It’s easy to make a great day in Santa Fe even better, go out to dinner. With so many stellar choices for a memorable dining experience, these are some of the locals’ top choices.

  • Coyote Cafe—This is the restaurant that put Santa Fe and southwestern food on the map. Stephen Pyles was the head chef who rose to fame and while he's long gone, this place has not lost its luster. Feeling like something a bit more casual, head upstairs to the Cantina.

  • Joseph's Culinary Pub—Just off Guadalupe is this quaint restaurant where everything is made from scratch and with finesse. 

  • La Boca—When you crave a taste of Spain, La Boca awaits. The intimate space indoors is cozy and the patio allows you to watch people walk by on Marcy Street.

  • Market Steer—Carnivores Rejoice! Prime steaks & chops, plus seafood entrees, presented in a rustic-chic venue with a courtyard.

  • Midtown Bistro—Whether you are in the mood for a light dinner, a fish dish, New Mexican cuisine, a burger, or a serious entree, Midtown Bistro is the place. 

  • Paloma—If you are in search of Mexican food in a stylish setting, head to Paloma for a fun and delicious experience. 

  • Paper Dosa—Since they are only open for dinner, this is the only chance you will get to enjoy this full-flavored menu featuring Northern Indian food.

  • Restaurant Martin—Though not fine dining, it is upscale. The menu is well-executed and the service is hospitable. Dine inside or on their spacious outdoor patio. Or secure their party room for a large group.

  • Santacafe—This local institution has been the go-to restaurant for special occasions and everyday meals. A varied menu that appeals to everyone, choose from a classic green chile cheeseburger, salmon, mussels, and more.