Restaurants in Santa Fe, NM

Southwestern cuisine got stylish in Santa Fe, starting in the 1970s when chef Mark Miller opened the Coyote Cafe, which offered contemporary takes on traditional dishes. Decades later, the Coyote Cafe continues to thrive… along with many relatively new restaurants that take advantage of native ingredients to create stylish variations of the classics. Santacafe is one of the best, seasoning local tradition with an Asian touch. On and around the Plaza at the heart of town, you will find Roque’s Carnitas selling a magnificent tortilla roll-up of char-cooked beef and peppers; the old Five & Dime, the lunch counter of which is alleged to be the place cook Teresa Hernandez first conceived the Frito Pie; and the Plaza Cafe, which has town lunchroom atmosphere that defies gentrification all around it and serves a menu that combines flavors of the Southwest in general, New Mexico in particular, and a few Greek specialties, too. No visit to “The City Different” is complete without a meal (or two or three) at Pasqual’s, a favorite corner eatery for decades, where the corned beef hash is superb and the hot chocolate is radiant with Mexican seasonings.

Santa Fe’s Most Famous Dishes

Kielbasa soup with tortellini & greens


Pillow-soft lengths of bread are crowned with sesame seeds

Greek Bread

Scrambled eggs laced with peppers and onions, topped with salsa

Huevos Rancheros

Pink, butter-sauced shrimp surround a mound of thin spaghetti noodles


Great Santa Fe Recipes

Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

Santa Fe’s Best Restaurants

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