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The 12 Best Santa Fe Restaurants & Patios to visit in Spring and Summer of 2023!

Experience the rich culture and vibrant art scene of Santa Fe, New Mexico, while indulging in some of the best food and drinks the city has to offer. As the warm weather rolls in, explore the many outdoor dining and drinking spots that Santa Fe has to offer. To help you make the most of your visit, we’ve compiled a list of the 12 best Santa Fe restaurant patios to check out during the spring – in no particular order.

Just a block off the plaza, head to The Anasazi Restaurant located in the luxury Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. This spot boasts plenty of seating on its beautiful patio, where you can relax and savor the regional favorites like green chile enchiladas and tacos.

If you’re in the mood for some casual fun, The Cowgirl BBQ is a must-visit. This spot features a spacious outdoor patio with a live music stage, making it the perfect place to kick back with some famous BBQ dishes like pulled pork sandwiches and burritos.

For a bright and beautiful garden lunch or romantic dinner, head to Santacafé. This intimate spot offers a quiet patio where you can enjoy their most popular dishes like, the Sumac Crusted Colorado Lamb Loin, Vietnamese Lobster Fettuccine, or house made Bolognese.

Meanwhile, Second Street Brewery is a great spot for larger groups. With its popular brewery and large outdoor patio, this place is perfect for sipping beer and munching on pub food like sandwiches and burgers. Their Rail yard location is walk-able from the Santa Fe Plaza and don't forget to try the Alien Burger!

If you’re looking for a charming and twinkling atmosphere, La Casa Sena is the place to be. Nestled in an old adobe hacienda, this spot offers a lovely outdoor garden patio where you can enjoy some delicious cuisine from all parts of the Mediterranean. For some extra fun, try their Frosé!

The Shed is another lively spot with a vibrant outdoor patio and plenty of seating. Enjoy some of their famous New Mexican dishes like huevos rancheros and green chile stew while taking in the lively atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Osteria d'Assisi offers a bright and cozy patio where you can indulge in some delicious Italian dishes while enjoying a glass of wine, taking in the sun and soaking up the historic views.

For a more intimate atmosphere, head to The Plaza Café Downtown Santa Fe. This cozy outdoor patio offers plenty of seating where you can relax and enjoy some delicious New Mexican dishes for breakfast and lunch with enjoying a cocktail while taking in the beautiful views on the historic downtown Santa Fe Plaza! They also have a South side location!

And if you’re in the mood for classic American fare, Boxcar Restaurant offers a spacious outdoor patio with plenty of seating while serving dishes like burgers, sandwiches, and salads. This is a great place for watching sports and enjoying a night of weekend music! They will be moving their location near the plaza in a few months, so keep an eye out for another amazing patio location.

Nestled behind the infamous Loretto Chapel, Luminaria Restaurant not only offers one of the most relaxing spring and summer patios in Santa Fe but one of our favorite brunches in town. Also check out their newest cafe and tasting room, Crafted Cafe, offering light bites and exclusive tastings of New Mexico's premier wines and spirits.

Tucked away on Johnson street, in an old historic Ft. Marcy Officers barrack made of brick, Sassella provides some amazing Italian cuisine and one of the best assortments of Gin in town in a romantic setting adjacent to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum.

Finally, end your culinary journey at Coyote Cantina. This cozy outdoor patio offers plenty of seating where you can enjoy some of their delicious New Mexican dishes like Mama Schutz' Frito Pie, Green Chile Pork Posole, or Tacos Al Pastor. Oh, and don't forget to order the Lava Lamp to wash it all down!

No matter what you’re in the mood for, Santa Fe has a patio to match. From luxurious restaurants to casual pubs, these 10 spots offer the perfect setting to enjoy the warm weather and the city’s amazing food and drinks. So grab a seat, relax, and enjoy the best spring patios in Santa Fe, New Mexico!

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