Santa Fe New Mexico Restaurants
El Café at the Inn at Santa Fe -El Café is now open for dinner, serving flavorful dishes. Join us nightly for our Happy Hour specials on appetizers, wine or beer by the glass. Conveniently located near the Inn At Santa Fe lobby is El Café which prides itself on its welcoming ambiance and tempting assortment of excellent cuisine. El Café is open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
One of the best things about Santa Fe, NM is the variety of restaurant choices from sophisticated fine dining to locally owned independent restaurants as well as family-friendly microbreweries and wineries. With about 200 restaurants in a city of 70,000 and with such ethnic diversity, you will soon understand why eating out is a major pastime and Santa Fe is often described as a foodie paradise.
We are always pleased to highlight our own! The Shed, a local favorite since 1963, was named by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the Top Mexican Restaurants in the USA. And, while the 2013 James Beard awards, one of the most coveted in the food service industry will not be announced in early May, we are pleased that Santa Fe is home to three James Beard semifinalists. James Campbell Caruso of La Boca and Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin were named in the Best Chef: Southwest category and The Compound restaurant was named for the outstanding service category.
Santa Fe has been named one of Livability's Top 10 Foodie Cities for 2013 and was noted for its wide variety of food and dishes that often look too good to eat. In 2012 Santa Fe was voted by Rand McNally / USA Today as the Best Food Town while it ranked in the Travel + Leisure poll as #5 in ethnic food. TripAdvisor's millions of contributing travelers continued to vote Santa Fe as one of the Top 10 Food and Wine Destinations in the United States. You will soon understand why Santa Fe rates as one of the top destinations by foodies everywhere.
You may want to call for reservations during the busy summer season as waits for tables are very common. Need a recommendation? The New Mexico Tourism Department recently launched its Culinary Treasures Trail, complete with an interactive map at www.newmexico.orgculinarytreasures/ and the Santa Fe Restaurant Association maintains an online dining guide at SantaFeRestaurantAssociaiton.com. Alternatively, ask the friendly, knowledgeable and helpful Inn At Santa Fe hotel staff for assistance.
The city has also been recognized for the Santa Fe Farmers Market as well as the Santa Fe School of Cooking, the Santa Fe Culinary Academy and Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe which teach aspiring chefs the art of preparing fine meals and often lead restaurant tours.