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Rio Chama Steakhouse

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414 Old Santa Fe Trl, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2770
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Better than expected

I had the prime Rib sandwich, it was a very nice portion. The rest of the family had the prime Rib burger. Everyone loved their meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Alan D
San Antonio, Texas
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Pueblo, Colorado
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78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did a couples evening out at the Rio Chama. The waitress remembered us from our last visit probably 4 months before. She was very attentive. We started with oysters which were incredibly fresh and well presented. We had the Chopped Chama salad...definetly get the half order. I had the Elk Filet which was so tender and tasty. Others had... More 

Thank Bill B
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, great service and comfortable atmosphere. Our favorite place for any occasion in Santa Fe. Cozy for couples or small groups.

Thank Mary Beth Y
San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the prime Rib sandwich, it was a very nice portion. The rest of the family had the prime Rib burger. Everyone loved their meal.

Thank Alan D
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

A group of us ate at Rio Chama on Christmas Eve. The evening was really nice. We had a private table with very attentive wait staff. Food was good but not great. However, wine selection is great. Would definitely recommend. Bar seating is always fun.

1 Thank sosantafe
Dolores, Colorado
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

We are frequent visitors to Santa Fe because we live nearby in Southern Coloado and love Northern New Mexico. Rio Chama is a great example of that culture and cuisine. First the restaurant is in a beautiful space with several reallatively small dining rooms which makes for a more intimate experience. Mainly though, we like the food. The dishes are... More 

Thank Stephen F
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Located next to the NM State Capitol Building, Rio Chama is a local favorite. During the legislative session (Jan. - March), expect to see legions of lobbyists, legislators and staff, but wait times are manageable. The Pueblo style architecture and warm ambiance is inviting, especially during cold winter months when fire places are roaring inside. The menu offers a wide... More 

Thank ed l
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

This was a great suggestion from for our hotels front desk. Good food good service and great wine. It is a little pricey, but worth it.

Thank peter s
Tucson, Arizona
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

If you are looking for good food in a very nice atmosphere, this is your place! The location is just a few blocks rom the Plaza, but that is far enough to give you a slightly different type of 'Santa Fe' experience. The building is unassuming from the outside, but inside are several lovely dining rooms, a very nice patio/courtyard... More 

Thank jean t
Dallas, TX
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176 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

Dinner is good! I would not say awesome ,but it is good. Service us friendly too. Bar is vibrant!! Have not eaten in the restaurant part , only in the bar!

1 Thank JKCDMom
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

It seemed strange to trudge through the snow to a steakhouse to get vegetarian food, but that was what we did on a recent trip to Santa Fe. Perhaps because of the bad weather, they were trying to close down the dining room and we ate in the bar. What we had was a bit pricey for bar food, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 414 Old Santa Fe Trl, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2770
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 505-955-0765

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?