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“Don't miss this one.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Compound Restaurant

The Compound Restaurant
635 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Historic District)
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Ranked #76 of 464 restaurants in Santa Fe
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Southwestern, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
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.
Deerfield, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Don't miss this one.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great service with good wine and great food. Foodies must check this out. This is one of those places you don't forget.

Visited October 2012
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Placitas, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Food That Makes you Happy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband took me to The Compound for our Anniversary and what a wonderful place! We were so amazed by the food that we had to come back and bring our two adult children who enjoyed it just as much as we did. Large helpings of some five star worthy food! The ambiance is quiet and relaxing, the service can not be beat and the food is "over the top. Worth the monet!

Visited February 2012
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Houston, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Recently my husband and I visited Santa Fe from Texas and were looking for a top notch dining experience. Our concierge suggested The Compound as the best restaurant in Santa Fe so we decided to try it out. Im a culinary snob so I'm always skeptical about trying new places out. My first impression at arriving was the beautifully kept grounds and the ample parking (which is rare in Santa Fe with parking being so limited).

We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. The place was beautiful, a lush black carpet and stark white walls with art from legendary designer Alexander Girard created an elegant dining background. The music was well chosen... a mix of modern lounge and jazz. We were approached by a friendly waiter from Spain who suggested menu items that were his favorites. We took his suggestions and ran with it, why not? Let's see where this takes us! He also told us that he was going to introduce us to our new Pinot Noir. I ordered the foie gras and sweetbreads and my husband ordered the quail stuffed with sweetbread, dirty rice and chicken liver. OMG! The foie just melted in my mouth and the sauce was so incredible. I wanted to lick the bowl clean!! My husband was just in heaven savoring his fabulous quail. We both took the waitors suggestion and each had a glass of Sauternes, which was the perfect pairing! Next we tried the suggested Pinot Noir from California, and were very impressed by it... med bodied wine that was lush and unlike any Pinot Noir we've ever had. We were in heaven w/ all the incredible tastes and scents. When our main course arrived my husband ordered the lamb shank w/ sweet potato gratin and stone fruit... So tender and succulent!! I don't think we've ever had suck succulent and tender lamb shank, and trust me.... we've had a lot! I ordered the crispy striped bass served w/ a Manhattan oyster chowder.. what a combination!! The bass was perfectly cooked and the oyster chowder was just incredible, a true culinary delight.

Dessert was a liquid chocolate cake w/ burgundy poached prunes accompanied by housemade armagnac prune stracciatella. I wanted to stand up and cheer but composed myself and just sipped on a glass of suggested dessert wine, a late harvest zinfandel.

What a dining triumph! The ambience, food, wine, and the impecable service was nothing but grand. As we sat there my husband and I were truly satisfied w/ our Compound dining experience. He looked into my eyes and not only did I realize how much I loved him but how that evening I re-fell in love with the true art of dining well. Kudos to the chef Mark Kiffin.
We will soon revisit your fabulous restaurant!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great night at the greatest restaurant in Santa Fe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

To all visiting Santa Fe you owe it to yourself to have a world class dinning experience. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and the food was great. The spirits and wine list was superb and the wine specialist was very educated in the art of pairing food and wine.

This is a must go.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Monterey, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Elegant but warm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Attentive service, a wonderful menu including a wonderful sweetbread and foie gras appetizer, in an elegant setting. Excellent wine. Pricey, yes, but worth it.

Visited October 2012
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