Dining options are abundant for guests choosing to stay at La Fonda on the Plaza. There are three dining options available on site as well as others within an easy distance to the hotel.
La Plazuela is an intimate, New Mexican style restaurant which was built on the site of what use to be the hotel patio, built in 1920. They are opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving New Mexican inspired dishes with a flare of creativity. The restaurant boasts bright skylights for an open, airy feeling without exposure to the elements.
The romantic ambience is only heightened by the sounds of the fountain within the restaurant, the Southwestern style hand painted windows and oversized wrought iron chandelier hanging over much of the restaurant. Guests will enjoy the unique experience of having fresh guacamole made table side or sampling local, fresh selections such as Pan Fried Rainbow Trout. If guests are feeling adventurous, they can order the spicy rubbed Wild Boar Loin for a unique, yet delicious meal. They have a wine list available for pairing the perfect wine with whatever your meal selection may be. Since La Plazuela is open to the general public as well as hotel guests, it is highly recommended to make reservations for dinner.
La Fiesta Lounge has recently undergone renovation and updating, offering a casual atmosphere for guests wishing to relax and enjoy an easy going meal or light appetizers. They offer fresh, regional cuisine for lunch and dinner daily. At lunch time there is also a New Mexican buffet available. While there isn’t a breakfast menu served, guests can enjoy the coffee bar which serves up standards such as coffees, teas and juices but also smoothies made fresh to order. The Coffee Bar also offers different gourmet hot drinks like lattes and espresso. Along with the newly renovated space of La Fiesta Lounge, the menu is also updated and new. Guests will enjoy the selection of lighter fare such as Cilantro Lime Avocado Chicken Salad or a good hearty sandwich like the Torta de Borrego--a lamb shoulder with caramelized onion, tomato, avocado, feta cheese, arugula and lemon cilantro aioli on a pretzel bun. The drink selection is vast and very tempting as well. The New Mexican buffet is offered for lunch has both adult and kids pricing.
The Bell Tower Bar is set on the 5th level of La Fonda on the Plaza, offering spectacular sunset views. It is open from 11:45 a.m. each day until sunset. This is a perfect dining option for guests who don’t want to indulge in a heavy meal but rather enjoy the scenery of the mountains and sip a cocktail with their delicious bites while sitting in the fresh air. The menu is simple, offering a selection of starters such as tortilla chips and salsa or Caesar salad. Next on the menu are many choices of Quesadillas, from Pulled Pork to Grilled Shrimp and Mexican Cheeses. With each order of a quesadilla, comes a choice of salsa and there is a variety to choose from including a spicy Roasted Jalapeno or sweet Grilled Pineapple.
Other Santa Fe restaurants that are popular, should guests wish to dine off-site, are Coyote Café, with a unique, delightful menu for dinner; The Famous Plaza Café—breakfast and brunch are a favorite here, especially for families and it’s located right on the plaza; and for steak lovers there is Rio Chama Steakhouse, also located right off the plaza.
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