About The Old House Restaurant

309 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Award winning cuisine prepared by our regionally renowned Chef Anthony Smith. Named by Travel & Leisure food critics as their top choice for fine dining in Santa Fe, the highly acclaimed Old House Restaurant is a consistent favorite among locals and visitors alike. The Old House offers delicious, distinctive cuisine, enhanced by innovative presentation and impeccable service in a cozy yet elegant atmosphere.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Open seven days a week serving breakfast and lunch. Dinner service Tuesday through Saturday. Breakfast begins at 6:30am and is served until 11:00am. Lunch begins at 11:30am and is served until 2:00pm. Dinner is served from 5:30pm until 10:00pm. The AGAVE lounge is open from 11:00am until 10:00pm seven days a week and offers a lighter fare menu.

Cross Street:
Sandoval St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 995-4530

Website:
http://www.eldoradohotel.com/

Catering:
With the experience of hundreds of catering events performed every year, our catering staff can accommodate small groups to grand banquets for hundreds.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking

Executive Chef:
Anthony Smith

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Promotions

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Details
Sun - Thu 5:30PM - 7:00PM

Private Dining

When you dine at the Old House, the AAA Four Diamond restaurant that Zagat honored as New Mexico’s best, you know it’s going to be a special experience.

The Old House Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Unremarkable

Dined 3 days ago

Quite disappointed with the restaurant overall. Low ceilings with diner type seating, lots of noise from the bar. Wait staff were not up to par with the cost, nor knowledgeable about the menu.

food2
ambience4
service3

Sent my wife's steak back cause it was f ...

Dined on April 23, 2016

Sent my wife's steak back cause it was fatty, all they did was only charge us half price for the steak. I would have liked a new one but wasn't a option. Won't go back.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

High end dining that seems under appreciated

Dined on April 22, 2016

The dining room was impressive, and the food quite good, but the dining room was nearly empty. The restaurant is located in the El Dorado Hotel, at the very edge of the historic district, but the signage made it a bit hard to find. Our server could use some polishing for such a posh place, but he was attentive. My filet mignon was done perfectly, and my salad was a nice combination of sweet and tart and creamy goat cheese. If you want a change from Southwestern fare, and a high end meal, this is a good choice.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service3
value4

Nice dinner

Dined on April 3, 2016

The restaurant atmosphere is very nice and romantic. They have quite the wine and drink list. I ordered the lamb and my boyfriend ordered the ribeye. Both were very good. The only downside was they were out of the beans that came with my meal so they gave me plain black beans which tasted like absolute nothing and I asked to trade them for Mac and cheese and they acted like they were doing me a favor by not charging me. Other than that, the food and experience was very good.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience2
service1
value2

The food was great!

Dined on March 20, 2016

If you are into inattentive service and lack of follow up once you do get served then this is the place for you! We choose the restaurant for a romantic evening and were sorely disappointed. Joseph started off indicating he cared about our dining experience and was "training" Amber to be a server and we were ignored the rest of the evening. Amber, obviously, could not have an independent thought and follow up with diners, inquiring about food satisfaction or if anything else was needed. ...maybe food service is NOT for you! The food was great but the service was horrible. I would not recommend this to anyone who hopes for a wonderful night out in Santa Fe.

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Delicious food, lovely atmosphere

Dined on March 19, 2016

This was my second time dining at the Old House. The first time, which was very memorable, was actually 12 years ago. This time, the food was almost as delicious, although the presentation wasn't maybe as exquisite as when we first dined at the Old House. The ambiance is very nice, although the restaurant does feel a bit cavernous. The noise level was very quiet - not too many diners when we ate - but I was dismayed to see some diners eating in baseball caps with shirt-tails hanging out. (Of course, this is NOT the restaurant's fault, but an indication of where our culture seems to be heading these days.) On the other hand, our server Salvatore was the model of elegance and just the right amount of attentiveness. Overall, a very nice evening and very good food!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service3
value3

Great Food, but..

Dined on March 13, 2016

THE GOOD: The food is excellent. I must say that I had one of the best steaks, on par with the Bull Ring. Ambiance in the dining room is good. THE BAD: I rated them only "good" overall because they nickle and dime you...Beers are served in SMALL glasses, Wines are cheaper elsewhere, portions are bigger elsewhere. THE DISAPPOINTMENT: After spending $400 over a 3 hour period they told us that we had exceeded the free valet parking of 2 hours and needed to charge us $7 for parking...so you have to pay to stay and spend money. TIP: Get seated between 18:00 and 19:00 and you will avoid the Hotel guest dinner rush.

Tags: special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Wonderful experience

Dined on February 28, 2016

Wonderful food. The whole experience was top-notch. Service, ambience, all superb. I had the rib eye, 2 people had salmon, and another had the lobster cioppino. Everyone said their dish was as good as it gets. Desserts were also incredible -- creme brulee, rhubarb berry cobbler, and the chocolate mousse.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

We have eaten at The Old House many time ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

We have eaten at The Old House many times and the food and service has always been excellent. This latest dinner was exactly as expected - outstanding food and service in a great setting. I never find our evenings lacking; this is a fine restaurant that never disappoints. And the prices are competitive. One of our favorites. Highly recommended.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

THREE BIG YES'ES

Dined on February 27, 2016

Old House nails it on ALL THREE - FOOD. SERVICE & AMBIANCE! Just GO! NOW!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

It was awesome!!!

Dined on February 25, 2016

It was awesome!!!

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Wonderful time during Restaurant Week

Dined on February 25, 2016

My husband and I chose The Old House because they had a nice arrangement of choices for this special Restaurant Week. Loved my ribeye..sooo good. My husband had the organic chicken which he also loved. I paid a little extra for my Oyster Rockefeller, but worth it. All the way to my rhubarb cobbler everything was delicious.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience2
service3
value3

The food was real good. Three of us went ...

Dined on February 25, 2016

The food was real good. Three of us went durning Resturanrt Week. We had reservation at 6:00. It was real noises from the bar crowd . If you want. Nice evening who want to hear all that noise. What can you do to cut down the noise from the bar put up a wall.

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Christmas Day Delight!

Dined on December 25, 2015

Thanks for allowing me while being alone not to feel alone but to feel WELCOMED!

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
food2
ambience2
service1
value1

Terrible management!

vip
Dined on December 25, 2015

We have been coming to this hotel and restaurant since its opening in 80s. In this reincarnation, we were very disappointed! After 50 minutes of waiting past our reservation, we still did not have a table! There were two open tables for 2, and the front lady would not combine the two to seat 3 of us! Another 15 minutes past, and finally I convinced them to seat us at a table for 2! At the end of that we were given a very limited pre-fix menu! We waited another 15 minutes for someone to bring water.... They 'did not expect people sitting this long' they said! C'mon!.... You are better off in the Agave Lounge or Cava Lounge. Forget Old House!

food3
ambience3
service3

Mixed Bag

Dined on December 6, 2015

Overall this visit was disappointing. Take that in the ontext of last two visits were really great. The bar didn't know what a vesper was-bad start, the end product was ok. Apps were weak. My wife had duck empanadas w/ foie gras. The empnanada stuffing was good, the dough dry, no sauce. The foie gras got an A. On the plate there was no cohesion between the items-visually confusing, a little arugula and compote were present but didn't make a whole. I had the restaurant's version of oysters rockefeller. Good flavor in the topping and the horserasih cream, vice parmesan was a nice twist. One big problem - the oysters weren't properly shuck, still connected to the shell. As they arrived late due to the wrong order being placed I "dug" through. To his credit the waiter took them off the bill on his own volition. We both had the same main course, a variation on chicken pot pie, effectively roasted chicken, veggies, and gnocchi- that dish was a success. Based on prior succcesses we'll probably come back, but if this had been the first time I don't think that would be the case

food5
ambience5
service5

Thanksgiving dinner

Dined on November 27, 2015

The food and service were excellent. The only thing marring a perfect evening was the parking. They did not want to park restaurant goers, just guests. After some discussion they parked us but when we returned they asked for $7.00 because our leisurely served, 4 course meal, costing over $250, took more than 2 hours. They wanted me to go to the lobby desk to get cash. I was in heels and chose not to. Finally, the valet accepted my tip and let me go. I will think twice before returning. This hotel needs to change its parking policies. I live in Santa Fe and they discriminate against locals.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4

good hotel dining.

vip
Dined on November 13, 2015

Very good food well presented friendly service. Comfortable decor.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience5
service5

Wonderful food, great ambiance.

vip
Dined on November 8, 2015

A terrific dining experience from beginning to end. The food was great, try the delicious, fat mussels. The ambiance was warm and inviting, with great service. This was a truly satisfying dining experience.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful restaurant!

Dined on November 1, 2015

The food at the Old House is consistently very good and often excellent. The restaurant is attractive, the tables are well spaced and the service couldn't be better. The only negative is that if the bar is crowded, the dining room can be a bit noisy.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Well kept secret!

vip
Dined on October 14, 2015

We have been to Santa Fe on many occasions, but this is the first time that we have eaten at The Old House! We had a terrific meal - my husband said it was the best salmon he had ever eaten! The service was terrific, and the atmosphere was very relaxing! The Old House is a definite addition to our restaurant list in Santa Fe!

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service1

horrible service!

Dined on October 10, 2015

We were in town for a family get together this past weekend. The four of us visited Agave for Happy Hour on Fri 10/9, and had reservations for dinner in the Old House Restaurant on Sat 10/10, both experiences were horrible. The food was great at both locations, but service was beyond bad. Our server at Agave sighed when I asked her if the sangria was made with Rum (as I am allergic). I asked her if it was white or red sangria, and she said she'd have to go ask. When she came back to the table, she told me they had both, so I ordered the Red version. It was great! They rest of our party gave their orders and she acted irritated that we were sitting in her section. She wasn't interested in waiting on us, and I even told her that we felt as though we were inconveniencing her and got no response. We had made prior reservations for the Old House Restaurant, so hoped it would be a different experience the following night. The gentleman that waited on us seemed new, because he wasn't familiar with the menu at all. He also didn't seem familiar with waiting tables either. He had to go back to the kitchen several times with questions. When we got our food, he never returned to us to ask how we liked our meals. We will not be returning to the Eldorado Hotel. If the restaurant is this bad, how is the hotel!??

food5
ambience5
service5

Celebrated my 60th Birthday

Dined on October 4, 2015

We came to Santa Fe to celebrate my birthday and decided on Old House Restaurant for dinner. The food was great, staff was awesome and I will always remember the night as truly special!! Everyone (there were six of us) ordered something different from the menu and no one was disappointed. I hope to come back again.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

A class act! Outstanding food, wine, ser ...

Dined on October 2, 2015

A class act! Outstanding food, wine, service, and ambience at a very reasonable price for what you get.

food4
ambience4
service4

Worth a try

vip
Dined on September 6, 2015

Food was excellent, staff were well attentive and friendly, overall a good experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Revisited great

Dined on September 6, 2015

All in all a memorable experience. Food was innovative. Service was very good. Ambience was good. Price was appropriate for quality. I would recommend this restaurant.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service4

We selected this restaurant because my s ...

Dined on September 4, 2015

We selected this restaurant because my sister had heard good things about it in the past, however, we should have taken note that we were only the second table seated when we arrived. The service was good, however the food was just OK. Desert was a disappointment, we selected the rhubarb and berry cobbler, the dough was dry and hard. Ugh, did not finish it. Will not try this place again with so many great restaurants in Santa Fe.

food5
ambience5
service5

XXXXX

vip
Dined on August 20, 2015

AVERY FNE RESTAUANT EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE DINE THERE EVRY TIME WE ARE IN SANTA FE

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service3

Not up to expected standards

vip
Dined on August 11, 2015

I went specifically for the scallops, only to find they have been taken off the menu. And our waiter was not up to par: he mixed up our wines, and at the end of the meal, had to be reminded to bring me the boxed leftovers.

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience3
service4

Can't beat the Dry Aged Ribeye

vip
Dined on August 7, 2015

The Dry Aged Ribeye is the best we've ever had. We continue to visit this restaurant for it. Staff is attentive, quiet place to dine for a romantic evening with the husband. Bar menu is nice and has some good gems there.

food3
ambience3
service3

Quit rushing us.

vip
Dined on July 25, 2015

We ordered two different appetizers to share. They brought the entree before the second one was brought out so of course that had to be canceled. We felt rushed from the beginning. I would suggest that diners not order the entrees until after the appetizers have been presented. We were finishing our bottle of wine when dessert was brought. Way too rushed.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

Great Prix Fixe Meal

Dined on July 22, 2015

We had a 6:00 reservation, which fell in the Prix Fixe timeframe (5:30-6:30). Our meal was delicious and only $30 pp. Included soup or salad/entree/dessert. Service was very good and attentive.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food2
ambience2
service1

Odd odd place. The strange non welcome i ...

vip
Dined on July 17, 2015

Odd odd place. The strange non welcome indifferent food and grim environs make it a "must avoid". We've been here several times with the same results. There are many charming restaurants happy to accommodate in Santa Fe. Avoid this one.

food5
ambience4
service5

Eldorado Hotel Restaurant

vip
Dined on June 10, 2015

Early June is somewhat quiet in Santa Fe. The crowds have yet to arrive, so restaurant openings are easy to obtain. The Old House Restaurant is located in the upscale Eldorado Hotel, which is quite impressive, also. Food, service, and ambiance were all wonderful. Our server was very informed on not only the wonderful food offerings, but also on the extensive wine list. Go and enjoy the Old House. You'll be pleased with the experience.

Tags: special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Best Rib Eye ever!

vip
Dined on June 4, 2015

The dry aged rib eye was the best I've had. It was juicy, cooked correctly and the sear on the outside was outstanding. Great service. Surprised more people don't come here, as it always has great service and has great ambiance. Perfect for a nice romantic dinner or just a nice dinner with friends. We will return soon as my husband had a taste of the rib eye and wants his own.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Nice romantic dinner spot

Dined on May 28, 2015

Great food, great service. I had the aged prime rib. It was excellent and cooked as ordered. My wife had the scallops and they too were wonderful. I think they were in the top two or thee scallops I've tasted. I also had the parsnip soup which was very creamy and buttery. I would recommend it if it's available that day. The soups change daily. My wife got the calamari appetizer which was good, but not great, however the two sauces that came with it were very good. Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic evening.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience4
service2

We ordered drinks (JW black and Belevder ...

Dined on May 16, 2015

We ordered drinks (JW black and Belevdere martini and were charged $2 for olives. Entrees were cold. Over priced, mediocre service. Too many great places in Santa Fe to waste time here. We thought our first visit might me an off might, obviously not.

food5
ambience3
service3

Spirithorse

Dined on May 13, 2015

The food was fabulous.. 5 stars and kudos to the chef. Excellent!!! I had not been to the restaurant for a few years, so I thought I would revisit it again. I was disappointed to find that the hotel had moved the bar directly opposite the restaurant, with no real separation between the restaurant and the bar, and it seems to be a popular bar. I used to go to this restaurant because I could count on a quiet, intimate atmosphere where we could have nice conversations, with great service and fabulous food. Sadly, the noise from the bar really detracted from the dining experience. The service was so-so... waiter was okay, but not that attentive and gone for long stretches of time, so only 3 stars for that. I was also disappointed, as we had a table by the fireplace, which used to be going almost all the time. Not so this time, even though it was early May and still chilly. Not even candles... it was just a dark hole in the corner, so I missed the warmth and intimacy that I was used to in the past. Too bad, as the food was world-class excellent, and I feel sorry for the chef having to deal with the compromises. If I were him, I would move on to somewhere that met my standards... I also noticed that the hotel had changed the "lounge area"... a place that used to be inviting and warm and cozy (although large). The new design is cold, sterile, lifeless, and would make me want to run to my room. What happened ???

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Top notch restaurant, continental/US fare

Dined on May 1, 2015

Excellent restaurant for special occasions. Outstanding food, reasonable price. At our visit there was price fixe option from 5:30-6:30....$30 for three course meal. Great selection from regular menu. Although it adjoins a very popular bar and sushi option, the noise was not that bothersome. Great visit in all respects and a break from the SW Mexican fare so prevalent in the area.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

2bond2

Dined on April 29, 2015

The menu offers variety and the wine list is superb. Great cocktails and exquisite service. Our entree were presented well and very tasty. The dessert was so-so small but yummy.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list

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