Santa Fe Touts Magnificent Four-Star Dining, Mind-Blowing Cuisine

Kimberly Suta

By , Travel Expert at Large, Santa Fe
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Santa Fe has more four star restaurants than any other city in the United States, or at least that’s what we’ve heard, and quite honestly, we believe it! People travel to Santa Fe now, not just for the art, the culture, the scenery and snow skiing, but for the superior cuisine. It would be impossible to rank the best of the best of Santa Fe’s restaurants, so it’s imperative that you read through the entire list to determine which restaurant appeals to your current cravings. We are so enamored with each of our top ten Santa Fe restaurants that it really would be a shame for you to not try them all! Each Chef is an artist and a...  Read more »

  • 1

    Restaurant Martin

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

    Restaurant Martin's Executive Chef Martin was a contender on Iron Chef, and you know what that means - superb cuisine!

    Local Expert Tip: "Entrees such as the New Zealand Bass with blue lump crab meat, swiss chard, cauliflower puree, cannellini beans, sultana raisins, candied ginger and lemongrass-coconut nage is a mouthful to say and a satisfying mouthful to eat. For dessert, Martin's Apple Tart goes far beyond anything you've seen before. Martin is Mozart on a plate!"

  • 2

    The Artesian Restaurant

    Ojo Caliente and The Artesian offers a complete visceral experience of culinary delights in a magical environment.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can get a day pass for the springs for under $20! We recommend a soak in their private bath before diving into one of their decadent desserts. Our favorite is the Chocolate Cigar of dark chocolate ganache wrapped in butter-brushed phyllo dough and served with whipped cream... or maybe it's the Coconut Mango Tres Leches. For a light snack, you must sample the New Mexican Pot Stickers with black beans and goat cheese crema and one of their signature drinks like the Prickly Pear Mimosa!"

  • 3

    Chez Mamou French Bakery and Cafe

    Chez Mamou offers authentic French cuisine and pastries in a warm and inviting atmosphere!

    Local Expert Tip: "Chez Mamou also has a beautiful patio and private room for special events. Be sure to ask about their homemade ice cream! Oh, and did we mention the homemade chocolate truffles with the best ganache you'll ever eat? Magnifique!"

  • 4

    Las Fuentes Restaurant and Bar

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Greater Santa Fe

    Las Fuentes offers the perfect combination of exceptional food in a stunning atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can't go wrong with any of the fantastic dishes on this menu, but the Stuffed Sweet Corn Crusted Quail with bourbon bacon, sourdough and pinon stuffing, smoky campfire beans, root vegetables and bush berry sauce is the kind of dish you might read about in a novel or see in a movie. Luckily, you can get it any time at Las Fuentes!"

  • 5

    Luminaria Restaurant & Patio

    Luminaria is a wonderfully romantic and elegant restaurant and offers some of the finest cuisine in Santa Fe.

    Local Expert Tip: "Start out your fine dining experience right by having a cocktail by the cozy fireplace, located in the lounge just outside the restaurant at the amazing Inn and Spa at Loretto. Somehow, maybe by magic, the Blue Corn Crepe with duck confit is a savory concoction as light and fluffy as a cloud and comes with a kick in the form of the Chili Colorado -- it's an exceptional choice on a chilly Santa Fe eve. "

  • 6

    Shohko Cafe

    While Shohko Cafe has managed to creatively incorporate Southwestern flavors it's a refreshing alternative in this culinary landscape.

    Local Expert Tip: "Shohko sports the largest sake bar in New Mexico, and is also a distributor for those looking for traditional Japanese libations. If you have a sweet tooth, do NOT miss out on the Tempura-Fried Green Tea Ice Cream!"

  • 7

    Pranzo Italian Grill

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $25
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    Pranzo is a gorgeous Italian restaurant that offers fantastic cuisine at very reasonable prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "For a delightful end to your meal, try the fresh and tangy Lemon Sorbet or the light and creamy Tiramisu. For wine lovers, Pranzo also boasts an extensive wine list with many domestic and imported options. "


  • 8

    315 Restaurant & Wine Bar

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

    315 Restaurant offers the most romantic venue of all of the restaurants as well as some wonderful French cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Do yourself a favor and definitely make room for dessert! 315 had their own house-made ice cream and sorbets as well as popular French treats such as Profiteroles, Chocolate Pots de Creme and Creme Brulee, made with Madagascar vanilla beans. "

  • 9

    Old House

    Old House is a sophisticated and elegant steakhouse, offering some of the most excellent cuisine and service in Santa Fe.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you order the creme brulee for dessert, try a glass of Taylor Fladgate 20 year with it. It will knock your socks off! The Agave Lounge offers incredible tequila selections and superb cocktails to enjoy before your dinner. Enjoy!"

  • 10

    La Plazuela at La Fonda Hotel

    The fabulous hotel which houses this restaurant pulls out all the stops for ambience, service and food. A reliably great choice for lunch or dinner.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you can't make up your mind whether to order red or green chile sauce, you can always ask for your dish "Christmas style," which is a wonderful blend of both!"


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