Town of Taos

There are about 75 places to eat in and around the Town of Taos.  Here is a broad sampling of them.

NOTE: Descriptions that are in italics were taken either from the respective website or from another indicated source.

ORLANDO'S NEW MEXICAN CAFE

Festivity reigns in this spicy little cafe on the north end of town. Serving some of northern New Mexico's best chile, this place has colorful tables set around a bustling open kitchen and airy patio dining during warmer months. Service is friendly but minimal. Try the Los Colores, their most popular dish, with three enchiladas (chicken, beef, and cheese) smothered in chile and served with beans and posole (a Mexican stew). The taco salad is another favorite. Portions are big here, and you can order a Mexican or microbrew beer, or a New Mexican or California wine. - Frommer's Review
Phone: 575-751-1450

TAOS DINER

Now with two convenient locations!  Taos Diner I is located at the north end of Taos, NM (just north of the North Side Bean) Taos Diner II is located just south of the Plaza, across the street from McDonalds.  The TAOS DINER is an amazing home-town restaurant offering an appetizing mix of delicious food, generous portions, low prices, and fast, friendly service.  We proudly serve classic New Mexican and American Cuisine (where else can you get Huevos Rancheros, organic-beef burgers, and New York Strip Steak all in one sitting) and our homemade red and green chilies have been called the GREATEST in the WORLD! Join us for breakfast, lunch, and dinner or just stop by for one of our homemade desserts and an organic espresso, we can't wait to see you! Now serving beer and wine.
Phone: 575-758-2374 (North), 575-751-1989 (South)

ESKE'S BREW PUB AND RESTAURANT

Eske's is located in the historic district of Taos, one-half block southeast of Taos Plaza.

Our 80 year old, flat-roofed adobe home offers a cozy atmosphere and beautiful outdoor seating. Live entertainment, quality food, handcrafted beer and local color make Eske's a place to go alone, with friends, or with the entire family.

We brew several varieties of beer throughout the year, so our selection changes often. All of our beers are made and sold on premise. We employ only the finest ingredients, serving our beers fresh, unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Phone: 575-758-1517

BENT STREET CAFE & DELI

Bent Street Cafe & Deli - A local favorite with menu selections to satisfy every palate, served in a relaxed atmosphere featuring a year 'round heated patio and outdoor terrace. Omelets, eggs benedict, fresh baked goods, creative salads, homemade soups, specialty burgers, chicken and beef burritos, and tamale plates. Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner... and Sunday for brunch.
Phone: 575-758-5787

GUADALAJARA GRILL

My organic-lettuce-farmer friend Joe introduced me to this authentic Mexican restaurant; then he disappeared into Mexico, only communicating occasionally by e-mail. Did the incredible food lure him south? I wonder. The restaurant is in a plain building on the south side, but don't let that put you off; the food here is excellent. It's Mexican rather than New Mexican, a refreshing treat. I recommend the tacos, particularly pork or chicken, served in soft homemade corn tortillas, the meat artfully seasoned and grilled. The burritos are large and smothered in chile. Platos are served with rice and beans, and half orders are available for smaller appetites. There are also some seafood dishes available -- try the mojo de ajo (shrimp cooked with garlic), served with rice, beans, and guacamole. Beer and wine are served. Equally popular, and casual, is their north side location. - Frommers Review
Phone: 575-751-0063

TRADING POST CAFÉ

Right up the hill from the famous Saint Francis de Assisi Church in Ranchos de Taos is the Historic Trading Post building now housing the Trading Post Café, a definite local favorite.

Amidst Vigas, Wrought Iron Furniture and Local Art you may watch acclaimed Chef René prepare flavorful dishes from around the world from his open air kitchen. Have a seat at the bar and watch the action up close or in one of three dining rooms, two with fireplaces. There is also a beautiful back Patio surrounded with flowers and sculpture. Make sure you listen closely to your server for the myriad of Daily Specials. No matter where you sit you're sure to get delicious food and friendly service.

Phone: 575-758-5089

CAFFE RENATO

Located one block from the Taos Plaza, Caffe Renato is home to fine Italian cuisine and exceptional service, all at a reasonable price. Lunch items include a Harris Ranch Black Angus Burger and, for those who are the innovative type, there is the ‘Create Your Own Panini’ -- choosing from a variety of fresh breads, tasty meats and cheeses and a variety of vegetables. At dinner Caffe Renato offers exquisite pasta dishes that will ensure your first trip will not be your last. Come join the friendly staff at Caffe Renato for a wonderful dining experience.
Phone: 575-758-0244

CAFFE TAZZA

This cozy three-room cafe, with a summer patio, attracts local community groups, artists, performers, and poets. Plays, films, comedy, and musical performances are given here on weekends (and some weeknights in summer). You can read one of the assorted periodicals available (including the New York Times) while sipping a cappuccino or café Mexicano(espresso with steamed milk and Mexican chocolate), made from organic coffee beans. The food -- soups and sandwiches -- is quite good. Pastries, which are imported from many bakeries around the region, are almost as big a draw here as the Taos Cow ice cream. Choose from 15 flavors. - Frommer's Review
Phone: 575-758-8706

THE ALLEY CANTINA

The Alley Cantina is on the plaza in the heart of historic Taos, New Mexico. Located in what is probably the oldest building in Taos, the Alley has a rich history dating back over 400 years. The Alley is a lively, social place for both visitors and Taoseños. We serve homemade southwestern and BBQ food and are famous for our Fish and Chips. There are lots of appetizers for any time of day. Every night of the week has live entertainment.
Phone: 575-758-2121

CHEF DAMON'S

Chef Damon's proudly serves the freshest local ingredients with a menu that changes daily. Each day Damon's bakes a variety of delicious fresh breads. We welcome you to enjoy our delicious cuisine and friendly service. Come see why Chef Damon was recently nominated as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award.
Phone: 575-737-0410

SABOR BY ANTONIO

Sabor By Antonio is an upscale steak and seafood restaurant with a Mexican flare. Some of the excellent dishes include: Table Side Cesar Salad, King Crap Soup, Halibut Ceviche, Chipotle Lobster Pizza, Kobe Beef Burger, Rib Eye, New York Steak, Tenderloin, Much Much More! Enjoy a beverage with your delicious food at Sabor By Antonio's. Margaritas, Sangria, Beer, Wine.
Phone: 575-758-7000

LULA'S CAFE

Welcome to Lula’s Cafe in beautiful Taos, New Mexico! We specialize in classic deli favorites, homemade soups and sandwiches, healthful salads, and simple, old-fashioned homestyle Blue Plate Specials – just like Granny Lula used to make – lovingly prepared from natural and organic ingredients.
Phone: 575-751-1280

ANTONIO'S

Upscale Elegance in one of the most romantic restaurants in Taos and Northern New Mexico. The two dining room spaces are restored rooms from the original hacienda, while a brand new, modern, state of the art kitchen was built for restaurant use. Enjoy a magnificent sunset view when you dine on the patio at Antonio's. Chef Antonio Matus will treat you to a unique and wonderful meal suitable to all tastes.

Serving contemporary and traditional cuisine from select regions of Old Mexico. Relax in the romantic ambience of a beautiful old adobe home highlighted by Mexican folkloric wall murals. Seafood, steak and poultry entrees complemented by imported and domestic beers and wines.

Phone: 575-751-4800

PIZAÑOS

Pizaños! Two guys from Utica, New York putting a Taos twist on pizza!
Delicious appetizers, hot and cold sandwiches, fresh salads, New York-style pizza, savory pastas, kids menu, tasty treats, beer & wine, spectacular patio views, great music. Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

Phone: 575-776-1050

STAKEOUT

Located on Outlaw Hill among Pinon, Juniper, and Aspen trees, the Stakeout offers commanding views of the entire Taos Valley. The menu includes steaks, fresh seafood, lobster, king crab legs, duck, sweetbreads, pasta and much more.
Phone: 575-758-2042

5 STAR BURGERS

The name says it all.  5 Star buys its fresh, hormone free, anti biotic Angus beef from Harris Ranch, fresh grinds daily and char grills to desired doneness. We have our signature burgers plus plenty of toppings to make your own signature burger. The extensive menu includes our fresh ground, all natural Turkey Burger, chicken, all natural of course, Colorado Lamb, salmon, salads, entrees, beer and wine. We are proud of the fact that 5 Star is trans fat free, sources local foods whenever possible (Hatch green chile, produce and vegetables in season), biodegradable carry out materials, energy efficient equipment and recycling frying oil for bio diesel. Friendly fast service, contemporary décor indoor and outdoor seating, a bar and a Community Table for 12 make 5 Star an ideal place for quick business lunches, family style dinners and group meetings or parties.
Phone: 575-758-8484

MICHAEL'S KITCHEN

Michael's Kitchen has been a Taos tradition for more than 35 years.
Phone: 575-758-4178

GUTIZ

Between azure walls hung with bright contemporary art, this restaurant serves some of Taos's most unique and flavorful cuisine. Service is friendly and efficient. Breakfast brings delicacies such as my favorite the Taoseño (some mornings I wake up in Santa Fe and want to drive to Taos just to eat this!) -- rice, potatoes, chile, cheese, and fresh herbs baked in a ceramic dish and then topped with scrambled eggs. The French toast is thick, made with home-baked bread. Lunch might begin with a Nicoise salad made with fresh tuna, French beans, veggies, potatoes, and nicoise olives. The many varied sandwiches come on homemade bread. Alongside the great food, sip from a variety of coffees and chai tea. - Frommer's Review
Phone: 575-758-1226

THE LOVE APPLE

La Pomme D’Amour (The Love Apple), the name the French adoringly gave the tomato in the 16th Century, is a Northern New Mexico Restaurant emphasizing Regional, Organic Home Cooking.  We believe in providing our community with a comforting space to share natural whole sustenance. All products are organic in nature, regional in source & prepared from scratch with intention. We are your local source for affordable, unpretentious, inventive good food.
Phone: 575-751-0050

OLD BLINKING LIGHT

Located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains between the town of Taos and world-class ski resort Taos Ski Valley, the breathtaking high country views at the Old Blinking Light Restaurant provide a spectacular backdrop for fine New Mex, Tex-Mex, Mex-Mex, and American cuisine.
Phone: 575-776-8787

LAMBERT'S

Our emphasis at Lambert's has always been on quality and value. Our sauces are made from scratch. Some of them, such as the lamb demi—glace, take days to finish. The vegetables are fresh and local when available. When asked to describe us, the word most often used by our loyal local clientele is ‘consistent’. We are also known for excellent service and distinctive and fresh cuisine offered in an elegant, warm and unpretentious atmosphere. Our menu and wine list are created to complement each other. The extensive wine list is primarily Californian with some international favorites. We have high quality bottle selections in every price range, with reds, whites and a New Mexican sparkling by the glass. Lambert’s has a full bar with specialty cocktails such as Lemon Drop Martinis and Cowboy Buddha Margaritas, a range of single malt whiskies, brandies and exotic absinthe concoctions. With a special bistro style menu, the sleek, intimate bar and plushy lounge are the secret favorite rendezvous’ for an interesting variety of Taosenas and Taoseños. Our signature dish is Pepper Crusted Loin of Lamb with a red wine demi—glace, sautéed vegetables and garlic linguine. We have sumptuous desserts made with the finest ingredients like organic eggs, Belgian chocolate and homemade French Vanilla ice cream. With dessert we offer a full selection of espresso drinks and specialty loose leaf teas. Our signature cocktail is Zeke’s Manhattan which is made with Old Overholt rye and Italian wild cherries that are marinated in Makers Mark bourbon. We are open seven nights a week: 
The Bar at 5:00pm ~ The Dining Room at 5:30pm

Phone: 575-758-1009

BYZANTIUM

Off a grassy courtyard near the Blumenschein and Harwood museums, this traditional-looking adobe restaurant offers an eclectic menu. Asian, European, and Middle Eastern influences can be tasted in dishes like Chilean sea bass poached in coconut lemongrass, tandoori quail, and sizzling mussels on the half shell. Service is friendly, and the vibe is low-key—this is a spot relatively few tourists find out about. - Fodor's Review.
Phone: 575-751-0805

DRAGONFLY CAFE & BAKERY

The Dragonfly Café and Bakery is a European-style café and bakery located in the heart of historic Taos, New Mexico. Chef & Owner Karen Todd instinctively creates unique and inspired menu items that combine homemade flavors with exotic flair. Dragonfly Café and Bakery is family friendly. Our menu includes kid’s favorite items and we have an enclosed play area out back. Come in for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch.
Phone: 575-737-5859

DOC MARTIN'S

Doc Martin's Restaurant is an acclaimed dining establishment located in a registered historic landmark. Doc's is a true Taos tradition, earning multiple awards accompanied by the fabulous Regional New American fare served. Executive Chef Zippy White specializes in fresh local food with a splash of the southwest, incorporating chiles and produce sourced from regional farms and gardens. With over 400 wine selections, our world class wine list has earned Wine Spectator's "Best Of" Award of Excellence for twenty consecutive years. Pastry Chef, Gayle Glanz offers sumptuous desserts that tantalize the senses and round out any Doc's dining experience. Many guests enjoy Doc's special event and holiday menus. Occasions such as wine dinners, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Mother's Day are not to be missed. Doc's is also the perfect place for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. We would love the opportunity to show you our delicious tastes of the Southwest.
Phone: 575-758-2233

GRAHAM'S GRILL

Welcome to Graham’s Grille, a restaurant created by Peter and Lesley Fay. Our mission is to serve honest, creative, not fussy food for a good price with great friendly service in a hip fun place. Food that is straightforward and fun with every dish created to be your favorite. Our goal is to put the service back into customer service.

We make our own stocks, sauces, soups and salad dressings. We use zero trans fat oils, the finest choice meats and natural cage free chicken, fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables and of course buy local when possible. We want to provide you with healthy, flavorful, comfort food.

Peter and Lesley along with our entire staff of talented chefs, friendly servers & enthusiastic bussers are delighted to have you as our guest. Our goal is to make your visit so memorable and enjoyable that you will return time and time again and bring your friends and family to your favorite place. We strive to make our restaurant exceptional.

Open 7 Days a Week!

Lunch 11:00 to 2:30 ~ Dinner 5:00 to 9:00

Phone: 575-770-0457

EL MONTE - DE LA TIERRA

In keeping with El Monte Sagrado’s philosophy, dining at the resort is an expression of harmony with nature. With a creative menu of global and local influences and inviting atmospheres for dining, El Monte Sagrado is a culinary destination. Visit AAA Four-Diamond De la Tierra for exquisite cuisine and wines in an inspiring architectural setting. Feast upon delicacies in the lush indoor beauty of The Gardens, and enjoy cocktails in the Anaconda Bar featuring live entertainment. Our one-of-a-kind venues set the mood for an experience that delights the senses.
Phone: 800 828-8267

TAOS PIZZA OUT BACK

Taos Pizza Out Back has been winning high praise by pleasing pizza-lovers' palates since 1999. We serve fresh, handcrafted gourmet pizzas, pastas, salads, calzones, soups and more, along with sensational desserts and a great selection of microbrews and fine wines. Casual, family-friendly atmosphere; cheerful service; cozy indoor and seasonal outdoor seating; plenty of healthy options. Easy parking. Eat in or To-Go...
Phone: 575-758-3112