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“Above Average... but not great.”
Review of Bull Ring

Bull Ring
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Ranked #58 of 576 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Marcy
Transit: Public Transportation is provided by the Rail Runner.
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Ate here 5 years ago or more and wasn't impressed, but decided to try it again. The decor had been improved and softened some. It was very pleasant when we walked in a little after 5 p.m. (to beat the legislative rush). The restaurant is known as a political haunt but that's not why we went. However, the bar filled quickly and the noise carried into the restaurant area, negatively impacting the previously restive setting.

The service was very good... attentive but not smothering. We enjoyed this part of the meal.

The food was generally good... served at appropriate temperatures. My wife and I shared a salad with two dressings on the side. The produce was cool and fresh. My wife enjoyed her bleu cheese dressing which she said was delicious. I had the vinagrette which was mainly oil and little vinegar or spice... quite bland. We also shared their green chile stew, which was outstanding... plentiful and large chunks of stew meat, well-spiced, served with a homemade tortilla. Worth the price! Our main course consisted of petitie filets which were perfectly done to our order, but frankly were bland, even though they were served on a plate of boiling, melted butter. We spiced them with pepper, but they needed a marinade or rub of some kind. There was nothing offered... a missed opportunity to offer a series of flavors to go with the basic meat. If you just want plain meat cooked to order, this is an expensive but satisfactory way to get that need met. Otherwise, it doesn't measure up as a chop house.

Oh - as mentioned elsewhere, the entrees are served alone. All side dishes are extra price, although the servings are "family style," which means there's enough to share among two or three people. Most of the potatoe sides cost over $8.00, which seems steep, even for Santa Fe.

So, if you want to rub elbows or evesdrop on the local politicos, then the Bull Ring bar is for you. As far as service, very good. We probably won't go back for the food.

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5  Thank Alan R
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We have been dining at the Bull Ring for over 3 years. Our experience has been exceptional every time. The cuisine is outstanding , the waitperson we had was friendly, knowledgeable of the complete menu and even remembered us from a previous visit.
Our steaks were cooked to perfection and the sides were plentiful and delicious.
The owner,, Harry stopped by our table and welcomed us. Something you never see anymore!!! We were entertained with piano music and just a lovely atmosphere. There is also a lively bar scene attached to the resturant , where you can also order a meal.
As with most resturants in Santa fe, There is no dress code to speak of, I saw everything from shorts to sparkle.
Happy Trails!!!

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5  Thank Marilyn M
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

A local overheard our family ask at the full La Fonda dining room for good steakhouse recommendation and directed us to the Bull Ring. We enjoyed our meal so much that we returned a second time. Our son loved the fillet. Our family loved the chocolate mousse. The owner, Harry (and Emmett, Idaho native), was gracious and friendly. Highly recommend this restaurant. Sit in the bar for less formal atmosphere. Kids welcome.

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5  Thank 5,329,970
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Loved the old world type seating! The food was amazing!! Tiny bit hard to find for out of towners but definately worth the trip!

6  Thank travelladyiwish
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Everything was delicious - from our steaks to the kids burgers... The service was first rate as well.

4  Thank Pooch1972
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