I was just notified by Trip Advisor that one of my older reviews had received a "helpful" vote. When I looked at the review, it was from 2010 and not long after Martin opened. I was appalled to read that I said the service was nothing special. We have returned many many times since that first visit, and the food is consistently wonderful and unique. Martin continues to combine ingredients and flavors in the most interesting and absolutely delicious ways with often amazing results. His sauces are obviously prepared and reduced for hours to develop such deep and rich flavor profiles. But the service!!! We are treated so wonderfully every time we walk in the door. We live several hours away from Santa Fe, and only visit Restaurant Martin two or three times a year, yet you would think we are best friends or family when we do get there. Jennifer, one of the owners, always greets us warmly and stops by our table to make sure everything is alright, and we have come to adore their manager, Graciela, so much that even though we love the food and are treated so well, it is a huge disappointment to us if we dine there on a night she is not working. I also noted in my first review that it is a smaller space, but now they are expanding the restaurant (a sure sign that the food and service is top notch in a tough, competitive market) and that will be open soon, we understand.
I am glad someone tagged my first review and prompted me to look at it so that I can provide much more current information and share that this has become one of our very favorite restaurants over the years and to correct some of the comments I see about poor service or snobby staff. We have experienced exactly the opposite. If you love excellent food, good wine, and are looking for a lovely night out with your special companion, this is definitely a place you should go!!
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