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“A great place to eat in Taos”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Trading Post Cafe

Trading Post Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, International, Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
San Rafael, California
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A great place to eat in Taos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

What a surprise. We did not know what to expect when we walked in, save for the fact that the owners of the Adobe and Pines Inn ( a wonderful place) told us it was good, and that it was close, thus avoiding downtown with all of its tourist stuff. The food was very good, and we are used to good restaurants since we live in the San Francisco Bay Area-yes foodies to some extent. The service also very good. So don't let the name or the outside fool you.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Steve Z
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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26 reviews
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“Perfect choice for our special occasion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

When we were looking for a nice restaurant for our anniversary dinner, we kept searching under "Taos," and nothing I read about really hit the spot. I remembered hearing about the Trading Post when we first arrived in the area a month ago ... and there it was, listed under "Ranchos de Taos." The reviews sounded promising and the prospect of sitting at the bar appealed to us. What a discovery! I'm sure we savored every bite, from the caprese salad to the amazing napoleon dessert. Our waitress, Audra, was ultra-patient with all of our questions and requests and made us feel very welcome. Her graciousness definitely added to our enjoyment, plus her recommendations were just perfect for us. In particular, the caprese salad was outstanding (we are still raving about the grilled avocado) and plenty for us to share. There are so many entrees and nightly specials that we've decided that dinner at the Trading Post will be a weekly event. Yes, the bread -- don't pass up a single morsel. It's got that rustic, European flavor and texture. And don't be afraid to order the house wine. Delicious.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank icingblue
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Austin, Texas
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“Best restaurant in Taos!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

My husband and I recently had our rehearsal dinner at Trading Post. Kimberly (owner) was so accommodating and was able to offer us a delightful menu for our guests, which included a choice of entrees, salads and dessert. The staff is phenomenal. The decor is beautiful and fits the southwestern/Taos feel. You must dine here while in Taos.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank RAECHAVEZ
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Houston
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14 reviews
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“Best Food in Taos!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Chef Rene and Kimberly have put together a menu with items for every palate. The presentation is beautiful and every bite delectable. The real kudos goes to Chef Patou and her staff for their fabulous execution of every dish. Sit at the bar and watch them cook. A feast for the eyes!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank TaosHiker
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“A well-kept secret”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

We went there on a (local) acquaintance's recommendation, or we never would have found the place. It's tucked into a small, corner plaza on the main road, and its large sign reads "Italian Restaurant"--you have to actually be there to see the smallish "Trading Post Cafe" sign on the building (which, BTW, is the original Taos Trading Post--the old adobe is several hundred yrs old, and is worth taking the extra few minutes to explore inside and admire--note how they've had to retrofit the electrical wiring and other modern niceties--the mark of a truly old adobe building). So on entering, it's like stepping into another world, between the architecture and the art exhibits on the walls; the tables are close, and I'm sure when the place gets busy (we just beat the rush!) it gets packed--but notice, also, the number of Locals eating there--always a good sign! Once seated, we were initially disappointed at the menu, which seemed pretty unimpressive--lots of ho-hum Italian dishes--and the menu itself looked about 10 yrs old (the acquaintance said they haven't changed it in 20 yrs, but he also noted that they will mix-and-match anything on the menu, to accommodate any requests)--however, once the waitperson announced the impressive array of Specials, things got more interesting. I ordered off the menu--a Caprese Salad, and my friend had the Seafood Veracruz. Neither of us expected what we got: my salad was not the usual mozzarella/tomato/basil combo, but included a beautiful arrangement of sliced buffalo mozzarella, fresh (locally-grown, hydroponic) tomatoes, roasted asparagus, and a warm avocado-half (in its skin), all arranged on a bed of spring mix greens, with a stunning dressing (some creamy chipotle-citrus combo)--I practically licked the plate (actually, I used the wonderful, crusty bread--best I've ever had, anywhere in town--to clean up any bits of dressing). My friend's dish included shrimp, scallops, crab, etc, all arranged in about 8 or 10 real scallop shells around the plate, with a hearty fresh pico de gallo salsa in the center. In short, both meals were totally surprising and delicious--I only wish we'd had room for the extensive list of desserts offered by our waitperson--I'm sure they were equally remarkable! This place is a definite Find--and we will certainly return on our next ski trip--possibly more than once!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank LM454
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