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Coyote Cafe

132 West Water, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
+1 505-983-1615
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Ranked #61 of 472 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
grand junction
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great food. Mesl was priced per head, would have liked to have known this when making reservation, we bought 2 very pricey plates for our younger children, and wasted a ton of food. The food was incredibly delicious. Very loud and tight. Will return without children.

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This place is absolutely wonderful! The waitstaff is very attentive, fun and knowledgeable. The ambiance is great as is the food! The Elk is outstanding!!!!!! I would absolutely go back and recommend it without a doubt.

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Beckley, West Virginia, United States
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262 reviews 262 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Under the same management as Geronimo, we actually enjoyed this restaurant more. The dining area is larger and a little less intimate. Excellent service. We split the ahi tartare and steak tartare appetizer which was very good. My wife had the salmon while I had the pork osso buco. Both were well prepared and tasty. We split the panna cotta... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Stopped in for drinks & dessert after a somewhat disappointing dinner at another restaurant in the area. Ordered the Noreñto Margarita (housemade Hatch green chile infused tequila, lime, and green chile salt) which was spicy, but so delicious. Julian was a great bartender who really knew what he was doing. He talked us through several of their processes for creating... More 

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Indian, Alaska
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92 reviews 92 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I visit Santa Fe once a twice a year basically for the food (although there is lots to see and do). Some of the top rated restaurants are so pretentious (which we do not enjoy) but we felt very comfortable here, thanks to the service. The food was outstanding. It is true that you can spend $100 for a margarita,... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

staff was excellent, food amazing and atmosphere superb. But really? A $100 margarita? I know it has gold flecks in it but...Seems like this is the place to go if you want to be able to say, "I went there" Very pricey but I got what I paid for. It was really great just hurt the pocketbook...

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I had not been to the Coyote Cafe in many years. It was a pleasant and delicious surprise. We had the Foie Gras and lobster bisque to start, excellent, fresh and we asked our server to pair wine. Sorry I don't remember what they were - but they were perfect! For dinner we had the Lobster tail and the elk... More 

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Frankfort, KY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This restaurant is lovely as well as serving great food! My husband had the Spicy Shrimp and it was to die for! I had the Osso Bucco which was excellent and way more than I could eat. The Creme Brulee was great as well. Loved the food and atmosphere!

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Toronto, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

Service was impeccable from the maître'd to the wait staff (thank you Chris and Lindsay). Their recommendations for wine and food were excellent. The atmosphere is very nice being both classy but casual. The only downside was we were charged for the complementary sparkling wine. Next time I will check my bill more carefully.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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640 reviews 640 reviews
315 restaurant reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We had eaten at their sister restaurant" Geronimo's" the night before. Started with Creamy Cognac Lobster Bisque, Sautéed Maine Lobster, Crema and croutons, Organic Baby Lettuce, Wine​ & Saffron Poached Pears, Tulli's Gorgonzola, Pecan Toffee & Cider Vinaigrette , and Coyote Caesar Salad - Eric's Futomaki Twist,Organic Romaine Spears, Reggiano Anchovy Parmesan, Warm Polenta Croutons. Definitely unique. All very good.... 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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