About TerraCotta Wine Bistro
TerraCotta Wine Bistro is a smart casual food and wine restaurant located in the historic district of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a charming 19th century adobe building near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Downtown Plaza. Our unique Santa Fe restaurant features globally-inspired food, wine and beer, utilizing local and regional foods. At Terracotta Wine Bistro we pride ourselves on using high quality ingredients, in creative combinations that change seasonally. The ambiance is inviting, informal, up-beat, and just plain fun- great for intimate or large gatherings. Best of all, we are moderately priced.
Our varied menu features both large and smaller portions of daily entrees that encourage guests to sample and share a number of dishes.
TerraCotta Happy Hour continues all day long, with over 60 wine by the glass options available for $6 every day until 6pm.
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Sunday through Thursday : 11: 30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 11: 30 AM - 10: 00 PM
Sunday : 4 : 00 PM - 9 : 00 PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We are affiliated with Peas ‘n' Pod Catering, Santa Fe's premiere off premise, full service catering company. Peas 'n' Pod has been creating memorable events in Santa Fe since 1996.
There are several public parking lots just a block or two stroll from the restaurant. Off street parking around the restaurant is available in the evenings.
Private Party Facilities:
We have a private dining that can seat up to 20 guests. The entire restaurant can be booked for private events with sufficient notice.
Private Party Contact:
Glenda Griswold: 5054382877x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Please join our e-mail list to learn about our wine dinners and special events. We are happy to customize wine tastings for large or intimate groups and private parties.
TerraCotta Wine Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Took a chance selecting a restaurant onl ...
Took a chance selecting a restaurant online. Visiting Santa Fe for anniversary/opera. Were very pleased with TerraCotta Wine Bistro. As soon as my husband hears "bistro" he is hesitant, but he was thoroughly pleased with my selection.
We ordered the salads, shrimp salad and ...
We ordered the salads, shrimp salad and chicken salad. Both were very tasty. My shrimp salad was a little messy to eat, as the shrimp were placed in a scalloped dish, and I had to place it on the greens. It would have been nice to have it plated that way. Delicious just the same.
Excellent food, attentive wait staff and ...
Excellent food, attentive wait staff and good value. I had crab cakes and my wife had salmon. Both were excellent. I have been here in a large group and all had a great time. Definitely recommend this restaurant for dinner.
Very pleasant lunch with guitarist in th ...
Very pleasant lunch with guitarist in the room. Had the crab cakes, which were not stuffed with filler, very good, and whatever everyone else had, they said it was delicious. Even our picky 12 year old was happy. Intimate atmosphere, attentive service, ideal for tweens and adults, but I think unruly children would be to disruptive to other patrons. Parking is challenging, but that's not uncommon for old-town Santa Fe.
We sat outside on the enclosed patio, wh ...
We sat outside on the enclosed patio, where it was very quiet. Inside the restaurant, we've found that it can get loud when full, because of the antique pressed tin ceiling and other hard surfaces. As it turned out, on this Tuesday night, the inside wasn't full, and our favorite jazz guitarist, Pat Malone, was playing, so we missed out! The food was delicious as always -- although I think my waitress should have gently reminded me that my side salad was going to be the same as the salad under my perfectly medium rare flank steak. Happy hour wines (4-6) -- half price for every wine by the glass normally priced at $11 or less are a big draw for early dining! Still, four entrees, four half-price glasses of wine, one half salad, plus tax and tip came to $160 -- which seems high for two delicious and large orders of fish and chips, one shrimp over salad and one flank steak over salad.
Our server never put our entree orders i ...
Our server never put our entree orders in, or the kitchen just forgot to prepare them. We waited an hour and forty minutes, by which time we had to go to make an event. Our entrees were given to us, free of charge, in to go boxes, for which we had to wait an additional five minutes. That night when I opened my box, the fried chicken was dry and burnt, totally inedible. Frankly, they should have given us our appetizers, salads and winne for free too - as our dinnerwith out of town friends was totally ruined and we went to our event hungry. Never, never again.
We arrived early for our reservation, an ...
We arrived early for our reservation, and were greeted warmly by the owner (?) / maitre d' (?). We had a nice little chat about the opera. As we were so early, the restaurant was nearly empty. However, our server seemed in a huge rush to get us out of there. It was supposed to be a special night out on our visit to Santa Fe, but we felt very rushed, and unable to linger over our wine. Not sure what the problem was. My 15-year-old daughter was, as always, well-behaved and polite. We were not loud, nor ill-dressed (very casual atmosphere). Puzzling.
The food was acceptable; nothing special, but not bad. The wine list was amazing, and my husband and I each had one nice glass of wine (since the server was in such a hurry to get us out of there, that was all we had time for).
Every time we're in Santa Fe we make a p ...
Every time we're in Santa Fe we make a point of going to Terra Cotta. The food is great, there's a really huge wine list, service is excellent, and we always feel very well taken care of. The folks who work at Terra cotta seem to really enjoy their work!
Menu is varied and quite nice. Portions ...
Menu is varied and quite nice. Portions were very adequate and neither too little nor too much. 4 of us had salmon salad, beef fillet, lamb kabob and briscutt. Every one of us loved our choices. Very extensive wine list, but be sure to ask what may not be currently available. Service was excellent. Indoor seating, and covered outdoors in agreeable weather - we were outdoors and were very comfortable. Definitely would go again.
I had only met someone for wine and apps ...
I had only met someone for wine and apps once at Terra Cotta...and quite recently. But as soon as I did, I knew it was the place to take a VERY special out-of-town visitor for his belated birthday dinner. We were not disappointed. We lingered, taking in all of the elements, including delectable, melt-in-your-mouth fare. Rather than just "being waited on" we enjoyed our host's easy, gracious and friendly guidance through a meal she might have had prepared just for us, in her own kitchen. Beyond special, with the interior atmosphere of low-light and tasteful decor, it was romantic and intimate. As we walked in, we observed the plentiful garden of flowers and string lights that greeted us, with beautiful little tables for two on the long front porch. Next time, a table for two out front, weather permitting! Santa Fe is plumb with choices. But if you want something different? If you want something within walking distance of the Plaza and yet not in the more crowded usual path? Try this gem. Steps from the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, on Johnson Street, you will not regret it.
We liked the comfortable decor. The fri ...
We liked the comfortable decor. The friendliness of the staff was superb. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and provided outstanding service. The food, however, was mediocre and one of the meals had to be sent back as the oysters were bad. We probably will not return.
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I'm happy to have found this restaurant ...
I'm happy to have found this restaurant on a recent visit. Creative menu with a Southern influence and an extensive list of wines. The server/bartender was friendly, knowledgeable and professional as she answered the many questions we had. She accommodated our dietary restrictions and made thoughtful recommendations. We sat in the bar area, which is charming although several guests walked in and out to the adjoining rooms that night. We visit Santa Fe several times during the summer months. We will be back.
We ate at this restaurant three times on ...
We ate at this restaurant three times on a recent visit to Santa Fe. It is really a gem and could rapidly become one of our favorite restaurants. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Extensive wine list, including wines by the glass. They have an interesting varied menu, everything from appetizers and salads to delicious entrees. The service is fast and excellent. The planked salmon was our favorite, either as an entree or as a salad.
This restaurant was pleasant find in San ...
This restaurant was pleasant find in Santa Fe, thanks to trip advisor. Great food, great wine selection, and great value-especially relative to some of the other highly rated restaurants in town. Check it out- it will be on your list going forward.
We enjoyed our dinner at the Terre Cotta ...
We enjoyed our dinner at the Terre Cotta wine bar very much. The quality of the food was excellent, the wine list was nicely done though the were out of the wine i selected. Our waiter was a a bit detached which might have been due to being busy or perhaps it was the end of a long day. I ordered the Salad Nicoise the menu listed roasted potatoes as an ingredient of the dish, when it arrived there were no potatoes. The tuna steak was beautifully cooked but the salad was a huge helping of spring greens with a tuna steak, green beans and a hard boiled egg. A bit of a let down considering how excellent the other items we had ordered were.
We will return the next time we visit Sante Fe, as the positives certainly over ruled the quirks.
Well the restaurant, the menu and the wi ...
Well the restaurant, the menu and the wine list are all good, based on the price, the restaurant did not live up to my expectations. Our waitress was aloof at best, her wine recommendations were not very good and even though I asked for my steak to be med. rare to rare, I got a steak that was med. rare to medium. When you are paying low $30's for a steak, it should be cooked just like I asked. Also, with the bread (which was very good), they served what they claim was olive oil, which at best was some type of vegetable oil.
My deconstructed wedge salad was a surpr ...
My deconstructed wedge salad was a surprise, a pleasant one if you are not wedded to the concept of a wedge. In a way it summed up the rest of the meal, familiar platings, like fish and chips, where the "French fries" are round, waffle cut from fresh potatoes, lightly battered like the fish. Both were delicious but built each around a riff on the expected. Kinda fun. To bad our server was so serious, unlike th chef/owner (?) who visited our table who was engaged and entertaining.
The staff and the patio seating is pet f ...
The staff and the patio seating is pet friendly, which is a big plus for us. My fish and spinach was perfectly prepared. The rice pilaf appeared to be Uncle Ben's, right out of the box. My husbands salad was prepared well although the shrimp was disappointing (frozen or Costco?).
Dining at Terracotta was like visiting F ...
Dining at Terracotta was like visiting France for the evening. The colorful roses in front are heavenly. The colorful interior is very cheerful and charming. The food was exquisite. We had the steak salad and the steak was cooked to perfection and the greens fresh from the farmers market. The wine list was comprehensive. The chef visited our table and was delightful. Always a treat to dine at Terracotta.
We stopped in for a late afternoon snack ...
We stopped in for a late afternoon snack on a Saturday. The wine list is magnificent. The menu is simple but perfect for the setting -- unfussy, easy, done with flair, care and a sense of fun. It's the kind of place where you pick your wine first and then find the perfect foods to complement them. Given the weather and the time of year we picked a rose from their beautiful long list and paired it with the crostini platter -- two pieces each of four kinds, picked from a list of eight options. I suppose the salmon was the favorite, but seriously it was hard to choose that one above the mozzarella or the BLT or the brie with port & fig jam. We overheard the folks at the table behind us telling Glenda that they stop in every time they're in Santa Fe. We'll certainly do the same. On a personal note -- I rely mostly on a wheelchair, but can walk unsteadily a bit with a cane. As I got up from the table, I eased past Chef Catie who was chatting with folks nearby. Seeing my wobbliness she gently and firmly grasped my arm and walked me to the door, chatting amiably as we went as if we did this all the time. Her manner (as was Glenda's when she greeted us on our way in) was a fine blend of caring and good humor. The restaurant these two have made is a perfect reflection of their personalities and a wonderful place to spend some time.
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