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Galisteo Bistro & Wine Bar

227 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501-2125 (Downtown)
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Ranked #9 of 463 restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $32
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Between Water & Alameda
Transit: Bus stop at end of the block; Railrunner station nearby.
Description: Chef-owned and "made by hand," local bistro featuring eclectic, innovative International cuisine known for its open kitchen, quality menu offerings, and attentive service in a casual, comfortable downtown Santa Fe setting. Just a short walk to the historic plaza.
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87% Recommend
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English first
Chappaqua, New York, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

recommended by friends - we felt it was good, not great. Best dish we had was the bison short ribs. service was a bit inconsistent.

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Houston, Texas
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I really liked the Gnocchi, and heard good reviews about the skate. But whatever you eat, leave room for the mud puddle. It is a fantastic dessert.

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Houston, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

True bistro ambiance with innovative offerings from a young Cordon Bleu trained rising star chef, a well balanced and priced wine list, and outstanding, laid back, and friendly service from owner to server and buss staff. My wife and I liked it so much that it was the only restaurant we visited twice during our one week stay in Santa... More

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I feel bad about this review because by all accounts it is a very good restaurant. The ambiance is good, the service is good and apparently everything else on the menu is great as well. Just don't order the bison which is a new item. The meat was extremely chewy and covered in such a sweet sauce it felt like... More

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Dallas, Texas
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is one of our must go to restaurants whenever we visited Santa Fe. My husband loves the lamb shank. All of the food is very good. We also enjoy sitting at the bar and watching them prepare the food. The restaurant is not overly large so it is best to have reservations.

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Taos, New Mexico
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

In Santa Fe for the later afternoon from Taos. Decided to give it a try for dinner. The owner graciously gave us a table and said the table was reserved in an hour, but not to worry, it would work out.. This place was really great, from the service, food, to the atmosphere. We split the cheese Flight, spinach salad... More

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We had the grass-fed beef special (Galisteo Tournados) and the Crab Cake Salad. The beef was melt-in-your mouth delicious; could have been cut with a fork. The crab cake salad struck me as a bit of a hodge-podge concoction - delicious warm crab cake with cold risotto (also good), greens and baby tomatoes. The mud puddle was yummy, and service... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

No one thing about this restaurant is outstanding, but when you put it all together it adds up to a five star review. The reception was warm and inviting, the server was knowledgeable and efficient and happy to be working there, the chef was fun to watch, and the food ranged from very good to excellent. It's a small place... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We've eaten at some of the best restaurants the world has to offer. Can honestly say that our dinner tonite at the Galisteo Bistro was one of the best. We had the tournedos of beef, pure heaven, and the red fish étouffée. WOW! Honestly better than a steak I recently had at Geronimo's. We had the 'mud puddle' for dessert... More

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is worth the stop off the plaza. They are very responsive to your wishes for seating arrangements. We weren't picky but one couple wanted to sit next to each other and not across the table from one another and the manager (owner?) made it happen. The food was just wonderful! We had the red fish and gnocchi. The dessert... More

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