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.