The mouthwatering variety of Mexican and New Mexican cuisine in Santa Fe is simply astounding. During your stay at El Farolito, you are within walking distance of some of the best Santa Fe Mexican restaurants. Enjoy delicious local cuisine like fresh salsas, enchiladas, and tacos at any of these Santa Fe Mexican restaurants!
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10 of the Best Santa Fe Mexican Restaurants
1. The Shed
The Shed has been open for over 50 years, making it a local go-to for classic Southwestern fare. Its cuisine is based on three crops grown by the Pueblo People: corn, beans, and squash. They also incorporate fresh chiles that they grind in-house that has won them “Best Red Chile” for 6 years. Try their signature red chile enchiladas made with blue corn tortillas, then wash it down with a margarita! Plus, it is just a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from El Farolito!
Tomasita’s in Santa Fe, NM, is rated one of Food Network’s Top Places to Eat. Why? Perhaps it’s their award winning red and green chile, or maybe the fresh sopaipillas that arrive at every table with honey butter. There’s usually a wait, but you can just use that as an excuse to get a margarita made with premium tequila before you are seated!
3. Tia Sophia’s
There are tons of Santa Fe Mexican restaurants, but there aren’t many that serve a traditional Mexican breakfast! Tia Sophia’s is a diner that is only open for breakfast and lunch, and serves amazing old-fashioned Northern New Mexican cuisine. Try their classic huevos rancheros or a breakfast burrito in the morning, or their famously hot chile sauce in the afternoon! No matter when you go, the staff is always friendly and familiar enough to make you feel like a local even if you’re just visiting.
4. La Choza
La Choza in Santa Fe, NM, has been voted as one of the top Santa Fe Mexican restaurants, and its flavorful menu and colorful atmosphere show why. You can find it in the unique, old adobe headquarters of Mercer Ranch. No matter what you order, your plate will be filled to the point of almost overflowing. Make sure to save room for their mocha cake — a combination of coffee and chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream loved by locals and visitors alike.
The picturesque patio featuring fountains and incredible views alone makes Gabriel’s one of the best Santa Fe Mexican restaurants, not to mention its amazing dishes of affordable Northern New Mexico comfort food. For an outdoor dining experience, this is the place to be. Make sure to order the Guacamole Especial for guacamole made fresh tableside!
6. Tune Up Cafe
For a hot and quick breakfast, a midday lunch getaway, a delectable dinner, or dessert that makes your mouth dance, check out Tune Up Cafe. This restaurant was featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives for its El Salvadoran specialties, Mexican entrees, and a few American favorites. Tune Up Cafe grinds all of of their beef in-house and uses fresh local ingredients whenever possible.
7. Mucho Gusto
The house specialties at Mucho Gusto include orange tequila shrimp and grilled salmon al mojo de ajo. Their most famous dish is known as “The Bomb,” which is a chicken breast stuffed with jack cheese, poblano chiles, almonds, and sun dried tomatoes topped with a mushroom chipotle chile cream sauce. Its menu can best be described as New Mexican with a twist, since the chef puts his own spin on mostly everything!
8. La Casa Sena
La Casa Sena has been one of the favorite Santa Fe Mexican restaurants of locals and visitors alike for over 30 years. The elegant adobe restaurant exemplifies “old Santa Fe” style. Beautiful furniture and museum-quality art decorate the eatery. Their singing waiters even belt out show tunes as they carry the dishes to your table!
9. Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen
Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen in Santa Fe, NM, has been serving homestyle Mexican food for over 60 years. Choose from classics like beef stuffed sopaipillas, pulled pork tacos, and green chile chicken enchiladas. Plus, their margarita menu has over 100 drink options!
Chef Fernando Olea of Sazon is originally from Mexico City and is known for his unique interpretation of both contemporary and traditional Mexican dishes. It features a gorgeous dining space and delectable flavors. The basic menu is intentionally small so that the chef can create daily specials with locally sourced produce and meats.
After You Eat, Retreat to El Farolito
After you’ve tried one of our many Santa Fe Mexican restaurants, retreat back to El Farolito. Stay in one of our comfortable rooms right in the middle of downtown’s historic district. Consider our San Pasqual room decorated in a colorful south-of-the-border style with Mexican furniture, pottery, and art. The beamed ceiling, ample windows and saltio tile floor continue the fiesta atmosphere you’ve been getting in Santa Fe! You won’t be far from all the delicious restaurants, and our adobe architecture and traditional Southwestern decor will keep the Santa Fe spirit alive. Book your trip today!