"Raaga ("sweet melody") prides itself on offering superior taste and flavor. With each mouthwatering bite, guests can distinguish and savor the finest spices and the freshest herbs. In addition to his Northern Indian fare, chef Paddy Rawal offers dishes that incorporate local Southwest elements. Raaga's menu includes vegetarian and vegan options as well as meat and seafood choices. All can be ordered mild, medium or hot to please any palate.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday Thru Friday.
11.00 a.m to 2.00 p.m
Dinner: Monday thru Friday
5 p.m to 9 p.m
Saturday: 4 p.m to 9 p.m
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Raaga Ratings and Reviews
had a 7pm reservation and although they were very busy got a table within 3 minutes.
Our waiter was freindly and gave excellent service. We ordered chicken satay and lentil/coconut soup both very good and I would order again. We split a play of chicken korma and this why I gave 3stars. The dish was basically tasteless and after the soup and appetizer I expected something more. My hope is that other dishes live up to the restaurants reputation and I would return for another chance.
This was our first time at Raaga so took some time to figure out their huge menu. The food was very authentic with great flavor even though we could have moved the spicy level up a notch. The dishes were served family style with ample servings of each dish. I definitely will be going back to try some of their spicier fare.
The restaurant has a great menu. We arrived early, I needed a quieter place then what we originally got and they found another space which was quieter. We ask for medium spicy but it was not spicy at all. Although the chicken tikka had a good flavor it was a bit dry. The vegetables were over cooked. We had a shrimp green curry, it was very watery, not much flavor and the broccoli was too soft. We were very disappointed as we love Indian food.
Second recent bad experience. Korma sauce was an odd, unappetizing gray color, without much flavor and the chicken was large, (extremely) tough and dry chunks that weren’t integrated at all - as if the chicken was cooked separately and thrown in the sauce right before serving. The chicken was so rubbery, we ate around it. Requested spice levels were medium and hot; we got very mild and almost medium. Meat chunks were skimpy in quantity - sharable by two, but no way could you pass the dishes around a table of four or more if sharing - somebody ain’t getting meat. Even the (tiny order of) naan was weird - very thin and papery, almost crispy. We loved this place when we first discovered it a few years ago. Something has happened, and it's not good.
Wait staff was very attentive. They were not pushy or trying to "turn tables". It appeared this is a local favorite which is what we were going for vs. "tourist hot spot". The lamb appetizer was fantastic - like a turnover. We had one vegan entree and one chicken - both excellent. For the food and wine - price range very fair! I would recommend 100% and if back in Santa Fe again - will definitely go again.
Very good relatively authentic Indian food...Not all that hot unless you specifically request. Very good homemade pickle, outside patio on a Santa Fe summer evening doesn't get much better. Causal atmosphere, attentive service, overall very good value. Beer goes best with Indian food, a reasonable bottled selection available.
We met for diner with a vegetarian friend. We had been there, knew the food was good, and offered a fine selection of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes.
While not a big fan of Indian cuisine, I find the food at Raaga's to be exceptionally flavorful and enjoy it. we ate outside. I had a salmon which was delicious, my wife a chicken curry, and my friend a spinach dish. Also, we ordered a variety of nan, which is wonderful here.
We ate outside in the cool summer breeze of Santa Fe. It was a good time for us to reestablish our friendship.
Our experience was mixed in terms of food. The spinach salad was one of the most memorable and delicious dishes I have tasted. The green curry lamb was disappointing. The meat was dry and chewy and the sauce was thin like soup so it did not cling to the meat. The baby egg plant had its problems. The skin was brittle and dry and not digestible. The eggplant was bitter. The sauce was fairly good. Given the rave reviews on trip advisor we were expecting better.
My husband and I had dinner here on a Friday evening. Our server was so helpful guiding us through their wine list, as well as their menu. Our appetizer and meals were savory. We sat in the patio and it was so enjoyable. The Chef came by our table twice to check on us. I would highly recommend this restaurant for Indian food.
This is my go-to restaurant as I am vegetarian and this restaurant offers great vegetarian options. I have never had a bad dish here. My waiter was extremely nice and prompt. I was seated right at my reservation time. No complaints and I will be returning twice next week!
Raaga is our favorite Santa Fe restaurant. While Paddy's food is authentic Indian cuisine, it is also his creative personal take on tradition. I have yet to have a meal there when he doesn't quietly appear by the table to make sure we are enjoying ourselves. There are dishes on the menu that I have never seen in other Indian restaurants like the fried spinach salad and cauliflower florets tossed in tomato garlic sauce yet they are all delicious and adventurous. Prices are more than reasonable. I saw a new cookbook from chef Paddy Rawal and am sorely tempted to pick one up.
I think that Paddy is a great chef, and the Mahkani is always the best sauce. I felt like the chicken wasn't as well good as I like. Felt a bit underdone, and the Aloo Gobi, usually my favorite, wasn't spicy at all, despite the fact that I requested "medium" spice level. As always, the rosemary naan is the stand-out winner!
We chose this restaurant based on TripAdvisor reviews and we were not disappointed. In fact, everything was excellent, from the greeting at the door to the final farewell. The chef, Paddy Rawal, stopped at our table and thanked us for coming in. We discussed lamb and he assured me that their locally-sourced lamb was second to none. We started with the spinach salad appetizer which was plenty for two and was amazingly delicious. She ordered the chicken tikka masala (mildly spiced) while I went for the lamb chops in massaman curry (extra spicy). Both dishes rivaled the best Indian food we've ever eaten. My lamb chops (Paddy threw in an extra chop) were the best lamb I've ever put in my mouth. Service by JD was very good. The total bill for dinner for two came to $67.89. We highly recommend this restaurant!
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