- Cafe Pasqual’s— For more than 40 years, Cafe Pasqual's has been a local favorite. Breakfasts are sublime, but so are lunch and dinner. Their commitment to scratch cooking and organic ingredients make it worth the wait. Be prepared to wait and stroll through the upstairs art gallery.
- Coyote Cafe & Rooftop Cantina— This is the restaurant that put Santa Fe and southwestern food on the map. Stephen Pyles was the head chef who rose to fame and while he's long gone, this place has not lost its luster. Feeling like something a bit more casual, head upstairs to the Cantina.
- Del Charro— Another iconic downtown venue, this Western-themed watering hole serves up great drinks and grub. They grind their own grass-fed beef every day for burgers which keeps the locals coming back for more.Special mentions from the group: Open Late, Frito Pie, Chicken Wings
- Dumpling Tea— Dumplings, tea, and dim sum, everything is made from scratch.
- Five and Dime— This revered institution on the Plaza is where the hardcore Frito pie lovers turn to when they need a fix. The cafe is all the way in the back of the store. For the authentic Frito pie from the Five and Dime experience, you are encouraged to eat the Frito pie while seated on a bench in the Plaza.
- Gruet Winery Santa Fe Tasting Room— Champagne, anyone? Located on the side of the St. Francis Hotel, this tasting room promises plenty of bubbles and fun.
- La Plazuela at La Fonda— Established in the 1920s, this garden setting is hard to beat. Choose from breakfast, lunch, or dinner in this historic hotel on the Plaza that proudly boasts a 400-year legacy.
- Low ’n Slow— Located in Hotel Chimayo, just off the Plaza, this pizza consistently receives rave reviews from Santa Fe Foodies.
- Market Steer Steakhouse— Carnivores Rejoice! Prime steaks & chops, plus seafood entrees, presented in a rustic-chic venue with a courtyard.