Our cozy El Café is open nightly for dinner from 5 pm - 8 pm. Try one of our house specialties including the BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadilla with our homemade sauce, the El Café salad with farm fresh vegetables or the Chicken Fried Steak. El Café and Bar offers a warm, welcoming ambiance and delicious Southwestern cuisine. Driving not required.
Our Favorite Santa Fe Restaurants
One of the best things about Santa Fe is the variety of restaurants and its vibrant food and culinary scene. From fine dining to authentic Southwestern eateries to microbreweries and wineries, you'll find some of our favorite Santa Fe restaurants close by. Visit the Santa Fe Farmer's Market or consider a cooking class or restaurant tour led by the Santa Fe School of Cooking.
Chef Patrick Gharrity supports local farms, dairies and ranches and you can taste it in his wonderfully imaginative cuisine. The talented wait staff sings Broadway show tunes throughout the evening. We recommend dining on the patio under the beautiful trees. An Inn At Santa Fe favorite. 125 E Palace Ave., Suite 20, Santa Fe 505-988-9232
Voted Best New Restaurant in the Santa Fe Reporter this African home-style restaurant from the Kenyan-born chef and owner, Ahmed Obo, brings the flavors of Africa and the Caribbean from yellow snapper to savory goat and lentil stew to pomegranate barbecued chicken. Ahmed mastered his homeland's unique flavors in his mother's kitchen. 2010 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe 505-473-1269
Established in 1953, this local dining destination is located on Palace Avenue, just east of the Plaza. Look for the small vividly colored wooden sign marking the entrance to the courtyard. Enjoy lunch or dinner in one of the nine quaint rooms of the sprawling, brightly colored hacienda or brick courtyard. The chili is loved by visitors and locals alike. 113 & 1/2 East Place Avenue, Santa Fe 505-982-9030
Locals were thrilled when Eloisa was opened earlier this year by a native son who gained fame in Los Angeles as a Celebrity chef. John Sedlas was the only New Mexican restaurant named to Eater Magazines 21 Best New Restaurants in America. If you want excellent, creative and unique food give Eloisa a try. As a side-note, the restaurant is named after his grandmother who was the artist Georgia O'Keeffe's personal chef for 15 years. 228 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe 505-982-0883
Congratulations to Eric DiStefano and Geronimo restaurant for being named the best restaurant in New Mexico by Business Insider. Noted for its impeccable service and complex dishes, Geronimo was named best overall, best ambiance, and best food in New Mexico by OpenTable. It is the only New Mexico restaurant to win a AAA Four Diamond award and a Forbes Four Star award. 724 Canyon Road, Santa Fe 505-982-1500
Located in a restored century-old adobe home, this timeless restaurant is set in a comfortable and romantic setting with fireplaces, cozy rooms and family photographs hanging on the white washed walls. The lovely terraced patio beckons for exquisite outdoor dining. The food is authentic, delicious and reasonably priced. 300 Santa Fe County Rd 98 on the "High Road to Taos," Santa Fe 505-351-4444
Whether it's a business luncheon or dinner with the kids, the Southside location of Blue Corn Café & Brewery is popular with the locals. Try one of their special microbrews and varied menu from New Mexican shepherd's pie to their triple green chili cheeseburger. Be sure to start with a handcrafted margarita. 4056 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe 505-438-6800
It has been said that the label "Pizzeria" is not adequate to describe the culinary experience awaiting you at the Rooftop. Their contemporary dining room takes you to San Francisco or New York, and the patio perches you in a position to watch the street life below or take in a spectacular Santa Fe sunset. 600 East San Francisco St., Suite 301, Santa Fe 505-984-0008
Located off the Santa Fe Plaza and near the state capital, Rio Chama serves the finest prime and dry aged steaks, chops and seafood. Take in the lively bar scene followed by dinner in the peaceful courtyard. Rio Chama appeals to locals and visitors alike. 414 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe 505-955-0765
Enjoy new American cuisine celebrating the foods of America using the freshest seasonal and local ingredients. With a full bar, indoor and outdoor seating, the Capitol Grill is prefect for lunch and dinner. Don't forget to ask our front desk staff for your discount card. 3462 Zafarano Drive, Santa Fe 505-471-6800
One of the best BBQ joints in the West with nightly entertainment, Cowgirl BBQ is the perfect spot after a day of skiing or gallery touring. Seasonal patio dining, pool tables and weekend musical brunch, plus the kids will love the slide in the back. 319 S. Guadalulpe St. , Santa Fe 505-982-1800
You know you're in the right spot when a restaurant has a separate menu for Margaritas. But locals come back for the delicious steak and enchiladas or the posole. A casual dining gem and you can't beat the prices! 555 West Cordova Road, Santa Fe 505-983-7929