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
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!!!
Though we liked look of inside we sat ou ...
Though we liked look of inside we sat outside. The server was very sweet and great. Happy hour was nice way to enjoy great wine for less, we appreciate that. The wine from Lodi was incredible, when she said "a rich, leather taste" myself and guest was sold. I had the flank steak, with veggies since I can not eat potatoes or rice, that was awesome. The kale watermelon salad I split with my husband was very good too, healthy and yummy meal. Not much parking though, we needed our car because we were off to Opera after dinner.
The bruschetta was a unique appetizer. C ...
The bruschetta was a unique appetizer. Choice of four kinds. The one wine out of the list that we chose, they ran out of "the night before." They also ran out of the mozzarella. What? It's Italian. Make some more.
The menu was bland. Nothing special. Too many other great restaurants in Santa Fe to waste time at this one.
Arrived early for our reservation and a ...
Arrived early for our reservation and a table was ready for us. I could see the patio and enjoyed watching a group of 20 people celebrate a friend's birthday.
The food and wine selections were excellent and made it easy to order a meal that was outstanding.
We love this restaurant, so it didn't oc ...
We love this restaurant, so it didn't occur to us not to go over Spanish Market weekend. We were rather disappointed with the entire experience, starting with waiting 15 minutes to see our waitress before we could even order our wine. She had waited on us in the past, but this night she was completely overwhelmed and it took more than 30 minutes to finally order our meal. Again, we have been here often, so we know that this is a restaurant that knows how to make a good meal, but it wasn't on this night. We're chalking it up to being too busy and not being able to produce the quality meals we know they can make. We'll be back.
I had the Salade Nicoise. The tuna was ...
I had the Salade Nicoise. The tuna was great. The potatoes were roasted, rather than boiled, which I didn't care for. The green beans were so cold I thought they may have been slightly frozen, or had been on ice and a bit of ice was plated with them. I prefer a more traditional nicoise with boiled new potatoes and crisp, squeaky green beans. I can't recall whether or not there were tomatoes, so I guess if there were, they were unremarkable. I also had the fresh borscht, which the addition of a bit of chopped cukes in greek yogurt made very good.
TerraCotta was probably my favorite meal ...
TerraCotta was probably my favorite meal out while visiting Santa Fe. They were having a particularly quiet night (Santa Fe was actually pretty quiet the entire week we were there) and we had the front area by the bar pretty much to ourselves. When we arrived (7:30 reservation, I believe) there was a guitarist playing...unfortunately he stopped at 8, so we didn't get to enjoy him for too long. For starters we had the bruschetta plate. You get to choose 4 of them for your $16 so we chose the fig, goat cheese, standard mozzarella and the artichoke. You get two slices of each (one large slice cut in half). It was a great appetizer for my husband and I. After eating that, I was not overly hungry and opted to get the Baltimore Crab Cakes. You can just get one...which was nice and large and thick. Along with the carrot slaw and veggies (I replaced the sweet potato fries), it was plenty to complete my meal and was absolutely delicious...lots of crab and little filler; cooked perfectly and the carrot slaw, something I had never had and now will try to recreate in my own kitchen!) was wonderful as a side. My husband had a special for the night -- a fish dish I can't recall but do remember he enjoyed it. No room for dessert for us...but the choices looked great. AND if you are watching your $$, they have a prix fixe menu with a few choices to give you a complete meal for $30/person... Enjoy!
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