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

Cross section of a buned rare burger topped with chopped green chilies and cheese

Green Chile Cheeseburger

Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.

Salads

Close view of eggs scrambled with pimento cheese

Breakfast Eggs

A plated stack of 5 hefty pancakes with pitchers of melted butter and syrup

Pancakes

Santa Fe’s Best Restaurants

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Great Santa Fe Recipes

Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

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