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
$50 and over
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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
Lunch at The Compound was disappointing. ...
Lunch at The Compound was disappointing. We had flies buzzing around us the entire time, landing on our faces and meals. And we had been seated inside, not out. My partner's dish was excellent. Mine was just OK. The decor seems dated, banquettes are not terribly comfortable.
I know restaurants, and The Compound is ...
I know restaurants, and The Compound is one of the best I have eaten in snce I left NYC 25 years ago. Do give it a try, you won't be disappointed. Note that if you want to eat on the patio be sure to specify that when making a reservation. If you book using Open Table follow that up with a call to the restaurant to request a patio table.
Yes, it's pricey, but this is Santa Fe. ...
Yes, it's pricey, but this is Santa Fe. And the food was amazing, no complaints. I had the chicken breast, which I usually wouldn't order since it's often dull. This was perfection. Chocolate Baked Alaska for dessert was to die for. The atmosphere is quiet and Southwestern without being over the top. The service, unfortunately, was spotty. Sean/Shawn was our waiter. He was very attentive at first, just the right blend of respectful and friendly. But as soon as we had ordered our food and wine, he disappeared. His "backup" had to take care of us. He never came and checked on whether we needed anything, including pouring more wine. Finally, when we were having dessert, he reappeared and was all friendly and jovial. Not the kind of service you expect at a top-tier place.
The Compound continues to be one of the ...
The Compound continues to be one of the best in Santa Fe. The front desk tends to be a bit snobby, but do the job....they seem to want to argue if one is not happy with the initial table selection....they tell you all the other tables are reserved... Food is always good, menu seems to change occasionally for lunch..table servers are above the usual quality for Santa Fe, but some are not totally knowledgeable of menu, etc...Wine list is very diverse, and as expected in Santa Fe, expensive...We have had an annual luncheon with friends for 9 years during Opera Week, and all enjoy the experience very much.
Simply and always the best. The Compound ...
Simply and always the best. The Compound is a must whenever I visit Santa Fe. The food delivers in spades--fresh and local, interesting blending of ingredients, unforgettable flavors, unique, and always breath taking presentation visually. The service is stellar--knowledgeable, available, and yet never intrusive. The room is understated as ever and gorgeous. Such a fabulous evening for all the senses. Cannot wait to return!
There were four of us. Three of our lunc ...
There were four of us. Three of our lunches were fine. The 4th - a lobster and crab main dish salad had one small piece of lobster and one small piece of crab. Service was deplorable! After getting an initial cocktail, we were not asked if we wished another or wine. We were at the table an hour and a quarter before we got served. We were never offered more water or coffee after finishing. We finally had to ask the manager for water. The final problem was that our waiter bussed other empty tables while ours was filled with dirty dishes and glasses. This was probably the worst service I've had anywhere ever! And I was the hostess of the table!
The Compound provided an excellent dinin ...
The Compound provided an excellent dining experience for my best friend and me. Staff were all so gracious and professional. The only downside was the arrival of a load mouth guest and what appeared to be his female escort for the evening. This couple cut our visit short since we were not too interested in listening to their simplistic and loud conversation. We realize that not much can be done about loud mouths like that; just a stroke of bad luck for us that evening. We'll return to the Compound for some more delicious meals.
I booked this restaurant for my parents ...
I booked this restaurant for my parents to enjoy a special birthday lunch. I called in advance and asked if I could do something special for my mom's birthday, like order a dessert or something in advance. They told me that what they usually do is to write happy birthday on a plate, then if dessert is ordered the bring it out on that plate. If no dessert is ordered, they still bring it out but with cookies to enjoy after the meal. I said that this sounded great, and he said that it was noted.
They came home, said the food was good and the ambiance lovely. But no one had wished my mom happy birthday. And there had been no plate of cookies or special greetings.
This is a special occasion place, so this is a real bummer. Would recommend choosing somewhere else if you have anything like this in mind.
Santa Fe has so many great choices for S ...
Santa Fe has so many great choices for South Western food. But the Compound creates a very elegant continental menu. Known for their fois gras, & dinner menu, lunch is just as great and has many choices. I had a great chicken schnitzel , with sautéed spinach. Friends had the Compound burger, big and great fries, jumbo crab & Lobster salad, and the Carolina soft shell crab. Everyone was totally pleased. A very sophisticated atmosphere, easy parking and fun to see the surrounding galleries.
The flower arrangement needs to be toss ...
The flower arrangement needs to be tossed and replaced with regularly designed REAL blossoms. Especially true for the busy summer season.
The one they have has been there for over a year and is faux.
Reflects on the overall quality of the property including the food and service. (Which I rated quite high)
Saved this restaurant for a special occa ...
Saved this restaurant for a special occasion. Spent a lot of money to get a very fine wine and what should have been an outstanding supper. Started with drinks, mine was not made the way I ordered it with lime juice instead of Rose's and a lime wedge instead of olives, Strike 1. We each ordered an appetizer. They took over 1/2 hour to arrive and by then we had both finished our drinks (they were chosen to go with our appetizers) and were starting into our dinner wine, which had been delivered a few minutes after our drinks. My appetizer was supposed to be similar to a bruschetta (but with a fancier name) on toasted sourdough. It was a sourdough round, but was not toasted and difficult to eat as it all turned into mush. Strike 2. We both ordered the beef tenderloin "medium rare", but they came out rare and still dripping some blood. Strike 3. Our waiter offered to provide a different entrée, but by then, we were ready for dessert and a check. Shawn, our waiter offered to provide two glasses of port for free and we took him up on it. He also told the manager, who never came to our table to apologize, but they took $18.00 off the bill. Little compensation for a dinner that should have been much better for nearly $400 for two. Next time, I'll go across the street to Geronimo.
On our annual visit to Santa Fe for the ...
On our annual visit to Santa Fe for the Opera and the many other wonderful cultural activities this place has to offer, we always have at least one meal at The Compound. Over a period of fifteen years, we have never been disappointed with anything about this fine dining establishment. We hope to continue our return trips to Santa Fe for many more years and fully expect to return to The Compound each time.
Surprisingly awful. Arrived at 6:30 -- ...
Surprisingly awful. Arrived at 6:30 -- first time we saw a waiter to take a drink order was 7:00 -- I had no appetizer and my main course (mediocre food at that) did not arrive until 8:00, one an a half hours after we arrived and sat down. There were several empty tables, so could not blame the average food and lousy service on a crowded Sunday night. Did not stay for dessert and could not wait to get out of there. Will not go back again for some time -- and suggest others try the several good restaurants in Santa Fe instead.
We really enjoyed the whole experience. ...
We really enjoyed the whole experience. It was our first time and didn't disappoint. The service was perfect. The food was delicious - well prepared and presented. We enjoyed the crostini appetizer. Our entrees, wild mushrooms with organic polenta and pork tenderloin with sweet potato gratin were excellent. We shared a chocolate/sweet cherry dessert which was also memorable. The waiter recommended a nice pinot noir which paired perfectly with both entrees. We'll return!
This is my go-to place when I come to Sa ...
This is my go-to place when I come to Santa Fe and it never disappoints. Whether the dish is complex or simple, the flavored are wonderful and the preparation is superb. The servers are all helpful and welcoming, and the chef was very willing to answer my cooking questions. I can't wait to return!
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