Fathom Favorites : Santa Fe Restaurants

1. Café Pasqual's

For a last-day breakfast you'll want huevos rancheros. If you can't choose between red or green chile sauce, order yours Christmas-style for a taste of both. Another great breakfast spot by a former Cafe Pasqual chef is farther West at Tune-Up Cafe.

121 Don Gaspar Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

2. Coyote Cafe & Rooftop Cantina

In summer months, head to the rooftop for miles of thick, freshly cut corn chips with creamy avocado with tomatillo, lime, pico de gallo, and something called fire-roasted cantina. The outdoor seating is the perfect place to rest and sip a Lava Lamp, an effervescent mix of frozen margarita and beer.

132 W. Water St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

3. Santacafe

The courtyard is a busy stage of waiters pacing quickly as glasses clink and forks clank on plates of their famous calamari. It's always bustling and makes for excellent people-watching.

231 Washington Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

4. Compound

Elegant and sophisticated fare by James Beard Award-winning chef Mark Kiffin served in a laidback, Southwestern setting surrounded by folk art.

653 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

5. Geronimo

Hefty portions of elk, scallops, lobster, and tuna served in a traditional 1756 adobe home. Sadly, executive chef and co-owner Eric DiStefano passed away earlier this year, but Sllin Cruz (previously the restaurant's chef de cuisine) has been tapped to continue the legacy at one of the city's chicest spots.

724 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

6. La Boca

The five-time James Beard Award nominee chef/owner James Campbell Caruso has been serving scrumptious and authentic tapas and drinks at La Boca for almost a decade now. A glass of rose and shrimp tacos makes for a nice lunch by the Plaza.

72 W. Marcy St.
Santa Fe, 87501

7. Gabriel's

Sit on the patio and eat handmade tortillas and guacamole prepared tableside as you watch a stunning New Mexico sunset. It's a fifteen-minute drive from downtown (exit at 176 on Highway 285/84).

4 Banana Ln.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

8. Radish & Rye

Chef David Gaspar de Alba draws inspiration from his birthplace in El Paso, Texas, and summers on his family's Arizona farm to create fresh, seasonal Southwestern dishes. The menu is accompanied by a great cocktail program from local restaurateur and sommelier Quinn Stephenson.

548 Agua Fria St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

9. Clafoutis French Bakery

402 N. Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

10. La Casa Sena

In the expansive backyard patio and outdoor bar, feast on an excellent wild mushroom tamale with a crisp sauvignon blanc. The wait staff serenade guests in La Cantina Wednesday through Sunday evenings.

125 E. Palace Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

11. Tia Sofia

Arrive early in the morning for a seat at the 30-year-old diner counter and a hearty breakfast of blue corn huevos rancheros.

210 W. San Francisco St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

12. Paper Dosa

An under-the-radar favorite that got its start with private parties and weekly pop-up dinners. Owners (and couple) Paulraj Karuppasamy and Nellie Tischler dish up light and spicy South Indian plates in a concise menu that includes a collection of the savory thin crepes that the restaurant is named for, as well as fresh salads and hearty curries. 

551 W. Cordova Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87505

13. Shake Foundation

When you've had your fill of huevos rancheros and enchiladas, head to the walk-up burger joint for a quick picnic table lunch. Though inspired by restaurateur Brian Knox's love of the Santa Fe's iconic green chile cheeseburger, Shake Foundation also offers a classic burger and hand-cut shoestring fries. The namesake shakes are made with Taos Cow Ice Cream and come in a rotating assortment of flavors.

631 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87505

14. Eloisa

Chef and Santa Fe-native John Sedlar returned from LA to open a deeply personal restaurant inspired by his first teacher in the kitchen, his grandmother Eloisa. The open kitchen and wood-burning fireplace create a warm and inviting environment for showcasing Sedlar’s Northern New Mexican cuisine. Dishes like the maize budino (white and green corn, black quinoa, red amaranth) and pastrami tacos are artfully plated on cow skull-designed platters by local artist Larry Swan.

228 E. Palace Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

15. Harry's Roadhouse

A charming old-school stop for great diner-style breakfast foods like hearty chilaquiles and robust cups of joe.

96 Old Las Vegas Hwy.
Santa Fe, NM 87505