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Coyote Cafe

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$$$
Downtown
Wine Bar, 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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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene
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
Great food

This place was recommended by the hotel we were staying at. On a weeknight no reservation but I suggest one on a weekend. The atmosphere is nice. Perfect for a couples dinner or a nice quiet dinner with friends. It can be a bit pricey. The food was excellent. I ordered the Mac and cheese and it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Cathy S
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San Angelo, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have dined here so many times because it is such an amazing experience all the way around. The service is always warm, welcoming and professional. We come alone and we bring guests, and every visit is genuinely special. Never (since the current ownership team took over) have we had a disappointed guest, nor have we been disappointed. The food... More 

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San Angelo, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was recommended by the hotel we were staying at. On a weeknight no reservation but I suggest one on a weekend. The atmosphere is nice. Perfect for a couples dinner or a nice quiet dinner with friends. It can be a bit pricey. The food was excellent. I ordered the Mac and cheese and it was amazing. The... More 

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Thank Cathy S
Lakeville, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had to go, if only to satisfy curiosity. Goal achieved; won’t go back. Food fine but unremarkable, service gracious, but much too pricey.

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Thank crashkoff
Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I started our meal with the Organic Strawberry & Endive Salad, then we ordered the Mesquite Grilled Maine Lobster Tails and Patagonia Tooth fish (Chilean Seabass). We ended our meal a couple off deserts and Ruby Port. Both entrees were cooked perfectly and the salad and desserts were very good. Staff was friendly and eager to answer what... More 

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1 Thank Travelphile007
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been visiting Santa Fe at least yearly for the past 15 years. I have my favorite restaurants and try to stick to the classic New Mexican restaurants. I have been to the rooftop cantina at the Coyote Cafe before and had great snacks and drinks. But I was so surprised when we had dinner at the main restaurant.... More 

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3 Thank Annalee I
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While I loved sitting next to the fireplace, I agree with other reviewers on these points: limited menu (especially for vegetarians), less than generous wine pour, steep prices, a dining room that needs feng shui love, and food that is less than remarkable. The one exception to this was my filet mignon. It was delicious. (Let's hope for $42.00) All... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A high quality meal was coupled w a beautiful setting. Well spaced tables and a nice buzz, along w attentive service helped make this a memorable evening. One minor complaint : they are not very generous w the pours for wines by the glass or cocktails.

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2 Thank Gerald S
Minnetrista, Minnesota
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We blindly decided to try this place and it did not disappoint. Amazing food. In our group meat and fish was ordered and it was all very well prepared and presented. The head chef, Eduardo, does a fantastic job running and managing the preparation and presentation. The place is not cheap, but worth opening your wallet for.

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2 Thank getsaround2010
Miami
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We were very disappointed with our Christmas week dinner at Coyote Cafe. The menu choices were limited and overpriced. Many of the items on the already expensive ($85) prix-fixe menu had large ($20-40) additional surcharges, making the choices even more limited. Service was rushed and impersonal. The food was only ok - nothing special and not warranting the steep prices.... More 

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7 Thank Billyboych
Winchester, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I contacted Geronimo only to find out they were booked for Christmas. They recommended their sister restaurant Coyote Cafe. They were offering a fixed $85, 3 course menu featuring most of their normal entree's with some additional. The service was outstanding and the food was pretty hard to beat. My complaint lies in the fact that "fixed price" menu was... 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: Wine Bar, 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
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 - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?