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Santa Fe restaurants: secluded outdoor patios and courtyards

This is part of a series on outside options for Santa Fe dining. Here are some great places for sidewalk dining.

When the weather warms up in Santa Fe, both locals and visitors love to dine outside. Patios and courtyards become prime dining real estate. Here are five off-street patios and courtyards that we love.

Santa Fe dining: Harry's Roadhouse photo Steve Collins

Outdoor dining in the back garden at Harry's Roadhouse, photo/Steve Collins

Harry’s Roadhouse, about a ten minute drive from downtown, is a local legend. No matter what time of day you get there, it’s likely to be bustling and there’s often a wait. This rambling eclectic spot has four dining areas, each with a distinct ambiance. In warm weather the back yard is the place to be. Tables are set amidst lush plantings, trees and water features. If you want to score one of these premium tables, come early or be prepared to wait.

Santa Fe dining: La Casa Sena photo/ourtesy La Casa Sena

The courtyard at La Casa Sena, photo/ourtesy La Casa Sena

La Casa Sena has what may be the best courtyard dining spot in town. Don Juan Sena bought a small building on East Palace Avenue in1796. By the 1830s he’d built a family compound (44 rooms), which surround this beautiful courtyard with its stately trees, lush plantings and bubbling fountain. Enjoy lunch, brunch or dinner daily in this tranquil oasis. The patio bar is the perfect place to unwind at the end of your day, or anytime.

Santa Fe dining: Lumanaria photo/courtesy Inn and Spa at Loretto

The romantic patio at Luminaria' photo/courtesy Inn and Spa at Loretto

The patio at Luminaria, the restaurant at the Inn and Spa at Loretto makes you feel as though you are dining on a Caribbean Island. It’s the perfect place for a romantic dinner au deux or to dine with six or eight of your closest friends. Enjoy a tropical drink or a Margarita and relax while you savor the perfect ambiance. On cooler evenings they light a fire in their outdoor fireplace. Breakfast and lunch are also served on the patio. It’s the perfect spot no matter which meal you choose to eat there.

Santa Fe dining The PATio at La Posada photo/courtesy La Posada de Santa Fe

The PATIO at La Posada de Santa Fe,photo/ courtesy, La Posada de Santa Fe

The Patio at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa located in the middle of the hotel’s six acre compound, amid the sculpture gardens adjacent to the swimming pool, it’s the perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of Santa Fe. The menu, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, is casual with a southwestern/New Mexican flair. If you want a more up-scale dining experience at the hotel, opt for Fuego.

Santa Fe dining: Santacafe  photo/courtesy Santacafe

Courtyard dining at Santacafe, photo/courtesy Santacafe

The courtyard at Santacafe  is another place offering secluded al fresco dining. The restaurant, located in the Padre Gallegos House built between 1857 and 1862, is famous for the glassed-over well in the bar. According to Bobby Morean, one of the restaurant’s owners, Gallegos had so many enemies he didn’t trust the outside well to provide safe, potable water. Santacafe’s tented courtyard and covered portal offer a shady respite at lunch and protection from the summer monsoons at dinner.

Check with restaurants for days and hours of service. Santa Fe is a tourist town and can get busy, especially in summer. Reservations are highly recommended, especially on weekends. Most places will note a patio preference, but will not guarantee an outside table. Be prepared to wait or opt for the first seating to get that special table under the sky.

What Santa Fe restaurants do you love to dine out in? Let us know; leave a comment below or contact us.

There are a lot more patios in town. We’ll be writing about them and other Santa Fe dining options in the future. If you don’t want to miss these posts, subscribe to Santa Fe Travelers; all our posts will be delivered right to your inbox.

As  former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of restaurants mentioned here. This generous hospitality has not influenced this post in any way.



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