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Coyote Cafe

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Downtown
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132 West Water, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Ortiz Street)
+1 505-983-1615
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene
Special occasions

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    Very good
  • 91
    Average
  • 50
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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
Most recent review
EXCEPTIONAL DINING

A warm welcome, fine ambiance, excellent service, delicious food. My only caveat here are the prices. Usually I try to keep my choice of restaurants in the under $40. for entrees range, so don't think I will be returning any time soon. However, if deep pockets are your good fortune, don't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
kmormlo
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

A warm welcome, fine ambiance, excellent service, delicious food. My only caveat here are the prices. Usually I try to keep my choice of restaurants in the under $40. for entrees range, so don't think I will be returning any time soon. However, if deep pockets are your good fortune, don't hesitate. The only other difficulty we had was their... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Met friends for dinner and really enjoyed the overall experience. Food was cooked perfectly and the menu had something for everyone in our party. This is now at the top of our list when we visit Santa Fe.

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Texas
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We've dined at the Coyote for 20+ yrs. We've always had a good experience until 2/14. My wife, friends & I booked for Valentine's & were looking forward. All was well until we received our entres which were luke-warm. Food tasted okay but good food should be served at the right temperature. This wasn't even close. We were hungry so... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Wedge salad was perfect, lobster with green chili mac was perfect and generous, something one can rarely say about portions of lobster. The wine list is extensive but pricy.

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Denver, Colorado, USA
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We arrived at 5:30 when they open because we had a show to go to and they were already bustling. Sun was setting and they just started a big fire in the fireplace and the atmosphere was very special. Nice waiter, a little slow. The elk was amazing and my wife had the sea bass which was also excellent. They... More 

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West Hollywood, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

One of the great aspects of this place is the kitchen is open to the dining area. You can see the chefs carefully prepare your every delight. The first time I visited I had the Lobster Tails with homemade papardelle pasta, both we prepared perfectly. I came back within the week, it was so good.

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Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We were lucky to have a table for Valentine's Day. We liked the wine , appetizers and the bread. The Elk and the Shrimp that we shared was great but probably better in the 90's. Glad that we finally ate here and had a great experience but only needed to dine here once .

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Dallas, Texas, United States
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Nice ambiance and romantic setting is what I mostly remember about this restaurant. Our attendee (?) was awesome and a huge plus for the waiter, Carlos was good. Be sure to ask about portions. I ordered a cowboy cut steak that could have fed a family of five and if I'd known the amount of food I would have ordered... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

The bartender here is amazing! I don't know how they come up with these things. Definitely try the samurai, they light it on fire at your table. Plus, it's delicious. Oh, and so is the food. I had the green chile macaroni and cheese. It was delicious! My mom had a very interesting salad. We always go early because we... More 

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Christopher F, General Manager at Coyote Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Elizabeth: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with other diners on Trip Advisor. I am so glad not only that you enjoyed your food, but that you and your family felt welcomed and comfortable. We look forward to your next visit! Cheers, Christopher. More 

United Kingdom
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I can see why they only sell this cocktail on Fridays and Saturdays. It was a Vodka Martini and I don't know what they did with it but it did for me.!!! I was drunk before I even got to the table. A great atmosphere, very good service. The owner Quinn was charming as we discussed the fact that my... More 

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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
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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