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
Our main waiter did not pay attention to ...
Our main waiter did not pay attention to his surroundings
as our cell phone was on the table and he quickly took the menus knocking the phone off onto the stone patio which cracked the screen. He did not offer any compensation not even a free drink . In addition from the beginning he was rude, rushed us, and did not know the specials .
I left my number for the manager to follow up with this incident but I have not received a response .
This is a wonderful special occasion pla ...
This is a wonderful special occasion place. The tables in the courtyard are really beautiful . All the staff was warm and gracious. If we lived in the Santa Fe/Albequerque area, this would always be our special place.
Truly one of Santa Fe's gems on the rest ...
Truly one of Santa Fe's gems on the restaurant scene. We had eaten a late lunch, so opted to skip appetizers (despite several that sounded absolutely wonderful), and chose well-made Martinis instead. While drinking them, we watched a magnificent sunset during a light rain, so the scenery sitting along the western side of the restaurant was serendipitous!
My wife had a balsamic grilled chicken breast with lardo and kale gnocchi with grilled corn, which was simply outstanding, and I had a Scottish salmon, roasted to perfection and full of flavor. Wine by-the-glass selection was good, as we were able to find wines that complemented our dishes very well. Our dessert was not only unusual, but one of the best we've ever eaten: a panna cotta with peaches, caramelized corn and a bit of Grand Marnier--outstanding!
Our server was highly efficient, but had all the charisma of a dishrag. That is the only fault I could find with this wonderful restaurant. (It's located just off Canyon Road, near the top of the art gallery section, and has ample parking.)
My kale salad was so salty it was almost ...
My kale salad was so salty it was almost inedible. Service was fine but it was crowded and noisy in the back yard. It's nice that there is parking. Notc really worth the money. I prefer Geronimo for special occasions
Overhearing a waiter complaining to anot ...
Overhearing a waiter complaining to another about a nearby table's "under- ordering" is not sexy. I understand that your tips is a function of the guest's total tab-- to vocally express this within earshot of other diners is simply uncouth.
The Compound is that special restaurant ...
The Compound is that special restaurant that you take special friends to or to celebrate a special event. The chef is an excellent creator and will stop by your table and engage you in your opinion of the experience.
This was a 25th wedding anniversary dinn ...
This was a 25th wedding anniversary dinner, for me and my husband. the atmosphere was romantic and the ambiance was beautiful. The food was excellent! They sat us outside in the garden area, which made our date very special. The staff was very attentive also.
Having been in Santa Fe almost 3 weeks w ...
Having been in Santa Fe almost 3 weeks we were looking for special places we had not yet tried. to have one of our last dinners here. From the moment we walked in we were treat like royalty. The very professional staff made us feel welcome and at home. Restaurants of this caliber often generate intimidation bu there was none if that here. Offered the wine list we settled on a server-recommend rose that was perfectly chilled and delicious.
For a starter I ordered soft shell crab stuffed with Jumbo Crab Remoulade, Summer Sweet Corn & Tomato, Red Pepper Coulis that rendered it the best such dish I have ever had. The halibut entree was perfect. Served with Portuguese Chorizo, Potato, Garlic & Pimento, Almond Romesco, Saffron Aioli & Hen Glaze it was a delight not soon to be repeated.
My wife ordered a stater of a "daily special" mushroom dish with vegetable ingredients I cannot remember and all prepared to perfection. Lacking a big appetite she then settled on a bowl of ummer Tomato Soup with Creole Barbecued Shrimp & Buttermilk Biscuit. Both were memorable and satisfying.
I plan to return to Santa Fe frequently and when I do an early stop at the Compound is on the list so I can continue to sample this wonderful menu.
Our fifth visit to The Compound and it n ...
Our fifth visit to The Compound and it never disappoints! We live out of state and our last visit there was two years ago. We were thrilled that it continues to be outstanding in every way. Lots of excellent menu options and we particularly enjoyed the soft shell crab and the halibut. Service is outstanding--efficient and friendly but not obtrusive. No one rushed us through our meal. Highly recommend!!!
We waited 30 minutes after being seated ...
We waited 30 minutes after being seated for someone to come to our table to take our drink order., while watching the tables next to ours seated 15 minutes after we were seated already receiving their drinks. I ordered a bottle of wine which was opened and poured at our table by the manager. The rest of the evening nobody ever came over to refill our wine glasses. I had to refill them all evening. The same thing with our water glasses. Not a single waiter ever refilled our glasses the entire evening. Bread arrived without any butter. The butter arrived 20 minutes later.
A restaurant needs more than a critically acclaimed chef!!!!! It needs a staff that is attentive to the patrons. I've received more attentive service at IHOP. This restaurant was a great disappointment
Exceptionally great experience. We trav ...
Exceptionally great experience. We traveled to Santa Fe specifically to dine at the Compound and Geronimos. Both deserve the fine reviews. My wife loved her lobster and I enjoyed the salmon. The facility was very special and our service was great. We were expecting a fine evening and we were not disappointed.
We had an excellent meal - the tuna tart ...
We had an excellent meal - the tuna tartare appetizer was really yummy. My lamb was a bit rare and the waiter immediately took it away and brought back a perfectly cooked portion. He also recommended a great glass of red wine to accompany it. My husband's steak was just right and melt in the mouth tender. Great food and great service.
We had heard that the Compound was the b ...
We had heard that the Compound was the best restaurant in Santa Fe, and this was our first time there. The waiter was very accommodating and professional. We had a half bottle of wine which was OK. The tomato soup was good, it had 3 small fried shrimp in it. My husband had mushrooms with polenta which was good. I had halibut which was also good. Nothing was great or outstanding. It was $100.00 for two, which is less expensive than we thought it would be. Really, just a standard restaurant. Nothing special.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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