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Coyote Cafe

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American, Southwestern, Contemporary
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132 W Water St, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Ortiz Street)
+1 505-983-1615
11:30 am - 9:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 am
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate in the restaurant, not the rooftop café. Our meal was excellent. The Foie Gras appetizer was unctuous. My elk tenderloin was superb. Son's porkchop great, though slightly tough and dry, flavor was good. We sat next to a fireplace, cozy, great service. The rooftop café, open in summer, was fairly pedestrian when we last visited. Good wine. Comped... More 

1 Thank Chuck S
Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined here last night. By far one of the best meals I have ever experienced in Santa Fe. In a town where everyone seems to specialize in "traditional" New Mexican (carne adovada, enchiladas ordinaire, and various other tired dishes, Coyote Cafe draws from traditional roots to assemble a menu that is leagues above anything you will find in tourist... More 

1 Thank green_chile_warrior
Fort Lauderdale
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has been my go to place while visiting Santa Fe. This evening was no different. From the hand stuffed blue cheese olives in the martini to the end of dinner it was an excellent dining experience. Tried the HUGE Cowboy Steak. If you are a meat lover, this is a must. Highly recommended for a wondering dining experience in... More 

2 Thank Hartdad
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We havenot eaten here since Eric, the chef/owner died. The food has improved by 100%. We had one of the best meals in town ever & we are locals. Our guests could not believe the quality of the different offerings.

2 Thank Boggio
Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the atmosphere and buzz at the Coyote Cafe. The food is very creative fresh and high quality. The waiters and waitresses are very knowledgeable. We ordered the tomatoes & mozzarella, sea bass and the ravioli. The food was beautifully presented on the plate. The food was great, however the pasta's consistency and taste was odd. We would visit... More 

2 Thank LMA323
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Upbeat busy atmosphere. Food was excellent but possibly trying a little too hard. Everything was well prepared and waitstaff was knowledgeable, friendly, and had great suggestions for drink pairings. Would definitely return. Atmosphere was significantly different than what I read in review from a little while ago.

3 Thank chosen2503
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stop each time I am in Santa Fe and so far I can only speak for the elk because I have gotten it both times. I anticipate any elk after this will not compare. One of these visits I will try another entree. Abraham at the bar is fantastic. Besides the high class it is also very warm, friendly... More 

3 Thank Jennifer M
Monte Vista, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

After dining here I was more then a bit shocked to learn this restaurant rates only 4 stars by most reviewers. I used to own one of the best restaurants in Oregon and I must say the service and food here was outstanding the Saturday night we were there. The food is very pricey and some may find that off... More 

4 Thank Toni D
El Dorado Hills
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Use OPEN Table to book reservations, they get you table no matter what, we have dined there at least 10 times. Great menu and fine food and wine lists

3 Thank 139dalew
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

Looking for the best, this is it. Eclectic menu, wonderful wine list, great service and an open kitchen. One note of caution, the menu said they had elk medallions but they didn't. Instead, the had a delicious vension filet that was butter soft and beautifully prepared. Don't miss this restaurant. OBTW, when entering the restaurant, walk behind the stairway for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$22 - $40
American, Southwestern, Contemporary
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 W Water St, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501
    (Ortiz Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 505-983-1615
Coyote Cafe continues to be Santa Fe's most famous and celebrated restaurant, acclaimed by critics and return visitors alike. We are celebrating our 29th year! Featuring a contemporary menu with global influence and a nod to the Southwest our must-have dishes include Mesquite-Grilled Maine Lobster Tails with Pappardelle and the signature Tellicharry Elk Tenderloin. Signature cocktails include the Senorita & Norteno Margaritas and the Gentleman's Vice - a smoke Knob Greek Manhattan. Our wine list features a global selection and rarities such as Sine Qua Non. During Summer Our Rooftop Cantina serves New Mexican specialties and cocktails in a casual outdoor setting. It is open for lunch & dinner daily. We also offer group dining options. Please contact us for more information.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?