Santa Fe chiles hanging are the star of many dishes at the best restaurants in Santa Fe

Discover the Best Restaurants in Santa Fe This Fall

Select Registry - October 6, 2022

A Delicious Taste of the Southwest!

Friends enjoying dinner at the best restaurants in Santa Fe

If you’re like most travelers that stay with the Select Registry brand of properties, a big part of your travel experience goes beyond seeing unique attractions and includes things like great food, drink, and other experiences. In a food-forward city like Santa Fe, it’s essential to know where to find the best restaurants in Santa Fe so you can make plans and reservations. 

As fun and delicious as the best restaurants in Santa Fe are, there are certainly plenty more things to do in Santa Fe this fall. Fall is a beautiful time to be in Santa Fe – perhaps even the best time to be here! The weather is mild, the summer crowds have gone home, and you have more time to enjoy the top museums, art galleries, shops, and restaurants to yourself. 

Santa Fe and northern New Mexico are also a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with various hiking and biking trails worth exploring. These adventures are fun throughout the year but even more magical under the yellow blaze of the aspen trees. With so many great things to do in Santa Fe and the best restaurants in Santa Fe ready to keep you fueled up for any adventure, it’s time you book your fall getaway. 

There’s no better place to stay in Santa Fe than one of our two Select Registry New Mexico Bed and Breakfasts. They are both located in the heart of Santa Fe, within easy reach of many top attractions, let alone the best restaurants in Santa Fe. With a dedication to excellence in everything they do, we know you’ll have a fantastic fall getaway. Book your room at our top-rated Santa Fe Bed and Breakfasts today. 

Chiles shine in many dishes at the best restaurants in Santa Fe

The Best Restaurants in Santa Fe

From traditional Mexican cuisine to a unique fusion you can only find in the American Southwest, few things are more delicious than the best restaurants in Santa Fe. They range from simple food trucks to James-Beard-nominated establishments, and in many, you’ll find unique and delightful use of the signature chile. 

Both red and green chiles are famous here in Santa Fe, and if you want to try both at the same time, just as for it “Christmas style.” There’s also a fantastic range of international cuisine in the city, thanks to the diverse cultural influences that have called this artistic city home over the years. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants in Santa Fe. 

  1. If you’re looking for an authentic taste of traditional New Mexican cuisine, one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe is The Shed. It’s a great place to start your food journey in this exciting town, too, as it’s been a local staple since 1953. They have a pretty great Margarita, too – and it checks off a stop on Santa Fe’s famous Margarita Trail!
  2. You can’t take a food adventure through Santa Fe without trying at least one taco, and we think the best taco’s in town are at El Toreador. Once one of the city’s most popular food trucks, this establishment now has a more traditional restaurant. 
  3. If you’re looking for a taste of luxury in your dining experience, don’t miss Geronimo on historic Canyon Road. The structure was built in 1756 in the traditional Adobe style, and it’s not only one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe but one of the best in the country. 
  4. Another great fine dining spot to add to your list, long considered one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe, is Sazón. Chef Fernando Olea first brought his elevated Latin-American cuisine to Santa Fe in 1991, delighting diners with simple yet flavor-packed menus. This is a great spot to enjoy a tequila flight, too. They have an exquisite collection. 
  5. If you’re looking for some fresh farm-to-table cuisine, don’t miss the delicious options at Radish & Rye. It’s an approachable restaurant with a sensational, locally-sourced menu, and it’s easy to see why it ranks on the list of the best restaurants in Santa Fe. 
  6. Cafe Pasquale’s is located on the historic Santa Fe Plaza and is well known for its delectable dinner menu filled with things like mole enchiladas, Mexican shrimp cocktails, and roasted green chile filet mignon.
  7. If you’re looking for a much-lauded green chile cheeseburger while in Santa Fe, then one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe for you is Santa Fe Bite. The retro Route 66 vibe is just as fun as your first bite into their delicious green-chile-laden burger. 
  8. You’ll find way more than Mexican, New Mexican, and Spanish influences in Santa Fe. The cultural confluence in the city is impressive, and it’s seen in many of the best restaurants in Santa Fe. Consider a place like Jambo Café, which serves up some of the best African-Caribbean-influenced cuisine we’ve ever tasted. 
  9. Izanami Restaurant is another of the best restaurants in Santa Fe with international flair. This Japanese restaurant is found inside Ten Thousand Waves, a premier Santa Fe spa experience. Their Omakase is divine. 
  10. Enjoy a taste of traditional Santa Fe with some dancing – one of the best things about being out in Santa Fe – at El Farol on Canyon Road. Flamenco dancers perform here regularly during the dinner service. 
  11. If you’re looking for an authentic taste of New Mexico’s Pueblo ancestry, don’t miss Shundines Frybread Stand. You’ll have to take the drive to Taos to try it, but given that the scenic drive on the High Road to Taos is one of our favorite things to do in Santa Fe in the fall, we think this is a worthy stop to add to your list of best restaurants in Santa Fe this fall! 
  12. Speaking of great places to eat while traveling between Santa Fe and Taos, we can’t recommend Rancho de Chimayó enough – and it’s located about halfway between the two cities. It’s the perfect place for dinner, where you’ll enjoy a savory and unforgettable meal of traditional cuisine. 
  13. If you love creativity in your dining experience, don’t miss Arroyo Vino: There’s a relaxed atmosphere at this wine shop and bistro that serves genuinely fantastic – and creative – dishes. 
  14. La Boca is one of the best Santa Fe restaurants for Spanish-inspired cuisine. Rustic tapas are ideal for sharing, paired with an exciting wine list with some unusual finds and warm hospitality – not to mention fantastic food. 
  15. Locavore dining takes on new meaning at Dr. Field Goods Kitchen. The chef is known as an enthusiastic forager, which means there are always interesting seasonal finds on the menu.

This is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the best restaurants in Santa Fe, though. You’ll find delicious bites everywhere in the city, with your best guide always being the Innkeeper at our exquisite Santa Fe, New Mexico Bed and Breakfasts

While you're exploring the best restaurants in Santa Fe, enjoy all the other things to do in Santa Fe this fall

More Things to do in Santa Fe This Fall

We all love a great meal while traveling – and these best restaurants in Santa Fe certainly will not disappoint. However, even the most avid food fans can’t spend their entire day eating and need a bit of a break between bites.  Luckily, there are plenty more things to do in Santa Fe this fall! 

Whether you prefer walking around town taking in the historic sights, shopping, perusing art galleries, or getting outside to work off some of that food you’ve been eating, we’ve put together a great guide to  keep you busy and having fun. Below, you’ll find a list of our ten favorite things to do in Santa Fe in the fall. 

  1. Don’t miss the opportunity to browse the best Santa Fe museums, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum. You may also want to visit Museum Hill, home to four moe incredible Santa Fe museums.
  2. By far, one of our favorite things to do in Santa Fe is to browse the incredible art galleries and studios on Canyon Road. There are more than eighty art galleries, boutiques, and cafes in this 1/2 mile stretch of road.
  3. Head to the Santa Fe Plaza, which is the historic heart of our city. Since the earliest days of Santa Fe, the Plaza has been a gathering space and cultural hub for the city, and it’s where you’ll find some of the best restaurants in Santa Fe, great museums, and exquisite shopping.
  4. There are plenty of great local markets to shop at in Santa Fe, too, including the Santa Fe Farmers Market
  5. Get Outdoors and Hike or bike on the Dale Ball Trails. Located in the nearby National Forest in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains foothills and accessible from downtown Santa Fe, you’ll find multiple options for hiking for every skill level, all while enjoying some of the most exquisite scenery in Santa Fe. 
  6. Enjoying some wine tasting in Downtown Santa Fe is one of our favorite things to do in Santa Fe in the fall. One of our favorite stops is Gruet Winery, but there are plenty of other wineries worth sampling in New Mexico.
  7. When you’ve satisfied your taste buds at the best restaurants in Santa Fe, it’s time to treat the rest of your body to something special. Santa Fe is well-known for wellness, with amazing places like Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs and Ten Thousand Waves nearby, it’s worth adding a little rest day to your itinerary. 
  8. One of the best things to do in Santa Fe in the fall is to get out of the city and immerse yourself in the spectacular fall beauty that’s all around us. One of the best ways to do this is to drive the scenic High Road to Taos. Once in Taos, don’t miss a visit to the historic Taos Pueblo. Another great stop is the artsy town of Chimayó on the way. 

As you can see, plenty of adventure and great food is waiting for you in Santa Fe this fall. Round out your trip with a stay at our exceptional New Mexico Bed and Breakfasts, and you have a perfect fall getaway waiting. Book your room today! 

Best Places to Stay in Santa Fe

El Farolito Bed and Breakfast

Experience the richness of New Mexico’s art, culture, and history in this traditional Santa Fe adobe compound located in the historic district. The eight rooms are decorated in styles relevant to Santa Fe’s extensive cultural heritage of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo inhabitants. Each room is furnished with locally crafted furniture and local art.  Enjoy modern amenities including private entrances, fine linens, rich fabrics, AC, free WiFi, quiet patios and gardens, flat panel TVs, and onsite parking when you stay at our New Mexico bed and breakfast.

We’re located in the historic downtown, a short pleasant 10-minute walk to the central Plaza, Canyon Road, and the Railyard area. Numerous galleries, shops, museums, and world-class fine dining establishments are less than a 15-minute stroll away. During the pleasant summer and fall months, enjoy our leisurely al fresco breakfast service and relax on your garden patio. At El Farolito, savor a fireside breakfast in the colorfully decorated dining room and rest with the warmth of a fireplace in each guest room.

Four Kachinas Inn

We’ve masterfully blended the best of Southwestern charm with all the modern amenities you have grown accustomed to in luxury travel. Each of our six guestrooms features private entrances, New Mexican architecture, quality linens, and original Native American, Spanish Colonial, and regional art, as well as locally crafted furnishings. 

Each morning you can wake up to a homemade and healthy breakfast of Southwestern specialties and traditional dishes. All day and evening, you can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and refreshments in the breakfast/lounge building.
We’ve spent a great deal of effort ensuring we strike the right balance of warm hospitality and privacy so you can think of the Four Kachinas Inn as your Sante Fe home away from home.

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