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

Kielbasa soup with tortellini & greens


Scrambled eggs laced with peppers and onions, topped with salsa

Huevos Rancheros

Crisp circular potato chips on a red-checked tablecloth


Santa Fe’s Best Restaurants

Santa Fe Tortilla Company - Tortillas
Santa Fe Tortilla Company


Five and Dime General Store - Frito Pie
Five and Dime General Store


San Marcos Cafe - Cinnamon Bun
San Marcos Cafe


Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen




Plaza Café


Roque’s Carnitas




Pasqual’s - Huevos Motulenos


Shake Foundation


Harry’s Roadhouse


Tesuque Village Market


El Parasol


The Shed


Santa Fe Bite - Green Chile Cheeseburger
Santa Fe Bite


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Santa Fe Bite - Green Chile Cheeseburger

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Double bacon cheeseburger, fully dressed

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Five and Dime General Store - Frito Pie

Frito Pie Quest

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Granola is loaded with nuts, berries, raisins, coconut, etc., etc.

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A plat of sopaipillas at Nellie's restaurant in Las Cruces, NM

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Taco Temple Combo Plate

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Santa Fe Bite - Green Chile Cheeseburger

New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburgers

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Great Santa Fe Recipes

Santa Fe Carnitas

Caramelized Onion Quesadilla


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