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The ORIGINAL Food Tour of Santa Fe! We have been offering these high end tours for over 16 years and offer you the opportunity to actually meet the chef or key players at each property.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, the nation’s oldest capital city, is also the dining capital of the Southwest! With hundreds of places to score a great meal while you’re here, choosing can be hard. After eleven years of hosting Santa Fe’s premier food tours, we know how to take the heat off dining decisions. All you need to do is lace up your shoes, arrive hungry, get your vacation vibe on, and let our Fodor’s Travel Recommended Restaurant Walking Tours help you zero in on where to dine.

We start at our internationally recognized Santa Fe School of Cooking for a festive meet-and-greet with our chef/guide and fellow adventurers over samples from our repertoire, honed since 1989 via the talent of many renowned chefs. Then we’re off into downtown Santa Fe, a deliciously walkable city, to visit four individual dining partners whose inspiration and dedication we respect and support.

Each of our three tours has four stops, and each includes a private tasting and audience with the chefs, sommeliers, owners and key players who make our historic city one of America's Top Culinary Capitals! The ambiance is unique, the cuisine is a mix of regional traditions and instant-classic innovations, and each tour has been curated to provide variety.


We can accommodate all dietary restrictions when we are onsite at the cooking school, however, please keep in mind that it’s the privilege of our chef partners to design what ingredients are included in the signature dishes they showcase. Some selections served may be unable to accommodate specific individual dietary restrictions. Please call us in advance to determine whether you will be able to freely enjoy the food that will be served.

We look forward to introducing you to some of Santa Fe's top chefs as we share the heart, soul and flavors of our diverse culinary scene.

The tours run for 3 hours and are limited to 16 people.

TerraCotta Wine Bistro is a smart casual food and wine restaurant located in the historic district of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a charming 19th century adobe building near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Downtown Plaza. This unique Santa Fe restaurant features globally-inspired food, wine and beer, utilizing local and regional foods made from high quality, seasonal ingredients. A fun, inviting and informal ambiance offering moderately priced dishes and a great Sunday Brunch!

Market Steer Steakhouse Owner and General Manager of Market Steer Steakhouse, Kristina Goode, runs her restaurants on respect – respect for her guest, her employees, and the food – paired with a fine splash of fun. She aims to bring that same approach to Market Steer Steakhouse, which was voted the #1 Best New Restaurant by the SF Reporters Best of Santa Fe in 2019. Chef Kathleen Crook received national recognition as one of the Best Chef’s in America, when living in Aspen and opening Steakhouse 316 and was featured on Season 2 of Cooking Channel’s “Chuck’s Eat the Street.” She is currently a finalist in the SF Reporters 2021 Best Chef of Santa Fe. Located in the Hotel St. Francis, it is not to be missed!

Gruet Tasting Room is where we will dive into discovering some of New Mexico’s finest wine.Founded in 1984, Gruet Winery specializes in Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines. Family owned and run, the New Mexico-based winery produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-based sparkling wines and a small collection of still wines, with roots originating from Gilbert Gruet’s Champagne house in Bethon, France. More than 25 vintages later, Gruet Winery has achieved unprecedented acclaim and remains a favorite of the nation’s top sommeliers. New Mexico is where it all started for Gruet’s American venture. Bone-dry sandy soils, very high elevations, a dramatic day-to-night temperature swing for great acidity and a history of monastic winemaking dating back more than 400 years make this a special region.

Sassella The name “Sassella” comes from a hamlet of 60 residents known for its vineyards near where Chef Cristian Pontiggia grew up. In addition to working at two Michelin Star restaurants in Europe, Lombardy native Chef Cristian Pontiggia has received several awards from La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society. The Italian government recognizes him as a Master Chef, and he holds a culinary degree that certifies him as a Doctor of Enogastronomy. He headed kitchens in Bellagio, Italy, and the Four Seasons Hotel in London. Pontiggia did prior local stints at El Nido, Osteria D’Assisi and Steak Out in Taos.

“I love every region of Italy, and I’ve included on Sassella’s menu several dishes only found in small towns throughout the country,” Pontiggia said. In addition to trying a delectable taste of Cristians’ food at the restaurant, he will also be taking you into his new deli featuring authentic ingredients and gifts from Italy! Don't miss a memorable meal at Sasella!


Because our wonderful Santa Fe Chefs LOVE to feed you, please reconsider dinner reservations following one of our Restaurant Walking Tours! Tours run Friday afternoon, 2PM to 5PM and begin at The Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 N. Guadalupe St.

Important: Please Read!

Due to the popularity of our tours, we strictly adhere to our 48-hour cancellation policy. Please be aware you will be walking approximately 1-1/2 miles at an elevation of 7000 ft. Please advise us of any food allergies at the time of your registration so we can let the restaurants know in a timely manner.

Pranzo is one of Santa Fe’s long standing restaurants that has become a locals favorite place to enjoy great Italian food mixed with a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Pranzo closed for a time while looking for a new home and has just re-opened across the street from The Santa Fe School of Cooking. Pranzo is still owned and operated by Chef Steven Lemon. Santa Feans have been anticipating the return of one of their favorite restaurants for too long. The wait is over, come see what all the buzz is about!

La Casa Sena Tucked away in a historic building with an enchanting garden courtyard, La Casa Sena feels like a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Santa Fe Plaza. Featuring Mediterranean cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and a spectacular patio we hope to provide a magical experience to locals and visitors alike. By sourcing regional ingredients and creating beautiful dishes, Chef José Rodriguez has a deep appreciation for cultivating a local clientele. “I just want to bring the locals to the table, and give them what they want. I want them to enjoy themselves and have a great experience.”

Horno Chef David Sellers will make his return from a 10-year absence to the Santa Fe dining scene at Horno Restaurant which is slated to open June 2021. David is one of Santa Fe’s favorite chefs and there is a lot of buzz about his return to the restaurant scene of Santa Fe. Sellers was sous-chef at Santacafé for 10 years before opening Amavi in 2007. He spent the past decade spent away from Santa Fe kitchens, first in Connecticut and since 2014 at the Street Food Institute in Albuquerque. Horno will be steeped with street food influences, with a mix of Italian, Mediterranean and touches of Southeast Asia. He describes it as casual dining but with great food and great wine!

Sazon Originally from Mexico City, Chef Fernando Olea has been enthralling diners in Santa Fe since 1991 with his unique interpretation of contemporary and traditional Mexican dishes. Chef Olea creates sophisticated flavors using Old Mexico’s indigenous and culinary traditions alongside ingredients from around the world. His menu is deliberately small, featuring fresh and locally sourced produce and meats when possible. Nothing evokes the mystery of Mexican cuisine more than mole, a regional dish from the heart of the country. Mole is a sauce of complex flavors that usually includes toasted and ground spices, seeds, nuts, chocolate and chile. Many mole recipes contain more than thirty ingredients and some recipes have five varieties of chile alone. Sazon provides a very interactive dining experience featuring these moles. Sazon has received many awards since it opened and is not to be missed when visiting Santa Fe!

Because our wonderful Santa Fe Chefs LOVE to feed you, please reconsider dinner reservations after one of our Restaurant Walking Tours! Tours run Friday afternoon, 2PM to 5PM and begin at The Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 N. Guadalupe St.

Important: Please Read!

Due to the popularity of our tours, we strictly adhere to our 48-hour cancellation policy. Please be aware you will be walking approximately 1-1/2 miles at an elevation of 7000 ft.

Restaurant Martin is the embodiment of a 20-year dream to create the perfect balance of refined and comfortable. Chef Martin Rios, and his wife, Jennifer, envisioned a certain ambiance where people from the community as well as Santa Fe’s many visitors could enjoy Chef Rios’ award-winning progressive American cuisine. This family-owned restaurant caters not only to tourists, but to a large and local clientele. Chef Rios, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico grew up in Santa Fe starting in the restaurant business as a 17-year-old dishwasher, eventually working his way up to Executive Chef at several restaurants and hotels. Chef Rios received his formal training at the Culinary Institute of America and supplemented that with experience and training in some of the world’s most honored restaurants and with well-known culinary masters.Martin has been nominated 10 times for James Beards Best Chef of the Year! USA Today recently featured Restaurant Martin as one of Santa Fe’s 10 Best Restaurants!

The name Zacatlan surged from the origins of chef/owner, Eduardo Rodriguez. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, which is defines as “the habitants of the land where grass grows”. Zacatlan is the nahuatl translation for “land with an abundance of grass”, and that is where the idea of Zacatlan Restaurant began. Zacatlan desires to continue to preserve the traditions for upcoming generations, while bringing forth new flavors. These new flavors incorporate Southwestern and Mexican influences.

Take a seat at La Plazuela restaurant in Santa Fe, a warm space built in the 1920's that sits below a dramatic, wrought-iron chandelier and lofty foliage, all encircled by hand-painted windows, evoking the style of the Southwest. Enticing specialties are enjoyed beneath expansive skylights that filter natural light and a soothing fountain that creates a romantic Santa Fe dining experience. Whether you dream of classic New Mexican cuisine or an imaginative take on a familiar dish, La Plazuela will satisfy your cravings with seasonal selections. You will also have the opportunity to learn the unique story of Fred Harvey and how he brought fine dining to the West, as La Fonda used to be a Harvey House.

Palace Prime specializes in Steak & Seafood in a space filled with a rich history. Over the course of almost 200 years, the Palace location has been home to one form of entertainment or another. Beginning in 1835, Maria Gertrudis “Tules” Barcelo – commonly known as Doña Tules – opened an opulently decorated casino and hotel spanning Burro Alley, between Palace Avenue and San Francisco Street. Tradesmen, miners, soldiers and travelers on the Old Santa Fe Trail frequented her luxurious establishment, gambling away their hard-earned gold, and enjoying the company of La Tules’ courtesans. At the onset of the Mexican-American War in 1846, La Tules was at the peak of her career as a madam and erstwhile dealer of Monte, a popular card game at the time, amassing a fortune substantial enough to offer loans to the American commanding officers to pay their troops (who eventually would lose the money back to her at the tables). She continued to rise in Santa Fe society as a person of status and wealth, eventually leaving a sizable fortune in cash and real estate holdings upon her death in 1852. Palace Prime still celebrates its rich history in this space that has has been gorgeously updated and renovated to accentuate the fine dining experience you will enjoy!


Because our wonderful Santa Fe Chefs LOVE to feed you, please reconsider dinner reservations after one of our Restaurant Walking Tours! Tours run Friday afternoon, 2PM to 5PM and begin at The Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 N. Guadalupe St.

Important: Please Read!

Due to the popularity of our tours, we strictly adhere to our 48-hour cancellation policy. Please be aware you will be walking approximately 1-1/2 miles at an elevation of 7000 ft. Please advise us of any food allergies at the time of your reservation so we can let the restaurants know in a timely manner.