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Nov 8, 2011 12:33 PM

40th Bday Dinner in Santa Fe?

We're going in early January on a long weekend to Santa Fe (couples' trip) for my 40th birthday. Any recommendations for the big birthday dinner Saturday night? It will probably be about 10-12 people. I have thought of Geronimo, Compound, Coyote Cafe, but I have only visited Santa Fe once several years ago, and really don't have a great feel for where would be the best spot. Great food is obviously important, but atmosphere is equally important. My husband will be hosting this dinner.

I'm also looking for recommendations for a fun group dinner that Friday night, perhaps a bit more casual/laid back than the Saturday night event. I figure we're going to have to go somewhere that accepts reservations, because I assume it will otherwise be tough to wander up unannounced with a group that large on a Friday night. In any event, I want Friday's dinner to be FUN.

Would love some recommendations for casual lunch while out shopping, kicking around town as well.


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  1. The Compound is wonderful on all counts. It feels a bit more fancy [formal] that these: Max's; 315 Wine Bistro and Restaurant Martin - which are all really good and would also work, in my book anyway.

    Friday dinner - Andiamo! Great food, space and prices.

    Lunch at: Vinaigrette, La Choza

    322 Garfield Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

    La Choza Restaurant
    905 Alarid St, Santa Fe, NM 87505

    315 Restaurant & Wine Bar
    315 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

    709 Don Cubero Aly, Santa Fe, NM 87505

    Restaurant Martin
    526 Galisteo, Santa Fe, NM 87501

    Max's - Santa Fe
    403 1/2 S. Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM 87501