Tucked away inside the Lodge at Santa Fe on the north side of town, Garduño’s Restaurant and Cantina offers not only authentic New Mexican cuisine, but a view of the City Different against the Sangre de Cristo mountains that can’t be beat.
Garduño’s offers an extensive menu of New Mexican favorites made with only quality, local ingredients and a delightful assortment of Margaritas to accompany your meal. Consider starting off with their age-old recipe House Margarita and a Pizzadilla or perhaps the Shrimp Avocado Cocktail. The entrée menu is huge, but you can’t go wrong with their house specialty Santa Fe Blue Enchiladas—blue corn tortillas stuffed with seasoned chicken and assorted chesses topped with the chile sauce of your choice (hint: go with the Chile Verde). Close out your evening with a slice of Tres Leches cake and an aperitif. If all that New Mexican decadence is too much for you, the “Lighter Fare” menu offers a host of leaner, yet no less delicious, options.
Founded in Albuquerque in 1981 by Dave Garduño and purchased in the summer of 2011 by a group of local investors, Garduño’s has spread to five locations around New Mexico, and even one in Las Vegas, NV. Their mission is to provide their guests “with the most fiesta-like atmosphere, with the highest quality of food, served with the greatest customer service ANYWHERE.”
If you sit facing the windows and the panoramic view of Santa Fe, the sun will set behind you, giving the Sangre de Cristos the red glow that inspired their colorful name. Watching the light fade, and the city lights come aglow, is beautiful accompaniment to your classic, new Mexican meal.
Garduño’s is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 7:00am to 2:00pm. You can get dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and on Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Enjoy your Garduño’s chips and salsa? Well you can keep your pantry stocked by ordering online at http://gardunos-of-mexico.myshopify.com/collections/all.
With a menu large enough to please everyone in your dining party, a view of Santa Fe to die for, and a full-bar of delicious and unique margaritas, you can’t go wrong with Garduño’s the next time you’re looking for old-school New Mexican food.