RESTAURANTS IN TAOS
Let's get down and see what's cooking in Taos. There is an amazing selection of restaurants to choose from. Whether one is on a Chili questseeking the best red or green, or maybe the hottestlooking for upscale dining, or just a quaint hole in the wall, Taos provides solutions to all appetites and food preferences. Here is a sample of our favorites.
Apple Tree - Come visit this captivating restaurant located just steps away from the Historic Taos Plaza. Local artists' works are displayed upon the walls as you enjoy one of the five intimate dining rooms. Along with a diverse menu, enjoy what Wine Spectator gives an "Award of Excellence". This place draws locals and tourists, all who enjoy sitting outside, in the courtyard, under the old apple tree.
Byzantium - This restaurant looks like it belongs in New York City, with an intimate dining area and excellent service. A mixture of Asian, European Cuisine, and Middle Eastern dishes, are offered along with a premium selection of beers and wines. You won't believe the presentation.
Chef Damons - A welcome, new addition to the Taos Dining Scene, Chef Damons serves creative food cooked with seasonal, organic ingredients. Located on the south side of town across from the movie theater.
Doc Martin's at the Historic Taos Inn - Once the office of the doctor by the same name, situated in the Historic Taos Inn, relax in a charming setting and enjoy eclectic dishes served to taste. You'll find a full bar with a noted "Best Of" wine list, according to Wine Spectator. Experience for yourself contemporary American Cuisine.
Guadalajara Grill - You'll find one of these on each side of town, offering the best fresh Mexican food at great prices. Try a basic burrito, or experience one of their great shrimp dishes.
Gypsy 360 - This Arroyo Seco restaurant serves breakfast and lunch daily, and a terrific brunch on the weekends. Most of the seating is in a charming outdoor courtyard, so you can enjoy your thoughtfully prepared food in the New Mexico sunshine. The menu varies from local classics to Vietnamese and Thai food.
Joseph's Table - Located in the Historic La Fonda Hotel, this chic restaurant offers creative cuisine utilizing both local and exotic ingredients. The room is spectacularly decorated with hand painted murals, and the wine and beer selection is extensive. Joseph Wrede, the chef and owner, has received national recognition for his innovative cuisine.
Lambert's of Taos - This elegant restaurant is well known among the locals for lamb and fresh seafood. Including a beer and wine menu, enjoy the outdoor seasonal dining in the summer. As with most of our better places, we recommend reservations for this exceptional restaurant.
Maverick County Café - This excellent new restaurant opened in the beginning of 2007 in the Overland Sheepskin Center. Run by the former owner of Gypsy 360, MCC offers an incredibly varied menu filled with fresh tasty food. Not to be missed.
Orlando's - This is where the locals go for a chili urge. Situated north of town, in an area known as El Prado, this colorful and cozy restaurant offers plenty of exceptional New Mexican at remarkable prices. The service is excellent and an outdoor fire makes the wait festive. Orlando's story is a great one of local boy makes good.
Sushi a la Hatori - This new sushi bar sits at the edge of the Overland Sheepskin complex north of town. The fish is flown in daily, and the food is out of this world. You will not believe that sushi this good can exist in the desert. The view of Taos Mountain is as lovely as the food.
Taos Diner - One of my hangouts, this hole in the wall offers amazing food with a wide selection catering to families, and especially kids. Priced affordably, this cozy restaurant serves breakfast and lunch only, and gets regulars who won't go anyplace else. Donald Rumsfeld, who owns land here and spends a good deal of the little free time he has, said it was a "good burger joint".
Taos Outback Pizza - Another great place for kids, this pizza joint offers gourmet pizzas and huge salads with their famous salad dressing. With the atmosphere of old Taos, crayons on the tables, and cold beer available, leave room for one of their huge chocolate chip cookies for dessert.