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“Tom O”

Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Chimayo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
San Diego, California
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220 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“Tom O”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

My wife and I decided to take a Sunday drive last weekend and while on the drive, wanted to include someplace new to eat so we decided to driive to Chimayo, NM from Santa Fe and try the Rancho de Chimayo restaurant. We planned on making our destination for lunch, which we did, as lunch is served until 4:00PM. As you enter the property, the driveway is decorated for Christmas with colorful lights. The restaurant inside is also tastefully decorated with Christmas decorations making it feel warm and inviting. We noted the restaurant could seat a lot of people as there were many different rooms individually decorated differently so we imagine it could get rather noisy in the summer busy schedule.
We started with drinks and I had a beer whereas my wife ordered the house frozen margarita which was tasty and had a lime flavor. The menu was varied and included seafood, steak, and various Mexican dishes with a local flavor. Remember, Chimayo raises local chiles that taste different from other locations of New Mexico. We ordered guacamole and chips, both which were tasty and fresh. We shared a bowl of green chile stew which was made on a tomato base and included pork, potatoes and chiles. We also shared a Mexican entree called Platon Especial for $14.50 which included a taco with shredded beef, a chile rellano, a tamale, an enchilada and rice and beans along with sopapillas.
The service by the wait staff was exemplary which included the waiter, server, and a bus person. I noted the wait staff constantly refilled coffee, water and were always checking on the patrons.
Overall, we would return to the restaurant in the future without any hesitation.

  • Visited December 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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222 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“Authentic Northern New Mexico Cuisine”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

This is a true northern New Mexico food experience. Although it is a tourist spot complete with bus loads of Texans, it is still worth the visit. The finest Chimayo red chile dishes, green from Hatch and Socorro, sangria that is right out of a Spanish bar, and a rambling old original adobe. The garden terrace in the summer is a nice hideaway but the winter experience is the best -- pinon wood burning in the kiva fireplaces, hot posole, red smothered enchiladas, sopapillas and honey butter -- all the best and all authentic -- do not miss this

  • Visited November 2013
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671 reviews
412 restaurant reviews
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“A New Mexico gem”
Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

We have been coming to Rancho Chimayo for years. This is an absolute must if you find yourself in this part of New Mexico. The food is authentic, well priced and is served in a charming environment. After lunch, be sure to make a stop at el Santuario de Chimayo. It is truly enchanting.

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Durango, Colorado, United States
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Delicious and fun”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

We had a great anniversary dinner here, on the patio. It was a busy night but the service and the food were great and the ambiance was festive and fun.

Visited June 2013
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Laguna Niguel, California
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7 reviews
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“always a charming place to dine”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

enjoyed dining with my fellow B&B mates this time....an extra treat!
I opted for a "lighter meal", and had the green chili stew with a side salad........and it was delicious!

Visited November 2013
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