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“Excellent Food”

Coyote Cafe and Cantina
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Ranked #33 of 604 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$40
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Cross street: Ortiz Street
Description: Coyote Cafe continues to be Santa Fe's most famous and celebrated restaurant, acclaimed by critics and return visitors alike. We are celebrating our 31th year of business in the Land of Enchantment! The Cafe features a contemporary menu with global influence and a nod to the Southwest and the Cantina serves up New Mexican favorites.
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We were looking forward to our recent dining experience at Coyote Café, as we have heard good things about their food. We had a warm welcome and were quickly seated. That, however, was not so pleasant. The table was way too small for such an upscale restaurant. We requested a larger table by the window and were told that those were booked. Perhaps they were booked, but they were still empty when our dinner was completed.

Anyway, our excellent server, Parris, was quickly over to take our refreshment orders. They were well-made although I find that martinis in small Shirley Temple glassware do not reflect well on a restaurant. Well, enough on atmosphere, now let’s get to the cuisine, which was outstanding.

We both had the Futomaki Caesar as our starter. It was an original presentation and taste. They were wrapped, in what I think was Japanese rice paper and were placed vertical on the plate. When cut through, the romaine with Reggiano Parmesan and warm Polenta croutons exploded on to the plate. One order is easily enough for two persons. It was very enjoyable.

For our entrée, we each selected their signature Mesquite Grilled Main Lobster Tails. They were pre-loosened from the shells and were stacked on a beautiful base of Pappardelle, Organic Spring Onions, Cabbage and Spicy Chile. They were excellent.

They have a nice selection of wines by the glass and were reasonably priced. Should we return to Coyote Café on our next visit, we would request seating at either the bar or in front of the open kitchen, where there appeared to be more room.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

We had lunch at the Coyote Cantina upstairs and it was fabulous. I had the Mama Schutz' Frito Pie with Red Chile Beef, Beans, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion. My husband had Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas Fried Egg, and house-made Corn Bread. Both items were absolutely delicious. Our drinks were also great. Service was attentive. The setting is great, shaded, second floor, outside.

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1  Thank Tina1687
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

We had not been there in over two years, but it was always one our favorites. The atmosphere is excellent and the decor interesting. We went to celebrate my wife's birthday. After free champaign and several appetizers we ordered Elk and Lamb Chops. The entrees were cooked beautifully with great taste and tenderness. A couple of glasses of quality red wine enhanced the meal. A free desert was provided and enjoyed. The birthday discount brought the total bill to about $125 which was a bargain for the quality and the atmosphere. The waiters were pleasant and helpful.

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3  Thank BillSantaFeNewMexico
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

This place does not take reservations and we had to wait 10 minutes for seats to become available. No dramas there as there was 11 of us. Things were fairly cramped and noise with the canned music but if you like Mexican food you will like this place.

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We always come here for dinner. We have come on every trip to Santa Fe we have made in the last two decades. It's that good!

I had yummy grilled lobster tails over pasta and my wife had the sea bass. The wine selection had variety and we enjoyed dessert. It is fine dinning with high prices to follow, but well worth it.

We will keep it on our list of "must goes" in Santa Fe.

4  Thank Joe W
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