Santa Fe Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Santa Fe

Santa Fe's restaurant scene is incredibly competitive and you're guaranteed a great meal no matter where you eat. The city offers a wide variety of international cuisine, but traditional Santa Fe fare is not to be missed. Gourmands flock to New Mexico to try the state's flavorful red and green chiles, which are a staple feature on Santa Fe menus. (Red and green chiles are the same type of pepper, the coloring and flavor just depends on when they're harvested.) Chiles can be used and consumed in numerous ways, from sauces smothered atop enchiladas and tamales to hearty stews filled with meat and other vegetables. If you're wondering where you can sample this signature treat, travelers suggest The Shed for green chile stew and the "Shed Red" sauce, and Horseman's Haven Cafe for green chile sauce (ask for it on the side, as this one is notoriously spicy). Those wanting to try a taste of both worlds should ask for the sauce "Christmas-style," and you'll get both red and green chile sauce combined.

If you're looking for a fine dining experience, travelers suggest you make reservations at Geronimo, lauded for its infusion of New Mexican flavors in its contemporary American menu, as well as its top-notch service (diners say this is a great place to celebrate a special occasion). Other popular fine dining eateries include The Compound Restaurant and Sazon. Casual eateries that win favor with locals and visitors include The Pantry Restaurant (for comfort food), Palacio Café (for traditional Southwestern fare and great service), Jambo Cafe (for Caribbean-African fusion) and TerraCotta Wine Bistro (for an extensive wine list, live music and tasty small plates). What's more, the Santa Fe Farmers Market is regarded as one of the best in the country, featuring stalls of fresh produce, cheeses, chile sauce and more. 

When it's time for something sweet, travelers say you should head to Kakawa Chocolate House to sample the historic drinking chocolate elixirs, homemade ice cream, agave caramels, truffles and more. The shop's chocolatiers play with flavors and create confections with hints of chili, hibiscus and pomegranate, among other flavors.

Santa Fe also boasts a margarita trail, where travelers and locals can sample margaritas at more than 45 different establishments in the region and collect stamps in a Santa Fe Margarita Trail smartphone app for each drink consumed (passports can only receive two stamps per day). Not only will visitors have the opportunity to taste the variety of spicy, sweet and tangy margaritas available, they'll also be able to turn in their stamped passport to redeem a prize (like a T-shirt or other gift).

Find the Best Restaurants in Santa Fe

  • #1
    Sazon
    #1 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 925 reviewsTripAdvisor (925)
    $$ | Mexican, Latin
    221 Shelby St Corner of Shelby Street and East Alameda, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2149
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  • #2
    Geronimo
    #2 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2267 reviewsTripAdvisor (2267)
    $$ | American, International, Contemporary
    724 Canyon Rd Top of Canyon rd valet parking as good as the service inside..., Santa Fe, NM 87501-2724
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  • #3
    Kakawa Chocolate House
    #3 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1211 reviewsTripAdvisor (1211)
    $ - $$ |
    1050 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2736
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  • #4
    Sage Bakehouse
    #4 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 322 reviewsTripAdvisor (322)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    535 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2694
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  • #5
    Jambo Cafe
    #5 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1525 reviewsTripAdvisor (1525)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, African, Soups
    2010 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3378
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  • #6
    Dolina Bakery & Cafe
    #6 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 154 reviewsTripAdvisor (154)
    $ - $$ | Southwestern, Polish, Fast Food, Spanish
    402 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1873
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  • #7
    Clafoutis
    #7 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1602 reviewsTripAdvisor (1602)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe
    333 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-1850
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  • #8
    Paper Dosa
    #8 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 308 reviewsTripAdvisor (308)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    551 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-1825
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  • #9
    Amaya Restaurant
    #9 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 366 reviewsTripAdvisor (366)
    $ - $$ | American, Southwestern
    1501 Paseo de Peralta Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501-3721
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  • #10
    Pantry Restaurant
    #10 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2219 reviewsTripAdvisor (2219)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Southwestern, Diner
    1820 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3370
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  • #11
    The Ranch House
    #11 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1091 reviewsTripAdvisor (1091)
    $ - $$ | American, Southwestern, Bar, Barbecue
    2571 Cristos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507-3265
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  • #12
    Cafe Pasqual's
    #12 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3955 reviewsTripAdvisor (3955)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Southwestern
    121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2119
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  • #13
    Palacio Cafe
    #13 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1216 reviewsTripAdvisor (1216)
    $ | Mexican, American, Southwestern, Cafe
    209 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2012
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  • #14
    Cafe Fina
    #14 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 248 reviewsTripAdvisor (248)
    $ - $$ | American, Southwestern, Cafe
    624 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505-1410
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  • #15
    El Callejon Taqueria and Grill
    #15 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 326 reviewsTripAdvisor (326)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
    208 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2126
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  • #16
    The Teahouse
    #16 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 677 reviewsTripAdvisor (677)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    821 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2725
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  • #17
    TerraCotta Wine Bistro
    #17 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 698 reviewsTripAdvisor (698)
    $ - $$ | American, International
    304 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1829
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  • #18
    TIA Sophia's
    #18 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1403 reviewsTripAdvisor (1403)
    $ | Mexican, American, Southwestern
    210 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2129
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  • #19
    Plaza Cafe Southside
    #19 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 735 reviewsTripAdvisor (735)
    $ - $$ | Southwestern, Mexican, American, Cafe
    3466 Zafarano Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87507-2631
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  • #20
    La Choza
    #20 of 646 Places to Eat in Santa Fe
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1387 reviewsTripAdvisor (1387)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern, Soups
    905 Alarid St, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3041
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