About Dinner for Two
Dinner for Two is a family owned restaurant that has a comfortable, intimate atmosphere for parties large or small. Our local 'regulars' call us "a great value in fine dining". Multi-award winning: including Wine Spectator and "top 10 in southwest" We are happy to host dinners for organizations, or private celebrations from 2 to 60, everything is made in-house so special diets are easily accommodated: allergies, gluten free, etc.
"Excellent Food and Service at a Reasonable Price"
Fusion / Eclectic, Continental, French
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:00PM,
W San Francisco St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings we have classical guitar. Our music accompanies dinner & conversation.
Our catering is always a favorite. We meet your highest expectations and the price point that you require. A wide variety of choices to make all your party members happy.
6 spots at the front entrance, as well as a private lot "Jefferson Place" 50 feet west on W. San Fransisco Street.
Dinner for Two is four blocks from the train station; And on the walking path to the Plaza along Guadalupe and San Fransisco Streets.
Private Party Facilities:
We have three rooms of varying sizes so you can have a private party for twenty or a romantic dinner for two.
Private Party Contact:
Pam Barnes: 5058202075x
Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
New Year's Eve, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Valentine's Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Easter, Mother's Day
Dinner for Two Ratings and Reviews
Over the top awesome as always. We come ...
Over the top awesome as always. We come 2 -3 times a year for special occasions and have never been disappointed. Knowledgeable and courteous staff. Owners are welcoming and out there working. The bread alone is worth the drive. Ha!
We had read that the service was poor bu ...
We had read that the service was poor but were still surprised at how bad it was. We had to remind the hostess that we were waiting for our reservation as she seated several parties who arrived after us. We had made reservations two weeks in advance for Thanksgiving dinner and had to sit at a card table in the middle of the flow of traffic with diners and servers squeezing past us on both sides. Mid-meal we were moved to a different table, which was nice, but our entrees cooled off in the process. There was one female server taking up slack for what many of the other servers, including ours, neglected, such as providing clean silverware, clearing plates, etc. (Common sense/rule of thumb: when (as a server) you are walking by a table empty-handed- even if it isn't your table - and you see empty plates, clear them!! It's just good form and is definitely noticed and appreciated by the diner)
The ingredients seemed to be fresh and of good quality; however, execution was inconsistent and disappointing. In particular, if you like crab in your crab cakes, don't bother with these. If you want your steak cooked to medium, order it rare. Other diners sent their entrees back for other menu choices. And if it's an expensive prix fixe menu, don't charge $5 for a cup of tea, especially after such a disappointing dining experience.
There are so many restaurants in Santa Fe. Skip this one.
We went on Thanksgiving day. When I rev ...
We went on Thanksgiving day. When I reviewed the menu during the reservation process, there was no indication that only a fixed price menu would be available due to the holiday. I thought I would be able to order off the regular menu.
Service was poor. We both asked for water without ice. (Not honored). I ordered a glass of wine, but it did not come before the food, so I had to hail someone after the food appeared. We ordered a side dish which was never served but included on the bill. A roving person took it off the bill with a matter-of-fact apology. Our server pretty much did not serve us. We hardly saw her.
My medium-rare filet minon was on the medium side. My parter's marsala seemed like a gravy train. There was no "grilled brussel sprouts" on the salad as stated on the menu but instead topped with "grocery-store-deli-style broccoli or cauliflower."
Not worth $160 for two with just one glass of wine. Filling though.
Clearly this restaurant was not prepared ...
Clearly this restaurant was not prepared to host Thanksgiving dinner. The owner was the sole host, and after waiting 15 minutes to be greeted, along with 8 others waiting, we were sat well past our reservation. The table of four in front of us was scolded for arriving without a reservation (not starting out good here).The service was terrible, when we finally ordered another 20 minutes later. They ran out of their "recommended" wine, and then the second choice bottle arrived after the appetizers. Entrees were slow to arrive, and my turkey was literally cold. They smoked the turkeys the day before, and it was extremely dry and was over smoked and just tasted of burnt mesquite. My glass of red for dinner also arrived late, after I was half way complete. Dessert was also not great and we didn't even finish. They don't buss the tables quickly, and leave you with a mess throughout the meal. No surprise the walls were filthy with dust and cobwebs. Several other tables were complaining as well. To bad- I think it's a kiss of death for a restaurant to screw up a holiday meal.
I was really surprised based on all of the good reviews and recommendations. I will, and would if I were you, steer clear of this place.
Used to be good but much deteriorated. O ...
Used to be good but much deteriorated. Ordered a bottle of wine before dinner. Never came. Couldn't find the waiter. The busboy brought appetizers -- still no wine. We ate the appetizers. Waiter finally appeared and had forgotten the wine order. The wine was out of stock (although a featured special on the menu. We ordered glasses of wine rather than a bottle as the meal was half over. The waiter promised to comp the wine. He didn't. Food was not awful but overpriced and mediocre. Santa Fe has a score of Mexican greasy spoons that are better than this pretentious, overpriced leftover.
my husbands 70th Birthday was Nov. 16. F ...
my husbands 70th Birthday was Nov. 16. Four of us had reservations for 6:30. Two of us had the Caesar Salad prepared table side. My husband had the prime rib steak, I had the frenched chicken breast, friend had the coque au van 3 course special ( mushroom soup and key lime pie) and last person had the Caesar salad as her meal.
All was delicious, EXCEPT For the Caesar salad...which was quite surprising since our server told us that it was really a house specialty! You could hardly find any anchovies ( two small pieces per person that was mashed in the wooden bowl) Hardly any Parmesan cheese, we got the tail end of a piece of cheese ...we asked for additional cheese after she took the whole tray and bowl away.... very tasteless. I would suggest adding anchovie paste so there is some flavor.... also needed more fresh lemon. Service was ok... a table of six people who arrived well after we did received all of their food a good 10 minutes before we did...... we could not figure that out!
All other food was very good.
I would recommend Dinner for 2 but tell them to skip the Caesar Salad....it is not worth $9 per person
Nice, quiet restaurant just off the plaz ...
Nice, quiet restaurant just off the plaza. They had a nice wine list and plenty of local beers as well. The Thursday prime rib special was delicious and was a great value for what was served versus the price. Would definitely come back again.
What I will always remember is the 10 mi ...
What I will always remember is the 10 minute wait for the hostess to seat us for our reservation. She said just a minute please and came back three times before finally asking for our reservation. She asked us to wait again while she had our table made. Needless to say that the front of the house needs lots of improvement.
The meal was very good. A real value on Sunday night.
We were recommended by our hotel ( Hilto ...
We were recommended by our hotel ( Hilton garden inn on plaza) We were told it was $19.95 for Sunday 3 course dinner. When we got there it was 24.95. We were ok with that. Our waiter was not attentive to us. We ask for our dessert to go. I ask for plastic ware cause we were in hotel. He said he didnt think they had. We waited for him to come back back. Never did; Im asuming the owner came back gave us bag and plastic ware. Told her food was excellent service was poor.
The only minor issue was the overly frie ...
The only minor issue was the overly friendly condition (continuous touching) demonstrated by a female wait person made the experience a tad uncomfortable and the pellet stove was very noisy. Another minor issue was the lack of ample lighting could have been a tad brighter. It would be a plus if making reservations online would show table location availability. Would have liked the street window view. The food was excellent. We will return.
We've been wanting to try Dinner For Two ...
We've been wanting to try Dinner For Two for years. We finally made it there and had a wonderful evening. The menu is nicely varied and seasonal, the service was very attentive but not smothering and our meals were delicious!
We'll definitely be going back.
We dined at Dinner for Two because we we ...
We dined at Dinner for Two because we were in the mood for prime rib. We started with a merlot from Washington state. This is also a bakery and they brought out the most delicious homemade onion and rye bread to start. (I wish I had the recipe). Our prime ribs were tender and juicy and cooked medium rare as we had ordered. We couldn't resist ordering one Apple pie a la mode to cap off the meal. Service was good, surroundings were very nice, and we would go back again.
Hi, Four of us went to D42 for dinner th ...
Hi, Four of us went to D42 for dinner this past Sunday evening. We ordered a table side caesar salad. The romaine was wilted, the anchovies were really fishy smelling and the garlic cloves they used were out of a jar and stale as they had no taste.
We ordered a bottle of wine and it was very good, we tried to order a second bottle and waited for more than 30 minutes and finally I flagged down the waiter and he said they had no more of that wine in stock. He recommended a different label for about twice the price and would not give us the lower price!
One of the 4 entrees was sold out. However we waited another 30 minutes or so before the waiter told us that. So we ordered a different entree - and waited another 30 minutes for them to arrive. Two of the entrees were horrible.
The water glasses were not refilled. Again I had to wave down the waiter to get some water.
We then ordered desserts. They were very good except one of the desserts had a broken piece of glass in it which wasn't detected until placed in the mouth. My friend had small cuts on her lip and tongue. I then tracked down the owner and told her what happened. She must get a lot of diners complaining about broken glass in their food as she wasn't shocked or surprised and said she was sorry.
The owner delivered the check and said that all we had to pay for was the second bottle of wine. Guess what I said.
To be fair, we've been to the restaurant several times in the past and were pleased. But this time we had terrible service, lousy food, bait and switch menu items and almost had to make a trip to the emergency room.
Never again D42!
Dinner for Two always has great food, an ...
Dinner for Two always has great food, and the Sunday evening meal is exceptional with an value. The full meal for a set price is the best deal in Santa Fe. Plus they have a birthday program that sends a certificate to you for your birthday, that gives you a $20 credit on your check when you dine within your birthday month. Oh, and the wine list is great and you really can't go wrong with any wine by the glass! We ear at Dinner for Two EVERY time we visit Santa Fe!
Our young waiter was overly energetic, a ...
Our young waiter was overly energetic, and talked too loud. The music was inappropriate for fine dining, too loud and fast...not conducive for a relaxing dinner and conversation. I had to ask them to change it. Their tableside Caesar salad was all right, except the lettuce was slightly wilted, and not cut carefully. Not a good value for $9.00 a person. I expected more from their hype. Mushrooms in phyllo was very good . Hushpuppy appetizer was soggy in the center. Overall...an average meal.
We took two friends from Denver, at 5pm ...
We took two friends from Denver, at 5pm when DF2 is less crowded. They loved it. We started with a smooth Spanish wine. Then we enjoyed delicious Caesar salads made at our tableside. Next, one of us had the ribeye, one the veal, one the seafood sampler and one a chicken dish. Everything was served graciously and tasted wonderful. We ended with apple pie as good as Mom makes...the crust was perfect and flaky. We are eager to go back.
This was our second trip to Dinner for T ...
This was our second trip to Dinner for Two. We had enjoyed the Sunday prix fixe dinner on a previous visit to Santa Fe. Our latest dinner was a great experience as well. It is not quite the value of Sunday night, but compares favorably in food and price with fine dining restaurants in Santa Fe. From the wonderful heirloom tomato caprese salad which we split ,to the excellent grouper special, the food was fabulous. Since this was our last evening in Santa Fe we splurged with the Bananas Foster. Dinner for Two is a great find in the Santa Fe dining scene. The restaurant was quite close to our accommodations, so we were able to walk; helpful as parking is limited.
The food was really very good and very r ...
The food was really very good and very reasonably priced. We can be extremely critical of restaurants, food and service, and will definitely return when we are in town. The server that we had could use some training and be more attentive. Otherwise terrific.
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