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132 West Water, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
+1 505-983-1615
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Ranked #58 of 474 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Price range: $22 - $40
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ortiz Street
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
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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104 reviews 104 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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Sandy, Oregon, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

the setting was great, trendy, we had reservations at 530p so quiet till about 7p. Our meals were good and the banana pie desert was wonderful as was the decaf coffee. The setting was wonderful to celebrate my brother's 65 birthday. I flew in just for the event and other family members came in to Santa Fe also. Some of... More 

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

Hello skirafthike: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience for other Trip Advisor visitors! I am so happy that we were able to provide you and your family with a great birthday dinner for your brother. I hope that you join us again soon, and perhaps dine at the chef's counter so you can enjoy the immersive... More 

14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Food quality is unreliable. Some preparations don't work and often there is a LONG wait for food. And for service! Attempt at sophisticated restaurant, but it is awkwardly upstairs--there is an elevator off the alley--and it is generally noisy. The price of the menu items warrants better attention to quality, both in food and in service.

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san francisco
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68 reviews 68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We arrived at this restaurant without reservations. The woman at the front desk was snobby and very put off that she had to deal with us. She could have told us that there weren't any open tables and that would have been fine. But after she rolled her eyes and checked and rechecked her board, she found us a table.... More 

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Branson, Missouri
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I was looking forward having a dinner at Cayote Cafe. As a lacto ovo vegeterian I knew my choices would be limited, but I didn't expect the poor and unattentive service. From ordering to delivery of our desert the wait times were way lengthier than they should be on a very slow night. As a vegetarian I didn't expect bacon... More 

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Coyote Café was definitely one of the highlights of our week in Santa Fe. Having eaten in fine restaurants worldwide, I place this among some of the very best. Our server was extraordinary and the food was exquisite. Our mean began with one of the finest lobster bisques we have had anywhere. It was magnificent. I then ordered tenderloin of... More 

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Morro Bay, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Coyote Café was one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in Santa Fe, and I always enjoy returning to it when I get back to this magical city. This past Christmas dinner was outstanding, although a bit steep in price. I have never had elk better prepared, and the steaks of my fellow diners received rave reviews. The... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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89 reviews 89 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

CoyoteCafe, Santa Fe, NM has become a Culinary Landmark for Locals as well as Visitors. I enjoy sitting at their Counter from where I can watch the fabulous Super Chef diStefanto at the helm as well as the other wonderful Chefs....Watching these culinary magicians go to work at the stove, decorating plates, chatting in Spanish is more fun and much... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We went for Christmas Eve dinner, which was fixed price at $100/person. We were splurging. Even for that, and even for Santa Fe, it seemed expensive. That said, the food was really good and we left stuffed. The caesar salad was tasty, with generous anchovies, and presented in rolls like oversized sushi. The scallops and foi gras was melting and... More 

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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 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
Average Prices: USD 22 - 40
Cuisine: American, Contemporary

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