The Best Mexican Restaurants In Santa Fe, New Mexico

Photo of Shyla Watson
9 February 2017

Looking at a map, you’ll notice that New Mexico’s southern border touches the country of Mexico. This means that the lucky folks of New Mexico have been influenced by Mexican culture, especially in their cuisine. Read our list to discover some of the best Mexican restaurants in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Shed | ©Erin and Lance Adventures/Flickr

The Shed

The Shed is a family-owned and operated business that has been open since 1953. This Santa Fe staple serves authentic and tasty Mexican cuisine at an affordable price. The restaurant also features a beautiful outdoor seating area. Be sure to try their world-renowned red chilli enchiladas. You can even purchase red chilli products such as chilli pods and ground red chilli.

Café Pasqual’s | ©Bill Rand/Flickr

Café Pasqual’s

The things that make Café Pasqual’s stand out are the ingredients and the way the food is thoughtfully prepared. Although some of the meals are made with meat, almost all of the dishes can be served as vegetarian, vegan, and even gluten free. All of their ingredients come from certified organic farmers and it just makes the food taste rich and fresh. The restaurant features a gallery as well, which adds a little flair. Marvel at the work of many locally famous artists who create unique and beautiful pieces. It will simply add to your experience at Pasqual’s, and make you want to come back for more.

Café Pasqual’s, 121 Don Gaspar Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 983 9340

Salted Margarita | ©Michael Napoleon/Flickr

Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen

When it comes to Mexican food, it doesn’t get much better than Maria’s. Come for dinner and enjoy dishes such as blue corn enchiladas and green chilli stew, which are local favorites. The food at Maria’s is amazing, but it’s the margaritas that are out of this world. With a margarita menu longer than their lunch and dinner menus combined, you’re guaranteed to get a drink that will knock your socks off. Try the jalapeño margarita for something a little spicy or the ‘holy mole’ margarita for something a little bit sweet.

Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen, 555 West Cordova Rd. Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 983 7929

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Pantry Café

Mexican food isn’t only about tacos for lunch and enchiladas for dinner, authentic Mexican breakfast can be a stand out meal. Open since 1948, Pantry has served delicious food to multiple generations. Try dishes such as the chile omelet or huevos rancheros. If you’re feeling more traditional American, they have that too. Eat everything from pancakes to burgers. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to love it and come back for more.

Pantry Restaurant, 1820 Cerillos Rd. Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 986 0022

Vegetarian Pupupas at The Tune-Up Café | ©thisisaurora/Flickr

Tune-Up Café

Visiting this cozy restaurant is like stepping into your grandmother’s kitchen. Featured in the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, this small café has been getting big attention, and rightfully so. Dishes like the banana leaf wrapped tamales and mole sauce with walnuts and raisins are just a few of the creative dishes at the Tune-Up. Come for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch and leave with full stomachs and wide smiles.

Tune-Up Café, 1115 Hickox St. Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 983 7060

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