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The Compound Restaurant

635 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Historic District)
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Ranked #60 of 465 Restaurants in Santa Fe
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Price range: $35 - $50
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: Southwestern, Contemporary
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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
Neighborhood: Historic District
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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cloudcroft nm
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Had business guests in town and took them to this restaurant. First of all, they ran out of tonic for our vodka tonic drink, and had to run into town to get some. Took a long time to get that drink! Service was slow the whole dinner through. Food was good, but not memorable. When it came to pay, we... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Compound remains the best restaurant in Santa Fe! After booking a large party here last year, which people are still talking about how fabulous it was a year later, we decided to dine here on my 50th birthday. Aside from the rude hostess experience, it truly was a night to remember! We had requested a table outside, but when... More

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Roxborough Park, Colorado, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A truly exceptional restaurant with a fantastic wine list and a menue that will please the most discerning guest. We always plan at least one lunch and dinner at The Compound. Each time our experience is extraordinary. The ambiance is quiet elegance, the service by professional wait staff is perfect and the meal is always excellent. Seasonal specialties are incorporated... More

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New York City, New York
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81 reviews 81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

The Compound has a captive audience. It is alone on Canyon Road so when one is hungry and desires a break from gallery poking this is the venue. It's ambience is elegant and refined. There appeared to be business lunches underway I imagine between gallery owners and collectors, or owners and bankers, and collectors and other collectors. I say this... More

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Leawood, Kansas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The bar at The Compound only has 12 seats. The uniquely designed square shaped, service floor sunken bar is a favorite with locals for good reason. The menu at the bar is delectable and affordable. The chatter around the bar is interesting and energizing. Alexander Girard was the architect for the conversion of the compound buildings from residential use to... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Stopped in here for lunch and were seated inside as the tables were full on the patio. Inside was nice and comfortable but outside looked wonderful and I wished we were there. Had 2 teens with us and everyone found something to order. We had seared tuna nicoise (delicious), burger (was amazingly tender and flavorful), lobster and crab salad, and... More

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were four people for lunch. The food , service and ambience were terrific. I had the highly recommend chicken scallopini prepared as a schnitzel and it was excellent. Service is elegant and non-invasive and the dining space very pleasant. I would have loved to come back for dinner. Don't miss this one.

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Los Angeles, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We had two lunches at the Compound this year, one last year. I's a great place to "interrupt" a stroll up Canyon Road, looking at all of the galleries. The seating areas (both outside and inside) are very nice, and the service (particularly the host/sommelier) is very attentive.

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Montclair, New Jersey
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

My favorite restaurant used to be The Modern in NYC. The Compound is now #1 with The Modern a runner up. We had lunch on the patio and all our senses were satisfied. The atmosphere was lovely, flowers and sculpture everywhere. Service friendly but not overbearing and the food amazing. I had the lobster salad and my husband had a... More

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This restaurant is down off the world famous Canyon Road Art Gallery strip, so is very convenient if you need a break. If the weather is good, take a table out side in the sculpture garden. It's divine with grass, adobe and sculptures. Take your time to chill! The Compound has a great reputation, probably after Geronimo's as a first... More

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