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Coyote Cafe

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Downtown
Mexican, American, Contemporary
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132 West Water, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Ortiz Street)
+1 505-983-1615
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Coyote Cafe continues to be Santa Fe's most famous and celebrated...
Coyote Cafe continues to be Santa Fe's most famous and celebrated restaurant, acclaimed by critics and return visitors alike. We are celebrating our 28th year! Renowned Chef Eric Distefano blends his contemporary global style of cooking, with French Asian influences, with Coyote Cafe's known Southwestern Style. Must-have dishes include Mesquite-Grilled Maine Lobster Tails with Pappardelle and the legendary grilled 24 ounce "Cowboy Cut" Dry Aged Rib eye. Distefano brings along his signature dish, Peppery Elk Tenderloin, a definite favorite! Try the Pan-Seared Sea Bass, Nantucket Diver Scallop & Foie Gras, Hawaiian Blue Fin Tuna Sashimi and of course Green Chile "Mac 'n Cheese". An Award Winning Wine List is complemented by a full bar which includes unique signature cocktails such as the Senorita & The Gentleman's Vice - a smoke-infused Makers Mark Manhattan. During Summer Our Rooftop Cantina serves New Mexican specialties and cocktails in a casual outdoor setting
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Atmosphere is Fun!

Waiter was great, food was tasty, atmosphere very relaxing, customers were all enjoying the area & views, music nice, not really an atmosphere for small children, overheard someone say music too loud with a small child, hello it is a CANTINA, it was not loud but noticed it is more Adult... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Belen, New Mexico
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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Belen, New Mexico
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Waiter was great, food was tasty, atmosphere very relaxing, customers were all enjoying the area & views, music nice, not really an atmosphere for small children, overheard someone say music too loud with a small child, hello it is a CANTINA, it was not loud but noticed it is more Adult orientated, which I prefer, that's why I went there!... More 

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Denver, CO
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Reviewing the rooftop cantina, not the more formal dining room. We enjoyed a great lunch on the patio with good service, great New Mexican food, and wonderful people-watching.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

The food is excellent and the service was fabulous!! I have eaten here before when I visited Santa Fe several years ago but forgot how good the food really is. The waiter was very helpful in suggesting just the right thing for us. I will be back on my next visit.

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Yukon, Oklahoma
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We went on a white water rafting trip with Kopopelli (highly recommend) and our guide, Justin, suggested several restaurants to try. Coyote Cantina sounded like one we would like, so we tried it our last night in Santa Fe. It was crowded, but still didn't take long for us to be given a table. It's a rooftop restaurant, so the... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I used to take all my guests who were visiting Santa Fe for the first time to the cantina for the view from the rooftop. Last weekend when my son and his wife and my granddaughter went with me for their first trip to NM, I made sure to schedule in mid-afternoon drinks and appetizers at Coyote Cafe so they... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The ambiance here was energetic. If you like hotter chile, don't waste your time on the salsa and go straight for the jalapeño shots. All our food was very good and had unique differences such as spicy ketchup. The place was busy so expect to wait for a table if you're not there at opening. Portions were big, go hungry.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

First off the service was impeccable. The cocktails were original and fantastic!! I had the fois gras and scallop appetizer. It was decadent. Then the osso bucco which was the best I've ever had!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Went with a girlfriend and we ordered everything we wanted to try and just ate what we wanted. It was all amazing and we literally stuffed ourselves silly. I try not to remember the bill... Yikes! But you don't go everyday right? Even the onion rings were to die for!!

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Austin
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Coyote Café food is amazing. Environment is lively and fun. Always busy so best to make reservations.

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saint petersmo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere of Coyote Cafe is vibrant. The food is excellent as is the service. Had one of the best desserts ever. The banana cream pie is not traditional but absolutely fabulous. The caramel creme brule is pretty good too.

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Additional Information about Coyote Cafe

Address: 132 West Water, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone Number: +1 505-983-1615
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 22 - 40
Cuisine: Mexican, American, Contemporary

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 132 West Water, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501
    (Ortiz Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 505-983-1615

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22 - 40
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene

Description

Coyote Cafe continues to be Santa Fe's most famous and celebrated restaurant, acclaimed by critics and return visitors alike. We are celebrating our 28th year! Renowned Chef Eric Distefano blends his contemporary global style of cooking, with French Asian influences, with Coyote Cafe's known Southwestern Style. Must-have dishes include Mesquite-Grilled Maine Lobster Tails with Pappardelle and the legendary grilled 24 ounce "Cowboy Cut" Dry Aged Rib eye. Distefano brings along his signature dish, Peppery Elk Tenderloin, a definite favorite! Try the Pan-Seared Sea Bass, Nantucket Diver Scallop & Foie Gras, Hawaiian Blue Fin Tuna Sashimi and of course Green Chile "Mac 'n Cheese". An Award Winning Wine List is complemented by a full bar which includes unique signature cocktails such as the Senorita & The Gentleman's Vice - a smoke-infused Makers Mark Manhattan. During Summer Our Rooftop Cantina serves New Mexican specialties and cocktails in a casual outdoor setting
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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