruits, and rich café au lait. You'll want to come early to choose pastries right out of the oven. (505-983-6697)

8 Carlos's Gosp'l Café
Gospel music wafts from the speakers of this popular and relaxed café serving American fare. Soups and sandwiches are consistently good, but best known for its Hangover Stew, a tasty and therapeutic combination of potatoes, corn, green chile and Monterey Jack cheese. Patio and communal seating. (505-983-1841)

7 Tia Sophia's
Laid-back local favorite offering authentic and inexpensive New Mexican cuisine. Specialties include giant breakfast burritos, a Green Chile that is rumored to cure the common cold, and light sopapillas. Be sure to check out their Blue Plate Specials. Fast and friendly service. (505-983-9880)

6 Guadalupe Café
This charming and friendly place serves a wide variety of dishes from traditional northern New Mexican food to traditional American standards. Is the hacienda feel your thing? Try fireplace or patio seating for a bona fide Santa Fe experience. Recognized locally for reasonably priced entrees and generous portions. Try the chalupa plate or the sopapillas. Save room for Guadalupe's famous Adobe Pie and a steaming cup of coffee. (505-982-9762)

5 La Choza
This local favorite is the sister restaurant to the extremely popular and often crowded "Shed" ("la choza" in Spanish) Restaurant. Authentically Mexican menu and daily specials are displayed on a chalkboard. (505-982-0909)

4 Il Piatto
Situated in a small storefront, Il Piatto is an exceptionally comfortable restaurant offering superb traditional and grilled Italian dishes, antipasti, pastas, and delectable homemade tiramisu, and baked chocolate mousse with blackberries. (505-984-1091)

3 The Compound Restaurant
Located on Santa Fe's charming Canyon Road, The Compound serves gourmet, continental dishes in a historic white-washed adobe with white vigas and ceiling planks punctuated with colorful art and light-wood furniture. A brick patio is perfect for summer dining or social events and lends itself to the "compound" name. Since 2000, chef and owner Mark Kiffin has served a rich menu that includes Organic Scottish Salmon with Riesling Apple Sauce, Muscovy Duck Breast with Rhubarb-Ginger Compote and Grilled Rack of Lamb with Pearl Cous-Cous. (505-982-4353)

2 Pranzo Italian Grill
At first bite, you'll be transported directly to Italy! Pranzo's draws its name from the Italian word which translates "the main meal of the day." Here, it will probably be the best one as well as you can choose from meals with ingredients like fresh portobello mushrooms, succulent goat cheese, roasted bell peppers, and tangy sun-dried tomatoes. In warm weather, dine on the roof patio. Reservations recommended. (505-984-2645)

1 Tune-Up Cafe
Although Dave no longer owns this inexpensive, friendly restaurant, his name remains on a few menu items. Designer hamburgers and honest-to-goodness french fries are the house specialty. If you are in the mood for something a little different, the El Salvadoran owner's homemade pupusas are a favorite of those "in the know." The Tune-Up is also known for its great guacamole and chips. (505-983-7060)

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Celebrations Village West 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Southwestern
Neighborhood: MIDTOWN
French Pastry Shop 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
Carlos's Gosp'l Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
Tia Sophia's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Local Specialty, Mexican, Southwestern
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
Guadalupe Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican, Southwestern
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
La Choza 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican, Southwestern
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: SANTA FE WEST
Il Piatto 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
COST: $$
The Compound Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Catering, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
Pranzo Italian Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
COST: $$
Tune-Up Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Southwestern
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN