We were looking for a place for an early dinner before an event. We took advantage of Happy Hour wine deals, shared the artichoke and each had a delicious entree. There was plenty leftover for the next day's lunch. The veggies were fantastic.
Bruschettas were excellent; crab dip too salty, blocking the flavor of the crab and the corn, waffle chips too weak to support dipping. Chicken pot pie was sweet and contained only minimal chicken and very diappointing.
What a disappointment. I highly recommend that you...take a pass. I basically filled up on the bread, which was better than average but still no picnic.
When I arrived, I decided to have a steak. I saw it on the menu. It sounded...ok. So, I asked the bar tender about the steak. Did she recommend it?
"I don't eat meat," was her response. I asked what she did recommend.
She recommended the salmon. She asked how I like it cooked. She recommended chef's preparation, a bit pink on the inside. I was happy with this counsel.
Alas. My salmon was overcooked. It was oozing that white stuff. It was dry. The shell - that's what it seemed like, a shell - was hard. Truth? It was inedible. The polenta 'cake' it came with was a wedge of over-fried (why fry???) corn meal. Dry. Cold. Yuck.
The salad was also old - the lettuce wilted and slimy in parts; the apples soft and mushy and clearly past their prime. I asked about the half-bottles of wine versus glasses; she steered me to the cheap wine selection (I like being frugal, but my question was about the quality of the wine. She didn't know. She had not tasted it, 'but people seem to like it' is what she said).
Really, I was so disappointed in the entire experience that I'm dumbfounded by all the good reviews. Maybe it was an off night.
Or maybe, just maybe, I should have walked on by. Next time, I will. Waste of my money. My time. And worse, I'm still hungry. Boo.
Great place. Bruchetta was terrific. So was the Jambalaya. Excellent wine selections.
Absolutely fab! Wonderful food. Lovely wines.
We have dined here two times and both times the experience was outstanding. The food is terrific and the service is polite and professional. Great wine list and fair prices. Such a friendly place...the chef owner visits with patrons making the experience a warmly personal time.
Always a regular when we visit Santa Fe. A really nice neighborhood-type restaurant with very good food and a great wine list. An interesting and moderately priced menu in comparison to many in Santa Fe. Recommended.
Not as good as we have experienced before.
Rude diners at next table
They never disappoint . Wonderful wine selection and menu choices.
. . . our go to place! Staff is always great. Wine is super reasonable. Every dish is thoughtful, abundant, satisfying, and beautifully plated without resorting to gimmicky stacking or sauce art. Last trip everyone ordered a different dish - a feast for the eyes!
Terrific restaurant and wine bar down the street from the Georgia O'Keeffe. Their are several small rooms to choose from but on both occasions we really enjoyed the front bar. The bartender/sommelier Emily was a delight, very warm and knowledgeable about the menu, especially the wines. Parking is limited but it's just minutes away from the plaza.
Great menu variety at very reasonable prices. Excellent wine list in various price ranges. Waiters are knowledge about menu ingredients and also about wines and their nuances. Owners are very friendly and attentive. Highly recommended.
Ate at Terra Cotta twice during our visit to Santa Fe and enjoyed it both times. Sat at the bar the night we arrived in town as it was busy. Enjoyed chatting with the bartender and she gave us recommendations about things to do while in town. 2nd meal was Easter dinner w/our son and his girl friend. Food and service were both excellent. Recommend it highly. Very good wine list with many by the glass options.
the back room is noisy; i will request the front room next time. I think a few more vegetarian options would be nice
Our second visit. Wonderful experience from start to finish. Everything is delicious. Creative. Great wine list. Can’t wait to eat here again.
Native to NM and area local for decades and wanted to try a new place rather than opt for one of the many regular "go to" places in Santa Fe.
Arrived early, with only half the party, but was seated anyway, which is not common in most places anymore. Ordered a "Shared Plate" of Chef Catie's Cheese Board. This was very tasty and had 5 or 6 samples of cheese and 4 to 5 samples of sliced meat and a roasted garlic bulb. I say samples, but there was ample amounts for 4 people as an appetizer.
The main meal was a dinner order of Smoked Beef Brisket (smoked 14 hours) with some of the best Collard Greens this side of the South, Chicken Normandy Pot Pie (made to order) that was hot and simply the best pot pie I've had in years, Pork Schnitzel with yummy red cabbage and roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, and Lamb Kabob with grilled vegetables and Red Pepper Hummas. All very well prepared and ample amounts served.
The only disappointment was the deserts. We had the Key Lime Pie, a Beignet Trio, and the Bananas Foster Waffle Bread Pudding. The Key Lime Pie was a bit flat (think Sara Lee) and the Bananas Foster was dry and had no banana flavor. My son said the Beignets were good, but wished that there were more than three (he could have ordered more????)
The service was most attentive, but not in your face. Seating was a bit cozy, but roomy enough.
Bottom Line: We have added this establishment to our "go to" list and will return again.
Great little place. The service was friendly and welcoming and the owners were very present throughout the meal making sure that we were well taken care of. The food was hot and cooked to perfection and they have a wonderful wine selection. Will definitely visit again.
This is a small and cosy and elegant place for a good lunch or dinner. They have a delightful choice of wine, a really interesting and original menu and a beautiful dining environment.
TerraCotta is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. Consistently good food and friendly staff. The chef Katherine is exemplary; her dishes are exquisite. Fish is highly recommended. Salads are fresh and innovative. Deserts are sumptuous. It's a small venue and worth going to, especially on evenings when music is being performed by Pat Malone.
We are traveling through Santa Fe and wanted a special meal not catering to just tourists. TerraCotta was perfect - cozy, jazz guitarist playing softly, excellent food and the owners and service were so friendly.
This is a delightful restaurant with an excellent wine list and delicious food. The service was superb.
We had two lovely dinners at TerraCotta Wine Bistro this week: one eating entrees, and once eating small plates. Delicious food, large wine list (both bottles and by the glass), helpful and unobtrusive service, relaxing ambience. And all of that at reasonable prices. This would be a great place for an ordinary night out, meeting with friends, or romantic evening. Definitely one of our favorite Santa Fe places.
Great spot for a get together with friends. Forgot how fabulous the food is here! And the wine list, excellent. I love restaurants that have owners that come and converse with guests. Makes one feel welcomed. That's what this restaurant is all about.
Great service. Interesting art. Fantastic live guitar. Delicious food.
Good food and you get very good size portions. This is one of our favorite places to eat in Santa Fe. Good value for food and when weather is nice good patio to sit out on.
We stumbled upon this restaurant walking back from the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and decided to try it for dinner. It has a nice quiet atmosphere and the waitress was excellent. There is an extensive wine list that includes reasonably priced wines. We had the best appetizer cheese plate. I ordered the filet and it was cooked perfectly. We enjoyed it so much we went back a second time during our one week stay in Santa Fe. I would definitely recommend trying this restaurant!
Delicious salads and interesting wine list. Were with kids so wished faster service
Perfect early, light meal for us, following a visit to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. Worked out well to get a glass or two of wine on their $6 before 6PM offering. When my wine selection wasn't on the special list (must be a glass price $11 or less), our server made a good substitution recommendation off the special list. Indeed, it was a good wine. We had lighter fare of onion soup, a house salad, bruschetta (pick 4 different kinds for $16) and a great beet and orange salad. A nearby table was celebrating a family birthday (for adults), while another table had a family dining. So we felt this place worked well for a number of occasions/groups.
Nice, large selection of wines by the glass. Very good food and service. Will happily go back again. The one major issue is extremely limited parking. The restaurant has only a very few designated spaces, no handicapped space, and no other publicly available space within a block or more.
This is a very elegant, quiet bistro. The wine selection was amazing. We enjoyed the guitar player. The dishes I saw begin delivered to other tables looked outstanding.
The reason for the low rating of our meal is because we ordered a meat and cheese board and the cheeses all felt like they had just come out of the refrigerator. Because of this they had very little flavor.
I would eat here again
We had made a reservation for 8 but received a text from 2 of our friends who were not able to make it. The servers were wonderful and understanding. They quickly removed 2 place settings so that we would have more room at the table. We ordered the bruschetta and olives to share. My husband and I both ordered the house salad, spinach lasagna, and the bananas foster bread pudding. Our friends had the oysters rockefeller, the salmon, the schnitzel, and the chicken salad. We all shared 2 bottles of the Landmark pinot noir. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wine list. There was a wonderful acoustic guitar player, as well. Everything was outstanding!
Another predictably tasty meal, but not the usual fine service we’ve become accustomed to. Nevertheless, thank you for another memorable evening.
Had a marvelous time, great service, delicious food and a very freindly, relaxed fellow diners. Will happily return very soon.
We are in Santa Fe celebrating a milestone birthday for a family member and Terra Cotta was so kind and accommodating. The food was lovely and the staff were all great.
There is no parking at the restaurant. We finally found street parking and arrived on time. We had requested patio seating as recommended on the Bring Fido app.
This restaurant does not have a heated patio for patrons with dogs. It apparently has a patio open in the summer. The hostess was very unfriendly and unwelcoming. A smile and explanation could have worked.
We've only recently discovered Terra Cotta, and it already has moved to the top of our go-to list!
Service is excellent, wine list extensive, and the food is fabulous, with generous portions.
Thanks for a wonderful evening and I will return. Curtis
My salmon was cooked well done. Not how salmon should be cooked unless asked for it that way. The crab cakes were very good. Wine list was great. They accept reservations to sit at the bar if dining room is full. We sat at the bar which was fine but the server was unfriendly and not pleasant.
My husband and I visit Terracotta Wine Bistro quite often. It's our "Go To" spot for lunch. The food is always excellent!