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Comments Please on Long List of Sante Fe Restaurants

Elizabeth | Aug 9, 2001 12:11 PM

Hi - I'm looking for input re several Sante Fe restaurants for a friend.
It's a very special occasion (3 business partners plus spouses celebrating the
company's 5th anniversary and best year ever - obviously it's not a dot.com!).
They have already booked Rancho di Chimayo for one evening, but are looking
for a very special place for the "major" celebration. "Special" can be defined as
great food and atmosphere - a celebratory-type of restaurant.

I've searched through past postings here, looked at Epicurious, Fodors and
other sites, (plus have personal, although somewhat dated, experience at two of
the choices). From that I've developed the following long list of restaurants and
would appreciate comments/observations:

1. Tulips
2. Santacafe - I had a wonderful meal there about 9 years ago. In the absence
of any other research it would be my recommendation, but worry that my
experience might be out of date
3. Geronimo - same as above. Although when we ate there 9 years ago
(admittedly for lunch) I didn't find the food as adventuresome as Santacafe -
more along the lines of an interesting 'take' on SW cuisine. However looking at
Geronimo's menus it seems the cuisine has evolved - true?
4. La Casa Sena - it sounds interesting, although I read something about the
waiters breaking into Broadway songs?? Actually, maybe that qualifies as
"special"!
5. Ristra
6. Vista Clara Ranch
7. Restaurant at the Inn of the Anasazi

Notable by its absence is the Coyote Café. We ate there when we were there
and felt it was overrated - perhaps that's wrong? Also, I've tended to steer away
from strictly Italian or French restaurants (i.e. Pranzo) in favour of restaurants
that reflect Sante Fe or SW cuisine. Comments?

Any comments (or additions to the above list!) would be appreciated. Thanks!

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