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.