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Coyote Cafe

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Downtown
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 - 9:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 50
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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
Pretty Good

Group function. Service impeccable, with an amazing menu. Wine choices quite broad. Dessert portions on the minuscule side. Clearly a cut above!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Jtsehji
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Group function. Service impeccable, with an amazing menu. Wine choices quite broad. Dessert portions on the minuscule side. Clearly a cut above!

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California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The service and food was great! And the atmosphere and decor was typical southwest. I loved the art elements.

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Sunrise Beach
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Hard to find anything to complain about, except maybe their pricing. HOWEVER, every meal at our table of eight was exceptional. And the ambiance is wonderful too. So it's definitely a very special place, for a very special occasion -- and the service was AMAZING also!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Looking for a place to eat, we would only have the one day in Santa Fe and wanted to make lunch count. Combing through reviews as we walked, we passed by the coyote cafe and liked what we saw on the menu. We gave it a try and were glad we did. The weather was perfect for the roof top... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

On our first night in Santa Fe, we choose to go to the Coyote Café because it came well recommended by friends. It was very important to us that we got our trip off to a good start, and our dining experience was nothing short of spectacular. We had been told to sit at the chefs table, as it offers... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This is a very nice upscale restaurant in Santa Fe on the plaza. One of the signature dishes is the elk with creamy potatoes and bacon. This dish was delicious! The banana cream pie was to die for! I have eaten here 3 times and would highly recommend this restaurant.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The drinks were delicious and unusual. The food absolutely stunning from appetizer special to sweet treats. Highly recommend this restaurant. Somewhat expensive, but definitely worth it!

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Dallas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Had drinks on the plaza and then we walked down to the Coyote cafe for food and more drink. I cannot remember what we ate but there were a lot of plates that looked good and I remember not being disappointed. By looked good, I mean the customers had a wide variety of dishes. I have a bad foot and... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I were looking for a place for dinner, and I remembered I had been given their cookbook several years ago, so we made a reservation. What a treat! The signature margaritas were phenomenal and went down way to easy!! I had the elk and my wife had the petite filet, both were outstanding, and the hatch chile... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Wonderful lobster and papparadelle pasta. The sauce is rich, but delicious! The salads and corn bread are wonderful too. This restaurant has been around for a long time and we're so glad that the chef/owner purchased it and brought it back to life. Eric is very gifted and creative. Long live Coyote Cafe!

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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: 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 am
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?