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.
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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.