Our favorite Taos restaurants

Our Favorite Taos restaurants was first published in 2011 as Dining in Taos . We’ve been to some of these restaurants since. Most of these  restaurants have been around for years and are consistently good. We recommend checking current reviews for more up-t0-date info on dining in Taos

In case you haven’t figured it out from reading our blog, we love food. We’ve had some great experiences dining in Taos, about sixty miles north of Santa Fe. Taos is a great town to spend a day, a weekend or for some, their lives. We love spending a night or two in this picturesque Northern New Mexican town. Here are some of our favorite Taos restaurants.

Our Favorite Taos Restaurants

Byzantium

Byzantium, Taos, NM, photo/Steve Collins

Byzantium, an intimate café on charming Ledoux Street, is the bailiwick of Chef/owner Skot Kirshbaum. He creates simple inventive dishes made with fresh ingredients and the prices are reasonable. It’s a funky, welcoming place attracting an eclectic crowd. Rumor has it that Julia Roberts and Deepak Chopra have been seen here. We loved the Roasted Red pepper Crostini and the Pineapple Chipotle Ribs. They are open Thursday through Monday serving dinner only. For reservations, call (575) 751-0805.
Favorites: Roasted Red Pepper Crostini and Pineapple Chipotle Ribs.

El Meze

Full moon over El Meze, Taos, NM, photo/William Davis

El Meze serves what Chef/owner Fred Muller calls “regionally inspired cuisine from Spain and Northern New Mexico”. Located on the west end of town, the north-facing views of Taos Mountain from their back patio are amazing. It’s the place to dine on a warm summer evening. The menu is small, but everything on it seems to be wonderful. Annette Kratka, Fred’s business and life-partner serves as General Manager and Dessert Chef. El Meze serves dinner Monday through Saturday.

Lambert’s

Taos dining round up: Lambert's patio photo/courtesy of Lamberts

Lambert’s patio photo/courtesy of Lamberts

Lambert’s, moved to Bent Street in 2013, was opened ion the south end of town n 1989 by Chef Zeke Lambert and his wife Tina, newly relocated from California. It was taken over by the Taos Restaurant Group in 2008 and is still going strong. While once just open for dinner. We first ate in Lambert’s at their original location in 1996 while visiting from our Colorado home. The town was in the middle of an electric outage, but Lambert’s provided a memorable dining experience despite the lack of electricity, I had their signature pepper-crusted lamb loin. It’s still a menu highlight. The new and expanded Lambert’s serves lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Taos dining

The Love Apple, photo Steve Collins

The Love Apple, is named for La Pomme D’Amour, the French term for tomato. It’s an apt name for a restaurant specializing in organic and local. Much of the food in this funky chic eatery in an historic adobe church on the outskirts of town is sourced from area farms and producers. They take this commitment to sustainable food seriously. A list of their purveyors is on a large green board in the front courtyard. The menu changes frequently to reflect what’s seasonally and even momentarily available. If you are a farm to table fan, this should be on your Taos dining list. They serve dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.

The Trading Post

Taos dining round up: The late Chef Rene Mettler of The Trading Post, will be remembered photo Steve Collins

The late Chef Rene Mettler of The Trading Post, will be remembered photo/Steve Collins

Editor’s note: Chef René Mettier passed away in January 2016. The restaurant is still open.

Trading Post Café is in Rancho de Taos. This charming old town, south of Taos, is known for its historic church, San Francisco de Asis. Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams both memorialized it in their work. Don’t judge this restaurant by its front porch; it looks like a funky saloon. Once in the door, you are in another world. The welcoming dining room, with local art on the walls, faces the open kitchen where Chef/owner René Mettier and his wife, Kimberly Armstrong turn out incredible food. The menu is influenced by Northern Italy, but there’s more going on in the kitchen. Pay close attention to the specials, they can be inspired. Lunch and dinner served Tuesday through Saturday. To find out what the daily specials are call (575) 758-5089.

The Love Apple

Taos dining round up: The Love Apple photo Steve Collins

The Love Apple, photo Steve Collins

The Love Apple, is named for La Pomme D’Amour, the French term for tomato. It’s an apt name for a restaurant specializing in organic and local. Much of the food in this funky chic eatery in an historic adobe church on the outskirts of town is sourced from area farms and producers. They take this commitment to sustainable food seriously. A list of their purveyors is on a large green board in the front courtyard. The menu changes frequently to reflect what’s seasonally and even momentarily available. If you are a farm to table fan, this should be on your Taos dining list. They serve dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.

We really enjoyed dining at our favorite Taos restaurants over the years. We hope to get back there soon and explore the dining scene  a bit more.

Want to know how to get to Taos from Santa Fe? Read Take the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos.

Authors’ note: Taos Tourism and some of the restaurants in dining in Taos have hosted us for meals. We don’t like to pan restaurants without having at least two or three meals there so if we didn’t enjoy a meal, we dodn’t write about the experience.

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7 Responses to “Our favorite Taos restaurants”

  1. Ted Nelson
    May 2, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    What a lovely photo of El Meze. I would love to check that place out and have dinner there with a beautiful full moon over head. Looks very charming and romantic.

    • deb
      May 2, 2011 at 10:49 am #

      My two favorites are Orlando’s (written up in Bon Apetit) years ago for wonderful inexpensive New Mexican food and wonderful umbrellas to sit under in the summer on their patio and Gutiz (Latin/French fusion) (Lhttp://gutiztaos.com/menu.htm). Both who have always been accommodating to my vegan diet! Wonderful food and service.

      • Billie Frank
        May 2, 2011 at 11:32 am #

        Thanks for sharing this Deb. Haven’t been to Orlando’s. Used to eat lunch in Gutiz all the time- it was our go-to place in Taos. Good food at reasonable prices. Heard they changed owners last year, wondering how it is now.

        • Jan
          March 22, 2015 at 6:41 am #

          Gutiz is better under new owners and in the winter of 2015 opened for dinner as well as breakfast and lunch.

          • Billie Frank
            May 28, 2015 at 11:48 am #

            Great to know. We’ll have to try it next time we go up.

    • Billie Frank
      May 2, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      That is a great photo- wish we could claim credit for it- we get credit for being smart enough to choose that one-lol. The back patio has the view of the mountains and is the place to sit in the summer.

  2. Billie Frank
    May 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    We love their chile rellenos, one of the reasons we included them in the post. Thanks for sharing your experience there.

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