About Pranzo Italian Grill
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Located in the Sanbusco Market Center on the Western edge of the Historic District, Pranzo has been a local favorite since 1988. We received the Wine Spectator 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011, 2012 and 2013 Awards of Excellence. Broadway vocalists and pianists are featured in the Geist Cabaret Fridays and Saturdays. From Pizza Margherita to Linguine Carbonara, to Prime Colorado Ribeye Steak, Pranzo boasts Santa Fe's favorite Italian American cuisine, most knowledgeable waitstaff, New Mexico's deepest list of great Italian wines and 20 wines by the glass served Normale (6.3 oz.) and Gigante (9 oz.). Chef Steven Lemon greets multiple Northern New Mexico farmers in his kitchen each week to buy the finest and freshest produce available.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9pm, Sunday: 3pm-9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
David Geist is our Broadway pianist, veteran of 600 performances of CATS on Broadway, often with vocalists in the Geist Cabaret. We have brought Tony Award winners to the Cabaret for weekend gigs. Guest stars frequently perform.
We offer private rooms for groups of 20-300. See the website for menu offerings. www.pranzosantafe.com/catering
There is a 500 car parking lot that surrounds Pranzo.
Santa Fe terminus of New Mexico Railrunner Express is only 200 yards from Pranzo.
Private Party Facilities:
4 choices of room for private dining. Groups as small as 25, large as 100. Meal plans from Italian to Mediteranean to Creative Modern American.
Private Party Contact:
Michael O'Reilly: (505) 984-2645
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Every Sunday Every bottle of wine on our list of 120 is half priced!!!
Pranzo Italian Grill Ratings and Reviews
One of our favorite Santa Fe spots - we tend to dine there once or twice a month - LOVE their 50% off wine deal, before 6pm, as we tend to like eating early anyway, and I also love that they let us choose between a 6 oz or 9 oz pour. Schnitzel was fantastic, as was my pasta. Just fancy enough, feels homey, but the cuisine is sophisticated and prepared with care, well thought out.
My significant other and I had a wonderful meal of pasta and caesar salad. The sauces were excellent as were their special additions, shrimp for me and sausage for my significant other. The service was very, very attentive. The wine selection was outstanding for its selection of Tuscan wine, e.g., Brunellos and Montepulciano. Wow, just like being in Italy!
We had zucchini for an appetizer, it was crispy but greasy. Both of our pasta dishes were sub par. My spaghetti resembled ramen, and the shrimp was tasteless. My husband's pasta pomodoro was bland. The salad was good. We have had good experiences in the past, hopefully this was just an off night. I must say, the cioppino was excellent at a past visit.
The food was fabulous as always.
My guests were coming from Alb. and the Interstate 25 was backup because of a major accident and diverted to an access road. Then there was an accident on the access road. The Restaurant was very understanding about some of my party being late for the reservation.
The service was friendly and helpful.
Very disappointing New Year's eve dinner. Lovely ambience but that's where the pleasantness of the experience ended. We ordered the O salad which tasted like it had been sitting in a big vat in the back waiting to be dished out to whoever ordered it---drenched in dressing and wilted on delivery. Not good. Zucchini fritters and aioli had nice flavor but zucchini was also way too oily. Bucatini Bolognese was OK flavor but my husband described it as very monotonous and too way too salty.Spaghettini with shrimp and sun-dried tomatoes was absolutely awful, so overpowering with the flavor of garlic that it was barely edible (and I like garlic!) . Too bad because the dish had promise. All I can say that was positive was that pasta was cooked very well, perfect al dente and my seven-year-old enjoyed her pepperoni pizza.
We shared our starter; Fritto misto and it was delicious. The main course we had was mediocre. The pizza con rapini had too much garlic on it and the special of the day which was a spaghettini wasn't special. Wouldn't recommend, because there are better options in Santa Fe!
After waiting 40 minutes for a salad (the other never came) expectations were significantly lowered and subsequently met. An unimpressive crust supported a lackluster Margarita topping for my simple main course. My companion fared somewhat better with a heavily thickened and overly seasoned cioppino. The saving grace was a tart and succulent lemon sorbet on broiled lemon half rounds, graced with brined lemon. Perhaps Pranzo is best visited for pranzo - but given the options in Santa Fe, why eat mediocre Mediterranean when extraordinary Southwestern is available!
We had dinner here on Christmas Eve. I had a prime rib special that was beautifully prepared. My guests agreed that the food was very good and an excellent value. The wine was also a bargain. The staff was very pleasant, but perhaps a bit too busy to check that we had water, etc. The only other problem is that we were seated under a light fixture that was flickering. My problem for not raising the issue. We will continue to dine here!
This was a family dinner get-together with one member from out-of-town. The ambiance was so cozy. The wait staff very attentive and helpful. We shared 3 delicious appetizers to start. Our separate entrees were wonderful as well. What a lovely evening for us all !
The service was fine and the food was average. The zucchini appetizer sounded delicious with truffle oil; however it was greasy and couldn't taste truffle oil. I make cave y pepe at home and was thrilled to see it on the special menu. However the restaurants was dry, insufficient parmesan cheese, pepper nd cream. Would not recommend the food.
We received a warm and friendly welcome and were seated at a comfortable booth, where we shared a generous Caesar salad, an amazing pork loin special garnished with seasonal fresh peaches and blue cheese, and a creamy chicken fettucini dish; both entrees were prepared to perfection, and servings were generous. Our server was friendly and attentive without being overbearing, and was happy to answer our questions about the menu. Wine list is excellent, with varied by- the -glass selections, all offered with the option of a 6 oz. or 9 oz. serving; pasta selections are also offered at half or full size portions. We appreciate the quiet, relaxed atmosphere and have returned often to this restaurant for both lunch and dinner when we are in Santa Fe. Another plus is that there is plenty of free parking! I'm sure we'll return to Pranzo for a satisfying, unrushed, and quiet meal!
I had been to Pranzo many times but my companion had not. Since she is Italian, she is very discerning about the food. She liked her entree (ravioli) very much though she felt it may have had a touch too much sauce. My entree (also a pasta dish) was excellent and had great flavor and presentation. The salads and the service were also very good.
Headline here is a pleasant discovery. We went for lunch.
An extensive, very interesting Italian menu - surprising for Santa Fe - a bit heavy for the summer. Nice selection of daily specials plus an extensive menu. Didn't spend much time looking at the wine list but it seems to be well put together - I enjoyed the wine by the glass offering. Fit for foodies depending... It was hot so I was disappointed that they didn't offer a semifreddo or granita for dessert - the sorbets were good.
One other thing to consider is the location. Which in my opinion is a plus. It is just far enough from the Plaza that one avoids the madness and related parking problems. (They have off-street parking.)
We look forward to returning for either lunch or dinner. It's a nice spot when you have a little time, good company and aren't on a tight budget.
Nothing really stellar, but nothing horrible. Quality of dishes was uneven. I am gluten free so options limited (I have tried their gluten free pasta in the past, and it is terrible: cold, sticky, obviously made up in a batch once a night (or once a week?) and expensive). We were there on a quiet night, had our small grandchildren who were fairly well behaved but never-the-less other patrons weren't delighted and weren't subtle about it. Similar quality and ambience Italian restaurants should be kid-friendly to well-behaved children.
We have enjoyed several lunches at Pranzo's but we were seriously disappointed by the service, the food preparation and the incredibly slow service, attendance etc. If all of the regular staff was on holiday, you should have closed the restaurant for the night.
Had an excellent lunch before movie at Jean Cocteau. Service was delightful. Have always loved the ambiance at this place. A spinach dish, made from locally sourced produce, was outstanding and adequate for my meal. My friends had 1/2-order pasta with chicken and raved about it.
We'll be back!
Steven Lemon always does a great job with his restaurant. Creative Italian food without being too spendy. 4 people can dine well including a couple bottles of good wine for $200-$250. Or go all out and still only spend $350 or so. The bar seems lively and good wine by glass offerings,though we haven't really spent many visits to bar/lounge .
Pranzo is an old favorite of my wife and I. We are generally happy with the food, the ambience, and the service. The prices are much higher than they used to be under the previous ownership, though, so we're less inclined to visit very often.
On this occasion, a Friday night, it was extremely noisy in the room. That was unfortunate. We've never experienced that before.
Our service was fine until the end. After waiting for a time, we told a busboy we wanted a check. Our server arrived soon after with a dessert menu, which she repeated tried to push on us. I personally am not a fan of this little dance than some servers go through. If I ask for a check, it's because I'm ready to leave. I don't need a hard sell at the end of the meal to buy more food. It marred an otherwise OK meal.
Our server Sarah was outstanding and very helpful with our wine selection. We had the Niçoise and tuna prepared perfectly and in nice portion to the salad. I had the wonderful lamb dish with polenta and Japanese eggplant and pipperade. Our wine w perfect with meal. The restaurant was not crowded when we arrived with reservations and we were seated promptly. The dining room quickly filled before our meal was finished. This is such a comfortable environment and great change of pace in Santa Fe. We eat here at least once whenever we visit.
Whenever I want to have an uncomplicated dinner (with my own booth and a brass plaque with my name on it on the wall!) without any pressure to hurry up and make the spot available, I choose Pranzo. It's been there for a long time and they know me, which is a big deal for me.
We always go to Pranzo's when in Santa Fe. They surpass most other Italian restaurants for authenticity. As an older couple, we appreciate the many half orders of pasta dishes available. We had the Spaghettini con Gamberoni. Tons of shrimp and just enough pasta! The grilled lemon sorbet was the perfect way to end the meal.
This was our first time to Pranzo, and we will definitely be back. Our waitress was attentive, but not overly so, and had helpful advice about the menu. My husband had the eggplant parmesan, which was good, but not the best he has ever had. I had the spinach ravioli which was creamy goodness. Our son had a pizza and was very happy with it. The bread had the right crunch on the outside soft and fresh in the middle with a selection of three oils for dipping. A nice evening out!
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