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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, 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
We love The Compound and always make a p ...
We love The Compound and always make a point dining there whenever we are in the vicinity of Santa Fe. It's a very popular restaurant, so make reservations in advance. The food is amazing! We love the ambiance of the restaurant. I think it's the best restaurant in Santa Fe!
As always, The Compound delivers: wonde ...
As always, The Compound delivers: wonderful, carefully prepared food,
excellent service in a beautiful restaurant. Must say that your choices
listed above, only somewhat apply to The Compound and miss much of what
makes the Compound a total standout. It is a classic Santa Fe restaurant that
can hold it's own anywhere -- but has the ambience of Santa Fe.
We were in Santa Fe for a weekend getawa ...
We were in Santa Fe for a weekend getaway and a friend of ours recommended The Compound for lunch. We had a late lunch reservation so there was only one other table occupied. Therefore the atmosphere was quiet and uneventful. We had hoped to get a table on the patio and were disappointed to find they had closed it two weeks prior. The weather was absolutely perfect, sunny and 74 degrees. What restaurant does not allow guests on their patio with weather like this?
The service was good; our waiter attentive. I ordered the Stacked Salad which was excellent. My husband ordered the Shrimp & Grits, his meal was disappointing. Both the portion size and the shrimp was small. Luckily bread was on the table, otherwise he would have walked away hungry. I believe our experience would have been better if the restaurant was more crowded.
Lovely evening in a quiet, calm tranquil ...
Lovely evening in a quiet, calm tranquil setting. The menu selection was choice with a delicious
variety of game meat and veggies to accompany. We started with the tasty polenta and wild
mushroom dish to share. Divine. Wanting to try 2 different taste choices for our dinner, we ordered the quail and roast pork. Perfectly presented, awesome & delicous. Portions were very generous. It will be so nice to enjoy another wonderful evening at the Compound again soon.
A lovely setting...ambiance was very spe ...
A lovely setting...ambiance was very special. Service was excellent. This is a very expensive restaurant so for special occasions or affluent people. My husband had the pork which was excellent but I had the chicken breast with gnocci which was bland beyond belief, especially for Santa Fe... They really need to take the chicken off the menu. I never complain but gave the waiter this feedback since I really liked the restaurant and would love to go again and try something else on the menu.
One of the best restaurants in the world ...
One of the best restaurants in the world. The cocktails are fabulous and the meals my wife and I had were mouth watering. We love The Compound and always plan on eating at this restaurant whenever we are in Santa Fe.
Small, upscale restaurant with older, we ...
Small, upscale restaurant with older, wealthy clientele. Should be much better than it is. Falls into that category of "been around for a long time and costs a lot of money so you should just feel privileged that you get to eat here" vibe. I didn't feel privileged. Food was bland, uninteresting and boring in it's presentation. There is nothing Santa Fe about the experience other than the building aesthetics. We came to spend money for a birthday celebration but ended up disappointed with every dollar we spent. Cocktails are poured heavy so + 1 for that. Conversation on a weekend night was basically yelling across the table due to overall room noise. Outside doors were left open and when asked to close at least one of them due to freezing at our table we were accommodated but made to feel horrible for even asking as this meant the wait staff now had to open a door to get from the inside to the outside. You can have a vastly better experience (food and ambiance) for much less money just about anywhere in Santa Fe.
I try to make it to the Compound each ti ...
I try to make it to the Compound each time I am in town. The ambience, superb dishes & drinks make it one of the nicest places in town. It does get expensive but it is also a treat that I only indulge in once or twice a year. The service is the best of all the restaurants I frequented this last time. The servers are very attentive and are even thinking ahead to meet your needs.
Certainly this is one of the finest rest ...
Certainly this is one of the finest restaurants in Santa Fe. Beautiful room, excellent service. Everything we had was delicious. And they made a special accommodation for us (we wanted to try the Wagyu burger but it's only available at lunch) for which we were very grateful.
The food was good, ambience is nice and ...
The food was good, ambience is nice and the service was fine. The one negative is that our waiter informed us that there were no "specials" or additions to the menu when in fact there were as we heard told to other patrons.
Another lovely destination in Santa Fe, ...
Another lovely destination in Santa Fe, the Compound is quietly, impeccably serene. Go for a tour of the room and artwork if you arrive early enough to not disturb other diners. Stay for a cocktail on the gorgeous patio.
Dinner was very good, the service was too.
On a recent visit to Santa Fe, the resta ...
On a recent visit to Santa Fe, the restaurant was highly recommended to us. We were very disappointed. The menu was fairly traditional for a good high end restaurant. No special local dishes. The food (we had rack of lamb which they cut off of the bone and served. It was fine but the service was not! The waiter spilled an appetizer for another nearby table on the floor next to my husband. He did not pick it up, nor ask if it had hit him or stained his pants until he went back to the kitchen for a replacement order. We needed to ask three times for bread and wine refills. Needless to say, we did not stay for dessert and coffee!
HAVE AWARDED 1 MORE STAR THAN DESERVED. ...
HAVE AWARDED 1 MORE STAR THAN DESERVED. MY WIFE DESCRIBED WINE AS "ROUGHEST SHE HAD TASTED ANYWHERE IN YEARS" & LEFT IT AFTER 2 SIPS. I SENT BACK HALF OF MY FLAVORLESS PORK UNTOUCHED. I WOULD HAVE EXPECTED OUR ROBOTIC SERVER TO INQUIRE AS TO WHY THIS WAS, BUT NO INPUT WAS SOUGHT. LOCALS TELL US THIS IS A ONCE GREAT RESTAURANT THAT HAS BEEN ON A DOWNWARD TRAJECTORY FOR YEARS. WITH THE VARIETY OF GREAT DINING CHOICES SANTA FE HAS TO OFFER THIS IS ONE PLACE TO AVOID!
Table in unattractive outside corner, wa ...
Table in unattractive outside corner, waiter who hovered over two couples who needed to talk for a while. Waiter who recommend a wine pairing for halibut, red, and then forgot to bring the wine, two of the four entries were barely warm or overlooked. Staff member came to check on a meal that had first been send back and put a sweaty hand on my shoulder. Not an experience worthy of one of the most expensive Santa Fe joints
Dinner was delicious. Restaurant was qui ...
Dinner was delicious. Restaurant was quiet enough that we could converse easily. Service was very good but not excellent. They could use a little training. Overall, the experience was very positive and I highly recommend this restaurant to others.
Pretentious. Had high expectations, but ...
Pretentious. Had high expectations, but clearly the Compound is more interested in being sophisticated than pleasing customers. Food ranged from superb (Halibut) to mediocre (poorly made drink, and a rock hard Chocolate Baked Alaska). The wine list is obscenely priced 400-600% markup. Santa Fe is full of truly great restaurants, this isn't one of them - you can pay much less and get much more elsewhere.
Had a very nice lunch with out of town f ...
Had a very nice lunch with out of town friends. Food was excellent and service exceptional: attentive without being over bearing. The chanterelle mushroom appetizer was to "die for"! Had not been to The Compound in over a year and now it will be on our list for more frequent dining.
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