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.