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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Send a Gift Card
Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.
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
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!
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.
Well prepared dishes, perhaps with a bit ...
Well prepared dishes, perhaps with a bit too much salt for my palate, but I tend to use as little as possible. Excellent steak; Tasty is slightly salty appetizer (mushrooms); an Lovely desert, with nice flourishes. With advance study, we were able to find a very nice wine for $70. Numanthia Termes Toro is a full bodied red and proud of it. It would have been easy to find one for more than 3 times the price, but unnecessary with this available.
Still the classic in Santa Fe. Can't bea ...
Still the classic in Santa Fe. Can't beat soft shell crab starter. The Wolf Ranch Quail could have been an entree. Can't go wrong with the lamb, pork or halibut. Wines are pricey, but good variety for the cuisine. Save room for an interesting dessert
This was one of many visits to the Compo ...
This was one of many visits to the Compound. The food and service were outstanding as always. This is a rare example of a restaurant with a stellar reputation that is still working hard to deserve that reputation. Over years of dining at the Compound I have not seen any drop off in quality and creativity. This is very hard to achieve and I congratulate them on their continued success.
Minor note: one room has decorative fabric ceiling tiles that are dated looking and water stained. These clash with the otherwise impeccable decor and should be replaced asap.
Slipping.... Small servings for price. ...
Slipping.... Small servings for price. Pokey service. Waiter completely forgot my order of a margarita, even though he asked me specifics for the tequila. Our lunches ranged from excellent to just good. Whaa! This was our former "go-to"spot in Santa Fe!
Excelllent restaurant! We went there fo ...
Excelllent restaurant! We went there for a friend's birthday and were not disappointed. The service was impeccable and all of the food we ordered was outstanding. The lamb shank, the filet and the lobster are all highly recommended. Suggest making a reservation well in advance to secure a table on the patio during the warmer summer months, although the tables inside were all very nice. The prices are what you would expect for a restaurant of this caliber and on par with other nice restaurants in Santa Fe. We will definitely be back!
Foie Gras & Sweetbreads were outstandin ...
Foie Gras & Sweetbreads were outstanding. (Hudson Valley Fois Gras was cooked perfectly). Compliments to the chef.
Service was terrific. Cody, our main server, was attentive and paced all of our three courses to OUR comfort. Victor and the assistant manager, Charles, were friendly, helpful, and cordial.
The whole experience was excellent.
Not for wine lovers. Every wine is marke ...
Not for wine lovers. Every wine is marked up over 400%. A disservice to those who wish a decent glass of wine with their meal. A $15 bottle of mediocre Rioja, for example, was over $60 at the Compound. Gouging on wine prices makes the restaurant a "no go" for me!
time and time again The Compound delight ...
time and time again The Compound delights. My past two visits have left me a bit unhappy with the service, especially with how long it takes for a service person to come to the table after being seated......more early attention would be welcome.
One of Santa Fe's most pleasant patio/co ...
One of Santa Fe's most pleasant patio/courtyard areas (also lovely interior seating. High-end, pricey food & wine choices, but some affordable options...their 'chicken schnitzel' and 'fish n chips' are excellent and pair with 'by the glass' wines. Our server 'Alex' took good care of us. For patio seating, book & call ahead...you'll be glad you did ;)
Arrived at 7:45 on Monday Aug 22nd for o ...
Arrived at 7:45 on Monday Aug 22nd for our reservation for 2. The male Host advised us that they were busy and we would probably have to wait for our waiter to get to us. He mentioned again when seating us that we would just have to wait. If you don't have the staff to provide timely service, don't allow a reservation to be made.
Waiter arrived and we could feel his stress, impatience, lack of eye contact. Long span of time between appetizer and entree. Received entree at 9P. In passing he advised us our meals would be coming shortly. Yes, I imagined if I waited long enough, that the entrees would finally get there. Waiter never checked back on our Filet preparation or if we needed anything.
Prior to the long wait for our entrees, the Hostess asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu. Even she was surprised that we hadn't eaten.
The only defined time with the waiter was after presenting our Opera Ticket Envelope coupons. He made it very clear as to what the full charge of the meal was for me to interpret that I am to tip on the original dinner tab. Slow service, rude Host, lack of follow up, and insulting. The name Compound is correct, one compound problem after another.
This is my second poor experience at The Compound in a month. Foolish me.
one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. ...
one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. a must every trip to Santa Fe. Food is always outstanding & very creative. Very good wine list, but more important a very knowledgeable sommelier. He know every ingredient in each dish & which wine will compliment the entire dish. the contemporary Santa Fe style multi room layout offers a good variety of seating arrangements. The wait staff is perfectly attentive without being intrusive. The bar is intimate while the layout offers good opportunity for striking up conversations w/ other patrons both locals & visitors.
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.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.