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Restaurant Tours

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.

Restaurant Walk I

Matt Yohalem
Gruet Santa Fe Tasting Room In 1983, the Gruet Family
was traveling through the southwestern part of the US, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards in Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequences, 170 miles south of the city of Albuquerque. After hearing of vineyards planted there as early as the 1600s, and learning about the specific climate and soil conditions of the region, the Gruet Family knew they had found what they were looking for. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet – whose Champagne house (Gruet et Fils) has produced fine Champagnes in Bethon, France since 1952 – made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard in Engle, NM. The plantings were exclusively Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Two of his four children, Laurent and Nathalie Gruet then relocated to New Mexico to begin their American winemaking adventure.

Julia Welcome To Santa Fe’s best new restaurant and an homage to one of its oldest tales. Enjoy a flurry of Southwestern flavors with an enticing, exciting, and unexpected collection of courses. Julia is defined by its focus on locally sourced ingredients and polished takes on signature dishes

Anasazi Restaurant Traditional Southwestern cuisine serves as the foundation for the menu of this beautiful restaurant located in the Inn of the Anasazi. Inspired by Santa Fe’s rich culture and culinary history, fusing old world techniques with modern innovative recipes and thoughtful menu creation. Executive Chef, Peter O’Brien’s menus embrace the Inn’s Southwestern and Native heritage. Consistently changing and adapting to reflect the freshest, most seasonal ingredients. Located at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi.

IL Piatto During the growing seasons Il Piatto chef/proprietor, Matt Yohalem has the local farmers bring their trucks to the front of Il Piatto early in the morning to provide him with the best selection of the freshest local ingredients available in Santa Fe. Using these ingredients Chef Yoholem will entertain you with the preparation of one of his uniquely delicious regional Italian cuisine. Matt puts on a great show!

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 reservation so we can let the restaurants know in a timely manner.

Restaurant Walk II

Restaurant Martin is the restaurant that Chef Martín Rios and his wife Jennifer envisioned: A comfortable, refined and pleasing atmosphere where local people and Santa Fe visitors can enjoy Chef Rios' award-winning progressive American cuisine. He has a long-standing reputation for his innovative combination of flavors, colors and presentation. Using fresh, local produce and organic meats and poultry, Chef Rios creates cuisine that reflects Southwestern and Asian styles influenced by his classical training in French technique. He has multiple nominations for the Best Chef in the Southwest by the James Beard Foundation.

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.
Located in the Hotel St. Francis, is not to be missed.

Joseph's Culinary Pub Chef Joseph Wrede is a Food & Wine Best New Chef, the winner of several AAA Four Diamond Awards, several DiRoNA Awards and has received both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast distinctions. Joseph’s Culinary Pub is a creation of Chef Wrede and his creative business partners. joseph's is the third incarnation of Wrede’s original Joseph’s Table, conceived in Taos, New Mexico, not quite 20 years ago, for which he is well known and loved within the region and beyond. Joseph’s Culinary Pub is designed to be a platform for Chef Wrede’s unique and uncompromising vision on traditional and contemporary cuisine, both regional and international.

Sassella will be helmed by executive chef Cristian Pontiggia, who comes from Sassella in the Lombardy region of northwestern Italy. He headed kitchens in Bellagio, Italy, and the Four Seasons Hotel in London, and Tuesday wrapped two years at El Nido in Tesuque. Pontiggia did prior local stints at 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.
The restaurant will open mid June, 2019.

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.

Restaurant Walk III

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!

Dinner for Two is a family-owned restaurant with an intimate fine dining atmosphere. Owner Andy Barnes uses only grass fed organic beef, the freshest fresh, local products and seasonal foods to create their lively menu all paired with an award winning wine list! We love Dinner for Two !

La Plazuela at the La Fonda Fresh and flavorful, La Plazuela takes an innovative approach to New Mexican cuisine, cooking up traditional recipes with an enticing new twist. Nestled in the heart of La Fonda on the Plaza, is the most intimate among restaurants in Santa Fe. La Plazuela will take you on a food adventure that offers an intimate dining experience, presenting guests with tantalizing New World twists on Southwestern cuisine.

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. At Sazon 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.

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.