Romantic Dining à Deux in Santa Fe

There’s something about Santa Fe that whispers “romance.” Maybe it’s the narrow streets with their adobe walls hiding untold mysteries or perhaps the stunning sunsets or just the quality of the light. Whatever draws you, the city is the perfect place for proposals, weddings and just getting away with that person you love. Want a romantic dinner that you’ll long remember? The truth is, if you’re with someone you really love and sparks are flying, even the local drive-in eatery can be romance filled. But, if you want a place with romantic ambiance, whether you want a dark corner in a quiet bar, or lounge or a banquet or cozy table by the fireplace, The City Different has the perfect place for you and you honey to dine a deux. Proposing and want an extravagant bottle of bubbly to seal the deal? Want to toots up that special occasion? Want a special over-the-top gesture just because? Many of Santa Fe’s upscale eateries will arrange just about anything from champagne to flowers to a flaming dessert and even a violinist to serenade you and your significant other. All you have to do is ask. If they can do it, they will. Just give them your credit card number. Call in advance as these things take planning. Some restaurants even feature dishes that scream romance; or call in advance to arrange a special romantic menu. You’re only limited by your imagination and your budget. Romance is alive and well in Santa Fe.

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

Want something a bit more casual for your lovers' dinner and think sunsets are romantic? Santa Fe boasts spectacular ones. One of the best places to this nightly show is Terra Bar at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado. Mother Nature's show...  Read More

The Staab House
Photo courtesy of The Staab House

Staab House, the cozy bar at La Posada Resort & Spa, is in the former library of the Victorian mansion once home to Abraham and Julia Staab. You can't beat the ambiance for casual romantic dining. In winter, sit by one of the cozy fireplaces...  Read More

TerraCotta Wine Bistro
Photo courtesy of Terra Cotta Wine Bistro

A walk down charming, historic Johnson Street on your way to Terra Cotta Wine Bistro will set the scene for romance. Reserve a table in the romantic, bar or one of the two intimate dining rooms for your special dinner. Sip on some wine as you...  Read More

Santa Fe West
Dinner for Two
Photo courtesy of Dinner for Two

The name says it all: Dinner for Two. Though they serve more than two, this cozy eatery, run by the Barnes family since 2003, is a place that seems conceived for lovers. The intimate dining room with its subtle lighting sets the mood for love....  Read More

Santa Fe West
Galisteo Bistro
Photo courtesy of Galisteo Bistro

Galisteo Bistro welcomes you with its romantic ambiance: soft terra cotta colored walls, flickering gas candles and quiet tables where you can murmur words of love to each other. Reserve either a window or corner table. Do you find seafood sexy?...  Read More

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

The Anasazi Restaurant and Bar at the Inn of the Anasazi is one of the most romantic dining rooms in Santa Fe. Décor is Santa Fe style with American Indian accents. Want something more private than the communal dining room? For a price, you can...  Read More

Bouche Bistro
Photo courtesy of Bouche Bistro

When asked what makes Bouche romantic, chef/owner Charles Dale has a simple answer: "France = Romance!" This intimate bistro's soft cream walls accented with red which Dale calls "the color of passion and love," and soft lighting set the perfect...  Read More

North of Town
Arroyo Vino
Photo courtesy of Steve Collins

Quiet tables and candle light make Arroyo Vino, about 20 minutes northwest of Santa Fe a great place for romance. Let them know you're celebrating a special occasion and you may get a surprise or two. Request either table one or 104, the two...  Read More

Luminaria Restaurant & Patio
Photo courtesy of Inn and Spa at Loretto

Sunday brunch at Luminaria at the Four Diamond Inn and Spa at Loretto offers guests a leisurely way to begin their day while choosing between both breakfast and lunch options. Dine in their beamed dining with its classic southwestern...  Read More

Canyon Road
Photo courtesy of photo Peter Vitale, courtesy Geronimo

Ask Santa Feans what's the most romantic restaurant in the city and many will say Geronimo. What makes it so romantic? The carefully cultivated ambiance (sexy lighting, kiva fireplaces, and soft music) paired with a well-executed menu and fine...  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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