"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
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!
Awesome food, great selection, great service - with the exception that when it came time for our bill, even though the bill claimed NOT to have included a gratuity charge, the change we received back was inaccurate. The server took it upon himself to hold back some cash without telling us, and caused unnecessary confusion and disappointment and we had to call him on it. He was literally holding onto $20 in his hand - for no apparent reason (perhaps distrust that we would leave him a tip!). A disappointing, allbeit short lived, end to an otherwise awesome experience (& the only reason I didn't give it a 5 star "outstanding" review). The server got a 20% tip - no problem, but it still left a slightly less than perfect impression for the final stage of the evening. It will in no way put me off from returning however.
Food is good but not great, for example, tanduri chicken lacked the classical cooking and flavors found in outstanding restaurants. Service is attentive but the noise was awful and we had to move to a different table. Good value overall but not a place to impress a date.
We were greeted at the front door by a friendly and enthusiastic maître d'. They had recently done a renovation and we were impressed with the colorful and simple surroundings. We ordered our standard medium spiced dishes for an Indian eatery: chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, chicken korma, and raita for dipping naan. The chef was touted on the restaurants website as putting his own special spin on his dishes and this was accurate because all of the dishes were indeed "different" than the usual flavors I had grown familiar with. Not to say they weren't tasty though...just a unique blend of spices. The chicken dishes had very ample chunks of chicken and the paneer dish had plenty of paneer. The raita I could tell was made from scratch. The medium pepper heat was a bit too light for me. We appreciated that the chef visited our table several times during dinner. All in all a very good and interesting experience.
We haven’t eaten in India (yet), but I’d like to think we’ve had enough experience with Indian cuisine to appreciate what’s really good. We’ve eaten on Brick Lane. “Curry” Hill and Devon Ave. When we lived in Chicago, India House was a regular part of our rotation.
We dined at Raaga during a recent trip to Santa Fe and thought it was top notch. Everything we tried was expertly prepared and delicious. That includes vegetable samosas, naan (light and flaky), cumin crusted salmon, lamb palak and baingan bhartha. All were excellent, but the cumin-crusted salmon was the standout.
We had a very nice Brunello di Montalcino at a very good price.
We also purchased Chef Rawal’s cookbook. We haven’t cooked from it yet, but it is an educational and beautiful book. It explains the many cuisines of India and the food photography couldn’t be better. Chef Rawal assured us that all the recipes had been tested by amateur cooks with success.
I just wish we had an Indian restaurant this good near our home in Dallas.
Wonderful food and charming atmosphere. We were a party of six and had no difficulty hearing anybody at the table nor were we aware of the conversation of others in the restaurant. Our waiter was very attentive without being overbearing or annoying by continually interrupting us. The chef stopped by our table for a brief, fun chat. This is a superb restaurant and one of our favorites in Santa Fe. Don't miss it.
Took friends who also love Indian food. We ordered a variety of dishes-Tandoori chicken, eggplant , spinach & cheese, samosas- both vegetarian & lamb, naan. All were great, spices just right, medium as we'd asked . Chef comes from Mumbai/Bombay area, he came round to check everything was right. Would recommend.
Apparently they were short on staff including a host during our visit. We were seated 1h after our reservation appointment. We decided to wait because all the people that were waiting also had been there before and only spoke good things about the food. And we confirmed it.
The "main" dining room was full so we were given the option of an uncertain wait or have the second dinIng room all to ourselves.This was just after 8:00 on a Tuesday night, so little chance of more customers arriving. We opted for having a room all to ourselves, since we usually eat in the other room or on the patio.
Scott our waiter was doing double duty filling in at the cash register, but ensured us he could serve us as well - and he did so splendidly! As always we start with the samosas, while I peruse the menu for what new dish I'll try along with our "standards". This time it was the eggplant to accompany a curried vegetable dish.
Paddy the owner and chef popped his head around the corner to say "hi", and later came back to point out the curry leaves in our yellow Dahl which were awesome! And this night I had possibly one of THE best raitas ever!
Best Indian restaurant in Santa Fe.
I selected this restaurant for my wife's birthday celebration dinner since they had so many vegetarian dishes. The Server asked us what table we would like as we strolled through the cozy dining area. We chose a table by a window but found it too hot as it was under a heater vent. When the Server returned with our water glasses he found that we had moved to another table. We said we moved because... but he stated our comfort was important and he was here to make our evening as pleasant as he could. A good start! We started off with Lasooni Gobhi which was Cauliflower florets tossed in the best tomato sauce that we have ever tasted. The Cumin-Crusted Salmon menu description looked so good that my wife deviated from her vegetarian plans. Going with the Server's recommendation I had the Chicken Madras with a Taj Mahal beer. Both were very tasty without being overpowering. The Server was very knowledgeable and answered all of our menu questions demonstrating his many years of experience working at this Restaurant. Chef Paddy Rawal checked with each table a few minutes after the food was delivered to insure his creations were pleasing to the diners. We conveyed that our expectations were exceeded and would be back soon to try some more of his wonderful dishes. He smiled brightly and wished us a wonderful evening. A truly fine dining experience with the BEST Indian food in Santa Fe and New Mexico!
First, I changed my reservation from 2 to 3, to the delight of the man on the other end of the phone. I called to say we were running late (sigh) but again, no problem. The place was packed (on a weekday!) and the food is really really good. i can't wait to go back.
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