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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

BBQ Restaurant
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“If you are looking for action, this is the place. Santa Fe’s colorful local mix with tourists. The food it decent and there is a large menu so everyone can find something to eat. The nightlife is kooky, fun and occasionally a little wild. In the winter the band/ karaoke is squished against the wall in the bar. In warmer seasons the front patio hosts musicians, and it is quite the event. Reservations a good idea if the take them. Early or later you can probably walk in and get a table. Santa Fe Local hack: stay away from their frozen margaritas, order the “silver coin” on the rocks with salt. For the past 20 years every couple we know in this town has gotten arguementative after imbibing in the frozens. We blame it on the high sugar content & the cheap tequila.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Quintessential Northern New Mexican faire and a local's favorite. Expect a line on the weekend, so get there early. They only accept reservations for parties six or more. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Local go-to for classic Southwestern fare housed in a circa-1692 hacienda with a cantina-style bar.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Very casual and has outdoor seating that is pup friendly. I love the duck hash and the pupusas.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Pasqual’s is a great choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Chances are, you’ve heard of this place. Yes, it’s worth the hype - this is the place for refined New Mexican cuisine.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Enjoy dinner here and then ask them when the next flaminco dance will be held. So fun to watch! ”
  • 65 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This is a local favorite. if you only have one morning to eat breakfast out, choose this place!! (open for all meals, incl. full bar)”
  • 57 locals recommend
Café
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“At the top of Canyon Road, The Teahouse is an excellent place to rest and have a bit of lunch. Or breakfast, if you’ve gotten an early start.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Clafoutis is at the top of my list for brunch in Santa Fe. The French owners are always present to keep an eye on things and greet guests with a smile. All baked goods are made in house, and prices and portion sizes are reasonable. Expect a wait on weekends - this place is deservedly popular with locals and tourists alike.”
  • 62 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Beautiful restaurant if you want to splurge Best in town. Next door is also El Farol which will be my next recommendation ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Café
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“This is a delicious, family-run Afro-Caribbean restaurant that is reasonably priced and a local favorite. We recommend the jerk chicken plate and chances are good you’ll get to meet owner and chef Ahmed Obo. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“A destination of New Mexican food for both visitors and locals. Arrive early because the wait can be a bit lengthy!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Iconic Santa Fe - with authentic New Mexican food -fun local bar with 70 kinds of margaritas.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Café
“Our favorite coffee hangout in town! Great food too! There is also a location in the Plaza, however it has a limited food menu. That one is located in Collected Works (book store).”
  • 39 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Not really within walking distance, but this place is a great vegetarian option. The have a number of Indian specialties, but the dosas are on par with any that you'll find in this country.”
  • 45 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great food and atmosphere! Locals love this place! Within walking distance to home!”
  • 41 locals recommend