Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico near UA DeVargas
Santa Fe - Santa Fe
Sun-Thu: 5-9pm Fri-Sat: 5-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
315 is the kind of French restaurant Albuquerque doesn't have. It's got a casual atmosphere in an old converted house, but the food is knock-your-socks-off stellar. Chef Louis Moskow uses the finest ingredients (think foie gras and beluga caviar). Before you order, your server will bring over a chalkboard showing the day's specials; they're often the most exciting offerings. This is also a great place to have just a snack and a glass of wine from the incredible list.
Mon-Sun: Breakfast/Lunch 8am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
It's hard not to love Pasqual's, what with the bright Mexican tiles, tantalizing Latin-American menu and friendly service. The place is especially busy for weekend breakfast, when a line can form down the block. But don't give up; tell the hostess you're willing to sit at the big oak community table, where locals and tourists share copies of the morning paper and talk about how much they love living here or would love to live here. Don't miss the hot chocolate, housemade sausages and fabulous baked goods.
645 W Alameda St (Santa Fe)
Santa Fe NM 87501
Santa Fe NM 87501
Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm Sunday 11am-7pm (hours can change without notice)
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It's one of the fanciest restaurants in a city that has a lot of fancy restaurants. What makes The Compound different is a beautifully designed interior, lush gardens, a killer sommelier and really freakin' good food. Chef Mark Kiffin doesn't mess around with too much Southwestern stuff (though he did when he was at Coyote Café), favoring dishes like tuna tartare topped with osetra caviar and preserved lemon. Try this place for lunch during the week or dinner any night. And in good weather you should absolutely sit outside. (Also, The Compound has a package liquor license, so you can leave with nearly any bottle from their huge cellar.)
Mon-Thu 11:30am-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12:30am, Sun 11am-11pm (hours can change without notice)
For years, Cowgirl has been our most-visited restaurant in the capital. It's easy to find, there are always enough tables, the people-watching is great, and the food keeps coming until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Plus, the barbecue and Southern-style food is reasonably priced. Do not miss out on the chili cheese baked potato topped with your choice of beef or veggie chili. Wash it down with a cold beer or a giant soda.
Mon-Sun: 11:30am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
New Mexico’s most famous restaurant, Coyote Café is where Chef Mark Miller came to fame as the king of Southwestern cuisine. This beautifully renovated restaurant serves only dinner, but the rooftop bar, Coyote Cantina (open in the summer), has a wide selection of tequilas and an affordable Latin American menu. Try the trio of salsas including lime pico de gallo for only $6 while enjoying a cocktail.
This is another one of our all-time Santa Fe favorites. We go for Spanish-style tapas in one of the quiet dining rooms. Sometimes we stop in for a late-night drink and some entertainment in the lively bar up front. Whether it's a flamenco guitarist and dancers, or a Western swing band, the bar is always fun.
Mon-Sun: 5:45-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
Most people consider Geronimo the best restaurant in Santa Fe. The signature dish is a telicherry rubbed elk tenderloin atop garlic mashed potatoes and bathed in a mouth-watering brandied mushroom sauce. Generously dotted with applewood-smoked bacon and big, meaty morel mushrooms, and served with a superb glass of red wine, it is yum-um-ummy. The ambience here is a little uptight, but the food is what matters, right? If money is an object, try lunch; it's just as good and way cheaper.
Breakfast: Mon-Fri: 6:30-11am, Sat-Sun: 6:30am-12pm Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11am-2pm Dinner: Tues-Sat: 5:30-10pm (hours can change without notice)
Look for The Old House tucked away in the deluxe Eldorado Hotel. Here you’ll find mostly French-inspired food like sautéed diver scallops with a portobello and foie gras Wellington, wilted greens, Xeres sherry and Meyer lemon sauce. Everything, from the silverware to the service, is top-notch.
Wed-Sat 11 am-8 pm Sun 11 am-5 pm Mon-Tue Closed (hours can change without notice)
John and Bonnie Eckre, formerly of Bobcat Bite, take their food to the next level at this cozy restaurant located inside Garrett’s Desert Inn. The casual dining place is complete with a patio, burgers, shakes and beer.
Sun- Thrs: 11:30am- 10pm Fri- Sat: 11:30am- 11pm (hours can change without notice)
Food Network star Ming Tsai worked here for a few years in the mid-’90s, and the menu still shows a strong Asian influence in dishes like shiitake-and-cactus spring rolls with Southwestern ponzu dipping sauce. Close to the plaza, but not too pretentious, SantaCafé is an old standard. Ask to be seated on the lovely enclosed courtyard.
Mon-Sat: 11am-2:30pm, 5-9pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
The Shed is one of the best New Mexican restaurants in town, and it's just off the Plaza in an adobe building dating back to 1692. Stop in for a Margarita and a stack of blue corn enchiladas with a side of posole. Everything here comes with garlic bread, which is strange, yet delicious. Oh, and The Shed makes its own pies. Try a slice.
Mon-Fri 7am-10 pm Sat-Sun 8am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
The Tune-Up Café is an ace in the hole for Santa Fe restaurant recommendations, especially if you’re planning a meal for picky eaters. The café is filled with a glow. People-friendly touches include kids’ books, good music and lighting, and a long mirror that lets wall-facing diners feel like they’re a part of the room. Meanwhile, the food manages to be a lot of things without following any one path. It’s not a burger joint, but the burgers are good. It’s not New Mexican, but Tune-Up serves chile rellenos and huevos rancheros and green chile. On paper, its most unique influence is from El Salvador, but you could eat there many times and not even notice. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks to accomodate dining any time of day. There is usually a vegan soup on special.
Mon-Sat 11am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
A restaurant that focuses mostly on salads may be a hard sell for meat-happy New Mexicans, but make no mistake: Vinaigrette does salad right. From gourmet options that feature duck and arugula to more delicate fare with pomegranate seeds and shoestring yams, Vinaigrette presents a world of salads you may not have known existed. And much of their menu is locally grown at their fields in Nambe, N.M., too.