Not sure if you want breakfast or lunch – try brunch

Santa Fe loves brunch! This meal, a portmanteau word combining breakfast and lunch, is the perfect weekend solution to a late morning or early afternoon repast. A bit of research revealed the first use of the word seems to be in an 1896 piece titled Brunch: A Plea, published in the British Hunter’s Weekly. According to Princeton University, the origins arose from Catholic Church “guidelines” which “require a period of fasting before taking communion.” This meant not eating before Sunday Mass. However it got its name, this popular custom’s a great way to dine after a leisurely (or active) start to your weekend day. Most places offer brunch from around 11am to somewhere between 2 and 3pm.

In Santa Fe, true brunch, offering a bit from both meals, is found at many upscale dining places such as Santacafé  and hotel eateries including the Anasazi Restaurant at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. If you want something less formal there are places, such as Café Pasqual’s and The Pantry that serve breakfast all day. Once lunch service begins; voila: brunch. At Café Fina it’s always brunch time. The classic meal brings to mind dishes like Eggs Benedict, lox and bagels or inventive pancakes. Many Santa Fe menus offer traditional fare combined with regional favorites. Dining with a group where some members want breakfast and others want lunch? Go out for brunch. It’s a win/win solution.

Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen
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Sweetwater offers brunch every Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Located in the up-and-coming Midtown area, you won't find it unless you go looking. They are committed to natural food and sustainable farming methods. Much of the food is organic (including...  Read More

Cafe Fina
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This is one of those places that's a true local hangout. Sitting on Old Las Vegas Highway, about 15 minutes from the Santa Fe Plaza, you have to know about it to find it, although, thanks to the magic of social media, tourists are finding it....  Read More

The Pantry Restaurant
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While The Pantry doesn't offer an official brunch, this popular spot, opened in 1948, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from the moment the doors open in the morning to when they close at night. Everyone at your table can get whatever meal they...  Read More

Las Fuentes at Bishops Lodge
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Just a short drive from the Santa Fe Plaza brings you to the idyllic world of Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa. This historic property, once home to an archbishop and the Pulitzer Publishing family has been welcoming paying guests since...  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 décor. If...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Santacafe


This long-time favorite on the local food scene has offered Sunday brunch for over two decades. Dine in one of their three Santa Fe-style dining rooms, the bar or in warmer weather, the courtyard of the historic, former Padre Gallegos House....  Read More

Anasazi Restaurant at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
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For an upscale brunch experience, head for the restaurant at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. The dining room's décor honors the long gone and legendary Anasazi People, featuring rough stone walls and pictograph-style murals. In warmer weather,...  Read More

Terra at Four Seasons Resorts Rancho Encantado
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Executive Chef Andrew Cooper of Terra Restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado is passionate about fresh, local and sustainable food. He loves sharing this with diners. Brunch, served Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm, offers...  Read More

Café Pasqual's
Photo courtesy of Steve Collins


.Café Pasqual's doesn't serve an official brunch, but breakfast is served from opening until 3pm daily. Lunch service starts at 11am each day. Anytime between 11am and 3pm, you can order from either menu. James Beard Award-winning chef/owner...  Read More


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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