Santa Fe >O'keeffe Cafe
217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM | Directions 8750135.689178 -105.941255
Best value in Santa Fe. This small, friendly restaurant has the best deal in town: between 5:30 and 6:30 PM, you get an appetizer, dinner and dessert for $32. Considering that the entree I had my eye on alone cost $30, this is a steal. They were pushing the elk, but I am not much of a game person, so I ordered the tournedos of beef, which was stuffed with pinenuts, goat cheese and truffle oil, wrapped in bacon and finished with an excellent sauce. That's a lot of flavors in one dish, but the total effect was nirvana. The meat was perfectly cooked, and the accompaniments complemented the dish. (I ate everything -- unusual for me -- and used the bread to sop up every last bit of the delicious sauce. An appetizer of sweetbreads and mushrooms in another succulent sauce was just as good, and a very good creme brulee finished the experience. My only quibble -- a minor one -- is that their selection of beers was a bit limited. Still, when I came back the next day, the excellent hostess remembered exactly what I had and asked if I'd like it again. Flavor, service and value -- gotta love it.
Amazing on all counts!.
I recently dined at the O'Keeffe Cafe (next to the museum) and was absolutely blown away by the experience. The weather was nice, so we had dinner outside on the spacious patio. Their wine list is second to none, with many gems to choose from-they were understandably proud of it. We had a lovely bottle of malbec (Tikal Amorio, $60), which came highly recommended by our waiter, Ben. Ben was quite possibly the best we have ever seen when it comes to taking of guests...he was perfectly attentive without ever becoming intrusive. All the staff was fantastic.
The food was exquisite. We were there at 6:15, which is just before they stopped serving their Early Bird Dinner special. For $31, we had one of the best meals we've ever had. I started with the Coconut Shrimp and my wife had the Baby Greens salad. The sauce with the shrimp was tangy and sweet, complementing the coconut perfectly. The dressing on the salad was very unique and delicious. For the main course, I had the cafe's signature dish-Elk Tenderloin. I honestly have no words to accurately describe it, except to say TRY IT!!
I would send anyone and everyone I know to this tucked-away, classy, and wonderful establishment. Great Experience.
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