Historic Restaurants

​Historic in Santa Fe goes back to the early 1600s, but our favorite historic restaurants aren’t quite that old. These are a few of the oldest. Whether it’s an original adobe building or longevity, we have counted both in this category. Enjoy Santa Fe’s rich history.

  • The Pantry—The Pantry has been serving up classic New Mexican dishes and amazing breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to locals since 1948. This iconic institution is a favorite and the long lines are proof that it’s beloved by all. 

  • El Farol—Dating back to 1835, El Farol is a piece of Santa Fe history. Situated along Canyon Road, stop in for a drink or dine in for the full experience. It has been named “one of the best bars on earth” by the New York Times.

  • La Plazuela at La Fonda—Established in the 1920s, this garden setting is hard to beat. Choose from breakfast, lunch, or dinner in this historic hotel on the Plaza that proudly boasts a 400-year legacy.

  • Plaza Cafe—Santa Fe's oldest restaurant, the Plaza Cafe has been feeding hungry customers since 1905. Go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and see why this restaurant is such a beloved part of the city's history.

  • The Legal Tender Saloon and Eating House—The Legal Tender was built in 1881 as the Brown and Manzanares General Store. As Lamy's oldest living structure, this is a piece of history. It was donated to the Lamy Railroad & History Museum in 2006 and is opening in the fall of 2021 as a bar and restaurant.

  • Tomasita’s—In its third generation of family ownership, Tomasita's opened in 1974 but the red brick building is more than 100 years old and was once home to the famous Chile Line. Now go taste a piece of history.