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, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
My wife and I went to TerraCotta Wine Bi ...
My wife and I went to TerraCotta Wine Bistro after a busy day of exploring Santa Fe. We sat outside on their lovely, albeit narrow, front patio. We were quickly greeted by our waitress who handed us menus and the wine list encyclopedia.
Their wine list is EXTENSIVE and the bottles are very well organized by price - twenties, thirties, forties, etc. Nice! If you know you don't want to spend more than a certain amount on wine you can just peruse the appropriate price page. We had a lovely bottle of Spanish red for $28!
We ordered off of the prix fixe menu which gave us each a three course dinner for $30. My wife had the salad, chicken paprikash, and bourbon pecan pie à la mode; I ordered the soup, pork schnitzel, and pear tart.
When we were finished with our dinner one of the owners came over to ask about our experience and we ended up having a very pleasant conversation with her. She really seemed to care about us and our experience.
The food was expertly prepared, nicely presented, and the flavors were distinctive without being overpowering. This was our third trip to Santa Fe and of the nine restaurants at which we have eaten, this one is at the top of our list.
The only negative comment I have is that there is NO parking, at all, at the bistro. You have to park on the street or at a neighbor business.
That being said, we would gladly park a mile away and walk to eat at TerrCotta Wine Bistro again!
Probably the worst experience we had in ...
Probably the worst experience we had in Santa Fe. The staff was not knowledgeable about many things - she couldn't tell us a correct place to park our car on the street or recommend us a place to park that didn't require permit parking. She recommended a wine which was "ok" but described it as a rosé and it was not. She told us to sit anywhere but then took about ten minutes to come over and to greet us and give us water. We specifically asked for gluten free bread on one of our dishes and we didn't get it. She never came back to check on us so we couldn't even tell her that she forgot the chips. After not having seen her since she first dropped off the meal, I had to go find her to see where she was and ask her for the check. At that time I asked if my meal was supposed to come with the side it says on the menu since I added on the soup. I asked that she just charge me correctly for the substitute and she said it was too late. Being from the restaurant business that's a blatant lie. It's never too late to modify a check especially if a card hasn't been swiped yet. Finally negotiated to have her bring me chips on the road. Additionally the bar needs to be cleaned more since there was an aggressive amount of fruit flies. It's also quite disturbing to see new take out containers in the bathroom, unwrapped from the plastic. Pretty sure that's a health safety violation. I do not recommend this place to dine.
This restaurant met all our expectations ...
This restaurant met all our expectations. The wine list is very extensive and there are some very reasonable options. Wines are grouped on pages of $20+, $30+, etc. The food was excellent with a varied menu that is not the typical Santa Fe fare. The atmosphere was very comfortable and conversation was possible as the noise level was very tolerable. We loved it.
Hostess didn't "get" that we were the pa ...
Hostess didn't "get" that we were the party with the reservation, despite my telling her that we were. The waiter then came and moved us. I hope this will not be considered a no show against me. Poor communication on their part. We would have preferred the reserved table!
Unfortunately we were seated in the very ...
Unfortunately we were seated in the very small bar area about 12 inches away from a very lively group - who had their very non-service dog with them that kept wandering all over the restaurant. The table was very loud and we were not able to have a conversation until they left. I think if we had been in the main dining room we might have had a more pleasant dining experience. The hostess (also our server) sat us there even though there were tables available in the main dining room, which we thought was very inconsiderate. I don't even remember what I ate, although the wine list was excellent.
The food was very good. The chef came ou ...
The food was very good. The chef came out personally to discuss the menu and make suggestions. The wait staff was also very helpful. Prices were reasonable and portions were a good size. It was a very pleasant meal.
Absolutely wonderful service. Quality o ...
Absolutely wonderful service. Quality of the food is exceptional. Wine list is amazing. Our waitress made great wine recommendations and helped with food questions. We took good friends for their first time and they and we can't wait to return. Best of all, even though it was Wine and Chile time in Santa Fe, we were able to make reservations and enjoy a leisurely meal. Another note is seating allows guests to meet other guests and share stories. It was a very enjoyable evening. Nice to see the owners personally greeting guests and checking on all.
We had a delicious dinner of high qualit ...
We had a delicious dinner of high quality, tasty, fresh and interesting food. Service is quite fast. The wine list is comprehensive. We enjoyed the food so much, we returned 3 nights later for a second excellent dinner. The beef brisket and watermelon salad are both memorable. Our neighboring table had the mezze platter and the fish fry. Both look fabulous. Next time...
Amazing intimate cafe with varied afford ...
Amazing intimate cafe with varied affordable wine list. Great selection of tasty, delectable bruschettas. Crab cakes & roasted vegetables were a highlight of dining experience. Most important---staff was super friendly and professional. Wish we lived in Santa Fe as we'd be regulars.
Very pleasant lunch. Waitress was atten ...
Very pleasant lunch. Waitress was attentive. One member of our party found the meat to be cooked not to her liking and requested that it be cooked further, the waitress cheerfully returned it to the kitchen. When the plate was returned, the meat in question had been totally replaced with a new portion which was cooked to perfection. Parking near the restaurant is problematic, though not really their fault. It's just Santa Fe!
Disappointing food. The French Onion Sou ...
Disappointing food. The French Onion Soup lacked flavor. The crab cake had a lot of filler in it and not much crab. The chicken breast totally lacked flavor considering it had supposedly been marinated. The wine was very good and stored at the correct temperature. The service was very good.
This is one of our favorite restaurants ...
This is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe and we are locals. The chef always has an interesting menu full of variety and great choices, while maintaining a few "standard items" we are always glad to revisit. The fish is extremely fresh and never overpowered by the sauce/seasoning... a real treat in land-locked New Mexico!
They also have the best wine list in Santa Fe! If you can't find a bottle of great wine at any price level here, you should probably be drinking beer! By the way, the beer list is practically nonexistent. If I had a wish it would be that they would add a few good local craft beers, but really, you come here for the food, and that's the way it should be.
In warm weather there are outdoor seating options. Inside can accommodate groups as well as several cozy tables for two or four. We love the handful of tables in front across from the bar. We've also enjoyed live music during the week, not every night, but a pleasure when they do.
I'm always surprised this restaurant isn't always packed. It should be!
This restaurant was recommended by our c ...
This restaurant was recommended by our concierge. Outstanding service and creative menu. Our server, Emily went above and beyond to make sure the two of us had an outstanding dining experience. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the wine list and made great recommendations from the features page to compliment the food. The Sancerre and Salmon was perfect I highly recommend.
The hostess was a bit rude. The server ...
The hostess was a bit rude. The server was lovely, but unfortunately, she did not make up for the dryness of the food or the prices.
This was mediocre at best, and I would not recommend this restaurant to my friends and family. As my father used to say, "the food was dryer than the stomach of a camel in a 2 week trek in the Sahara".
One of my favorite places in Santa Fe! ...
One of my favorite places in Santa Fe! Great menu and lots of options depending on your appetite. Wonderful ambience...love the southwestern atmosphere...great building...I could sit there for hours! Very nice staff as well.
We usually have at least one meal at thi ...
We usually have at least one meal at this restaurant while we are visiting Santa Fe. This year was just ok and not as good as previous years. We will go back because it could have been an off night for them. Nice restaurant with good selection and service.
Everyone was very friendly. All 3 of the ...
Everyone was very friendly. All 3 of the owners visited our table at one time or another to make sure we happy.
The menu had a good variety and everything the 4 of us had was outstanding. Will definitely return there!
I took a family group of five for drinks ...
I took a family group of five for drinks and dinner. We were greeted warmly, led to a table directly beside the music which was quiet and unobtrusive, the perfect background for conversation. A waitress was with us instantly, knowledgeable regarding wine, menu, specials. We didn't have long to wait but we weren't rushed either -- there was a great rhythm to the entire experience. It was our first visit to TerraCotta and we will definitely be going back, separately and together.
Plus - My salad with salmon & mustard sa ...
Plus - My salad with salmon & mustard sauce was pretty good. Salmon cooked nicely, but too much sauce overwhelmed the fish.
Minus - My wife's chicken salad was bland, tasteless, poor in texture, almost inedible. This was not chicken on a salad, but cubed chicken salad.
Nice wine list and decent attentive service could not compensate for food quality.
Find a better option for your meal.
We did at La Posada's Julia - outdoors.
We both had soup and salad. The French o ...
We both had soup and salad. The French onion soup was unusual with the addition of tomatoes. They added an interesting fillip to an old favorite. The watermelon, kale and feta cheese salad was refreshing and had interesting textures. The shrimp salad was luscious and dense with shrimp. We will definitely go back the next we are in Santa Fe.
Ritz crackers. That's the equivalent of ...
Ritz crackers. That's the equivalent of what came with our cheese plate. To boot, our waitress told us she put the wine closer to us so we could self pour. She never checked in us at all. Or poured wine at all. We finally asked for bread with the cheese plate. They don't give French bread....only pillowy warm ciabatta bread. On request. When I bought up service and food disappointment issues with the OWNERS they said they'd fix things on the bill. We got $8 off and never saw the owners again. Super disappointing!!!
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