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Decadent Dining: The 5 Best Restaurants in Santa Fe

No visit to Santa Fe is complete without a taste of some of the city’s unparalleled cuisine. Don’t waste your vacation budget on chain restaurants with predictable fare. The city is packed with original picks that offer inspired dishes highlighting food from around the world. Make reservations where you can and try these top options.


Bouche is a French bistro where you’ll enjoy authentic cuisine in a quiet and quaint atmosphere. Enjoy a cozy banquet inside or dine al fresco on the patio when weather permits. Award-winning chef-owner Charles Dale has curated a gourmet menu that includes dishes like tenderloin steak tartare with farm fresh egg and house potato chips or calf’s liver dijonnaise with spinach and onions. Try a Nutella chocolate mousse or seasonal sorbet for a decadent finish.

Café Pasqual’s

If you’re looking to start the day on a delicious note, book a Santa Fe hotel near Café Pasqual’s. Just one block southwest of the plaza, this is an easily accessible downtown favorite with Latino flair. Lines will extend out the door for a chance to grab a bite in this historic adobe building.

The breakfast menu includes distinctive picks like a breakfast burrito filled with house-made chorizo, smoked trout hash, and huevoes motulenos, an egg dish with sautéed banana, peas, feta, and salsa. You can stop in for lunch or dinner as well – though reservations are strongly suggested if you’re dining in the evening.

Dr. Field Goods Kitchen

Chef Josh Gerwin uses a farm-to-table approach to serve up decadent dishes with a little attitude on the side. New Mexico Homes described the cuisine as “comfort food that people can feel good about.” The queso and house-made salsas are a must-taste. For your main, you’ll enjoy a diverse range of options including enchiladas, pho, steak frites, fish and chips, and more. These dishes span so many cultural cuisines, it’s almost impossible not to find something you’ll like. When the members of your party can’t agree on what to eat, this is an obvious pick.

La Boca

If you’re a fan of tapas, don’t miss the outstanding menu at La Boca. The restaurant serves up a delicious selection of modern Spanish cuisine. If you hate having to pick just one item, visit during tapas happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.,daily and indulge in fried fingerling potatoes, shrimp tacos, spicy carrot garbanzo hummus, and more.

Jambo Café

Try something different at Jambo Café, where you’ll enjoy African-Caribbean fusion. Jambo Café has won the Santa Fe Reporter’s “Best International Cuisine” award for six years in a row, and “Best Chef” since 2015. Try the jerk chicken sandwich, spiced New Mexico lamb burger, or island spice coconut peanut chicken stew. The rich and unique flavors make this a popular pick when you want a wonderfully spiced departure from predictable American cuisine.

Pick out your favorite options early so you can make sure to alot plenty of time for these mouthwatering options in your visit to Santa Fe. With so many choices, you can find a satisfying bite every day of your stay.