First, when you spend time in Santa Fe, a special occasion calls for being in historic central Santa Fe. It’s part of the charm and part of making a meal special. Here are our recommendations for that special evening.
Co-located with the lovely Inn of the Anasazi, the bar and restaurant feature cozy southwest style furnishings and decor. Dining options include southwest cuisine with a contemporary flair. Weather permitting you can enjoy a drink or dining on the front patio. The bar is a welcoming place with huge Pueblo pottery pieces overlooking the bar. The bar menu is excellent. Private dining is available for up to 12 guests in the restaurant’s exclusive wine cellar(505-988-3236 ) Website
Off Canyon Road, you’ll find another elegant dining destination. The Compound, remembered for its distinctive style and elegance since the 1960’s, has been rejuvenated with the energy and excitement that made it a leading destination in its early years. Chef Mark Kiffin, James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef of the Southwest 2005”, has been responsible for this revitalization. The menu is creative. I enjoyed an excellent salmon dish with a very creative bleu cheese salad. The service was excellent and the decor inviting. (505-982-4353) Website
A Santa Fe favorite set in a historic home on Canyon Road. In it’s celebrated 18 years, Geronimo has established a reputation as the place to dine in Santa Fe. Tradition and innovation merge at this Canyon Road legend, where simplicity and understatement reign.New Mexico’s only Mobil 4 star, AAA 4 diamond rated restaurant. (505-982-1500 ) (unreviewed) Website
One of Santa Fe’s most celebrated restaurants. When you dine at the Old House, the AAA Four Diamond Santa Fe Plaza restaurant that Zagat honored as New Mexico’s best, you know it’s going to be a special experience. Enjoy contemporary global cuisine featuring the freshest seasonal and regional ingredients from nearby artisan farms. I’ve enjoyed dining in their cozy dining room next to a blazing fireplace. (800-995-4555) Website
These are restaurants that have a long history with both locals and visitors to Santa Fe. There are many new and up and coming restaurants that are excellent, but these are the trusted places to go. Santa Fe is known for playing “musical chefs,” meaning that chefs change restaurants frequently and venues open and close quite often. Needless to say, reservations are recommended. Watch our reviews for the venues that are currently well-regarded.
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