Dine out during Santa Fe Restaurant Week

Chef Charles Dale of Terra at the Encantado Resort is taking part in Santa Fe Restaurant Week, Photo Courtesy Encantado Resort

Here’s a great scenario for a foodie. You’re visiting Santa Fe and you can dine at one of the best restaurants in town for $30 to $40 per person for a three-course meal. Would you pinch yourself to see if you’re dreaming? Visit The City Different for Santa Fe Restaurant WeekMarch 6th through March 13th, and this can be your reality.

Last year’s Santa Fe Restaurant Week was so successful, it’s time to do it again. The second annual New Mexico Restaurant Week runs from February 20th to March 20th. Yes, we know that’s a month; under this collective umbrella, four cities entice dinners with bargains for a week each. The event kicks off in Las Cruces; next comes Taos. Santa Fe Restaurant Week is March 6th to 13th and batting clean-up: Albuquerque. You can enjoy Restaurant Week all over the state.

Dinner at some of the more expensive venues is $40.00 per person; on the other end, some are charging $25.00 for two. In addition to the special menus, each eatery has their regular menu available. Beverages, taxes and gratuities are not included in the dinner price. This year forty-three Santa Fe restaurants are signed up, more are signing up all the time. These reasonable prices should give a boost to the local dining scene in a traditionally slow season.

La Casa Sena, another venue in this year's Santa Fe Restaurant Week, photo by Steve Collins

The forces behind this dream dining week are Michele Ostrove and Lucien Bonnafoux of Santa Fe’s Wing’s Media. When the duo moved here from San Diego, they were surprised Santa Fe did not already have a Restaurant Week. Over 200 restaurants currently participate in San Diego’s. Their California restaurateur friends said their business tripled during the event. The Restaurant Week concept, started in New York City as a lunch event in 1992, has expanded to dinner. There is a version of the week in many major dining markets in the US.

In addition to dining, some hotels are offering special rates, and packages, to entice out-of-towners to visit Santa Fe for Restaurant Week. Local folks can take advantage of these specials to enjoy a mini-getaway or to know they can  drink wine or a Margarita with dinner and not worry about driving home afterward.

There are also culinary events throughout the week, including: chef demos, wine and beer tastings. Enter the Restaurant Week Sweepstakes to win Santa Fe lodging, meals and more.

Make your dinner and event reservations early. Popular restaurants and events can fill up quickly. Take advantage of these great deals; try more than one restaurant and more than one town. If you miss a dining opportunity, remember, same time next year.

Authors’ note: As a former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of business or services mentioned in posts on this site. We have also been guests at events promoted by Wings Media. While these experiences have not influenced us in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.

 

As a former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of business or services mentioned in posts on this site. While these experiences have not influenced us in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.

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5 Responses to “Dine out during Santa Fe Restaurant Week”

  1. TravelDesigned
    January 30, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    This is great for foodies… a tour of BEST restaurants of Santa Fe for a fraction of the normal cost!

  2. Ted Nelson
    January 30, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    This is the slow time for restaurants, so they are wise to offer deals to get cash strapped people in Santa Fe and elsewhere trying to recover from the holidays to come out and dine.

  3. Charles Higgins
    January 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Great list of Santa Fe dining deals and info..

    Cheers..

  4. Leslie (of Downtown Traveler)
    January 30, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Sounds like a great deal! You have such wonderful restaurants in Santa Fe.

    • Steve Collins
      February 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

      Hi Leslie, You’re right we’re fortunate to have a good variety of excellent restaurants. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to sample some of them. Steve

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