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“Beautiful Food”
Review of Restaurant Martin

Restaurant Martin
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Ranked #40 of 576 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $36
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Paseo de Peralta
Transit: The Railrunner from Albuquerque stops a few short blocks from our front door and Santa Fe's public bus system runs right past our restaurant.
Reviewed March 31, 2013

When I give it 4stars, I am comparing it with other fine doning experiences. The food ranged from average to very good when compared to other fine dining establishments. I started with the Buttersquash bisque, which had very generous amounts of lobster in the bisque. I thought it was tasty, but too sweet. It could have benefitted from some heat/spice. My boyfriend had the pork belly appetizer which he thought was beautifully presented and good, but not spectacular. For my main course, I had the pork tenderloin...the portion was huge and the meat was perfectly cooked and just melted in my mouth. My boyfriend had the NY strip steak...again the meat was perfectly cooked and the potato side dish was very tasty. But neither was amazing....which is the feeling we experienced at other restaurants with this price tag. For dessert, we shared the molten chocolate with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sea salt (and a little bit of raspberry puree). The cake was not hot enough inside, so the "lava" center was too thick....and the sea salt caramel was also too thick. The ice cream was wonderful.

The servers were friendly but a little slow. I think there was only one server and one assistant for the entire restaurant. No food came out piping hot and they were a little slow on the water refills.

The price for 2 with wine came to $165 plus tip. For my money, there are better options.

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3  Thank Coralyn G
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Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Our waitress, Jennifer, was very attentive, knowledgable, and polite. We received flawless service. The food was an excellent fusion of french and local cuisine. Noteworthy dishes were the Buttersquash Bisque with Apple Purrée, the Atlantic Salmon, and the Sea Bass. Even the chicken breast tasted very good!

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2  Thank Zoeshrager
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Creative and varied gourmet menu presented by a young and experienced (Beard Award and Iron Chef competitor) chef and his family members in an artfully decorated space a few blocks from the Plaza. Very professional service. Pricing was suprisingly reasonable considering quality of food and competition (e.g. Geronimo's on Canyon Road).

So many interesting and unique appetizer and main plate choices it was hard to make decisions. Everything was served artfully in perfect portioning with a mixture of all of the various elements. Good winelist, including half-bottles for solo diners.

My only complaint, and it is very minor, is that the dessert list was heavy on chocolate or sweet -- could've used a fruit and cheese plate to compliment the rest of their cuisine. Then again, their dessert wine list was outstanding!

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4  Thank Rocket58
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

An ever-changing, lovely, seasonal, and fresh menu. Beautiful outdoor seating. Incredible wine list. What's not to love??

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Thank Joyce J
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Very inventive and delicious food with professional, but friendly service. The squash/apple soup was divine, the best part of the meal. My husband's salad was also very tasty. Both entrees (salmon & chicken) were very good but not quite up to the appetizers. Dessert was very rich & nice to share. The only downside is price - $120 for the above.

4  Thank mlmdjd
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