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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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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Dessert, 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
  • 92
    Average
  • 50
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Rooftop Seating - good Food

Although a little small this place delivers great food and yummy prickly pear margaritas. The chimichanga is big enough for 2! Packed with chicken and beans and very good. The fish tacos were very good as well. $15 for entrees and around $8 for margarita.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Blazersmom
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New Castle, Colorado
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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Victoria, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We had the filet and the mac and cheese. It was wonderful! Cocktai were great. The bread was good. The atmosphere was vibrant. Staff was friendly and helpful. We loved it! We will be back.

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New Castle, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Although a little small this place delivers great food and yummy prickly pear margaritas. The chimichanga is big enough for 2! Packed with chicken and beans and very good. The fish tacos were very good as well. $15 for entrees and around $8 for margarita.

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Blonay, Switzerland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We ended up here when we couldn't get in where we wanted to eat - how lucky for us!!! The outdoor area is above the street and it is nicely decorated and open. Food was great - the in house made tortilla chips a bit on the thick side but that didn't stop us from eating them with the great... More 

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Westerly, Rhode Island
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Excellent southwestern food with a modern flair. Service was excellent, too. Expect to pay for it, though. A party of 4 with no wine and only a drink each paid $300 with tip.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We really enjoyed our dinner here. The wait staff was very friendly the food was good (try the salmon, it's excellent) and we can't wait to go back!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

As a single person on a long awaited return to NM, I have no qualms about being seated at the bar. I just don't feel right about taking up a table for myself. That being said, I must've just picked the wrong spot at the bar. The presentation style cooking had me in corner and a hot grill 15' away.... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We visited the Coyote for a business dinner, and it was great. Good vibes, great steak, nice service. Make sure to check it out!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Nice atmosphere and décor. Service was also good but the menu and the cooking is boring. Fifteen years ago this place had some verve. Now it seems like it is going through the motions.

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Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This resaturant is very popular for it's wonderful food and great menu selection. I highly reccommend that you make reservations, as there is not an empty private table during the dinner hour. But, if by chance you are just walking by and smell the aroma from the front door, with people waiting outside, don't give up! There is a wonderful... More 

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Falls Village, Connecticut
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Coyote Café is a busy place--which is not surprising, since the food is excellent and the service by the waitstaff is more than attentive. The beef is "melt in your mouth" good and the dessert selections make you wish you had not eaten quite so much in the first courses. The Coyote Cafe's popularity is well-deserved!

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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: 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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