Santa Fe Wine Bars Agree That 'In Vino Veritas'

Santa Fe is a wine-loving city. You’ll find good wine in unexpected places. A few shops are either dedicated to or specialize in fine wines. One, Arroyo Vino, even opened a restaurant that offers a wide selection of wine and a menu of small plates for pairings. The annual Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta in September offers oenophiles and gourmands a chance to drink some of the best ones around while sampling the culinary diversity The City Different has to offer. While there are only four places with “wine bar” in their name, there are others where wine is an integral part of the restaurant. Wine lists are long and intriguing and you can enjoy interesting wines by the glass. Some even offer flights which allow you to sample several wines without buying a full pour. If wine dinners interest you, get on the email lists for these wine bars and restaurants. have impressive wine programs. The wine bars and eateries on this list all take food seriously. Their knowledgable sommeliers and servers can help you choose the foods that pair well with the wines. An anonymous person once toasted to “Wine, wit and wisdom.” You can’t go wrong with that combo. Always check with the wine bar before you go as hours and days of operation change.


Pranzo Italian Grill
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Pranzo Italian Grill offers oenophiles a frequently-changing selection of 20 wines by the glass as well as over 200 by the bottle. While diners can enjoy wine in the dining room, if you want conviviality, head for the vibrant barroom. The long...  Read More

The Compound Restaurant
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Love unique spots? The sunken bar at The Compound is perfect. It was designed by noted designer Alexander Girard, the man responsible for that mid-century innovation, the conversation pit. The bartender at the 12-seat bar is at eye-level making...  Read More

Canyon Road
Photo courtesy of photo Peter Vitale, courtesy Geronimo


Want to sip fine wines in an intimate bar accompanied by a carefully-crafted lounge menu? Head for Geronimo. Quinn Stephenson, one of the owners and a certified sommelier, has a carefully selected the over 200 wines on their list. According to...  Read More

Luminaria Restaurant & Patio
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Sit at the bar in Luminaria at the Inn and Spa at Loretto and sample wines from their list which has over 200 choices by the bottle and 25 by the glass. While the list is broad in scope it favors wines from California, France and Italy and is...  Read More

TerraCotta Wine Bistro
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TerraCotta Wine Bistro offers a vast array of wines from many countries at reasonable prices. Their aim: to encourage guests to sample new and interesting varietals. Their goal is to promote wines that they feel have been overlooked such as...  Read More

La Boca
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What do you drink with tapas? The answer is simple: wine. La Boca focuses on traditional Spanish small plates infused with Chef/owner James Campbell Caruso's contemporary twists. Byron Rudolph, a certified sommelier and the man who selects the...  Read More

Taberna La Boca
Photo courtesy of Doug Merriam


Despite its contemporary, chic feel, Taberna La Boca calls itself a "Spanish-style Tavern". Originally conceived as an off-shoot of La Boca, its sister restaurant just around the corner, the menu, while still mostly tapas, had evolved and now...  Read More

Il Piatto
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Il Piatto calls itself an "Italian Farmhouse Kitchen." They could easily add wine bar to their name. The custom glass and iron wine cave, a stand-alone bar and an intimate alcove furnished with wine barrel tables are signs that they take wine...  Read More

North of Town
Arroyo Vino
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What do you do when you have an 800-bottle wine shop and extra space? If you're the folks at Arroyo Vino, you open a wine bar. The sleek, modern 60-seat eatery focuses on fine wines and foods that complement them. Most people come to this...  Read More

Historic East Side
315 Restaurant & Wine Bar
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315 Restaurant and Wine Bar opened as a French bistro in 1995. While diners will still find classic dishes including onion soup and steak and frites, over the years the menu has evolved; these days "fusion" is a more apt description. The cozy,...  Read More


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