Breaking Bread: Group-Friendly Restaurants in Santa Fe

Dining out in Santa Fe with a group of friends or business colleagues? There’s an art to dealing with groups. Not every restaurant does it well. Do a bit of research and pick a place that’s good with them. Does your group love barbecue? The Ranch House is great with last minute groups. Want burgers and microbrews? Head for Blue Corn Café & Brewery where they can often handle you and your 50 best friends on the spot. For something a bit more exotic, call ahead to the African/Caribbean eatery Jambo Café where they can usually seat the gang fairly quickly. Sometimes you have enough time to make advance reservations to ensure a table. On the other hand, if you’re out for drinks with a group and decide you want to grab something to eat, it’s good to know your choices. Not every eatery welcomes unexpected groups, so don’t just pop in; call ahead. It’s a win-win. You’ll find out if there’s space for your party and the restaurant has a heads-up and can get set up for you. If they can’t take you at the last minute, you haven’t wasted a trip and time. Just call the next place on your list. Some questions you may want to ask a restaurant beforehand. Can the group to order off the regular menu? Will they give separate checks? Do they add gratuities? Do they have a full bar? Addressing these details before you go ensures a pleasant experience.

ps on short notice include Del Charro, Jambo, Blue Corn Café & Brewery and The Ranch House.

Santa Fe West
La Choza
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La Choza ("the shack"), specializing in northern New Mexican cuisine, is a great place for groups. The vibe is high energy, the ambiance is casual and portions plentiful. Off season, the restaurant says they can usually handle a group of up to...  Read More

Vanessie Santa Fe Restaurant & Lounge
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Looking for a sophisticated ambiance with more traditional food? Vanessie is a great choice. The upscale eatery, known for its piano bar, is perfect for small groups. The large round tables in their main dining room will seat eight comfortably....  Read More

Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante
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On Sundays, you often see large family groups, from babies to great-grandparents, gathered around tables at Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante. Why? People love the food and they do groups well. This perennial favorite of locals and tourists alike...  Read More

Cerrillos Road
Jambo Cafe
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Want something a bit more exotic for your group? Head to Jambo Café and they'll put out the welcome mat. Jambo means "hello" in Swahili. They can take small groups with little advance notice. A heads- up at least an hour's ahead of your arrival...  Read More

Historic East Side
315 Restaurant & Wine Bar
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Want something more upscale for your group dinner? The popular 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar is a great option. The eatery, housed in a vintage adobe building, has a full bar so cocktail lovers will be happy. Large parties are always welcome....  Read More

The Bull Ring
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If you want a steak the Bull Ring is the place to go. Specializing in USDA prime meat, the stylish, decades-old dining spot thrives on groups. Deals are made at this eatery which is popular with both politicos and business people. Space...  Read More

Cowgirl Santa Fe
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Does your group likes to party? Head to Cowgirl BBQ. It's a western bar straight out of western casting. The walls are lined with cowgirl memorabilia and you'll often see working cowgirls and boys bellied up to the bar. Show up with up to 15 of...  Read More

Del Charro
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If your group wants affordable downtown dining, head to Del Charro. Located a few short blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, it's a popular spot for both locals and tourists. The combination of reasonably priced and well-prepared food is a...  Read More

Blue Corn Cafe & Brewery
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Like micro-brews? Blue Corn Café & Brewery's Southside outpost makes craft beer and ale onsite. Their two spacious dining rooms and large bar area are great for groups. They'll put out the welcome mat even if you arrive unannounced. In...  Read More

The Ranch House Restaurant
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Barbecue fans will love The Ranch House. Chef/owner Josh Baum is passionate about 'que and does it well. The best part is they have lots of room so groups don't faze them. Show up with a group spontaneously and they'll take it in stride. Most...  Read More


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