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avgjoke Sep 14, 2007 03:50 PM

I will be in Santa Fe in October celebrating my wifes birthday. I want a great restaurant and have heard from friends that Fuego is the way to go. Any feedback?

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    Heyteacher Oct 20, 2007 07:14 PM

    Our favorite restaurants in town are El Farol (very nice tapas restaurant) and Tomasita's (cheap casual mexican restaurant).

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      avgjoke Oct 15, 2007 10:19 AM

      I recently returned from Santa Fe and, as planned, ate in Fuego. The experience was phenomenal and I highly recommend it to anyone staying in Santa Fe. It was expensive ($1000.00 for 4 people including some great wine pairings) but you can definitley dine there cheaper if you choose.

      Patrick, the captain, is one of the most knowledgable servers I have ever experienced.

      Thanks for all the input from other chowhounds but I am happy i stayed with my original choice.

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      1. re: avgjoke
        IslayMan Oct 15, 2007 11:30 AM

        $250 per person? Alain Ducasse prices in Santa Fe? Must have been some great wine. Do you think their wine list was reasonable or overpriced?

        1. re: IslayMan
          avgjoke Oct 17, 2007 03:07 PM

          Well, its was my wifes birthdady so we did overindulge. We started with a Grande Dame 96. I think it was about $270. We had some half bottles and then a full Chambolle Musigny that was around $200 for the main course. We had paid for fice courses but theyu gave us two extra as well so although expensive, i really thought it was a great value.

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        ma_bell_deve Sep 21, 2007 10:10 AM

        Fuego for sure, we will be in Santa Fe the beginning of October and have plans to dine there that Friday evening. We have been there twice before and have never been dissapointed.

        1. bhoward Sep 14, 2007 06:12 PM

          Fuego definitely isn't bad but I believe the consensus on this board would be that the following are better:

          Geronimo, Aqua Santa, Compound and Inn of the Anasazi (now that Martin Rios is the chef) and, perhaps, Coyote Cafe, La Casa Sena and Santacafe.

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          1. re: bhoward
            berty Sep 19, 2007 12:07 PM

            As a Santa Fe resident and frequent diner, here is my opinion: Geronimo: Great food, Terrible Wine list. La Casa Sena: Great Wine Program, Terrible food. Coyote Cafe: On a downward spiral. Santa Cafe: Not what it once was, also sprialing downward.

            If you are going to spend that kind of money:

            Fuego: Avgjoke, Go for it, you wont regret it. Great Cheese program
            Trottoria Nostrani: Excellent wine list and food

            1. re: berty
              bhoward Sep 19, 2007 03:20 PM

              Geronimo--not a great wine list but not terrible, either;
              La Casa Sena--good food but not as good as some other places;
              Coyote Cafe--very good the last times I was there and other reports I have received confirm that;
              Trattoria Nostrani--...and a bizarre "no fragrance" policy!

              1. re: bhoward
                berty Sep 19, 2007 03:57 PM


                Geronimos Wine list is limited and overpriced.
                For instance based on the list on line at:
                Domaine Serene Evanstad
                Wholesale:$40.00, Geronimo $145
                Stags Leap Artemis
                Wholesale:$36.00 Geronimo $130

                This is almost a 4x markup, while most restaurants will mark up only 2.5x

                Although Nostrani has a "bizarre" policy, they have great food and a wonderful wine list.

                What is your experience at Fuego?

                1. re: berty
                  bhoward Sep 19, 2007 04:44 PM

                  I didn't say the Geronimo wine list wasn't limited or overpriced; I said it wasn't "terrible" and it isn't.

                  I didn't say Nostrani didn't have great food; I said it had a bizarre "fragrance policy" and it does.

                  I like Fuego--both eating there and having a drink in the great bar.

                  1. re: bhoward
                    berty Sep 19, 2007 05:01 PM

                    Im glad we agree on something. I really think Fuego and Staab House bar are two hidden secrets in Santa Fe

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