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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 - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 102
    Average
  • 54
    Poor
  • 42
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
go for drinks and appetizers on the roof

We've had dinner in the past and it was excellent. The menu at this time looked rather boring.....drinks and appetizers were great on the roof however!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
DJFDallas
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Dallas
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  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We had delicious drinks and fantastic appetizers at this roof top restaurant. The Chili con Queso is the best in the southwest! The atmosphere is relaxing with good music and attentive servers are friendly. Great view of the town and a good place to watch the sunset.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A top restaurant in Santa Fe with excellent food, service, and decor. This is a premium upscale restaurant.

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Dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We've had dinner in the past and it was excellent. The menu at this time looked rather boring.....drinks and appetizers were great on the roof however!

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Everything at the Cantina was very ordinary. Didn't try the Coyote cafe. The drinks were "ordinary" the food was "ordinary" and the service was "ordinary."

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Lake Mary, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was our 4th visit to Coyote Cafe and we have yet to be disappointed! My husband had their signature dish of elk, and I had the salmon. Our friends both had the beef fillet and they raved about the quality and taste. Service was impeccable, and we were pleasantly surprised when the waiter delivered a treat from the chef... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Sitting on the roof of the Coyote Cafe has to be one of the great pleasures of visiting Santa Fe. The menu is adventuresome and delicious and you really get a sense of what is going on in downtown SF.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

food was very good quallity; somewhat unique offerings that makes it inviting; wine list was very expensive offerings; would suggest ordering by glass; we eat in many fine dining restaurants around the country, Coyote cafe wine list seems to be 20% higher than most places

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Back in August 2012 we were disappointed at the outdoors Cantina (See review). We returned yesterday, after a 3 year hiatus, and this time we dined in the indoor restaurant. It was sublime. The ambiance, the service, and the food. Everything we tasted had been carefully prepared and was very very good. Pricey, yes. But for a special memorable evening,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is a difficult review to do. We adore eating at the cafe and the Food here is the best. However, the staff is another story not to say this is not true in any city or restaurant. We left our phone on the table and came back in 3 minutes and it was gone. However we had a tracking... More 

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white plains new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Good food, rooftop dining and a lively atmosphere make this a good choice especially for lunch. No reservations needed but may have to wait a little bit to be seated.

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?