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“Great ambience, but pricey for the food”
Review of The Love Apple

The Love Apple
Ranked #3 of 131 Restaurants in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Southwestern
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed June 24, 2014

This restaurant was absolutely stunning outside and in with the beautiful, chic, and relaxing décor. The architecture was beautiful, as it was an old church, and the outdoor porch was enclosed and made for a nice dinner (although we did not sit there). Be sure to make a reservation in advance because it is fairly small and very busy. We were seated right away (because of reservation), and the server was very nice and welcoming, but she was slow. The food was pretty expensive and was just average. The chicken tacos had large sharp bones in them which was slightly unappetizing. We tried several salads and they were amazing. The one dish that is a MUST try is the blue and yellow cornbread with sweet and savoury butter.

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Reviewed June 20, 2014

So many travelers have already endorsed the The Love Apple that we hardly need to add our voices to the chorus. Yet we must. We have just come to the end of a fabulous two-week vacation in Colorado and New Mexico, a trip that included fine dining in locations from Aspen to Santa Fe. The unanimous favorite among us: The Love Apple in Taos, where we dined one evening and couldn't resist returning the second. Top scores for creativity: a blend of farm-to-table, regional cuisine, with Northern New Mexican flavors, and French preparation and attention to detail. The menu fascinated us and the dishes outdid the descriptions--truly scrumptious, from the vegetarian lentil-leek asparagus dish with an herb pesto on a delicate panna cotta and chick pea crepes, to the wild boar meat with a complex mole, to unparalleled chicken tacos. A salad of spinach greens, fennel, and a divine dressing. Dessert of luscious coconut sorbet with pinon cookie; a mouthwatering strawberry-rhubarb gallette. Given the labor-intensive work in preparing these meals, the place is probably quite underpriced. All in a beautiful environment that put us in a quiet, reverential mood. The service the first night was reserved and professional; the second night was friendly and warm; we appreciated both. Brava to this marvelous restaurant that we will never forget and hope to return to before long.

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1  Thank Suzanne M
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Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

We ate here for our anniversary and had a lovely evening. The restaurant is housed in an old adobe building that was once a small chapel. As other reviewers mentioned, you walk thru the kitchen to get to the dining area. Service was excellent and prices reasonable. We selected a French bottle of wine and started off with the cornbread appetizer. The blue corn bread was the best and a nice way to begin dinner. We shared a local salad of greens, goat cheese and strawberries and they split the plates before bringing to the table. For a main I had the trout which was light and well cooked, although a bit too much oil on the greens. My husband had the wild boar. Initially, he wasn't thrilled with the dish but as he got into it more, the flavors of the red mole came alive and he enjoyed it more.

1  Thank Denvergirl80238
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

Staying next door to The Love Apple at Touchstone Inn, made it particularly convenient for us to walk over for dinner, but entering the front door, we knew we'd arrived at a place that would have been worth any drive to get there. Set in an old adobe church, the white-washed walls of the restaurant convey a simple, quiet peace that is only accentuated by strands of small white lights and tapers stuck into wine bottles that provide lighting at each table.

The service and food parallel the elegant, yet streamlined space, making the meal here one that will be long remembered. This was definitely a highlight of our visit to Taos.

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Reviewed June 6, 2014

One of the best meals we've ever had in Taos. On a warm summer evening, their covered patio enclosure was very comfortable and welcoming. There were four of us, and three were superb (trout, posole, and the special, a stuffed quail). The fourth had the wild boar, which was tasty but too chewy. Desserts were also very good, including a flourless chocolate cake and a rhubarb tart. Service was pleasant and efficient but relaxed. We enjoyed our dinner very, very much.

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