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Monday–Friday 7–10:30 am, Saturday 7–11 am; lunch Monday–Saturday 11 am–2:30 pm; dinner daily 5:30–10 pm; Sunday brunch 11 am–2:30 pm.

La Casa Sena

125 E Palace, 505-988-9232 La Casa Sena is located in downtown Santa Fe, in historic Sena Plaza. We feature modern, sustainable cuisine; an award-winning wine list; and a spectacular patio, and we are committed to using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. La Casa Sena has been one of Santa Fe’s finest and most popular restaurants for over 27 years. For a more casual dining experience, visit La Cantina and be entertained by our singing waitstaff performing the best of Broadway, jazz, and much more nightly. Lunch is served 11 am–3 pm Monday–Saturday; dinner 5:30–10 pm nightly. Sunday brunch in a beautiful patio setting is available 11 am–3 pm. Our popular wine shop adjacent to the restaurant features a large selection of fine wines and is open 11 am–7 pm Monday–Saturday.

La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza

100 E San Francisco, 505-995-2334 Experience Old World Santa Fe while dining at La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza. The menu showcases old favorites with New World twists. Our wine list is award-winning, our service is impeccable and, according to the reviewers, you’ll be dining in the “best of Santa Fe style.” La Plazuela hours: breakfast 7–11:30 am daily; lunch 11:30 am– 2 pm Monday– Friday, 11:30 am–3 pm Saturday and Sunday; dinner 5:30–10 pm daily.

Luminaria Restaurant at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

211 Old Santa Fe Trail 800-727-5531 or 505-984-7962 Luminaria introduces Matt Ostrander as executive chef. Chef Ostrander is no stranger to local Santa Fe foodies. A quintessential City Different chef, Ostrander is selftrained, gaining his experience as a true Santa Fe chef in some of the great culinary establishments in the area. Luminaria menus focus on chef Ostrander’s sustainable approach to his cuisine and feature an abundance of fresh, locally grown ingredients with the perfect Southwestern twist. Breakfast 7–11 am; lunch 11:30 am–2 pm; dinner 5–9 pm. Early-evening dinner at Cena Pronto, 5–6:30 pm; Sunday brunch 11 am–2 pm.

Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen

555 W Cordova, 505-983-7929 Maria’s now uses only 100 percent-agave tequila in every one of the more than 200 hand-poured, handshaken margaritas served—no wonder Maria’s has been chosen “Santa Fe’s Best Margarita” for the 15th consecutive year. Maria’s uses no sugar or mixes— totally pure and natural. A Santa Fe tradition since 1950, Maria’s specializes in authentic home-style Northern New Mexico cuisine, plus steaks, burgers, and fajitas. You can watch your flour tortillas being rolled out and cooked by hand. Lunch and dinner, 11 am–10 pm Monday–Friday; noon–10 pm Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are suggested.

featured listing The Palace Restaurant and Saloon 142 W Palace 505-428-0690

This historic classic exudes the elegant character of Santa Fe in its interior but surprises with modern Italian and New American Cuisine by Chef Joseph Wrede and a dedicated team of culinary professionals. It’s nice, with a little naughty on the side.


403 1/2 S Guadalupe, 505-984-9104 Max’s has undergone a transformation, and now offers dinners of cutting-edge foods with contemporary presentations prepared by new executive chef/partner Mark Connell. The menu highlights local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients from a tantalizing selection of confit, house smoked-sturgeon, sous vide pork to Wagyu beef, and a lovely assortment of house made desserts. Most nights find chef Mark and Maria “Max” Renteria attending their guests on the patio or in the dining room. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 5:30–9:30 pm.

Ore House at Milagro

139 W San Francisco, 505-995-0139 The Ore House tradition continues its 35 years of history at its new Milagro location (where Galisteo meets San Francisco), under its skylight roof and on its outdoor entry patio. The Ore House at Milagro is Santa Fe’s live music, chile, and margarita headquarters. The restaurant serves great New Mexico cuisine in an exquisite setting, with chile prepared in many traditional and new ways. Specialties include the savory, signature Red Chile Relleno and Milagro’s wonderful Chiles en Nogado. Open seven days a week. Lunch 11:30 am–2:30 pm; cantina menu 2:30 pm–close; dinner 5:30 pm–close.

The Ranch House

2571 Cristos Road, 505-474-6466 Josh’s Barbecue is expanding its concept. Due to open on Santa Fe’s Southside mid-December, The Ranch House will have the same great BBQ and more! This newly constructed restaurant will have indoor and outdoor dining, a full bar with signature cocktails and eight beers on tap. The expanded menu will include new salads, appetizers, and a grill menu with salmon, steaks, and more! It is located on Cerrillos and Cristos Road near Kohls. Open daily from 11 am–10 pm.

Rancho de Chimayó

Santa Fe County Road 98, #300 on the scenic “High Road to Taos” 505-984-2100, A treasured part of New Mexico’s history and heritage. A timeless tradition. Serving world-renowned traditional and contemporary native New Mexican cuisine in an exceptional setting since 1965. Enjoy outdoor dining or soak up the culture and ambience indoors at this centuryold adobe home. Try the Rancho de Chimayó’s specialty: carne adovada—marinated pork simmered in a spicy,


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red-chile-caribe sauce. Come cherish the memories and make new ones. Open seven days, May–October, 11:30 am–9 pm; open six days November–April, 11:30 am–9 pm, closed Mondays. Online store is now open!

Rio Chama

414 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505-955-0765 Located just south of the Plaza next to the State Capitol building, Rio Chama has been a favorite for locals and visitors for more than 10 years. Chef Russell Thornton focuses on contemporary American cuisine with Southwestern influences, featuring the finest dry and wet aged steaks, prime rib, wild game, and fresh seafood. Our wine list features over 900 labels and 28 wines by the glass, earning us the “Best of” award from Wine Spectator. It is sure to excite the oenophile in anyone. Rio Chama offers a mix of intimate dining spaces, two beautiful patios, and a bustling bar. Open daily from 11 am–close.


231 Washington, 505-984-1788 Centrally located in Santa Fe’s distinguished downtown district, this charming Southwestern bistro, situated in the historic Padre Gallegos House, offers our guests the classic Santa Fe backdrop. Step into the pristine experience Santacafé has been consistently providing for more than 25 years. New American cuisine is tweaked in a Southwestern context, and the food is simply and elegantly presented. Frequented by the famous and infamous, the Santacafé patio offers some of the best people watching in Santa Fe! During high season, our courtyard, protected by a sun canopy, becomes one of the most coveted locales in Santa Fe. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Terra Restaurant at Encantado Resort

198 State Road 592, 505-946-5700, Terra, the signature restaurant for Encantado, an Auberge Resort, features majestic views of the surrounding mountains and offers an inventive interpretation of American cuisine. Having achieved Wine Spectator’s coveted “Best of” excellence award, chef Charles Dale’s modern rustic cuisine exemplifies a passion for simple yet refined menus that maintain a connection to regional influences, which is evident in all of his dishes, such as his signature boneless beef short ribs with poblano-mushroom mac-n-cheese. Terra is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Breakfast 7–11 am; brunch/lunch 11:30 am–2 pm; dinner 5:30–10 pm.