Believe it or not, New Mexican food is very different from Mexican food. But if you want a little taste of Mexico coupled with Mexican-style courtyard dining, head just north of downtown Santa Fe to Gabriel’s. Gabriel’s has long been a favorite of Santa Fe locals. The restaurant is located under shady trees close to the Santa Fe Opera off Hwy 285/84.
You’ll enjoy the setting. Inside, the dining rooms are decorated with art. Outside you’ll be transported back to old Mexico in a courtyard surrounding a beautiful fountain.
Most who dine at Gabriel’s rave about the Guacamole which is skillfully made to your order tableside. Next to us, a table of men were asking for more and more chopped jalapeno in their Guacamole. I enjoyed a small entre at a small price accompanied by a golden margarita. My dining companion splurged on steak fajitas (still under $20).
The restaurant can get busy during opera season so try to avoid the opera crowd. I found the courtyard to be both relaxing and fun.
I highly recommend Gabriel’s whether you just want to get out of town or you are returning from a drive in the country.
4 Banana Lane
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Hours: Open 7 Days a Week for Lunch and Dinner. Sun – Thurs: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm and Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm.