There are many great things to do in Las Cruces. Set on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, the New Mexican city of Las Cruces boasts beautiful natural scenery, a rich history, and vibrant culture, plenty of outdoor adventures and unique culinary experiences. Located in the heart of the chili capital of the world, the city is home to some of the best Mexican food in the state, as well as authentic Italian cuisine, and New Mexican-style fare and has several excellent restaurants at which to enjoy sublime cuisine.
1. Aqua Reef Euro-Asian Cuisine
© Aqua Reef Euro-Asian Cuisine
East meets West at Aqua Reef Euro-Asian Cuisine and offers a unique dining experience in a casual, laid-back setting. Helmed by the notable Chef Tatsu Miyazaki, the restaurant specializes in Pan-Asian cuisine such as fresh sushi and sashimi, dim dum, miso, rice bowls, and fresh seafood, along with tapas, and Bento Boxes. Prepared from scratch using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and served with flair, signature dishes include Teriyaki Ribs, Pecan Breaded Katsu, Jalapeño Ponzu Yellow Tail, Bulgogi Beef Sliced NY steak, and Yin Yang Lemon Pepper Shrimp. The restaurant serves vegetarian and gluten-free menus, and the full-service Aqua Bar offers a wide range of libations, including hot and cold sake, fine wines, craft, and draft beers, and classic cocktails. Aqua Reef Euro-Asian Cuisine is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
141 Roadrunner Pkwy #115, Las Cruces, NM 88011, Phone: 575-522-7333
2. Hacienda de Mesilla and Cantina
© Hacienda de Mesilla and Cantina
The Hacienda de Mesilla Grille and Cantina is a festive restaurant that serves a creative menu of Mexican and Southwestern cuisine in a bright and colorful atmosphere. Set in a traditional adobe building with intimate balconies boasting beautiful views of the Organ Mountains, and a charming rooftop terrace where musicians play live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Decorated in tones of vibrant cobalt blue, the family-friendly restaurant serves heaving plates of fresh seafood, prime beef, lamb, and chicken, fresh salads, pasta plates with housemade sauces, and traditional favorites such as arrachera steak, green chile crab bisque, and queso fundido. A full-service bar serves a variety of craft and draft beers by the bottle and the glass, fine wines from around the world, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. The Hacienda de Mesilla Grille and Cantina is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1891 Avenida de Mesilla, Mesilla, NM 88046, Phone: 575-652-4953
3. Josefina's Old Gate Cafe
© Josefina's Old Gate Café
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Mesilla Plaza, Josefina's Old Gate Café is a charming family-owned and operated café that offers a comfortable home-away-from-home dining experience. Open for breakfast and lunch, daily; the restaurant is set in a historic building that dates back to the early 1900s and boasts thick walls, well-worn tiles, and a lovely patio for alfresco dining. The café serves an inventive menu of seasonal farm-to-table cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients such as omelets and breakfast chilaquiles, homemade quiche, fresh salads and soups, frittatas, and bowls of green chile papas. The café serves weekly specials, a wide range of libations including casual wines, craft beers, and cocktails and hosts live music on the outdoor patio.
2261 Calle De Guadalupe, Mesilla, NM 88046, Phone: 575-888-4799
4. Sakura Japanese House
© Sakura Japanese House
Sakura Japanese House is a high-end Hibachi-style restaurant that specializes in upscale Japanese and Asian cuisine served in a modern, stylish environment. Boasting a sophisticated dining space with intimate booth seating, a long bar, and dim lighting, the restaurant serves a menu of fresh, made-from-scratch sushi and sashimi, hibachi, tempura, udon, donburi, and teriyaki. The bar serves a selection of craft and local beers, casual easy-drinking wines, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. Sakura Japanese House is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
3961 E Lohman Ave #1, Las Cruces, NM 88011, Phone: 575-522-0678
5. Double Eagle Restaurant
© Double Eagle Restaurant
Set within a beautifully preserved historic home that dates back to 1849, Double Eagle Restaurant is an elegant steakhouse that offers an exceptional fine-dining experience. The high-end eatery features several intimate dining rooms decorated with precious antiques, period furnishings, crystal chandeliers, and turn-of-the-century art, as well as a spectacular 30-foot hand-carved Eastlake style bar with gold leaf Corinthian columns and classic French Baccarat chandeliers. Guests enjoy an award-winning menu of house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood, and a range of vegetarian options. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Double Eagle Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
2355 Calle De Guadalupe, Mesilla, NM 88046, Phone: 575-523-6700
6. La Posta de Mesilla
© La Posta de Mesilla
La Posta de Mesilla is a landmark restaurant and highly acclaimed dining destination in the Mesilla Valley. Set within in a beautifully preserved 18th-century stagecoach station, that was a stage stop on the Butterfield Trail, the restaurant features several bustling dining rooms, a vestibule with lush, tropical plants and a resident parrot. Specializing in Southwestern cuisine, the menu features traditional and native dishes such as tostadas compuestas, chili Rellenos, tacos, guacamole salad, and quesadillas. Signature entrées include green chili enchiladas, flautas, sunset-hued Carne adovada, and delicious steaks with green chili sauce. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. La Posta de Mesilla is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, and weekend breakfast and brunch.
2410 Calle De San Albino, Mesilla, NM 88046, Phone: 575-524-3524
7. Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant
© Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant
Located in the Pan Am Plaza, Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant that offers an authentic Italian dining experience. Inspired by delicious recipes passed down through the generations, the restaurant has been serving traditional Italian cuisine for the past 46 years and continues to do so today. Using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients and imported items such as olive oil, mozzarella cheese, house-cured charcuterie and semolina flour for pasta and pizzas, the culinary team prepares dishes of homemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, wood-fired pizzas with gourmet toppings, and fresh seafood plates. Decadent desserts include tiramisu and gelato, and drinks range from craft and draft beers and casual Italian wines to high-end spirits and classic cocktails. Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.
1753 E University Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001, Phone: 575-521-3505
8. Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria
Established in 2011, Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria is a family-run restaurant that serves delicious, homemade Italian fare in a warm and welcoming setting. The family prides themselves on using the highest quality Italian ingredients such as homemade mozzarella that is prepared daily, prosciutto Cotto di Parma and prosciutto Crudo di San Daniele, San Marzano tomatoes, and Trifoglio extra virgin olive oil to create sublime dishes. The menu features paper-thin, wood-fired pizzas with gourmet toppings, fresh seafood, and fish dishes, handmade pasta and sauces, prime beef and veal dishes, fresh salads, vegetables and decadent desserts such as raspberry-lemon or tiramisu and chocolate ganache. A selection of award-winning wines produced at the family’s vineyard in Deming, New Mexico is served with the food, along with other libations, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
1321 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM 88005, Phone: 575-526-2484
9. Paisano Cafe
© Paisano Café
Paisano Café is a casual restaurant that serves traditional Mexican cuisine in a warm and welcoming setting. Located in the heart of Las Cruces, Paisano Café is owned by Oscar Ibave and Alehandro Dimakis who pride themselves on providing guests with an unrivaled dining experience with seasonal menus of inventive, farm-to-table cuisine. Using fresh locally sourced ingredients, the kitchen prepares and serves dishes of fresh seafood, prime steaks and chops, pasta and sauces, fresh salads and vegetarian options, and sweet desserts. Signature dishes include chiles en nogada, Pescado poblano, grilled chicken breast, west salmon, vodka dill salmon, achiote swordfish, and zucchini flower pasta, and the cuisine is accompanied by fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Paisano Café is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, and early breakfast on the weekends.
1740 Calle De Mercado, Las Cruces, NM 88005, Phone: 575-524-0211
10. The Pecan Grill and Brewery
© The Pecan Grill and Brewery
Located in the Mesilla Valley Mall, the Pecan Grill and Brewery is a casual eatery on Telshor Boulevard that serves locally-sourced Southwestern fare and craft beers in a relaxed atmosphere. The upscale bar specializes in a wide variety of unique micro-brews, in-house cocktails, and easy-drinking wines to accompany the Southern New Mexican-inspired cuisine. Signature dishes stuffed green chilies, certified Angus bacon-wrapped filet, drunken mussels, meatloaf, pecan-crusted salmon, and the famous lava burger, and guests can enjoy dining in the elegant dining room or out on the beautifully manicured patio. The Pecan Grill and Brewery is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
500 S Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88011, Phone: 575-521-1099
11. Salud de Mesilla
© Salud! de Mesilla
Salud! de Mesilla is a vibrant eatery that serves tapas-style dishes of American, Mexican, and Spanish comfort food and craft cocktails. Inspired by global tastes and flavors from around the world, owners Russell and his partner Christopher Schaljo infuses a variety of different cultural foods such as Provel cheese and toasted ravioli from St. Louis. Seasonal menus use locally sourced ingredients where possible to create dishes such as marinated octopus with chorizo and cotija cheese a warm corn tortilla, stuffed chicken breast with artichoke hearts and sautéed spinach, green enchiladas, breakfast burritos, and chicken and waffles. The cuisine is accompanied by a collection of 27 wines, along with a range of craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails and the restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
1800 Avenida de Mesilla b, Las Cruces, NM 88005, Phone: 575-323-3548
12. D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro (St. Clair Winery & Bistro)
© D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro (St. Clair Winery & Bistro)
Situated near the historic Old Town of Albuquerque, the St. Clair Winery & Bistro, now called the D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro to highlight the rich history of the winery in New Mexico, is a locally-owned and operated winery and bistro that serves casual country French country cuisine and local wines. The charming bistro features a sunny dining room and sun-kissed patios with beautiful views over the surrounding vineyards and hosts live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights. A seasonal menu boasts gourmet country fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, such as homemade soups and fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, steaks, and fresh seafood dishes. The food is paired with St. Clair’s award-winning wines, as well as classic cocktails and craft beers, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
901 Rio Grande Blvd NW B-100, Albuquerque, NM 87104, Phone: 505-243-9916
13. Sunset Grill
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Boasting beautiful views over the Sonoma Ranch Golf Course, the Sunset Grill is a stylish restaurant that serves New American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant has modern décor and neutral tones with wooden accents, and an inviting ambiance, and serves a seasonal menu of locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the eatery offers signature dishes of Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus, Blood Orange Lobster Ceviche, Shrimp Scampi Linguini, Miso-Marinated Chilean Sea Bass, Red Bird Farms Organic Chicken Breast, and Grilled USDA Prime New York Strip. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. The Sunset Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1274 Golf Club Rd, Las Cruces, NM 88011, Phone: 575-521-1826
14. NM Vintage Wines
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NM Vintage Wines produce a range of wines known as Cowbelle Wines and has a tasting room located half a block south of the Historic Mesilla Plaza where guests can taste the Cowbelle range, as well as other wines from more than ten New Mexico wineries, and craft brews from several New Mexico breweries. Set inside a 1850s-era adobe building, the tasting room serves a light menu of tapas and small sharing plates of New Mexican fare and has a cigar collection which guests can enjoy outside on the patio. NM Vintage Wines is open in the afternoons and evenings for wines tasting and light fare, Wednesday through Sunday.
2461 Calle Principal, Mesilla, NM 88046, Phone: 575-523-9463
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