A slight veer off the well-trodden path of the tourist heart of Santa Fe is where you’ll find a surprising combination of convenience, terrific food, and an inviting place to spend time. Santa Fe Bar and Grill is locally-owned, contemporary, welcoming and easy. Located on the exterior of Santa Fe’s DeVargas Center, it’s perfect for visitors and locals alike to enjoy an uncomplicated visit with the assurance you’ll savor a satisfying meal and drink, plus they offer many items you won’t find elsewhere in the City Different.
Santa Fe Bar and Grill serves you solid American fare mixed with southwestern classics, all given a special touch. Some of the very best chicken dishes in Santa Fe are found here, and the spinning rotisserie and long bank of flaming grills in the open kitchen adds warmth to an already inviting bistro-style scene. Homemade red and green chile sauces spice traditional blue corn enchiladas with mushrooms and quash, or go to a different dimension with flash-fried oysters, fresh fish, prime-aged steaks, and vibrant salads. This shrimp salad is a top seller, served with grilled gulf prawns atop a bed of power greens with sweet mango, cherry tomatoes, and avocado. Indigenous foods such as squash, corn, pintos and chiles with fresh local spices and condiments make their way among tradition-inspired creations of grilled steaks, meats and fresh seafood. The hand-tooled bar constructed of old mesquite doors and a stamped tin ceiling provide a classic backdrop, where eight local and regional draft beers are available on tap. Sixteen hand-selected wines are available by the glass, and the tequila and margarita list is extensive. With a couple of big screen TVs, this is a perfect setting to watch a game and enjoy a drink while the rest of the crew hops, or a convenient drop-by while you pick up a few needed items. The restaurant’s atmosphere and reasonable pricing have quickly established it as a popular spot with locals and visitors alike. If your time is limited, or you want to get away from the bustle of Santa Fe tourist events like Indian Market, this is the top spot. The food is delicious high quality, and it’s an uncomplicated in-and-out joint if your time is limited. It’s a superb and relaxed choice for happy hour, with a drink selection that satisfies the most finicky patrons. Parking is free and easy.
At 187 Paseo de Peralta, located in the DeVargas Center between St. Francis Dr. and N. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe Bar and Grill received TripAdvisor’s coveted “Certificate of Excellence 2014.” They’re open seven days a week, 11 am to 10 pm, with a knowledgeable and authentic staff at your service. http://www.santafebargrill.com/