If all of your adventures in Northern New Mexico have worked up an appetite, you’re in luck! Our area is home to some of the nation’s most delicious and authentic Southwestern dishes. You’ll also find a wide variety of other tasty cuisines to delight your palate. That way, no matter what your cravings are asking for, you’ll find a meal that your taste buds will thank you for. Here are some of our top picks for the best Chimayo restaurants that are definitely worth the visit!
Still hungry? We can help! Our Vacation Guide is filled with even more Chimayo restaurants that you’ll love as well as the best dining options in nearby Santa Fe. You’ll also find a wide variety of recommendations for things to do in Chimayo, NM including local hiking trails, entertainment, annual events, and more. It’s the only thing you’ll need to plan the ultimate escape to New Mexico!
6 of Our Favorite Chimayo Restaurants That You’ll Love
1. Rancho de Chimayo
With over 50 years of service, Rancho de Chimayo is a gem among Chimayo restaurants and a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The owner of the restaurant has also been credited with playing an integral role in bringing authentic New Mexican foods into the international spotlight. You will be welcomed as part of the family as soon as you walk through the doors and be treated to some of the finest New Mexican cuisine you will ever taste. You will definitely want to try the spicy guacamole and hand-rolled tamales that made them famous and their signature Chimayo Cocktail! It’s an authentic dining experience that you won’t find anywhere else. You can also enjoy their distinguished recipes at home with the Rancho De Chimayo Cookbook.
2. Blue Heron Brewery
Blue Heron is a beautiful taproom in the historic plaza of Espanola and an ideal place for an evening of relaxation and refreshing beers. You can also pair your favorite brews and wines with delicious food options such as chicken wings, pizzas, fresh pasta, or tossed salads.
3. El Paragua Restaurant
El Paragua Restaurant boasts an amazing backstory with humble beginnings. Starting out as a roadside stand over 50 years ago, they have grown into an award-winning New Mexican restaurant and one of the must-stop places for tourists. It continues to be family owned and emanates a homey atmosphere while serving visitor favorites, including their famous tacos!
4. Clafoutis French Bakery
Serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, Clafoutis prepares freshly baked and mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches, quiches, sandwiches, beignets, pastries, and more! The quaint cafe is perfect for a quiet lunch before your Santa Fe activities or grabbing a sandwich to munch on along the way to your next destination.
5. Jo Ji’s Sushi and Teppan Grill
If you aren’t exactly in the mood for New Mexican food, you still have options! Chimayo has a variety of other cuisines, including Far Eastern dishes at Jo Ji’s Sushi and Teppan Grill. With tasty meals such as rice bowls, seaweed salads, fresh sushi, friendly service, and much more, it is definitely worth a visit.
6. Sugar Nymph’s Bistro
You’ll be able to see this gloriously colorful building from a mile away! The talented chefs at Sugar Nymph’s serve only what reflects the freshness of what they receive from local growers. That way, you can be assured that whatever you order will be farm-to-table fresh and each season will bring forth different food options. This summer, you can enjoy delectables such as crispy crab cakes, chipotle pork loin, ratatouille, and a triple layer chocolate cake for dessert!
Satisfy Your Appetite During Your Stay at Casa Escondida
Our charming bed and breakfast in peaceful and secluded Chimayo provides you with the best of both worlds. Along with convenience to historic Santa Fe and Taos, our guests also enjoy inspiring countryside landscapes, intimate guestrooms, and a traditional New Mexican breakfast. The romantic setting also makes us an ideal destination for couples on a romantic getaway. Treat your sweetheart to a one-of-a-kind vacation and book with Casa Escondida today!