The 10 Best Breakfasts And Brunches In Santa Fe, New Mexico

Oatmeal | ©Kristin Brenemen/Flickr
Oatmeal | ©Kristin Brenemen/Flickr
Photo of Shyla Watson
15 October 2016

Whether you prefer to start your day with pancakes and waffles, or something simpler, such as coffee and oatmeal; breakfast is essential. Read our list to discover the 10 best restaurants to get breakfast and brunch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Roast Beef Panini | ©Steven Depolo/Flickr

Palacio Café

This welcoming Santa Fe cafe has a romantic, sunny air about it that makes it a wonderful place to start your morning. This breakfast spot does many things right, two of those being sandwiches and Mexican cuisine. Favorites include the huevos rancheros served with green chile, breakfast tacos, smothered breakfast burrito, club sandwich, chicken enchiladas, chef salad, vegetarian omelet, and the Palacio Café house breakfast plate. Be sure to try the locally famous ‘handheld breakfast burrito’. The portions are large so bring your appetite!

Address and Telephone: 209 E. Palace Ave. Sana Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 989 3505

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Chris’ Café

Chris’ Café is a classic American diner that serves regional favorites and traditional breakfast fare. Enjoy large breakfast plates and combo platters, made with pancakes, eggs, waffles, French toast, bacon, sausage, and ham. Try Northern New Mexican eats made with a south of the border flair, like breakfast burritos, carne adovada and eggs, breakfast quesadilla, huevos rancheros, and gluten-free red or green chile. This neighborhood cafe is very accommodating, and is happy to make your meal vegetarian-friendly or gluten-free.

Address and Telephone: 3568 Cerrillos Rd. Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 424 3566

Pastry Chef at The Chocolate Maven | ©Krissa Corbett Cavouras

The Chocolate Maven

The Chocolate Maven just so happens to be a bakery as well as a café, making it the perfect breakfast spot to start the day with a sweet treat. Enjoy freshly baked muffins, scones, danishes, filled croissants, artisan breads, and granola. They also make desserts, including cookies, cakes, pies, tarts, and brownies. The cafe prepares delicious breakfast meals made with organic free-range eggs, naturally raised meats, and locally sourced ingredients, such as the quiche, omelettes, huevos rancheros, green eggs and ham, and more. Ask the Chocolate Maven about catering and creating specialty cakes online.

Address and Telephone: 821 W. San Mateo Rd. Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 984 1980

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Saveur is a classic American breakfast and brunch buffet and has become a favorite amongst Santa Fe locals. Each of the options available is prepared fresh daily, including eggs, salmon, baked pastries, soups, and more. The fruit and green vegetables are crisp and refreshing, pairing perfectly as a side to any dish. Pay the weight of your plate, so you can eat as much as you want, while paying as much as you want. Saveur does many things right, but one of those things is definitely the soup. With a new soup special each day, the bistro has perfected numerous recipes, including watermelon bisque, French onion soup, meatball soup, Mongolian soup, and more.

Address and Telephone: 204 Montezuma Ave. Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 989 4200

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | ©Patent and the Pantry/Flickr

Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen

Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen is a ‘farm to fork’ establishment that uses fresh, natural ingredients to prepare their foods. This whole food joint offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, gluten-free pastries baked fresh daily, and even craft beer and SIP certified wines. Try the super food breakfast quinoa, buckwheat banana pancakes, lemon ricotta spelt pancakes, huevos rancheros made with organic eggs, and more. Menu items are available in vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The food is fresh, filling, and invigorating, as is the restaurant itself. The wooden tables, white walls, large open windows, and pops of green create a rustic, friendly farm atmosphere to enjoy your healthy and wholesome meal.

Address and Telephone: 1512 Pacheco St. Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 795 7383

Chicken Flautas at The Plaza Café | ©Steven Depolo/Flickr

The Plaza Café

The Plaza Café has been serving fantastic food to the people of Santa Fe for the past 110 years! This local, historic restaurant has served traditional American favorites, with a Southwestern and New American twist. Try the huevos rancheros, blue corn piñon pancakes, breakfast tacos, chile relleno omelet, chicken flautas, papas fritas, and more. The spacious restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so pull up a seat at the counter and feast on a delicious meal, while checking out some of the cool, black and white photos that showcase the diner’s history.

Address and Telephone: 54 Lincoln Ave. Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 982 1664

Oatmeal | ©Kristin Brenemen/Flickr

Weck’s Breakfast & Lunch

Weck’s Breakfast & Lunch is a retro diner that serves all of your favorite breakfast classics. Enjoy their ‘Full Belly Omelettes’, which are made with four eggs each and are served with hash browns, toast, or tortillas. There are also pancakes, waffles, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage. The menu includes various New Mexican dishes, such as breakfast burritos and ‘papas’, a large serving of hash browns with red or green chile, cheese, eggs, and tortillas. Ask the server about the kids’ menu in addition to gluten-free options available. There are multiple locations throughout the Santa Fe area, so you know that no matter where you go, there is a hearty and healthy breakfast just around the corner.

Address and Telephone: 2000 Cerrillos Rd. Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 471 9111

Caprese Salad | ©Alexis Lamster/Flickr

Love Your Self Café

If there’s any place that is going to make you feel special and happy, it’s the Love Your Self Café. The staff is extremely welcoming and friendly, and strives to ensure that you have a very pleasant experience, as well as enjoy your meal. Check out the menu for items such as the rosemary paleo loaf, gluten-free pizza, caprese salad, ‘love water,’ smoothies and power juices with health shots, and the build-your-own salads. Many of the meal choices are available vegetarian and gluten-free, and almost all of the ingredients used are organic. The pastries are also delicious, and are made with unusual herbs and flowers not often found in baking.

Address and Telephone: 199 Paseo de Peralta Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 983 5683

Blue Corn Pancake Breakfast | ©Dan4th Nicholas/Flickr

Santa Fe Baking Co & Café

Everyone has been out for dinner and a show. But, what about breakfast and a show” Well this is exactly what you get at the Santa Fe Baking Co & Café. Every Saturday morning, a local performer plays the acoustic guitar and sings, creating a warm and lively atmosphere to enjoy your coffee and scone. If you can’t make it on Saturday, never fear; KSFR, the local Santa Fe Public Radio, is broadcast live every day of the week, right from the café. Listen to the morning show interview locals while filling up on a breakfast burrito, delicious waffles, a stack of pancakes, and endless egg dishes. Just like the radio show, Santa Fe Baking Co & Café is a staple of the community and is known to bring people together. It’s also the perfect place to grab a hot, fresh, and scrumptious pastry for when you’re on the go!

Price: Mid-Range

Opening Hours: 6:00am-6:00pm Sunday-Wednesday, 6:00am-8:00pm Thursday-Saturday

Address and Telephone: 504 W. Cordova Rd. Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 988 4292

Watch out for: steak rancheros plate

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The Teahouse

The Teahouse is an inexpensive way to feel like you’re traveling the world. Sip on teas from countries such as India, Japan, Sri Lanka, and even ones made right in Santa Fe. The menu features chai tea, matcha tea, wellness tea, green tea, black tea, and so much more. Order your drink hot or iced, and prepared in a number of ways, including with sugar, flavorings, milk, and various blends. In addition to tea, the Teahouse serves coffee drinks. All the drinks on the menu pair perfectly with one of the many food items available, such as fruit and oatmeal, granola, freshly baked pastries, breakfast paninis, eggs benedicts, soups, salads, entrees, and more. The Teahouse is open late into the night, so if you can’t make it for breakfast, pop in for lunch or dinner.

Address and Telephone: 821 Canyon Rd. Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 992 0972

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