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“Consistent Northern New Mexican comfort food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante

Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante
300 Juan Medina Road, Chimayo, NM 87522
505-351-4444
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Chimayo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Families with children, Entertaining clients, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Seal Beach, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Consistent Northern New Mexican comfort food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

With a scenic drive on the high road from Taos, the one must stop place is this multi-generation familystyle restaurant. We had eaten there years before and were delighted that the family reopened after a rather devastating fire several years ago.

Even though eating lunch at 2:30, the restaurant was probably 50% filled. We started with just chips and salsa as we were starving and needed a quick fix. The salsa was prepared with fresh tomatoes that were bright red and tasty with just a touch of "hot" and without the distracting cilantro that can overwhelm a salsa. The prickly pear iced tea was sweet without being sickingly so and complimented our entire meal

Our lunch entrees were the stuffed Sopaipilla Relleno with beef and the chilli rellenos with Christmas sauce, Spanish rice and beans. Both meals were hearty and tasty. Again, this is a family-owned restaurant that stays true to their roots and cooking traditions. There is nothing fancy about the food other than the fresh ingredients and consistency of preparation. It is worth the 30 minute detour out of Santa Fe but if you are driving to or from Taos on the the old highway, this is a must stop place.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Greeley, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Meh! Mostly a tourist trap.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Ordered the chili relleno platter and it was so heavily battered and deep friend that I stripped off the fried batter before eating it. The chili relleno at Doc Martin's in Taos is much much better. Just wasn't real impressed with this "famous' restaurant. It's mostly a tourist trap at this point. My advice to travelers: Skip it!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
“The Real Deal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Want to really taste northern New Mexico cuisine! This is truly the real deal. Don't miss the stuffed soapillas. The service can be spotty, but eating out on the porch is delightful.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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58 restaurant reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful lunch spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We drove the high road to Taos to Chimayo and stopped for lunch. A wonderful ambience and great service! Someone else at another table ordered a drink that was a gorgeous shade of fuchsia so I asked the waiter and found it was a pear cactus lemonade. I ordered it and it was delicious, although a bit on the sweet side. We had a wonderful lunch of combination platters to try a variety of foods. I am a vegetarian and was thrilled to know they had veggie green chili and veggie tamales! The tamales were fabulous - lots of veggies and masa. I also had a burrito and enchilada that were smothered in green chili sauce and had a great flavor. My husband had a carne dish that he also raved about. This is a great stop on your travels in the area and fun to poke around the building with its various rooms and local decor. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2014
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“Just Not that Impressed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

When we read the reviews of this place and talked to a local we were pretty excited to try it. The restaurant is in a very charming setting, but I got a bit worried when I saw the tour bus out front. Here's my take -- this restaurant delivers a decent performance, but it is really the only game in town. If it were in another location, I just don't think the reviews would be nearly as laudatory. The restaurant is very large and there were plenty of empty tables, but we still had a pretty lengthy wait at the bar. They just didn't have the staff to handle everyone at one time. The bar waitstaff tried hard, but they were unskilled. Slow and don't really know anything about what they are selling. Lunch was solid, but not anything particularly noteworthy. Only exception is the honey. Yup, the standout was the dish of local honey they serve with the sopapillas. That was a flowery bowl of deliciousness. It's worth a few bites of fried bread just to soak in those flavors. It's available in the gift shop.

The real super stars of Chimayo are the Santuario de Chimayo (time your visit so you can attend Mass) and Ortega's Weaving Shop. Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante is a pleasant stop on the way out of town to your next adventure, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get there.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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