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“Exceptional, unforgettable restaurant”
Review of The Love Apple

The Love Apple
Ranked #4 of 128 Restaurants in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Southwestern
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Syracuse, New York
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Exceptional, unforgettable restaurant”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

So many travelers have already endorsed the The Love Apple that we hardly need to add our voices to the chorus. Yet we must. We have just come to the end of a fabulous two-week vacation in Colorado and New Mexico, a trip that included fine dining in locations from Aspen to Santa Fe. The unanimous favorite among us: The Love Apple in Taos, where we dined one evening and couldn't resist returning the second. Top scores for creativity: a blend of farm-to-table, regional cuisine, with Northern New Mexican flavors, and French preparation and attention to detail. The menu fascinated us and the dishes outdid the descriptions--truly scrumptious, from the vegetarian lentil-leek asparagus dish with an herb pesto on a delicate panna cotta and chick pea crepes, to the wild boar meat with a complex mole, to unparalleled chicken tacos. A salad of spinach greens, fennel, and a divine dressing. Dessert of luscious coconut sorbet with pinon cookie; a mouthwatering strawberry-rhubarb gallette. Given the labor-intensive work in preparing these meals, the place is probably quite underpriced. All in a beautiful environment that put us in a quiet, reverential mood. The service the first night was reserved and professional; the second night was friendly and warm; we appreciated both. Brava to this marvelous restaurant that we will never forget and hope to return to before long.

  • Visited June 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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118 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Lovely anniversary dinner”
Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

We ate here for our anniversary and had a lovely evening. The restaurant is housed in an old adobe building that was once a small chapel. As other reviewers mentioned, you walk thru the kitchen to get to the dining area. Service was excellent and prices reasonable. We selected a French bottle of wine and started off with the cornbread appetizer. The blue corn bread was the best and a nice way to begin dinner. We shared a local salad of greens, goat cheese and strawberries and they split the plates before bringing to the table. For a main I had the trout which was light and well cooked, although a bit too much oil on the greens. My husband had the wild boar. Initially, he wasn't thrilled with the dish but as he got into it more, the flavors of the red mole came alive and he enjoyed it more.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of the Highlights of Taos”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Staying next door to The Love Apple at Touchstone Inn, made it particularly convenient for us to walk over for dinner, but entering the front door, we knew we'd arrived at a place that would have been worth any drive to get there. Set in an old adobe church, the white-washed walls of the restaurant convey a simple, quiet peace that is only accentuated by strands of small white lights and tapers stuck into wine bottles that provide lighting at each table.

The service and food parallel the elegant, yet streamlined space, making the meal here one that will be long remembered. This was definitely a highlight of our visit to Taos.

  • Visited June 2014
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Lakewood, Colorado
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Delicious, relaxed dinner”
Reviewed 6 June 2014 via mobile

One of the best meals we've ever had in Taos. On a warm summer evening, their covered patio enclosure was very comfortable and welcoming. There were four of us, and three were superb (trout, posole, and the special, a stuffed quail). The fourth had the wild boar, which was tasty but too chewy. Desserts were also very good, including a flourless chocolate cake and a rhubarb tart. Service was pleasant and efficient but relaxed. We enjoyed our dinner very, very much.

Visited June 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Well done!”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We went to the Love Apple for my 50th birthday and enjoyed it very much. The atmosphere is lovely and we sat right on the altar with a great view of the whole room. Very pretty and relaxing. We were seated right away and the service was very attentive. We loved that the food was seasonal and locally sourced. That is a huge plus. Also, everything we had was creative and delicious. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank mbshanley
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