Santa Fe restaurants are a foodie’s dream! The city’s melting pot of cultures creates a place where traditional dishes and cuisine fusions can both live in harmony. From fine dining to authentic New Mexican cuisine, the food scene in “the City Different” is unlike anywhere else in the world. No matter your budget or craving, you’ll leave Santa Fe wishing you could have another meal.
After your belly is full, enjoy some of the best attractions in Santa Fe. Access our Vacation Guide for local tips on the top things to do and places to see in “the City Different!”
A Local’s Guide to Santa Fe Restaurants For the Traveling Foodie
Sassella features fine Italian dining crafted by Executive Chef Christian Pontiggia. According to the restaurant’s website, Pontiggia is a highly awarded chef who “brings the underlying tradition of fine Italian dining into contemporary world cuisine, producing innovative dishes that are a delight to the eye as well as the palette.”
Joseph’s Culinary Pub
Joseph’s Culinary Pub is a fine dining experience that takes traditional New American fare and elevates it with lots of creativity. Chef Joseph is known for taking his meats to the next level whether it be pork, duck, rabbit, lamb, or fish.
Santa Fe Bite
Santa Fe Bite claims to have created the original green chile cheeseburger and that same burger has been named to countless lists for the best cheeseburger! The menu features a mix of American classics, Tex Mex favorites, and local beer. It makes for the perfect place to get a quick and delicious meal that’s still 100% authentic to Santa Fe.
Voted the #1 New Mexican restaurant by readers of the Santa Fe Reporter, La Choza offers a large menu with plenty of vegetarian options. This is a favorite among locals and tourists, so there can often be a long wait time. However, it’s well worth it!
Café Pasqual’s provides a truly authentic Santa Fe experience using local ingredients served in a historic adobe building. The menu consists of New Mexican fare with a creative and elevated touch. Inside, you’ll also find an art gallery!
The Pantry Rio
The Pantry has been a household name in Santa Fe for decades. The newest of the brand, The Pantry Rio boasts a downtown location and a large outdoor patio. The restaurants have perfected serving classic New Mexican food in a casual and welcoming atmosphere.
One of the top-rated restaurants in Santa Fe, Jambo Cafe serves up African-Caribbean fusion that has won Owner and Chef Ahmed Obo several local awards. This eatery is an absolute must for foodies looking for a unique meal.
If you love Indian cuisine, Paper Dosa is sure to satisfy your cravings! The restaurant is highly rated for its food, quality, and atmosphere. Something truly unique to Paper Dosa is its Cook At Home program. It allows you to purchase a kit with everything you’ll need to make your very own dosas and curries. Take it all back to your casita with a fully equipped kitchen to master your very own culinary skills!
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Most of the Santa Fe restaurants on this list are downtown and within walking distance of many of our vacation homes. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with authentic Santa Fe experiences and that all starts with the rental! All of your properties are full of authentic New Mexico charm and modern amenities. Whether you’re looking for a one-bedroom within walking distance to the city’s hottest areas or a quiet mountainside getaway, we have something for you!
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