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Coyote Cafe

132 West Water, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
(505) 983-1615
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Ranked #74 of 467 Restaurants in Santa Fe
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Price range: $22 - $40
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
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 27th year! Joining Coyote Cafe as Executive Chef/Owner is world renowned chef Eric Distefano. Chef DiStefano brings with him his contemporary global style of cooking that has French Asian influences accompanied 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 Alskan Halibut, Nantucket Diver Scallop & Foie Gras and Soft-Shell Crab "BLT" and of course Green Chile "Mac 'n Cheese". An Award Winning Wine List is complemented by a full bar which includes unique signature cocktails. During Summer Our Rooftop Cantina serves New Mexican specialties and cocktails in a casual outdoor rooftop setting
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English first
Rome, Italy
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I was freezing cold! There is nothing worse than feeling physically uncomfortable in a restaurant environment. Going out is not just about eating and getting full. Evidently this place assumes that serving food is their only duty…as there was little regard for the comfort of their patrons. The setting is characteristic Santa Fe; the neighborhood is lively and colorful. The... More

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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We had a delicious meal at Coyote Cafe. We ate inside as the outside terrace was really busy. We had 2 small children with us and our waiter was very accommodating in regards to children's meals. I would definitely recommend.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Lunch there back in August of this year. Great patio for people watching and really good margaritas. Place is always busy so if you are there for dinner get a reservation .

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Fort Worth, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful experience at Coyote Cafe. We sat at the bar for dinner at the recommendation of our concierge. There was a lot of activity with the varied drinks being made. Fire, smoke from the liquid nitrogen, etc. We had the Elk and it was fantastic. Very unique drinks available. Try the Capri Martini, tastes... More

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Portland, Oregon
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116 reviews 116 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There are many choices in a town like Sante Fe - so you depend on the locals to guide you. It was raining, so the rooftop was out of the question. It was Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend and the town was busy. Fortunately we had made reservations so we went right to our table. The food and service... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Of all the wonderful restaurants in Santa Fe, I believe that the Coyote Cafe is my favorite. My Husband and I love sitting at the Chef's Counter and that is what we did on our anniversary. Our waiter (Carlos) greeted us with a glass of complimentary champagne. I decided to order the lamp special which was my second best choice... More

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Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

We both ordered Signature Dishes which arrived so quickly CC either has the most efficient operation or they were pre-prepared. Maybe the two choices are not mutually exclusive. We thought the food quality was very good and, as noted above, the service was possibly too fast. Overall CC quality is high, but on a relative basis, cost is somewhat higher... More

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

One afternoon we visited for a snack. We sat on the roof patio which is a delight, and had some guacamole and some beers. The guacamole had too much spice and the chips were made of flour rather than corn. For dinner we were a party of 6, 3 people had a great dinning experience and 3 were disappointed. The... More

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Dallas, Texas
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104 reviews 104 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Excellent cheeseburger ( get it with the bacon and egg)... Excellent salmon sandwich... Cool relaxed vibe on the rooftop cantina...

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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The food was "bland", for the price; each table should have a Table Cloth. The Service was excellent and the choices of wine was too; but the food for the price was just "Plain Bland". I would not recommend it to my friends for a "fine dining experience".

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