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Palace Restaurant

142 West Palace Avenue, Ste. 300, Santa Fe, NM
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Ranked #210 of 463 restaurants in Santa Fe
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Grant and Sandoval
Transit: One block southwest of the City of Santa Fe Downtown Transit Center.
Description: The legendary Palace Restaurant and Saloon is destination for visitors to Santa Fe and a local hotspot. The welcoming decor, where traditional Victorian style merges with the Spanish Colonial aesthetic of New Mexico in the wild west of the 1850s provides a distinct atmosphere for elegant dining and relaxed bar fare.The saloon, with its red, flocked velvet wallpaper recalls the era of La Doña Tules and the gambling halls and saloons of yesteryear. The dining room combines classic elegance–chandeliers, historic photographs, tasteful art to create a comfortable, lively space for an unforgettable meal.
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81 reviews from our community

59% Recommend
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English first
Santa Fe, New Mexico
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I was out with my family and some friends of the family. We had drinks at the El Dorado, and decided to try Palace for dinner. It was quiet on the night we went there. The bar was busy, but it didn't affect us too much since the main dining room was quiet. There was supposed to be Karaoke. Thank... More

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Coupeville, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We had gourmet lunches here and enjoyed it very much. Evidently it is also a lively spot for musical entertainment on weekends, but it was quiet at lunch time. It was a cool, and restful oasis for us, because we were hot and tired from walking around the Santa Fe Plaza in the summer heat.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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77 reviews 77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Centrally located near the Plaza, this is a good place for tasty and well-presented tapas. Since it is summer, we sat in the interior patio, which is covered with umbrellas. Should be pretty at night with twinkly lights. (In the winter, the dark red rooms of the interior must be cozy. Too dark for a summer meal.) Fried calamari was... More

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We have been in Santa Fe off and on for 2 weeks and this is the best place so far. We made reservations and sat in the interior courtyard. We had drinks, tapas and dessert. The squash blossoms were very good stuffed with ricotta and lightly battered and flash fried served with a pomadoro sauce . The bruschetta was the... More

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Tucson Arizona
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We stopped for lunch on a whim after visiting the Georgia O'Keefe museum on a Friday afternoon. The walk through the bar / restaurant area definitely looked like the bordello it used to be with the dark, fancy red wallpaper. It looked very nice though. We asked to be seated outside and both ordered the fish and chips. They were... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My pasta primavera consisted of heirloom tomatoes, under very cooked carrots and very undercooked brocolli over overcooked pasta. The sauce that brought this all together was acceptable. All this for $16. Since the ingredients cost about 50 cents my expectation is that the cooking will be better than what I can do. Au contraire. This restaurant has been around for... More

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

the Palace Restaurant and Saloon is aptly named. The bar area has flocked red velvet wallpaper reminiscent of a saloon. The food is quite good and reasonably priced; the service was adequate. Location is one block from the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and the New Mexico Art Museum, and also a block from the square.

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Santa Fe
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78 reviews 78 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Based on the mixed reviews I dined here with some minor trepidation which turned out to unwarranted. I loved the genteel atmosphere with the circular booths and gas fireplaces. I ate from the tapas menu and the three dishes were artfully prepared and wonderfully presented. I had the polenta fries, the grilled asparagus, and the scallop. I was especially enamored... More

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Lombard, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We didn't plan to stop here, but we ran into it and decided to grab lunch. Very interesting decor. Very dark and red- like an old Chicago steakhouse. I had a green chili Smashburger and my wife enjoyed a great pasta dish. Very high recommendation.

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Phoenix, AZ
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We were early for dinner and got right in. It is a little pricey and not a menu really great for kids but the food we had was good. The lobster fritters I would stay away from, bland and no flavor but my filet was excellent. Very friendly waitress!

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