Santa fe Thanksgiving
Does anyone have any good recommendations for Thanksgiving dinner in Santa Fe?
Just checked the SF free paper for you: no one is placing ads for T-day dinner yet. I know this comes up here though about every year, so you might want to dig around in a search to see what others have done in the past.
A big problem is that most of us locals eat with friends and family: while Thanksgiving Dinner is one of my favorites to eat at a restaurant, I just am not able to get away with that very often (last time was 15 years ago or so) because of family obligations.
I'll keep an eye out and post here if any ads look good. Meantime, you might consider calling these restaurants (numbers are easily Google-able) and ask if they're doing anything for T-day: The Compound, Geronimo, Martin, Trattoria Nostrani. I think any of those would give you a very nice experience - but I have no idea whether they're serving on that day w/o seeing an ad or talking to them.
304 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
As Erich said it is too soon for there to be any advertising for Thanksgiving.
Know, though, that all of the top-tier, "better" restaurants WILL be open mostly because a holiday weekend brings visitors to town. Some restaurants will have only a special, price fixe menu while others will serve Holiday items in addition to their regular menu.
As to where I go... if I'm not cooking at home (often the case since there are only two of us), I choose Ristra.
Cooking is very good, service is professional and the restaurant feels like being in a home. Restaurant is in a building that once was a residence. It is several smaller rooms rather than a larger, commercial feeling place which, for us, is better on a Holiday. Mostly twos and fours dining; never have seen a table of eight with restless kids. Doesn't mean that the owners would not be willing to accommodate such a party, however. I tend to see people I know at other tables. Last couple of years, the owner of Sage Bakehouse has been at the next table.
My reservation is usually around 5 p.m. and the restaurant is never full to capacity at that hour. Thanksgiving weekend is often when the first snow flurries fall which adds to things.
My husband and I will be spending Thanksgiving in Santa Fe for the third time. Our anniversary falls on Thanksgiving Day this year. We have reservations at SantaCafe, where we dined last year, and loved it. Mid to late afternoon the restaurant was busy, but not so packed that service was hampered. The food and wine were just outstanding. Love to window shop around the Plaza on that day...
Sorry to say Littleman you do NOT want an outdoor patio anywhere in Santa Fe around Thanksgiving. IT'S COLD HERE NOW !
I don't know of a restaurant still serving outside. Daytime temperatures are now low 50's/high 40's with overnight lows at 28. First snow is forecast (albeit light) for tomorrow evening
You are completely right. The cold weather has started already, about a couple weeks earlier than last year. Gloves, scarves, warm coats -- lows are now forecast around 20 or lower some evenings. Chocolate Maven is serving Thanksgiving Dinner -- good local place, but you need a car to get there. 821 San Mateo Rd. 505 984 1980. Chef there used to own Tulips on Guadalupe St.
A few restaurants that are advertising special Thanksgiving dinners:
Zia Diner - prix fixe 3 course for $29.95/person.
La Casa Sena - prix fixe 4 course meal for $63/person or $82 with half glasses of wine matched to the food
Rio Chama - prix fixe 3 course for $38/person
Garbo's at Rainbow Vision - Buffet for $27/person
I'll add more options as I find them.
La Casa Sena
125 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501
326 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
414 Old Santa Fe Trl, Santa Fe, NM 87501