Bottom Line: To experience the best food in Santa Fe and the best service you can find at any restaurant in the US, Geronimo should not be a stop on your trip to Santa Fe, but a destination in itself. Delicious food, fantastic service, great atmosphere, and warm hospitality make this the place to go.
The restaurant is known for keeping some crowd-pleasing favorites on their menu year-round and rotates specials based on what’s in season. My family ordered the Hawaiian Ahi Tuna and Tartare, the Elk Tenderloin, the Organic Chicken, and the Seabass. Every single dish was beautifully prepared, flavorful, and substantial. We ended up trying each other’s dishes and there wasn’t a single item that any of us regretted. The Tuna was buttery and tender, the elk struck a balanced chord between gamey and savory, the chicken was tender and juicy, and the seabass was flaky and sweet. It’s very clear that the chef put a lot of thought into each dish and it represented the best food Santa Fe has to offer.
Located in the heart of the galleries on Canyon Road, Mary did a terrific job taking an old building with a lot of character and turning it into a beautiful place to grab a meal. Geronimo is a fine dining establishment but it feels comfortable and sophisticated without feeling formal. The décor is elegant and rich with white accents, crème curtains, and soft lighting throughout the restaurant. Guests can opt to eat on the porch where there are a small number of tables that look out over Canyon Road.
We arrived at Geronimo with no reservations and little hope of being seated on Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Geronimo was ranked as the number 2 restaurant in Santa Fe at the time but we figured it was a worth a try anyway. It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Although we were not dressed for a fine dining establishment and had just finished hiking, the staff warmly welcomed us to the restaurant and seated us at a cozy little booth in the back. Dining at Geronimo felt like being honored guests at an old friend’s house – the staff constantly checked in on us and even provided soup and dessert on the house! Towards the end of the meal, the owner of the restaurant, Mary, stopped by and chatted with us for a bit. After she learned more about our visit and that we were from out of town, she gave us shirts because she wanted us to remember her restaurant and our time in Santa Fe. The staff took pictures with us at the end and it was tough to leave – we had such a good time that it like saying goodbye to close friends. As a consultant, I have dined at some of the best restaurants around the world and yet, no other restaurant has matched the exceptional service I received at Geronimo. It’s what sets this gem apart from any other restaurant in Santa Fe and is what makes it so special.
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