Santa Fe dining: casual patio dining part two

This is the last of a three part series on outdoor dining in restaurants in Santa Fe. Read part one and part two.

The Patio, at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa is the perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of Santa Fe. It’s in the enclosed compound that makes this hotel special. It’s behind the hotel’s dining room, adjacent to the swimming pool area. The menu is casual with a southwestern/New Mexican flair. They serve breakfast lunch and dinner. If you want a more up-scale dining experience at the hotel, opt for Fuego. They have full alcohol service.

The Patio at La Posada Resort & Spa Santa Fe, NM, photo courtesy/La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa

Rooftop Pizzeria, as the name implies, offers rooftop dining overlooking quaint Water Street (the building entrance is on San Francisco Street directly across from the historic Santa Fe Plaza). If you’re a fan of thin crusted, unusual pizzas, you’ll love this trendy spot. Not in the mood for a pie? They also offer a selection of salads and pastas. If you lean over the rail at the roof’s edge at the right moment, a great sunset awaits. Serving wine and beer.

The front patio at Santa Fe Bar and Grill, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Bar and Grill

Santa Fe Bar and Grill, at the DeVargas Mall on Paseo de Peralta offers a southwest influenced pub menu at reasonable prices. The patio, at the front of the restaurant, is a great place for warm weather dining, snacking or drinking. It is also a great place to bring the kids. They only accept reservations for parties of six or more. Both have a full alcohol service.

Second Street Brewery has two locations, both with patios. The original, as the name implies, is on the 2nd Street and their second location, opened in 2010, is in the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Building in the Railyard District. They make their own brew and the menu offering burgers reasonably priced soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees reflects their casual pub philosophy. Both locations have live music. Serving wine and beer.

The Shed, Santa Fe NM photo/courtesy The Shed

The Shed on E. Palace Avenue is secluded from the street photo/courtesy The Shed

The Shed, a Santa Fe landmark, serving Northern New Mexican cuisine since 1953, is a destination restaurant. It’s on the must-dine list of people visiting Santa Fe. It’s been written about in magazines, newspapers and guidebooks. Located at the west end of the historic Sena Plaza building, you have to spot their colorful, small sign under the building’s portal to find them. This popular spot is almost always busy. Be prepared to wait at lunch (reservations not accepted), sit in the bar or browse the many shops nearby. Luckily they take dinner reservations. Reserve early; in high season they fill up quickly. If you can’t get a reservation, try their sister restaurant, La Choza. The main difference besides ambiance is that La Choza serves traditional sopapillas with meals. The Shed offers garlic bread, a quirky tradition for a New Mexican-style restaurant. The Shed’s treed and umbrella-shaded patio is in an enclosed courtyard at the front of restaurant. If you want a table out here, be prepared to wait, they are in high demand. They have full alcohol service.

Tune Up Cafe Santa Fe all lit up at night, photo courtesy/Tune Up Cafe

Tune-up Café hit the Santa Fe dining scene running a few years ago and is going strong. Within months of opening it was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The café is owned by husband and wife team, Jesus and Charlotte Rivera. Jesus cooked at the famous and fabulous Café Pasqual’s, a Santa Fe Legend, and learned his craft well. A native of El Salvador, he brings the foods of his homeland to his eclectic menu. Charlotte does the baking. The patio, a few steps from Hickox Street is almost always packed. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They only take reservations for parties of six or more. Wine and beer are served.

What’s your favorite place to dine outside in Santa Fe?  It might even be a picnic in the park. We’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment or contact us.

Authors’ note: As former hotel concierges and owners of a travel-related business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of restaurants mentioned in this post. This generous hospitality has not influenced this post in any way.

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3 Responses to “Santa Fe dining: casual patio dining part two”

  1. TravelDesigned
    June 17, 2019 at 4:44 am #

    How nice! I love dining al fresco, now we know were to go in Santa Fe.

  2. Charles Higgins
    June 18, 2019 at 1:35 pm #

    What a useful, inspiring list of eateries in Santa Fe…

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