About The Compound Restaurant
Mark Kiffin, celebrated chef, owner, and author of the Compound Restaurant, has won the James Beard Foundation award as one of America's Best Chefs. The Compound is Santa Fe's premier restaurant with Chef Kiffin's acclaimed seasonal Contemporary American cuisine derived from Santa Fe's rich heritage of regional and Mediterranean influences. The New York Times, Gourmet magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Wine Spectator have all selected the Compound as Santa Fe's favorite. Equally impressive is the attentive, highly knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Chef Kiffin's menus focus on the exclusive changes in seasons such as hearty braised dishes in the fall and winter using apples, pears and cider from local harvests, osso bucco and porcini risotto while in spring and summer feature fresh local vegetables and naturally raised organic lamb and delectable strawberries.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Summer Hours: 5:30 - 10:30)
Paseo de Peralta
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There is ample parking behind the restaurant and seasonal valet parking.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The picturesque gardens and elegant dining rooms of this historic place have been the backdrop to many special moments for our guests. Every event is brought to life through detailed planning for events with 10 to 250 guests.
The Compound Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I try to stop by The Compund at least on ...
I try to stop by The Compund at least once when I am in SF. They're still on their game. Pricey, but excellent food and service and great wine list, and knowledgeable somm. All good.
Thrilled to catch Chanterelles season, b ...
Thrilled to catch Chanterelles season, but still love the polenta with wild mushrooms for a table share. Lobster Salad not to be missed. For lunch, you can't make a mistake with anything ono the menu
As The Compound enjoys an absolutely ast ...
As The Compound enjoys an absolutely astounding reputation, I was probably looking to be "blown out of the water." It was quite good, but not really exceptional. The waiter was quite nice to have the bar fix a white sangria for me, a nice summer drink which few places offer. I found the menu unimpressive, offering rather bizarre starters which you have to be in the mood for. There was only one salad offered, and no cold soup offered on a hot summer day. The entrees were limited. I had the salmon, which was quite good but nothing that made my eyebrows lift with surprise or delight. My companions enjoyed their entrees but without excitement. The Compound is a perfectly good restaurant with no major flaws, but also no major delights or surprises. As the owner is the only James Beard winner in the area, as the restaurant has a superlative reputation, and as Santa Fe is filled with excellent dining opportunities . . . I just expected more. Not disappointed at all, just not impressed.
We had a dinner meeting. Both the atmosp ...
We had a dinner meeting. Both the atmosphere and the taste of the dishes were good. And the staffs were so fantastic !!
Not disappointed as we went here for lun ...
Not disappointed as we went here for lunch. had not been for years. were traveling from abq to taos. Excellent seafood salad and stacked salad. very good carrot cake. Service a wee bit lax as waiter seemed over stretched, but still very good. A must stop for you foodies.
They tried very hard, but were pretentio ...
They tried very hard, but were pretentious and the waiter was on top of us. Food was very good, but not so special. Restaurant was empty. My husband's steak first came overcooked, then undercooked. My Fish was overcooked.
I went to The Compound while vacationing ...
I went to The Compound while vacationing and a practice of mine is to go to fancier, high-end restaurants for lunch instead of dinner to save money. We were surprised by the small-looking portions but surprised again to feel full after consuming the decadently flavored meal. I was also pleased that one of their specials was a vegetarian dish because I mentioned when making the reservation that my guest as a vegetarian. This is an excellently serviced establishment with delicious food and a beautiful location.
For fine dining, ambiance and excellent ...
For fine dining, ambiance and excellent service the Compound is in a class of its own, exceptional!!
Without question, one of the most elegan ...
Without question, one of the most elegant and intimate dining experiences in Santa Fe. But, I am biased. I had the first date with my wife in 1973 here! So, the nostalgia factor is heavily weighted whenever I dine here. However, I must say that this establishment has retained its superlative standards for decades. It is a "go-to" place for special occasions.
Well I did not like my entree. My husban ...
Well I did not like my entree. My husband sent his back as it was over cooked. They gave us great free desserts but I would not eat there again nor recommend it. Too many great restaurants in area
We were very disappointed in the food. ...
We were very disappointed in the food. We have been dining at the Compound for 30+ years, and although the service was excellent, the rest of our experience was mediocre. I'm not sure why, but something has changed besides the decorating.
The compound is a gem. We loved it. I ...
The compound is a gem. We loved it. I had the fillet. The plate was beautifully arranged. Immediately after my first bite, I realized why I was not given a steak knife. The beef was so tender and deliciously seasoned it just melted in my mouth! We will be back again.
We've eaten at the Compound many times over the years. My salmon was excellent. (dinner) My partner's duck was poor, dry and tough. (dinner). Service was very good.
Lovely setting, great ambience and the f ...
Lovely setting, great ambience and the food was outstanding Too many choices so we must go back to try the other entrees, certainly not a hardship.
My husband's favorite restaurant in Sant ...
My husband's favorite restaurant in Santa Fe! We return most every time we're in Santa Fe ... Tenderloin fantastic and perfectly prepared, morel mushrooms a delicious accompaniment to our steak! Service impeccable. Never disappointed ... A must for every visitor seeking an unmatched, fine-dining experience. Outside seating is beautiful ... Request it!
Still one of the top 5 in SF. Strongly u ...
Still one of the top 5 in SF. Strongly urge first timers to dine here v
Classic & Classy
A delightful lunch at this beautiful restaurant. High quality, mostly 'classic' dishes (though a few innovative offerings). A friendly server. A better than good wine list (tilted a bit towards old guard producers, rather than cool, new producers (did have a very nice Provence rose by the glass). Good value for the quality of the food/room /service. If its nice, DO sit outside....absolutely lovely!
One of a few truly venerable Santa Fe restaurants
Continues to be one of our first choices for a first-class, enjoyable and relaxing dinner in an understated setting. The food continues to be excellent.
Always a great lunch when visitors are in town
The Compound is always our choice for lunch when friends are on town. The pastrami sandwich, the stacked salad, and the buffalo burger our all outstanding choices. It's a special place for us.
The service was terrible. Thewaterhadto ...
The service was terrible. Thewaterhadtobeasked3xforbread.
As always, the food was supurb and the s ...
As always, the food was supurb and the service was excellent. Have never been even slightly disappointed!
Best restaurant in Santa Fe! Chef Mark K ...
Best restaurant in Santa Fe! Chef Mark Kiffin definitely amazes! Our server, Alejandro was exceptional and made our evening extraordinary. The sommelier was equally impressive. A fantastic dining experience.
This was our first dining experience with The Compound, and my husband and I could not have been more pleased. The service was phenomenal and the food superb. My husband and I ate at a much more touted establishment, also on Canyon Road, the night before, it it paled in comparison!
This restaurant never disappoints. T ...
This restaurant never disappoints. The chicken schnitzel is legendary, and the hamburgers are a transcendental experience. This visit I tried the stacked salad. Primo! The fabulous service is the best part of all. Spoil yourself and come here for lunch.
Fabulous..... as usual!
My realtor and I went to The Compound to celebrate the closing on my new home in Santa Fe. It was perfect: fabulously delicious meal, great service, delightfully homey ambiance and yummy wine. Could not have been any more satisfying. Thank you for nailing it!
We had been here a few years ago and rem ...
We had been here a few years ago and remembered it as great. This time service was slow, the waiter spilled wine all over my glass and had to be asked to wipe it off. The main complaint is the food was poor. Ordered the duck, and while the accompaniments were good the filet size piece of duck was so tuff as to be inedible. They comped us one meal, but with limited nights in Santa Fe it was so disappointing to have wasted the night.
Our lunch visit was for a special occasi ...
Our lunch visit was for a special occasion-big birthday-and we definitely chose the right spot. Love the understated elegance, light and decor in the restaurant. Our server, Mario was attentive and helpful with our menu selections. When time for dessert, the plate was decorated with Birthday wishes in chocolate to me. That was special. Hostess was giving a tour to some women about the property and we were able to share some of the information. The Compound is a Santa Fe jewel!
Very elegant, understated dining room. The friendly staff greeted us warmly, and David, our server, was very pleasant and personable without being too intrusive. He knew both the menu and the wine list. He gave us time for cocktails without trying to rush us. The food was very good, although the menu seems a little outdated. I'm sure the regulars encourage that. Everything was well made and well presented. Some seasonings were off a little bit, and some could have used a touch more salt, but those are minor, minor quibbles. The desserts were beautiful and flavorful. The wine list is extensive, but the range of choices could be broader and less high end. Part of that is due to a healthy markup. Still, a wonderful place for a celebratory event.
One of the finest restaurants you could ...
One of the finest restaurants you could find. The chicken schnitzel was outstanding.
Food & service were excellent as always. ...
Food & service were excellent as always. It is a bit pricey both for food & wine especially with small wine pours @ $ 14.00 & $17.00 per glass! So. It IS a special occasion place in our book!
We've eaten here in the past and have always enjoyed it. While fairly expensive, the choices, preparations, and service made for a very enjoyable evening.
Outstanding Culinary Experience
Food, service, wine list are truly outstanding in every respect. You won't find a better restaurant in the entire region.
Hyde didn't match reality. Tables are very close...enough to hear everyone's conversation. Service was not personal...more routine and robotic. Hostess was not very happy to be there. Food was good but got lost in the other distractions noted above.
One of our best meals ever!!
My mother and I met in Sante Fe from opposite sides of the country to celebrate our birthdays. We went to The Compound for lunch and split the sweetbreads & foix gras appetizer and the Wagyu beef burger. The appetizer was simply outstanding, the best we have ever had. The burger was absolutely delicious, perfectly done and perfectly seasoned, with a nicely toasted bun. The entire lunch was one of the best meals we have ever had in our lives.
Booked a place for two at the Compound's bar for my 25th Anniversary. Have been here before for special occassions and this didnot disappoint. First, the bar seats 12, need reservations-great scene, locals (us), out of towners, various walks of life, all interacting. My only complaint was that the duck breast in the duck charcuterie was tough. Had great oysters to begin, along with a wonderful asparagus saled. My wife's lobster risotto got rave reviews. Desert was served in a decorated plate with a "25th Happy Anniversary" logo piped onto it in chocolate.
My go-to restaurant during every visit t ...
My go-to restaurant during every visit to Santa Fe! Dinner is always a treat, but I religiously go there at lunch for the cheeseburger...absolutely the best. Cooked to perfection every time. Love this place. Quiet elegance, but never stuffy. A gem.
LOVE the Compound. Every time we go to Santa Fe, it's a must whether for lunch or dinner. The food is stellar!!! I have never been disappointed.
Very good but not outstanding
I've eaten at The Compound before and found it truly exceptional. Absolutely outstanding. This time around I was disappointed. I don't think I've written more than one critical review ever, so this is very unusual. Let me say first that the "Compound Square" cocktail was fantastic as was the glass of Barbera I ordered. Service was also superb. As an appetizer we had the morel mushrooms. They weren't well cleaned so they were somewhat gritty, and their flavor was overwhelmed by the beurre blanc sauce in which they were prepared. The salad with horseradish was just OK, kind of a Caesar salad with horseradish added to the dressing. Nothing special. Finally, my lamb shank was was oddly dry. I don't think I've ever had a dry lamb shank before. The "chickpea fries" that accompanied it didn't bring much to the entree either. So there you go. I think The Compound is a great restaurant but at least for me, this wasn't their night.
Easter Brunch at The Compound
We chose The Compound for Easter Brunch because it is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe, and the special menu that was emailed in advance looked great. We were seated upstairs in a very quiet dining room, which was nice but didn't have the ambience the main dining room has. It took our server a pretty long time to take our drink orders, and when they finially arrived, one was left out. We decided to order the Chicken & Waffles, which was a special we read about online. However, it wasn't on the menu that was printed for that day. That disappointment aside, everything else was great including special cocktails and food. The spring pea soup is quite lovely. To make up for the lack of chicken & waffles, the waiter gave us each a dessert on the house. We ordered one of each dessert offered, four in all, and couldn't decide which was the most fabulous. We will continue to dine at The Compound because all in all, it's very special.
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