Taos, New Mexico is a center for art and creativity in the United States. As one of America's Art Colonies, Taos is a city that is full of artists from around the world who are attracted to the landscape and Pueblo culture. Not only to painters, sculptures, and furniture makers flock to Taos, but culinary artists have turned Taos into a place known for romantic dining. There are more than 60 independent restaurants in Taos which make it a place foodies flock to. You won't find many chain restaurants in the Art Colony of New Mexico, which is part of what makes the area so unique.

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1.Bella's Mexican Grill

Bella's Mexican Grill
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Taos visitors who are looking for simple but elevated, fresh, homecooked Mexican food will enjoy Bella's Mexican Grill where the flavors are bold, but the plates are elegant. The restaurant is known for its large portions and beautiful plating giving the Mexican dishes a sophisticated, elevated look with all the same great tastes. The guacamole is made tableside, and each entrée is served with Mexican corn, beans, and Pico de Gallo. The atmosphere at Bella's is casual, but the restaurant is small and intimate, creating a romantic ambiance that couples will love.

122 Dona Luz, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 575-751-3130

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2.Byzantium

Byzantium
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Byzantium blends Asian fusion dishes with classic American seafood flavors in a romantic, and rustic setting. The small restaurant provides an intimate atmosphere where diners can enjoy quiet conversation amongst amazing food and vintage chandeliers. There is also a wood burning, potbelly stove in the room, love seats, and beautiful mosaic tile decorations that make Byzantium feel rustic but also elegant and upscale. The beer and wine list are extensive and impressive at Byzantium.

112 Cam De La Placita c, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 575-751-0805

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3.De La Tierra

De La Tierra
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A romantic brunch is a perfect way to end the weekend, and De La Tierra is known for their Sunday brunch that includes live music, free valet parking, and cocktails. The chefs use local ingredients to highlight regional New Mexico flavors. Guests can dine in the formal dining room or outside amongst the gardens. The menu will vary depending on fresh, seasonal ingredients that are available. De La Tierra is part of El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa. Guests of the resort can order room service from De La Tierra. There are small plates as well as full entrees available for lunch and dinner.

317 Kit Carson Road, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 855-846-8267

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4.Doc Martin’s

Doc Martin’s
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Doc Martin’s is an award-winning restaurant inside a registered historic landmark in Taos—The Taos Inn. The chef at Doc Martin’s specializes in New American fare with regional Southwest flair and fresh, local ingredients. The wine list features more than 400 varieties of wine which have helped Doc Martin’s win numerous accolades for best of wine selections and is the only restaurant in New Mexico to be featured on “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants.” The Taos Inn features nightly live entertainment and a late-night menu at Doc Martin’s is available Thursday through Saturday.

125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 844-276-8598

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5.La Cueva Cafe

La Cueva Cafe
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La Cueva Café serves Mexican food just one block from Taos Plaza. The husband and wife owned restaurant feature food that is prepared fresh daily and all-natural ingredients. There are many vegetarian options available, and all menu selections are gluten-free. La Cueva is also known for their specials including a Burreno (burrito stuffed inside of a chili relleno), Cochinita tacos, Carnitas Mole Verde, Mexican style shrimp cocktails, and coconut key lime pie. They also offer delivery if you want a romantic night in with great food.

135 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 575-758-7001

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6.Lambert’s of Taos

Lambert’s of Taos
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If you’re looking for handcrafted cocktails, fine dining food, and an extensive wine list, Lambert’s is the best place to go for a romantic dinner. The majority of the menu items are made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. Lambert’s offers a $6 happy hour that includes well drinks and select menu items. The tequila is 100% agave, and The Treehouse Bar and Lounge is located upstairs and serves its own menu. Wine and beer pairing dinners are often featured as special events and are perfect for date nights.

123 Bent Street, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 575-758-1009

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7.Martyrs Steakhouse

Martyrs Steakhouse
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Martyrs is an upscale, elegant, sophisticated steakhouse in the heart of downtown Taos. The restaurant is inspired by the 1920s and offers patio seating with downtown views. The Honey Locust Bar inside of Martyrs creates signature cocktails within an adobe home that was recently renovated. The entrees at Martyrs are inspired by seasonal flavors and support local farmers in New Mexico. Martyrs are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but offer a lunch and dinner menu Wednesday through Sunday as well as weekend brunch.

146 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 575-751-3020

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8.Medley

Medley
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Colleen and Wilks Medley own and are chefs at Medley which offers modern American food, craft cocktails, and unique desserts such as grilled-bruleed peaches with almond mascarpone cream & blackberry sorbet. The restaurant opens for happy hour at 4pm then serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The dinner menu features appetizers, small plates, and main dishes. A wine shop is also available for guests who wish to take a bottle home. Custom cakes, including wedding cakes, are also available through Medley.

100 state road 150, El Prado, New Mexico, 87529, Phone: 575-776-5656

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9.Mondo Italiano

Mondo Italiano
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Mondo Italiano is an Italian restaurant in Taos that also features a rooftop deck and espresso bar. Mondo Italiano brings east coast Italian American style food to New Mexico as is known for their pizza, pasta, and wine paired specially with the pizza you order. Mondo’s also serves hero sandwiches, calzones, seafood entrees, firehouse wings, and a variety of bruschetta. Their wine list features selections from Italy as well as red, white, and rose wines from the U.S.

832 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 575-758-1329

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10.Old Martina’s Hall

Old Martina’s Hall
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Old Martina’s Hall is a historic location across from the famous Adobe Church, San Francisco De Asis. The massive vigas that span the great hall and the adobe walls of the original structure were preserved and date back to the late 18th century when the towns were sheltered inside of adobe walls to protect against indigenous warriors. Today Old Martina’s Hall, once named Old Martinez Hall, hosts special events and dances and features a restaurant serving southwest and southern cuisine for lunch and dinner. Brunch is available on Sunday.

4140 NM 68, Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico, 87557, Phone: 575-758-3003

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11.Parcht Bottleshop and Bites

Parcht Bottleshop and Bites
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Parcht’s is a wine shop that offers unique and interesting wines from all over the world, craft beers, and brews made locally. Visitor’s can also select handpicked cheese and charcuterie at this specialty retail store that features a café area where you can relax and grab a small bite to eat with locally roasted coffee or one of the alcoholic beverages. The bites consist of different loaves of bread and oils, charcuterie boards, and sweets. There is a bar and a family-style dining table for guests to eat at.

103 E Plaza, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 575-758-1994

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12.Stella's Italian Restaurant

Stella's Italian Restaurant
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Stella's Italian Restaurant is a cozy, candlelit Italian restaurant that is romantic and rustic with hardwood floors and small two and four top tables. Stella's is perfect for an intimate anniversary dinner and has been the host of many wedding proposals. Their menu features traditional Italian recipes as well as the pizza, which is a local favorite. You can also order your pizza and most of the entrees gluten free. Stella's also features delicious Italian desserts such as Tiramisu and Panna Cota.

112 Camino De La Placita, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 575-751-0100

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13.The Love Apple

The Love Apple
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The Love Apple is a small restaurant in New Mexico featuring local ingredients and all organic, made from scratch, cooking. The chefs work with local farmers and growers to create menus that are unique and authentic to New Mexico's flavors. The restaurant is housed in a historic Catholic church, Placitas Chapel, which was constructed in the 1800s. In the summertime, The Love Apple is abloom with fresh, locally grown flowers and in the wintertime the restaurant is candlelit. The quaint restaurant can only accommodate 60, which means this restaurant is quiet and intimate.

803 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 575-751-0050

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14.The Trading Post Cafe

The Trading Post Cafe
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The Trading Post is located near the Saint Francis de Assisi Church in Ranchos de Taos. The café is inside a historic trading post that is decorated with wrought iron and local art. All meals are prepared in an open-air kitchen with flavors from all over the world, and there are different specials available daily. The trading post serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and recently developed a Sunday Brunch menu. The menu selections are made to order with fresh, local ingredients.

4179 NM-68, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, 87557, Phone: 575-758-5089

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15.The Alley Cantina

The Alley Cantina
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The Alley Cantina is a family bar and restaurant with music every day of the year inside the oldest building left standing in Taos. The building was constructed in the 16th century by the local Pueblo Native Americans and was used as a Chihuahua Trail Outpost. The cantina was used as the office of a former Governor and has operated as a restaurant since 1944. The Alley Cantina opened in 1997 and serves burgers and sandwiches, salads, fish and shrimp, and New Mexico favorites such as Chile Rellenos, Carne Adovada, Burritos, Enchiladas, and tacos.

121 Teresina Lane, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Phone: 575-758-2121

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16.Common Fire

Common Fire
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Common Fire is a restaurant that believes in hot food, cold beer, and good wine. The menu features flavors from all around the world, including vegetable green curry and smoked salmon tacos as well as veal bratwurst, mac and cheese, bo ssam, pizza, flatbread, and more. The beers on tap range from ales to stouts and ciders. Common Fire is open from noon to nine every day and often hosts special events. The restaurant features indoor seating and outdoor patio seating with plenty of room, so reservations are not needed.

88 State Highway 150, Taos, New Mexico, Phone: 505-803-9113

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