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The Compound Restaurant

635 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Historic District)
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Ranked #42 of 472 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Price range: $35 - $50
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: Southwestern, Contemporary
Neighborhood: Historic District
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Paseo de Peralta
Description: Mark Kiffin, celebrated chef, owner, and author of the Compound Restaurant, has won the James Beard Foundation award as one of America's Best Chefs. The Compound is Santa Fe's premier restaurant with Chef Kiffin's acclaimed seasonal Contemporary American cuisine derived from Santa Fe's rich heritage of regional and Mediterranean influences. The New York Times, Gourmet magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Wine Spectator have all selected the Compound as Santa Fe's favorite. Equally impressive is the attentive, highly knowledgeable and friendly staff. Chef Kiffin's menus focus on the exclusive changes in seasons such as hearty braised dishes in the fall and winter using apples, pears and cider from local harvests, osso bucco and porcini risotto while in spring and summer feature fresh local vegetables and naturally raised organic lamb and delectable strawberries.
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English first
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374 reviews 374 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Our Sunday evening dinner at the Compound on Canyon Road was very good but certainly not outstanding. As our dinner at nearby Geronimo two evenings earlier had been perfect in food, service and atmosphere, we were hoping the Compound would be as good. When we arrived for our 6pm reservation, we felt as if we had crashed a local country... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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44 restaurant reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Compound is on the famous, artsy Canyon Road, set back in a quiet spot. Very pretty décor inside. I have been experimenting with vegetarian dishes at various places and my lunch here was the best thing I’ve tried – wild mushrooms in a buttery sauce served over light, creamy polenta and topped with herbs and shaved parmesan. Nice herb... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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67 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Finding a restaurant that will take a reservation for 9 for lunch isn't easy especially when you are a loud group like us. I searched Trip Advisor for restaurants on Canyon Road and Compound stood out both for the menu and the ratings. We wanted a bit of a break from all the great Southwestern food we'd been eating for... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I come here on Friday nights and really like it. The bar is small, holds about a dozen people and very conducive to meeting those seated near you. You'll meet interesting people mostly from out of town so good for conversation. The food and service at The Compound are exceptionally good. I've only eaten at the bar and the bar... More 

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El Paso, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Group of girls in town for a wedding. Reserved a private dining room upstairs and had the best time with margaritas, cosmos and a few appetizers to start. The tuna tar tare was some of the best I've ever had. Foie Gras, hello? Need I say more? Excellent service from Sam, great entrees, and although the bill was significant it... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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113 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Recently I have had lunch and dinner at the Compound. Lucky me! I love having lunch there, it is so bright and cheery. The servers are excellent, they always let you take your time, they are so accommodating, it makes an enjoyable meal that much more enjoyable. I had the lobster and crab salad for lunch which was DELIGHTFUL! I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Great service, amazing food, the restaurant was beautiful 10/10 would recommend. The staff was polite, on task and very welcoming. My friends and i had an amazing time and we'd come back in a heartbeat!

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Shelburne, Vermont
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The Compound is tops in Santa Fe, consistently excellent over the years across all categories: food, service, ambience. Located on Canyon Road amongst the galleries, it is most easily added to a daytime itinerary. And lunch is a good value. Dinner is more a destination, less a value, but superb an experience.

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Our meal at The Compound was disappointing. My pork loin was way over cooked. Because it was not good at all, no one ate the brussle sprout side dish. Our salad was OK. To be fair, my friends salmon was good and so was the service. When it came to dessert one of our orders was chocolate chip cookies. They... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Heard about this restaurant in March and went for a late lunch. It was so good I brought my husband back for his birthday dinner. He was very impressed and told several of our foodie friends to try this restaurant out. Highly recommend but I will say it is pricey for dinner and more reasonable for lunch. Overall great !

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Additional Information about The Compound Restaurant

Address: 635 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone Number: 505-982-4353
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe>  > Historic District
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
Cuisine: Southwestern, Contemporary

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