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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in New Mexico

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in New Mexico? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.8
4.8 (4509)
$31 to $50
Creative Japanese
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Izanami serves Japanese Izakaya fare: seasonally inspired small-plates meant for sharing, accompanied by the best sake list in the west. Please note that while we do our best to accommodate your seating, we cannot guarantee requests. We have been chosen by OpenTable diners as one of the 100 best restaurants for outdoor dining in America. Heaters and blankets assure you of a comfortable, safe dining experience year-round; dress warmly for optimal outdoor dining.

*NOTICE* Please expect delays beginning 04/22/24 due to construction on the main road up the mountain. Seek alternative routes to avoid delays. This construction is expected to go until August of 2024. Arigato.
Top review
IsabellaLvip
Dined 3 days ago
Our meal was great! We are local residents and regulars at Izanami. The food is wonderful and always fresh. The ambience quiet and the service is impeccable. We always recommend Izanami to friends and visitors! 🙏❤️
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4.7
4.7 (2423)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Indigo Crow is located in the Village of Corrales. Owners Don and Regina Raber, along with their staff, have created an amazing place for friends and family to gather and enjoy great food and wine.
At the Crow, we love food. It is our passion to pair great food with exceptional wine for a memorable dining experience. Join us and enjoy this inspired menu with local produce, southwest touches, as well as international flavors.
Enjoy patio dining under our elm trees or cozy up to one of our two fireplaces in the cooler months.
Please call Indigo Crow for Happy Hour reservations from 3-5pm.
If you are unable to make a reservation during business hours online, we may have limited seating. Please call to make your reservation.
505-898-7000
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We have been to Indigo Crow a few times, but it has been years since we last visited. Went there for a date night. Reservation was for 5:45 on a Wednesday, and it was quite busy. The bar tender poured us drinks while we waited for our table, which was quite nice. Once seated, the server (Dustin) was prompt and attentive, and returned several times to check in and give drink refills. We had the filet and ribeye. Both were absolutely outstanding. Everything about this experience was better that I remembered from prior visits. The menu is not large, but provides enough variety to suit most tastes. Typical fine dining menu. Extremely pleased with this experience, and we will plan on having another date night there again!
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4.7
4.7 (3565)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Old~world elegance meets contemporary cuisine in a venue that boasts one of the best outdoor dining experiences in Santa Fe. Nestled in the charm and elegance of one of Santa Fe's most beloved historical homes, Santacafé has been a restaurant icon for over 40 years. It was bought in 2019 by Santa Fe restauranteur Quinn Stephenson - the driving force behind another Santa Fe legend, Coyote Café. Boasting one of the best outdoor patio dining experiences the City Different has to offer, Santacafé combines the traditions of modern American cooking with exquisitely locally sourced ingredients.
Top review
BrendaJvip
Dined 3 days ago
Always delightful to enjoy lunch outside in the courtyard at Santacafe. Nice selection of appetizers and mains. Very pleasant visit.
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4.5
4.5 (2242)
$30 and under
Mexican / Regional American (Southwestern)
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Five minutes north of the Opera on Hwy 285, savor the cuisine of the Southwest and Old Mexico at the eatery Zagat labels "one of America's top restaurants, a true Mexican classic, rated excellent in all categories." Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with a spectacular mountain view. Inside, the thick adobe walls and kiva fireplaces create a cozy, romantic atmosphere. Featuring guacamole made fresh at your table, renowned margaritas, authentic Mexican cuisine and handmade corn tortillas. Lunch and dinner served daily.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Exceptional food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommended.
A photo of La Casa Sena restaurant
4.4
4.4 (3447)
$31 to $50
Regional American (Southwestern)
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
La Casa Sena is located in the heart of Old Santa Fe in the historic Sena Plaza. Featuring an innovative Steak, Seafood, and Southwest cuisine menu, an Award winning wine list and a spectacular and inviting outdoor patio. La Casa Sena is one of Santa Fe's most popular restaurants. Come join us for Live Jazz Wednesday - Friday 6 pm- 9pm & Pianist Kyle Moore on Sunday from 6pm - 9 pm at Club Legato!

Menu created by Chef Randy Tapia
Top review
dooga
Dined 2 days ago
Great atmosphere in the patio. A real gem. Service was very good. Brandon was a well trained waiter. Food was great. Corn chowder was excellent. Enchilada was the best I've had. Overall, a great evening an highly recommended.
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4.4
4.4 (7036)
$30 and under
Mexican / Regional American (Southwestern)
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
El Pinto is open for outdoor covered patio dining and indoor seating.

Open daily. Monday through Thursday from 11am-9pm. Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm. Sunday 10:30am-9pm.

Nestled in the cottonwoods, El Pinto was founded with 10 tables in 1962. Twin brothers John and Jim Thomas, carry on the family tradition and have expanded El Pinto into the quintessential "Spot" for healthy and fresh New Mexican cuisine. Experience an authentic Taste of New Mexico.

The Salsa Twins are pairing tradition with innovative healthy nutrition at El Pinto. El Pinto established the first and only Animal Welfare Approved laying hen program on property. 250 hens lay pasture raised eggs for daily use. An onsite green house produces over 5,000 lbs of organically grown greens.

Freshness is throughout El Pinto. El Pinto uses chile from Hatch, NM, pasture raised pork from Kyzer Farms, and local grass fed beef.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Fun family night out with good food and amazing margaritas
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4.3
4.3 (2236)
$31 to $50
American
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Located at the awarding-winning Inn and Spa at Loretto, Luminaria Restaurant and Patio combines modern sophistication with rustic Southwestern charm.

During the warmer months, dine outdoors on the rustic wood patio adjacent to the world-renowned Loretto Chapel. At twilight, dine al fresco under the stars, transform the high desert into a romantic veranda draped and tented with flowering vines and luxurious flowing fabrics lit by hanging lanterns.
Top review
Tallivip
Dined 3 days ago
Beautiful patio for any meal… Breakfast was fantastic. Solid Bloody Mary, my husband loved the omelette and jam served with the toast. I had the blue corn pancakes, a must-try! Friendly service and perfect setting. We’re going back for dinner tomorrow night!
A photo of Vinaigrette - Santa Fe restaurant
4.2
4.2 (404)
$30 and under
Organic
Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Vinaigrette is a chic and green Santa Fe bistro that raises the "salad bar" with bold and delicious entrée salads. Featuring innovative flavor combinations and the option to add savory protein accompaniments like diver scallops, lemon-herb chicken or grilled hanger steak, these tantalizingly hearty yet healthy creations allow for guiltless and delicious eating at the same time. Much of the restaurant’s organic produce is grown on owner Erin Wade's 10-acre Nambe farm, Los Portales, harvested within hours of arriving at Vinaigrette's kitchen. When not grown at the farm, the restaurant strives to source local and organic ingredients. As one local publication put it "Eating well never tasted so good."
Top review
DonA
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
A very good restaurant. We loved the food options and the food we got was excellent. Wanted to go back but our trip was too short.
A photo of Level 5 - Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.2
4.2 (360)
$31 to $50
American
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Level 5: On the top floor of Hotel Chaco experience a refined, chic, contemporary atmosphere at Level 5. Enjoy Albuquerque nightlife with magnificent panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains, downtown skyline and historic Old Town accompanied by creative culinary options.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
We have been here a number of times over the past few years and only once was I unhappy with it and that has been a while ago. last night’s dinner was good, some things really good, that is subject to individual tastes. Service was good and an overall good experience. We will go again.
A photo of Mulas restaurant
3.7
3.7 (34)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Los Ranchos
About the restaurant
A unique Corrales restaurant atmosphere with cuisine steeped in multicultural history of New Mexico. You'll experience traditional Spanish, Mexican, and Native aspects in all our dishes! Great outdoor patio!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great ambiance and wonderful staff! Food was delicious as well!
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