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“A Quaint & True Tasty Dining Experience”
Review of Trattoria A Mano

Trattoria A Mano
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Ranked #29 of 590 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $100
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Between Water & Alameda
Transit: Bus stop at end of the block; Railrunner station nearby.
Description: In the time-honored tradition of great local haunts, Trattoria A Mano is the neighborhood Italian spot you hope to find in your travels. Featuring Northern Italian cuisine in the fall and winter months, A Mano ventures further south to coastal climes in the spring and summer, bringing you a wide range of delicious options. A Mano means “handmade” in Italian, a concept that is carried through all aspects of the kitchen repertoire, from daily-made fresh pastas and flavorful sauces, to the house-made focaccia, satisfying salads and hearty entrees. All desserts are made in-house under the guidance of our master pastry chef. Combining a well-chosen wine list with draft beers and attentive yet friendly service, A Mano is perfect for a family outing, a get-together with good friends, or that special celebration or date night…. A Mano – tiny, cozy, relaxed, playful, fun and delicious. Reserve now!
Reviewed February 17, 2013

You will want to make reservations for this restaurant, not only because it is worth the effort, but because it is small and only open for dinner (6 nights a week). The odors will start your cravings a churning the minute you step in the door. It is a very small restaurant with maybe 10 tables and 6 bar spots, but great atmosphere and service. The menu is not large, which means what they have they do well. They have a "prix fixe" menu, which includes a glass of wine, and is a great option to explore some of their best offerings. Here's the thing to be sure not to miss, the oyster shooters. Seriously, we could have done them all night! Big fresh oysters in an amazing homemade cocktail sauce – to die for! Two of us ordered them, but all of us enjoyed them as they were so good, while you didn't want to share, you had to so others would know how good they were. The ribs are also quite good, and I don't traditionally like ribs, but their homemade BBQ sauce and meaty ribs are awesome! The lamb shank is good and sizable. The snapper, while tasty, is served with grits and so nothing on the dish has much flavor. Portions here are just right for a little sharing without being more than you can/should get through. The service and open kitchen concept make the meal extra fun. We also noticed the owner not only checking on tables, but helping wherever was needed on a busy Saturday night, always a good sign!

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3  Thank corbyandjen
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

When I visited Galisteo, they had a Prix Fixe menu option that was 3 courses and a glass of wine for $39. The food was excellent. We started with a cheese flight for an appetizer. The ginger, cherry, and almond tapenade with the brie was paired so nicely. Everything that we had was superb.

The atmosphere was nice, but a little bit cramped. I could see this being a challenge for anyone in a wheelchair. We made reservations, as we visited on a weekend. The place was pretty crowded. They are on open table, so reservations are pretty easy. Also, they do not have a full bar - beer and wine only.

Our servers were very attentive and patient, as we had several questions about the menu.

Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

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3  Thank ClumsyIsis
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Last night we enjoyed the Bistro for a Valentines celebration. In addition to the well prepared food offerings we find this establishment the most professionally run restaurant in Santa Fe.

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5  Thank jjac9122
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Choosing a Valentine's day restaurant is chancy, but Galisteo Bistro came through with flying colors. We arrived a few minutes early but were shown to our table. The walls are painted a pleasant warm earthly color which adds to the ambiance. The Bistro was offering a $39 three course special. My wife chose the oysters and I the onion soup, each of us loved his/her choice.For the main course I chose the meatloaf and my wife chose the red snapper. While the snapper was deemed okay, the beef-pork-veal meatloaf with mushroom sauce was delightful. An extra amount of mushroom sauce added to the rich flavor of the meal, which was accompanied by a white and sweet potato mash and carrots. Deserts were a lemon tart and a bread pudding, both giving a nice finish to the meal. The special also included a glass of wine with a respectable pour. Service was well done.

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5  Thank golem67
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Lives up to the bistro designation. The restaurant is small and nicely appointed with an open kitchen, which we enjoy. The food was excellent, as was the service. Very inventive cuisine and not just the "typical". We loved it.

2  Thank dls515
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