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“A Santa Fe Tradition” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Shed

The Shed
113 1/2 East Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
505-982-9030
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Ranked #36 of 464 restaurants in Santa Fe
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown
Fort Collins, Colorado
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68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
“A Santa Fe Tradition”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

When my family lived near Santa Fe, we often enjoyed lunch or dinner at The Shed. It was the first Santa Fe restaurant we experienced after moving to New Mexico. Now that we live in Colorado, our trips back to New Mexico are never complete without eating at The Shed. The restaurant has developed its own style of New Mexico cuisine and consistently serves these dishes to loyal locals and many visitors. Red chile, blue corn tortillas and posole are signature tastes and appearances of the lunch and dinner dishes. Soups, salads and starters can make a light lunch or a suitable prelude to entrees including turkey or chicken sandwiches, burgers, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, carne adovada, huevos rancheros and combination plates. Dinner includes most of the lunch choices plus several chicken dishes. There’s enough variety to try different meals, although some patrons are known to order their same favorite meal over and over again. The Shed does not chase the latest, trendy southwest cuisine; instead it serves their tried and true creations. Our family had a tradition of going to The Shed for lunch on New Year’s Eve afternoon, where we often watched snow falling outside. The restaurant is very popular, especially during ski and summer tourist seasons.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Colorado
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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“BEST green chili - ANYWHERE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The Shed has quintessential New Mexican fare. They offer such classics as Posole (pork and hominy in a chili broth), blue corn tortillas (delicate flavor), and the BEST green chili that our little group has ever experienced. It's made from nearby family-owned, fresh-picked chilis, seasoned Perfectly, and with just enough kick to let you know that you've experienced the warmth and flavor of New Mexico.
The Margaritas are Outstanding - ours were a bit on the tart side - and were very refreshing. The beans were nicely done and creamy. The atmosphere was definitely Santa fe, with lots of colorful art adorning the walls, and tasteful Mexican-flavored music in the background. As a plus, it's half a block from the Santa fe Plaza, with all its sidewalk vendors.
We had lunch there. The wait was about 30 minutes, which is not bad at all, considering that the waiting line was out through the courtyard. Reservations for dinner are HIGHLY Recommended, and once you taste their fare, you'll understand why.
If there is ONE thing only that you experience while in Santa fe, it MUST be The Shed... It's THAT good!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wolfe City, Texas, United States
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Tourist Trap”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We heard this restaurant was a must if we were visiting Santa Fe so four of us ate lunch there.
The service was poor and the food was ho hum. Two people in our party had the famous Carne Adavaca and it was so spicy hot it actually made them ill. I had Huevo Rancheros which was not spectacular and the fourth person in our party had soggy blue corn tacos. All in all not a great experience. There are much better places to go when in Santa Fe. Save your money and skip this one.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Prosper, Texas
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“Great NM cuisine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I ordered the special Pork Avecado (??sp) and it was perfect! I chose red sauce - very spicy and oh so yummy! My friend ordered the green sauce - she enjoyed it too. Others had tacos (beef) and said they were outstanding. It was highly rated in the Sunset Magazine as one of top 25 restaurants in US and only one from Santa Fe to make the cut! Highly recommend you not miss this one!

Visited March 2013
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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“Yum!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were in Santa Fe today and ate at The Shed - first time in about 20 years and it was as good as always. The blue corn enchiladas were very tasty & carne adovada was soo tender. Of course we ordered the homemade guacamole. Excellent. The wait staff was excellent - very friendly & knowledgeable. We got there at 11:am so no wait but before we left it was crowded & people were waiting.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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