For one week, in mid-February, Santa Fe's culinary scene shows off in a delectable (and very affordable!) way. Santa Fe Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to indulge in and taste the flavors of a variety of fine eateries around town. Try something new and fancy or cozy up to something familiar—there are dozens of choices. This is the time to feast, and take heart that you are also supporting The City Different's wonderful local chefs and their kitchens.
Indulge in a Three-Course Meal (or Lunch) during Restaurant Week
Santa Fe Restaurant Week offers a chance for you to explore the flavors of dozens of The City Different's renowned restaurants over the course of eight days, all while being light on your wallet. How? The event invites Santa Fe restaurants to show off and create imaginative three-course meals and lunches at reasonable prices. Depending on the restaurant, you will find meals priced at $15, $25, $35, or $45 per person. You will not find special opportunities like this the rest of the year, so pull out the calendar, entice your foodie friends and family, and make some savory plans.
Prepare your taste buds for Restaurant Week, returning in 2022 for its 12th year! Sample three-course prix-fixe dinners and lunches from $15 to $45. You’ll be amazed by the number of Santa Fe restaurants participating, and you might wish to sample them all, but there are so many (an average of 50 each year) and not enough time in one week! Our suggestion: Create a list of participating restaurants you have always wanted to try, visit Santa Fe Restaurant Week to plan, and then make your reservations (highly recommended).
French and Italian Options in The City Different
Each year, a cornucopia of cuisines comprise the roster for Santa Fe Restaurant Week. Cuisine Française is one. French cuisine in Santa Fe you ask? You bet! For a meal prepared in this gourmet tradition, make reservations at 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar or Chez Mamou. Italian food restaurants are also a popular mainstay in The City Different and Andiamo! is a great choice. This well-known restaurant has been open since 1995 and is vegetarian friendly as well. They use the finest local and seasonal ingredients and nurture their strong connection with the Santa Fe Farmers Market and local growers.
Hey Meat Lovers!
For the meat lovers, there’s The Bourbon Grill located at El Gancho. Here you’ll find steaks, seafood, and more. It’s a traditional steakhouse with a Santa Fe twist. As the name suggests, they also have a huge selection of the finest bourbons. Another steakhouse participating in Santa Fe Restaurant Week is the well-known Bull Ring Steakhouse of Santa Fe. In 2017, The Bull Ring was voted “Best Steakhouse in Santa Fe” based on reviews from Open Table, and year after year, the restaurant wins "Best Steak" among readers in a local newspaper. The restaurant serves only corn-fed USDA Prime beef, hand cut on the premises daily. A newer spot for hardy steak and related hearty fare is bustling in the Hotel St. Francis—Market Steer Steakhouse.
Taste the Creative Down-Home Goodness
It's hard to resist comfort food, particularly the way Santa Fe chefs prepare it—creatively! Here are a few restaurants that ought to be on your list if you are in the mood for some casual and tasty comfort. The dishes at Plaza Cafe Southside capture the essence of the Southwest, with bold and modern twists. Another restaurant serving inventive comfort food is Social Kitchen + Bar, which describes itself as serving "south by southwest comfort cuisine". Further, the restaurant writes, "You’ll find a variety of boards, bowls, baskets, and blue plates—all perfect for sharing!"
So, take advantage of this great week in celebration of Santa Fe's extraordinary restaurant community! Find a willing foodie partner, make a hotel reservation, and plan your visit to The City Different in and around your gastronomic ambitions (at affordable prices!). Bon Appétit!
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