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Coyote Cafe

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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: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lively terrace top restaurant/ very enjoyable

This is a fun rooftop Mexican/Southwestern restaurant. Don't expect the traditional free chips and salsa. You can get it but it won't be free. However, if you do order it, it will come with three different sauces which are very tasty. The food that we had was traditional and very good. Do not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is a fun rooftop Mexican/Southwestern restaurant. Don't expect the traditional free chips and salsa. You can get it but it won't be free. However, if you do order it, it will come with three different sauces which are very tasty. The food that we had was traditional and very good. Do not order a Mojito. Yuck. Big mistake that... More 

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Healdsburg, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had dinner here in early July. Make sure you come hungry, the portions are very large and the food excellent. The Lobster Bisque was a meal in itself with many pieces of lobster meat in an excellent cream sauce with Cognac. The elk tenderloin was exceptional. Desserts were also outstanding

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Denver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Dinner at the Coyote Grill was not our favorite meal in Santa Fe. The restaurant space is attractive and spacious, no eavesdropping on a neighboring table. The food was good, but the portions were quite small, sides are an extra $10 for potatoes or vegetables. The caesar salad arrived as sushi, dressed lettuce wrapped in 3 seaweed spirals. The Scottish... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

My favorite spot for a fun dinner in Santa Fe. Love all of the regular menu items and the specials. The wine list is the best in New Mexico. Service is the best, too.

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Peyton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is a favorite of ours! Outside on the roof, but well protected. It is crowded, but fun! Service is great, but most of all the food is a little unique yet unbelievably good. We had the Chips with 3 different salsas, Chicken Fajitas and Enchiladas. Crazy good and plenty of it. My wife and I could have shared.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A Santa Fe Classic with outstanding Southwestern food & ambiance. It's become more gentrified over time with less displays of, and emphasis on, the Blue Coyote - & that's OK. You come here for the food. Dining on upper outside patio is a Must for lunch, Lots of fun.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Friendly staff, so that's good! Need help with menu, food so so, we were at the CANTINA for lunch not worth the cost AT ALL. There are MANY MANY better places to eat in Santa Fe, all over the city!!! The staff is excellent however, please change the menu, the food tastes so bland , like a Chilies or Applebee's...... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We had a spectacular celebratory dinner at Coyote Cafe! The evening started with cocktails that were ingenious in both flavor and presentation. Watermelon gazpacho was outstanding; the Caesar futomaki salad was extraordinary. The Elk tenderloin was definitely the highlight of the evening, a specialty of the chef! For dessert, our party shared flights of truffles and sorbets/ice creams that were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Not that this would be on the menu regularly but the sea bass was excellent as were the lobster tail grilled over mesquite. I'm sure everything else would have been just as good. The wine list for wines by the glass was disappointingly small.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised at the great food, drinks and service at this spot. I give it a high ranking for service and their specialty cocktails. The menu was much higher end than we expected and didn't disappoint.

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Additional Information about Coyote Cafe

Address: 132 West Water, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone Number: +1 505-983-1615
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe>  > Downtown
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
Average Prices: USD 22 - 40
Cuisine: Mexican, American, Contemporary

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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: Bar scene, Special occasions

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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