SANTA FE RESTAURANTS

Andiamo!
322 Garfield St. 995-9595.
Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$.
Cuisine: Italian. Atmosphere: Cozy interior with Tuscan yellows and reds. House specialties: Prosciutto with endive, crispy polenta with Gorgonzola cream sauce, chicken Parmesan, baked herb risotto, salmon, and veal scaloppine. Comments: Consistently good food with a smart wait staff makes this the place to eat Italian. Celebrities mingle with the locals.

Bistro 315
315 Old Santa Fe Trail. 986-9190
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free inside. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: French Atmosphere: Three intimate rooms-reminiscent of a small inn in the French countryside. Patio dining from spring to fall. House Specialties: Earthy French onion soup made with a duck stock; smooth and rich Foie Gras terrine with poached cranberries; generous portions of flavorful black mussels with white wine, garlic, parsley, and lemon; and steak frites au poivre with bernaise or herb butter. Comments: Owner and chef Louis Moskow has assembled an elegant and delectable menu.

Bobcat Bite Restaurant
Old Las Vegas Hwy. South of Santa Fe. 983-5319.
Lunch/Dinner
No alcohol. Smoking.
Cash. $
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: A neon bobcat sign above a small, low-slung building, a parking lot full of potholes and four-wheelers, stripped-down decor with five tables, and nine seats at a counter made out of logs. House
specialties: No contest-the huge inch-and-a-half-thick green chile cheeseburger (juice-down-the-elbow kind) is the top burger in Santa Fe. A thin 13-ounce ribeye steak is juicy and flavorful. Comments: No dessert, no fancy-shmancy stuff here. And no one ever leaves Bobcat Bite unhappy or hungry. This is one road eatery that is forever locked into a 1950s space/time warp.

Cafe Pasqual's
121 Don Gaspar. 983-9340.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Sunday Brunch
Beer/Wine. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: American/multi-ethnic. Atmosphere: Small café adorned with lots of Mexican streamers, Indian maiden posters, rustic wooden furniture, and a community table. House specialties: Hotcakes get a nod from Gourmet magazine. Huevos motulenos, a Yucatan breakfast, is one you'll never forget. Lunch: grilled chicken breast sandwich with Manchego cheese or the cilantro pesto quesadilla. Dinner: Plato supremo with shrimp taco and chicken mole or grilled New Mexico rack of lamb with pomegranate glaze. Comments: There's always a line outside the screen door, but it's well worth the wait. Try going at an off time-around 3 or 4 pm.

Café San Estevan
428 Agua Fria at Montezuma St. 995-1996.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$.
Cuisine: New Mexican. Atmosphere: Old adobe, rustic wooden tables. House specialties: Enchiladas de la Casa de Estevan, Anna's poblano chile, watercress salad with poached egg and bacon, and probably the best flan you'll ever have-it's more like a crême brulée. Comments: Chef and owner Estevan Garcia has taken his favorite New Mexican foods and given them refinement with French influences.

Carlos's Gosp'l Cafe
125 Lincoln Ave., in the plaza at the Interstate Bank Building. 983-1841.
Lunch
No alcohol. Smoking. Patio.
Cash. $
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Continuously playing gospel music and casual seating set the stage for this happy-go-lucky café. House specialties: Carlos's famous hangover stew, lip-smacking fat sandwiches with sassy names like the Miles Standish-fresh turkey breast, cranberries, and cream cheese. Or the Jack Dempsey-roast beef, cheddar, and horseradish. Have a wedge of the baked-fresh-daily lemon meringue pie. Comments: Boogie on in for a down-home treat and do what you're told-say Amen.

Chocolate Maven Bakery & Café
821 W. San Mateo. 984-1980
Lunch
Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Industrial chic. House specialties: Flavorful soups, grilled sandwiches, salads, pizza, freshly baked quiche, and wonderful desserts-try the Belgian chocolate fudge brownie. Comments: While you're having lunch you can look through the large
window and watch the "chocolate mavens" preparing desserts.

Cloud Cliff Bakery & Artspace
1805 Second St. 983-6254
Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch/Bakery
Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: American/Southwest. Atmosphere: Long bar facing an open grill, a community table, and a bakery with a real hearth oven that fills the room with heady aromas. House
specialties: Great daily specials and salads. Nativo breads are made from organic wheat grown by New Mexico farmers. Try the black bean chile and any breakfast on the menu. Comments: Continues to be the hot spot for the "real" Santa Fe locals.

The Compound
653 Canyon Rd. 982-4353
Dinner: Mon.-Sat./Lunch:Thurs. & Fri.
Full-bar. Smoke-free. Patio
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: Contemporary American food. Atmosphere: Beautiful, serene, 150-year-old adobe with private dining rooms and patio. House specialties: The menu changes with the seasons. Made-to-order soups, baked pacific oysters in a creamy broth with herbs.are perfect. Signature dishes like the cast iron skillet veal sirloin, buttermilk roast chicken with foie gras gravy, and the slow-baked salmon. Other recommendations: The warm and scrumptious bittersweet liquid chocolate cake with crêmè fraîche and cocoa (baked to order). Comments: Bravo! to Mark Kiffin and Brett Kemmerer for creating a brilliant masterpiece of world-class, first-class
dining. Dinner at the bar can be very social and a lot of fun.

Counterculture
930 Baca St. 995-1105.
Breakfast/Lunch
No alcohol. Smoke-free. Patio.
Cash. $$
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Fast food café. Very informal. House specialties: Breakfast burrito; grilled prosciutto, provolone cheese, and roasted pepper sandwich; spring rolls with sweet-and-spicy sauce are favorites among locals. Comments: Counterculture is the place to go for a quick, inexpensive lunch.

Cowgirl Hall of Fame
319 S. Guadalupe St. 982-2565.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoking/nonsmoking. Patio
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: American/Barbecue. Atmosphere: Popular patio shaded with big cottonwoods. Very informal and down-home. The bar is cozy and rustic, the crowd friendly, and the music can be great. House specialties: Smoked brisket and ribs, homemade potato salad (with skins), a knockout Texas onion loaf, buffalo burgers, strawberry shortcake. Comments: Wash it all down with anything from a Bud to a Negra Modelo, or one of Santa Fe Brewery's wheat ales.

Coyote Cafe
132 W. Water St. 983-1615.
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining room.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: Southwestern. Atmosphere: Bright, contemporary space and an open kitchen Saddle up a barstool covered in, yes, real cowhide. House specialties: Brazilian daiquiri or Chile-tini to go with Coyote's famous red chile onion rings. Do not deny yourself-get the chipotle shrimp on buttermilk corn cakes for an appetizer. Entrée: try the 22-ounce, bone-in, aged prime rib cowboy steak-enough beef here to satisfy most armchair buckaroos. Comments: Mark Miller, the high priest of Southwestern cuisine, has created a restaurant legend.

Dave's Not Here
1115 Hickox St. 983-7060.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free.
Cash. $$
Cuisine: American/New Mexican. Atmosphere: One simple room with open kitchen. Friendly, and casual. Shared tables. House specialties: Thick, perfectly cooked chile-cheeseburgers, just-the-right-amount-of-fat french fries, and housemade chile rellenos have kept the locals dropping by for over 10 years. Large portions and low prices. Comments: Without a doubt, one of the top burgers in Santa Fe.

Downtown Subscription
376 Garcia St. 983-3085.
Breakfast/Lunch
No alcohol. Smoke-free. Patio.
Cash. $
Cuisine: American coffeehouse and newsstand. Atmosphere: Café society. Over 1,600 magazine titles to buy or peruse. Big room with small tables. No frills. House specialties: Espresso, cappuccino, lattes, and pastries. Comments: Local writers are here chatting about their latest screenplays, novels, or book deals over coffee. A large, lovely patio
continues to attract a major segment of the coffeehouse crowd that likes to enjoy New Mexico's 300+ days of glorious sunshine.

El Farol
808 Canyon Rd. 983-9912.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoking/nonsmoking. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Spanish. Atmosphere: The western-style bar is old and decrepit with wood
plank floors and thick adobe walls. There's
a postage stamp-size dance floor for cheek-to-cheek dancing. Wall murals painted by
Alfred Morang still exist. Dining rooms are
intimate. House specialties: 35 tapas,
fresh garlic soup, and authentic paella. Comments: El Farol once had the notoriety
of being one of the rowdiest bars this side of
the Pecos River. Rumor has it that thirsty cowhands used to ride their horses right into the bar! Live entertainment nightly at 9:30 pm.

El Mesón
213 Washington Ave. 983-6756.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Spanish. Atmosphere: Former coffee shop transformed into a Spanish café.
House specialties: 14 tapas including
shrimp in garlic sauce, fried calamari, spicy
lamb brochettes, and Manchego cheese
in olive oil. Try the pickled pheasant salad,
saffron-infused Spanish paellas, and an
outstanding housemade chorizo. The thick, Spanish hot chocolate you can drink with a
spoon is perfect for dessert or for thawing
out winter-frozen bones. Comments: El
Mesón has been recently renovated and
added many new items to their menu.

Felipe's Tacos
1711 Llano St., in St. Michael's Village. 473-9397.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
No alcohol. Smoke free. Patio.
Cash. $
Cuisine: Mexican. Atmosphere: Very casual, tiny taqueria in a strip mall. House specialties: Soft tacos the way you get 'em in Mexico
with a salsa bar to pick up red/green chile
salsas, pico de gallo, limes, radishes, chopped onions, and cilantro. Comments: Felipe's is definately health-conscious: No lard is used, beans and rice are cooked up fresh, salsas
are prepared daily, and there are lots of
vegetarian dishes.
Geronimo
724 Canyon Rd. 982-1500.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining room. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$$.
Cuisine: Very Southwestern. Atmosphere:
Two-century-old building, fireplaces, portal
dining, thick adobe walls,and bancos. House specialties: The fresh water lobster tail with angel hair pasta appetizer should win an award. There's also Caesar salad with grilled shrimp, grilled pepper-crusted elk tenderloin,Grilled Amish veal lamb tenderloin,, and many wonderful seafood dishes, including the fresh herb rubbed Chilean sea bass with roasted garlic. Comments: A vey professional waitstaff. Chef Eric DiStefano's menu continues win awards, pleasing locals and tourists alike.

Guadalajara Grill
3877 Cerrillos Rd. 424-3544.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoking.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: Mexican. Atmosphere: Funky storefront in a strip mall with simple booths and tables. House specialties: Birria estila (kid goat), camaron al mojo de ajo, shrimp cocktail, and chilaquiles. Comments: The cheese
enchiladas and tacos are excellent and the free salsa and chips are addictive. And you will find some of the best service in town here.

Harry's Roadhouse
Old Las Vegas Highway. 989-4629.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Visa/MasterCard. $$
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Roadhouse charm makes you feel like family-a quality that endures in New Mexico. The small, front room with the counter and bar stools is way cool. House specialties: Hearty breakfasts, a darn good burger with fries, and a smokey chicken quesadilla that is one of the best in Santa Fe. Comments: All of the tasty pies are housemade: lemon meringue, coconut cream, apple, and pecan. Generous portions, budget prices, and a casual but friendly waitstaff make this a very popular place with locals.

Il Piatto
95 W. Marcy St. 984-1091.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Italian. Atmosphere: Intimate but informal Italian bistro has customers practically hanging out the door in summer. House specialties: Fresh arugula salad with pine nuts, raisins, and Parmesan; rigatoni with eggplant, olives, tomatoes, and goat cheese; pumpkin ravioli with browned butter and sage; baked salmon with fennel; roast chicken peppernato. Comments: Pannetone bread pudding is blissful and the tiramisú irresistible. So, sin a little. You deserve it.

Julian's
221 Shelby St. 988-2355.
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Italian. Atmosphere: Soft, piped-in jazz, Art Deco stained glass, twinkling lights, enormous mirrors, glowing ochre walls, and several fireplaces make this one of the most romantic restaurants in Santa Fe. House
specialties: Eggplant grilled with olive oil, roasted red peppers and balsamic vinegar; boneless breast of chicken sautéed with raisins, shallots, and capers in a sweet-and-sour wine sauce are addictive. The sea bass in broth is wonderful. Comments: Tiramisú for dessert. Espresso, cappuccino, and an extensive list of Italian and California wines.

La Casa Sena
125 E. Palace Ave. 988-9232.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: Call it Regional Southwestern. Atmosphere: A stunning example of 19th
century Territorial-style adobe architecture. Ceilings soar to 15 feet with enormous vigas, columns, and four magnificent tin chandeliers. House specialties: Pan-seared molasses duck breast with blackberry Port wine sauce and grilled corn-fed American rack of lamb chops with habanero-papaya fruit salsa and crispy root vegetable chips. Comments: The cantina
features Broadway music sung by the waitstaff.

Maria's New Mexican Kitchen
555 W. Cordova Rd. 983-7929.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoking/nonsmoking. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: New Mexican. Atmosphere: Rough wooden floors, hand-carved chairs and tables, low ceilings, three kiva fireplaces, and used bricks on the walls from the old New Mexico State Penitentiary set the historical tone here. House specialties: Freshly made tortillas, green chile stew. Pork spareribs in a mild red chile barbecue sauce are a 50-year-old tradition. Flan with real burnt-sugar caramel sauce pooled around a creamy smooth custard is the perfect ending. Comments: Dozens of Margaritas to choose from, but the Margarita del Jóven Estéban wins, hands down for smooth, great taste.

Mariscos La Playa
537 . Cordova Rd. 982-2790.
2875 Cerrillos Rd. 473-4594
Lunch/Dinner
Beer. Smoke-free.
Visa/Mastercard. $$
Cuisine: Mexican. Atmosphere: The original Marisco's is a funny little joint that looks out over a parking lot. The decor is turquoise Formica and the room is simple and small. Don't expect any frills or fuss here. House specialties: Shrimp rolled with bacon and Mexican cheese; "come-back-to-life" seafood soup is served in a large mixing bowl; avocado-cream-jalapeño-tomato-onion sauce/ dip is remarkable; shrimp cocktail is served in a large, old-fashioned ice cream sundae dish. Comments: An authentic south-of-the-border seafood eatery.

The Old House
309 W. San Francisco St.,
at the Eldorado Hotel. 988-4455.
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: New Southwestern. Atmosphere: Clubby and comfortable. House specialties: A trio of chilled vichyssoise, seared sea bass, or grilled veal chop will not disappoint. Warm liquid center chocolate cake with creme anglaise is the only way to end your meal. Comments: Service is very professional and knowledgeable and the wine list offers nearly 30 wines by the glass.

Old Mexico Grill
2434 Cerrillos Rd., in the College Plaza South Shopping Center. 473-0338.
Lunch/Dinner
Full Bar. Smoking/nonsmoking.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Mexican. Atmosphere: Shopping mall location. Comfy booths in the bar and dining room. There's an open grill in the main dining room so you can watch the flames leaping high as your fajitas sizzle. House specialties: Addictive spicy-hot peanuts at the bar, the Caldo tlalpeño, a Mexican chicken soup with chipotle chiles and vegetables, is full of flavor. Tacos with shredded leg of lamb, ancho chile, and mint barbecue sauce at lunch or dinner. Comments: Custard rice pudding with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rum is first-rate.

The Pink Adobe
406 Old Santa Fe Trail. 983-7712.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining rooms.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: American/Creole New Mexican. Atmosphere: Housed in a 300-year-old former military barracks with 36-inch-thick walls, and six fireplaces. The Dragon Room bar is one of the most popular watering holes in Santa Fe. House specialties: Creole Mary-a Bloody Mary made with Stoli and a garden-sink skewer of celery, olives, and pickled okra. Gypsy or green chile stew at lunch. Steak Dunigan, a New York cut smothered with green chile and sautéed mushrooms at dinner. French apple pie served up warm with hot brandy sauce for dessert. Comments: You're in the presence of a time-honored Santa Fe tradition.

Pizzeria Espiritu
1722-A St. Michael's Dr. 424-8000.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/Wine. Smoke-free. Delivery available.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: Italian Atmosphere: A shoe-box of a restaurant with a knock-off painting on the ceiling of Michelangelo's God creating Adam, only it's pizza He's creating this time. House specialties: House salad, made-to-order deep-dish and crisp-crust pizzas. Comments: A little bit of heaven because God created pizza! A second location on Canyon Road is huge in comparison, with jazz nightly.

Pranzo Italian Grill
540 Montezuma St. (Sanbusco Ctr.). 984-2645.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining room
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Italian. Atmosphere: Stylish gray booths, snazzy bar, and rooftop patio. House specialties: Spaghettini with baby shrimp, shaved garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, peas, provolone, and red pepper flakes, the rosemary beef sandwich with caramelized onions on grilled focaccia, pan-roasted salmon with olive tapenade, sauteed fennel and grilled polenta. Great pizzas and fab deserts. Comments: Generous portions and fast, friendly service. Sit at the bar for lunch and try the oven-roasted mussels with fresh herbs, garlic butter, and gremolata. Ask for a "finger" of parmesan cheese to accompany your double espresso and dessert. They'll understand.

Pyramid Cafe
505 W. Cordova Rd. 989-1378.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: Greek. Atmosphere: Nondescript storefront in a mall parking lot. Call it Formica casual. House specialties: Gyro plates or sandwiches-lamb or chicken, falafels, moussaka, and the Pyramid Pinnacle Platter. Comments: Generous portions and fast service.

Ristra
548 Agua Fria St. 982-8608.
Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: Southwestern/French. Atmosphere: Small dining rooms in old cottage. with a lovely tented patio. House specialties: The black Mediterranean mussels in aromatic chipotle and mint broth, housemade country pâté with cornichons; brandade of salt cod with basil, roasted fennel, and sweet peppers; halibut in cilantro and herb broth. Comments: Adjectives like high-spirited, bouncy, dashing, pert, and peppery describe one of the bright jewels in Santa Fe's restaurant crown.

Rociada
304 Johnson Street. 983-3800
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining rooms.
Major credit cards. $$$$.
Cuisine: French country bistro. Atmosphere: Renovated 1857 adobe with a great bar and a nice "buzz" in the rooms. House specialities: For an appetizer try the Hudson Bay seared fois gras with figs and balsamic reduction. Entrees not-to-miss are the tilapia meuniere and
traditional steak frites. Desserts are perfect classics like the lavender creme brulee. Other
recommendations: The Monday night prix fixe is a must-do. Great wine list and over 15
champagnes to choose from. Comments: Rociada received the Mobil 4-Star Award in January 2001.

Santacafé
231 Washington Ave. 984-1788.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoking/nonsmoking. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: Modern American. Atmosphere: One of the finest examples of Placita-style architecture in Santa Fe. Minimal, quiet white keeps the Zen-like ambience at full tilt. House specialties: Menu changes seasonally. Green chile-studded brioche; pan seared filet mignon with tarragon-foie gras butter; shiitake and cactus spring rolls with green chile dipping sauce; rack of lamb with rosted garlic mashed potatoes; oven-roasted chile relleno stuffed with three-mushroom quinoa and pooled with chipotle cream; the warm chocolate upside-down cake. Comments: High praise from important food publications. Very popular-celebrities are known to make reservations months in advance.

Saveur
204 Montezuma St. 989-4200.
Breakfast/Lunch
No alcohol. Smoke-free. Patio.
Visa/MasterCard. $$
Cuisine: French/American. Atmosphere: Cafeteria service for salad bar and soups. Deli case with meats and desserts. Sit down at small tables in very casual rooms, elbow to elbow. Bustling with locals every day. House specialties: Excellent salad bar with celeriac root, asparagus, pasta, potato, shredded carrot, cabbage, tomato with basil and mozzarella; custom-made sandwiches-try the smoked turkey with pesto. Comments: The setup can be confusing the first time here, but once you get the hang of it, voilà!

The Shed
1131/2 E. Palace Ave. 982-9030.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: New Mexican. Atmosphere: The Shed is housed in a 17th-century adobe hacienda-a local institution. House specialties: Legendary, stacked, red or green chile cheese enchiladas using blue corn tortillas. Try the posole. Comments: If you want to avoid the tourist crowds and long lines during the summer, drive over to The Shed's sister restaurant, La Choza, where you can stretch out and get the same classic New Mexican food.

Steaksmith at El Gancho
Old Las Vegas Highway. 988-3333
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining room.
Major credit cards $$$
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Family restaurant with full bar and lounge. House specialties: Choice aged steaks and lobster. Try the pepper steak with dijon cream sauce-it's a real winner!. Comments: After 23+ years of
serving steaks in Santa Fe, one thing is certain-they know their business at The Steaksmith.

Tia Sophia's
210 W. San Francisco St. 983-9880.
Breakfast/Lunch
No alcohol. Smoking/nonsmoking.
Major credit cards. $
Cuisine: New Mexican. Atmosphere: This place is such a local favorite you will almost always have a short wait to be seated at one of the old wooden booths or tables. House specialties: Green chile stew (known to cure the common cold). Enormous breakfast burritos stuffed with bacon, potatoes, chile, and cheese (they say they were invented here). Sopaipillas are heavenly. Comments: Tia Sophia's is definitely a must for New Mexican authenticity.

Tulips
222 N. Guadalupe. 989-7340
Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free
Major credit cards $$$$
Cuisine: American/Southwest. Atmosphere: Three refined dining rooms in an almost Zen-like contemporary cottage setting. House specialties: Lobster spring rolls with a mango dipping sauce and marinated jicama; aged beef strip steak with onion marmalade and rosemary feta mashed potatoes; achiote pork tenderloin medallions with smoked tomato sauce, roasted vegetables, and penne pasta. Comments: Chef/owners Steven and Kirstin Jarrett have created a calm and delightful restaurant that is well worth your attention.

Vanessie of Santa Fe
434 W. San Francisco St. 982-9966.
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining room.
Major credit cards. $$$$.
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Grand piano bar and oversize everything thanks to architect Ron Robles. House specialties: Black Angus New York steak, Australian rock lobster tail, and mountain-sized crispy onion ring loaf. Comments: A new owner and a new chef (Eduardo Rios) are offering many new daily specials ranging from ultra-fresh seafood dishes to abby back pork ribs.

Wall Street West
919 West Alameda. 988-2933
Lunch (Tues.-Fri.). Dinner (Tues.-Sat.)
Smoke-free
Visa/MasterCard. $$$$.
Cuisine: Contemporary American food. Atmosphere: Very civilized-tablecloths for lunch and dinner. House specialities: For an appetizer select the smoked Porcini mushroom soup with a crisp potato garlic spring roll and lemon cream or the Caribbean "Sticky" Gulf shrimp with a tamarind glaze. Entrees of choice are the roasted swordfish and wild mushroom potatoes or the caramel and cognac roasted lamb shank. For dessert we recommend the white chocolate mousse with fresh berries and chocolate skewer. Other recommendations: The lemon grass and molasses roasted chicken breast served with whipped and crisped potatoes is perfect. Comments: This is a new restaurant well worth watching. Beer and wine license is pending.

Whistling Moon Café
402 N. Guadalupe St. 983-3093.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Mediterranean. Atmosphere: A small, unpretentious, down-to-earth, tight, table-to-table café. Locals are fiercely loyal and it's usually crowded. House specialties: Daily chef's specials, vegetarian grape leaves; fresh tuna Niçoise Salad that's talked about as the best in town; pitas filled with grilled lamb or lemon marinated chicken; roasted lamb with prunes and olives, a side order of the irresistible spicy coriander-cumin fries. Order the bittersweet chocolate soufflé cake. Comments: Some of the food here is very spicy.

Zen World Cuisine
7 Avenida Vista Grande at Eldorado Shopping Center. 466-3705.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$.
Cuisine: Thai/global fusion. Atmosphere: Calm and balanced with Zen-style wall art and menus. House specialties: Sansho and orange baby back ribs, sha he fen noodle with spicy lobster broth, Thai vegetable spring roll, and organic greens with mango tamarind dressing. Comments: Chef Peter Zimmer, former chef at The Inn of the Anasazi, has transformed what was a small storefront into a casual but delightful restaurant. His creations are beautiful to behold. Be prepared for very spicy food.

Zia Diner
326 S. Guadalupe St. 988-7008.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoking/nonsmoking. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Down home-a curvy '50s bar, booths, and simple tables. House specialties: The Zia's meatloaf, embedded with green chile and pine nuts, served with lumpy, real mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken fried chicken. Blue-plate specials daily. Their hot-fudge sundae features dark, bittersweet, housemade fudge sauce slathered with whipped cream and capped with a bright red cherry. Comments: The fish and chips are the best in town. Andiamo!
322 Garfield St. 995-9595.
Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$.
Cuisine: Italian. Atmosphere: Cozy interior with Tuscan yellows and reds. House specialties: Prosciutto with endive, crispy polenta with Gorgonzola cream sauce, chicken Parmesan, baked herb risotto, salmon, and veal scaloppine. Comments: Consistently good food with a smart wait staff makes this the place to eat Italian. Celebrities mingle with the locals.

Bistro 315
315 Old Santa Fe Trail. 986-9190
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free inside. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: French Atmosphere: Three intimate rooms-reminiscent of a small inn in the French countryside. Patio dining from spring to fall. House Specialties: Earthy French onion soup made with a duck stock; smooth and rich Foie Gras terrine with poached cranberries; generous portions of flavorful black mussels with white wine, garlic, parsley, and lemon; and steak frites au poivre with bernaise or herb butter. Comments: Owner and chef Louis Moskow has assembled an elegant and delectable menu.

Bobcat Bite Restaurant
Old Las Vegas Hwy. South of Santa Fe. 983-5319.
Lunch/Dinner
No alcohol. Smoking.
Cash. $
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: A neon bobcat sign above a small, low-slung building, a parking lot full of potholes and four-wheelers, stripped-down decor with five tables, and nine seats at a counter made out of logs. House
specialties: No contest-the huge inch-and-a-half-thick green chile cheeseburger (juice-down-the-elbow kind) is the top burger in Santa Fe. A thin 13-ounce ribeye steak is juicy and flavorful. Comments: No dessert, no fancy-shmancy stuff here. And no one ever leaves Bobcat Bite unhappy or hungry. This is one road eatery that is forever locked into a 1950s space/time warp.

Cafe Pasqual's
121 Don Gaspar. 983-9340.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Sunday Brunch
Beer/Wine. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: American/multi-ethnic. Atmosphere: Small café adorned with lots of Mexican streamers, Indian maiden posters, rustic wooden furniture, and a community table. House specialties: Hotcakes get a nod from Gourmet magazine. Huevos motulenos, a Yucatan breakfast, is one you'll never forget. Lunch: grilled chicken breast sandwich with Manchego cheese or the cilantro pesto quesadilla. Dinner: Plato supremo with shrimp taco and chicken mole or grilled New Mexico rack of lamb with pomegranate glaze. Comments: There's always a line outside the screen door, but it's well worth the wait. Try going at an off time-around 3 or 4 pm.

Café San Estevan
428 Agua Fria at Montezuma St. 995-1996.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$.
Cuisine: New Mexican. Atmosphere: Old adobe, rustic wooden tables. House specialties: Enchiladas de la Casa de Estevan, Anna's poblano chile, watercress salad with poached egg and bacon, and probably the best flan you'll ever have-it's more like a crême brulée. Comments: Chef and owner Estevan Garcia has taken his favorite New Mexican foods and given them refinement with French influences.

Carlos's Gosp'l Cafe
125 Lincoln Ave., in the plaza at the Interstate Bank Building. 983-1841.
Lunch
No alcohol. Smoking. Patio.
Cash. $
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Continuously playing gospel music and casual seating set the stage for this happy-go-lucky café. House specialties: Carlos's famous hangover stew, lip-smacking fat sandwiches with sassy names like the Miles Standish-fresh turkey breast, cranberries, and cream cheese. Or the Jack Dempsey-roast beef, cheddar, and horseradish. Have a wedge of the baked-fresh-daily lemon meringue pie. Comments: Boogie on in for a down-home treat and do what you're told-say Amen.

Chocolate Maven Bakery & Café
821 W. San Mateo. 984-1980
Lunch
Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Industrial chic. House specialties: Flavorful soups, grilled sandwiches, salads, pizza, freshly baked quiche, and wonderful desserts-try the Belgian chocolate fudge brownie. Comments: While you're having lunch you can look through the large
window and watch the "chocolate mavens" preparing desserts.

Cloud Cliff Bakery & Artspace
1805 Second St. 983-6254
Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch/Bakery
Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: American/Southwest. Atmosphere: Long bar facing an open grill, a community table, and a bakery with a real hearth oven that fills the room with heady aromas. House
specialties: Great daily specials and salads. Nativo breads are made from organic wheat grown by New Mexico farmers. Try the black bean chile and any breakfast on the menu. Comments: Continues to be the hot spot for the "real" Santa Fe locals.

The Compound
653 Canyon Rd. 982-4353
Dinner: Mon.-Sat./Lunch:Thurs. & Fri.
Full-bar. Smoke-free. Patio
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: Contemporary American food. Atmosphere: Beautiful, serene, 150-year-old adobe with private dining rooms and patio. House specialties: The menu changes with the seasons. Made-to-order soups, baked pacific oysters in a creamy broth with herbs.are perfect. Signature dishes like the cast iron skillet veal sirloin, buttermilk roast chicken with foie gras gravy, and the slow-baked salmon. Other recommendations: The warm and scrumptious bittersweet liquid chocolate cake with crêmè fraîche and cocoa (baked to order). Comments: Bravo! to Mark Kiffin and Brett Kemmerer for creating a brilliant masterpiece of world-class, first-class
dining. Dinner at the bar can be very social and a lot of fun.

Counterculture
930 Baca St. 995-1105.
Breakfast/Lunch
No alcohol. Smoke-free. Patio.
Cash. $$
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Fast food café. Very informal. House specialties: Breakfast burrito; grilled prosciutto, provolone cheese, and roasted pepper sandwich; spring rolls with sweet-and-spicy sauce are favorites among locals. Comments: Counterculture is the place to go for a quick, inexpensive lunch.

Cowgirl Hall of Fame
319 S. Guadalupe St. 982-2565.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoking/nonsmoking. Patio
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: American/Barbecue. Atmosphere: Popular patio shaded with big cottonwoods. Very informal and down-home. The bar is cozy and rustic, the crowd friendly, and the music can be great. House specialties: Smoked brisket and ribs, homemade potato salad (with skins), a knockout Texas onion loaf, buffalo burgers, strawberry shortcake. Comments: Wash it all down with anything from a Bud to a Negra Modelo, or one of Santa Fe Brewery's wheat ales.

Coyote Cafe
132 W. Water St. 983-1615.
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining room.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: Southwestern. Atmosphere: Bright, contemporary space and an open kitchen Saddle up a barstool covered in, yes, real cowhide. House specialties: Brazilian daiquiri or Chile-tini to go with Coyote's famous red chile onion rings. Do not deny yourself-get the chipotle shrimp on buttermilk corn cakes for an appetizer. Entrée: try the 22-ounce, bone-in, aged prime rib cowboy steak-enough beef here to satisfy most armchair buckaroos. Comments: Mark Miller, the high priest of Southwestern cuisine, has created a restaurant legend.

Dave's Not Here
1115 Hickox St. 983-7060.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free.
Cash. $$
Cuisine: American/New Mexican. Atmosphere: One simple room with open kitchen. Friendly, and casual. Shared tables. House specialties: Thick, perfectly cooked chile-cheeseburgers, just-the-right-amount-of-fat french fries, and housemade chile rellenos have kept the locals dropping by for over 10 years. Large portions and low prices. Comments: Without a doubt, one of the top burgers in Santa Fe.

Downtown Subscription
376 Garcia St. 983-3085.
Breakfast/Lunch
No alcohol. Smoke-free. Patio.
Cash. $
Cuisine: American coffeehouse and newsstand. Atmosphere: Café society. Over 1,600 magazine titles to buy or peruse. Big room with small tables. No frills. House specialties: Espresso, cappuccino, lattes, and pastries. Comments: Local writers are here chatting about their latest screenplays, novels, or book deals over coffee. A large, lovely patio
continues to attract a major segment of the coffeehouse crowd that likes to enjoy New Mexico's 300+ days of glorious sunshine.

El Farol
808 Canyon Rd. 983-9912.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoking/nonsmoking. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Spanish. Atmosphere: The western-style bar is old and decrepit with wood
plank floors and thick adobe walls. There's
a postage stamp-size dance floor for cheek-to-cheek dancing. Wall murals painted by
Alfred Morang still exist. Dining rooms are
intimate. House specialties: 35 tapas,
fresh garlic soup, and authentic paella. Comments: El Farol once had the notoriety
of being one of the rowdiest bars this side of
the Pecos River. Rumor has it that thirsty cowhands used to ride their horses right into the bar! Live entertainment nightly at 9:30 pm.

El Mesón
213 Washington Ave. 983-6756.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Spanish. Atmosphere: Former coffee shop transformed into a Spanish café.
House specialties: 14 tapas including
shrimp in garlic sauce, fried calamari, spicy
lamb brochettes, and Manchego cheese
in olive oil. Try the pickled pheasant salad,
saffron-infused Spanish paellas, and an
outstanding housemade chorizo. The thick, Spanish hot chocolate you can drink with a
spoon is perfect for dessert or for thawing
out winter-frozen bones. Comments: El
Mesón has been recently renovated and
added many new items to their menu.

Felipe's Tacos
1711 Llano St., in St. Michael's Village. 473-9397.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
No alcohol. Smoke free. Patio.
Cash. $
Cuisine: Mexican. Atmosphere: Very casual, tiny taqueria in a strip mall. House specialties: Soft tacos the way you get 'em in Mexico
with a salsa bar to pick up red/green chile
salsas, pico de gallo, limes, radishes, chopped onions, and cilantro. Comments: Felipe's is definately health-conscious: No lard is used, beans and rice are cooked up fresh, salsas
are prepared daily, and there are lots of
vegetarian dishes.
Geronimo
724 Canyon Rd. 982-1500.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining room. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$$.
Cuisine: Very Southwestern. Atmosphere:
Two-century-old building, fireplaces, portal
dining, thick adobe walls,and bancos. House specialties: The fresh water lobster tail with angel hair pasta appetizer should win an award. There's also Caesar salad with grilled shrimp, grilled pepper-crusted elk tenderloin,Grilled Amish veal lamb tenderloin,, and many wonderful seafood dishes, including the fresh herb rubbed Chilean sea bass with roasted garlic. Comments: A vey professional waitstaff. Chef Eric DiStefano's menu continues win awards, pleasing locals and tourists alike.

Guadalajara Grill
3877 Cerrillos Rd. 424-3544.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoking.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: Mexican. Atmosphere: Funky storefront in a strip mall with simple booths and tables. House specialties: Birria estila (kid goat), camaron al mojo de ajo, shrimp cocktail, and chilaquiles. Comments: The cheese
enchiladas and tacos are excellent and the free salsa and chips are addictive. And you will find some of the best service in town here.

Harry's Roadhouse
Old Las Vegas Highway. 989-4629.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Visa/MasterCard. $$
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Roadhouse charm makes you feel like family-a quality that endures in New Mexico. The small, front room with the counter and bar stools is way cool. House specialties: Hearty breakfasts, a darn good burger with fries, and a smokey chicken quesadilla that is one of the best in Santa Fe. Comments: All of the tasty pies are housemade: lemon meringue, coconut cream, apple, and pecan. Generous portions, budget prices, and a casual but friendly waitstaff make this a very popular place with locals.

Il Piatto
95 W. Marcy St. 984-1091.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Italian. Atmosphere: Intimate but informal Italian bistro has customers practically hanging out the door in summer. House specialties: Fresh arugula salad with pine nuts, raisins, and Parmesan; rigatoni with eggplant, olives, tomatoes, and goat cheese; pumpkin ravioli with browned butter and sage; baked salmon with fennel; roast chicken peppernato. Comments: Pannetone bread pudding is blissful and the tiramisú irresistible. So, sin a little. You deserve it.

Julian's
221 Shelby St. 988-2355.
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Italian. Atmosphere: Soft, piped-in jazz, Art Deco stained glass, twinkling lights, enormous mirrors, glowing ochre walls, and several fireplaces make this one of the most romantic restaurants in Santa Fe. House
specialties: Eggplant grilled with olive oil, roasted red peppers and balsamic vinegar; boneless breast of chicken sautéed with raisins, shallots, and capers in a sweet-and-sour wine sauce are addictive. The sea bass in broth is wonderful. Comments: Tiramisú for dessert. Espresso, cappuccino, and an extensive list of Italian and California wines.

La Casa Sena
125 E. Palace Ave. 988-9232.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: Call it Regional Southwestern. Atmosphere: A stunning example of 19th
century Territorial-style adobe architecture. Ceilings soar to 15 feet with enormous vigas, columns, and four magnificent tin chandeliers. House specialties: Pan-seared molasses duck breast with blackberry Port wine sauce and grilled corn-fed American rack of lamb chops with habanero-papaya fruit salsa and crispy root vegetable chips. Comments: The cantina
features Broadway music sung by the waitstaff.

Maria's New Mexican Kitchen
555 W. Cordova Rd. 983-7929.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoking/nonsmoking. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: New Mexican. Atmosphere: Rough wooden floors, hand-carved chairs and tables, low ceilings, three kiva fireplaces, and used bricks on the walls from the old New Mexico State Penitentiary set the historical tone here. House specialties: Freshly made tortillas, green chile stew. Pork spareribs in a mild red chile barbecue sauce are a 50-year-old tradition. Flan with real burnt-sugar caramel sauce pooled around a creamy smooth custard is the perfect ending. Comments: Dozens of Margaritas to choose from, but the Margarita del Jóven Estéban wins, hands down for smooth, great taste.

Mariscos La Playa
537 . Cordova Rd. 982-2790.
2875 Cerrillos Rd. 473-4594
Lunch/Dinner
Beer. Smoke-free.
Visa/Mastercard. $$
Cuisine: Mexican. Atmosphere: The original Marisco's is a funny little joint that looks out over a parking lot. The decor is turquoise Formica and the room is simple and small. Don't expect any frills or fuss here. House specialties: Shrimp rolled with bacon and Mexican cheese; "come-back-to-life" seafood soup is served in a large mixing bowl; avocado-cream-jalapeño-tomato-onion sauce/ dip is remarkable; shrimp cocktail is served in a large, old-fashioned ice cream sundae dish. Comments: An authentic south-of-the-border seafood eatery.

The Old House
309 W. San Francisco St.,
at the Eldorado Hotel. 988-4455.
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: New Southwestern. Atmosphere: Clubby and comfortable. House specialties: A trio of chilled vichyssoise, seared sea bass, or grilled veal chop will not disappoint. Warm liquid center chocolate cake with creme anglaise is the only way to end your meal. Comments: Service is very professional and knowledgeable and the wine list offers nearly 30 wines by the glass.

Old Mexico Grill
2434 Cerrillos Rd., in the College Plaza South Shopping Center. 473-0338.
Lunch/Dinner
Full Bar. Smoking/nonsmoking.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Mexican. Atmosphere: Shopping mall location. Comfy booths in the bar and dining room. There's an open grill in the main dining room so you can watch the flames leaping high as your fajitas sizzle. House specialties: Addictive spicy-hot peanuts at the bar, the Caldo tlalpeño, a Mexican chicken soup with chipotle chiles and vegetables, is full of flavor. Tacos with shredded leg of lamb, ancho chile, and mint barbecue sauce at lunch or dinner. Comments: Custard rice pudding with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rum is first-rate.

The Pink Adobe
406 Old Santa Fe Trail. 983-7712.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining rooms.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: American/Creole New Mexican. Atmosphere: Housed in a 300-year-old former military barracks with 36-inch-thick walls, and six fireplaces. The Dragon Room bar is one of the most popular watering holes in Santa Fe. House specialties: Creole Mary-a Bloody Mary made with Stoli and a garden-sink skewer of celery, olives, and pickled okra. Gypsy or green chile stew at lunch. Steak Dunigan, a New York cut smothered with green chile and sautéed mushrooms at dinner. French apple pie served up warm with hot brandy sauce for dessert. Comments: You're in the presence of a time-honored Santa Fe tradition.

Pizzeria Espiritu
1722-A St. Michael's Dr. 424-8000.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/Wine. Smoke-free. Delivery available.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: Italian Atmosphere: A shoe-box of a restaurant with a knock-off painting on the ceiling of Michelangelo's God creating Adam, only it's pizza He's creating this time. House specialties: House salad, made-to-order deep-dish and crisp-crust pizzas. Comments: A little bit of heaven because God created pizza! A second location on Canyon Road is huge in comparison, with jazz nightly.

Pranzo Italian Grill
540 Montezuma St. (Sanbusco Ctr.). 984-2645.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining room
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Italian. Atmosphere: Stylish gray booths, snazzy bar, and rooftop patio. House specialties: Spaghettini with baby shrimp, shaved garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, peas, provolone, and red pepper flakes, the rosemary beef sandwich with caramelized onions on grilled focaccia, pan-roasted salmon with olive tapenade, sauteed fennel and grilled polenta. Great pizzas and fab deserts. Comments: Generous portions and fast, friendly service. Sit at the bar for lunch and try the oven-roasted mussels with fresh herbs, garlic butter, and gremolata. Ask for a "finger" of parmesan cheese to accompany your double espresso and dessert. They'll understand.

Pyramid Cafe
505 W. Cordova Rd. 989-1378.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: Greek. Atmosphere: Nondescript storefront in a mall parking lot. Call it Formica casual. House specialties: Gyro plates or sandwiches-lamb or chicken, falafels, moussaka, and the Pyramid Pinnacle Platter. Comments: Generous portions and fast service.

Ristra
548 Agua Fria St. 982-8608.
Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: Southwestern/French. Atmosphere: Small dining rooms in old cottage. with a lovely tented patio. House specialties: The black Mediterranean mussels in aromatic chipotle and mint broth, housemade country pâté with cornichons; brandade of salt cod with basil, roasted fennel, and sweet peppers; halibut in cilantro and herb broth. Comments: Adjectives like high-spirited, bouncy, dashing, pert, and peppery describe one of the bright jewels in Santa Fe's restaurant crown.

Rociada
304 Johnson Street. 983-3800
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining rooms.
Major credit cards. $$$$.
Cuisine: French country bistro. Atmosphere: Renovated 1857 adobe with a great bar and a nice "buzz" in the rooms. House specialities: For an appetizer try the Hudson Bay seared fois gras with figs and balsamic reduction. Entrees not-to-miss are the tilapia meuniere and
traditional steak frites. Desserts are perfect classics like the lavender creme brulee. Other
recommendations: The Monday night prix fixe is a must-do. Great wine list and over 15
champagnes to choose from. Comments: Rociada received the Mobil 4-Star Award in January 2001.

Santacafé
231 Washington Ave. 984-1788.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoking/nonsmoking. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$$
Cuisine: Modern American. Atmosphere: One of the finest examples of Placita-style architecture in Santa Fe. Minimal, quiet white keeps the Zen-like ambience at full tilt. House specialties: Menu changes seasonally. Green chile-studded brioche; pan seared filet mignon with tarragon-foie gras butter; shiitake and cactus spring rolls with green chile dipping sauce; rack of lamb with rosted garlic mashed potatoes; oven-roasted chile relleno stuffed with three-mushroom quinoa and pooled with chipotle cream; the warm chocolate upside-down cake. Comments: High praise from important food publications. Very popular-celebrities are known to make reservations months in advance.

Saveur
204 Montezuma St. 989-4200.
Breakfast/Lunch
No alcohol. Smoke-free. Patio.
Visa/MasterCard. $$
Cuisine: French/American. Atmosphere: Cafeteria service for salad bar and soups. Deli case with meats and desserts. Sit down at small tables in very casual rooms, elbow to elbow. Bustling with locals every day. House specialties: Excellent salad bar with celeriac root, asparagus, pasta, potato, shredded carrot, cabbage, tomato with basil and mozzarella; custom-made sandwiches-try the smoked turkey with pesto. Comments: The setup can be confusing the first time here, but once you get the hang of it, voilà!

The Shed
1131/2 E. Palace Ave. 982-9030.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$
Cuisine: New Mexican. Atmosphere: The Shed is housed in a 17th-century adobe hacienda-a local institution. House specialties: Legendary, stacked, red or green chile cheese enchiladas using blue corn tortillas. Try the posole. Comments: If you want to avoid the tourist crowds and long lines during the summer, drive over to The Shed's sister restaurant, La Choza, where you can stretch out and get the same classic New Mexican food.

Steaksmith at El Gancho
Old Las Vegas Highway. 988-3333
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining room.
Major credit cards $$$
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Family restaurant with full bar and lounge. House specialties: Choice aged steaks and lobster. Try the pepper steak with dijon cream sauce-it's a real winner!. Comments: After 23+ years of
serving steaks in Santa Fe, one thing is certain-they know their business at The Steaksmith.

Tia Sophia's
210 W. San Francisco St. 983-9880.
Breakfast/Lunch
No alcohol. Smoking/nonsmoking.
Major credit cards. $
Cuisine: New Mexican. Atmosphere: This place is such a local favorite you will almost always have a short wait to be seated at one of the old wooden booths or tables. House specialties: Green chile stew (known to cure the common cold). Enormous breakfast burritos stuffed with bacon, potatoes, chile, and cheese (they say they were invented here). Sopaipillas are heavenly. Comments: Tia Sophia's is definitely a must for New Mexican authenticity.

Tulips
222 N. Guadalupe. 989-7340
Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free
Major credit cards $$$$
Cuisine: American/Southwest. Atmosphere: Three refined dining rooms in an almost Zen-like contemporary cottage setting. House specialties: Lobster spring rolls with a mango dipping sauce and marinated jicama; aged beef strip steak with onion marmalade and rosemary feta mashed potatoes; achiote pork tenderloin medallions with smoked tomato sauce, roasted vegetables, and penne pasta. Comments: Chef/owners Steven and Kirstin Jarrett have created a calm and delightful restaurant that is well worth your attention.

Vanessie of Santa Fe
434 W. San Francisco St. 982-9966.
Dinner
Full bar. Smoke-free dining room.
Major credit cards. $$$$.
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Grand piano bar and oversize everything thanks to architect Ron Robles. House specialties: Black Angus New York steak, Australian rock lobster tail, and mountain-sized crispy onion ring loaf. Comments: A new owner and a new chef (Eduardo Rios) are offering many new daily specials ranging from ultra-fresh seafood dishes to abby back pork ribs.

Wall Street West
919 West Alameda. 988-2933
Lunch (Tues.-Fri.). Dinner (Tues.-Sat.)
Smoke-free
Visa/MasterCard. $$$$.
Cuisine: Contemporary American food. Atmosphere: Very civilized-tablecloths for lunch and dinner. House specialities: For an appetizer select the smoked Porcini mushroom soup with a crisp potato garlic spring roll and lemon cream or the Caribbean "Sticky" Gulf shrimp with a tamarind glaze. Entrees of choice are the roasted swordfish and wild mushroom potatoes or the caramel and cognac roasted lamb shank. For dessert we recommend the white chocolate mousse with fresh berries and chocolate skewer. Other recommendations: The lemon grass and molasses roasted chicken breast served with whipped and crisped potatoes is perfect. Comments: This is a new restaurant well worth watching. Beer and wine license is pending.

Whistling Moon Café
402 N. Guadalupe St. 983-3093.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: Mediterranean. Atmosphere: A small, unpretentious, down-to-earth, tight, table-to-table café. Locals are fiercely loyal and it's usually crowded. House specialties: Daily chef's specials, vegetarian grape leaves; fresh tuna Niçoise Salad that's talked about as the best in town; pitas filled with grilled lamb or lemon marinated chicken; roasted lamb with prunes and olives, a side order of the irresistible spicy coriander-cumin fries. Order the bittersweet chocolate soufflé cake. Comments: Some of the food here is very spicy.

Zen World Cuisine
7 Avenida Vista Grande at Eldorado Shopping Center. 466-3705.
Lunch/Dinner
Beer/wine. Smoke-free.
Major credit cards. $$.
Cuisine: Thai/global fusion. Atmosphere: Calm and balanced with Zen-style wall art and menus. House specialties: Sansho and orange baby back ribs, sha he fen noodle with spicy lobster broth, Thai vegetable spring roll, and organic greens with mango tamarind dressing. Comments: Chef Peter Zimmer, former chef at The Inn of the Anasazi, has transformed what was a small storefront into a casual but delightful restaurant. His creations are beautiful to behold. Be prepared for very spicy food.

Zia Diner
326 S. Guadalupe St. 988-7008.
Lunch/Dinner
Full bar. Smoking/nonsmoking. Patio.
Major credit cards. $$$
Cuisine: American. Atmosphere: Down home-a curvy '50s bar, booths, and simple tables. House specialties: The Zia's meatloaf, embedded with green chile and pine nuts, served with lumpy, real mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken fried chicken. Blue-plate specials daily. Their hot-fudge sundae features dark, bittersweet, housemade fudge sauce slathered with whipped cream and capped with a bright red cherry. Comments: The fish and chips are the best in town.

Bull Ring

505-983-3328 *150 Washington Ave.*This steak house is one of Santa Fe's best restaurants. (More information coming soon.)

 

Café Pasqual's

505-983-9340 * 121 Don Gaspar Ave., corner of Water Street, one block south of the Plaza * Parking across the street in city parking lot * Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch * $$$$ * Major credit cards * Beer and wine * Smoke-free

Café Pasqual's is a dining tradition for locals and a cheerful haven for visitors. The cozy atmosphere is typical of Santa Fe charm and ambiance. Mexican tile and handmade traditional Taos furniture complement the murals painted on the high walls, and the big community table was recently featured on NBC-TV's "Today" show. Café Pasqual's presents a unique blending of New Mexican, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. An extensive menu of delicious selections offers such marvelous taste treats as huevos motulenos de Yucatan, cilantro pesto quesadillo, grilled New Mexico rack of lamb with promegranate glaze, or the plato supremo with shrimp and chicken. Then the desserts will knock your socks off. Try one of the many house-made ice creams, such as toasted pinon, Mexican chocolate, lavender honey or sangria sorbet. Whatever you select and whenever you are there, you'll love Café Pasqual's. But beware-there can be a wait.

 

Dave's Not Here

505-983-7060 * 1115 Hickox St. (going west on Paseo de Peralta, after it crosses St. Francis, the street name changes to Hickox-four blocks down, on the right) Lunch and dinner * $$ * Cash * Beer and wine * Smoke-free * No reservations

Whether it's the excellent fresh quality of the food, the generous portions or the informal, neighborhood restaurant atmosphere in the single, friendly dining room, Dave's Not Here has been a popular gathering place almost 20 years. Favorites are homemade chiles rellenos, blue corn chicken enchiladas, chimichangas, the big Greek salad and Dave's famous 9-ounce hamburger. Domestic and imported beers go well, or try the house wine. If you have room, the homemade desserts such as ice cream pie and mile-high chocolate cake add the finishing touch. The quiet, neighborhood setting makes Dave's an especially nice place to bring the family, and children's plates are available.


Grant Corner Inn

505-983-6678 * 122 Grant Ave. * Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast, and Sunday for brunch * $$$ * Major credit cards * Smoke-free * Reservations

This morning, and every morning, you may join a select group of people for breakfast at the Grant Corner Inn, an elegant Santa Fe bed-and-breakfast hotel. We offer the city's finest full gourmet breakfast, featuring a frothy fruit frappe drink, fresh fruit, cereal, a daily special entrée either savory or sweet, and freshly baked muffins and breads, all served with considerate attentiveness and friendly smiles. The entrees change every day, and reflect the cuisine of Holland, Mexico and other countries. You will delight in our Old World décor of carefully selected antiques and family heirlooms and be warmed by the homemade flavor and thoughtfulness that go into all our food. After you have joined us once, you're sure to want to come back for breakfast at the Grant Corner Inn.


La Choza

505-982-0909 * 905 Alarid St. near Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive intersection * Lunch, dinner, carry-out * $$ * Major credit cards * Beer and wine * Smoke-free

From the people who bring Santa Fe The Shed, which has been serving delighted downtown diners a wide variety of New Mexican dishes for almost 50 years, La Choza is a casual restaurant serving Northern New Mexican food at affordable prices. Specialties include chile verde con papas, posole, chile con carne y frijoles, carne adovada, posole, guacamole and vegetarian plates. It's located off the beaten path, in an old ranch house, replete with vigas and brick floors, and has pleasant patio dining to make a summer meal complete. Offering continuous service, La Choza is the perfect place to come enjoy a meal at any time. Few diners can resist the luscious mocha cake for dessert.


Maria's New Mexican Kitchen

505-983-7929 * 555 W. Cordova Road, east of St. Francis Drive * Lunch and dinner * $$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and nonsmoking * Reservations

A dining tradition for more than 50 years, Maria's New Mexican Kitchen has maintained the quality and homemade cooking style of Old Santa Fe. Maria's blue corn enchiladas, pork or vegetarian tamales, chiles rellenos and Mexican-style ribs are but a few of the favorites. Maria's beef, chicken, shrimp and vegetarian fajitas have won numerous awards. You can watch native cooks making your tortilla by hand. Traditional homemade desserts including flan, natillas, Mexican chocolate mousse and sopa top off a perfect evening in Maria's old adobe atmosphere. Mexican troubadors play on weekends, and the best Margaritas in town, each hand-shaken from scratch, make Maria's a must for authentic New Mexican cuisine and atmosphere. Full-service bar and extensive wine list.


Maria Ysabel

505-986-8223 * 301 Jefferson St., downtown * Lunch and dinner * $$ * Major credit cards * Beer and wine * Smoke-free * No reservations

Maria Ysabel, chosen by "Good Morning, America" to represent New Mexican cooking, truly exemplifies the unique taste of Santa Fe. Owner Bell Mondragon personally prepares the food, and creates unique recipes to satisfy your palate. Maria Ysabel is a family restaurant, casual and friendly. Favorites include huevos rancheros, chicarron burrito, a children's menu and American food. On Friday and Saturday nights you may even be treated to an impromptu musical performance by Bell's singing and guitar-playing husband Roberto, a former New Mexico lieutenant governor, and the charming voice of a grandchild, Chaco. Family-style dinners are hearty eight-course offerings for the healthy appetite. And vegetarian diners will be pleased to find many selections to choose from. Come to Maria Ysabel, enjoy our patio, and join our family.

 

Old Mexico Grill

505-473-0338 * 2434 Cerrillos Road in College Plaza South * Lunch and dinner * $$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and non-smoking * Reservations

Discover exciting Old Mexico-style cuisine served in an intimate casual atmosphere. Regional dishes are delicately seasoned with fresh herbs and spices, and cooked to perfection in zesty sauces. The exhibition cooking area features a mesquite grill and a French rotisserie. Freshly baked beans and desserts are also featured - especially the custard rice pudding. Come taste the flavors everyone is talking about-and writing about, as well: In the words of The New York Times: "the dishes are filled with flavor, light and vibrant." The Albuquerque Tribune noted that "the service is just as good as the food." Harper's Bazaar was impressed by the "good food and stiff drinks." And the Albuquerque Journal could not get over the "magical desserts." You won't either.

 

Orehouse Restaurant

505-983-8687 * On the Plaza * Lunch and Dinner * For more information, please call or see website.

 

Palace Restaurant and Saloon

505-982-9891 * 142 West Palace Ave. * Lunch and dinner * Saloon 11 a.m.-2 a.m. * Patio dining in season * $$$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Nonsmoking dining room * Reservations

The Palace Restaurant and Saloon is built on one of Santa Fe's most notorious sites, the 18th-century gambling house of Dona Tules, patronized by wealthy Santa Feans, merchants from the East, and U.S. Army officers from Fort Marcy. Dona Tules saloon has long passed from the scene, but the palace Restaurant, renowned for its fine cuisine since 1961, has built a tradition of its own. Brothers Lino, Piedro and Bruno carry on the tradition of fine food at the Palace, just as their father did as chef at the famous Villa d' Esta in the Lake Como region of northern Italy. With specials changing daily, the finest Continental cuisine is offered at the Palace, including fresh seafood, homemade pastas, and veal dishes from the extensive menu, as well as fine wines from the well-stocked cellar. Dining is leisurely in this Victorian setting, and service is by an international team.

 

Restaurante Rancho de Chimayo

505-984-2100 * State Road 520 (27 miles north of Santa Fe: U.S. Highway 285 to State Road 503 to State Road 520), Chimayo * Lunch and dinner * $$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and nonsmoking * Reservations

Nestled in the mountains of Northern New Mexico is the small village of Chimayo, where you will find the popular Restaurante Rancho de Chimayo. Located in a century-old adobe home with whitewashed walls and hand-stripped vigas, this restaurant is a Northern New Mexico jewel. Your hosts, the Jaramillo family, can trace their roots in the area back to the 1700s, to the first Spanish settlers. The restaurant is located on what was once the home of Hermenegildo and Trinidad Jaramillo. The menu features native New Mexican cuisine prepared with locally grown products, from recipes that have been in the family for generations. Dine indoors or outside on the lush patio. The fame of this restaurant has spread far and wide, so reservations are strongly recommended. A visit to Rancho de Chimayo is one you'll long remember. Inquire about rooms at the Hacienda for a special overnight stay in the area.


La Fonda Hotel

505-982-5511 * 100 East San Francisco Street, on the Plaza * La Plazuela Dining Room: breakfast, lunch and dinner * La Fiesta: lounge menu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., plus later snacks * The Bell Tower: cocktails * (La Terraza and the Bell Tower open seasonally) * $$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and nonsmoking * Reservations and walk-ins

Find the true flavor of Santa Fe-indoors or out-at La Fonda! Enjoy a wide variety of New Mexican, American and Continental favorites at reasonable prices, complemented by La Fonda's famous Southwestern charm and attentive service. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily at La Plazuela, our enclosed, sky-lit courtyard. Cocktails are served daily in the lounge, and in the Bell Tower, our fifth-floor patio bar. La Fonda, the Inn at the End of the Santa Fe Trail, has a proud history of service to travelers and locals alike. Come see why!

Link to La Fonda Hotel & Restaurant
 


Read The Inn at the End of the Trail about La Fonda Hotel

Read The Author at La Fonda by Richard McCord

 

El Farol

505-983-9912 * 808 Canyon Road * Lunch and dinner * $$$ * Major credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and nonsmoking * Patio * Reservations recommended

El Farol has become a Santa Fe favorite for two good reasons: excellent food and superb entertainment. In the uniquely Santa Fe rustic setting, El Farol features tapas, the popular appetizer from Spain. The menu headlines more than 30 varieties of tapas for you to choose from. Select any combination you like, hot or cold, to create a unique meal at any time. From seafood selections to chicken, meat and vegetarian, El Farol's tapas will enchant you and draw you back for more. The setting is pure Santa Fe in the century-old building perched along Canyon Road. In the bar, you'll find old-world murals painted on the whitewashed walls, a rough-hewn wooden bar and lots of local color and history. But the real topper in the bar is the evening entertainment and the dance floor, small though it is. Whatever your pleasure, in food or entertainment, you'll find it at El Farol.

 

Mine Shaft Tavern

505-473-0743 * 2846 State Highway 14, Madrid, 25 miles south of Santa Fe * Lunch and dinner * $$ * Major credit cards * Full bar * Smoking * No reservations

To visit the old coal-mining village of Madrid is to step back in time, or to step into another dimension, with the town's current reincarnation as a funky mixture of history and hip. Whatever brings you, a stop at the Mine Shaft Tavern, with its 40-foot lodge-pole pine bar, is a must. Whether for lunch or dinner, your visit will be memorable. Sample the famous extra-lean charcoal-grill hamburgers, made to order and generous in size. Or perhaps a buffalo steak, in season, will take you back to the early 1900s. Great sandwiches and homemade soup back up the daily specials. And the live music on weekends, mixed with the rustic atmosphere, will make you wonder what era you have slipped into. The Mine Shaft is a truly unique experience. Don't miss it.

 

El Nido

505-988-4340 * Take U.S. Highway 84/285 north or Bishop's Lodge Road north to Tesuque; five minutes from the Santa Fe Opera, five miles from the Plaza * Dinner every night * $$$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and non-smoking

For an exceptional dining experience, visit El Nido in the charming village of Tesuque. A local landmark for more than 60 years, El Nido has as many as seven fresh seafood selections each night, plus the finest aged beef and prime rib, all served in an authentic adobe atmosphere enhanced by fireplaces and local artwork. The nightly specials vary according to season, and all are memorable. The homemade desserts deserve a spotlight of their own-such as the profiterolles, a luscious combination of puff pastry filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with El Nido's own chocolate sauce. So when you feel the urge for the finest dining to be found, just take the short drive to Tesuque and El Nido.

 

The Noon Whistle

505-988-2636 * 451 W. Alameda St. * Lunch * $ * No credit cards * No alcohol * Smoke-free * No reservations

Soups and sandwiches, the tastiest in town-that's the Noon Whistle, Santa Fe's friendly, informal lunch spot. It serves both hot and cold sandwiches, all made of the freshest ingredients. The turkey and beef are roasted right on the premises to ensure fine flavor. Vegetarian soups and sandwiches also are available. Call-in orders are welcome, or just come in and take a seat in the neighborly lunchroom or on the sunny patio.

 

The Old House

505-988-4455 * 309 W. San Francisco St., in the Eldorado Hotel * Dinner * $$$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoke-free * Reservations

The Old House, in Santa Fe's only five-star hotel, offers outstanding food in an atmosphere of understated elegance. The New Southwestern menu blends elements of Continental, California and other cuisines into a completely creative selection. The menu changes weekly, but the favorites include fire-roasted pasilla pepper stuffed with asiago, mascarponi and goat cheese, served with tomato vinagrette; or medallions of veal tenderloin with citrus and glazed vegetables. The service is exceptional, as is the wine list, chosen especially for The Old House, and featuring 30 choices by the glass.

Link to Eldorado Hotel and Old House Restaurant

 

Ore House on the Plaza

505-983-8687 * 50 Lincoln Ave. at San Francisco Street * Lunch and dinner every day * $$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and non-smoking

Think of warm adobe, colorful tiles, the smell of pinon, and friendly people serving you the tastes of the Southwest: ceviche, guacamole, fresh fish, Steak Mexica, ice-cold beer and dozens of varieties of margaritas. You'll be thinking of the Ore House. A downtown landmark, right on the Plaza since 1976, this second-floor restaurant features prime aged beef, an array of seafood specialties, lamb, chicken, vegetarian dishes and dinners for the kids. Balcony dining overlooking the Plaza in season. It's the true taste of Santa Fe.

 

San Francisco Street Bar & Grill

505-982-2044 * 114 W. San Francisco St., downstairs at Plaza Mercado * Lunch and dinner * $$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking/Nonsmoking * No reservations

The San Francisco Street Bar & Grill is a favorite among locals, with its continuous offerings of well-prepared, quality food in an easy, relaxed atmosphere. The menu features sandwiches half-pound hamburgers, fresh fish and grilled specialties, as well as freshly made soups, salads and desserts, all reasonably priced. Stop in at any time, seven days a week, for a drink, snacks or a great meal, in the downtown heart of Santa Fe.

 

The Shed

505-982-9030  *  13½  E. Palace Ave., half a block from the Plaza * Lunch * $$$ * Most credit cards * Beer and wine * Smoke-free * No reservations

The Shed, located in a historic adobe hacienda dating back to 1692, has become a dining tradition for locals and visitors alike. The festive atmosphere of its folk-art style, with decorated walls and windows can brighten up any day. For almost half a century The Shed has offered a distinctive selection of Northern New Mexico dishes. You will be greeted by a warm, friendly staff, but be sure to come early, as the crowds gather quickly outside on almost any day. Don't forget to treat yourself to one of the delectable desserts, such as mocha cake or raspberry sundae.

 

Shohko-Café

505-983-7288 * 321 Johnson St., at Guadalupe * Free parking in rear * Lunch and dinner * $$$ * Most credit cards * Beer, wine and sake * Smoke-free * Reservations

For Santa Feans and vistitors, Shohko-Café is synonymous with fine Japanese cuisine. For more than 20 years Shohko has built its reputation, with the freshest possible food, with absolutely no sugar or preservatives added. The menu features ginger beef, yakitori, sashimi, and vegetarian and Chinese selections, as well as a special Southwestern treat, green chile tempura. The sushi bar offers more than 30 artfully prepared varieties. The atmosphere of Shohko-Café is a blending of East and West, comfortable and relaxed.

 

Steaksmith at El Gancho

505-988-3333 * Seven miles from the Plaza, out Old Santa Fe Trail on the Old Las Vegas Highway * Dinner only * $$$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoke-free dining room * Reservations

A restaurant that always ranks at the top for consistency of food and service is the Steaksmith at El Gancho. For a quarter-century this popular dinner-only establishment has served more than a million dinners of the finest aged beef and highest-quality seafood. This is fine dining-with items ranging from 18 tasty appetizers to some of the most delicious homemade desserts anywhere. Professional service is guaranteed, and the ambience is bold and beautiful, yet relaxed and comfortable in a Santa Fe way. An easy 10-minute drive from downtown, El Gancho also offers splendid views of sunset and mountains. Ask a local. Then go enjoy.


Souper Salad

505-473-1211 * 2428 Cerrillos Road, in College Plaza South * Lunch and dinner * $ * No credit cards * No alcohol * Smoke-free * No reservations

For the best all-you-can-eat salad bar in Santa Fe, head for Souper Salad. It offers more than 60 salad items that will both delight your palate and satisfy your hunger. Fast service in a friendly, family atmosphere is enhanced by antique furniture and old-fashioned décor. In addition to the salad bar, four homemade soups are offered daily, plus a variety of special sandwiches. Or you can build your own baked potato from a selection of eight different toppings-a meal in itself. Fresh-baked gingerbread and cornbread smothered in honey is provided with all meals. Children's menu and take-out service are also available. For a 1930s atmosphere, serving 21st-century appetites, visit Souper Salad.

 

Tecolote Café

505-988-1362 * 1203 Cerrillos Road * Breakfast and lunch, Tuesday-Sunday * $ * Most credit cards * Beer and wine * Smoking and non-smoking * No reservations

The Tecolote Café has made breakfast Santa Fe's favorite meal, especially for those who order the Breakfast Burrito, Huevos Rancheros or Shirred Eggs Tecolote. These and all the other items on the menu are made fresh daily. Lunch is as imaginative and hearty as breakfast, featuring specials such as Green Chile Stew and Tostada Compuesta, a corn tortilla fried crisp and heaped with beans, cheese, chile, lettuce, tomato, more cheese and guacamole. But breakfast is the main attraction. To start the day like Santa Feans do, Tecolote is where it's at.

 

Tortilla Flats

505-471-8685 * 3139 Cerrillos Road * Breakfast, lunch and dinner * $ * Major credit cards * Beer and wine * Nonsmoking * Children's menu * Take-out * No reservations

"The best New Mexican restaurant is Tortilla Flats," said Conde Nast Traveler magazine. "Inside is a pleasant atmosphere, delightful service and food that is imaginative, fresh and delicious." If you had the time and the freshest of ingredients, perhaps you would prepare food the way Tortilla Flats does. But if you don't, how nice that this well-established Santa Fe restaurant does it for you. All you have to do is make your choice from the American and native New Mexican cuisine menu-then enjoy your meal at a place that Santa Feans have learned to call home. Don't forget to bring the family.

 

Upper Crust Pizza

505-983-4140 * 329 Old Santa Fe Trail, next to the Oldest Church * Lunch and dinner * $$ * No credit cards * Beer and wine * No reservations * Free delivery

It's hard to say what's best about Upper Crust Pizza-the wonderful views or the outstanding pizza. The front patio has been a favorite Santa Fe spot for almost 20 years; there is no better place to enjoy a pizza and a cold beer than while watching the passing parade on the Old Santa Fe Trail downtown. You can also come inside to the relaxing dining rooms. Or just stay home and call for delivery, within the nearby area. But above all, don't miss the pizza, which consistently ranks as Santa Fe's best. The selection is as imaginative as it is delicious. There is the whole-wheat veggie with sesame seeds and diced tomatoes. Or the Grecian gourmet with feta and olives. Or the all-time-favorite Combination Supreme. For discriminating pizza lovers, Upper Crust lives up to its name.

 

Weilando's On Marcy

505-983-1552 * 150 East Marcy Street * Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM * Serving breakfast and lunch * $4.00 to $6.00 * No Credit Cards.

Santa Fe's most decorated chef prepares fresh, homemade entrees in the Santa Fe tradition. Weilando's is an unassuming oasis which has a warm, friendly atmosphere. A fun and exciting feature of the restaurant is that the kitchen is in the dining room!

 

Zia Diner

505-988-7008 * 326 South Guadalupe St. * Lunch and dinner, seven days * Summer patio dining * $$ * Most credit cards * Full bar * Smoking and non-smoking

Hungry for flavorful American favorites? Then come to the Zia Diner for a wide range of choices pleasing to both the palate and the pocketbook. Features include homemade soups, including vegetarian, and daily specials of pasta, fish and meat. Pizzas are baked in a wood-burning stove, the soda fountain is fun anytime, and our generous bar lists 14 different beers and Guinness stout on tap. Two longstanding favorites are the deep-dish chicken pot pie and the Zia meatloaf-just good, honest eating. Check out this renovated century-old warehouse in its art-deco finery. Families welcome. See ya at the Zia!

List of SANTA FE RESTAURANTS from Santafe.org


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