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“Nice little place, great service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of TerraCotta Wine Bistro

TerraCotta Wine Bistro
304 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.989.1166
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Ranked #44 of 472 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Continental
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
“Nice little place, great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is a nice cozy little spot in Santa Fe near the plaza but away from all of the action. This place was recommended to us by the manager of the hotel we were staying at down the street. I would say the food is very good, not exceptional but very good. Service was outstanding. Our server was Stephen, a super nice guy from Wales who works his butt off to make sure you have everything you need to make your meal enjoyable. We had the stuffed poblano peppers which were really good. They do have a really wonderful wine list and I believe the prices are very reasonable for Santa Fe. The space itself is really nicely done and it's in a cool old adobe house, very quaint. Overall, very nice experience and great service with really nice people working here.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Alto, New Mexico
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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“Best New Restaurant in Santa Fe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This place has it all. Impeccable service,great selection of small and large plates, reasonable wine list and a comfortable atmosphere. Give it a try. Located behind the El Dorado hotel and in walking distance from just about everywhere in the Plaza area.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ocala
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“Close to the Georgia O'Keefee Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The outdoor luncheon area is no longer open at the museum. They recommended this restaurant to us and we were absolutely thrilled. It's right up the block and great for lunch and dinner. There soups are great and they have a deal on wine: $6.00 till six...o'clock that is.
The staff was very friendly. We had both lunch and dinner and both were great.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Avoid disappointment - There are better places for lunch”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The positives: Our waitress, Anda, was courteous, friendly, and smart. Without her, the lunch (for two) we had on 8/16/13 would have been a disaster. The negatives: At 1:00 p.m. on a Monday, all of the red wines by the glass were sold out, so we had to order a bottle. If you call yourself a wine bar, you should have red wine by the glass available at all times--not when you feel like opening a bottle. The Bruschetta with Apple Wood Smoked Bacon ($15) came with a slice of bacon and a covering of Black Forest ham. We ordered a side of bacon to compensate for the bland ham. The Planked Salmon ($14 / $18) was listed as "Brushed with Whole Grain Mustard and Brown Sugar." The salmon arrived over-cooked and covered with something that tasted like a watered down version of Stubb's original barbecue sauce. For dessert, the kitchen redeemed itself by making us two delicious affogatos (not on the menu--I think they charged us $5 per affogato.) So maybe there's hope for Terra Cotta, but don't bet on it. The owners also operate a catering business. They need to know that what works with crowds does not necessarily work with a table for two. Cafe Pasqual's, Palacio Cafe, and Santa Cafe all serve a better lunch and provide a better experience--for less than the $127 we paid, for lunch, including a $39 bottle of wine, and a nice tip for Anda.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Wine and Small Plates in Santa Fe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The restaurant is in an old house near the Georgia OKeefe museum.

We had both dinner inside and came back for lunch on the front porch.

We chose the small plates, which were imaginative and well-presented.

The wine choices by the glass are extensive and reasonably-priced.

Alas, no wine on the porch - I hope the city eventually allows it.

The service was friendly. I was undercharged, and when I pointed it out the manager thanked me for my honesty and said it was on the house!

Not fancy, but a pleasant atmosphere and good food.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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