Santa Fe's Eclectic, Delicious and Diverse Dining Will Wow You

Billie Frank

By , Local Expert, Santa Fe
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Santa Fe is a foodie’s 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...  Read more »

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    Geronimo is arguably the best restaurant in Santa Fe, from the ambiance and food to the service and the well-chosen wine list.

    Local Expert Tip: "Keep your eyes peeled here, while being discreet. Many a Hollywood star in Santa Fe for filming or for pleasure has been spotted at this elegant eatery. Try to get a table in the elegant front room and you can see who's coming and going."

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    Restaurant Martin

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    Restaurant Martin delivers great food combined with a carefully wine list, Santa Fe ambiance and excellent service.

    Local Expert Tip: "In summer sit on the spacious outdoor patio that Chef Rios built with his own hands. You can often see him emerge from the kitchen to pick an herb or two to garnish his fresh, seasonal dishes."

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    Terra at Four Seasons Resorts Rancho Encantado

    • Neighborhood: North of Town

    Terra under Chef Andrew Cooper is turning out inventive and delicious food served in a chic contemporary dining room.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask about the Chef Culinary Adventures, five hours of shopping and cooking with. Chef Andrew Cooper. You'll join him shopping at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, choosing the freshest ingredients available. Upon return to the resort's kitchen, you'll work with the chef preparing a four-course feast. "

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    Anasazi Restaurant at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

    The elegant dining room with its sense of place, the food's sophisticated flavor pairings and the signature cocktails offer a memorable experience

    Local Expert Tip: "Want to be alone with that special person? Dine a deux in the inn's intimate living room with its wood burning fireplace. It's the perfect spot to propose or celebrate a special occasion with someone you love or just because. Call the hotel to reserve this unique space. "

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    315 Restaurant & Wine Bar

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Historic East Side

    315 Restaurant and Wine Bar is a local favorite where diners can enjoy well-prepared food paired with carefully selected wines.

    Local Expert Tip: "Want a reasonably-priced dinner for two? Sit in the bar and order from the interesting menu offering such tasty tidbits as petite sirloin with frites, fried calamari and house-made charcuterie plate. All items are $8 or chose five for $35. You can't go wrong with this deal. "

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    La Boca

    • Cuisine: Moroccan, Spanish
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    La Boca's Chef James Campbell Caruso has mastered the art of tantalizing small plates consistently offering diners a culinary visit to Spain

    Local Expert Tip: "Go for Happy Hour. Munch on selected half-priced tapas and enjoy wine discounts. While La Boca's Happy Hour is in the afternoon and perfect for a late lunch, Taberna's is from 6 to 7p.m. You can have a delicious dinner and not break the bank."

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    Jambo Cafe

    • Neighborhood: Cerrillos Road

    Jambo Café offers a unique, casual and reasonably-priced, good quality dining experience with

    Local Expert Tip: "Jambo can get busy. Go at off hours or make a reservation. If you've never had goat stew, try it here; it's delicious. That and the Banana Leaf Wrapped Island Spiced Mahi Mahi were featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives."

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    Santa Fe Bite

    Green chile cheeseburgers are one of the most popular dishes in Santa Fe and The Bite is widely acknowledged to make the best.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you don't have a huge appetite, order the new 6 oz. burger. Save room for one of .Bonnie Ekre's homemade desserts (if they aren't sold out). Don't want to wait for a table? Arrive by 11:30 for lunch or 5:30 for dinner."

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    The Shed

    The Shed is a destination restaurant for locals and visitors alike serving up New Mexican cuisine since 1960.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Shed serves French garlic bread instead of the traditional sopaillias (little fried dough pillows). It's a holdover from their days as a continental restaurant. If you gotta have that sopa, head for their sister restaurant La Choza."

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    Back Road Pizza

    • Neighborhood: Midtown

    Every best list should have this popular "American" food and Back Road's version rocks.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the popular Penny's Bruschetta, a recipe that came from owner Piper Kapin's mom. This favorite is one of the recipes Kapin cooked with the Food Network's Guy Fieri. Tune into the show next time the episode is on and learn how to make it at home. "



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