Gabriel’s Restaurant: Santa Fe’s little bit of Mexico

Golden Margarita at Gabriel's

Golden Margarita at Gabriel's in Santa Fe

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.

More Information
Gabriel’s Restaurant
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.