Santa Fe is a foodie lover’s haven whether grabbing a quick bite, luxuriant multi-course dinner or lunch anytime of day. Ask any Santa Fean, and they’ll tell you these are their reliable go-tos for lunch. Dine where the locals dine and experience true Santa Fe!
Everything is made from scratch at this restaurant in Plaza Galeria right on the Plaza. Fast, casual middle eastern cuisine all served in out-of-the-ordinary combinations of flavors and ingredients. 66 E San Francisco St. Open 11am-4pm M-S.
A few blocks down Paseo de Peralta from the Railyard District, across busy St. Francis Boulevard, the street changes names, to Hickox Street, and the ambience goes bohemian—there’s a liquor store, a Tibetan Buddhist Center, a few artist spaces, and a neighborhood of funky bungalows. The Tune-Up is ground zero for youngish locals, although the friendly staff welcomes everyone as if they were friends. Christmas lights outside, a lively outdoor patio, and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner, make this a hangout where you can dine extremely well. The chef is from El Salvador, so don’t pass-up anything on the menu with a Central American flavor. Wine and beer as well as hard cider are served. Desserts are made on the premises. 1115 Hickox Street. Open 7am-10pm seven days a week.
A short walk from the galleries of the Railyard District, this salad restaurant is popular with locals who, believe-it-or-not, do not live on green chile alone. With their own organic farm out near Abiquiu, you are bound to have the freshest-tasting meal you’ve had in a while. The Omega, Eat Your Peas and Arugula Duck salads are delicious. So are Erin’s Mac-n-Cheese and the Reuben sandwich. Vinaigrette has opened up new branches in Albuquerque and Austin. 709 Don Cubero Alley. Open Mon-Sat, 11 am to 9 pm.
Not just for museum-goers. Neighbors and those looking for a relaxed setting know that this restaurant is not only convenient, but offers indoor-outdoor seating, and a menu that covers all the bases. Museum Hill, with its off-the-beaten path, hillside location, makes for a great excursion during the height of the summer, when the Plaza can begin to feel a little too popular. It always seems quiet there. And there are four world-class museums waiting for your visit. Located on Museum Hill, 710 Camino Lejo. Open 11am – 3pm, six days a week. Closed Mondays.
Clafoutis French Bakery
This French bakery and creperie is a staple in Santa Fe. It is packed in the morning with people enjoying fresh-out-of-the-oven pastries and café au lait in bowls. But lunch brings with it the opportunity to sample dishes like Croques Monsieur, Salade Nicoise, or a slice of salmon quiche. Run by a French couple, you are greeting with a cheerful “Bon Jour,” and before leaving, walking up to the cash register gives you a moment of pastry porn, peering inside the well-stocked bakery case. It is nearly impossible to leave without wrapping up something sweet to go. 333 West Cordova Road. Open 7am – 4pm, Monday – Saturday.