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The best restaurants in Santa Fe to try right now

In between visits to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the spa, Santa Fe's best restaurants should be on your to-do list

Written by
Virginia Miller
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Santa Fe is, of course, known for its beautiful architecture and art scene, but that does mean its restaurant scene gets a little slept on. But scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find a ton of great restaurants in this New Mexico city, from traditional Mexican cuisine to trendy pizza joints and more. 

So whether you’re looking for a seriously good Huevos Rancheros, Cubano sandwiches stuffed to the brim, dainty chocolate shops with fiery hot chocs or punchy East African stews, you’re in for a treat in Santa Fe. Read on for the very best restaurants in Santa Fe to try out right now. 

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Geronimo’s adobe-walled dining room, marked by stately antler chandeliers, is Santa Fe’s fine dining go-to. Housed in the historic Borrego House (built in 1756), chef Sllin Cruz pulls from global influences in vibrant dishes like a wasabi Caesar salad, potato Parmigiano gnocchi and the tellicherry-rubbed elk tenderloin. Post-meal, linger in the lounge bar for a nightcap.

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Jambo Café chef-owner Ahmed Obo, who hails from the island of Lamu off the coast of Kenya, opened this African-Caribbean gem in 2009. House favorites include slow-cooked goat curry stew, banana-leaf–wrapped mahi mahi, jerk chicken, Lamu coconut pili pili shrimp and East African coconut lentil stew. Check their online calendar for Jambo Hapa food truck events serving specials like the tongue sandwich.

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Kakawa Chocolate House is renowned for its organic farming practices, devotion to chocolate history and its delectable chocolates and drinking elixirs (of course). Drinking chocolates include rich European-style chocolate or spiced Mesoamerican chocolate. Try their signature truffles and caramels, including seasonal flavors like prickly pear, mezcal, horchata and cherry chili.

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A deliciously dynamic duo, Chili Line Brewery and Pizzeria da Lino are housed in the same building – and for good reason. Start at Pizzeria Da Lino where you can munch on toasty bottomed, cheesy pizza straight from the brick oven and then make your way over to Chili Line Brewing for a little liquid dessert (and trust us, it's satiating). Chili Line’s rare rauchbiers (smoked beers) pair well with wood-fired pizzas from da Lino, but if you don't fancy moving venues then no worries. Chili Line also has a pretty impressive menu, so don't think you'll go hungry.

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Farm-to-table cooking and lots of bourbon are a match made in heaven at Radish & Rye, where Buffalo Trace bourbon is served in all of their whiskey cocktails. As for food, entrees include dishes like the lamb T-bones or pan-fried trout with baked green chile corn. A trace of Southern influence can be found in dishes like fried green tomato with pimento cheese, Saltine-crusted Gulf shrimp and the black-eyed pea paté. 

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Dr. Field Goods is a butcher shop, bakery and also runs a farm-to-table gastropub a few doors away. Take home locally sourced meats, fresh-baked bread or massive cinnamon rolls from the shop, or stay a while and enjoy a frothy beer with a hearty Reuben or Cubano sandwich. We also like the carne adovada breakfast burritos, kimchi patatas bravas and the “Bad Ass BLT.”

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