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

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 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.

Back Road Pizza
Photo courtesy of photo Tricia Ward, courtesy Backroad 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. You can catch it in reruns....  Read More

Sena Plaza
The Shed
Photo courtesy of Billy Vigil

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 cuisine, has some...  Read More

Santa Fe Bite
Photo courtesy of Steve Collins

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 mix of natural New Mexico chuck...  Read More

Cerrillos Road
Jambo Cafe
Photo courtesy of Steve Collins

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 with those of the Caribbean,...  Read More

La Boca
Photo courtesy of 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 changes four to five times a...  Read More

Historic East Side
315 Restaurant & Wine Bar
Photo courtesy of Steve Collins

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. The winter menu features more...  Read More

Anasazi Restaurant at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
Photo courtesy of The Anasazi Restaurant

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 menu creating an exciting...  Read More

Terra at Four Seasons Resorts Rancho Encantado
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

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 wall in the contemporary chic...  Read More

Restaurant Martin
Photo courtesy of 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 appearances on both the Cooking...  Read More

Canyon Road
Photo courtesy of photo Peter Vitale, courtesy 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 exquisite food to the mellow...  Read More


Meet Billie Frank

Billie Frank is a freelance travel, food and feature writer based in Santa Fe New Mexico. Her blog, Santa Fe Travelers, is a treasure trove of information on the oldest capital city in the...  More About Billie

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